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.
- Photo: Level-51
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
- 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
- Release: 2010
- Developer: Sega CS3
- Genres (Video game): Tactical role-playing game
- Photo: Hudson Soft
Metacritic Score: 51Rengoku II: The Stairway to Heaven is a fantasy action-adventure game developed by Hudson Soft and published by Konami for Sony's PlayStation Portable. It was revealed on May 9, 2006 at the E3 convention. In the game, the player controls A.D.A.M., a battle android, as he fights his way up a tower with eight floors, the first seven named after the seven deadly sins. It offers a sad, twisted, love story instead of androids gaining their "self". ...more
- Release: 2006
- Developer: Neverland, Hudson Soft
- Genres (Video game): Action game, Adventure, Fantasy
- Photo: Nippon Ichi Software4
Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?
Metacritic Score: 72Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?, is a 2D side-scrolling platform video game for the PlayStation Portable, developed by Nippon Ichi Software. It is a spin-off title in the Disgaea series. Prinny makes use of the PSP's wireless functionality to record, play, and download maps and other bonuses. One of its unique features is that, owing to the game's high difficulty, the player gets 1000 lives. As the in-game hours to complete the mission tick down, the time of day changes, and so do several of the stages alongside the enemies present in the game. ...more
- Release: 2009
- Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
- Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action game, Hack and slash