The PSP was a console that hosted many outstanding games in different genres. On the one hand, it received a few remakes of classic games, but several companies dared to make high-budget games for the handheld. In this article, we show you 16 of the best games you will find for PSP. We've tried to cover as many genres as possible!
As a clarification, the games are not in any preferred order.
1. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
This action RPG is great for anyone who owns a PSP. It tells the story of three characters, Terra, Aqua, and Ventus, who embark on a search for their master Xehanort. The game takes place in real-time, using a command system for both attacking and using items.
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep will take you through a nice collection of Disney worlds. You will have to choose the character to play with, which involves playable differences. We must add that this vital game for the franchise. Although it does not have a number in its title, its importance in the saga is such that it is considered Episode 0.
2. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Kratos' adventures began on PS2 and impacted millions of people. Years later, God of War made the leap to PSP with two games, Ghost of Sparta being the second. The premise is simple: take up arms and destroy all the enemies in front of you.
The story of God of War: Ghost of Sparta recounts the path of revenge of Kratos, who decides to explore his origins further. When he discovers that his brother Deimos is still alive, he decides to enter the domain of death to rescue him, whatever it takes. In this hack & slash, combining attacks well and having no mercy with enemies is highly rewarded. Let them suffer your wrath!
3. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions is a game that combines RPG elements with tactical strategy. It is an updated and improved version of the classic that came out on the first PlayStation. You will accompany the mercenary Ramza, who will form a group that seeks to oppose the government of Ivalice.
This game has a powerful Job system, which is like classes in an RPG. Combining characters with different Jobs is crucial to success in combat and advancing the plot. You will plunge into a magical medieval world where, together with the characters, you will discover a complex plot behind the civil war.
LocoRoco is quite a different platformer than what one might expect, and that makes it that much more fun! The Moja have invaded the planet of the LocoRocos and Mui Mui, and you must help them repel the invasion. To do this, although it sounds crazy, you will control the planet.
Help them to move, jump, split into small creatures or gather. In a series of phases or worlds, each one more crazy than the previous one, you will have to overcome all kinds of obstacles until you reach the end. It is important to eat the fruits to have as many LocoRocos as possible because everything adds up to the final score of the level!
5. Tekken: Dark Resurrection
Tekken: Dark Resurrection is a PSP version of the incredible Tekken 5 that came out on PS2. It's one of the most complete fighting games you'll ever find in the industry, as well as running smoothly on the handheld.
This installment of Tekken has abundant content. With dozens of characters and scenarios, you'll be able to fight in numerous game modes that will challenge your skill and ability to react. Overcome endless challenges and unlock character content, all while discovering who attacked Heihachi Mishima and why.
6. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
PSP received several installments of Metal Gear Solid, but none like Peace Walker. In an action and stealth game approach, you will control Big Boss as he wanders around Costa Rica, years after the events of Snake Eater. Soon he will discover that there is a mysterious nuclear-armed organization that threatens the world.
The game has a powerful story, with memorable characters and gameplay that is already a trademark. However, you also have the possibility to choose different soldiers and types of weapons. Although different from what is customary in the main saga, this gives it a unique richness that invites you to play the missions several times.
7. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
GTA is a world-renowned saga, with millions of followers in many countries. The PSP was not going to be left behind and, therefore, Rockstar launched Vice City Stories on the portable console. In this game, we take control of Victor Vance, who is quickly expelled from the army.
In a fairly short period of time, you will find yourself involved in a whole crime scene in Vice City, a parody based in Miami. You will have enough freedom of action, with a powerful and varied arsenal of weapons. There is no shortage of luxurious cars or characters as striking as they are dangerous. Little by little, you will earn the respect and hatred of the people of the city. Be careful!
8. Wipeout Pure
If you are looking for a racing game for PSP, Wipeout Pure is one of the best choices you can make, if not the best. It is set in the year 2197 in racing ships that use an antigravity system. Wipeout Pure is quite a frenetic game, in which not everything is speeding up and slowing down, but also attacking.
Armed with different rockets, mines, and plasma beams, among other weapons, the game rewards aggressiveness and skill behind the wheel. Each ship has unique characteristics, which implies more or less armor or acceleration. It is also important to consider the handling and strength of the vehicle.
