10 Must Have Games If You're New To The PSP

Note: [All opinions expressed herein are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of GamerXChange]

With the PlayStation Vita’s release getting closer, it’s almost hard to think that anyone will pick up a PSP for the first time. What’s more, some PSP games are being remastered in HD for the PS3 and 360. I can guarantee you though, someone will get a PSP this holiday season and will need some games to play on it. If you are that lost soul with the PlayStation Portable in the palm of your hands for the first time, you may want to make that purchase a worthwhile one. So as we continue covering must have games to get for different systems, here are ten games that you might want to look into if you are new to the PSP.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Just about every Final Fantasy fan knows the importance of FF 7 and the impact it had on the franchise. With Crisis Core, you can see where that story begins. Beautiful cutscenes, music, a deep story, and great action-RPG combat makes this game a must have. Seven years prior to FF VII— Zack is a SOLDIER 2nd Class with aspirations to become a 1st. He spends his days carrying out assignments under the guidance of his 1st Class mentor, Angeal. During an operation in Wutai, a large number of SOLDIER members, led by 1st Class operative Genesis, go missing. The severity of the situation prompts Shinra executives to deploy even more SOLDIER operatives in hopes of bringing an end to the war with Wutai—and conducting an investigation into the mass desertion. The ones assigned to the mission are Zack, Angeal, and the 1st Class hero who is known the world over as Sephiroth… What truths lie behind Genesis’s disappearance? What secrets bind the three SOLDIER 1st Class operatives? For Zack, a cruel and fateful struggle awaits…

LocoRoco (Series)

There isn’t much that can be said about this crazy series other than this: It’s a very Japanese game. Loco Roco is a unique and fun puzzle game. The peaceful world of the LocoRoco is under attack by the not-so-nice Moja Corps. You are pretty much the planet where the LocoRoco inhabit, and now you must tilt, roll and bounce the LocoRoco to safety! There are a few different versions of the game including sequels and other variations. Just a word of advice, when playing this game, turn the volume all the way up to annoy anyone around you with the incessant singing of the LocoRocos. It’s sure to add that much more fun to the experience.

Patapon (Series)

Another music/puzzle/rhythm type of game, Patapon is truly one of the unsung heroes of the PSP. Patapons is a small, yet brave tribe with warriors you command with the sounds of your war drum. Now you must defeat their enemies and lead them to the edge of their world. Beat of your war drum and grow them into an army of warriors. Using simple drum beats, command your tribe to march, attack, and defend themselves against fierce beasts, gigantic monsters, and the evil enemy armies. Watch as your tribe grows in strength and numbers as they progress through this adventure. Unlock a variety of warrior types from infantry to cavalry, archers to spear-men and maximize them for battle with a variety of weapon and shield upgrades. All of the Patapon games are great, but I would suggest starting with the first.

SOCOM (series)

SOCOM was the tactical shooter to really start off the multiplayer gaming craze. The PSP took that energy and concentrated it through a series of SOCOM portable games. Just like on consoles, you are the SEAL commander, supported by AI teammates that will help you execute traditional SOCOM team-based tactical, stealth, and action gameplay. Not only do you have a single player campaign in these games, but you can also go online with a robust community of SOCOM players and fight for dominance!

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

Another Square-Enix great, TACTICS OGRE: Let Us Cling Together takes you on an epic story from the mind of Yasumi Matsuno and team. In TACTICS OGRE: Let Us Cling Together, you will experience a lost tale of political intrigue, conquest, and rebellion. It is your choices through a branching storyline that determine the fate of the Walister Resistance, characters in the game, and the story as a whole. Your rebellion is enhanced with reworked visuals, effects, a re-arranged soundtrack by the original composers, new character growth mechanics, and a new Wheel of Fortune system that adds even more replay value to the game. Get ready for an evolved “tactics” gameplay experience on the PSP!

