The best games for PlayStation Portable

The best games for PlayStation Portable
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The best games for PlayStation Portable

Life has not been easy for the PSP. According to most reports and metrics, the PlayStation Portable became a success, selling over 80 million units and becoming the only popular portable console not released by Nintendo. Which, however, did not help it much in the confrontation with the Big N, whose DS, which was much inferior to the PSP in terms of power, could boast of sales of 150 million copies.

Strange design decisions, such as the choice of UMD (universal media disks) as a storage medium, and Sony’s attempts to improve the situation with the console’s performance, instead of focusing on quality portable games, did not contribute to the growth of popularity . With all this, the PSP left a very noticeable mark on the industry.

So, here is a selection of the best games for the PSP that have been released throughout its existence.

GOD OF WAR: CHAINS OF OLYMPUS

One of the “hooks” of the PSP at one time was its performance equal to the PS2 , which made it possible to play AAA hits of those days. God of War is without a doubt a blockbuster in the gaming world, and the series’ portable adaptation in the form of God of War: Chains of Olympus is rightfully considered one of the most impressive games on the PSP.

GRAND THEFT AUTO: LIBERTY CITY STORIES

The transfer of a Grand Theft Auto game to a portable system is a very important event, especially if we are not talking about the two-dimensional original, but about 3D games, thanks to which, in fact, the franchise gained its incredible popularity. Yes, Liberty City Stories is not as good as Vice City or San Andreas, but it is GTA, and it is certainly one of the best games for PS Portable.

METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER

Everything great about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, from the army-building Big Boss to the Fulton system, first appeared in Peace Walker. The fact that this game is considered one of the best in its series automatically makes it one of the best on the PSP.

GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY STORIES

While Liberty City Stories focused on the events that took place in Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories focused on sunny Vice City, where the crime story unfolded. In addition to completing missions and the gameplay familiar to the GTA series with the genocide of all living things, the game allows you to capture business points of various groups, control them and make a profit from them.

DAXTER

Daxter is a game from the Jak and Daxter series, the action of which takes place between the first and second parts. The story centers on the adventures of Dexter, who must break his friend and partner Jack out of prison. The gameplay is an action game with puzzles , very cheerful and intense.

RATCHET & CLANK: SIZE MATTERS

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters was developed not by the creators of the Ratchet & Clank series, but by a new studio – while Insomniac Games was busy with other projects, the franchise was picked up by High Impact Games. The newcomers retained the familiar gunplay and platforming gameplay, but added a couple of innovations, including armor that can be assembled into sets to gain special abilities. As for the plot, an exciting adventure awaits Ratchet and Clank on several planets.

LUMINES II

One of the first games for PSP and, perhaps, still the best. It is very difficult to make a puzzle that can compete on an equal footing with the king of the genre, Tetris. But Lumines, by combining familiar gameplay with rhythmic music, came closer to the throne than other games.

MIDNIGHT CLUB 3: DUB EDITION

Rockstar San Diego has not only created the amazing Red Dead Redemption games , but also some great racing games, including Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, which came out on PSP. It is an open-world arcade racing game set in Detroit, Atlanta, and San Diego; Players have access to a large selection of cars and a career mode in which they will have to win the title of the best street racer.

CRISIS CORE: FINAL FANTASY VII

This spin-off of the Final Fantasy series is a prequel to Final Fantasy VII , telling the story of SOLDIER fighter Zack Fair, who will become a direct participant in the events leading up to the events of FF VII, meeting Iris and making friends with Cloud Strife. The game reveals the origins of the famous Buster Sword that Cloud would later wield, and sheds light on some of the mysteries of the original game.

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GRAN TURISMO (PSP)

The famous Gran Turismo series has also made its way to the PSP console in the form of a separate port that retains the addictive gameplay and desire for realism inherent in the main games in the line. Here players will find more than 800 cars, 35 tracks and many racing challenges. All this is achieved on a portable console thanks to the talent and perfectionism of the developers from Polyphony Digital.

NEED FOR SPEED: MOST WANTED 5-1-0

Most Wanted is one of the best games in the Need for Speed ​​series : gamers loved it for its plot, extensive vehicle fleet, successful concept of the “blacklist” and chases with very evil cops who did not want to leave the protagonist alone. A version of the game called Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0 was released for the PSP, and on the portable console the project received a couple of new modes, including the ability to play as a police officer and pursue street racers.

LITTLEBIGPLANET

LittleBigPlanet is a puzzle platformer with a detailed level editor that lets you create your own missions and campaigns. Controlling little rag men, players undergo various tests, and thanks to the large number of costumes, each character can be made completely unique.

DISSIDIA: FINAL FANTASY

This fighting game based on the Final Fantasy universe offers players two dozen characters from various parts of the series, including Cloud Strife, Cecil Harvey, Zidane Tribal, Sephiroth, Jecht, Gabranth and many others. Each of the fighters has unique abilities, and the combat system allows you to use various special attacks and combos.

CALL OF DUTY: ROADS TO VICTORY

The PSP has its own exclusive entry into the Call of Duty series , subtitled Roads to Victory. Players will find three campaigns in which they take part in the events of the Western Front of World War II , completing various missions. The game received average reviews from critics, but can boast of high sales .

HALF-MINUTE HERO

Too many PSP games tried to be like their “bigger” cousins, but failed to hold their own weight. However, Half-Minute Hero managed to attract the attention of many gamers with its unusual design: each level in this action-RPG lasts 30 seconds.

TWISTED METAL: HEAD-ON

It so happened that over time, the flaming evil clown driving an ice cream truck became one of Sony’s most popular characters. The Twisted Metal franchise essentially single-handedly defined the fun car war genre when it hit Sony’s low-end console in the form of Twisted Metal: Head On.

LOCO ROCO

Sometimes Sony remembers that it’s a Japanese company and comes out with something truly weird and wonderful. Loco Roco is a cute Katamari Damacy-style game in which you control a creature intent on increasing its mass. But this isn’t just one of the weirdest games on the PSP, no. It’s also smart and visually compelling, giving it every right to stand among the best games on your console.

PATAPON

A sort of sidekick to Loco Roco, also developed by the Japanese division of SCE, the gameplay of which boils down to controlling strange round things. The player takes on the role of a god, leading his army with the help of drums. Once again, what brought the game to the top was not its fancy design, but the flawless execution of all aspects.

WIPEOUT PURE

Racing games have always been a great way to showcase the power of a new console through great visuals. And futuristic racing games like Wipeout are even more suitable for this, since their design is not constrained by reality. And, indeed, it is difficult to dispute the fact that Wipeout Pure is considered one of the most worthy games for the PlayStation Portable.

MONSTER HUNTER FREEDOM UNITE

One of the obvious reasons for the PSP’s success is Japan , which is crazy about the Monster Hunter franchise. It was a big blow for Sony when the series moved to Nintendo portables and, later, older next-generation consoles. The games in this franchise have very… unique gameplay, but this did not stop them from gaining wild popularity and becoming one of the best games for the PlayStation Portable.

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