Best PSP Games (Updated 2021)

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The PlayStation Portable was Sony’s first foray into the world of handheld consoles. It hit the North American market in 2005. At the time, Nintendo’s Gameboy dominated the handheld space. The PSP was Sony’s direct response to Nintendo’s success and competed entirely with the Nintendo DS released during the same year.

Of course, both Sony and Nintendo have both continually thrived, with the latter devising the Nintendo Switch has a logical step in the console-handheld hybrid direction.

The PSP thrived by offering the same high-quality hardware synonymous with the Sony brand in a portable package. Many of the best PSP games display incredible advancement in graphics for a handheld system. Sony pushed the boundaries and developed a new standard for handheld systems.

Nintendo had been doing incredibly well due to the immense success of their exclusive titles. Sony applied a similar technique by adding some of their greatest franchises to the PSP’s catalogue. The best PSP games are comprised of titles such as God of War and Ratchet and Clank. These games hadn’t been developed for a handheld system. Sony faced the tall task of making home console franchises work on a handheld device.

Ultimately Sony succeeded in reaching a target audience that differed greatly from Nintendo’s. This is mostly due to their strategy of offering a gaming experience that mirrored their mature console approach. Excellent presentation is a common theme amongst the best PSP games.

Few video game developers are as world renown as Hideo Kojima. He is the man behind several successful franchises including the Metal Gear Solid series. Peace Walker is the second portable Metal Gear offering available on the PSP. Transitioning a stealth action game onto a smaller device was always going to be a challenge. Luckily, Konami has produced an expansive journey that earns its place among the franchise’s stellar catalog.

Players must once again utilize protagonist Snake’s cunning and stealth knowhow to complete various missions throughout the campaign. The plot is typical for a Metal Gear game. It will fail to shock or captivate you. However the real joy comes from the gameplay itself. The analog stick and directional pad prove to be a formidable duo. Movement is fluid and promotes tense situations, which works well with the stealth theme. Attempting to use the camouflage feature is loads of fun.

An online multiplayer mode allows you to tackle missions cooperatively with a friend. As the seventh game in the series, it manages to fit the best aspects of its predecessors in one small package. It is for this reason that this game makes for an excellent entry point for those who are just discovering the franchise. Its small package should be praised for its ambition. However it is tough to shake the feeling that this adventure should be experienced on a larger screen.

Key Features
  • Online Co-Op play
  • High quality cutscenes
  • Music handled by Kojima productions
Specifications
  • Genre: Action-adventure, stealth
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Teen
  • Publisher: Konami
Pros
  • Stealth gameplay is thrilling
  • Controls transition smoothly to PSP
  • Streamlined experience for newcomers
Cons
  • Made for a big screen

Technically Bloodlines is a spinoff of sorts and is not part of the main Assassin's Creed series. However Ubisoft Montreal is still at the helm and they have done a wonderful job of providing a portable Assassin's Creed experience. All the popular elements of stealth and combat are present as well as returning characters such as Altaïr.

Altaïr has journeyed to Cyprus in search of the remaining Templars from the first Assassin's Creed. Unfortunately, the plot retreads common themes and fails to feel fresh. The good news is that the graphics are superb. As usual, Ubisoft have outdone themselves in the visual department. Everything from building texture to water rippling feels natural and fluid. It is fortunate that the graphics are stellar because the gameplay falls short of the mark. The awe of exploring an open world environment is not the same experience on a handheld device. This also leads to mishaps with platforming and general gameplay issues that have to do with exploring. Climbing buildings with precision is now a tedious task.

The combat is fun albeit repetitive, though it succeeds in staying true to the Assassin's Creed brand. The satisfaction of beating up on your enemies remains incredibly high. The combat mechanics aren’t the only repetitive inclusion. Many have noted that the sound effects have driven players mad after only a few hours of gaming. The combat can be forgiven due to it being on brand with the Assassin's Creed franchise. However, the recurring audio is extremely unpleasant.

