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Odrion
The reasons were sound.
(06-05-2007, 09:21 PM)
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Posting a new thread due to some sort of character limit that deletes the whole post if exceeded. Couldn't edit my older post without deleting the whole thing. So I'm going to reboot the topic and split it into several posts.

Seeing that a lot of people are making "just purchased a PSP, what games should I get?" And along with the PSP pricedrop I decided to be helpful and write (copy and paste) a bunch of excellent titles the PSP has to offer along with notice if the game has a cheap pricetag. Because I am such a nice person.

...Well, and because of the mouthbreather comments that the handheld has no games.

--The Newer List of Excellent PSP Games--

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror - Third Person Shooter - $20

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror packs an uncommon amount of detail, variety and overall
quality. It blends intense action sequences with stealth in a way no portable game has
before, and it does so with style to spare. It controls well, plays well and generally does
everything right.


WipEout Pure - Futuristic Racer - $20 (also has 12 more downloadable tracks.)

Wipeout Pure is easily one of the finest launch titles available for PSP. The package
comes complete with beautiful visuals, outstandingly polished gameplay, a thumping score,
Wi-Fi multiplayer, and downloadable content. It can be rather difficult at times, so be
wary. But players who give themselves to Wipeout Pure will get plenty back in return. The
race is on, and it couldn't be much more lovely.
(My favorite PSP title, purchase it
mother****ers!)

GTA: Vice City Stories - Sandbox - $30

Without even touching on the outstanding soundtrack, pop references like the '99 Red
Balloons' you can hunt down, the cameos from characters out of PS2's Vice City, there is
enough meat to keep fans hooked for months.


Tekken: Dark Resurrection Review - Fighter

Tekken: Dark Resurrection is serious business. It does absolutely everything well and
offers a number of options we wish were in last year's PlayStation 2 version of Tekken 5.
New modes, new characters (the slow-but-powerful Dragunov and the speedier
mash-friendly Lili), incredible graphics, and plenty of other add-ons not only make Tekken
a fantastic fighting experience, but one hell of a great PSP game as well.


Ridge Racer Ė Arcade Racer - $20

Ridge Racer does a fine job of showing off the system's technical prowess while
simultaneously providing more of the same smooth gameplay that still holds up after all these years.


Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords Review - Puzzle - $30

Puzzle Quest managed to combine the best aspects of both genres into one nice little
package. We went into this game expecting very little, and came away with a whole lot.
Puzzle Quest's addictive mixture of role-playing stat progression, and casual
gem-matching has resulted in one of the most captivating PSP games this year.


Rachet and Clank: Size Matters - Platformer/Shooter

Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters has everything a triple-A PSP game should have. It's
packed with fantastic single-player content, has a strong multiplayer element, boasts a
great visual and thematic presentation, and excels with razor-sharp gameplay mechanics.


Crush - Puzzle Platforming - $30

You know you've found a great puzzler when even the earliest levels in the game leave
you feeling completely rewarded. Crush accomplishes this feat thanks to its 40
superbly-designed mazes, fantastic art style, and terrific original concept. There are even
unlockables and trophy stages to mess around with to boot! Sure it isn't perfect, but what
more do you need? It's a must-own.


Sid Meier's Pirates! Live the Life - Pirate - $30

Sid Meier's Pirates! Live the Life is a really good port of an absolutely classic game.
Everything that makes Pirates! what it is is here and in fantastic form. The most important
elements, like ship battles, exploration and such are identical to what you 'd find on the
PC.


Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops - Stealth

A title that demonstrates what the technology of the PSP can actually do, with a solid
action title to boot. The GPS and WiFi scanning feature is excellently implemented, the
online and single player modes are deep, and there are plenty of things to do by tracking
down and recruiting new soldiers from various places. This is one of the games to add to
your collection if you have the PSP.


Lumines I & II - Puzzle - First game should be around $20, right?

Lumines stands absolutely as one of the brightest stars in the puzzle field in a long, long
time. Q Entertainment hooked up winning gameplay to enticing visual and musical compliments.


Killzone: Liberation - Overhead Shooter

It seems wherever Liberation can go the extra mile, it does. It delivers on all fronts,
from a thoroughly engrossing single-player campaign to an addictive multiplayer component.


LocoRoco - Singing Blob Simulator and Arthritis Stimulator - $30

You'll discover playing Locoroco is a lot like eating candy, only without the stomachache
after an overdose. That sounds absurd but it really gets the point across. It's vibrant,
cheery and serves no other point than to make you smile.


Daxter - Platformer - $20

Daxter is simply an outstanding PSP game that brings back the old-school platform
gaming the industry has been shying more and more away from.


Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - Sandbox - $20

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories offers a deep, console-like GTA experience.
There's so much to see and do that finishing the main story portion leaves around 60% of
the game to experience. Just driving around the city and taking in the sights packs about
as much fun as most full-fledged games.


Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee - Golf - $20

Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee's shameless charm knows no bounds. The line between cute
and cheesy is a fine one, but the game sweetly balances this divide with a fine-tuned
game engine the delivers a genuine golfing experience. As a result, this is one of the most
addictive PSP game to date.


Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception Review - Flight Combat

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception makes a spectacular landing on the PSP. It has
everything longtime fans of the series could possibly want, along with a few extras they're
probably not expecting. Deception also looks great and runs well, offering a near identica
l experience as what's on the PS2. On top of that, it does a good job of offering narrative
incentives, so the campaign never feels like a string of soulless missions.


WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 - Wrestling

What makes WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 such fantastic fun to play is its total
accessibility. While everyone may not care for the Buried Alive match or Fulfill Your
Fantasy, they can always retreat to GM Mode or defend one of their titles instead. If those
options still don't tickle their fancy, they can always just make someone with the excellent
create-a-character feature, or drop into an impromptu Season, or simply engage in an old
favorite like Hell in a Cell. What's more is that the gameplay has made another noticeable
step forward with its strong stamina and momentum systems and the adjustments to the
rest of the gameplay are just as effective.


Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix - Tony Hawk - $20

Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix is a nearly perfect extended port of the console
version. Everything, literally everything, that was in the console versions can be found
here.


Ultimate Ghosts 'N Goblins - Toastyfrog Repellent - $20, right?

A great, great showpiece for Sony's handheld system. The long overdue weapons and
abilities that Arthur has gained for this installment are just the beginning -- as the game's
truly excellent visuals, smart difficulty settings, and solid action-platforming make for one
heck of a fun (albeit short-lived) day at the graveyard. Don't forget about the strong
portable save options, multitude of hidden goodies, or the killer remixed soundtrack
either.


Burnout Dominator - Racing (There is also Burnout Legends for $30, maybe $20?)

The racing is just as adrenaline pumping as it's ever been, and possibly even more so
than what we saw in Burnout Revenge as you need to be afraid of traffic once again.
However, the lack of standard features and modes like Crash are a rather big
disappointment. It's more worthy of a pickup on the PSP than the PS2 however as its
simply more impressive as a handheld game and the multiplayer features are much more
robust.


Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer - Football

Konami got the PSP right this year and WE PES 2007 improves on last year's title in
almost every way. While it doesn't offer the full set of controls as its console counterparts,
this version is one of the best sports games on the PSP. There are still plenty of awesome
goals thanks to combination passing and blistering shots.


Sega Genesis Collection - Collection - $30

Sega Genesis Collection is easily the best assemblage of Sega games you can find.

Mercury Meltdown - Super Mercury Ball?

Yes, this game is frustrating, but frustrating in the right places and for the right
reasons. Mercury Meltdown is more encouraging and enjoyable than the first game, and
it's one that players will always want to have with them, squeezing just a little bit more
Mercury out with each try.


Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth - RPG - $30

If you werenít lucky enough to get your hands on the game the first time around, this is
a excellent way to check out a challenging non-linear title that has plenty of depth and
story to back up a creative game experience. This is still the best RPG that the PSP has
received to date, and fans of the genre will definitely be pleased with this title.


Race Driver 2006 - Racing

Though it's really the only option currently for simulation racing on the PSP, Race Driver
2006 is great game regardless of whatever amount of racers it's stacked up against and
anyone who likes games in the vein of Gran Turismo would do well to pick it up.


Gitaroo Man Lives! - Music

Gitaroo Man Lives! Makes the jump to the PSP and never misses a beat. Sure, itís still a
short game, even with the addition of new tracks and multiplayer modes, but itís
nevertheless unique and still very rewarding. Plus, it actually makes a fine portable title,
which is as important as any other factor when it comes to PSP titles.


Medal of Honor Heroes - First Person Shooter

Heroes does a fine job of translating the cinematic gameplay of the Medal of Honor
series on the PSP. It retains the intensity of WWII firefights while streamlining the whole
experience for mobile audiences.


Field Commander - Strategy

Field Commander will most certainly appeal to strategy fans. Beyond that, it offers
enough depth and flexibility to warrant a look from any serious gamer. It blends an
engrossing single-player campaign with great production values and a robust set of
multiplayer options.


Pursuit Force - Action

Pursuit Force is a damn fine portable game. Itís fast, fun and perfectly suited for gaming
on the run. It packs a ton of content, too, and it does so with style to spare. Race fans will
definitely want to check it out, and so will fans of the action genre. But regardless of
gaming preference, itís hard to deny the appeal. Itís a great idea with good execution.


X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse - Hack n' Slash

Everything that was successfully implemented in the first game is back and better than
ever. The PSP version deserves even more praise for a number of reasons. X-Men
Legends 2 feels like it was made for the PSP. This style of dungeon crawler is ideal for
quick bursts of action on a handheld and the addition of four player co-op sweetens the
pot.


SSX: On Tour - Sports

SSX On Tour is an excellent addition to the PSP library. Skiing is a blast even though it's
not significantly different from boarding, and the rock infused presentation is a perfect
fit.


Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony - Hack n' Slash

Throne of Agony offers the Dungeon Siege experience, albeit tweaked for a mobile
audience. Combat is more dynamic and visceral thanks to these changes. Along with great
presentation and accessibility, Throne of Agony offers a lengthy quest filled memorable
locations and snazzy enemies.


