the Playstation Portable was the only handheld to go hand in hand with the Nintendo DS, and that was due to the diverse library it had. The PSP offered console and handheld style games, such as Grand Theft Auto, Gran Turismo, monster hunterand tekken.
But the handheld also offered more than just the AAA experience on the go. The PSP has a considerable amount of niche and smaller games, and a good number of them are often overlooked or underrated. More often than enough, a few of them also had good coverage, either to catch the eyes of potential buyers or if that was all they had to offer.
7 Cladun: This is an RPG
Cladun: This is an RPG is a throwback to the genre of yesteryear. This is a dungeon crawling game where you can play alone or with others using ad hoc. Players can also complete the game in under 30 minutes if they wish. The game has a niche, but it hasn’t caught the attention of many.
The game’s Japanese cover art is colorful and pleasing to the eye. The pixel art used is a mix of old and contemporary, which is perfect due to the throwback modern setting the game is based on.
6 Ace Combat Series
The PSP saw two ace fight released titles. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception and Ace Combat: Joint Assault. The latter takes place in the Strangeworld universe, while the former takes place in the real world. While the series is popular today due to the 7th installment, PSP titles are often unjustly forgotten, mainly because they are on this portable console.
The two covers evoke the ace fight mind. A fast, high-flying fighter jet in the midst of battle. X shows a more classic cover, similar to the other ace fight games, while Joint Assault has an eye-catching red and yellow background.
5 Darkstalkers Chronicle: Tower of Chaos
Darkstalkers Chronicle: Tower of Chaos is a fighting game for the PSP. Despite Morrigan’s popularity, the Darkstalker franchise is a generally forgotten series. Regardless of console or handheld, it tends to be overshadowed by other fighting games. Thus, The Chaos Tower has seen little fanfare even to this day.
But the cover is very nice. It shows some main characters in a dark but nice way. The series is known for its gothic art style, but the games can be humorous and they capture both perfectly.
4 corpse party
corpse party is a survival horror game where a group of college students are dragged to another location after an earthquake. They are tasked with solving the mystery and trying to escape. It has gained a cult following ever since, spanning a re-release for other platforms such as the nintendo switch and PlayStation 4, but the original PSP game was forgotten.
The PSP’s cover art is stereotypical with the tropes shown, like the evil behind scared girls, but sometimes the most effective way to showcase the game is to do something like this. He makes people understand what the game is and is very effective.
3 Gloria Union
Gloria Union is a tactical RPG that saw a release only in Japan. The game is based on a card system with turn-based actions. Due to the card system, the game resembles a tabletop board game. The game was ported to mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch in 2021. Due to the lack of a western release, Gloria Union is often forgotten among RPG enthusiasts.
Although the cover may seem cluttered with an abundance of characters, it is tastefully done with each of them at the center. The blue background also gives an overall softer feel and doesn’t distract anyone from the rest of the cover.
2 Killzone: Liberation
the Killzone very popular series among gamers, but some of its non-console games are not. An example is Killzone: Liberation. Not only was it on PSP, but it was a break from the first-person gameplay the series is known for. This alienated a lot of mainstream fans. Gameplay is presented from a top-down perspective and combines dungeon crawling with a run-and-gun combat system.
The cover art is very cheesy but in a good way. It’s reminiscent of the B-Tier action movie posters of yesteryear, which is fitting since a few players saw this as a “B-Tier” Killzone.
1 The Konbini laptop
the Laptop Konbini is a simulation game where you manage a convenience store. It was released in 2010 and the game did not see a localization outside of Japan. While simulation games are popular around the world, there are just a lot of little nuances in Japanese convenience stores that the West doesn’t understand. With no localization and since it covers a very niche topic, the game is virtually unknown to many, even in its home market.
However, its cover art, albeit simplistic, is seriously understated. It gives off a warm nostalgic vibe with the use of warm colors. It just screams summer in Japan.
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