Analysis: All of PSP’s ports are watered-down.

You hear it everywhere. Talk on the streets and internet alike. The subject? Watered-down ports on the PSP. People are always talking about how they don’t want to pay for what is essencially an inferior version of a console game, and how the PSP’s so chock-full of them.

But how much validity is there to this statement? Are these games actually watered-down in any sense outside of graphics? We decided to take a look at some of these ports to see if they were actually a watered-down experience. Unless you know how we roll… you’ll be fairly surprised at what we found.

For this article, or rather the experimentation within; we decided to grab a bunch of these ports to see just how watered-down and/or inferior these games are compared to their console counterparts.


Marvel Ultimate Alliance

• Exclusive Characters
• More Unlockable Content
• Exclusive Missions

X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse

• Exclusive Characters
• Exclusive Missions

Disgaea – Afternoon of Darkness

• Exclusive Characters
• Extra Story Mode
• Fine-Tuned+Extra Voice Acting
• Fine-Tuned Script
• Exclusive Missions

Final Fantasy Tactics – The War of the Lions

• New Characters
• Revised Script
• Exclusive Missions
• Co-op Multiplayer
• PvP Multiplayer

Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX

• Several Extra Fighters
• Several New Play Modes

Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower

• All Character Fighting Styles
• Unlockable Artwork
• All Unlockable Endings
• Extra Unlockable Endings
• Media Player Mode

Ghost Rider

• More Unlockables
• More Extra Content

Mortal Kombat Unchained(Deception)

• New Playable Characters
• New “Endurance” Mode
• Various Krypt Changes
• New Kombat Zones

Pac Man World 3

• Pac-Man History Mode
• Exclusive Video Interviews

Tekken: Dark Resurrection(Tekken 5)

• New Characters
• “Tekken Dojo” Mode

Prince of Persia Revelations(Warrior Within)

• Exclusive Puzzles
• Exclusive Areas
• Extended Story Mode

Prince of Persia Rival Swords(The Two Thrones)

• Exclusive Levels
• Exclusive Puzzles
• Extended Story Mode
• Exclusive Multi-Player Modes
• Alternate Ending

Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble

• Extra Character
• Exclusive Extra Missions
• More Battle Arenas

Ys: The Ark of Napishtim

• New Modes of Play
• Unlockable Mini-Games
• Unlockable Media Player
• Unlockable Boss Rush Mode
• Unlockable Profile Mode

Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 REMIX

• 20% More Levels

Tony Hawk Project 8

• Exclusive “Classic Mode”
• Additional Content

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

• Additional Content
• Extra Boss Fights

Samurai Warriors – State of War

• Restructured Gameplay Progression
• New Skill System
• New Spellcasting System
• New “Sub-Officer” System (For aid in combat)

Star Wars Battlefront 2

• Exclusive “Rebel Raider” Mode
• Exclusive “Imperial Enforcer” Mode
• Exclusive “Rogue Assassin” Mode

PSP does, in fact, have a lot of ports; but, in most cases, they’re nowhere near “watered-down” as they usually have all the original content intact, and/or content featured in no other version before the PSP version.


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