The 50 Best PSP Games: From Classics To Hidden Gems
With the PlayStation Vita’s recent and sudden rise in popularity, many who may have never owned a PSP are now considering buying one. While the Vita provides a plethora of amazing games, there’s nothing wrong with having a console that has been out for a while and is now priced to reflect that.
That’s where the PSP comes in. If you’re looking for a console that has a wide selection of games from the past few years, along with a bunch of hidden gems, the PSP is a great choice.
The PlayStation Portable (PSP) is one of the best gadgets to ever come out of Sony. This device was a great alternative to the Nintendo DS, and it had a ton of good games. We’ve compiled a list of the 50 best PSP games, from classics to hidden gems, including new releases and some of the system’s best RPGs, JRPGs, and action games, as well as some of the best horror games and best puzzle games.
What is PSP ?
PSP stands for PlayStation Portable. The device was Sony’s last handheld game system but only lasted for about a year and a half, first releasing in November 2006 in Japan, and in early 2007 in the U.S. and Europe. First up, the PSP boasted some impressive specs. This was the same system that would release in Japan in November of 2006 and would be released for the North American, European, and Asian markets in early 2007, following some delays.
At first glance, you’d never know that this little thing was packing so much power, since most of the PS1 titles for the system that it supported were extremely simple, mostly because PSP was for hardcore gamers, not children.
The 50 Best PSP Games
When it comes to PlayStation Portable (PSP) games, the options are varied. For one, there are all the Final Fantasy games released for the PSP. Except for and Type-0 HD (which is not available as of this writing), PSP Final Fantasy games are available on the PlayStation Store.
But that’s not to say the PSP is only for Final Fantasy. There are plenty of other gems to check out.
Check The 50 Best PSP Games.
#1 – God of War: Chains of Olympus
God of War: Chains of Olympus is a handheld game that is a prequel to the popular God of War game series. In this game, you play as a Spartan warrior named Perseus. After the events of God of War III, you are on a quest to prevent the return of the God of War.
You will fight through mythical creatures, overcome dangerous obstacles, and defeat an evil undead army. This game is a spin-off of the original God of War for PlayStation but it is a great game to play on a handheld device.
#2 – Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact
Ultimate Ninja Impact is the latest instalment of the Naruto video game series. If you are a fan of the Naruto series, then you will be happy to know that a new Naruto game has been released.
The graphics are great and the gameplay is very easy to use. Are you ready to take on the role of your favourite Naruto character?
#3 – God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Are you a big fan of the God of War series? If you are, then you’ll be excited to hear about the latest instalment to come to the PSP.
It’s called God of War: Ghost of Sparta. The game picks up where the PS2 version of God of War III left off, with Kratos being saved by the Titan Gaia, who tells him that he is the son of Zeus.
#4 – Tekken 6
Tekken 6 is a fighting game, developed and published by Namco. It is the sixth instalment in the Tekken series. The game is available for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. The PSP version features a single-player mode, while the PS3 version includes both single and multiplayer modes. Tekken 6 is the first game in the series that has a 3D fighting system.
#5 – Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes
Naruto is back on the PSP! In the first Ultimate Ninja Heroes game, players were able to take control of Naruto and his friends as they made their way through levels based on the manga.
The PSP game, Naruto Shippuden, features a more intense storyline, which revolves around the battle between Naruto and Sasuke. The game will also feature new gameplay mechanics, new playable characters, and a new Grand Master Mode.
#6 – Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
The Birth by Sleep PSP game is a spin-off of the Kingdom Hearts series. This PSP game features three character’s stories set before the events of the original Kingdom Hearts game. They’re Aqua, Terra, and Ventus, who are the only three Keyblade wielders at the time. The Birth by Sleep PSP game is a prequel to the Kingdom Hearts series.
#7 – Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team
Tenkaichi Tag Team is the first Dragon Ball Z game to be released on the PSP. It is also the first Dragon Ball Z game to contain all of the characters from the Buu Saga and characters from the Trunks and the Cell Sagas. Tenkaichi Tag Team is the successor to the Raging Blast series, which was also released for the PSP.
