When it comes to listing the best PSP games on the planet, you need to speak to people who have used this portable handheld console until their fingers have gone numb and their hands have become sore.
Maybe we have too much time on our hands or maybe we just love testing games (definitely the second one), but we always have a couple of these units on hand in the office when we need a break from collecting stars in the Mushroom Kingdom or slaying Bokoblins in Hyrule Field.
The PSP version of the PC game is an adventure with certain features from the PC title. Customise and create features as you explore Strangetown, conversing with the people who live there as you complete tasks.
The game itself feels like a playable comic book, though not as obviously as games like Comix Zone. The story is based on Norse Mythology and heavily features dark angels, magic spells, pointy swords, and the realm of Asgard.
Based on COD3, this portable game is basically a watered down version of the console title, with many of the same maps but different objectives and changes to make play on a smaller console easier and smoother.
The main change from the first game is the single player gameplay. Players now take characters through a game world reminiscent of the other Final Fantasy titles, exploring every inch of the map and taking part in random events along the way.
Fans of the Trails series will no doubt already know all about this epic game. I can still remember the first time I visited the Liberl Kingdom, getting stuck into spellbinding battles and meeting all the colourful characters that live there.
I look for an immersive and engaging fantasy experience when I play games like this, and the Trails series is dripping with so much nerdy goodness that I could play Trails in the Sky for days on end.
Playing our mates in Retro Dodo Towers via WiFi multiplayer is always a massive laugh. Pure is one of the most unpredictable games going; with speeds like these, the outcome of the race is anyones guess!
Block matching gameplay twinned with sound and light patterns make for a visual feast for the senses, and with new backgrounds and landscapes to discover as you progress through the game, it constantly evolves and stays fresh for the player.
As always, anything is possible and highly probably in this game. Players take to the streets to survive amongst Triad wars while getting caught up with every type of crime and corruption imaginable.
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness is a PSP remake of the original Disgaea: Hour of Darkness for the PS2. Championing people who wear far too few clothes, this port is an updated version of the original with fine tuned features and new elements that make the gameplay oh so sweeter.
Players resume the role of Gabe Logan and occasionally Lian Xing, special operatives for a secret government agency. The non-linear, open-ended feel of the previous game has been reverted to the linear gameplay. Several types of weapons and vision modes are introduced. Players can now hide against walls and shoot around corners. However, the roll ability is noticeably absent.
You might have guessed from the name, but this title has a hidden catch that makes everything a heck of a lot harder. Each single-player game mode, of which there are many, features a recurring game mechanic in which players must complete challenges and tasks in 30-seconds or under.
Split/Second is a game where the course can change midway through the race. By performing stunts, overtaking players mid-air, and driving like a Formula 1 god, players can fill their power meter and trigger an explosion that could totally affect the outcome of the race.
The PSP version has some subtle differences from the main console versions, including fine-tuning of the game mechanics and alterations that make racing on the PSP easier. A new track featuring all three docks in one lap appears as a PSP only level too.
Fans of shooting games such as Syphon Filter and any Metal Gear Solid title will love Killzone: Liberation. As well as shooting bad guys and trying to stay alive, there is a collecting element to the game too.
The best modes, however, have to be Road Rage and Pursuit. Road Rage requires players to drive badly, earning points for causing other cars to crash, while Pursuit sees gamers taking control of a cop car as they take down drivers.
One of the best parts of this game was the level creator, where players could make their own levels for Sackboy to traverse through. Gamers could upload these for other users to play all over the globe, but sadly, the Little Big Planet servers closes forever in 2016.
Resistance: Retribution was one of the first titles that I used to connect my PSP up to my PS3 too! With Resistance 2 in the disc tray, gamers could fire up Retribution and play it using the PS3 controller. The DualShock rumble worked perfectly too!
Persona 3 almost topped our list of the Best PSP RPGs for portable fantasy gaming. It has one of the greatest plotlines of any handheld game and makes all of the after school clubs you went to as a kid seem boring beyond belief!
