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The Best PSP Games of All Time

What are the best PSP games of all time?

When it comes to handheld consoles, the PlayStation Portable was a game-changer, and despite being first released in North America in 2005, it has stood the test of time to remain one of the most popular on-the-go consoles to date.

Although the console itself is great, it is the variety of amazing games that can be played on it that helps keep it popular among gamers. After all, a console is only as good as the games you can play on it.

Today we’ve nailed down 50 of the best PSP games that players keep coming back to again and again.

 

The Best PSP Games of All Time

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Here’s our list of the 50 best PSP games of all time:

 

50. MLB 07: The Show

 

Sports games are always popular, and MLB 07: The Show is no exception as it continues to be a favorite among fans of the series.

As a handheld game, it can be played anywhere at any time, and the online system makes it possible for players to get MLB news whenever connected.

 

49. Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2

 

Sticking with the sports theme, we have Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2.

This game is a classic, and as a PSP port, it features all of the gorgeously designed courses and customization options that players love, no matter where you are.

 

48. Sega Genesis Collection

 

The Sega Genesis Collection is a true treasure, and it collects numerous great games, such as Sonic, Shinobi III, Altered Beast, and the original version of Golden Axe for SEGA Genesis.

With so many games and unlockable items rolled into one, it’s no wonder this Collection is so popular with PSP players.

 

47. Wipeout Pulse

 

Wipeout Pulse is a racing game that will really get your heart pumping.

With its futuristic race tracks from 2207, this game makes Mario Kart look like a great, chill, friendship-building activity.

Did we mention you get to pilot an anti-gravity spaceship?

 

46. Valkyria Chronicles II

 

SEGA is renowned for making exceptional games, and Valkyria Chronicles II is an excellent example.

Picking up where the original game left off, this installment will have you fighting against rebels who are striving to enact their horrific ethnic cleansing campaign.

 

45. Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix

 

Tony Hawk games are notorious for making you feel like a skateboarding legend. 

While players can’t create their own parks like they can in the console versions, the PSP version does feature four exclusive levels, new characters, and brand new cut scenes that can only be found on the PSP.

 

44. FIFA Soccer 10

 

FIFA 10 somehow managed to outdo its predecessor, which had once been considered the most realistic soccer game ever released.

Featuring a new manager mode that allows players to see soccer news from around the world, an improved transfer system, and more realistic performances, this game is much beloved by soccer fans looking to take control of their own teams while on the go.

 

43. MLB 08: The Show

 

While MLB 07 is loved by fans, so too is its successor.

MLB 08 provides players with a lot of improvements, such as increased immersion, performance rewards, and the ability to play offense and defense from the players’ perspective.

 

42. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

 

Final Fantasy titles are some of the most successful in gaming, and Crisis Core is no exception.

Merging role-playing with open-world gameplay and real-time combat, this game cements its place as one of the greatest PSP games of all time.

 

41. Crush

 

Crush is a unique game that lends itself well to the PSP.

Set in a 3D world, players must use the crush mechanic to transform it into a 2D state in order to access specific areas and unlock items.

 

40. MLB 06: The Show

 

If you haven’t caught on yet, MLB PSP games are popular, and for good reason.

With an all-new career mode where players can create their own unique players and a new season mode, MLB 06 really knocked it out of the park.

It even offers multiplayer modes either via Ad Hoc mode or throughout the nation in Infrastructure mode.

 

39. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

 

This puzzle game tasked players with creating the ultimate hero capable of saving the world through turn-based match-three-style puzzle games that are available in one of the three gameplay modes.

While single players battle against an AI in 150 challenging puzzle quests, Instant Action mode allows players to battle and level up characters without the need for quests.

 

38. LocoRoco

 

This 2D platformer action game might not seem like much on the surface, but it’s insanely addicting, with over 40 stages of vibrant worlds to discover.

In addition to this, there are three unique mini-games and wireless features that ensure this game is incredibly hard to put down.

 

37. LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

 

LEGO is a notably successful franchise, and the reason why is really highlighted in Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy.

Combining Episodes IV, V, and VI, this game is enjoyable, lighthearted, and addicting.

Additionally, because it’s a LEGO game, players have an incredible amount of customization, allowing them to mix and match body parts of over 50 playable characters.

 

36. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse

 

Although X-Men never seems to get the love it deserves, this game shows just how great it can be as a game.

Debuting numerous new characters, improved powers, and over 100 enemy types that players can test out the impressive combat mechanics on.

 

35. Space Invaders Extreme

 

Between the improved graphics and addicting gameplay, Space Invaders Extreme draws in players with up-beat music that syncs perfectly with the gameplay.

A modern twist on a classic game is exactly what makes this game a must-have. 

 

34. Half-Minute Hero

 

It’s easy to get caught up playing Half-Minute Hero as you rush through this fast-paced action game that challenges you to complete stages in 30 seconds.

Featuring four varying storylines and game modes that make this a shooter, escort, strategy, and RPG, this game manages to be everything players want in a game, all rolled into one.

 

33. Tekken: Dark Resurrection

 

Tekken: Dark Resurrection delivers some of the most realistic graphics on handheld platforms.

