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RegularGameFan

Most likely there's already a topic on this but it's warm and I can't be bothered scrolling. So here's one for 2018!

Bringing this up because I've decided to give my PSP another go. Currently going through Star Ocean: First Departure and found it to be a perfect handheld experience - I can grind while spending time with my folks. That also makes it my first favorite because I haven't played a lot of PSP titles.

What are yours?

RegularGameFan

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Fight_Teza_Fight

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII !!

How could I not recommend my favourite game of all time.

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Gamer83

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (favorite game on the system), Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, The 3rd Birthday, Crsis Core: Final Fantasy VII, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Twisted Metal Head-On, Ridge Racer, Burnout Legends (basically a portable version of Takedown), Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, GTA: Vice City Stories, Daxter, Resistance Retribution, Killzone Liberation, LittleBigPlanet, Rockband Unplugged, Tekken: Dark Resurrection and there's a bunch more but these were the ones I played the most and have the most fond memories of. Just thinking back on it, the PSP is awesome. My favorite handheld of all-time and until Sony got its stuff together in 2009, I preferred PSP to PS3.

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Gamer83

DerMeister

Crisis Core FF7- from what I've heard, it was one of the better things to come out the FF7 Compilation, and having played it, it's pretty good. It's not a super smash, but it's a decent enough prequel to FF7.

Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep- another prequel, but to Kingdom Hearts. I really loved the command system in this game, and being able to play as three different Keyblade wielders was a treat. Also was nice to see some underrepresented Disney movies (like Lilo and Stitch and Sleeping Beauty) get some time here.

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters- a good enough portable adaptation of the series. It feels like a lesser PS2 title at times and could have been better, but was still a good effort with some neat features that haven't been seen since, like custom armor sets.

Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy- a fighting game with heroes and bad dudes from FF1 to XIII, plus some extras. That alone made it a purchase, but it's also a pretty fun game with a lot of content. Good for any Final Fantasy fan.

Tekken Dark Resurrection- an enhanced port of Tekken 5, already a good game, featuring two new characters plus Armor King, and some new modes along with the return of Tekken Bowl. My pick for a portable fighter.

ATV Offroad Fury Blazin' Trails- Yeah, it was a pack in, but it was a really good ATV racer.

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kyleforrester87

@Fight_Teza_Fight I've never heard anyone say FF7 CC is their favourite game ever. Not played it myself and always wanted to, from what I've seen it's pretty great, and I adore FF7.

kyleforrester87

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mookysam

Such a great little system.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep really impressed me given its high production values. I still think it has the best battle system of the series and it had the feel of a "main" entry.

Persona 3 Portable is the best version of 3. Although it lacks the gorgeous animated cutscenes and you can't really explore outside of Tartarus, I think the various improvements and the addition of the female main character more than make up for it. I still think it has the best story of a modern Persona game, too.

Trails in the Sky First Chapter - Another RPG. It has such an incredible story and involving world. The cliffhanger ending is incredible!

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Gamer83

@kyleforrester87
I'm not a big Final Fantasy fan, but Crisis Core was good enough to hook me in until the end. I think the fact it didn't have a traditional turn-based battle system helped (never been a big fan of that) and I also really enjoyed the characters.

Gamer83

Fight_Teza_Fight

@kyleforrester87 Yeah I love it. I played Crisis Core before I played FFVII, so to me Zack is the real hero FFVII deserved, but Cloud is the one it got. I love everything about it. The slot machine mechanic which seems like a basic game mechanic at first, before it becomes a part of Zack's mental state, Genesis reciting Loveless, Sephiroth before big evil and his relationship between Angeal & Genesis & of course the story and one of the most impactful endings I've ever seen in a video game.

My friends were also playing the game at the time, so I've got some great memories attached to the game (they include dulled katana's ) .

I'm hoping that Crisis Core sees some sort of re-release in the light of FF7Remake, because right now the only legal way to play it is with a UMD on PSP (licensing issues prevent digital distribution).

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ApostateMage

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions was probably one of my faves. I also loved Peace Walker but it was much better played with a pad.

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FullbringIchigo

Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII, Dissidia 012 Duodecim, Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection, Final FAntasy Tactics War of the Lions (also this was the first ever release of FFT in the UK we never got the original PS1 version) Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Impact, Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai 2, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Star Ocean First Departure, Star Ocean Second Evolution

i love the PSP, great little system same as the Vita it's just the got overshadowed by Nintendo's systems because Nintendo is a bigger brand with more public awareness when it comes to handhelds

There was nothing wrong with the way FFXIII was, ALL the FF games before it were linear too (apart from the MMO's) it's just they hid it better

why do people who like JRPG's buy a XBOX then complain about not getting any JRPG's everyone knows if you like JRPG's you get a PlayStation

RegularGameFan

mookysam wrote:

Such a great little system.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep really impressed me given its high production values. I still think it has the best battle system of the series and it had the feel of a "main" entry.