Key Features
  • Open world exploration
  • Altaïr returns
  • First Assassins Creed title for the PSP
Specifications
  • Genre: Action-adventure, stealth
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: Mature
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
Pros
  • Visuals are gorgeous and realistic
  • Stealth techniques remain fun to utilize
  • Although combat is repetitive, the great satisfaction of taking on enemies remains
Cons
  • Weak plot
  • Best aspects of franchise do not transfer over to handheld

The amount of iconic titles that Sony has a hand in producing is truly remarkable. With Ratchet & Clank, we have another one of those Sony exclusive hits. Size Matters is Ratchet & Clank’s first foray into the portable gaming world. The franchise rose to prominence on the PlayStation 2 thanks to its highly stylized world and unique characters. Luckily, all the lovable aspects of console Ratchet & Clank are on display with this portable iteration.

It wouldn’t be a Ratchet & Clank game without a wacky plot. The dynamic duo is tasked with exploring planets all while trying to rescue a girl named Luna that has been kidnapped by robots. The gameplay is more of the same third-person adventure we’ve come to expect from the franchise. The various weapons are yet again the highlight of a Ratchet & Clank game. This time, weapons can be upgraded as players progress through the story. This allows for a considerable amount of strategic planning based on individual fighting styles. There are also some nifty tools that must be utilized to maximize exploration. These tools are presented in unique fashion.

Even after several iterations, Ratchet & Clank manages to feel fresh. One common pitfall for single player games that rely on the strength of their story is the absence of a challenge. Luckily, upon completion of the game, the player is asked to embark on the same adventure at a much higher difficulty level. This feature is called Challenge Mode and it is prefect for those who breezed through Size Matters. It also adds replay value.

Key Features
  • Challenge Mode
  • Weapon upgrade system
  • First portable Ratchet and Clank game
Specifications
  • Genre: Platformer
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Everyone 10+
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Pros
  • Gorgeous environment
  • Weapon arsenal
  • Emphasis on exploration
  • Characters exude personality
Cons
  • Increase in difficulty only accessible after completion of game

Final Fantasy VII released in 1997 as one of the most legendary video games to ever grace our screens. With Crisis Core, Square Enix has offered up a prequel to the masterpiece that is Final Fantasy VII. This game was developed for the PSP as opposed to being a port from a home console. That has a considerable impact on the quality of this game. Everything from the graphics to the controls is fine tuned to work well on the PSP. The game definitely looks beautiful from a graphic standpoint. Although many characters from Final Fantasy VII appear throughout the game such as Cloud and Sephiroth, the main protagonist is Zach Fair. The player controls Zach, a member of the military organization SOLDIER, as he searches for a missing member and uncovers the organization’s secrets along the way.

Crisis Core is the quintessential action role playing game. It does not stray too far away from the traditional Final Fantasy mechanics. It does however succeed in introducing new elements. The real time combat system allows players to defeat enemies in distinctive ways. No one battle will feel similar to another, which adds a great sense of variety to the gameplay. The soundtrack is exceptional and combines nostalgia from Final Fantasy VII with some modern tracks that form a wonderful union. Legendary video game composer Takeharu Ishimoto oversees the game’s music.

Crisis Core does exhibit minor issues. One of these issues would be the length of the game. Unfortunately, it only lasts about 11 hours, which can seem brisk to some. On the bright side, there is the “new game plus” feature that allows players to repeat the game at a much higher difficulty level.

Key Features
  • New game plus
  • Developed exclusively for PSP
  • Live combat battle system
Specifications
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: Teen
  • Publisher: Square Enix
Pros
  • Explores the world of beloved Final Fantasy VII
  • Recurring characters
  • Gameplay variety
  • Nostalgic music
Cons
  • Short length of completion

Grand Theft Auto Vice City was an instant classic when it released back in 2002. At the time, the series had been building up steam at an incredible pace. As the fourth instalment in the franchise Vice City is widely regarded as the game that made the Grand Theft Auto franchise what it is today. Vice City is a fictional city that draws inspiration from Miami. Truthfully, it would have been impossible for Rockstar Games to pick a better location to adapt. Vice City Stories takes place two years prior to Vice City. In many ways it acts as a prequel to the original.

Several of the same characters return as do the cast of voice actors. The series has always been known for its use of Hollywood stars and this game is no different. Gary Busey, Luis Guzmán, Philip Michael Thomas, and Danny Trejo all either join or reprise their original roles. The story follows brothers Victor and Lance as they aim to build their criminal empire in Vice City. Both featured briefly in the original Vice City so its nice to see this game expand on their origin story.