With over 30 playable characters and destructible objects scattered across the 19 stages, Tekken cements its place as one of the best fighting games of all time. 

You can even use Wi-Fi to battle against your friends to prove you have mastered all of the new fight styles and moves.

 

32. FIFA Soccer 09

 

Before FIFA 10 came around, FIFA 9 was billed as the best soccer game ever made, and many fans still feel that way.

With hundreds of new animations, 360-degree coverage of the field, and enhanced control over players, from the moment you pick it up, it challenges you to think like a real soccer player and rewards players who can rise to the challenge.

 

31. Blast Off

 

Blast Off is an out-of-this-world arcade game that tasks players with rescuing astronauts and getting them safely through the warp gates.

What really makes this a great game is the use of gravity fields, which can both help or hinder players during their missions.

Game mechanics like this make Blast Off an addicting addition to any PSP collection.

 

30. Virtua Tennis: World Tour

 

This tennis game features three engaging gameplay modes.

Players can travel the world with their custom characters to win money, play as a pro in one-off matches or partake in tournament mode where only the best players are able to serve their way to victory.

 

29. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters

 

In this game, characters Ratchet and Clank find themselves thrust into a quest to rescue a kidnapped girl and end up discovering a long-lost race of genius investors along the way.

With brand new weapons, more dangerous plots, and customizable armor, this game shines over previous games and builds on its foundation to create one of the best games on the PSP.

 

28. Tetris

 

Tetris is a classic, and no matter how much time passes, it remains one of the most popular video games of all time.

Having it available on the PSP means players can unwind with this game whenever and wherever they are. Perfect for workday breaks or sneaking in a level when your boss isn’t looking.

 

27. Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow

 

As a sequel to the first game, Dark Mirror, Logan’s Shadow gives players control of Gabe Logan once more, enabling them to use both stealth and run-and-gun techniques to take on an extremist group.

It even features an improved combat system that allows players to grab enemies as human shields, force enemies into cover by blind firing and engage in 360 underwater combat.

 

26. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

 

Grand Theft Auto is one of the most well-known and beloved gaming titles, and Vice City Stories certainly lived up to the hype.

As engaging as it is fun to play, Vice City Stories is a classic on the PSP.  

 

25. PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe

 

Combining the original PlayStation 3 strategy game with its expansion pack into one game, PixelJunk Monsters does its console counterpart justice with the added benefit of portability.

Players love this game for its emphasis on strategy, as well as its unique bosses and monsters, new modes, and standout stages.

 

24. Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness

 

Disgaea has a lot going for it, from a knife-wielding penguin to the open-ended nature of the story, which enables players to keep growing and building their characters long after the main story is finished.

Coupled with the engaging gameplay, it’s no wonder why this game remains so popular with so many players.

 

23. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

 

If you’re looking for a great tactical RPG, look no further than Tactics Ogre.

As warring clans battle for supremacy, players find themselves in the middle of a war-torn country fighting through turn-based combat sections with actions that impact the branching story paths.

 

22. Patapon 3

 

Starting off where the previous game left off, Patapon 3 introduces players to a brand new land across the Rainbow Bridge.

Despite being a 2D game, it is surprisingly detailed with challenging obstacles and engaging gameplay that may not be expected from a typical side-scrolling game.

 

21. Velocity

 

This innovative shooter game gives players command of a spacecraft capable of quantum teleportation in order to save survivors of a growing black hole before it swallows them up.

In addition to being a fun-to-play shooter, it also utilizes action-based puzzles to keep you on your toes.

 

20. Burnout Legends

 

If you love racing games, the Burnout franchise is definitely for you, and Burnout Legends combines all the best parts of the series into one game.

Including game modes from the previous games, players can take advantage of these different modes, which gives them the chance to obtain rare and legendary cars.

 

19. LittleBigPlanet

 

LittleBigPlanet is a classic, immersive game that is made even better by Stephen Fry’s voiceover.

With 23 main levels and 14 additional mini-levels to choose from, players will have loads of gameplay to go through.

While the multiplayer servers that allowed you to upload your custom levels did close in 2016, this game is still amazing for playing on your own.

 

18. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

 

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops brings the action stealth genre to the PSP with incredible results.

With innovative online play and an original storyline, this inclusion in the Metal Gear series truly allows players to experience all the features of the PSP.

 

17. Jeanne d’Arc

 

Jeanne d’ Arc gives players control of a crusader named Jeanne, whose goal is to seal away the demon king and restore her homeland.

Venturing through over 40 incredibly detailed environments, players can even control up to 14 other characters at various points in the story, both human and beast, as they attempt to turn away English domination in France.

 

16. Gran Turismo

 

When it comes to incredible racing titles, Gran Turismo enables players to put the pedal to the metal and really let loose.

With fantastic graphics, 800 car types, and 35 unique racing tracks, this entry in the Gran Turismo series is undoubtedly one of the best.

 

15. Ridge Racer

 

Sticking with racing games, we have Ridge Racer.

Although it has only 24 circuits compared to Gran Turismo’s 35, the graphics are worth writing home about, and the classic tracks still shine even on the small screen.

