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The Best Sony PSP Game

Last updated on August 12, 2019

We looked at the top 10 Sony PSP Games and dug through the reviews from 85 of the most popular review sites including IGN, GameSpot, Games Radar, Push Square, Hardcore Gamer, Engadget and more. The result is a ranking of the best Sony PSP Games.

Best Sony PSP Game

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Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  The Best Overall

PlayStation

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

Overall Take

Players can form a supergroup of Disney and Square Enix characters to fight evil in "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep." The multiple storylines ensure plenty of repeat playability, and gamers of all ages will find fun in any of them. Thanks to a refined combat system, the boss battles are... Read More

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Kotaku, IGN, GameSpot, Wired, Game Rant, Game Informer and 5 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Walmart.
Pros
" As with the previous installment of Kingdoms Hearts on the PSP, Birth by Sleep is a thing of beauty, bringing the worlds and characters of the most beloved Disney movies to life is amazing detail."
Cons
"It would have been great to see the same care given to the worlds themselves, as they continue to feel static and hollow."

Square Enix

Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core

Overall Take

The epic storyline in "Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core" makes this a worthy addition to the pantheon of fan-favorite RPGs. The visuals are beautiful, both in gameplay and in the well-acted cutscenes. The combat system is a hybrid of real-time and turn-based tactics, easy for any newcomer to pick up.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Trusted Reviews, GameSpot, IGN, Games Radar, Den of Geek, Video Gamer and 2 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
Pros
" FFVII changed this overnight, with an incredible combination of gorgeous 3D visuals, cinematic presentation and the deepest, richest story console gamers had ever seen."
Cons
"Combat is on the easy side"

Sony

God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Overall Take

Fans of the "God of War" series expect impressive visuals, and "Ghost of Sparta" does not disappoint. The pacing and level design hold their own against the best editions of previous years. As a bonus, the storyline and combat system, while reliably bloody, are much improved.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus IGN, Kotaku, GameSpot, Game Rant, Engadget, Push Square and 3 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Best Buy.
Pros
" Beautiful graphics and solid gameplay"
Cons
"The biggest problem with Ghost of Sparta is that it tries so hard to mirror previous entries in the series that it doesn't have its own identity."
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Sony

Daxter

Overall Take

As a sequel to the award-winning "Jax and Daxter," "Daxter" lives up to the crowd-pleasing promise of its predecessor. The graphics and sound design are big highlights here, pushing the PSP to the limits of its potential. Its solid action is also enhanced by a quirky series of weapons that... Read More

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus GameSpot, Push Square, Trusted Reviews, Games Radar, Impulse Gamer, Gaming Excellence and 3 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Best Buy.
Pros
" The sound is equally impressive, not missing a beat (literally) when it comes to detail."
Cons
"Only the issues of its periodically dodgy camera and short lifespan – along with the rock-paper-scissors-esque two player bug fighting game, which is frankly not much cop and not really worth a mention – even come close to bringing it..."
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The Best Overall

PlayStation Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

Our Expert Score
8.9
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
454 user reviews
Our Take

Players can form a supergroup of Disney and Square Enix characters to fight evil in "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep." The multiple storylines ensure plenty of repeat playability, and gamers of all ages will find fun in any of them. Thanks to a refined combat system, the boss battles are also a particular highlight.

What other experts liked
As with the previous installment of Kingdoms Hearts on the PSP, Birth by Sleep is a thing of beauty, bringing the worlds and characters of the most beloved Disney movies to life is amazing detail.
- Kotaku
September 10, 2010 | Full review
Birth by Sleep is awesome. Players can find, purchase or earn special commands that can be customized from the main menu.
- IGN
September 2, 2010 | Full review
This intriguing Square/Disney mixture has served the series well, as have great boss fights and flashy keyblade action.
- GameSpot
September 3, 2010 | Full review
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep happily makes good on some old promises.
- Wired
September 12, 2010 | Full review
You have the freedom to decide which of the characters’ stories to play through, but in order to understand the overall story, it is highly recommended that you play through Terra’s story arc first, followed by Ventus’, and then Aqua’s.
- Game Rant
Despite the heavy borrowing, replacing Jedi with keyblade masters and the Force with magic fits well.
- Game Informer
September 7, 2010 | Full review
But getting back to the good, the combat system has been wonderfully overhauled into something the series can be proud of.
- Games Radar
September 9, 2010 | Full review
I find it very, very hard to find any real issues.
- Den of Geek
September 14, 2010 | Full review
The battle system is a glorious blend of all the Kingdom Hearts that have come before it, refined with the addition of several new mechanics.
- Video Gamer
September 16, 2010 | Full review
This game was really, really fun to play and a solid prequel to the Kingdom Hearts series
- Middle of Nowhere Gaming
December 15, 2014 | Full review
Small screens aside, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep is an amazing title that every KH fan must play.
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review
What other experts didn't like
Birth by Sleep will hurt your PSP in ways you couldn't imagine.
- Kotaku
September 10, 2010 | Full review
It would have been great to see the same care given to the worlds themselves, as they continue to feel static and hollow.
- IGN
September 2, 2010 | Full review
The audio is occasionally annoying (the siren that signals low health is one such nuisance), but Kingdom Hearts and Disney fans alike will enjoy hearing some familiar tunes as they hop from one world to the next.
- GameSpot
September 3, 2010 | Full review
As I moved through each world, the design felt a little bare and immobile. Nothing really seemed to move except for myself and any enemies that appeared on screen.
- Game Rant
Multiplayer is local ad-hoc only, so good luck finding a friend with a PSP and copy of the game.
- Game Informer
September 7, 2010 | Full review
Their story arcs occasionally overlap, yet all three character’s missions tend to differ drastically.
- Games Radar
September 9, 2010 | Full review
If you intend to play Birth By Sleep without using the data install option, prepare to spend a lot of time staring at black loading screens.
- Den of Geek
September 14, 2010 | Full review
Just like Kingdom Hearts 2, it's somewhat convoluted, which I've always found quite jarring alongside the simplicity of the Disney plots.
- Video Gamer
September 16, 2010 | Full review
However, simple moves can be used to negate the need for a Command System, taking a bite out of some of the challenge.
- Middle of Nowhere Gaming
December 15, 2014 | Full review
Multiplayer is limited to local AdHoc however.
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review

