Top 10 Best-Selling PlayStation Portable (PSP) Games of All Time

PSP (PlayStation Portable) was one of the most successful handheld gaming consoles of all time. It had a wide range of games that kept players engaged and entertained. 

From action-packed adventures to strategy games, the PSP had it all. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the top 10 best-selling PSP games of all time and what makes them so popular.

Monster Hunter Freedom 2, 2.4 million 

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is an action-packed game that brings players into a world filled with monsters to hunt and exciting quests to complete. With a wide range of weapons and armor to choose from, players must use strategy and skill to take down the game’s many challenging creatures. 

The game’s stunning graphics, intricate crafting system, and immersive storyline make for an impressive gameplay experience. From the game’s epic boss battles to its intricate landscapes, Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is truly a game that is both rewarding and thrilling. Players will find themselves addicted to the game’s engaging gameplay and compelling storyline.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, 3.1 million

Crisis Core took JRPGs to a different standard in terms of popularity and complexity. This release is often referred to as one of the best games ever made, and not just for PSP. All in all, it’s a prequel to the seventh release, so the action takes place years before the action in the PS1 release.

The game puts you in Zack Fair’s shoes and offers access to a massive open world. By each save point, there are side missions for extra rewards. Furthermore, the game’s been widely appreciated for the incredible amount of interaction, especially with non-player characters.

God of War: Chains of Olympus, 3.2 million

No one expected the title to make history on a small console, but somehow, it worked. It’s true that most of the sales were driven by its success on other platforms. And unsurprisingly, the version for the handheld console didn’t disappoint.

God of War is currently one of the most sought-after games for those trying to bring back good old memories, so it’s relatively simple to find it among PlayStation Portable ROM games. It’s also living proof that games on PSP can provide the same immersive experience as on other platforms.

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, 3.73 million

Ratchet and Clank are two of the most representative characters for third person buddy adventure on PSP. The game brings in an extraordinary intergalactic adventure that Ratchet and his robot Clank must go through.

What makes this game stand out is the incredible amount of unique and ridiculous weapons. There are all sorts of crazy upgrades and gadgets, but don’t forget about what made this series unique, the innuendo fueled subtitles. Up your arsenal!

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, 3.8 million

This game is truly about unity, and it’s no surprise why it sold so many copies. Believe it or not, four players can go through the same adventure and experience an immersive action at the same time. Bring your friends together and enjoy over 500 hours of monster action.

The problem is that for today’s market, some of the disabled features represent a minus. Servers, for example, have been turned off for PSP. But then, local multiplayer options still rule, so having your friends nearby makes it even better.

It does feel a bit like an old school type of action, but it’s totally worth it.

Daxter (2006), 4.2 million

Daxter is an action-adventure game that follows the adventures of Daxter, an ottsel (half-otter, half-weasel), and the sidekick from the popular game Jak and Daxter. In this game, Daxter takes center stage as players guide him through the city, battling bugs and gathering clues to save his friend Jak. 

The game’s impressive graphics, humorous storyline, and engaging gameplay make it a success. From its exciting chase scenes to its challenging platforming levels, Daxter keeps players on their toes. The game is packed with secrets to discover and rewards to earn, making it suitable for players of all ages.

Gran Turismo, 4.22 million

Gran Turismo has always been a front runner in terms of racing games. Most people expected the sensation of speed to be dramatically altered on a handheld console, but that was only a misconception. In fact, the game feels even faster.

Believe it or not, it runs at 60 frames per second. Then, you have more than 800 vehicles to choose from, including all the potential upgrades. If you’ve always thought racing games are repetitive, this one has 45 tracks, and the number can go up to 72 if you count the reverse options on some of them.

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, 4.9 million

Fans of the series might have noticed that PSP versions of the series gained some upgrades compared to other releases. This one, in particular, brings in more content and entertainment than the first version, which was originally released for the Wii.

In terms of major upgrades, you’ll notice a bunch of new regions, extra monsters, and a completely different Felyne fighting system. Unsurprisingly for some, the Japanese magazine Famitsu gave this release 39 out of 40 points, which is almost perfect.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, 5.03 million

This GTA release brought in a few exciting updates for the game, hence its popularity even now, nearly two decades since it came out. The actual combat system stood out, but swimming was also taken to another level. Plus, you could even own property, which was a serious change.

In other words, the popularity of this release was given by the amazing ability to build a crime empire by the book. As if all these were not enough, multiplayer options were also improved. All these things turned Vice City Stories into one of the most addictive options for PSP.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, 8 million

Liberty City Stories is a front runner in terms of sales, and for some good reasons. It’s likely to remain the top option for PSP fans all over the world, unless something ultra-innovative comes out. All in all, similar to Vice City Stories, this game came out to revolutionize the crime world.

The city is familiar, but the story is different. Features are just as attractive, and even the soundtrack has been updated. The action takes place in 1998, a few years before the action in Grand Theft Auto 3. You’ll notice a few changes in the setting, but most of them are well explained to make sense.

Final words

From Monster Hunter Freedom 2 to GTA, the PSP had a wide range of games that catered to a variety of gaming preferences. These games not only entertained players, but they also provided a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. 

With their immersive storylines, engaging gameplay, and stunning graphics, it’s no wonder why these games are still so popular today. The PSP may have been discontinued, but the legacy of these games will live on forever.

Nick Sinclair

Nick Sinclair, a gaming aficionado since the Commodore 64 era, studied Creative Computer Games Design in university before founding his own gaming company. Discovering a passion for content creation, Nick now helps gamers squeeze every drop of fun out of their favorite gaming hardware

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