#8 – Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is the third PSP game in the Monster Hunter Freedom series of games. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is a sequel to the original Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G and a prequel to Monster Hunter Tri G.
The story of the MHFU Game takes place during the 8th year of the “Age of Light” (AW), after the events of Monster Hunter G and before the events of Monster Hunter Tri G.
#9 – Gods Eater Burst
Gods Eater Burst is a PSP game that was released in Japan in 2008. The game has since been ported to the PS Vita.
There are a variety of difficulty levels that can be selected upon start-up. Enemies spawn, and the goal is to defeat these enemies to prevent them from attacking the nearby village. There are two types of attacks: ranged and melee.
#10 – Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy
Dissidia 012 Duodecim Final Fantasy is a fighting game, and it was released in North America on November 22nd, 2011. It is the sequel to Dissidia: Final Fantasy, and the twelfth Dissidia game overall.
The game features a new battle system, new characters, and a new story. Dissidia 012 Duodecim Final Fantasy is also the first Dissidia game to be released on the PSP.
#11 – Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Vice City Stories is a prequel to the very popular Grand Theft Auto: Vice City game on the PlayStation 2. The game was developed by Rockstar Leeds and Rockstar North (who also developed Grand Theft Auto: Vice City) and was published by Rockstar Games in 2006.
The story starts in 1984 and you play Victor Vance, who is out to avenge the death of his brother Lance who was killed in a drug deal gone bad.
#12 – Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai
Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai is a fighting game for the PlayStation Portable. The player controls one of the major characters of the Dragon Ball series and uses their character’s trademark attacks to fight.
The game has different game modes such as “Dragon Battle”, “Training Mode”, and “Dragon World Tournament”.
#13 – Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines
Assassin’s Creed is a franchise that needs no introduction. The games have taken the world by storm, and the latest instalment, Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines for the PSP, is set to do the same.
The game is set in the 18th century during the American Revolution. The main character is an assassin during this period and you are tasked with protecting one of the last remaining members of the U.S. Founding Father’s dynasty.
#14 – Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai 2
If you’re a Dragon Ball Z fan, Dragon Ball Z – Shin Budokai 2 game is a must-have. The game is a dream come true for any Dragon Ball Z fan with a huge roster of canon characters from the original anime and manga series.
It has a variety of modes and game types, along with a great fighting system. It also has a good storyline which is something that is sometimes overlooked.
#15 – Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive
The PSP game Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive has been released in Japan and will be released in North America and Europe in the future.
The game is set between the two periods of Naruto: pre-time skip and post-time skip. The player can play as Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, Kakashi Hatake, or Sakura Haruno.
#16 – WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2011
If you have a PSP and a love for WWE, you need this game. WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2011 for the PSP is what you need to get your wrestling fix.
If you’ve played the WWE SmackDown vs. RAW games for the PS2 and Xbox, you know what to expect. This game is a lot like those, but with a different set of wrestlers, and a few new features.
#17 – Dante’s Inferno
Dante’s Inferno is a video game based on Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, the Divine Comedy. The game is a third-person, action-adventure, platformer, with a heavy emphasis on solving puzzles and platforming.
Players take control of Dante, guided by Virgil and other characters from the poem, as he makes his way through the Nine Circles of Hell.
#18 – Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
The newest video game in the Metal Gear Solid series, Peace Walker, is now available for PSP. Packed with engaging missions, unforgettable characters, and tons of special features, this game is a must-have for all Metal Gear fans.
Get ready for action and don’t worry, this game is a blast and won’t put you through your paces.
#19 – Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
The Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3 and Persona 3 FES games are two of the best RPGs on the PS2 console and now they are available for download on your PSP! Persona 3 Portable is a great way to experience one of the best games of the Shin Megami Tensei series on the go. This game is a great RPG for any RPG fan!