MX vs. ATV Unleashed: On the Edge - Off Road Racing

The track design, controls and "rhythm racing" focus are all excellent,
while the game runs great and looks decent enough to keep you engaged for some time.
That is, if you don't fall asleep during the load times.


SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo - Tactical Shooter - $20, right?

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo is easily one of, if not the, most full-featured
titles for the PSP yet. With 16 players via either Ad-Hoc or Infrastructure mode, the game
has excellent potential for a very long-term multiplayer lifespan. The singleplayer aspect is
great as well, and with the addition of the Instant Action mode, also has quite a long life
for itself.


Mega Man Powered Up - Platform - $20

Mega Man Powered Up is a fun, polished remake thatíll win over old fans while seducing
newcomers into the world of Capcom classics. Its overly cute art style isnít for everyone,
but with solid gameplay and a treasure chest of extras, itís not like it matters much. About
the only complaint here is the occasional slowdown when things get hectic, but other than
that, itís a pretty slick package with minimal load times


Every Extend Extra - Shooter

Every Extend Extra does a fine job of mixing arcade action with the depth of a serious
puzzle game. Throw in a collection of catchy tunes and trippy visuals, and Every Extend
Extra provides just about everything a puzzle fan could want.


Gradius Collection - Shooter - $20

Whether you are playing them for the first time or playing them for the millionth, the
games in Gradius Collection are, for the most part, some of the best side-scrolling shooters
you'll ever handle. Emulated without any noticeable problems and benefiting from a nice
selection of extra options, the software here is great fun.


Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure - Action Adventure - $20

Gurumin is one of those pleasant surprises that you wouldn't necessarily expect from its
childlike appearance. A ton of difficulty levels, loads of accessories and costumes for Parin
and lots of mini-games await players that are willing to give this game a chance.


Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded - Collection

The reason Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded is so cool is because it does a number
of things well that most compilation packs normally don't. Not only does it give you a lot of
information and bonuses with every game in the set, it also (as one of my colleagues
once said) forces you to play each game like a man because of their various "hardcore"
settings.


SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2 - Tactical Shooter

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2 is a fine follow-up to last year's original PSP
release. Like last year, it's a bit of a different experience than the console games, but it's
also tied into Combined Assault very
well. SOCOM fans won't be disappointed.


Maverick Hunter X - Platformer - $20

Maverick Hunter X will satiate old-time fans, yet it packs enough new content to draw
new players. It's a little on the short side, but it's intense, fun and very challenging. The
retooled visuals and sound, coupled with truly nifty additions, make Hunter X an
engrossing title.


Ultimate Block Party - Puzzle - $20, maybe even cheaper now?

How much you get out of Ultimate Block Party may depend on how much you put into it.
If you're good at it but never get great, it might not impress you all that much. Once you
start putting together huge Chains, however, and earning those bunker-buster Magic
Blocks, the game gets nuts. Ultimate Block Party comes off as a combination of Nintendo's
Puzzle League and Sega's Puyo Pop, and if you liked the hectic pace of those two games,
this one might really get you twisted up.


Twisted Metal: Head-On - Car Combat - $20

It's great to see Twisted Metal back in classic form. While the game doesn't match the
artistic achievement of Twisted Metal: Black, Head-On does succeed in reviving an almost
forgotten nostalgia, bringing back the light-hearted, morbid humor of Twisted Metal 2. Fans
of the series need not hesitate to snatch up Head-On -- it offers plenty of replay value and
classic fun.


Me and My Katamari - Weirdness

A strong gameplay design, charming characters and art, an admirable mechanica
l translation, and ad hoc multiplayer really give it some life and make it a game worth
trying out (especially if your an existing fan of the series).


Metal Gear Acid 1 & 2 - Card Combat - $20 each

Acid's satisfying turn-based strategy is a great fit for Metal Gear's trademark high
presentation values and quirky narrative style.


PQ2: Practical Intelligence Quotient 2 - Puzzle

PQ2: Practical Intelligence Quotient 2 is a nice alternative to some of the more
lighthearted puzzle games out there. Not for the weak-minded, this game is full of
hardcore brain teasers that will test your spatial, observational, and deductive reasoning.
Fans of the first game will find about five times the replay value crammed into the sequel,
thanks to more puzzles, new tests, downloadable every week, and the puzzle editor.


Traxxpad: Portable Studio - Portable Studio

Traxxpad is a very interesting release as it's not a game but rather a full-fledged music
production program. It's extremely powerful for what it is, but that also means it's
complicated and not as user-friendly as a computer-based equivalent. Folks who have
never dabbled in music creation before will find this a fantastic (and relatively cheap)
introduction into the art, though you'll need a bit of patience and the will to learn to be able
to take full advantage of it.
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Odrion
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(06-05-2007, 09:23 PM)
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--GAF User Recommendations--

MLB 07: The Show - Baseball - Reccomended by Musashi Wins!

Road to the show is a great addition; hitting is intuitive; solid, albeit subdued,
presentation and commentary; robust online and multiplayer options.


