The Best Vita and PSP Homebrews for March 2014
Every month we publish a list of the best Vita and PSP homebrews as voted by our community over the previous month. You can add your own homebrews to our /downloads Database, and vote for your favorite ones. This doesn’t require any login.
This month’s votes feature many long time favorites, but also a few new entries that you might want to check:
10. Open CMA
A patch by Virtuous Flame to prevent the PS Vita Content Manager Assistant from connecting to the internet.
The PS Vita comes with a system to copy save files that requires you to be connected permanently to the internet. This system is here to force you to update the Vita when a new version is available. In addition, it might be inconvenient for you to be constantly connected when you want to copy your files from and to the Vita. This patch is here to help you with this situation
Features: Compatibility with TN-V, PRO and VHBL; Boots Homebrews, ISO, CSO games, PSN Apps, PS1 games; includes an MP3 Player, a Picture viewer, a plugin Manager
8. Pro CFW
Unleash the full power of your PSP with the most popular Custom Firmware on the scene! Compatible with all PSP models on firmwares 6.20, 6.35, 6.39, and 6.60
If you don’t know what Pro CFW is yet, here’s what their google code page has to say about it:
- Homebrew Compatible ? Run your own unsigned applications, both user and kernel mode.
- Plugin Compatible ? Add new features to your PSP via kernel mode background plugins.
- ISO / CSO Game Dump Playback ? Backup your own UMD discs via USB and play them from Flash Storage.
- 2g+ Memory Range Unlock ? Use the previously locked RAM range within your own homebrews.
- NODRM Engine ? Use your bought DLCs, no matter on which PSN account you are currently logged in.
- PSX Emulator Unlock ? Play your PSX classics, yes ? all of them. Not just PSN titles.
- And a lot more…
Adrenaline packed space shooter!
If you enjoy games such as Tyrian, or Rrootage, Silveredge is for you. AndrewYY worked on this game for one year before submitting it to the Genesis competition, and it shows. The graphics, audio effects, music, menus…everything is really polished and very impressive. From the very beginning of the game, you get into the action, the controls are explained as a quick element in the story, and, well, that’s a detail but it’s the kind of stuff that gives us the impression of playing a professional game.
6. CEF 6.60 TN
Custom Emulator Firmware 6.60 TN for PS Vita, with XMB support, by Total_Noob (individual game exploits by various hackers). The exploit that made my Vita TV interesting
– Features: The whole PSP environment, Recovery menu and VSH menu (many options to set), Support of plugins, Install Addon, Network update, 1.50 kernel homebrews compatibility, High PSX compatibility (without sound), High backups compatibility, Support of prometheus patched backups
Custom Emulator Firmware 6.60 TN can be downloaded here
In Asteroids you control a small spaceship facing a slew of aggressive asteroids. Your goal, if you accept it is to destroy the spheres while avoiding being crushed by the latter.
If you know the PC game Minecraft, you will feel at ease with this genesis entry which reuses the same concept: allowing grownups to play with blocks like little kids. LameCraft is for now just a sandbox that allows you to build a 3D world to your liking, but is already pretty impressive. This is a must-have in your homebrew library.
3. Wagic, The Homebrew
Often compared to commercial games for its replay value and quality, Wagic is a heroic fantasy card game, in which you fight as a wizard against the computer. As you win battles, you unlock new game modes and earn credits that allow you to improve your army. Wagic is community driven, entirely customizable (you can create themes, mods, even new rules), available in several languages (English, French, German, spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Serbian), and open source. It currently runs on the Sony PSP, Windows, Linux, and N900 (maemo).
Personal note: I love playing it on the Vita TV
Nintendo DS emulator for PsP
This hasn’t been maintained for a while and does not play many commercial games, but is technically impressive.
1. Ubuntu 12 PSP Shell
Also check the following!
The entries below didn’t make it to the ranking this month, but were close, check these out:
- Cave Story
- FTP For PS Vita
- Naruto Ultimate Ninja Battle
- Mad TV
- TN Savestate plugin
What would you recommend to fellow PSP/Vita owners? Feel free to add your homebrews in our database and vote for your favorite ones!