#20 – 3rd Birthday
The 3rd Birthday is a third-person shooter video game developed by Square Enix and released for the PlayStation Portable. It is the first game in the Parasite Eve series since Parasite Eve 2, released in 2000. In the game, players take on the role of Aya Brea, an NYPD officer equipped with an electromagnetic-wave-based firearm called the “Pulse Shot”.
#21 – Dissidia: Final Fantasy
Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a fighting game developed by Square Enix in cooperation with Team Ninja; it is a crossover between the Final Fantasy series and the arcade fighting game Dissidia Final Fantasy.
#22 – Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
The Grand Theft Auto game franchise has garnered a lot of attention over the years. The latest entry, Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories for the PSP, is a prequel to the original GTA game.
A few years ago, the PSP game was released to rave reviews. If you’re looking for an interesting diversion, this game is worth a try.
#23 – Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai Another Road
There are a lot of Dragon Ball Z games for the PSP. But, Shin Budokai Another Road is an underrated gem that deserves more love. In this game, you play as a different character and your goal is to find the Dragon Balls.
You go on a journey, fighting enemies and recruiting allies along the way. The game is a lot shorter than the others, so it won’t take up a lot of your time. So, if you’re a fan of Dragon Ball Z or just looking for a good time, check this game out.
#24 – Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Crisis Core is one of the best games in the Final Fantasy series. The game is a prequel to the original Final Fantasy VII, and it tells the story of Zack Fair, Shinra’s top soldier.
Zack’s entire mission is to defeat Sephiroth, who has now declared war on the planet. The game is a classic RPG with a lot of great features that make it stand out from the rest.
#25 – Ben 10 – Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction
Ben 10 is back in his Ultimate Alien form in this cosmic adventure. The game starts with Ben 10 in the middle of a battle between the Plumbers and an evil race called the Ultimatrix, when suddenly, the Ultimatrix’s ship explodes, severely injuring Ben 10. To survive, Ben 10 must find an Ultimatrix to replace the one that was destroyed.
#26 – Tekken: Dark Resurrection
Tekken Dark Resurrection is a fighting video game and the seventh instalment of the Tekken series.
The game was developed and published by Namco for the PlayStation Portable in 2006. It is also the first game in the series to have online features and to play in widescreen mode.
#27 – Naruto Shippuden: Legends – Akatsuki Rising
The latest instalment of Naruto Shippuden Legends, Akatsuki Rising, is now available for PSP! In this new game, players are challenged to take control of one of the members of the infamous Akatsuki organization and fight their way to the top of the ninja ranks.
Akatsuki Rising features a range of modes, including Story Mode, Challenge Mode, and Multiplayer Mode.
#28 – Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Need for Speed Most Wanted is a video game released in 2005. This game was developed and published by EA Black Box, Electronic Arts. The game is the ninth instalment in the popular Need for Speed series and the sequel to 2002’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2.
#29 – Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 5
Yu-Gi-Oh!, the best-selling trading card game of all time, is now on PSP! Players can now enjoy the Yu-Gi-Oh! animated TV series on the go with a game that features over 1,000 cards, multiple gameplay modes, and a rich story mode with a compelling story arc.
The PSP game is based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s series, which has aired on TV in America since 2008.
#30 – Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3 is a card battle game, for the PSP, that combines traditional 2D Yu-Gi-Oh! anime card battles with the new 3D environments. The game features the anime’s main characters, Yugi and Jaden, with voiceovers provided by their respective voice actors, Dan Green and Eric Stuart.
The game’s storyline centers on students training to become “Champions of the Duel Academy,” a new institution set up to train duelists to fight for justice on behalf of the world’s peoples.
#31 – Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 2
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 2 is the continuation of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! GX trading card game for PSP. The first game introduced the player to the world of Duel Monsters, the game that Yu-Gi-Oh! is based on. The sequel continues the storyline from the first game and introduces new cards, characters, and Duel Monsters.
