10 Must Buy PSP Games

The Nintendo DS may have dominated the handheld space internationally, but in India, the PSP reigns supreme by offering a home console experience on a sleek little device, with plenty of other multimedia features. But games is what the PSP is all about, and here are ten of the very best.


A quirky little 2D puzzle game, LocoRoco was one of the first must-buy games to release exclusively for the PSP. With cute characters, catchy music and a vibrant art style, LocoRoco was an instant hit with PSP gamers, prompting a sequel and a downloadable version for the PS3.

God of War: Chains of Olympus

Sony doesn’t mess around with the God of War franchise, so you would expect the PSP version to get the royal treatment too. But few would have expected developers Ready at Dawn to deliver such a stunning rendition of God of War on a handheld. Chains of Olympus still remains the best looking PSP game by quite a margin, and it packs in the same addictive gameplay as the PS2 games before it.

Burnout Legends

Burnout Legends is best described as a Burnout greatest hits package specifically designed for the PSP. It features the best tracks from the first three Burnout games, as well as the game modes from Burnout 3: Takedown, which many consider to be the best Burnout game ever. So there’s absolutely no reason for this not to be a part of every PSP gamer’s collection

Resistance: Retribution

If you’ve played the Resistance games on the PS3, Retribution for the PSP will come as a huge surprise. Not only does it have a different, and some would say more likeable, protagonist and a different gameplay perspective, but it is widely considered to be the best Resistance game. And the PS3 games were no pushovers, so you know that this one is something special.


LittleBigPlanet was quite a revelation on the PS3, involving players in new ways by letting them create their own levels, whilst tying it in with addictive gameplay, a cheerful art style and a loveable character. The PSP version remarkably squeezes in nearly all the features of the PS3 version, and the result is undeniably impressive.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Contrary to what the title may suggest, Crisis Core is actually a prequel to Final Fantasy VII, which is widely considered to be the best Final Fantasy game of all. Crisis Core received much praise for its excellent cinematics and presentation as well as its impressive story and real-time combat system.

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror

Sony Bend’s popular stealth third-person shooter series Syphon Filter received much success on the PSP, first with Dark Mirror and then with Logan’s Shadow. While they’re both great, we’ve picked Dark Mirror in our top ten for returning to the series’ stealth roots and non-linear gameplay. But once you’re done with Dark Mirror, we highly recommend you give Logan’s Shadow a shot as well.

MotorStorm: Arctic Edge

Another PS3 series to head down the handheld trail, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge is a fresh take on the popular off-road racer. While past titles featured deserts and tropical forests, Arctic Edge travels to the icy far north, and offers the same break-neck gameplay with aggressive AI and tracks riddled with detours, alternate paths, and lots of things to crash into.


Patapon is a unique little 2D side scroller that uses rhythmic beating of drums as its primary gameplay mechanic. The art style is simple with basic colors and stick figure characters, and the gameplay style is innovative, but under the simple exterior is a complex strategy game. It makes our list for offering a truly refreshing experience that is unlike anything else out there.

Published Date: Apr 27, 2010 01:26 pm | Updated Date: Apr 27, 2010 01:26 pm