Analysis: The PSP lacks GOOD games


All since the previous article that proves the PSP does, in fact, have games, the typical response has been all about “So it has games… even still you could count the number of games that are actually good on one hand and still have enough fingers left to use chopsticks!” A witty and humouous response, in itself, but still not enough to keep our trigger happy editors off it.

It’s particularly funny, because so far, I cannot get them to provide any direct information on how or why the PSP game library is supposedly so lackluster, and they go into steadfast denial, a frenzy of stating all kinds of things I did not ask for, or simply start talking about how good the DS is(in sales) to dodge the issue completely.

What I love about this is that the same people who say this use Gamerankings to back up their arguments, or as I like to say “Downloading someone else’s opinion to compensate for the research they haven’t done.”. I’ve noticed this being done, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from life, it’s not to criticize what I haven’t given a chance. So I decided to give this “Downloading someone else’s opinions instead of forming my own.” a try, and got the returned with the following results.

Top PSP Software List(From Gamerankings):.
Title
Plat
Company
Reviews
Avg.
Vote
Avg
Score
1. Lumines PSP Ubisoft 77 7.9 90.2%
2. Wipeout Pure PSP SCEA 78 8.0 88.7%
3. Ridge Racer PSP Namco 72 8.0 88.4%
4. Tekken: Dark Resurrection PSP Namco Bandai Games America 59 8.2 88.3%
5. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops PSP Konami 23 8.4 88.2%
6. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PSP Rockstar Games 84 8.2 87.4%
7. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror PSP SCEA 56 8.3 87.2%
8. Daxter PSP SCEA 69 8.5 86.8%
9. Burnout Legends PSP EA Games 68 8.5 86.8%
10. Virtua Tennis: World Tour PSP Sega 49 8.1 85.9%
11. LocoRoco PSP SCEA 73 8.0 85.2%
12. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP Rockstar Games 54 7.8 85.2%
13. Pro Evolution Soccer 5 PSP Konami 2 7.3 85.0%
14. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children PSP Square Enix 6 8.6 83.8%
15. Mega Man Powered Up PSP Capcom 35 7.6 83.4%
16. Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy PSP LucasArts 11 7.6 83.4%
17. MLB 06: The Show PSP SCEA 35 7.4 83.3%
18. Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix PSP Activision 70 7.7 83.2%
19. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse PSP Activision 41 7.8 83.0%
20. SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2 PSP SCEA 23 7.5 83.0%
21. Lumines II PSP Buena Vista Games 45 6.4 82.8%
22. OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast PSP Sega 36 6.9 82.6%
23. WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 PSP THQ 34 7.5 81.9%
24. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance PSP Activision 17 6.7 81.8%
25. Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee PSP SCEA 62 7.8 81.8%
26. Sega Genesis Collection PSP Sega 13 7.1 81.8%
27. SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo PSP SCEA 51 7.6 81.5%
28. Gitaroo Man Lives! PSP Koei 45 6.6 81.5%
29. MLB PSP SCEA 35 7.2 81.5%
30. Pro Evolution Soccer 6 PSP Konami 6 4.3 81.2%
31. Race Driver 2006 PSP Codemasters 16 5.5 81.0%
32. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 PSP EA Sports 21 7.7 80.8%
33. Metal Gear Acid 2 PSP Konami 60 7.7 80.5%
34. Mega Man Maverick Hunter X PSP Capcom 43 8.2 80.5%
35. Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX PSP Capcom 39 7.7 80.3%
36. Madden NFL 07 PSP EA Sports 20 5.9 80.3%
37. Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth PSP Square Enix 41 7.5 80.0%
38. FIFA 07 PSP EA Sports 14 5.6 79.9%
39. Worldwide Soccer Manager 2007 PSP Sega 5 8.0 79.8%
40. Twisted Metal: Head-On PSP SCEA 54 7.9 79.7%
41. Killzone: Liberation PSP SCEA 51 7.8 79.5%
42. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 PSP EA Sports 23 3.8 79.4%
43. SSX On Tour PSP EA Sports Big 23 7.1 79.3%
44. Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony PSP Take-Two Interactive 13 6.6 79.2%
45. ATV Offroad Fury Pro PSP SCEA 22 3.8 78.7%
46. Tiger Woods PGA Tour PSP EA Sports 30 7.0 78.6%
47. Field Commander PSP Sony Online Entertainment 61 7.7 78.6%
48. Metal Slug Anthology PSP SNK Playmore 2 6.7 78.5%
49. Def Jam: Fight for NY: The Takeover PSP EA Games 28 6.5 78.5%
50. Mercury Meltdown PSP Ignition Entertainment 40 8.8 78.5%