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is the first of a new trilogy in the established The Legend of Heroes RPG series. A highly detailed 3D world, beautiful original soundtrack, and unique strategic battle system showcase production values a generation beyond the previous iteration. An epic story about preserving the peace against all odds spanning over 50 hours of gameplay, with numerous optional side quests, makes this a must have adventure on the handheld system.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 – Innocent Sin

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 – Innocent Sin is a turn-based Role-Playing Game (RPG) that took over 12 years in the making for the official localization on the PlayStation Portable. It is the last of the existing Japanese Persona games to be released in North America. Innocent Sin is a port of this 1999 game originally released for PlayStation that together with Persona 2: Eternal Punishment are sequels to the original game in the Persona series, Revelations: Persona. The game features awesome single player RPG gameplay, powerful “Personas” that are aspects of character’s personalities manifested in magic based abilities, party based combat, random battles, a range of improvements over the original Sony gaming console release and the ability to alter the realities of the game by spreading rumors to non-player characters encountered. A beautiful and well crafted game not to be missed by new PSP owners and RPG lovers alike.

Valkyria Chronicles II

Another great RPG coming from SEGA this time, Valkyria Chronicles, is one of the most acclaimed tactical RPGs on the PS3. Part II returned exclusively to the PSP. The game will make you experience the immersing mix of distinctive visuals and addictive gameplay of Valkyria Chronicles on the go with your PSP system. Set in 1930’s fictitious Europe, you play as a group of young Gallian Military Academy cadets who find themselves plunged into a bitter civil war when the newly formed Gallian Revolutionary Army stages a coup. As the drama and battle unfold, you will experience stories of friendship, love and growing pains during a time of war and revolution. Not only is the gameplay great but the cutscenes, audio, and art in this game make it an overall enjoyable and beautiful game.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

The unlikely marriage of Square-Enix and Disney made its way to the PSP back in 2010 with one of the best installments in the series since Kingdom Hearts the original. Although it wasn’t the first game to be released, Birth by Sleep takes you to the first chapter of the Kingdom Hearts saga. In this prequel, you can play as Terra, Ventus, and Aqua – three friends and “keyblade masters” with a common dream who find themselves in the middle of a crisis affecting worlds far beyond their own. Their destinies will unfold across memorable Disney worlds in three intertwining stories. Secrets will be unraveled and friendships will be tested. Kingdom Hearts is not just for your little brother. It’s a great game full of fun, action, and nostalgia. No need to have played the other KH games, this is where the story begins.

God of War (series)

God of War: Origins just released on the PS3 which included both PSP games remastered in HD. Now, I could suggest those over this PSP version but, if you are just picking up a PSP now, chances are, you do not have a PS3. Either way, the God of War series is still one of the highest rated on the portable system.

Now, although there are these misconceptions that the PSP might not have many games, that’s completely untrue. There are loads of other great games apart from this list that you can find for the PSP, both via UMD and downloadable formats. If there are some other games for PSP that you think are must have games, make sure to leave a comment below and discuss in our community forums!!


2 Responses to “10 Must Have Games If You're New To The PSP”

  1.  Kingdom Hearts is a unique series. It’s absolutely necessary to play the earlier releases in the series to catch the foreshadowing and symbolism in Birth by Sleep. Birth by Sleep should be played last. It exists to answers questions such as “How did Riku acquire the ability to wield the keyblade?”, “Why can Roxas wield two keyblades?” (It was though to have been revealed in 358/2 Days, but BbS gave the real explanation.), and “Where did Master Xehanort come from?”. These are answered as twist beginnings (as opposed to the traditional twist ending). Telling someone to play Birth by Sleep first is like telling someone to read a list of spoilers in a book before reading the book completely. The proper order of playing the Kingdom Hearts games, in order to feel the real impact of the series, is 1>Re:CoM>2>358/2 Days>Birth by Sleep>Re:Coded.

  2. good list for sure!

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