Five games you should play on PSP before the console's lifecycle ends

  • by AJ Glasser & Dave Rudden
  • March 24, 2010 12:05 PM PST

Today marks the fifth year of the PlayStation Portable's lifecycle and we've got a list of five games you should get around to playing before the console dies off in the next generation of handheld. A birthday is as good an excuse to game as any, right?

Five games you should play on PSP before the console's lifecycle ends

True story: Dave's first post-college job was a boring stint as PR for a politician. After two months of playing Lumines in his car during lunch breaks, he quit and dedicated himself to finding a gaming industry job.

#1 -- Lumines
Few launch titles have aged as well as Lumines--an addictive puzzle game eith a dynamic soundtrack that few players who picked up the game could ever forget. The gameplay maintains its frenetic but simple time-based block-matching at all times while the audio and visual style radically shift after clearing a certain amount of bricks. Each round had it's own style and every PSP owner deserves to play them all.

Five games you should play on PSP before the console's lifecycle ends

Full disclosure: AJ Glasser was a QA tester on Size Matters during the pre-Alpha stage.

#2 -- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
This is the first game from the Ratchet & Clank series that ever hit the PSP -- and it didn't just hit it, it rocked it if Metacritic scores are any indication. The game was mostly an adventure on the same scale as any of the console games, with several mini-games thrown in for good measure. The whole game came together nicely on its own, but because of the fully-voice dialogue and the attention to detail in the story, Size Matters felt like so much more than just a "PSP spin-off."

Five games you should play on PSP before the console's lifecycle ends

Fan service never looked so hot.

#3 -- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
When it comes to spin-offs, this is the best you can hope for; a fully-voiced, richly-CG'd game with a smooth control scheme. Sure, classic Japanese role-playing game fans might cringe at the lack of turn-based or party-oriented gameplay (and the part where the main character isn't Cloud). But the action/adventure format made the battles fun and the cutscenes were sexy -- a definite must-own for the PSP.

Five games you should play on PSP before the console's lifecycle ends

#4 -- Tekken: Dark Resurrection
Every console deserves a good fighting game, and Dark Resurrection was definitely it for the PSP. You had a full lineup of classic Tekken characters, 19 stages to choose from, and the combos -- even if they were little wonky -- worked like magic. Even better, the game featured character customization, which is a great time-waster for handheld games.

Five games you should play on PSP before the console's lifecycle ends

#5 -- Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron
Star Wars Battlefront games are pretty high caliber on any system, but the latest addition to the PSP's lineup of Battlefront titles introduces space-to-ground layers of combat for twice the fun in multiplayer. If you've got a lot of friends to play with and for some reason you're not into the Monster Hunter games, Elite Squadron should definitely be on your PSP-games-to-play list.

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AJatGamePro

ninjasoulreaper wrote:

Where's God of War: Chains of Olympus?

We had a "five games for five years theme" going and nobody could talk me out of Tekken. If the PSP makes its 6th birthday, Chains of Olympus is a shoe-in.

lovetelephone

ninjasoulreaper wrote:

Where's God of War: Chains of Olympus?

that game was soooooo short and highly overrated IMO. The PSP has never liven up to its potential and it's such a shame. I will however buy one once the 3000's price drops dramatically and all the games are cheaper than dirt. Or mabybe I'll see what Sony has in store for it's new PSP2 (Like TWO analog nubs). I also hope they're still not trying to re-invent the wheel with another Download Only gaming machine... I like to trade in my games for newer better ones once I'm sick of them. And really, carrying a couple cartridges around isn't as much as a hassle as people make it out to be.

nintendoes

Shameless attempt to promote a Sony handheld that hasn't been announced. LMAO!!! Why not a DS article? Considering it is the only one confirmed to have a successor. . . it just makes sense.

littlebigmatador

Gran turismo, LBP, and Daxter are pretty good games too. Oh and all those PS1 classics that I did not play, I love my PSP.

SilentGhosteye

I never did get a psp, Don't see the point, most of the good games on it end up getting ported to the ps2 and sometimes even the Wii.

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