Exit - Puzzle - $20 - Recommended by Musashi Wins! and Andy787.

Those exhausted with puzzle-genre conventions will find Exit to be a fun and inventive
brainteaser with a wonderful sense of style.


The Warriors - $20 - Recommended by Musashi Wins!

This is the same great beat-'em-up from 2005. If you never had a chance to experience
it on consoles, it's still a game well worth playing.


Guilty Gear Judgment - Recommended by Mushashi Wins!

The over-the-top anime stylings of the Guilty Gear series deliver a one-two punch in this
package containing both a beat-'em-up and a fighting game.


Virtual Tennis 3 (And World Tour) - Recommended by painey

It's more of the same, but that doesn't stop Virtua Tennis: World Tour from ranking with
some of the best tennis games on any platform.


Tales of Eternia - Recommended by CSSer and Fusebox(Europe Import)

This is by far and away the best RPG for the PSP currently on the market and, if you
never make the denouement and staff roll, you'll likely have had enough fun climbing all
over its most solid of frames


DJ Max 1&2 - Recommended by CSSer and Fusebox (Import)

Why bother hesitate? If you have a PSP, and you are into music games, and can import
then DJMax is preferably your choice of game. It's not just a simple music game. It
brings a lot of enjoyable experience.


Parodius Portable - Recommended by surume (Import)

Never before has such an outstanding shooter package been put together and released
for one system. Now PSP owners can be proud to own this great title and fans of the
Parodius series can now have all the great games together on one tiny UMD disc.


Monster Hunter Portable - Recommended by oracrest

Monster Hunter Freedom delivers what fans want in a portable game. Itís not a perfect
translation, as it suffers from overly long load times and quests, but these issues donít ruin
the experience. The single-player campaign and multiplayer mode have enough content to
produce more than 100 hours of gameplay. Itís one of the longest, most involved titles on
the system.


Outrun 2006 - $30 (I seen it in the $20 bins though) - Recommended by Sho Nuf

Don't forget the gem that is Outrun 2006. SEAMLESS level streaming allowing you to
play 15 beautiful Outrun tracks in one single race. Outstanding port of the Xbox/PS2 one,
framerate can dip here and there but FOR GODSAKES IT'S THE BEST SEGA RACER OF
THE LAST TEN YEARS IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN SUCH A DRAW
DISTANCE IN A HANDHELD


Grip Shift - $20 (Probably can find it for $10.) - Recommended by slidewinder

GripShift might not be the headline grabber that Ubisoft secured with their brilliant
puzzle game Luminies, but that doesnít mean itís not worth your attention. When you get
bored with the story mode and other bonus modes the single player serves up youíll
always be left with the brilliant track editor and uploaded tracks from the community and
that is GripShiftís strongest pull.


Powerstone Collection - $20 - Recommended by superfunkand and TheProfessor.

If you're looking for a fighting game on the level of, say, Street Fighter III, Power Stone
Collection isn't for you (you can't even block, for crying out loud). If you want something
a little wackier and action-packed, however, you'll get a lot of mileage out of this one. With
so much going on at once, you'll occasionally lose track of your character (especially
during four-player matches), but you'll probably be having too much fun to notice much. If
you missed it back when Sega was still making systems, now's your chance to give this
well-remembered series a try.


Gunpey - $20 - Recommended by kenta.

If you like the style and presentation of Lumines and are looking for a really original and
very challenging puzzle game, it's perfect.


Def Jam: Fight For New York - $30 - Recommended by KiNeSiS.

Aki really stepped it up and brushed up the console game. The new mounted punch
mechanic rocks, you can bridge off into submissions, and end a match via KO mounted
punch in this version. I also dig the new levels and the story mode is eons better. Your
character actually converses with his opponent before every match.


Chili Con Carnage - $20 - Recommended by ProphetZG

You won't find a more enjoyable game, despite the political incorrectness of it all. :lol

After Burner: Black Falcon - Recommended by Stink

In the jet games Iíve recently reviewed, I felt like I breezed through the missions and
thus their shallow customization options, but that didnít happen with After Burner. Making
sure you donít go down in flames involves picking up combos, rolling and accelerating at
the right moments and always paying attention to the big picture when it comes to your
enemies. The game challenges without frustrating.


Harvest Moon: Innocent Life - $30 - Recommended by reminder

This is a niche title, so despite the fact it's got no glaring faults, it isn't for everyone. But if
youíre looking for a pleasant diversion that can be fun and fulfilling, Harvest Moon is a
definite buy.


Test Drive Unlimited - Recommended by Sho Nuff

HOLY SHIT IT'S ALL OF OAHU IN MY HANDS. OBLIVION WITH CARS. INSANE PICK UP N
PLAY GAMEPLAY. Probably dunked about +10 hours into it on the train so far


Salamander Collection - Recommended by Duckroll
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Species of salamanders are numerous and found in most moist or arid habitats in the
northern hemisphere. Most are small but some reach up to 5 inches (12.7 cm) in length.
They live in brooks and ponds and other moist locations such as under rocks.


Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max - $20 - Recommended by Matix

Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max is hands-down the best 2D fighter on the PSP. It's not
perfect, but it beats the competition by offering a slew of addictive modes, refined fighting
mechanics and wicked cool visuals. And that's not including the massive roster of
characters, wireless multiplayer modes and intricate character modification system.


Tokobot - $20 - Recommended by Matix

PSP gamers yearning for both unique game experiences and classic platforming
challenges, Tokobot slips into both roles and does its job well.


Midnight Club 3 - $10-$20 - Recommended by WTFer

"What are some great racing games that let you customize alot, or have a crapload of
stuff to do?" Definitely Midnight Club 3, maybe the 3rd best racer next to Burnout & Ridge
Racer IMHO
(Warning: Shitty Loadtimes)

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology - Recommended by Razoric

I love it. It reminds me of an offline MMORPG with its quest system. It lends itself to
portability and has that 'just one more quest' style addiction to it.


Please correct me with any sort of price change or any additional groovy titles to put up here.

(Note: It's not forced, but if you want to recommend any other title, please write a 2-3 sentence post explaining why along with a IGN screenshot or a screenshot equally sized to the ones in my posts. Import titles much be friendly to English purchasers. Thanks!)
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Odrion
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(06-05-2007, 09:24 PM)
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--The Continued List of New Excellent PSP Games Because Character Limits Suck--

Brave Story - RPG

An extremely polished game from a technical perspective. Great art style competently
realized, and a solid traditional JRPG system with a few interesting additions. Add a good
localization and you have what's easily the best original RPG on the PSP at this point in
time.


Jeanne d'Arc - Tactical RPG - $30

Extremely deep gameplay. Balanced tactical strategy and fast paced action with rich
game mechanics. An intriguing twist on a well known tale. These three statements only
scratch the surface of Jeanne d'Arc, which manages to deliver on all of these fronts.
Packed with challenging strategic play and tactical action, Level-5's latest title is a
phenomenal game that will keep you engaged for hours. If you've been eagerly awaiting a
game to end the Strategy RPG drought on the PSP, look no further: your title has
arrived.


Monster Hunter Freedom 2 - Monster Killing Simulation - $30

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is a deep and fun experience. The learning curve in the
beginning will keep the riff-raff away, but those who stick around will find hundreds of
quests, items to combine and a serious upgrade game sure to keep them -- and their
ad-hoc friends -- entertained for a ton of hours.


Dead Head Fred - I don't know what the fuck.

Dead Head Fred is an excellent PSP action title for fans looking for an enjoyable title.
The tale of revenge in a dark world is twisted, unapologetically humorous and packed with
balanced gameplay that should keep players engaged for hours. While people may not
have heard of this game, they really owe it to themselves to check out this title, because
its one of the more unique stories on the portable console to date. If you give it a chance,
you'll lose your head over Fred.


Sega Rally Revo - Racing

SEGA Rally Revo is a really fun title for the PSP, though it's certainly not without its
flaws. The track designs are great, the controls are tight and it looks and runs fantastically.
However, it's a little too easy for the most part and the car and tire selection aspects have
problems. Fans of arcade racing titles will find a lot to like here and should definitely check
it out.


Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow - Fucking Awesome Third Person Shooter

Dark Mirror was an incredible title that showed off the PSP, but Logan's Shadow elevates
the story, gameplay and multiplayer elements to new heights. Not only does it keep the
formula that made the first game so good, it smoothly improves on it. The tense action and
incredible gun battles are strengthened with the addition of underwater combat and new
combat abilities that fit seamlessly into the control scheme. Multiplayer has been bolstered
with new modes and re-imagined maps, along with a number of balancing aspects. Logan's
Shadow is easily one of the best titles to come out on the system this year.


Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles - Old School Castlevania

Itís an impressive game with a lot going for it. And if you're new to the series, this
compilation may be even more worth your attention because of its strong components.
Just remember the nature of the challenge, because things can get real tricky, real fast.


Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness - Tactical RPG

With a nearly flawless port of the classic title to the PSP, Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness
is a game that any strategy RPG fan should definitely own. Even if you have the PS2
version of the game, the inclusion of Etna Mode as well as the addition of Multiplayer and
Geo Cubes places enough of a spin on the game to improve and strengthen the incredibly
deep title even more.


FIFA 08 - Sports

FIFA 08 on PSP is a solid soccer outing, thereís no doubt about it. It will keep players
entertained for a lengthy plane ride or a boring college lecture... ...if youíre going for a
road trip to a far away football match (soccer game) you canít do much better than FIFA
08 on PSP.


Medal of Honor Heroes 2 - FPSer

The production values this time around are top notch though, as the music and voice
over work is console quality, the visuals have received a significant bump from last yearís
already impressive look, and the interface is slick and easy to use. Load times are virtually
removed, and the game saves automatically every few minutes, as Heroes 2 removes the
key issues players have with on-the-go PSP gaming. Tie that in with a second dose of
PSPís best online FPS experience, and youíve got a package that still canít be beat by any
first-person shooter on the PlayStation Portable.