51. NBA Live 06 PSP EA Sports 21 6.6 78.4%
52. Gradius Collection PSP Konami 52 5.7 78.1%
53. World Soccer Winning Eleven 9 PSP Konami 25 8.0 78.0%
54. Prince of Persia Rival Swords PSP Ubisoft 2 78.0%
55. TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator PSP Codemasters 11 6.4 77.9%
56. Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel PSP Konami 27 6.8 77.8%
57. WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 PSP THQ 8 4.5 77.4%
58. World Snooker Championship 2005 PSP Sega Europe 7 4.5 77.3%
59. Snoopy vs. the Red Baron PSP Namco Bandai Games America 6 4.7 77.2%
60. Justice League Heroes PSP Warner Bros. IE 8 5.5 77.1%
61. Activision Hits Remixed PSP Activision 8 5.0 77.1%
62. Exit PSP Ubisoft 37 7.0 77.1%
63. Archer Maclean’s Mercury PSP Ignition Entertainment 53 6.9 77.0%
64. Lemmings PSP SCEE 55 6.1 76.8%
65. Metal Gear Acid PSP Konami 54 7.4 76.8%
66. Need for Speed Underground Rivals PSP EA Games 43 6.9 76.7%
67. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception PSP Namco Bandai Games America 26 6.4 76.6%
68. Football Manager Handheld PSP Sega Europe 19 5.5 76.3%
69. Fight Night Round 3 PSP EA Sports 27 7.2 76.1%
70. NHL 07 PSP EA Sports 8 4.0 75.8%
71. Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower PSP Capcom 39 6.9 75.4%
72. Pursuit Force PSP SCEA 67 7.6 75.4%
73. Me and My Katamari PSP Namco 54 7.2 75.4%
74. Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded PSP Capcom 29 5.4 75.3%
75. FIFA Soccer PSP Electronic Arts 29 6.6 75.3%
76. Every Extend Extra PSP Buena Vista Games 35 5.5 75.0%
77. Power Stone Collection PSP Capcom 40 6.0 75.0%
78. NCAA Football 07 PSP EA Sports 21 6.5 75.0%
79. Capcom Classics Collection Remixed PSP Capcom 48 6.8 74.9%
80. Guilty Gear Judgment PSP Majesco Games 14 7.6 74.9%
81. Madden NFL 06 PSP EA Sports 28 6.2 74.8%
82. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition PSP Rockstar Games 51 7.7 74.8%
83. Bomberman PSP Konami 31 5.5 74.8%
84. Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins PSP Capcom 65 7.1 74.7%
85. NFL Street 2 Unleashed PSP EA Sports Big 30 6.1 74.4%
86. Pinball Hall of Fame PSP Crave 29 6.0 74.3%
87. Ultimate Block Party PSP Conspiracy Entertainment 13 6.5 74.2%
88. Need for Speed Most Wanted 5-1-0 PSP Electronic Arts 26 7.3 74.2%
89. TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge PSP Codemasters 1 8.5 74.0%
90. Infected PSP Majesco Games 51 7.8 73.9%
91. FIFA 06 PSP EA Sports 21 6.5 73.8%
92. World Tour Soccer 06 PSP SCEA 48 4.8 73.7%
93. NBA 06 PSP SCEA Sports Studio 26 6.2 73.6%
94. Gun Showdown PSP Activision 44 7.1 73.4%
95. NBA Street Showdown PSP EA Sports Big 30 6.3 73.4%
96. Namco Museum Battle Collection PSP Namco 38 6.4 73.4%
97. Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City PSP EA Games 12 5.0 73.3%
98. World Tour Soccer PSP SCEA 49 5.6 73.2%
99. Silent Hill Experience PSP Konami 11 6.8 73.2%
100. Cabela’s African Safari PSP Activision Value 1 2.0 73.0%
101. GripShift PSP Sony Platform Publishing 56 7.5 72.9%
102. Kingdom of Paradise PSP SCEI 47 7.5 72.8%
103. 2006 FIFA World Cup PSP Electronic Arts 15 6.2 72.7%
104. Death Jr. II: Root of Evil PSP Konami 29 5.0 72.1%
105. Mortal Kombat: Unchained PSP Midway 15 6.1 72.0%
106. Monster Hunter Freedom PSP Capcom 46 7.8 71.9%
107. Bust-A-Move Deluxe PSP Majesco Games 10 5.7 71.2%
108. Worms: Open Warfare PSP THQ 24 5.9 71.1%
109. NBA 07 PSP SCEA 23 5.7 71.0%
110. Colin McRae Rally 2005 PSP Codemasters 8 6.9 70.7%
111. Tokobot PSP Tecmo 37 7.4 70.6%
112. Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai PSP Atari 21 7.3 70.6%
113. Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade PSP Sony Online Entertainment 69 7.3 70.4%
114. NFL Street 3 PSP EA Sports 9 4.8 70.3%
115. Medal of Honor Heroes PSP EA Games 22 6.8 70.2%
116. Star Wars: Battlefront II PSP LucasArts 26 7.6 70.2%
117. Tony Hawk’s Project 8 PSP Activision 7 3.4 70.1%
118. Carol Vorderman’s Sudoku PSP Empire Interactive 3 3.3 70.0%
*Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children’s background is red because it is not being counted for being a movie instead of a game.

Come to find that, as of February 24, 2007, even by the standards of their beloved Gamerankings Average Scores:

PSP has 117 games in the good, great and excellent rank. Which is not only more than the projected figure of (less than) 5, but exactly a whopping 24 more good games than the DS list returns.

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