5 great PSP homebrew to run in Adrenaline on your newly hacked PSVita/PSTV
As a continuation of my unofficial “How to fill up your PSVita/PSTV after h-encore” series, this article tackles some great PSP homebrew you can install on your newly hacked consoles! Obviously, only homebrew that’s not natively available for the PSVita will be mentioned.
One of the most frequently requested homebrew for the PSVita is a Nintendo 64 emulator but some may not know that it’s already possible to emulate it.. sort of. Quite interestingly, the considerably inferior PSP has a Nintendo 64 emulator partly due to it having a MIPS CPU (like the N64) and partly due to the sheer craziness of some developers like ‘StrmnNrmn’.
This PoC emulator developed into something substantial as it can emulate Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, All Star Tennis 99 and Bust-A-Move among others to a decently enjoyable degree. It has also been alleged that the emulator runs slightly better when it’s run via ePSP mode (i.e hacks like Adrenaline) on the PSVita but your mileage may vary.
Recently, an updated build with an optimisation was released so perhaps you should give that a go if you’re heck-bent on playing a Nintendo 64 game on your PSVita/PSTV!
2. Kene Touhou Mohofu (Touhou PSP)
The Touhou game for the PSP, officialy known as Kene Touhou Mohofu, is a vertical bullet-heck shooter game. In this game, you have to dodge screen-fulls of projectiles while still killing your target which may not sound too hard until you actually experience it.
Apart from the great gameplay, this fan-made Touhou game has excellent music to go along with it so that even if you keep on being killed, you’ll play on for the music!
3. Slender PSP
Like the original Slenderman game, in this PSP homebrew title, you have to collect 8 pages in dark environments while trying not to be caught by Slenderman. The PSP game is based on Quake and it outputs pretty decent framerates at around 30+ FPS most of the time.
As the PSVita has a right analogue stick, you can assign the movement buttons to them which makes the game infinitely more enjoyable! To do this, get into Adrenaline’s settings and open the official ePSP settings to configure what your right analogue does.
4. Nazi Zombies Portable
Like Slender PSP, Nazi Zombies Portable is an impressive Quake mod for the PSP. As its title suggests, the game is a zombie shooting game similar to the RotU mod for COD 4. Zombies come in waves and the main objective is to see how long you’ll survive so it’s somewhat of an endless game in that regard.
Obviously, Nazi Zombies Portable won’t get you bored quickly as it has different weapons and a currency system to buy health and defenses among other goodies.
CSPSP is a 2D Counter Strike-esque game for the PSP by Kevin-Chen. The game has online multiplayer support, many different maps to choose from and a variety of weapons. Unfortunately, the online multiplayer aspect of the game has mostly died off BUT it offers a single player mode in which you can play against AIs.
Like many other games, CSPSP benefits from the dual analogue sticks on the PSVita since the right analogue stick makes the game much easier to control if assigned to the L/R triggers.
There are many other great pieces of PSP homebrew but obviously, not all could be listed down in this article. Honourable mentions include SuperTux, Cave Story, Tyrian, Basilisk II, PSPKVM, Giana Sisters and lots of other emulators some of which have native PSVita ports.
Are there any must-have PSP titles that you feel should’ve been included in the list? If so, leave them below!