Best PSP Games: Countdown
It's only been alive for just over four years now and already Sony's PlayStation Portable has accumulated a gargantuan library of games, with must-play titles that span every genre from action that matches the quality found in console games (God of War: Chains of Olympus) to games that would seem impossible on the PSP like music games (Rock Band: Unplugged).
Today we start the countdown, but check back tomorrow for the next batch.
Yeah, we've got the Beats and it's easy to understand why: slick, yet simple graphics combined with basic button-pressing rhythmic gameplay. Tack on a low, low price and there's no reason you shouldn't groove to the Beats too.
Prehistoric robots take platforming to a new age in Tokobot -- a short, but sweet romp through ancient ruins that test your jumping abilities and skill in commanding a legion of loyal mechanical pals. Only its short, linear single player story keeps Tokobot from being more than a diamond in the rough.
Twisted Metal: Head On
The only game on our list that lets you barrel through the Eiffel Tower as a psychotic clown behind the wheel of an ice cream truck, Twisted Metal has as much morbid appeal as hard-hitting vehicular action. As long as you put in the time to learn the controls, you're sure to smile barreling through the wreckage of fellow players online.
This handheld sequel unshackles the PlayStation 2 first-person shooter series for top-down play. The perspective of Killzone: Liberation takes some getting used to but thankfully all of the in-your-face action remains intact, letting you beat back creepy Helghan invaders on the war-torn surface of Vekta.
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles
Pair a previously unreleased installment with a lauded classic and you get a UMD with a silver lining. Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles Series favorite Symphony of the Night comes as a bonus for completing the tough-as-nails Dracula X game, which boasts a beautiful 2.5D graphical update. Two great games in one package that won't drive a stake through your wallet.
Silent Hill Origins
What Silent Hill Origins lacks in originality, it certainly makes up for in scares. Nothing comes close to this disturbing handheld thriller. As a prequel to the console games, Origins sets a macabre stage for the series with its gritty graphics, horrific scenes, and psychologically taxing gameplay. Without a doubt, the only game on our list that'll having you screaming like a little girl ... asking for more.
The king of futuristic racers goes online in the second portable installment of the WipEout series. While it hasn't made as much of a splash as WipEout Pure, Pulse packs in more options, better graphics, and added online gameplay that puts it ahead of the pack. Vehicle customization and the ability to take snapshots during memorable races give the game a unique twist. Infused with a fantastic electronic soundtrack and slick visuals, it's clear that there's more than just good racing flowing through Pulse's veins.
Combining the best of the series and smashing it all together in one fantastic package is Burnout Legends, the ultimate in crash-tastic racers. The lack of online gameplay is a serious oversight, but there's still more than enough speeding tickets to earn and cars to crash in the satisfying single-player and local wireless modes.
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness
Despite having a name that sounds like a synonym for regurgitation, the Disgaea series is actually one of the best tactical role-play game franchises around, if not the best. Afternoon of Darkness is an overhauled version of the PS2's Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, with copious amounts of bonus content such as vicious new bosses, the option to play as a female protagonist with a new storyline, and a multiplayer mode where players can hook up via Ad-hoc.
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