The Best Bang For Your Buck

Daxter

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
278 user reviews
Our Take

As a sequel to the award-winning "Jax and Daxter," "Daxter" lives up to the crowd-pleasing promise of its predecessor. The graphics and sound design are big highlights here, pushing the PSP to the limits of its potential. Its solid action is also enhanced by a quirky series of weapons that Daxter employs to keep his enemies at bay.

What other experts liked
The sound is equally impressive, not missing a beat (literally) when it comes to detail.
- GameSpot
March 15, 2006 | Full review
Daxter is one of those games that pretty much everyone will enjoy.
- Push Square
February 26, 2012 | Full review
Daxter is possibly the PSP’s finest hour, at its best equalling the first Jak and Daxter – itself a groundbreaking title in the PS2’s early years.
- Trusted Reviews
February 5, 2011 | Full review
The Jak games have always had great characters coupled with tried-and-true platform-hopping gameplay (and a few weapons thrown in for good measure).
- Games Radar
March 15, 2006 | Full review
Graphically, Daxter is the most impressive game on the system at the moment (finally a game made for the PSP) that pushes the system to its full potential, all at the same time of keeping an extremely respectable frame rate without any stuttering or slowdowns.
- Impulse Gamer
Daxter takes the best qualities from past platformers and puts them all on display for us.
- Gaming Excellence
May 1, 2006 | Full review
The opening cutscene not only details how Daxter came into the possession of his new bug-busting toy, but it also serves to demonstrate the impressive graphics that look like they were ripped straight out of the PS2 sequels.
- Thunderbolt Games
July 17, 2007 | Full review
The graphics for this game are some of the best graphics I have seen produced for a PlayStation Portable game.
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review
It’s packed with great features, and the majority of the time they complement the platforming side of things, and don’t act independently as a distraction.
- The Pixel Empire
August 29, 2012 | Full review
What other experts didn't like
The game's most noticeable flaw is that it might take awhile to get used to the control and camera.
- GameSpot
March 15, 2006 | Full review
Only the issues of its periodically dodgy camera and short lifespan – along with the rock-paper-scissors-esque two player bug fighting game, which is frankly not much cop and not really worth a mention – even come close to bringing it down, and even with those minor faults, you really should...
- Push Square
February 26, 2012 | Full review
As with the graphics, the audio is similarly spectacular and add in some professional voice acting and an awesome atmospheric soundtrack and the gamer will easily be lost in this PSP wonderland.
- Impulse Gamer
Daxter is not a simplified version of the duo’s proper escapades, but rather a side-story that focuses too much on something that most of us hate to do in real life, let alone in a game.
- Thunderbolt Games
July 17, 2007 | Full review
One of the more disappointing aspects of this game is that it is on the easy side.
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review
For as long as 3D platformers exist, the camera is going to be a thorn in the side and unfortunately there are times when it won’t rotate in enclosed spaces, and others when it moves just prior to a jump, leading to the odd ignominious death.
- The Pixel Empire
August 29, 2012 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

