Holiday Shopping Guide: 5 Awesome PSP Games from 2011

The PSP had a slow year for exclusive content, but what we did get was beautiful.  Here are’s suggestions for your PSP gamer this Christmas!

Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy

Metacritic: 78Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy

Average Price: $24.99

ESRB: Teen

Dissida 012 is an action fighting game that encompasses the Final Fantasy universe.  The roster includes all stars from each Final Fantasy game, as well as the villains.  Players may also choose familiar locales from the Final Fantasy games in which they go head to head against the most notorious villains from the Final Fantasy games.

This title is loaded with content that will keep gamers busy, and the graphics, sounds, and locales from Final Fantasy create a fantastic world in which to do so.  Dissidia also incorporates ad hoc multiplayer to allow players to prove the best Final Fantasy heroes’ abilities.

Final Fantasy IV The Complete Collection

Metacritic: 77Final Fantasy IV The Complete Collection

Average Price: $29.99

ESRB: Everyone 10+

A Final Fantasy classic revolving around the life of Cecil the White Knight, Final Fantasy IV is an RPG must-have in the lexicon of any gamer.  The game was released for PSP with updated cutscenes.  The traditional top-down perspective for actual gameplay remains.

This title also comes with two sequels to Final Fantasy IV, hence the “Complete Collection”.  It includes Final Fantasy IV: Interlude, a sequel to FFIV that leads up to Ceodore’s (Cecil’s son) birth.  Following Interlude is The After Years, which follows Ceodore and takes place about 20 years after FFIV.  Both additions play like FFIV and take the player to familiar locales.

Lego Pirates of the Carribean

Metacritic: 66Lego Pirates of the Carribean

Average Price: $29.99

ESRB: Everyone 10+

The slapstick, kid-friendly lego games are a very traditional pick for young gamers.  Lego Pirates is not the most popular lego game, having a format identical to the others but would be a great addition for anyone without a different lego game.

Lego Pirates captures the universe of the popular movie, and the cutscenes are great.  Plenty of in-game collectibles will keep the treasure-hunters busy for hours.  A fun pick, Lego Pirates will certainly please the younger gamers

Parasite Eve The 3rd Birthday

Metacritic: 70Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday

Average Price: $19.99

ESRB: Mature

3rd birthday follows Parasite Eve 2 a year after the events that took place in Parasite Eve 2.  Aya Brea must stop a biological outbreak of mutated monsters from breaking loose out of New York.  3rd Birthday is a 3rd person RPG loaded with action.

This title includes a complex leveling system that allows Aya to upgrade her abilities, as well as her armament.  Parasite Eve is a mature title that is more appropriate for older gamers.

Patapon 3

Metacritic: 74patapon 3

Average Price: $19.99

ESRB: Everyone

Patapon 3 is the third installment in the Patapon franchise.  Patapon is a 2D sidescrolling musical action RPG in which players must control armies by tapping out beats.  The idea sounds strange, but its like dancing with your fingers.

The game has an in-depth leveling and strategy component that may be difficult for younger gamers, but the look and mild violence will certainly appeal to them.   Although fans of the patapon games haven’t responded as well to Patapon 3, they still enjoy the game and recommend this title for any PSP gamer.


About Clint Kingsley

Clint is a gaming journalist for PSN ID: K-Train22

Posted on December 6, 2011, in Holiday Shopping Lists and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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