The PlayStation is one of the best consoles for role-playing games, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the PlayStation Portable is also a great RPG machine.
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With the PSP, you can even save games quickly. Save spots, take that!
There are a lot of different kinds of games in the PSP RPG library, both original games and remakes. But also really great.
The most important thing is always quality, and these games are full of it.
PoPoLoCrois is hard to say, but it’s much easier to play.
PoPoLoCrois is all about being simple, from its story to how it’s played.
And that’s not a bad thing. People who have never played an RPG before will enjoy Pietro’s journey to save his parents from the darkness and learn the basics of the genre along the way.
The game moves very quickly, so this simplicity will be a welcome change for those who have played before. And the simple turn-based battles make it a great experience that you can take with you anywhere.
This makes the game less interesting in the long run, but PoPoLoCrois is still a good RPG for people who don’t have a lot of time to play.
Gods Eater Burst
Eating gods sounds like a typical Japanese video game concept.
And so is saving the world in the process.
Gods Eater Burst has been heavily inspired by the Monster Hunter series, but the twists to the formula gave rise to a series that is still quite popular nowadays.
Instead of tracking down monsters, you will be hunting down Aragami in a post-apocalyptic world.
Armed with the God Arc, you will have to slice and shoot down these monstrosities, eat their remains to obtain items that can be used to craft more powerful weapons and bullets.
While this sounds way too familiar, the setting and more focused story makes Gods Eater Burst a great choice for the monster hunters looking for a real reason to fight.
Phantasy Star Portable 2
Monster Hunter is pretty much what Phantasy Star Portable 2 is. Exciting!
The story and variety of missions in Phantasy Star Portable 2 aren’t very good. Most of the time, the design and tropes are things we’ve seen thousands of times before.
The experience is taken to a whole new level by the great, fast-paced action combat system. Players face a wide range of enemies, including huge beasts, in this system.
It’s also a lot of fun to play through because there are so many ways to customise it and because it has multiplayer features that let players play through the whole game with other people.
And what’s not more fun with other people? Nothing, I’d say.
Not only that, but this game came in third in our list of Phantasy Star games, making it one of the best in the series.
Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time
Growlanser says that Wayfarer of Time is a mix of typical JRPG elements. And the result is pretty cool.
Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time has a lot of tropes that make the story very interesting. The mix of politics and magic is something that few other games have done as well.
Combat is still one of the most unique things I’ve ever seen in an RPG. It’s a mix of real-time strategy and turn-based gameplay, which makes for a very dynamic experience.
Some parts of the game, like the graphics, feel very old, but the great game mechanics and branching stories make it a game that no real fan of the genre should pass up.
ZHP: Unlosing Ranger Vs. Darkdeath Evilman
Some games don’t have any rules. Nothing at all.
ZHP: Unlosing Ranger Vs. Darkdeath Evilman takes the deep mechanics from the Disgaea series and changes them so they can be used in a turn-based dungeon crawler.
You explore dungeons as the Unlosing Ranger to train hard and get strong enough to beat the evil Darkdeath Evilman, whom you’ll face more than once.
And die more than once at his hands.
ZHP: Unlosing Ranger Vs. Darkdeath Evilman is the most serious not-serious RPG you could ever play. It has a hilarious story that makes fun of RPG tropes and a deep customization system.
Wild Arms XF
The world of Filgaia might not be the most fertile one in the universe of role-playing games.
But is it able to change?
Wild Arms XF is the first game in the series to be a tactical role-playing game. It does interesting things with the rules of the genre.
For example, squares are not used to divide up battlefields. But into hexagons, which lets you move in six ways and gives you a lot of interesting ways to fight.
This unique take on tactical turn-based combat is made better by a strong class system, a variety of maps and objectives, and a story about Clarissa and Felius fighting against the council of the kingdom of Elesius that isn’t all that interesting.
Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days
Disgaea has come to visit.
And you know what that means: huge, huge numbers are coming to a screen near you!
Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days is just as crazy as the first one. It follows the human Adell and the demon princess Rozalin as they fight against Overlord Zenon, who turned everyone into demons.
And just as fun.
The turn-based tactical combat system in the game has a lot of depth because of how well the different mechanics, such as Geo Panels and Geo Symbols, character creation, and reincarnation, work together.
And if things aren’t going so well, ask for help from the Dark Assembly.
And if they don’t want to work with you, you can just pay them. Money really does rule the world, and that includes the Underworld.
Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Edition
You can get the first two Final Fantasy games almost anywhere, even on your phone. But the PSP version is completely different from any other version. It has some of the most beautiful sprites of any game and a unique 2D art style. It doesn’t look like a cartoon like the Steam games from a few years ago, and it doesn’t look like pixels like the remasters from the last few years. The first game is still fun to play today because of how simple and charming it is. The sequel is better for fans who are interested.