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The Best PSP Games of All Time

Released in 2004, the PlayStation Portable is easily the most popular non-Nintendo handheld console ever created. The device went through a few iterations, and Sony tried some odd approaches (movie releases, really?), but the library of games speaks for itself.

And beyond its own library, the PSP has continued to find life as a fantastic little emulation device. I still keep my PSP Go handy for grab-and-run gaming. If you can get your hands on one and you enjoy tinkering, I highly recommend it!

But we’re here to talk about PSP games specifically, so let’s get to the ranking!

10. Wipeout Pulse

Cover art of Wipeout Pulse for PSP

Game Info – Wipeout Pulse

U.S. Release: PSP (2008)
Developer: Studio Liverpool
Game Type: Racing
Multiplayer: Yes

Wipeout Pulse is a high-speed futuristic racing game offering exhilarating anti-gravity racing on gravity-defying tracks. Players pilot futuristic vehicles, competing against AI opponents or other players in intense races. The objective is to outmaneuver rivals, utilize power-ups, and cross the finish line as quickly as possible.

I have to admit that one of my favorite things about the game is the pulsating electronic soundtrack. But its sleek visuals, challenging track designs, and addictive nature of high-speed racing also make it a standout PSP game.

9. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

Cover art of Final Fantasy Tactics for PSP

Game Info – Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

U.S. Release: PSP (2007)
Developer: Square Enix
Game Type: Tactical RPG
Multiplayer: Yes

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is a tactical RPG combining deep strategy and a rich narrative. It was originally released as Final Fantasy Tactics for the PlayStation, designed by Yasumi Matsuno, who previously helmed Ogre Battle. Players command a group of warriors, each with unique abilities and job classes, as they navigate a war-torn land. The objective is to lead their army to victory, uncover political intrigues, and restore peace to the kingdom of Ivalice.

This updated version of the game featured the same intricate tactical battles, deep character customization, and a captivating storyline filled with political drama and moral choices. But it also added cutscenes and multiplayer. Final Fantasy Tactics is simply one of the best tactical strategy games ever made… and absolutely worth playing.

8. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

Cover art of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for PSP

Game Info – Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

U.S. Release: PSP (2009)
Developer: Capcom
Game Type: ARPG
Multiplayer: Yes

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is an action RPG that immerses players in a world teeming with colossal creatures to hunt and formidable challenges to overcome. Players create their own hunter and embark on quests, battling and capturing various monsters. If you are familiar with the series, you know the gameplay loop! The objective is to gather resources and craft more and more powerful weapons and armor so you can hunt more dangerous monsters.

As always, this entry in the Monster Hunter series features deep and rewarding gameplay mechanics, cooperative multiplayer mode, and the sense of triumph from felling mighty beasts. The challenging combat, extensive customization options, and the thrill of cooperative monster hunts provide countless hours of epic adventures.

7. Patapon

Cover art of Patapon for PSP

Game Info – Patapon

U.S. Release: PSP (2008)
Developer: Pyramid
Game Type: Rhythm
Multiplayer: No

Patapon is a unique rhythm-based strategy game that combines music and warfare. Players command a tribe of mystical creatures called Patapons, issuing rhythmic commands using drum beats. The objective is to guide the Patapons through missions, defeat enemies, and reclaim their homeland.

The innovative and fun gameplay mechanics, addictive rhythm-based gameplay, and charming art style grabbed PSP owners from the start. It featured some really catchy tunes and strategic depth. But most importantly, it gave players the satisfaction of precise rhythmic commands, offering a fresh and engaging experience.

6. Daxter

Cover art of Daxter for PSP

Game Info – Daxter

U.S. Release: PSP (2006)
Developer: Ready at Dawn
Game Type: Platform
Multiplayer: Yes

Daxter is a platformer spin-off from the Jak and Daxter series, starring the witty and charismatic ottsel, Daxter. Players navigate through various levels, battle enemies, and solve environmental puzzles in their quest to save Jak from captivity. The objective is to reunite with Jak, defeat the forces of evil, and restore peace to Haven City.

Daxter’s charming protagonist, engaging platforming gameplay, and polished presentation make it a standout title for the PSP. Overall, it makes great use of the hardware’s capability for vibrant visuals. Plus, the humorous dialogue and the nostalgia of revisiting the beloved Jak and Daxter universe make it a delightful experience for fans of the series.