Although it may not be the most complete racing game in content, each game is so frantic that it will send your adrenaline pumping.
Daxter is a platform game for PSP that is a spin-off of the Jak and Daxter saga. While Jak remains in prison, this installment focuses more on his trusty sidekick Daxter, who now doubles as a vermin slayer.
As the desire to free Jak returns, a new enemy named Kaeden threatens the peace of Haven City. In some phases with a strong focus on platforms, action, and humor, Daxter will have to deal with an insistent and dangerous rival. As a side note, the game contains mini-games that reference hit movies. You can even be like Neo from The Matrix!
10. Half-Minute Hero
Half-Minute Hero is what we would call an all-in-one game. The reason for this is that it mixes different genres that are divided into different game modes. Among them, we have an action mode, but also an RPG or shooting mode. In general, the premise is the same: you must complete an objective in less than 30 seconds.
The game has its trick and various nuances that change the way you play. What is clear is that it is quite a fun and challenging game, especially when you beat the first modes and unlock new ones. It is a very unique game not only on the PSP but in the entire video game industry, an unrepeatable experience. We encourage you to try it!
11. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Monster Hunter is a recognized saga that just took off when Capcom launched deliveries on PSP. With Freedom Unite, players were in for a very complete game in this franchise about hunters and huge creatures.
If you are not familiar with Monster Hunter, you will be a hunter who can use hundreds of different weapons and armor to hunt down dangerous creatures. We are not exaggerating with the numbers! The game challenges you to know the prey and find the optimal way to eliminate it. If you get hooked on what Monster Hunter Freedom Unite has to offer, get ready for hundreds of hours of content!
12. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters is a crazy platform and shooting game where we will accompany a leading duo. Ratchet and Clank's vacation is interrupted when a girl is kidnapped and they must go rescue her.
The game takes us through different planets and scenarios, with combat on land and in space. To advance, you must upgrade your weapons and overcome all the obstacles that come your way. It won't be easy! To the surprise of our protagonists, they will soon discover that nothing is what it seems.
This nice two-dimensional game has a mechanic based on rhythm and repeated sequences. We take command of the Patapon tribe that wants to go to the ends of the earth to achieve absolute and eternal happiness. Unfortunately, the Zigoton empire wants to prevent it.
Patapon rewards knowing how to keep a rhythm by pressing buttons in a correct sequence. Only then will they advance, attack, and defend successfully, earning bonuses the better you do. If you miss a sequence, the Patapon tribe will be confused! At the end of the day, Patapon is an innovative experience that is worth trying.
14. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is a tactical turn-based combat game with RPG elements in which we have a lot of control over each character. It is an improved version of the one that came out on the Super Famicon.
Among several additions, it allows us to return to different points in the plot to change our decisions. Similar to Final Fantasy Tactics, we will be able to develop the characteristics and abilities of each character, each one of different classes. As you may have already guessed, history is captivating above all because of its non-linearity, being able to change the course of history.
15. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII is one of the most popular and highest-rated games of all time. For that reason, Crisis Core had the near-impossible mission of at least equaling player expectations. In a certain way, he fulfilled them, although in a different way. The reason is that it is a game a little more focused on action, where we only control Zack Fair.
Starting 7 years before Cloud and the company's story, he goes in search of some missing soldiers named Genesis and Angeal. Little by little, Zack discovers that there is a project underway, with objectives that will test the loyalty of our protagonist.
As usual in the saga, you will develop the character with a system of materials. Leveling up and focusing on it in one way or another is vital to shaping your way of playing. The game is rich in possibilities, although it is also different due to a random system that affects the development of the combats. Interesting to say the least!
16. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Persona is an acclaimed saga that has expanded its proposal until it is a mix of a social life simulator with RPG elements. Persona 3 was the first to make that leap, extending the game's lifespan with interesting and addictive mechanics.
You will control a young orphan who returns to his hometown. Before long, he realizes that there is a threat that plagues the city at night, by creatures called Shadows. Seeing himself in danger, he awakens his Persona, an entity that helps him defeat the Shadows. He would soon find out that he is not the only one with that aptitude.