It wasnt that long ago that the PSP felt like a revolution for the gaming world. Rather than having gameplay restricted to their house, gamers had the option to tote their favorite console around.
Even if its been a while since the PlayStation Portable first made a splash in the gaming world, there are still plenty of great games to come out of this era. Check out some of our favorite picks.
Burnout: Legendstakesthe high-velocity racing ofBurnout 3: Takedown and addsseveral tracks and gameplay modes from the first twoBurnout titlesto create a deep, extremely enjoyable package for racing fans.Legends brings back fan-favorite tracks and modes like Pursuit, where players can takecontrol of a police car and try to take down illegal street racers before they escape.
All told, the game includes 95 unlockable cars, 18 distinct maps, and nine uniquerace types (including the ever-popular Crash, where you simply fly into intersections and try to rack up huge property damage bills). Its enough tokeep your thumbs busy for days.
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, whenCastlevania: Dracula X Chronicles made its way tothe PSP.Chronicles included bothRondo and its celebrated sequel,Castlevania: Symphony of Terror,in one incredible vampire-slaying package.
In Chronicles, you play asprotagonists Richter Belmont and Alucard, andtry to navigate perilous 2D, side-scrolling castles and dungeons in an effort to take down Dracula. Old-schoolCastlevania fans and newcomers alike should enjoy the games excellent soundtrack and updated visuals.
A mobile side-story set between Jak and Daxter and Jak II, one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time, went mobile with this 2006 release, which brings the focus back to pure, unadulterated platforming. Daxter is a front-to-back romp full of personality and humor that perfectly complements the light, skill-based platforming that dominates the gameplay. The PSPs visuals are a bit dated at this point, sure, but Daxters vibrant colors and subtle details inject the game with a ton of flair. Add in some mini-games that lampoon popular movies, and youve got yourself a pretty nice handheld game.
Fans of theFinal Fantasyseries will feel right at home in this real-time action prequel to the original PlayStation classicFFVII.As protagonist Zack Fair,a member of Soldier and a minor character in FFVII, youll search for missing Soldiers Angeal and Genesis, and learn aboutthe truth behind the Shinra corporation.
The game features real-time combat, creatinga seamless experience, and emails that Zackreceives throughout the game provide additional context and a greater sense of immersion. Crisis Core is built exclusively for gaming on the go, too, as dozens of short side quests provide entertainment for the bus or train ride home.
Everyones favorite combo-droppin, god-slayin combat machine returned for 2008sGod of War: Chains of Olympus and 2010sGod of War: Ghost of Sparta.Bothgames, made by developer Ready At Dawn, featurea cleveradaptation ofGod of Wars control scheme and are among the most visually impressive titles made for the console.
InChains, we get to see Kratos during his 10-year service to the gods of Olympus, as he attempts to rescueHelios who, ironically, he would later kill and save the Greek pantheonfrom Morpheus, the god of dreams, and Persephone, the queen of the underworld.Ghost of Sparta follows Kratos after the events of the originalGod of War, as he searches for his lost brother Deimos and confronts Thanatos in his domain of Death.Steeped in Greek lore, Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta provide tons of insight into the life of Kratos before the events ofGod of War,making them must-plays for fans of the series.
Just because you dont have a car doesnt mean you cant have some fun on the road! Thanks to Rockstar Games, you can steal cars and stage epic shootouts with the police all from the back seat of a public bus.Liberty City Stories, a prequel toGrand Theft AutoIII, follows Antonio Toni Cipriani as ascends the ranks of the Italian mafia in Liberty City.Vice City Stories, a prequel toVice City, centers around soldierVictor Vance as he builds a crime empire in Miami-esque Vice City.
Those familiar with Grand Theft Auto wont see much difference from the console titles in terms of gameplay or features, though they play out on a smaller portable open world. The series distinctive charm still comes through, though, from the humorous cutscenes to cops that just dont know when to quit. If youre a fan of the franchise, you wont want to miss out on these two PSP games.
Though we have now played Kingdom Hearts III and even the massive expansionKingdom Hearts III: ReMind they were little more than a twinkle in Square Enix eye when Birth by Sleepcame out in 2010. At the time, thisPSP side-storygavefans of the series something to tide them over in the meantime and some reassurance that the series was still alive and well.
Birth by Sleep brings back the popular combat system fromKingdom Hearts 2with some welcome additions. Notably, the Command System allows players to customize a Command Deck for combat and a Focus bar that replaces the old MP (magic point) system. The plot follows Terra, Aqua, and Ventus, three apprentice Keyblade wielders, on their journey throughout several Disney environments.
Where the original Lumines captured audiences with its unique blend of rhythm and strategy, the follow-up broughtbig-name artists such asGwen Stefani and Missy Elliott into the fray.This simple-yet-challenging puzzle game looks likeTetris at first glance but packs so much more into its sleek package. The player keeps theirboard clear by creating square shapes using solid colors; each stage has two sets of colorfulblocks that drop in four-block-boxes with randomized patterns.
The game synchronizes a sweeping bar that moves across the screen from left to right with a number of musical tracks, composed of varying speeds. The speed of the beat determines the speed of the bar, which, in turn, determines how fast youll need to create your squares to keep the board clean. The game is set up so that youll need to complete tracks in a linear fashion to unlock the next track, which is an annoyance for some and an obsession for others. Either way, the game is perfectly suited to the short periods of play time that mobile gaming affords.
Youll be excited to know that Sonys Ratchet and Clank series is now all on PSP, thanks to Developer High Impact Games, who miraculously engineered its duplication. Yet again, Ratchet and Clank set off on their latest adventure, which happens to be a rescue mission. A young girl named Luna needs their help to escape the treacherous grips of Otto Destruct, a tyrant of the Technomite peoples.
The series signature charm returns, as does the explosive gameplay packed with unique weapons for Ratchet and engaging puzzle sequences for Clank. Skill points, titanium bolts, the R.Y.N.O., they all return triumphantly in Size Matters. Ironically, the title also turns out to be wrong in this case: Ratchet & Clank can be excellent on consoles of all shapes and sizes.
Everyone loves to root for the underdog, and gamers are no different. Therefore, it is fitting that Clanks personal story is in high demand, and it doesnt disappoint. Secret Agent Clank follows Clanks story after he films a TV series in Up Your Arsenal, the third installment of the game series. We follow Clanks attempts to solve the Eye of Infinity gems theft case, much like James Bond would.
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