5. Lumines

Cover art of Lumines for PSP

Game Info – Lumines

U.S. Release: PSP (2005)
Developer: Q Entertainment
Game Type: Puzzle
Multiplayer: No

Lumines is a puzzle game that combines mesmerizing visuals with addictive block-matching gameplay. Players are tasked with clearing blocks by creating squares of the same color that are then wiped away by a sweeping bar. The objective is to achieve high scores and maintain rhythm with the game’s synchronized music.

The innovative gameplay mechanics, stylish presentation, and addictive puzzle formula made Lumines more than just “Sony’s Tetris.” The seamless integration of visuals and sound, the sense of flow it provided, and the challenging yet rewarding nature of its puzzles make it a must-play for puzzle enthusiasts.

4. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Cover art of GTA Vice City Stories for PSP

Game Info – Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

U.S. Release: PSP (2006)
Developer: Rockstar
Game Type: Action Adventure
Multiplayer: Yes

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is an open-world action-adventure game set in the fictional Vice City during the 1980s. Players assume the role of Vic Vance, a former soldier, as he becomes embroiled in the criminal underworld. They engage in missions, explore the huge city, and participate in illegal activities. The goal is to rise through the ranks of the criminal hierarchy and uncover the truth behind the city’s power struggles.

Vice City Stories continued what many fans of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City wanted more of… that sweet, sweet Miami Vice-inspired 1980s setting. It engaged players with its immersive open-world environment, compelling storyline, and the freedom to engage in chaotic and unpredictable gameplay. The blend of action and humor and the ability to experience a GTA adventure on the go make it a classic PSP game.

3. Persona 3 Portable

PSP cover of Persona 3 Portable

Game Info – Persona 3 Portable

U.S. Release: PSP (2010)
Developer: Atlus
Game Type: Social Sim RPG
Multiplayer: No

Persona 3 Portable is a role-playing game that combines dungeon-crawling gameplay with social simulation elements. Players assume the role of a high school student who joins a secret organization fighting supernatural creatures during the “Dark Hour.” They balance daily school life, form friendships, and engage in turn-based battles. The objective is to navigate dungeons, uncover the truth behind the “Dark Hour,” and prevent the world’s impending destruction.

The unique blend of social interactions, deep RPG mechanics, and a compelling narrative make Persona 3 Portable a fantastic entry in the series. The memorable characters, engaging gameplay loop, and the ability to form meaningful connections with the game’s cast make it a must-play RPG experience on the PSP.

2. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Cover art of Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker for PSP

Game Info – Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

U.S. Release: PSP (2010)
Developer: Konami
Game Type: Stealth
Multiplayer: Yes

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a stealth-action game that takes place after the events of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Players assume the role of the legendary soldier, Snake, as he establishes his private military organization and confronts a new threat. They undertake missions, utilize stealth tactics, and engage in strategic combat. The objective is to uncover a sinister plot and maintain peace in the world.

Peace Walker’s immersive stealth gameplay, deep story, and innovative co-op multiplayer mode absolutely captivated PSP gamers. Its robust mechanics, engaging boss battles, and the continuation of the Metal Gear Solid saga pleased longtime fans as well as newcomers to the series.

1. God of War: Chains of Olympus

Cover art of God of War Chains of Olympus for PSP

Game Info – God of War: Chains of Olympus

U.S. Release: PSP (2008)
Developer: Ready at Dawn
Game Type: Action Adventure
Multiplayer: No

God of War: Chains of Olympus brings the iconic action-packed gameplay of the franchise to the PSP. Players assume the role of Kratos, a Spartan warrior, on a quest to defeat the gods of Olympus. They engage in frantic combat, solve puzzles, and face off against mythological creatures. The objective is to unravel the mysteries of the gods and seek revenge.

Stunning visuals, visceral combat mechanics, and a captivating story expand the God of War universe in this game. The seamless blend of epic battles, intense boss fights, and the adrenaline-pumping feel of being a god slayer made it a must-play for fans of the series.

God of War has become one of the most important series in gaming history. This is your chance to explore its roots and we highly recommend Chains of Olympus!