Silent Hill Origins - Monster Fucking Simulation

Telling the origin story of a well established franchise can be an extremely hazardous
thing to do, but Silent Hill: 0rigins manages to wrap both the mythology of the movie and
games together in an impressive package on the PSP. With a good storyline, intriguing
gameplay elements and excellent production and replay value, 0rigins is definitely worthy
of a Silent Hill fan's attention


Football Manager 08 - Football Manager

It might as well be the best portable football management game in existence.

Syphon Filter: Combat Op - Third Person Shooter - $10(!!!)

Should you buy Syphon Filter: Combat Ops? Yes. It's ten bucks, and even if you only
create two or three maps and play'em online, the fun and frantic missions should cover the
cost. This game's deep and easy to play...You should pick this up -- it's a shining example
of how online on the PSP -- voice, votes, boards and user content -- should work.


WipEout Pulse - Racer (sequel to the best fucking game on the handheld!)

WipEout Pulse is the new racer to own on the PSP. It feels better, plays better, sounds
better and looks better than every other racer on the system. Hell, it's better than certain
next-gen racers that we dare not mention.


Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law - Animated Lawyer Simulation - $30

Did I have fun playing Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law? Yes, a lot of fun, but your
enjoyment comes down to how much you like this show, how much you like the lawyering
antics of Phoenix Wright and how much you enjoy having $30.


Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice - Car Combat Chasing - $30

Does Extreme Justice live up to the fast-paced nature of the original game? Yes it does
thanks to its rail-shooting sequences and breathtaking leaps between vehicles. Its story is
also rather intriguing and fun to play through. If you happen to be an adrenaline junkie,
you should take a look at this title.


Downstream Panic! - Water Puzzle Whatever Titbags - $30

Downstream Panic! is one hell of an impressive puzzle game. It has a ton of character,
and you won't find anything else that makes use of water like this on the system. It can
be incredibly challenging at times, though the clever level design rarely makes you feel
like something is unsolvable. Be sure to check this one out.


Patapon - Rhyme RTS (?) - $20

Rhythm Game, strategy game, mini-game collection, action game, light RPG Ė Patapon
is all of these and much, much more. It's a genre onto itself, a title that not only exalts in
creativity and unique style, it delivers a fun, addictive, engaging experience that keeps
you playing over and over again. While LocoRoco appeared to have the cuteness crown
with enjoyable play for the PSP, it looks like it will have to move over Ė the time for
Patapon has come. If you own a PSP, make sure you go to the stores and you get a copy
of this game. Your game collection will thank you, and you won't be disappointed.


God of War: Chains of Olympus

God of War: Chains of Olympus is a stellar achievement on the PSP. It plays perfectly
into the franchise's storyline and offers up the same level of intense action as its console
counterparts. It's also the best looking title on the system, without question. Engaging
from start to finish, Chains of Olympus is a mandatory purchase for anyone who owns a
PSP and doesn't mind getting a little blood on their hands.
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whatdidyousay
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Nice formatting.

Nice thread, too (although I'd probably cut your list in half since the thread title specified "excellent" games).
Doom_Bringer
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(06-05-2007, 09:25 PM)
You need to include Syphon Filter Logan's shadow! That game looks so awesome
Odrion
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(06-05-2007, 09:26 PM)
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Only including games that are now out. :[

...Although I could use that third post for future releases previews...
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super funk
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(06-05-2007, 09:28 PM)
Wow nice job and Im glad I got a mention with my Powerstone reccomendation.
Visualante
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Even with this thread. PSP owners will still create their own thread saying "just got PSP what games should I get?"

It's not a consistent library, but at least it is worthy of the title library.
Rahxephon91
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I think Gundam Seed Regou Vs Zaft Portable should be on there. Its incredibly fun.
dark10x
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It's amazing how good the library is when you glance over that list. That doesn't even include everything that is of good quality either! The system is very good at this point.

When mixed with the incredible homebrew scene, I'd have to say that the PSP is set to become one of the best systems ever released (and possibly the best handheld of all time).
KTallguy
(06-05-2007, 09:36 PM)
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I can't wait to get FFTactics.

And please god, announce a new model during e3, pleeeese!
fatigues_gasolini
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Originally Posted by dark10x

It's amazing how good the library is when you glance over that list. That doesn't even include everything that is of good quality either! The system is very good at this point.

When mixed with the incredible homebrew scene, I'd have to say that the PSP is set to become one of the best systems ever released (and possibly the best handheld of all time).

Yet people will still go out of their way to talk about how it has no good games, or no games that they are interested in.
Oldschool
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(06-05-2007, 09:38 PM)
Very nice topic, Odrion.

PSP is so great.
iconoclast
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(06-05-2007, 09:42 PM)
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Quick question about Ratchet and Clank and Daxter; do I need to have played the previous games on the PS2 to understand the story, or are they more standalone? I'd like to pick up both of them but dont want to bother if its just a continuation of the previous games.

Ever since my PSP randomly started working again (UMD drive would fail to load and never had it repaired) I've been trying to catch up on the games I've missed.
Odrion
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(06-05-2007, 09:45 PM)
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Originally Posted by iconoclast

Quick question about Ratchet and Clank and Daxter; do I need to have played the previous games on the PS2 to understand the story, or are they more standalone? I'd like to pick up both of them but dont want to bother if its just a continuation of the previous games.

