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What are the? best PSP games† First released on December 12, 2004 in its native Japan, Sony’s first foray into the handheld arena followed years and years of speculation. The company officially recognized the device a year earlier, to E3 2003, with PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi describing it as a “Walkman for the 21st Century”. In many ways, the product was a pioneer, being launched several years before the first iPhone and offering media capabilities such as MP3 playback and UMD movies. It would later receive add-ons to turn it into a navigation system, webcam and much more.

Of course, in addition to that free copy of Tobey Maguire’s Spider Man 2 which was available alongside the delayed European release, the PSP played hosted on a wealth of excellent games. With the kind of horsepower its rival de Nintendo DS could only dream of, Sony marketed it as a console you could take on a road trip. And the third-party support was impressive: in North America in particular, it launched alongside games like Metal Gear Acid, Lumines, WipEout Pure, and Twisted Metal: Head-On. It would receive three original Grand Theft Auto games and even high profile spin-offs from Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter and God of War.

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Sony has revised the hardware a number of times over the years, improving the form factor and functionality. While the PSP-2000 and PSP-3000 only repeated on the launch model, the sliding model PSPgo was notable for being the first digital exclusive console to ever reach retail. This version also introduced the ability to suspend games at any time, which really improved the portability of the device. It was followed by a budget PSP Street model only in Europe, which recovered the UMD drive, but cut back on some of the core features to bring the price down.

The PSP was also notable for its groundbreaking XMB interface, which would later be adopted by the PS3 as well. Also known as the Cross Media Bar, this bar brought all of the system’s main media functions together in a series of tabs, allowing players to seamlessly switch between music, movies and games. It also introduced the PS Store, which players could use to download demos and purchase games, including classic PS1 titles that ran perfectly on the format. Due to its many functions, the PSP would sell 80 million units and proved especially popular in Japan, where games like Monster Hunter became cultural touchstones.

In this article we have the . rounded up best PSP games based on your votes. This is a final list determined by your reviews, so if you see something you don’t agree with, remember there’s something you can do about it. Please note that a game needs at least 20 reviews to appear on our list, so that may explain why your favorite is missing. However, if you would like to submit some scores, you can do so using the search panel below.

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That said, scroll down for our definitive list of the best PSP gamesas determined by you…

34. Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines (PSP)

Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (PSP)Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (PSP)

Publisher: UbisoftDeveloper: Ubisoft Montreal

Publication date: Nov 17, 2009 (United StatesNov 20, 2009 (UK/EU

33. Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy (PSP)

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy (PSP)Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy (PSP)

Publisher: Square EnixDeveloper: Square Enix

Publication date: March 22, 2011 (United StatesMarch 25, 2011 (UK/EU

An improved and expanded version of the original Dissidia, the dazzlingly named Dissidia 012 is in fact the best Final Fantasy fighting game ever made, even if it isn’t For real a fighting game. While some dangerously balanced combat mechanics dampen the fun, the joy that comes with beating your favorite Final Fantasy characters with you is other favorite Final Fantasy characters is worth the learning curve. Still considered by some fans to be one of the best spin-offs of the series, and so it’s a bit of a shame that it was never remastered or ported to other systems.

32. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (PSP)

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (PSP)Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (PSP)

Publisher: rock starDeveloper: Rockstar Leeds

Publication date: March 17, 2009 (United StatesMarch 19, 2009 (UK/EU

31. Final Fantasy III (PSP)

Final Fantasy III (PSP)Final Fantasy III (PSP)

Publisher: Square EnixDeveloper: Square Enix

Publication date: September 25, 2012 (United StatesSeptember 26, 2012 (UK/EU

Like the original Final Fantasy, there is a straightforwardness in Final Fantasy III that makes it easy to play and enjoy. Crystals! dungeons! Four heroes of light! This is an early episode that has been remastered and recreated countless times, but it still holds up, and the experience is enhanced by an enjoyable track system that lets you customize the party to your liking.

30. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP)

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP)Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP)

Publisher: rock starDeveloper: Rockstar Leeds

Publication date: October 24, 2005 (United StatesNov 4, 2005 (UK/EU

A mind-boggling feat at the time: Rockstar managed to squeeze its entire Liberty City sandbox onto Sony’s sparkling handheld hardware, delivering a full GTA story along the way. Although GTA: Liberty City Stories is set in 1998, prior to the events of GTA 3, many characters from the groundbreaking PS2 title cameo, which further deepens Rockstar’s fictional world. The gameplay is somewhat limited compared to contemporary entries – there are no planes, for example – but having an open world in your hands was simply stunning in 2005.

29. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP)

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP)Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP)

Publisher: rock starDeveloper: Rockstar Leeds

Publication date: October 31, 2006 (United StatesNov 3, 2006 (UK/EU

GTA: Vice City Stories is the second major handheld installment in Rockstar’s crime series and it goes back in time to 1984, two years before Vice City. Playing as military corporal Victor ‘Vic’ Vance, the release continues to closely follow the blueprints laid out by his contemporaries, where you build a criminal empire by purchasing rackets and compounds.

28.Metal Gear Acid (PSP)

Metal Gear Acid (PSP)Metal Gear Acid (PSP)

Publisher: KonamiDeveloper: KCEJ

Publication date: March 24, 2005 (United StatesSeptember 1, 2005 (UK/EU

27. Patapon (PSP)

Patapon (PSP)Patapon (PSP)

Publisher: Sony Computer EntertainmentDeveloper: SCE Japan Studio

Publication date: February 26, 2008 (United StatesFebruary 22, 2008 (UK/EU

Pata-pata-pata PON! If you’ve played even a minute of this unusual PSP game, you’ll remember its iconic and devilishly catchy chants. You emerge as an ethereal deity and command a growing fleet of tribal eyeball creatures as they hunt for food, fight advancing armies and storm into new territory. The strange combination of rhythm and strategy, not to mention that smooth vector art style, makes Patapon wholly unique even today, but it’s the satisfying grind of building your army, mastering the beat, and leading those bugs to victory that players will happily remember. It’s since been treated to a remaster on PS4, but the short phases were built for a handheld, meaning the original is arguably still the best experience. A charming, addictive game that has become synonymous with PSP.

26. Resistance Retaliation (PSP)

Resistance Retaliation (PSP)Resistance Retaliation (PSP)

Publisher: Sony Computer EntertainmentDeveloper: Sony Bend Studios

Publication date: March 17, 2009 (United StatesMarch 20, 2009 (UK/EU

25. Grand Touring (PSP)

Grand Touring (PSP)Grand Touring (PSP)

Publisher: Sony Computer EntertainmentDeveloper: Polyphony Digital

Publication date: October 1, 2009 (United StatesOctober 1, 2009 (UK/EU

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