The open world environment that makes Grand Theft Auto games so unique is back once more. Players can move with freedom at their own pace. Beating the game does not feel like a chore due to this non-guided progression. Moreover, it wouldn’t be a Grand Theft Auto game without its own set of controversy. Debate surrounded the original game due to the glorification of violence, crime and drugs. It also came under fire for its racial profiling. Much of that is still present in Vice City Stories making it strictly for adults.

Yet, Vice City Stories is still one of the PSP's highlights.

Key Features
  • Prequel to Vice City
  • Star packed voice acting cast
  • Returning characters Victor and Lance
Specifications
  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Mature
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
Pros
  • Open world exploration
  • Complete the game at your own pace
  • Revisiting Vice City is a joy
Cons
  • Explicit content strictly for adults

At the peak of the street racing craze birthed from the immense success of The Fast and Furious movie franchise, Need for Speed was the lead racing video game. As the ninth installment in the Need for Speed franchise, Most Wanted 5-1-0 is an incredibly polished racing game. There is a ton of content to delve into. The story mode is superb and, as the title suggests, the goal is to become the most wanted street racer in the city of Rockport.

You can also play online via the PSP to much enjoyment. The online feature is as great as one could expect from a portable online experience. There are some issues regarding connectivity however these are minor concerns in the grand scheme of things. The graphics and car variety combine to provide the best aspects of this game. The roster of luxury cars and exotic streetcars is a blast to dig into. Most Wanted offers some great customization options. You car will develop in performance and aesthetic as you progress in the game. The graphics are gritty with dark undertones that play well with the theme of street racing.

The controls are also extremely intuitive for a handheld racing game. In fact many believe the handheld version to be superior to the console version due to the controls alone. Unfortunately, the enemy AI in this iteration is highly questionable in their actions. In this case it would be the police department. Most Wanted 5-1-0’s biggest complaint is that the cops are too difficult to shake. Once the cops are on your tail it is game over for most. This essentially punishes the player for playing the game properly.

Key Features
  • Wide variety of exotic cars
  • Focus on street racing
  • Race online against friends
Specifications
  • Genre: Racing
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Teen
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
Pros
  • Gritty graphics
  • Abundance of customization options
  • Car development
  • Great plot for a racing game
Cons
  • Enemy AI is impossible to escape
  • Minor issues with online races

The Kingdom Hearts franchise has proven that Square Enix can find success outside of Final Fantasy. As the sixth instalment in the franchise, expectations were naturally high. Birth by Sleep continues the trend of prequels exclusively made for the PSP. This game is a direct narrative prequel to the original Kingdom Hearts. Luckily, there is enough innovation introduced to the combat system to sidestep any notions of stagnation.

Let’s begin with the game’s limited shortcomings. There is no denying that the loading screens are painfully slow. This is a simple matter settled with patience but it can’t be overlooked when analyzing this game’s flaws. Secondly, the dialogue is rather weak. Throughout the play through interactions are few and far between. When the rare portion of dialogue appears the disappointment is palpable. These are minor letdowns in the grand scheme of things.

There is so much to love here, from the stunning vibrant visuals to the endearing original music; Birth by Sleep is one of the best PSP games around. The unique three-character setup is also quite enjoyable. The ability to control three characters offers distinct gameplay variety. The action-filled gameplay is relentless. The new features such as Focus and Dimension Link add much needed depth and make this game so much more than a typical hack and slash. Ultimately, Birth of Sleep succeeds in creating new Kingdom Hearts fans. Its accessibility as a prequel means that this is the perfect Kingdom Hearts game to discover the beloved franchise.

Key Features
  • Multiplayer mode
  • The story is a prequel to the first Kingdom Hearts
  • Three playable characters
Specifications
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Everyone +10
  • Publisher: Square Enix, Ubisoft
Pros
  • Innovative combat system
  • Stunning visuals, graphics help provide a beautiful world
  • Three characters provide combat variety
  • Highly accessible for franchise newcomers
Cons
  • Long loading screen time
  • Weak dialogue and interaction

Mortal Kombat: Unchained is the PSP version of Mortal Kombat: Deception. As with any game not designed for a specific device, concerns arise regarding its quality. However, Mortal Kombat: Unchained can slot right into the series’ impressive catalogue of fighting games.

