The 31 Best PSP Games - 2009 Edition
- July 16, 2009 00:00 AM PST
Combining the best of the series and smashing it all together in one fantastic package is Burnout Legends, the ultimate in crash-tastic racers. The lack of online gameplay is a serious oversight, but there's still more than enough speeding tickets to earn and cars to crash in the satisfying single-player and local wireless modes.
Despite having a name that sounds like a synonym for regurgitation, the Disgaea series is actually one of the best tactical role-play game franchises around, if not the best. Afternoon of Darkness is an overhauled version of the PS2's Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, with copious amounts of bonus content such as vicious new bosses, the option to play as a female protagonist with a new storyline, and a multiplayer mode where players can hook up via Ad-hoc.
Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow
Focusing more on action than stealth, Gabe Logan's second PSP adventure unquestionably tops the genre. Logan's Shadow surpasses Portable Ops in terms of control, even if it isn't as rich an experience. Don't let this gem get lost in Snake's shadow--one of the PSP's best.
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Tactical Strike
The third SOCOM for the PSP ups the tactical element for more deliberate, thoughtful action perfect for portable play. An impressive array of features including online play, voice commands and chat, and an 11-mission single-player campaign easily make it best of the handheld series.
Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters
Fitting tools of destruction in your pocket can be difficult when you're going commando, but Size Matters makes it possible. The first portable outing for Ratchet and his robotic buddy Clank establishes a new standard for handheld action with top-notch graphics, a challenging story mode, and full online multiplayer. Adjusting to limited camera controls takes time, although it's a minor complaint in the face of big action on your little screen.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Phenomenal real-time battles and gorgeous graphics put Crisis Core among the most impressive handheld games around. Cameos from popular Final Fantasy VII characters make it a trip down memory lane, even though its innovative gameplay does much to differentiate it from other RPGs.
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the WarLords
Tetris may have opened the way for portable puzzlers, but Puzzle Quest stands above the pack. Its unique combination of puzzle-solving and role-playing is like nothing else out there. Not only does it provide immense depth, but also makes the game incredibly addictive. +1 charisma for this PSP version thanks to a cleaner presentation, although the DS edition gets a special enchantment for intuitive touch controls. Anyway you put it, Puzzle Quest levels up handheld gaming as a must-own.