The PSP felt like a handheld console ahead of its time, living up to the elevator idea of a PS1 in your pocket. The little brother to the PS2 and PS3, the PSP is definitely one of Sony’s most unique ideas, and it was a damnedally better sight than the follow-up, the PS Vita. The less said about the piles of UMD movies lining the shelves of any second-hand game store in the country, the better. There are only a limited number of times you can view The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
With the announcement of PlayStation Plus Premium, Sony will be adding a slew of PSP games for subscribers to download or even stream to the cloud. Some games have been ported in the past, but there are also a host of PSP classics that have been lost over the years. Now would be a great time to bring them back. Here are our 10 suggested PSP games we’d like to see as part of PS Plus Premium.
1. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy 7 alone has tons of additional lore and story to wade through, not to mention the entire series. With tie-in movies like Advent Children and games like Dirge of Cerberus and Crisis Core, there’s plenty to play with, which makes Final Fantasy VII Remake an even more intimidating game as it remixes all of that lore. Re-releasing a game like Crisis Core would be a great introduction to some lesser-known or less-used characters, especially in the run-up to FFVIIR Part 2.
Originally a PSP exclusive, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII saw players take on the role of Zack Fair, Cloud’s best friend in the SOLDIER program. The game offers a glimpse of the type of person Cloud is prior to the events of Final Fantasy VII, as the two men fight side by side on behalf of Shinra. Crisis Core also offers more insight and insight into the early years of big bad Sephiroth, making it an essential part of the tapestry that is Final Fantasy VII.
2. Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions
Two Final Fantasy games? RPG fans eat well with this list. Final Fantasy Tactics was originally released on the PS1 and offered a whole new way to play FF games, moving away from the usual JRPG fighting style and towards a grid-based strategy RPG. While it doesn’t seem too unique in 2022, it was certainly ahead of its time in the 90s, and even when it was ported to the PSP in the mid-2000s as The War of the Lions.
Set in the world of Ivalice, which fans will recognize as the setting of Final Fantasy XII, the game follows a war between the kingdom of Ivalice and a neighboring country of Ordalia. Among all the political dramas is the mercenary Ramza, a former nobleman who comes into conflict with Delita, his former best friend. You play as Ramza, gathering a group to defend Ivalice against a variety of threats. Just make sure no party member dies in battle. Permanent death is a pain like that.
3. The Gitaroo Man Lives!
Rhythm games aren’t as hard of a sell these days, but back in the early to mid-2000s, the best you could hope for was a bit of a cult following. Gitaroo Man certainly fit that mold when it launched on PS2, but PSP owners were greeted with an updated version called Gitaroo Man Lives! Considering there hasn’t been any news on the Gitaroo Man front since, that’s a tough statement to accept, but who knows? Koei could bring the Dark Choices to PS Plus Premium.
Gitaroo Man Lives is the same game players enjoyed on the PS2, which sees players complete different songs through sync button and control stick inputs. It doesn’t sound like fun when explained through text, but once the game kicks in, there are few games as enjoyable as Gitaroo Man. Lives! The game version also includes multiplayer support, as well as a Duet mode with two additional songs, making it the definitive Gitaro Man experience.
4. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories/Vice City Stories
There is an old adage that goes something like “everyone is the hero of their own story”. Spin-off games Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories accomplish this mantra by placing the player in a playground they already know and showing you what a seemingly insignificant character did when you weren’t. the. These are amazing games when it comes to selling the history of iconic GTA cities, and the only real shame is that we never got San Andreas Stories. That’s life.
Liberty City Stories is set three years before the events of GTA 3 and follows Leone’s mobster Toni Cipriani as he returns to the city to work for Don Salvatore Leone, before he eventually becomes a contact for Claude during GTA 3 Meanwhile, Vice City Stories follows Vic, Lance Vance’s brother, a few years before GTA: Vice City, as the pair establish their empire. If you don’t recognize Vic Vance’s name, it’s because he was the one who got shot at the start of Vice City. What a fall from grace for the boy.