First and foremost there are some aspects exclusive to the PSP version. Fighters Blaze, Frost, Jax, and Kitana are only available on the PSP. Kitana and Jax are noteworthy additions seeing as they are franchise favorites. There is also a new playable game mode only available in Unchained. The mode is titled Endurance and players must last as long as possible against a wave of never ending opponents.

Although the presence of an online feature is a welcome component, its quality is rather disappointing. Anyone who plays even a few fights online will notice consistent frame dropping and lag. This is to be expected seeing as the PSP’s online feature is not particularly powerful. The traditional gore and comedic aspects we’ve come to associate with the Mortal Kombat franchise are also present.

Stage interaction not only adds another layer to fighting strategy but it also provides some laugh-inducing moments as players lose to the stage as opposed to their enemy. Performing a fatality remains a highly entertaining way of proving your superiority over your opponent. The plot is characteristically thin for a Mortal Kombat game. It is a good thing that the game emphasizes combat strategy over storytelling.

Key Features
  • Online mode
  • Classic Mortal Kombat humour tinged gore
  • Four exclusive fighters for PSP
Specifications
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Mature
  • Publisher: Midway Games
Pros
  • Endurance mode is a fun change of pace
  • The satisfaction of performing a fatality
  • New mechanics and stage interaction adds depth to strategy
Cons
  • Online feature malfunctions frequently
  • Thin plot

When it comes to quality racing games, Wipeout is often overlooked as an industry-leading franchise. Yet, Sony Interactive Entertainment has continued to publish racing games imbued with such unique gameplay. The sixth iteration of the franchise Wipeout Pure found a home on the PSP. It turns out a portable racing experience perfectly suits the gameplay Wipeout is notorious for.

Wipeout Pure was released as a launch title for the PSP. Players would take control of airships and race them in the anti-gravity racing league called FX300. The racing mechanics are what makes this game excel above the level of an average racing game. For starters, players must choose the airship that matches their style of racing. Each of the eight ships has been imbued with different racing characteristics. These variations in speed and strength offer a ton of gameplay variety.

Wipeout Pure racing utilizes weapons and shields. Weapons can be used against other racers on the track, while shield levels determine how many hits your ship can take. If your shield levels hit zero your ship will explode, eliminating you from the race.

Track design is one of the standout features. The futuristic atmosphere is well executed on every track. Interestingly enough, Wipeout Pure was the first PSP game to support downloadable content. With an extra purchase, players could gain access to new ships and tracks.

The graphics and high-speed gameplay are the two strongest aspects of the game. Everything pops on screen thanks to the cutting-edge graphics. The gameplay ensures that players will be coming back for more.

Key Features
  • Futuristic racing
  • Downloadable content
  • Online multiplayer
Specifications
  • Genre: Racing
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: E
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Pros
  • Cutting-edge graphics
  • Track design
  • High-speed gameplay
  • Replay value
Cons
  • Occasional frame rate issues

As a Sony exclusive franchise, Jak and Daxter games are always highly anticipated releases. This spinoff game featuring Daxter in the starring role was the first of the franchise to be released on a handheld console. Daxter sets out on a quest to find his lost companion Jak. After critical acclaim and commercial success, the game would be added to Sony’s greatest hits collection for the PSP.

Fans of the franchise will be delighted to learn that the events of the game tie into the mainline series. The timing is tricky to grasp as it takes place after the events presented during the opening of Jak II. Daxter’s companion Jak is taken to prison. Daxter’s goal in this game is to set his partner free.

A common concern for portable games is the intuitiveness of the controls. This is especially true when a franchise moves from home console to portable play. Luckily there are no issues in relation to control mechanics. They feel responsive as can be. Jumping from ledge to ledge and crouching around passages can be performed smoothly. Another aspect that enhances the control mechanics is the camera. The camera flows quite smoothly which gives the player a clear view of the surroundings.

It’s a great thing that players can clearly see the environment because it is quite beautiful. The graphics are fantastic for a portable iteration of the franchise. In addition, the world is imbued with a ton of color and personality which makes the game a joy to play.