For race game lovers, this is a must-have when it comes to PSP games.

 

14. Daxter

 

You can’t make a list of the best PSP games of all time without giving Daxter its due.

With levels that take inspiration from well-known movies, there’s something to love for everyone in this game.

 

13. LocoRoco 2

 

As a follow-up to the first game, this installment is one that everyone, regardless of age, can enjoy.

It’s a fun way to kill time without worrying too much about progression or leveling.

Featuring brand new skills you can discover as you play, this vibrant adventure game is really fun for the whole family.

 

12. Wipeout Pure

 

This anti-gravity racing game takes racecourses to a whole new level with some truly toe-curling twists and turns.

The precursor to Wipeout Pulse, this game is a good alternative for players who want to branch out from traditional racing games.

 

11. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror

 

The precursor to Logan’s Shadow, this is a game for players who love stealth and being able to pick off enemies in high-stress situations.

Not only are the graphics great, but the amount of firepower that players can take advantage of is simply impressive.

 

10. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

 

Monster Hunter Freedom is a great game for players who want to sit back, relax and slay monsters.

That said, like all Monster Hunter games, if you have the patience and dedication to press on to defeat the biggest monsters, you’ll quickly become addicted.

 

9. God of War: Ghost of Sparta

 

God of War is one of the best selling PS4 games of all time and is adored by fans worldwide. 

Ghost of Sparta does the franchise justice with its unique apocalyptic feel mixed with the Greek mythology we’ve come to love.

Hacking and slashing with the Blades of Athena as you mow down minotaurs, harpies and gorgons is a rush only this game can provide.

 

8. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable

 

This RPG has received high praise from both players and critics alike, and it’s easy to see why.

As an enhanced version of the game, players have access to numerous improvements, difficulties, and abilities to control teammates during combat.

If you’re a fan of Persona, this game is one of the best PSP games you don’t want to miss.

 

7. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

 

Final Fantasy Tactics is a turn-based strategy game that contains exclusive content only available on the PlayStation Portable.

With new sequences, jobs, story elements, and multiplayer, it is something that fans of the Final Fantasy series should add to their collection.

 

6. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

 

With its anime-style characters and Mickey Mouse, this game has a lot to love.

Fans of Disney will enjoy the absurd amount of references, and the action-RPG qualities make it perfect for players looking to kick back and enjoy, no matter where you are.  

 

5. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

 

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories adds an entirely original storyline to the Grand Theft Auto game series.

Between the open-world environment, excellent voices, epic musical tracks, and interactivity, there’s something for everyone to love in this installment.  

 

4. Lumines

 

As a puzzle game, Lumines stands out as one of the best PSP games, and it really is an engaging treat for players.

Although it’s nearly 20 years old now, it still holds up as one of the most addicting and fun games to play.

 

3. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

 

Metal Gear Solid has always been one of the staple PlayStation franchises, so it should be no surprise that Peace Walker takes the 3rd spot on our list.

As far as action-adventure stealth shooter games go, this game is top tier.

 

2. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

 

While Vice City and Liberty City Stories were great games, Chinatown Wars was just incredible.

From the original story to the ability to brawl, drive recklessly, and set fire to anything you want, there’s just something so hilariously fun about this game that keeps players coming back.

 

1. God of War: Chains of Olympus

 

Chains of Olympus follows Kratos on his journey to destroy Ares in the most brutal ways possible.

If the adrenaline-pumping battles aren’t enough, the breathtaking environments, kickass chain blades, and challenging puzzles definitely make it the best PSP game you can play.

 

Summary

When it comes to choosing the best PSP games of all time, these 50 stand out from the rest.

With each bringing something different to the table, there’s something for everyone to enjoy while on the go.

Here’s a quick recap of the 50 best PSP games of all time:

  1. God of War: Chains of Olympus
  2. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
  3. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
  4. Lumines
  5. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
  6. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
  7. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
  8. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
  9. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
  10. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
  11. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
  12. Wipeout Pure
  13. LocoRoco 2
  14. Daxter
  15. Ridge Racer
  16. Gran Turismo
  17. Jeanne d’ Arc
  18. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
  19. LittleBigPlanet
  20. Burnout Legends
  21. Velocity
  22. Patapon 3
  23. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
  24. Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness
  25. PixelJunk: Monsters Deluxe
  26. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
  27. Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow
  28. Tetris
  29. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
  30. Virtua Tennis: World Tour
  31. Blast Off
  32. FIFA Soccer 09
  33. Tekken: Dark Resurrection
  34. Half-Minute Hero
  35. Space Invaders Extreme
  36. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
  37. LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  38. LocoRoco
  39. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
  40. MLB 06: The Show
  41. Crush
  42. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
  43. MLB 08: The Show
  44. FIFA Soccer 10
  45. Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix
  46. Valkyria Chronicles II
  47. Wipeout Pulse
  48. SEGA Genesis Collection
  49. Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2
  50. MLB 07: The Show

What’s the best PSP game of all time, in your opinion? Leave a comment below. 

Shawna Schofield is a professional freelance writer and part-time YouTuber. When not writing or recording she spends her time playing Fallout, Elder Scrolls, and Dragon Age.