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The PlayStation Portable, more commonly known as the PSP, enjoyed a solid run of 10 years on sale. This handheld games console from Sony has now been succeeded by the PS Vita, but that doesn’t mean it’s no longer worth owning.

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The question is, what PlayStation Portable games are absolutely essential? We have answered that question for you below, with a list of the 10 best PSP games of all time.

Tekken 6

Release Date: November 2009
Metascore: 82/100

Tekken 6 is the best fighting game released for the PSP. This game has everything you’d expect from a fighting game, with a huge roster of characters, special attacks, and secret combos aplenty. The controls are intuitive, the fights are fast and fluid, and the visuals are hugely impressive on a handheld system.

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Daxter

Release Date: March 2006
Metascore: 85/100

Daxter is a must for anyone who loved the Jak and Daxter games, and a great option for anyone who enjoys fun platformers. As the title suggests, this game focuses on Daxter searching for Jak. This is a fun, good-looking, and addictive game that will get you hooked early on and keep you playing to the end.

Patapon

Release Date: February 2008
Metascore: 86/100

Patapon is a rather unique game combining rhythm-action, strategy, and RPG elements into one glorious whole. You play a tribe battling against an evil army using drumbeats as a weapon. Patapon is fun, engaging, charming, and deep enough that you’ll likely get lost in its warm embrace for hours at a time.

Lumines

Release Date: March 2005
Metascore: 89/100

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Valkyria Chronicles II

Release Date: August 2010
Metascore: 83/100

Valkyria Chronicles II is a fantastic strategy RPG which lovers of the genre will adore. Others may be harder to convince, but this is a game with the ability to charm anyone and everyone. You play a group of young military cadets involved in a bitter civil war, with each decision you make influencing the outcome of battle.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Release Date: October 2009
Metascore: 90/100

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Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror

Release Date: March 2006
Metascore: 87/100

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is one of the best games in the long-running Syphon Filter series. You assume the role of Gabe Logan, a special operative for a secret government agency who finds himself involved in a surprisingly complex plot. This is a stealthy, third-person shooter that will draw you in and refuse to let go.

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions

Release Date: October 2007
Metascore: 88/100

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions is a turn-based strategy RPG with an engrossing storyline and mesmerizing gameplay. This is actually a remake of a PS1 game, and Final Fantasy Tactics still feels as fresh today as it did back then. This is a truly epic game that you’ll lose whole days playing. And not regret for a second.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Release Date: June 2010
Metascore: 89/100

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a surprisingly strong entry into the epic MGS series. The storyline may confuse series n00bs, but the rich presentation, dynamic gameplay, and gorgeous visuals counter any negatives. This feels like a home console game on a handheld system, which is a stunning achievement.

God Of War: Chains Of Olympus

Release Date: March 2008
Metascore: 91/100

God Of War: Chains Of Olympus brings the God Of War series to the PSP in style. All of the enchanting elements of the series are present, with bloody battles, complex combos, and beautiful boss fights keeping you entertained. It’s stunning to look at, bags of fun to play, and a true must-have for any PSP owner.

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If you own a PlayStation Portable and have your own recommendations to make to your fellow readers, then please do so in the comments section below. This list of 10 essential PSP titles could, with your help, blossom into a much longer list.

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  1. Tyler Durden
    August 9, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    A mountain of garbage, I have climbed, and played through on the PsP, to bring you this list. In no particular order, these are the must owns. The God Of War dilogy. Star Wars The forc Unleashed. Dantes Inferno. The Y's seven and The Ark Of Naptishtim. Nayatu Endless Trails(eng patched). Midnight Club LA remix. The Grand Theft Auto series. Gladiator Begins. Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky, and the Second Chapter. The Third Birthday. Final Fantasy Crisis Core. Cladun Dilogy. Hotshots Golf dilogy. Dungeon Siege Throne of agony. Phantasy Star dilogy. Ps1 Classics Castlvania SOTN, Diablo, FFVII through IX, and Alundra.The original Doom,Quake, and Duke Nukem PC ports. Finally, get yourself GBA and SNES emulators

  2. Rika
    February 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Okay? I think the list lacks at least one of the following games:

    1) Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (Come on who could deny this)
    2) Dissidia and Dissidia Duodecim ( One of the best fighting games of all time, it different from your usual 2-d fighting, plus I played more then 300 hours on this game)
    3)Third Birthday (Awesome shooter, nice story)
    4) Final Fantasy XIII Type -0 (My first impression, oh great another FF series, after playing the game wow.....)
    5)Persona 3 Portable ( With the success of Persona 4 Golden I think people should try this)
    6) Monster Hunter (Has many rip-off games now-a-days such as, Toukiden, Soul Sacrifice, Freedom Wars, God Eater, Lord of Arcana)
    7) Final Fanatasy Crisis Core ( Can you deny this?)

    Others to suggest though I don't think is the tops Dj Max, Ys, Loco Roco(a little different from your usual games)

  3. sid
    January 16, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    resistance retribution.........

  4. Shaurya
    November 29, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 anyone?

  5. Switchblade S
    July 19, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Never forget Dissidia Final Fantasy and its sequel(chronological prequel storywise) Dissidia Duodecim!

  6. AriesWarlock
    July 17, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Ys Seven

  7. spiffyone
    July 17, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Echochrome
    Patchwork Heroes
    Crush
    Dead Head Fred
    Loco Roco series
    Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess
    Who's that Flying?!
    Where is My Heart?

  8. Etescartz
    July 17, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I loved the multiplayer for DragonBallZ:Shin Budokai

  9. Robert W
    July 16, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Boggles my mind that nobody has brought up the Dissidia: Final Fantasy games. They're excellent free-roaming fighting games that capture the bombastic over-the-top combat of high powered anime, with lots of character growth and customization.

  10. OnlyGeek
    July 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Exclusives:
    A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks
    Gran Turismo
    Monster Hunter Freedom
    Phantasy Star Portable 2

    Imports only:
    Final Fantasy Type 0 - RPG
    All Kamen Rider Generation 2 - Beat'em Up
    Valkyria Chronicles 3 - Strategy RPG
    Taiko no Tatsujin DX - Rhythm
    Tales of the Heroes Twin Blade - Fighting

    Ports/Remakes:
    Megaman PoweredUp - Action 2.5 Platform
    Megaman X Maverick Hunter - Action 2.5 Platform
    Tales of Eternia - RPG

    Others:
    Crystal Defenders - Tower Defense
    Outrun Coast2Coast 2006 - Arcade Racing

  11. The Mekon
    July 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Jeanne D'Arc and Disgaea : Afternoon of Darkness. Both exceptional RPGs.

    • Alex D
      July 16, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Totally agree, though I myself will always love Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days just a bit more. Disgaea's just an exceptional franchise as a whole for both PSP and PSVita.

    • Alex D
      July 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Sony's portable gaming line has definitely had highs and lows. Highs being the great selection of game and the lows being Son'y inability to compete with the juggernaut of portable gaming The Nintendo DS and now 3DS. I personally love both my Vita and my 3DS. There is a definitely a place in every gamer's collection for them both. Much like the PS2 and PS3 you'll find amazing, exclusive RPGs and Sony's classic. While Nintendo has more successful portable franchises than I can even begin to recall. Pokemon being the biggest example.

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