The Best PlayStation Portable RPGs Of All Time

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If you owned a PSP at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few RPGs in your collection. There's something about role-playing games that really capture your imagination and make you feel like you're part of another world. Your party always has colorful characters, the abilities you gain along the way are amazing, and boss battles are usually nothing short of epic. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre. Since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best Playstation Portable RPGs of all time.

This list features all the most popular and best-selling RPGs that were released for PSP. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. This poll features Jeanne d'Arc, Shin Megami Tensei, and more. Vote up your favorite role-playing video games below.

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    • Developer: Atlus

    Diving into the dark and enigmatic world of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is an experience that no RPG fan should miss. Players take on the role of a high school student who becomes embroiled in a hidden battle against the mysterious Shadows, with the unique ability to summon powerful beings known as Personas. Persona 3 stands out from its contemporaries with its innovative fusion of social simulation and traditional JRPG mechanics, allowing players to foster relationships and strengthen their Personas through their daily interactions. Furthermore, its dynamic storyline and unforgettable cast of characters ensure that each player will be emotionally invested in every step of this hauntingly beautiful journey.

    • Developer: Square Enix

    Few titles can boast the emotional impact and enduring legacy of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, a prequel to one of the most beloved games in the storied franchise. The story shines a light on Zack Fair, a 2nd Class SOLDIER whose fateful encounter with Cloud Strife sets the stage for the events of Final Fantasy VII. Crisis Core distinguishes itself from other entries in the series through its engaging real-time combat and deep character progression system, as well as the introduction of the Digital Mind Wave (DMW) feature, which adds an exciting layer of unpredictability to battles. At its core, Crisis Core is a beautifully crafted homage to the original game, filled with poignant moments, stunning visuals, and a sense of gravity that will leave even the most jaded RPG fan in awe.

    • Developer: Square Enix, Tose Co., Ltd.

    Strategic prowess and a strong narrative intertwine flawlessly in Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, a remastered version of the classic PlayStation title. The game transports players to the war-torn land of Ivalice, where they must navigate a labyrinthine political intrigue and lead their troops to victory on the battlefield. With its deep and engaging tactical gameplay, customizable classes, and memorable characters, War of the Lions sets the bar for strategy RPGs on the PSP. Additionally, this definitive version of the game boasts updated graphics, new in-game content, and a refined localization that brings its compelling narrative to life like never before.

    • Developer: Square Enix, tri-Ace, Tose Co., Ltd.

    Blending science fiction with high fantasy, Star Ocean: The Second Evolution whisks players away on an epic interstellar journey filled with unforgettable characters and exhilarating gameplay. Players can choose between two protagonists, Claude C. Kenny or Rena Lanford, each with their own unique storylines and perspective on the game's central narrative. Second Evolution's real-time combat and an intricate crafting system, coupled with its branching storylines and multiple endings, solidify it as a standout title in the revered Star Ocean series. With a vast, explorable universe and a captivating story, The Second Evolution is truly an RPG connoisseur's delight.

    • Developer: tri-Ace

    Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth artfully weaves Norse mythology and a heart-wrenching narrative into a compelling and visually stunning package. As the titular Valkyrie Lenneth, players must traverse the mortal realm to recruit fallen warriors, known as Einherjar, preparing them for the impending battle of Ragnarok. Lenneth's gameplay breaks from traditional RPG norms, incorporating side-scrolling exploration and a unique turn-based combat system that demands precise timing and strategic planning. This unforgettable journey filled with emotional moments, engaging gameplay, and exquisite musical scores cements Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth as a true classic on the PSP.

    • Developer: Square Enix

    Combining the legendary original game with its acclaimed sequel, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection offers a definitive and immersive experience for fans and newcomers alike. The Collection provides a remastered version of the classic tale of Cecil Harvey, a dark knight who embarks on a quest for redemption, along with its sequel, The After Years, which follows the adventures of the next generation of heroes. Enhanced visuals, a reimagined score, and additional content make this collection not only an essential piece of Final Fantasy history but also one of the finest RPG offerings on the PlayStation Portable. With countless hours of gameplay and an enduring legacy, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection is a must-have for any RPG aficionado.