Persona 3 Portable is the best version of 3. Although it lacks the gorgeous animated cutscenes and you can't really explore outside of Tartarus, I think the various improvements and the addition of the female main character more than make up for it. I still think it has the best story of a modern Persona game, too.

Trails in the Sky First Chapter - Another RPG. It has such an incredible story and involving world. The cliffhanger ending is incredible!

Got BBS on PS4 and liking it a lot this time around. Only have Second Chapter here in the UK; can't find the first one anywhere. P3P, I beat and enjoyed it considerably.

RegularGameFan

PSN: drwhofan2490

KALofKRYPTON

Killzone Liberation and WipEout Pure were multi-player staples for me.

I loved Untold Legends too, it was a bit crap - but fun.

Star Soldier was awesome, Pursuit Force, Locoroco...

KALofKRYPTON

RogerRoger

The following paragraphs don't detail all the PSP games currently sitting on my shelf, but rather cover the ones worth talking about. Funnily enough, I've got a lot of ports.

I skipped over one of the system's defining games, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, when I heard it'd be part of the HD collection on PS3; as such, I can only speak about Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, which wasn't as terrible as some would make out but was comprised of largely-forgettable story components. Still, it was fun to sneak on a small screen. I have brand new physical copies of Metal Gear Ac!d and the sequel, but I've never gotten around to playing them.

I remember liking Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror more than the follow-up, Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow, but both are excellent third-person shooters. If they're not going to make a new entry for this old franchise, an HD upgrade and control overhaul for PS4 could make Sony some cash. I'd definitely grab them again; been meaning to replay them for a while now.

Pursuit Force was a game I loved for the first third or so, but a sudden difficulty spike forced me to stop playing it, which was a shame as the gameplay was fun to begin with. Good music, too.

I'll forgive anybody for skipping over Sonic Rivals, but Sonic Rivals 2 was a huge improvement and is frequently one of my core games I think about when thinking about the PSP. It was quick and sharp, and the level design was much better, as was the story mode (in that it actually had one). Okay, so the fighting arenas were a bit of a pain, but at least they were pretty. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that key environments boasted some of the best graphics of the system (at least as far as I could tell).

Despite being a huge fan of the franchise, I've never had the urge to replay Daxter. On the other hand, the oft-overlooked Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier was a blast, and I played it through twice. I really loved the pirate theme (helped by an appropriately bombastic soundtrack, something the entire franchise had always been lacking) and the ship combat was pretty nifty.

Star Trek: Tactical Assault will always have my respect, despite being another game that suffers from a sudden difficulty spike which has prevented me from completing it (must've been a phase), because it at least tried to add a functional dialogue system to an otherwise-straightforward space combat simulator. Given that, on the shows, most Starfleet captains would attempt to resolve conflict with words before weapons, it made a nice change to the contrived ways other developers have hand-waved the brand into other action-heavy games.

I guess it's non-canon now, but Star Wars: Lethal Alliance was good. I'll also highlight the PSP version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which was identical to the PS2 version (both developed by Krome, if memory serves) but had an additional combat arena mode with playable versions of the most iconic duels from the (then) six films. The fact that the handheld game has more content than its home console counterpart, without cutting anything down or skipping over any of the story, is something that my fuzzy little brain still finds impressive.

And finally, I've got a handful of Naruto games for the system. A lot of them blend together in my mind, but Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact stands out as being unique and pretty ambitious for a handheld 3D game (although it was one of the last released for the system, near the dawn of the PS Vita, so I suppose they knew exactly how to make the technology dance).

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"Roger roger."

RegularGameFan

@RogerRoger I didn't like Daxter either. As for Lost Frontier, I wish that had been brought to PS4 with all the others. Oh well.

RegularGameFan

PSN: drwhofan2490

RogerRoger

@AnimeGamerFan I liked Daxter (and love Daxter as a character, he's brilliant) but it just didn't stick in my mind enough for me to want to replay it. I think it was because I played through the entire franchise in one big chunk, so the platforming felt too samey after three core platforming games and I responded much better to The Lost Frontier breaking up the platforming with pirate dogfights and Dark Daxter smash-'em-up sequences.

The Lost Frontier got a PS2 version, I believe, so we may still see it arrive as a PS2 Classic someday. Maybe they're waiting to see how well the first Jak games sell?

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