Ever since my PSP randomly started working again (UMD drive would fail to load and never had it repaired) I've been trying to catch up on the games I've missed.

They are standalone, the Ratchet series in general don't really have much continuity (think of episodes from a Saturday Morning Cartoon) so you'll be able to jump right into them.
Rayven
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(06-05-2007, 09:50 PM)
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thanks for creating this thread. hopefully it will stop the semi-weekly:
"I just got a PSP!!1one! wut r the gud gamez?"

...prolly not though
reilo
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(06-05-2007, 09:50 PM)
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Great topic. Bookmarked.

I've been planning to buy a PSP for a while now.

MGS: PO, KZ: Liberation, Valkyrie Profile, and Syphon Filter just might make me jump in and do it.
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excellent thread, good job.
iconoclast
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Originally Posted by Odrion

They are standalone, the Ratchet series in general don't really have much continuity (think of episodes from a Saturday Morning Cartoon) so you'll be able to jump right into them.

Awesome. After I'm done with MG:A2 and Vice City Stories I'm gonna pick them up. Maybe Tekken too, but that D-pad starts to break my thumb after ~30 minutes.
dark10x
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BTW, I've seen Loco Roco on sale at Circuit City for $10 if anyone is interested...
hyp
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nice post. lots of good games there, though i'd question a few. PSP is definitely my handheld of choice when it comes to getting that "console" experience in portable form.
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Originally Posted by KTallguy

I can't wait to get FFTactics.

Agreed. Even though they're really ****ing around with the story and continuity, I'm really looking forward to the new translation.
duk
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Any hints on a PSP redesign? I really want to get one.
TerryLee81
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Salamander Collection?
Odrion
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Originally Posted by TerryLee81

Salamander Collection?

Originally Posted by Duckroll

Also, why is Parodius Collection there and not Salamander Collection? The Salamander ports are AWESOME with pretty much zero ghosting and includes Xexex for the FIRST time on any home system! *^%(*^#@($@

I couldn't for the life of me find any information about any PSP game, so I'm going to assume Duckroll just really likes salamanders.

VVV Bottom of the first post, but I guess I can throw it up higher in the topic with the Syphons and Wipeouts.
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dralla
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aw damn :/
RavenFox
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Originally Posted by hyp

PSP is definitely my handheld of choice when it comes to getting that "console" experience in portable form.

Cant be said enough
Kurosaki Ichigo
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Man, I have to pick up many titles from that list, most of them old games I missed because I didn't have a PSP back then.

But the prices are way too high (here, Spain, Europe). Wipeout, Syphon Filter, Hot Shots Golf 25Ä while new platinum titles are 20Ä! Oh and they forgot to release Tekken Platinum in Spain so they want me to pay like 45Ä for it, screw you Sony. Old titles should go for 15 (I'd take quite a few even for 20Ä)...
Parch
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Originally Posted by bigfatgameguy

Yet people will still go out of their way to talk about how it has no good games, or no games that they are interested in.

Yup. That always makes me laugh. Sometimes I think the haters don't even bother to look at just how much variety and how many highly rated games the PSP library actually has.
TerryLee81
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Originally Posted by Odrion

I couldn't for the life of me find any information about any PSP game, so I'm going to assume Duckroll just really likes salanders.

...

Originally Posted by Odrion

Species of salamanders are numerous and found in most moist or arid habitats in the
northern hemisphere. Most are small but some reach up to 5 inches (12.7 cm) in length.
They live in brooks and ponds and other moist locations such as under rocks.

:lol
xaosslug
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(06-05-2007, 10:09 PM)
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Originally Posted by Odrion

DJ Max 1&2 - Recommended by CSSer and Fusebox (Import)

Why bother hesitate? If you have a PSP, and you are into music games, and can import
then DJMax is preferably your choice of game. It's not just a simple music game. It
brings a lot of enjoyable experience.

yeah, I was looking to jump into this series, but wanted to bypass 1 and go straight to 2... would that be my loss? lol
fatigues_gasolini
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Originally Posted by duk

Any hints on a PSP redesign? I really want to get one.


wait for E3 if you can, if anything is gonna be announced its gonna be there.
Ranger X
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(06-05-2007, 10:15 PM)
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I hope this can help some people see there ARE great games on the PSP just like most other consoles.

