All-time is a pretty broad term, especially given the PSP had a shelf life of approximately 10 years following its launch back in 2004/5. However, a lot can happen in 10 years. Back when PSP arrived in Europe in September 2005 Oasis and Gorillaz enjoyed No.1 hits. 2005 also saw the release of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, the final part of the then new prequel trilogy. We’re now only a year away from the start of a new trilogy.
PSP was billed as a portable PS2, and for the most part delivered on that promise despite sporting only a single analogue nub.
The system went through numerous iterations, including the short-lived digital-only PSP go which adopted a sliding out screen to keep the device on the small side. Those with UMDs were left wondering how to play their catalogue of games.
God of War: Chains of Olympus, Lumines, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Patapon, LocoRoco, Wipeout Pulse, and Daxter are just some of the titles which highlight the breadth of quality titles available for the first of Sony’s portable PlayStations.
Read on to see which games make the list.
At first you may feel a little overwhelmed by all the menus and libraries, but ultimately its sheer user-friendliness, the common controls, and omnipresent video tutorials win out the day. “Timbaland knows the way to reach
2LocoRoco Midnight Carnival
It might be a trickier experience than fans are used to, but it’s still a joy to play. At a budget price it’s a game few PSP owners will be disappointed by. LocoRoco
3Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier
High Impact Games missed the mark with its Ratchet and Clank spin-off “Secret Agent Clank”, but The Lost Frontier more or less nails the Jak and Daxter formula. There hasn’t been a Jak and Daxter game for ages.
4Savage Moon: The Hera Campaign
It’s hard and depressing, but if you put in the effort, you won’t be disappointed. PlayStation Network-exclusive Tower Defence game Savage Moon was great. It was bleak, gory and, above all, hugely satisfying.
5Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days
Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days sees the unashamedly hardcore strategy game return to the PSP in style. It is a bottomless pit of gameplay that will command your attention from start to finish.
6Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
If you’ve been looking for something genuinely engaging to play on your Wii, your search is at an end. It’s fair to say that the Silent Hill franchise has suffered a bit of an identity crisis over the past half-decade
7Valkyria Chronicles II
For those looking for a stylish, intellectually stimulating strategy game, Valkyria Chronicles II won’t disappoint. Grids, menus and stats; not the most exhilarating things in the world are they? Still, throw them all together
8Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
At times it looks better than its PS2 cousins and for those still enduring the long and painful road to KH3, Birth by Sleep is a fantastic stop along the way. After nearly ten years, it still boggles my mind that the Kingdom
9Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
Tactics Ogre: Let us Cling Together is a charming restoration of a classic game. Let us Cling Together? That’s a really horrid caption, immediately conjuring up the kind of broken, half-formed Engrish sentiment that Square
10The 3rd Birthday
3rd Birthday is full of scenes that are graphically impressive and wholly cinematic in effect, and ends up being something that is surprisingly interesting and entertaining.
11Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice
Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice is one of the best PSP games I’ve played. Get into gear, and get this game. Is it me or is the PSP getting a whole lot more interesting now.
12God of War: Chains of Olympus
If you’ve been after a reason to pick up the PSP this is it. It’s only March and the handheld game of the year has probably already arrived. Ever since the PSP burst into stores we’ve been waiting for true console-like gaming
13Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Crisis Core is not only a must buy for FF fans, but a must buy for RPG fans. Did you cry when Aeris died in Final Fantasy VII? Is your bedroom a shrine to white haired bad ass Sephiroph
LocoRoco 2 is the most uplifting game available, not only on the title-shy PSP, but on any platform. The genius of Tsutomu Kouno’s LocoRoco concept is that its gameplay hasn’t been forced, like a square peg to a round hole
15Gran Turismo PSP
This is Gran Turismo as you remember it but on a handheld. Buy it, spend hours earning credits and buying cars, and try to overlook the glaring omissions without shedding a small tear.
he original, maddeningly-addictive gameplay remains intact, but there’s also a generous selection of alternative modes and variations. By now even the most casual of gamers must be familiar with Tetris. This was the puzzler
At £3.99 it’s definitely worth a download if you’re after a commute killer. If you owned a Commodore Amiga, which you undoubtedly did because you’re hardcore, then you probably played Pinball Fantasies, the 1992 pinball game
LittleBigPlanet on PSP is flawed in places, but it’s still one of the PSP’s best games and an absolutely essential purchase. Rumours about LittleBigPlanet for the PSP emerged before the PS3 game even hit stores
Return of the king. With the FIFA vs PES battle now largely a critical rather than commercial one (that war has been long-won), PES 2014 finds itself in the position of competing with itself to satisfy a loyal
20Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Whether you’re a GTA veteran or someone who’s never played one of these games before, you should know that this is one of the best games available for your PSP. Is GTA: Chinatown Wars my favourite handheld game of all time?
Burnout: Legends takes the high velocity racing of Burnout 3: Takedown and adds several tracks and gameplay modes from the first two Burnout titles to create a deep, extremely enjoyable package for racing fans. Legends brings back fan-favorite tracks and modes like Pursuit, where players can take control of a police car and try to take down illegal street racers before they escape.
22Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood released in Japan in 1993 to critical acclaim, but an English version of the game was never made — well, until 2007, when Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles made its way to the PSP. Chronicles included both Rondo and its celebrated sequel, Castlevania: Symphony of Terror, in one incredible vampire-slaying package.
23Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Fans of the Final Fantasy series will feel right at home in this real-time action prequel to the original PlayStation classic, FFVII. As protagonist Zack Fair, a member of SOLDIER and a minor character in FFVII, you’ll search for missing SOLDIERs Angeal and Genesis, and learn about the truth behind the Shinra corporation.
24God of War: Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta
Everyone’s favorite combo-droppin’, god-slayin’ combat machine returned for 2008’s God of War: Chains of Olympus and 2010’s God of War: Ghost of Sparta. Both games, made by developer Ready At Dawn, feature a clever adaptation of God of War‘s control scheme, and are among the most visually impressive titles made for the console.
In Chains, we get to see Kratos during his 10-year service to the gods of Olympus, as he attempts to rescue Helios — who, ironically, he would later kill — and save the Greek pantheon from Morpheus, the god of dreams, and Persephone, the queen of the underworld.
NBA 2K13 will let gamers pit the best players in NBA history against the new dynasty of talent, including the much-debated matchup between the 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team and …
26FIFA Soccer 12
FIFA Soccer 12 brings to the pitch a new game-changing Player Impact Engine, which is a physics engine built to deliver real-world physicality in every interaction on the pitch.
27Persona 2: Innocent Sin
28Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
The direct sequel to Metal Gear Solid 3 makes an appearance on the PSP in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
29N.O.V.A. – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
With Earth no longer able to sustain life, huge artificial satellites called near-orbitals were constructed for people to live on.
31FIFA Soccer 10
FIFA Soccer 10 brings back EA’s soccer series for another year with updated rosters, improved graphics, and other enhancements.
Dirt returns with improved physics and visuals, head-to-head online play, and new social features to engage the racing community.