The Patapons march in time to the drum beats that you play out by pressing the PSP face buttons, all the while moving towards battles with the seven evil arch-fiends in a 2D world filled with exciting obstacles and rich scenery that you might not expect from a side-scrolling game.
Loco Roco 2 sees gamers once again taking control of a colourful planet filled with critters. You can use certain buttons to turn the planet and others to organise the Loco Roco as they move through the different areas.
This game stays true to the series and carries on from where Valkyria Chronicles left off perfectly. Set in 1939 E.C and two years after the second European War, this title revolves around a group of cadets from a military academy and their mission to prevent a bunch of rebels from carrying out a terrible ethnic cleansing plot.
This prequel to Vice City sees Gary Busey, Luis Guzmán, Philip Michael Thomas, and Danny Trejo reprise their roles from previous games for the very last time, making it a must-have for any nostalgic gamers who hold onto the past with a vice-like grip (see what I did there?).
His tuxedo has a number of secret gadgets (just like our very own Mr Bond), that Clank can use on his quest, and rhythmic sections where the player has to press a series of buttons to sneak past enemies will test even the most advanced gamers skills.
This game has so many Disney references and locations inside it that you might be forgiven for thinking that you were playing Castle Of Illusion (one of our best SEGA Game Gear games of all time!), and is a great title for anyone who might be new to gaming or a general RPG all-rounder.
Widely regarded as the best Dragon Ball Z game to ever grace a home console, Budokai 3 had it all: an amazing character roster, tons of content to blast through, and a fantastic combat system with some truly spectacular special moves.
Two of the greatest games ever made for the PS2, there have been many ports and remasters of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and its successor, but you're not exactly going to turn down one more, are you?
It's perhaps the greatest survival horror game ever made: Silent Hill 2 may feel clunky by modern standards, but its twisted tale is still harrowing today. We'd like to see the classic joined by Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, an extremely late PS2 port that has some interesting psychological ideas that deserve to be seen.
At a time when extreme sports games were all the rage, SSX Tricky brought brash colours and unforgettable gameplay. Given the absence of similar titles, this would prove a breath of fresh air on the PS4.
Lara Croft didn't exactly have the greatest time on the PS2, but Tomb Raider Anniversary was a pretty decent remake of the original game by Crystal Dynamics, and while the series' gameplay has evolved more recently, it'd be great to go back to the series' puzzle platforming roots.
Hideki Kamiya's handsome side-scrolling beat-'em-up was originally part of the Capcom Five, which means that it inevitably ended up on the PS2 not long after its GameCube launch. Its art style still holds up, even if its gameplay is hard-as-nails.
An impressive list that could easily be twice as long! Which games are we missing? Are there any titles here that you're desperate to play again on the PS4? Reveal your retro side in the comments section below.
@Pink_Floyd I really love GUN, too. I don't often replay games, but I've beaten GUN five or six times over the years on various platforms. I have a really soft spot for it, even though Red Dead Redemption eventually came out and did everything better.
Rather than remaster all of these games, wouldn't it just be easier for Sony to release a combo PS1-PS2-PS3 player that plays all of those discs and and you can buy them on PSN in their native format? The OG PS3 could probably be made and sold for $99. Did you guys have the $99 bright red Wii Mini over there? They could make it Pushsquare blue and call it the PLS, Playstation Legacy System. I'd buy 2. Or just bring back the PS2, they could probably sell that for $49, everybody still owns a functioning PS3 anyway.
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@rjejr PS2 Classics on the PS4 are emulations that hook into many of the PS4's OS features. So, they get upscaled graphics, Trophy support, and share functionality. Definitely the best way for these games to come back, as the new features give added incentive to go back.
@get2sammyb I don't know, that's all lost on me, trophy's, upscaled graphics. If you want to play the games, play the games, if you want new games, play new games. I didn't get a PS4 for 3 years b/c I felt like all it had was PS3 games upscaled that I already played or didn't want to play. I'll buy a remodeled PS2 to play my old discs, but I want them to focus on NEW games on the PS4 and PS5. Otherwise you have an Xbox One situation where the only games X1 has are Xbox360 games and Rare Replay. 2b1af7f3a8