5. God of War: Chains of Olympus
If you want just one game to show off the brilliance of the PSP, God of War: Chains of Olympus should be the top pick. It’s number one on Metacritic for a reason, isn’t it? A prequel to the events of the original trilogy, Chains of Olympus sees the angry resident man Kratos toiling in the servitude of the Greek gods, attempting to foil a plot by Morpheus and Atlas to bring Olympus to his knees.
One of the biggest accolades given to Chains of Olympus was how well it managed to translate the action from the PS2 to the PSP, especially when the handheld console had fewer buttons to play with. Still, the game has been remastered and ported to the PS3 alongside Ghost of Sparta as part of the God of War: Origins collection, so if Sony just wanted to revive that, we’d be totally fine with that too.
6. Killzone: Liberation
Killzone didn’t exactly set the world on fire when it launched, being billed as one of those “Halo killers” that actually didn’t come close to hitting Master Chief. Killzone 1 was a competent FPS, sure, but it just wasn’t what it was meant to be. It would take Killzone: Liberation on PSP to prove the series was anything special, and even then it’s a completely different game to the rest of Killzone.
Set two months after the events of the first game, Killzone Liberation deviates from the original game’s formula by turning into an isometric shooter instead of an FPS. This move would prove effective, as Liberation is one of the most enjoyable entries in the entire series. While there doesn’t seem to be a launch of a new Killzone game any time soon, a re-release of a game like Liberation would keep fans happy in the meantime.
7. Power Stone Collection
Look, I just want Capcom to do something with Power Stone at some point, is that too much to ask? Apparently, yes, but with PlayStation Plus Premium offering PSP games as part of its selection, now is the time for Capcom to revisit the series. The Power Stone Collection for PSP is right there, untouched, so why not re-release it as part of the PS Plus Premium library so a new generation of gamers can enjoy it?
As you’d expect from the name, Power Stone Collection has bundled the two games originally released for the Dreamcast and bundled them into one great value package. Power Stone saw players compete in isometric arenas, using a host of weapons and superior moves to emerge victorious. The library could do with local multiplayer/party games, and there are few that are as entertaining as Power Stone.
8. Pursuit Force
One of the best parts of action movies are car chases, and video games know that.
It’s no wonder a game like Pursuit Force was commissioned, promising huge cinematic action across many levels on a console you could fit in your pocket. What’s not to like? The game sees players leading the titular Pursuit Force in an effort to stop organized crime in the fictional Capital State. As a commander, you’ll take a hands-on approach to stopping cartoonish villains from wreaking havoc.
A mix of car combat, on-foot shootouts and sections on rails, Pursuit Force moves at a mile per minute, with each level offering new challenges at an alarming rate. When the game launched, some criticized the game’s punishing difficulty, but those concerns were addressed in the sequel, Extreme Justice. If Sony wanted to carry both, it would be gravy.
9. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
It’s no secret that the Persona series has become as popular as the Shin Megami Tensei series from which it originated, but due to various factors, many Persona players might only have experience with the two most recent mainline games, Persona 4 and 5. Fortunately, the early Persona games have been remastered and ported to the PSP, and would make great inclusions in the PS Plus Premium collection.
While all three games were available on the PSP in one form or another, we give a nod to the updated version of the first game. ATLUS reworked the game from the ground up to utilize the capabilities of the PSP and to ensure that Persona was a friendlier experience than the original game. If nothing else, it’s a better port than Persona 3 Portable, which stripped out a lot of content and the game’s explorable world.
10. Siphon Filter: Dark Mirror/Logan’s Shadow
The Siphon Filter series may have stumbled a bit when it made the jump to the PS2, as The Omega Strain simply couldn’t match the quality of the original games. Thankfully, Bend Studio got the series back on track with Dark Mirror and Logan’s Shadow, which revitalized the franchise before it was *check notes* “shelf-delivered and never used again.” Oh whatever. It may be time for a renewal.
Dark Mirror and Logan’s Shadow updated the gameplay to make it a stealth action shooter, and it was a huge boon. Both games see Gabe called into action to take down larger conspiracies, improving the gameplay to make it more playable on PSP. They’ve both been ported to the PS2 as well, so if Sony wants to add those versions instead for a bit of a lark, go ahead.
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