Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP)
Action 01 November 2006
Another spin-off to the legendary series of sandbox action games, developed by Rockstar Games for the PlayStation Portable console. As the title of the game suggests, its action is related to GTA: Vice City. The title takes place in 1984, two years before the events shown in the other game. The main protagonist is Victor Vance – an ex-soldier who currently works for various gangsters. By completing various jobs given to him by mafia bosses he slowly rises through the ranks of the criminal underworld. The gameplay isn’t very different from other installments of the series. However the developers added many new features such as the ability to swim, fly a helicopter or enter buildings. This made the game mechanics even more similar to the mechanics of full-fledged installments in the series. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories offers a large number of weapons and gadgets as well as a varied soundtrack that accompanies the player while driving cars.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (PSP)
Action 25 June 2010
A licensed LEGO action-adventure game, set in the fantasy universe of Harry Potter, created by the British writer J. K. Rowling. The story was based on the first four Harry Potter books and their movie adaptations by Warner Bros. During the gameplay, you witness the adventures of Harry and other characters, explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and fight many enemies, including the main antagonist of the cycle, the evil Lord Voldemort. Mechanics-wise, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 combines the features of the earlier productions by Traveller's Tales, including the distinct sense of humor, with more serious elements of Harry Potter productions by e.g. EA. The game is set in a partially open world and features many varied activities, such as magic lessons, potion making or flying a broomstick.
Dante's Inferno (PSP)
Action 26 February 2010
A dynamic TPP slasher that takes place in a hell-like setting. The game was developed by the creators of Dead Space. The story is loosely based on the fourteenth-century book written by Dante Alighieri. The protagonist of the game enters hell in search of his beloved. During the journey he travels through 9 circles of hell and fights Lucifer, the king of hell. The game enables the players to develop their character and improve his skills.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (PSP)
Action 15 November 2011
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is the sequel to a 2010 release, an action adventure game by Traveller's Tales, combining the world of LEGO with the universe from the popular series of books and their movie adaptation. The plot of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is based on the last three books in the series, and the story is focused on Harry's fight against the powerful Lord Voldemort, who, after gathering more followers, becomes a real thread to the whole world of magic. During the game, the players can control various characters known from the universe created by J.K. Rowling, and visit a number of equally well-known locations, which at the same time feel completely new, since they are built out of LEGO blocks. The game is filled with adventure and arcade elements, but it also has its share of logic puzzles. Compared to the prequel, this game presents a gloomier and more serious world.
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (PSP)
Action 10 May 2011
Another installment in the popular arcade action games series by the British studio Traveller’s Tales that re-imagines famous pop culture universes as LEGO bricks. This time around, it is the Pirates of the Caribbean movie saga. Plot-wise, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game covers themes from four movies dealing with the adventures of captain Jack Sparrow, starting with The Curse of the Black Pearl and ending with On Stranger Tides. The well-known events are presented with a light sense of humor that is typical of the series. In the title, around 70 characters with various skills make an appearance, including Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann. There are also more than 20 levels full of arcade sequences (platformer levels, combat) and simple logic puzzles. Each stage is focused on certain events from the movie original and enriched with cinematic cut-scenes. One of the novelties of this installment is the possibility of visiting one location multiple times in search of additional treasures. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean can be played either solo or in cooperation mode with another player on a split-screen.
God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP)
Action 02 November 2010
The next installment of a series of brutal action games. Again, we play the hateful spartite of Kratos, who this time has to face his own past. The game remains true to the tradition of home consoles and offers clashes with powerful bosses, an advanced combat system, an epic story referring to Greek mythology and a great visual setting.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PSP)
Action 16 November 2010
An action game based on the highly-popular series of books and movies about the adventures of Harry Potter. The newest interactive adaptation makes the young wizard face the merciless Lord Voldemort. The developers focused on dynamic battles and some additional action-adventure features.
Tomb Raider: Legend (PSP)
Action 09 June 2006
The seventh major installment of the Tomb Raider series. As the previous parts of the game were not received very well, a new studio – Crystal Dynamics, with Toby Gard, the creator of the original series, in its ranks – was entrusted with the game. Setting-wise, the title goes back to its roots, which means exploring ancient tombs and catacombs. During the gameplay you will visit a number of exotic locations, including Himalayas, Bolivia, Peru, Japan, Ghana, Malaysia, England, and Kazakhstan. The production offers new skills, weapons, and a whole new range of useful gadgets unavailable before. Lara’s character has also changed, both mentally and visually. The graphics are powered by a new engine, which allows for bigger interaction with the environment and changing weather conditions.
Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou (PSP)
Action 22 September 2010
Another production set in the Yakuza series universe. Amusemenent Vision studio is still responsible for the production, but this time the plot does not tell the story of Kazuma Kiryu.