Key Features
  • Follows events of home console games
  • First game to focus on sidekick Daxter
  • Sony exclusive franchise
Specifications
  • Genre: Platformer
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: E10+
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Pros
  • Intuitive controls
  • Excellent camera
  • Colorful environments
  • Platforming aspect is a ton of fun
Cons
  • Boring plot

God of War is yet again another Sony exclusive series that has been on the receiving end of high praise. Control Spartan warrior Kratos as he is tasked with hunting down one of the Olympian Gods. In terms of storytelling this is a prequel to the original God of War that released in 2005 on the PlayStation 2. Much of what made that game a success is prevalent once more.

The Chains of Olympus gameplay is what makes this game fantastic. It manages to combine a variety of genres into one action packed container. There are aspects of puzzle solving that will require even the most experienced strategist to come up with a plan. There are aspects of combo oriented fighting that excel thanks to the third person view. The player must utilize the iconic Blades of Chaos. Cutting up your enemies will provide hours of entertainment and finding the right combo will prove to be difficult.

The story itself is a wonderful mix of fiction and historic events. History enthusiasts will be enthralled by the tale and be fully immersed in the story. Further, he graphics are superb for a handheld game. The gore is highlighted in most scenes and adds shock value to the action.

The camera, in particular, is fluid in motion. This game was noticeably created for exclusive use on the PSP. The controls are also retooled to perfection further proving that this game was produced to work well on the PSP. Unfortunately, this game is relatively short. Just as the game reaches its climax, it is over before you know it.

Key Features
  • Prequel to original God of War
  • Developed for the PSP
  • Some of the best graphics the PSP has to offer
Specifications
  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: Mature
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Pros
  • Mix of gameplay genres
  • Hack and slash aspect is loads of fun
  • Storytelling focus on history
  • Fluid game camera
Cons
  • The story is way too short

The Sims 2 is the first iteration of The Sims on the PSP. The Sims franchise has hit portable devices prior to this. However, this is the first time the game’s PC aesthetics remain mostly untouched during the transition. The Sims is a life simulation game. The best way to describe this to a gamer who has not played life simulation games would be to imagine a role playing game based on real life events. The concept seems abstract although the genre took the world by storm in the early 2000s.

The character customization is what drew so many people to the genre. It’s no surprise that it remains a strength in The Sims 2. The creation options hit the perfect sweet spot between not overwhelming with options while providing enough options to display some individuality. The portable aspect of the game is a wonderful match with the genre. Perform routine tasks such as earning money from a job, building your house and talking to neighbors on the go.

One major change from the PC version is the emphasis on storytelling. Traditionally, players would be free to explore and make decisions at their own discretion. With this iteration EA decided to try something new. There is semblance of a story that can be accessed through various missions. The addition of a narrative has not been received well. The whole essence of the game relies on the fact that the player is in full control of this virtual life. Adding a guided path contradicts what people love about this game.

Key Features
  • Added storyline to PSP version
  • First Sims on PSP
  • Similar graphics as PC version
Specifications
  • Genre: Life simulation
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Teen
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
Pros
  • Addictive gameplay true to Sims brand
  • Character customization fun to play around with
  • Genre works incredibly well on handheld
Cons
  • Addition of narrative contradicts Sims tradition

The PSP’s hardware was its main attraction. Sony succeeded in creating the most powerful handheld console to date. The LCD screen coupled with a 480 x 272-pixel display assured that the visual aspect would provide vibrant colors and incredibly advanced textures.

Sony as a Global Brand

Sony relied on their established brand when creating the PSP, which would soon be followed by the PS Vita. The button configuration on the PSP is incredibly similar to that of a PS2 controller. The triangle, circle, X and square buttons heavily associated with the PlayStation found their way on to the PSP. This is no surprise considering how popular these buttons had become.

Two rear triggers, an analog stick, and directional buttons rounded out the design. It’s impressive that Sony managed to fit so many buttons on a handheld device. This worked out well for games that were brought over from console to handheld. Suddenly, playing a handheld Final Fantasy game made sense with all these buttons.

Online Services

Online capability is a huge factor behind the PSP’s success. The PlayStation network presented gamers with a free to use online service. This is what really set the PSP apart from the DS. Sony’s online service was light years ahead of its competitors.

Before the PSP, a full-fledged online feature on a handheld device was unheard of. Playing high-quality multiplayer games such as Need for Speed Most Wanted 5-1-0 or The Sims 2 was then made possible.