1. PlayStation Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

Overall Score: 9.3
Reviews Included: 14

2. Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core

Overall Score: 8.9
Reviews Included: 11

3. God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Overall Score: 8.8
Reviews Included: 12

4. Final Fantasy IV The Complete Collection

Overall Score: 8.7
Reviews Included: 12

5. God of War Chains of Olympus

Overall Score: 8.7
Reviews Included: 12

6. Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories

Overall Score: 8.7
Reviews Included: 13

7. Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker

Overall Score: 8.6
Reviews Included: 11

8. Daxter

Overall Score: 8.5
Reviews Included: 12

9. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters

Overall Score: 8.3
Reviews Included: 11

10. Toy Story 3

Overall Score: 7.7
Reviews Included: 7

Our Sony PSP Game Buying Guide

The last edition of the PlayStation Portable (or PSP) was discontinued back in 2014, so to say that this system is past its heyday would be something of an understatement. But the early generation of PlayStation’s games are still some of its best, and many of them are playable on this handheld game console in some form. In a lot of ways, there’s been no better time to be a PSP gamer! For one thing, both the system and games can be found for just a fraction of what they cost when Sony’s flagship portable was released in the mid-2000s.

Back then, that sticker price was one of the main gripes against the PSP, but it was clearly worth it to the millions of gamers who bought one. The PSP was an early adopter of some the bells and whistles that are now commonplace to handheld systems like the Nintendo Switch, like the ability to play it on a television or monitor. And while they’ve stopped making games for it, the graphics hold up well on its 4.3 inch LCD screen.

Those games included nearly every genre there is: Action / adventure (“God of War: Ghost of Sparta,” “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories”), role-playing (“Final Fantasy 7,” “Kingdom Hearts”), racing (“Ridge Racer,” “Need for Speed: Underground Rivals”), sports (“NFL Street 2: Unleashed”) and much more. While solo is the primary way most gamers play on the PSP, you can play with a friend on some designated multiplayer titles if they also have a PSP in the same room. Failing that, you can hook up to Wi-Fi through the system’s internet capability and find other players online. Just bear in mind that Sony’s online support for the PSP has been largely phased out, so the community of players you find online may be less than robust.

While we’re on the subject of online support, it’s helpful to know that Sony has also phased out the PlayStation Store on the PSP, where you would originally go to download games. Barring some inventive tech solutions, the only way you can play the PSP’s games now is on the primary media that it launched with: The UMD, or Universal Media Disc. But that’s not to say your options are limited! Over its lifetime, Sony and other big developers put out hundreds of titles for the PSP. They’re still out there for sale, used and new. And as has been said before, they’re still some of the best.

DWYM Fun Fact

Gamers praise the Nintendo Switch these days for its modular setup and versatility. The PSP wasn’t quite as well known for its non-game potential — at least, not officially. Hackers have found several inventive uses for old PSP consoles, modifying them into robot remotes or rudimentary smartphones.

The Sony PSP Game Tips and Advice

  • When you’re buying a PSP game, consider the player. If that player is a young child, you might have to do a tiny bit of homework first. With its slick presentation and sharper graphics, the PSP was initially marketed toward an older crowd of gamers than the Nintendo DS, its primary competition at the time. That’s not to say that the PSP didn’t have games for younger kids. Titles like “Daxter” and “Little Big Planet” are not only some of the system’s top-selling games, they’re great fun, no matter what age you are. But there are more mature games whose violence level might be a concern for parents, such as “God of War: Ghost of Sparta” or “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.” When in doubt, check the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) box on the cover of any game. It’ll not only tell you what age range the game is suitable for, but also the reasons the game is rated that way (violence, language, etc.).
  • Do you plan on playing the game with others? Group play is a highlight of the gaming experience for many, but the PSP — being a handheld, portable device — caters slightly more toward the solo player. That’s not to say you can’t play select games with friends, but since online support for the system has been largely discontinued, your options are a bit more limited. For the most part, you’ll need another player physically present in the room with another PSP to connect to. This can be a particular concern if you’re buying sports games or one-on-one fighting games like “Darkstalkers Chronicle,” where multiplayer competition is a primary appeal.
  • A lot of parents buy games to occupy their kids on long car trips or to buy a little quiet time at restaurants. If that’s the case, consider whether the game needs the sound on to be playable. While it’s nice to hear the soundtrack on “Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core,” that game and RPGs like it usually have subtitles for the dialogue. If a game really needs the sound up, maybe consider another option — or just invest in headphones, so your young player won’t bring the whole room into the game.
  • Another factor to consider is repeat playability. It’s great to binge-play an engrossing new game when you first get it out of the box. It’s not so great to be done the next day when you’ve played through the storyline and there’s nowhere else to go.
  • A word on the software: While you used to be able to download games and even movies through the PlayStation Store, that’s no longer the case now that Sony has phased out the PSP in favor of its newer handheld (the PS Vita). You can still play games on their primary physical format, the Universal Media Disc. That “universal” part is not to be taken at face value, though. Keep in mind that UMDs will work only in your PSP, and not in your larger PlayStation consoles or any other device.

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