The Best PSP RPGs

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What Are The Best RPGs for the PSP?

From gamer favorites from the past to current best-sellers, here are the best role-playing experiences available on the PlayStation Portable:

Many well loved franchises and intriguing worlds make their appearance on the PSP. Some are ports of earlier hits, others are entirely new. But the best are all experiences worth picking up.

So here you are: list of the best PSP RPGs.

Jeanne D'Arc - Turn Based, Strategy RPG

Loosely inspired by the historical Joan of Arc, Jeanne D'arc is a turn-based, strategy RPG with a fantasy setting that includes dragons, ogres, and magic. Combat is grid-based and tactical. Players can expect over 40 hours of gameplay.

Collect multiple characters throughout the adventure and utilize up to seven at a time within each battle in strategic combinations. Customize your characters and your team with 150 skills and abilities.

Jeanne D'Arc Video

Crisis Core

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII begins seven years before Final Fantasy VII. The Shinra Company is quickly becoming a monopoly in mako energy and military power. An elite group of combat operatives, known as SOLDIER 1st Class, are idolized by the people.

The storyline:

Our protagonist, Zack, is a young SOLDIER 2nd Class who dreams of becoming one of those elites. When a large number of SOLDIER members under the leadership of 1st Class operative Genisis disappear, Shinra executives send another group of SOLDIER operatives in hope of finding out what happened. Zack and two 1st Class operatives: his mentor Angeal and Sephiroth, are on that team. Unravel the mystery and discover what secrets bind the three 1st Class operatives.

Combat is real time.

This excellent Final Fantasy RPG offers role-playing gamers and Final Fantasy fans over 30 hours of adventure.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Video

Best Final Fantasy on the PSP? - Your Votes:

Which is your favorite Final Fantasy portable game?

  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
  • Not listed (leave comment below with your favorite if you like)
  • Don't know, haven't played.
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Brave Story: New Traveler - Turn Based

Brave Story: New Traveler is a beautiful 3D RPG with turn-based combat.

The storyline:

It's a calm, ordinary day. Two friends are enjoying the peaceful afternoon. Suddenly, the young girl falls into a mysterious illness and shows no sign of waking. The boy, Tatsuya, hears a voice offering him a way to save his friend. And thus he steps into the world of Vision.

The storyline is interesting and engaging as it begins to flesh out. The gameplay, too, offers unusual spins on cooperative skills, special abilities, and the upgrade/crafting system.

Brave Story: New Traveler Video

Star Ocean: Second Evolution - Action RPG

Star Ocean: Second Evolution is a rebuilt, upgraded version of Star Ocean: The Second Story.

This remake features improvements in character design, game engine, and the real-time battle system, with the addition of new playable characters, facial expression changes, voiced dialogue, private actions, and cut-scenes.


Twenty years after the events on planet Roak in the original game of the series, the son of the Hero of the Terran Alliance is accidentally transported to an uncharted planet. He soon finds himself on a hero's journey of his own. Titled the Hero of Light, as foretold in prophecy, he undertakes an epic quest to save the planet and its people.

Star Ocean: Second Evolution Trailer

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable - Traditional RPG / High School Sim Hybrid

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable offers the persona rpg gameplay gamers know and love with improved playability. It features almost all of the content from Persona 3 along with aspects of Persona 3 FES.

Skill cards, part time jobs, and the ability to control your team mates in battle are among the new improvements over earlier games. Also new: the ability to play as a female character, giving the story and social interactions a new perspective.

Storyline: you, as the pc, are a new transfer to Gekkoukan High School. Before long, you are attacked by shadowy monsters that feed on the minds of their victims.The attack reveals that you share a special ability with the other students. In the Dark Hour, a hidden time between one day and the next, Shadows swarm. Joining with your fellow students, you use your abilities to fight this evil.

Persona 3 Portable Trailer

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth - RPG with Platformer Elements

Lenneth is a Valkyrie, an epic being from Norse myth who can hear the thoughts of the dead and dying. She is tasked with collecting the souls of worthy warriors among the dead, to train them for a war between the gods.

This is a port of a classic and beloved Playstation title. On the PSP Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth offers enhancements such as new CG cut scenes and a battle system that allows you to control four heroes at once.

Valkyrie Profile : Lenneth Trailer

Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness - Tactical RPG

Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness is a port of the PS2 game Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. This turn-based, tactical rpg has a rebuilt story offering a new experience and new ending. Other enhancements include new multiplayer modes: Battle, Defeat the Leader & Capture the Flag.

Storyline: As the player character, you are Laharl, Prince of the Underworld. You've just taken a Rip Van Winkle-style nap lasting two years. You awake to find your father, the King, dead, and the question of who will succeed him is undecided.

You must regain control of the Netherworld while dealing with inept assassins, indifferent underlings, and hilarious parodies.

Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness Trailer

Crimson Gem Saga - Turn-based RPG

Crimson Gem Saga is a turn-based Japanese RPG with beautiful sprite-based 2-D artwork, offering 30+ hours of gameplay.

The storyline is a classic fantasy tale of adventure and heroism, which, while not groundbreaking, delivers a satisfying experience for old-school RPG gamers.

Your character, Killian, keeps coming in second. Nothing seems to be going his way. But tricky Fate, she has something up her sleeve....

One of the things I love finding in an RPG are witty comments about the different objects and people your player character can interact with in-game. That sort of writing makes me want to run around talking to everyone and trying to interact with everything. Crimson Gem Saga is one of those games.

Crimson Gem Saga Trailer

Tales Of The World: Radiant Mythology - Action RPG

In this original Tales of the World title (the first to appear on PSP in the U.S.), players wake in the world of Terresia to find that the World Tree has used the last of its power to create them. They must - you guessed it - set forth on an epic quest to save the world, meeting characters from other Tales games along the way.

Customization options for your hero or heroine include hairstyle, voice, and class.

Radiant Mythology Trailer

Vote for Your Favorite RPG on the PSP :

Which role-playing game or franchise is your favorite?

  • Brave Story
  • Crimson Gem Saga
  • Disgaea
  • Final Fantasy
  • Jeanne D'Arc
  • Persona
  • Star Ocean
  • Tales of the World
  • Valkyrie Profile
  • You didn't list mine! (Feel free to list your fave in the comments below.)
  • No preference/Haven't played.
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© 2009 Kimberly Napper

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Guestbook - Which PSP RPGs are on your best list? 27 comments

anonymous 2 years ago

Monster hunter and it sequel offer over a hundred hours of gameplay

anonymous 2 years ago

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd

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sierradawn lm 2 years ago

That was a hard vote: choosing between Valkyrie Profile and Final Fantasy. I'm going on watching the tailors: which one I would want to try first.

anonymous 2 years ago

Persona 3 on the psp saved my psp from being sold XD as soon as i started playing i was in Love i would stay up for so long without noticing (4:50 am) anyway back to the point "The best psp game ever"

MikePark15 3 years ago

I wish I could have gotten more out of Crisis Core before my PSP bit the dust. Disgaea is a game I never imagined I'd fall in love with. I'll get reaquited with both when I pick up a Vita. Maybe then I'll finally expereince Persona.

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