Analysis: PSP lacks “handheld” games.

With the argument of “The PSP is all ports and sports” destroyed beyond logical repair, (almost to the point in which calling the PSP a port machineis a laughable concept to anyone who knows what they’re talking about), bearers of the glasses, or rather their followers, have gotten a new cop-out toy to play with. This new toy introduces a whole new league of clutching at straws as to say: “While the PSP’s game library is impressive, the games are too epic and console-like, and that the PSP lacks ‘handheld’ games for a ‘Pick up & Play’ experience.”

To hack at a little of the ambiguity of the matter, a rough definition of these “Pick up & Play” games is, simply put, a game that doesn’t require a lot of devotion to get into, generally has a small learning curve, is simplistic and can be played in short bursts of 5-10 minutes.

While it’s arguable that the PSP does not need any of these “Pick up & Play” games, since most of those quality games can be obtained for free asflash games, and played on the PSP without shelling out $20-$40 for what’s essencially just a “quickie” instead of a full-fledged video game, official input from official companies is always welcome.

For the longest time, this has been the point that both our staff and delusional fanboy alike agreed with.

While it’s already a ridiculous and silly argument to say that console-like PSP games aren’t suitable for a 5-10 minute burst since PSP can be put into sleep mode, there’s no point in arguing that at this moment, because, after a user pointed out how wrong that analogy was – we’ve got a new list for you all: this time featuring a list of “Pick up & Play” PSP games that are focused solely around playing in short bursts.

  1. Lumines
  2. Lumines II
  3. LocoRoco
  4. Mercury Meltdown
  5. Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX
  6. Darkstalkers Chronicles
  7. Def Jam – Fight for NY: The Takeover
  8. WTF: Work Time Fun
  9. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
  10. Online Chess Kingdoms
  11. Lemmings
  12. Field Commander
  13. Wipeout Pure
  14. Ridge Racer
  15. Tekken – Dark Resurrection
  16. Mega Man Powered Up
  17. Mega Man Maverick Hunter X
  18. Metal Gear AC!D
  19. Metal Gear AC!D 2
  20. Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  21. Me and My Katamari
  22. Exit
  23. PQ – Practical Intelligence Quotient
  24. Every Extend Extra
  25. Yu-Gi-Oh G/X Tag Force
  26. Pinball Hall of Fame
  27. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
  28. Gurumin – A Montrous Adventure
  29. Dynasty Warriors
  30. Bomberman
  31. Sega Genesis Collection
  32. Capcom Classics Collection Remixed
  33. Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded
  34. Coded Arms
  35. Daxter
  36. Dragonball Z – Shin Budokai
  37. Dragonball Z – Shin Budokai 2
  38. Ghost Rider
  39. Gradius Collection
  40. Guilty Gear Judgment
  41. Gun Showdown
  42. Infected
  43. Killzone: Liberation
  44. Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  45. Metal Slug Anthology
  46. Miami Vice: The Game
  47. Mortal Kombat: Unchained
  48. Pac-Man World 3
  49. Power Stone Collection
  50. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
  51. Samurai Warriors: State of War
  52. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  53. Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins
  54. Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble
  55. MediEvil: Resurrection
  56. Bust-A-Move Deluxe
  57. Capcom Puzzle World
  58. Carol Vorderman’s Sudoku
  59. DJ Max Portable
  60. DJ Max Portable 2
  61. Gitaroo Man Lives!
  62. Go! Sudoku
  63. Gunpey
  64. Pinball
  65. Puyo Pop Fever
  66. Crush
  67. Taiko no Tatsujin Portable
  68. Ultimate Block Party
  69. World Championship Poker 2
  70. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
  71. Armored Core: Formula Front
  72. Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon
  73. Lord of the Rings: Tactics
  74. Marvel Trading Card Game
  75. Warhammer: Battle for Atluma
  76. Worms: Open Warfare
Combined with short load times and simplistic “quick and easy” gameplay, this list of PSP software proves that the PSP, while populated by a truly substantial amount of epic console-like games, also has a lot to offer for those who simply want “Pick up & Play” games.


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