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.
Jeanne d'ArcPhoto: Level-5
Metacritic Score: 87Jeanne 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
- Release: 2007
- Developer: Level-5
- Genres (Video game): Tactical role-playing
- Photo: Sega CS3
Metacritic Score: 83Valkyria Chronicles II is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Sega for the PlayStation Portable. Released in 2010, it is the sequel to Valkyria Chronicles. Set two years after the onset of the Second Europan War, the game's story focuses on a military academy as its cadets seek to prevent an ethnic cleansing campaign by a ruthless rebel group. Upon release, Valkyria Chronicles II received mostly high scores from several notable video game publications. A third game in the series, Valkyria Chronicles III, which is also on the PlayStation Portable, was released on January 27, 2011 in Japan. However, as the game takes place around the same time as the first game, it is a... more on Wikipedia
- Release: 2010
- Developer: Sega CS3
- Genres (Video game): Tactical role-playing game
Dante's InfernoPhoto: Electronic Arts
Metacritic Score: 70Dante'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
- Release: 2010
- Developer: Electronic Arts, Artificial Mind and Movement, Visceral Games
- Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Action game, Hack and slash
- Photo: Capcom
Metacritic Score: 82Mega 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
- Release: 2006
- Developer: Capcom
- Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action game, Adventure