PS Vita: The PSP Games You Should Buy
PS Vita is out, so naturally you’ll want to know what PSP games to buy. GO GO GO.
PS Vita is a new console – that’s all well and good. It’s impressive, I like it, anyone who has had hands-on with it can see it’s impressive and it has a number of good-to-great games out the same day as the machine itself.
But – more importantly – there are plenty of PSP games available for Vita through PSN. Here’s a selection of some you should probably take a look at, time, money and memory capacity willing.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (£6.99)/Liberty City Stories (£6.49)/Chinatown Wars (£6.49)
Some of the best games on the handheld, no doubt, and a massive amount of play-time for mere pounds. Chinatown Wars is the best, the other two are still fantastic,
Breath Of Fire 3 (£7.99)
Classic RPG, probably not as cheap as I’d hope but still worth a punt.
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions (£7.99)
One of the best SRPGs ever made, and a steal at eight quid.
God Of War: Chains Of Olympus (£14.99)
You’ll get a few hours of play out of this for your pounds – if it was cheaper it would be essential. As it stands it’s one for those with excess cashola (i.e. not many of us).
Half Minute Hero (£11.99)
Lasts more than half a minute, is brilliant and is better than the 360 Live redo.
LocoRoco (£6.99)/LocoRoco 2 (£14.99)
You’re probably better off just buying the first one for so cheap, as the second just carries on in the same mould. Both brilliant games though, never seen anywhere other than PSP.
Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops (£8.79)
While you’re waiting for the HD Collection, pick up the forgotten entry to the series (apart from Acid, which is even more forgotten).
Patapon (£6.99)/Patapon 2 (£6.99)/Patapon 3 (£16.99)
Similar to LocoRoco in that there’s little difference between the first and second games. Third one makes changes. They’re all fantastic. PON PON PATA PON.
Persona (£9.99)/Persona 2 (£7.99)/Persona 3 (£27.99)
Three great RPGs, two great prices. Persona 3 only (re-)came out recently, hence the relatively high price, but you get a lot of game for your dollah (“pound”).
Puzzle Quest (£4.79)
No list is complete without recommending this.
Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero? (£7.99)
Bit of a curio, but a good one all the same. Plus it’s quite funny.
Ratchet And Clank: Size Matters (£6.99)
Ignored by fools, Size Matters is almost as good a R&C experience as on PS2/3. Great stuff.
Ridge Racer (£7.99)
The Vita version is bollocks. Buy this one, for cheaper, instead.
Savage Moon: The Hera Campaign (£6.29)
Hey who wants to play one of the hardest tower defence games ever made you alright then get involved oh god it’s brilliant.
Sid Meier’s Pirates! (£5.19)
The most ignored game ever made? Maybe. Fantastic fun? Absolutely.
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (£15.99)
More brilliant Squenix SRPG remake joy. Well worth the doshingtons.
Tekken 6 & Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny double pack (£23.99)
You can get them individually, but this price works out much better – and they’re both top of the class when it comes to PSP fighters. Great games.
The 3rd Birthday (£15.99)
Pretty much Parasite Eve 3, and pretty much brilliant. Squenix has always been good to the PSP.
Warhammer 40,000: Squad Commander (£7.99)
We didn’t see Killzone Liberation on the Store, so this will have to do for your top-down squad-based shooter. But you know what? It’s still really good fun.
What Did I Do To Deserve This My Lord? (£7.99)/ What Did I Do To Deserve This My Lord? 2 (£7.99)
This is something you’re not going to get anywhere outside of PC indie development (or maybe games from the 90s when creativity still existed). Hours of (funny) fun (that is funny and fun).
It’s not the most alluring of names. It is the most alluring of games. A bit pricey, admittedly, but that doesn’t take away from this… and… it… just watch the video here. It’s brilliant and I wish more people would play it.
Granted, that brings the total cost to £313.81, but it would mean you have plenty of great games to keep you going through these rough months. I have no idea why I’ve decided these months are rough. They just are.
Wipeout Pure/Pulse and Everybody’s Golf and its sequel are available too, so you can pick up slightly inferior versions of Vita games for cheaper.
Then there’s the rogue final option: Football Manager Handheld 2011, for a hilarious £35.99. Sega: sort that out, yeah? Just delete the ‘3’ from the front of the price.