The sequel offers two new game modes. The first is the introduction of a single-player story mode, the other is the online multiplayer. The story mode lets you follow the story of the protagonist and his friends as they duel through various opponents. Multiplayer mode lets you duel strangers from the internet, or friends who are nearby.
#32 – Gran Turismo
Gran Turismo is a must-have game for any PSP owner. It’s a racing game with more than 1,200 cars, 200 tracks, and an online mode to compete against other players.
Dozens of car manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Ferrari, and Porsche, are featured. It’s the perfect game to play solo, or with friends. Better yet, it’s a game that’s guaranteed to never get old.
#33 – Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley
The Harvest Moon series is well known for its farming and life-simulation elements. Players are given a large open world, in which they can choose to run a farm, raise animals, forage, go on quests, woo a potential spouse, and more.
What really sets Harvest Moon apart from most other games is the sense of time and seasons. The game’s calendar system follows a traditional Japanese calendar, which changes with the seasons.
#34 – Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover
Def Jam Fight for NY is a fighting video game for the PlayStation Portable. It was developed by EA Chicago and published by Electronic Arts.
The game takes full advantage of the PSP’s hardware, featuring the same J.D. Power & Associates rated quality, graphics, and sound as the console versions. It features a more in-depth story mode, as well as more characters and moves, turning it into a PSP fighting game that’s on par with the console versions.
#35 – Fate/Extra
Fate/ Extra is a turn-based role-playing game and is set in a parallel universe from Fate/stay night. The protagonist is Shiro Emiya who, as the result of a promise between his dying father and a mysterious woman, must use the Holy Grail to summon a “Servant” and then fight seven other “Servants” to win the Holy Grail.
The game is split into two parts. The first part is a Visual Novel, where you play as the protagonist. The second part is a turn-based tactical RPG where you play a team of three Servants.
#36 – Mortal Kombat: Unchained
Mortal Kombat – Unchained game is so much fun. It’s a fighting game where players control characters from the Mortal Kombat series.
There are a few different game modes to choose from, and I like how it makes you feel like you’re a part of the game. This game is a lot of fun to play with friends, so I recommend you invite some of them over to play.
#37 – Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment
Sword Art Online Infinity Moment for PSP is a game for fans of Sword Art Online that is based on the popular anime series. In this game, players enter the virtual world of Aincrad to fight alongside Kirito and his friends on an epic quest to reach the top of the World Tree.
This game features many of the popular characters from the series, including Asuna and Leafa, and players can also enjoy a variety of modes, including story, player-vs-player, and multiplayer missions. This game is recommended for fans of action games who are looking for a new way to experience Sword Art Online.
#38 – Call of Duty: Roads to Victory
If you are a fan of COD’s long legacy of games, then you are in for a treat. The PSP rendition of COD Roads to Victory is a must-buy.
The game is a prequel to the events of the original COD game. It tells the story of a WWII soldier and his squad as they fight their way across Europe and Africa, all the while battling the German army, V2 rockets, and a host of other opponents.
#39 – Phantasy Star Portable 2
Phantasy Star Portable 2 is the latest in the Phantasy Star game series. The game is a sequel to Phantasy Star Portable 1 and was released in Japan on January 26, 2010. The game was released in North America on June 22, 2010. The game was originally released exclusively for the PlayStation Portable, but a PlayStation Vita port was released on June 20, 2013.
The game features a story mode, a general mode, an online multiplayer mode, and a mode where you can collect items and arrange them into a sticker book. The game also features a complete set of editors and tools to create and customize your levels, items, maps, and so on.
#40 – Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce
The Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce game is the latest instalment in the Dynasty Warriors series and combines the fast-paced action of the Dynasty Warriors series with the more strategic combat of the Strikeforce series.
In this instalment, players can choose to play as either the General or the Warrior, and use the PSP’s touchscreen to control their troops and lead them to victory.
#41 – Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
PES 2012 (Pro Evolution Soccer 2012) (The follow-up to the best-selling PES 2011) is the latest instalment of Konami’s acclaimed series of football simulation games. The game is for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, and PSP.