Gripshift +1 btw
Izzy
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(06-05-2007, 10:18 PM)
An excellent and thorough thread. The only game I'd add is Capcom Puzzle World. It's worth the price of admission for Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Buster Bros Collection alone. Since I'm too lazy to write a preview, let me whip up the PR:

Originally Posted by Capcom

Capcom Puzzle World provides gem busting mayhem at its best with the cult hit, Super Puzzle Fighter II. This time around, in addition to the renowned Super Puzzle Fighter II: X gem breaking mode, two new never-before-released-in-the-US options will be added to increase the level of addictiveness. Super Puzzle Fighter II: Y has playerís group similar colors to create groups of three or more. Once the colors are line up, they break and charge up the "Change Gem" meter creating furious chains for come-from-behind wins. With the Super Puzzle Fighter II: Z mode, the rules are the same as X, but instead of falling blocks, the play field raises and the first one to the top loses. Block Block is an innovative twist to the block breaking genre. Released for the arcades in 1990, Block Block features a two player co-op mode, allowing for the cooperative destruction of blocks. Also unique to this title was the constantly shrinking paddle that forced player to finish each board as quickly as possible. Originally released for the PlayStation game console, the Buster Bros. Collection is a simple yet extremely addictive three-games-in-one puzzle shooter that consists of Buster Bros, Super Buster Bros and Buster Buddies. An arcade hit, Buster Bros has one or two players navigating through over 50 timed environmental stages shooting all the bubbles on screen while avoiding contact. Super Buster Bros is an updated version of its predecessor with improved graphics and the inclusion of ďPanic ModeĒ which added 99 levels of feverish action.

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Originally Posted by xaosslug

yeah, I was looking to jump into this series, but wanted to bypass 1 and go straight to 2... would that be my loss? lol

2 is EXCELLENT.

You'd be missing out a bit if you didn't play 1, because that one has great music too, but 2 is superior in terms of gameplay.

Then again, you can link DJMax 1 and 2 and get bonus items, I think. :) So get both ? :p
F-Pina
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"Virtural Tennis 3" <- Virtual + Torture = Virtural? :)
ScissorHands
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(06-05-2007, 10:25 PM)
I made a similar thread at a Latin American forum I visit regularly: http://www.level-5.vg/foro/viewtopic.php?t=4391

It includes some promesing upcoming tittles too.

Anyway, I will be buying Crush today.
Pimpwerx
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(06-05-2007, 10:27 PM)
As usual, great job. There is a clear lack of PSP-based rpgs. Those ports just don't cut it. I can see this thread looking a lot different come Fall. So many games to catch up on, though. I've just been dumping hours into HSG, GTA:LCS and PES. No time for anything else. PEACE.
Fidget
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(06-05-2007, 10:35 PM)
Monster Hunter definitely interests me.

More importantly thought; awesome avatar pic Pimpwerx! :)
Blunty
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(06-05-2007, 10:35 PM)
I still need to get Ratchet and Clank and MGS:PO, and Gurumin looks good too. I can't afford em though sadly. Still need a PS3, and with what everyone is saying about it I really feel I oughta get God of War 2 aswell. Can't afford PSP gaming too right now! I'll definetly get Crisis Core when that comes out though. Can't wait.
Cdammen
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(06-05-2007, 10:40 PM)
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Thanks Odrion, excellent list! I've just bought a PSP so this thread comes as blessing from above :)

*bookmarked*
CaVaYeRo
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(06-05-2007, 10:41 PM)
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I like this thread, and I'd love a similar DS one.
Aokage
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(06-05-2007, 10:43 PM)
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It's not out in America yet, but Brave Story demands a place on this fine list.
icecream
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Originally Posted by Odrion

I couldn't for the life of me find any information about any PSP game, so I'm going to assume Duckroll just really likes salamanders.

:D Here you go

Good timing, as I'm about to get a (White!) PSP soon (Routes will be mine~).
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Excellent thread! I love my PSP. Of all the games mentioned above, I've had the most fun with Gurumin, Metal Gear Acid 2, and Puzzle Quest. Those are must buys imo.
ram
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After Burner & Dungeon Siege, but no love for the excellent (but short) MACH? The tread fails... :S





mabuza
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(06-05-2007, 10:54 PM)
by the end of this year the library will be insane
Odrion
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Sorry Ram, Mach got shit on by most review sites. Getting 50% scores from 1UP, IGN, Play, and Edge.

Much like the other game you recommended, Untold Legends 2. Unless I can get some other people to say positive things about it, I don't want to be that risky.
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xaosslug
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Originally Posted by KTallguy

2 is EXCELLENT.

You'd be missing out a bit if you didn't play 1, because that one has great music too, but 2 is superior in terms of gameplay.

Then again, you can link DJMax 1 and 2 and get bonus items, I think. :) So get both ? :p

ugh. But, it's $100+ bucks to get both. Wallet am cry. :'(
ram
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Originally Posted by Odrion

Sorry Ram, Mach got shit on by most review sites. Getting 50% scores from 1UP, IGN, Play, and Edge.

Much like the other game you recommended, Untold Legends 2. Unless I can get some other people to say positive things about it, I don't want to be that risky.

what?

after burner gets old after 10 minutes (its the same again and again - without fantasitc visuals like the arcade game) and dungeon siege is a third rate hack & slay game with boring quests, horrible loading times (especially the totally dumb world map) and unbalanced gameplay (your ai friend is worthless in any way).

but mach - its a bit short on content - but the visuals are gorgeous, the handling of the planes is perfect and racing + deathmatch are awesome fun.

also,

another game: neopets pet pet adventure - better than dungeon siege, untold legends and x-men legends - with cute buddys but nice visuals and level progression (and its not easier than the other ones).





i played a shitload of psp games (on a note, all of them were legal promotion copies) and there are some real gems out there.

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