Color Variety

During its lifespan, the PSP received notable updates. In total, there were five iterations of the PSP. With these new models, Sony had the opportunity of tweaking its marketing strategy.

A prime example is the system’s color options. The first series only offered four color options. With the second series, Sony decided to expand that number to ten standard options. This was fantastic news for those who enjoyed expressing their personality via color choice. The variety became impressive. From mint green to rose pink, Sony spoiled their fans.

Industry-Leading Graphics

The best PSP games have a few things in common. At this point, high-quality graphics are almost a certainty. Therefore, when analyzing great PSP games, it makes more sense to focus on other aspects such as narrative, gameplay, presentation, game modes, audio, and so on. That’s not to say we should take the graphics for granted.

The beautiful worlds created within the PSP game library are only possible because of Sony’s graphical advancements. However, a game that can provide stellar graphics, captivating music, and killer storytelling is sure to win you over. The high standard for graphics actually levels the playing field between the best PSP games. It is for this reason that a lackluster plot or repetitive gameplay has the potential to hurt a game to a greater extent.

Luckily, Sony’s catalog of exclusives combined with a solid list of non-exclusive games gave Nintendo a run for their money in the handheld war. This is absolutely evident in Sony's best PSP games.

FAQ

Q: How many iterations of the PSP are there?

The confusing discussion surrounding the various PSP models is often the most talked-about aspect of the successful handheld console. For starters, let’s start by stating that there are four different PSP models for North American gamers. The first iteration of the PSP is also known as the PSP 1000. This is the original model that most people are familiar with. Next, we have the PSP 2000. This redesign made the console lighter and slimmer than its original. Other minor changes were also introduced such as a brighter LCD screen. The PSP 3000 followed the 2000 model. This model focused on drastic screen and color improvements. A microphone was also added to this model. Lastly, we have the PSP Go. Once again the PSP received a lighter more accessible upgrade. Although the PSP Go introduced the most changes of any iteration, it produced the worst sales numbers.

Q: What are some of the best PSP accessories?

The PSP certainly offered a ton of products that could be purchased as accessories to the console. Sony allowed users to maximize their gaming experience through the purchase of said products. A long list of accessories includes an AC adapter, car adapter, headset, headphones with remote control, extended-life 2200 mAh battery, battery charger, carrying case, accessories pouch, and cleaning cloth. The pouches and carrying cases were by far the most common accessories. Due to the nature of the portable console, most users enjoyed traveling with the PSP. Enjoying the best PSP games on the go was one way to optimize the gaming experience.

Q: Was the PSP a success?

This is a difficult question to answer due to the different criteria people use to judge success. However, we can take a look at the PSP’s sales numbers as it pertains to handheld consoles and the seventh generation of consoles. For starters, the seventh generation of consoles was dominated by Nintendo. The Nintendo Wii sold more copies than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unfortunately for Sony, the handheld market was also dominated by Nintendo. The Nintendo DS and its variations sold a combined 152 million units. Meanwhile, the PSP sold a combined 82 million units. Ultimately, the PSP was defeated by its main rival in the Nintendo DS. However, the DS is considered the best-selling handheld console of all time. The PSP sold an admirable number of units which is now considered the third most of all time within the handheld market.

Q: What are the best-selling PSP games?

It’s no surprise that most of the top ten best-selling PSP games of all time are dominated by Sony franchises. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case when analyzing the top five best sellers. In fifth place and third we have two Monster Hunter games. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite sold 3.8 million units, while Monster Hunter Portable 3rd sold 4.9 million units. In fourth place, splitting the Monster Hunter franchise is one of the most well-liked racing franchises in Gran Turismo. Gran Turismo on the PSP sold 4.22 million units. The second-place spot is occupied by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. This game sold 5.03 million units. Finally in first place is another Grand Theft Auto game. Liberty City Stories is far and beyond the best-selling game on the PSP, selling approximately 8 million units.

Q: Were games made exclusively for the PSP?

Console exclusive games are commonplace amongst home consoles. This remains true for the handheld market. Some of the best PSP games are Sony exclusives. Analyzing exclusives beyond the publishing company, there are also games developed exclusively for the PSP. Some games have been released on the PS3 and PSP simultaneously. However, games that are developed exclusively for handheld play often perform better on the PSP. For example, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and God of War: Chains of Olympus are two stellar games created specifically for the PSP.

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