PES 2012 features enhanced AI, improved team intelligence, and more realistic player movements. As well as improved graphics and animations. In addition, the game has a range of new and improved features, such as a revamped myClub mode.
#42 – Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is a tactical RPG video game for the Sony PlayStation Portable handheld console. The game is an enhanced port of the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy Tactics.
Final Fantasy Tactics is a turn-based tactical RPG video game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the Sony PlayStation in 1998. It is the first tactical RPG in the Final Fantasy video game series.
#43 – Little Big Planet
Little Big Planet PSP is a fascinating game that has been around for a long time. This game has been a hit with gamers and critics alike. It is a game full of creativity.
The game is so much fun and very addicting. Little Big Planet PSP is a game that will make you laugh and keep you entertained for hours. You can pick up this game for an affordable price.
#44 – Lord of Arcan
Lord of Arcana is a PSP game that was released in North America in 2009. It is a dungeon-crawling RPG with a heavy emphasis on combat.
The gameplay is fast-paced and the game is really enjoyable to play. There is a lot of combat which is not for everyone but the game is really fun.
#45 – Bleach: Heat the Soul 7
If you’re a fan of Bleach and are looking for a new PSP game to play, then Bleach Heat the Soul 7 might be the right one for you. The game has been out for a while, but if you’ve never heard of it before, then it’s worth a look.
In Bleach Heat the Soul 7, you take the role of Ichigo Kurosaki in a new adventure that takes place after the events of the most recent anime. You’ll need to use a variety of techniques, including melee combat, to defeat your opponents.
#46 – Ben 10: Protector of Earth
Ben 10 is on a mission to save the Earth from alien invaders. With the help of his trusty Omnitrix, Ben transforms into some of the universe’s most powerful heroes, each with their special abilities.
The game is a 3D action-adventure game that will see players fighting off hordes of aliens across various levels. This game is a cross-generational title, meaning it will be available on a variety of game devices, including Nintendo DS, Wii, and PlayStation Portable.
#47 – God Eater 2
The God Eater 2 PSP game is another one of those games where you’re a hero, fighting to save humanity from the Aragami.
The game is set in the world of 2071 where the Aragami is attacking the humans and the God Eaters are the only ones who can save them. The game is developed by Shift and is published by Bandai Namco.
#48 – Warriors Orochi 2
Warriors Orochi 2 is a PSP game with a really fun style of gameplay. The game is set in ancient Japan and China and combines the Warriors series and the Dynasty Warriors series.
You can play as the most famous warriors in history. There are a ton of modes to play: single-player, two-player, and online. It’s available on the PSN and I recommend checking it out.
#49 – Kidou Senshi Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam NEXT PLUS
Kidou Senshi Gundam Gundam vs. Gundam NEXT PLUS is a one-on-one fighting game published by Bandai in Japan for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld game console.
The game was released on September 10, 2010, and was the first Gundam fighting game for the PSP. It was the sequel to Kidou Senshi Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam and its subsequent versions.
#50 – Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is the third instalment for the popular Monster Hunter series which has been around since the first game was released for the PlayStation Portable in 2004.
The Monster Hunter series is a very challenging game and has a huge fanbase in Japan, with the PSP versions of the game often topping the sales charts. This game is a whole different beast. It is much more difficult than previous games and even has an option for online multiplayer.
Before you think this list is a Sony-only roundup, keep in mind that many of these games are available on the Nintendo DS, which is technically a handheld as well. It’s the best-selling handheld of all time, beating out the Game Boy and Nintendo 64. Despite the PSP’s strong platform, the platform has been a hard sell for gamers in North America and Europe.
There are lots of games for PSP available but, here we provide on Best 50 PSP Games, which you can try. The PSP is still a great device, but if you’re looking for an easy way to play some old favourites, or you’re looking for new games to try, the PSP is going to feel pretty bare bones.