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
Our ranked lists are created by researching and rounding up information from the most reputable web sources.
If you enjoy this list, don’t forget to check out our other PlayStation game lists:
- The 50 Best PS1 Games Ever Created
- The 50 Best PS2 Games Ever Created
- The 50 Best PS3 Games Ever Created
- The 50 Best PS Vita Games of All Time
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- God of War: Chains of Olympus
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
- Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
- Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
- Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
- God of War: Ghost of Sparta
- Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
- Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
- Wipeout Pure
- LocoRoco 2
- Ridge Racer
- Gran Turismo
- Jeanne d’ Arc
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
- Burnout Legends
- Patapon 3
- Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
- Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness
- PixelJunk: Monsters Deluxe
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
- Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow
- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
- Virtua Tennis: World Tour
- Blast Off
- FIFA Soccer 09
- Tekken: Dark Resurrection
- Half-Minute Hero
- Space Invaders Extreme
- X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
- MLB 06: The Show
- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
- MLB 08: The Show
- FIFA Soccer 10
- Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix
- Valkyria Chronicles II
- Wipeout Pulse
- SEGA Genesis Collection
- Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2
- MLB 07: The Show
What’s the best PSP game of all time, in your opinion? Leave a comment below.
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