When it comes to underrated consoles, the PlayStation Portable is near the top of the list. Released in 2005 in North America, the PSP was light-years ahead of the Game Boy in terms of sheer graphics capabilities. With enough power to rival the PS2, the PSP was supposed to herald a new age of hand-held gaming, and while it may have been pretty popular in Japan, North American sales were anything but enthusiastic (although piracy may have played a large role in that). Still, there were some amazing games released during the PSP's 10-year run (especially RPGs), as well as plenty of hidden gems. Forget all the best and most popular games — this list is ranking all the best underrated PSP games you've probably never heard of.
The PSP came out at a strange time in video game history. During the early 2000s, portable gaming consoles were slowly falling out of favor. Instead, people were starting to turn to their smartphones for on-the-go gaming. Although the PSP did reach a decent level of popularity for a few years, its audience fizzled out a lot quicker than previous portable consoles. As a result, many games that were developed for the PSP never really got their chance to shine.
So dust off that old PSP of yours and check out some of these awesome forgotten titles. As always, vote up all the games you think deserve more recognition, and add any you think should be included in this list.
Metacritic Score: 87
Jeanne d'Arc is a tactical role-playing video game developed by Level-5 and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation Portable. The game was first released in Japan on November 22, 2006 and was localized for a release in North America on August 21, 2007. It was never released in PAL regions. Jeanne d'Arc was Level-5's first role-playing video game of this kind, as well as the studio's first production for the PSP. The title's narrative makes use of various fantasy elements, and is loosely based on the story of Joan of Arc and her struggles against the English occupation of France during the Hundred Years' War in the early 15th century. The game has an amount of historical ...more on Wikipedia
Genres (Video game): Tactical role-playing game, Role-playing video game, Strategy video game
Metacritic Score: 75
Me & My Katamari is a video game on the PSP platform. It is the third game in the Katamari Damacy series, the first game on a portable system and the first game produced without the involvement of series creator Keita Takahashi. The King of All Cosmos and the Royal Family decide to take some time off from their celestial construction and travel to Earth for a well-earned (for the Prince at least) tropical summer vacation on their own sunny island. Unfortunately, the King's over-exuberance creates a tsunami that strikes and devastates nearby Paradise Commonwealth Island. ...more on Wikipedia
Developer: Now Production, Namco
Genres (Video game): Action game
Metacritic Score: 70
Dante's Inferno is a 2010 action-adventure video game developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. The game was also released on the PlayStation Portable and was developed by Artificial Mind and Movement. The story is based on Inferno, the first canticle of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, and shares many similarities with the poem. The game includes damned found in appropriate circles of hell and various other monsters from the poem. The game follows the exploits of Dante as he journeys through the nine circles of Hell to reclaim the soul of his beloved Beatrice from the hands of Lucifer. ...more on Wikipedia
Developer: Electronic Arts, Artificial Mind and Movement, Visceral Games
Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Action game, Hack and slash
Metacritic Score: 82
Mega Man Powered Up is a side-scrolling platform video game developed and publlished by Capcom in 2006 for the PlayStation Portable handheld game console. It is a remake of the original Mega Man game released in 1987 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Players control the eponymous star Mega Man who must stop Doctor Wily from conquering the world using eight robots called Robot Masters. Unlike the original game, players can control these eight Robot Masters under the right circumstances. Other new features include a level creator mode and a challenge mode. Powered Up was designed by series mainstay Keiji Inafune. It was first revealed in 2005 and announced for a US release later in the ...more on Wikipedia
Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action game, Adventure