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (PSP)
A console edition of Battlefield 2, the second installment in the multiplayer FPS game series by Swedish studio DICE. As implied by the subtitle of the game, this time you play as a new-generation soldier, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and deadly weaponry. The plot of Battlefield 2: Modern Combat focuses on a fictional conflict between NATO and China, taking place in Kazakhstan. An important feature of the first installment of the franchise for consoles is the presence of a singleplayer campaign. Other elements of the series have remained unchanged, and the gameplay is focused mostly on multiplayer matches, during which you play as a soldier of your chosen class, using a wide array of weapons and about 30 military vehicles. Depending on your platform, a single match can involve up to 24 players.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)
Action 29 April 2010
A hand-held spin-off to the popular series of stealth games developed by Konami. The game was developed for PlayStation Portable and builds upon 2004's Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The story of the game shows further life of Big Boss. Together with an army of mercenaries under his command, he travels to Puerto Rico to investigate why the US government, together with CIA, is backing up a military group present on the island. The gameplay mechanics don’t vary very much from the main installments. However, this time the developers focused on a cooperation mode supporting between 2 and 4 players. The players can complete missions together and help each other during difficult battles. A completely new feature introduced in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is the option to manage Big Boss’ military base. During the game, player can recruit new soldiers, assign them to various sections and send on missions across the world.
Spider-Man 2: The Game (PSP)
Action 15 March 2005
The second entry in the series of third-person perspective action games about Spider-Man. The plot of the game is based on the movie under the same title. The player assumes the role of Peter Parker, a boy who gained spider superpowers during an accident in a laboratory. His main antagonist is Otto Octavius (in the criminal underworld known as Doctor Octopus), a scientist equipped with mechanical arms controlled by his brainwaves. Depending on the platform, the game has completely different mechanics and was developed by different studios. The main console version offers a fully three-dimensional open world with advanced physics and takes place in a faithfully recreated virtual version of Manhattan. Other versions have simplified mechanics that use features of side-scrolling action games and platform games.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP)
Action 25 October 2005
A spin-off to the iconic Grand Theft Auto series. The game was first developed for the PlayStation Portable handheld console. The story of Liberty City Stories takes place a few years before the events shown in GTA3, on the streets of the same metropolis. During the game player becomes Tony Cipriani who after coming to the city is caught up in the dirt of corruption, mafia wars, and drug traffic. The objective of the game is to work for the Leone mafia family, increase its influences and build up Tony’s reputation in the criminal underworld. The gameplay of GTA: Liberty City Stories employs the well-received mechanics of the series and offers an open world filled with story missions and side activities alike. As always in the series, there are many vehicles (including motorcycles, motorboats, trains and ferries) and weapons to use. However, due to the limitations of the PSP console, some things were slightly simplified.
God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)
Action 04 March 2008
The next installment of the legendary God of War slasher series, which was prepared for PlayStation Portable. The authors use the power of the device to provide spectacular action and graphics that were impossible to achieve on competing mobile devices at the time.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (PSP)
Action 26 June 2007
Published by Electronic Arts, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a game based on the fifth movie following the adventures of a young wizard. Similarly to all the previous installments, the game is available on multiple platforms and follows the formula developed by the previous Harry Potter games – the players are given an action adventure game, in which they observe the action from the third person perspective.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (PSP)
Action 19 January 2010
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is a survival-horror action game with a third person perspective (TPP), which is a creative reworking of the first installment of the cycle, released in 1999. Compared to the original, developers from Climax studio introduce a few important changes in the plot and mechanics of the game, and also took care of a much more impressive audio-visual setting.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PSP)
Action 18 May 2010
Another major installment in the famous action adventure game series. In terms of story, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is set between The Sands of Time and Warrior Within, and focuses on the events that caused the drastic, dark change within the Prince. Upon reaching his brother’s realm, the Prince finds the capital city about to fall, besieged by an enemy army. In an attempt to protect the citizens from a massacre, the city’s ruler resorts to using a powerful, yet dangerous magic that eventually turns against him. The game itself is based on the core mechanics of the series. Therefore, we can expect multiple platforming sequences, environmental puzzles, and battles against powerful enemies. An interesting addition is the ability to control the forces of natures, which comes in handy both in combat and when traversing subsequent locations. Of course the series’ landmark feature — the ability to reverse and slow down time — is back. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is powered by the Anvil engine, the technology previously used in the two first Assassin’s Creed games.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (PSP)
Action 20 October 2009
A spin-off to the bestselling Grand Theft Auto series, at first developed for Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable handhelds and later converted to mobile devices as well. The story takes place in Liberty City, a place well known to the fans of the series. As Huang Lee, member of a Chinese criminal group, the player is trying to prove his worth, avenge the death of his father, and reclaim a valuable sword that for centuries was the symbol of his family’s power. The gameplay mechanics are similar to previous installments in the series, except for the missions being slightly shorter and the fact that the player can repeat failed actions. Other important changes include an auto-aim system, simplified driving mechanics, and the necessity of destroying police cars. A new interface and various mini-games were added to the game as well. The graphics of the game utilize cel-shading technology, combining the classic top-down view and isometric perspective.
Tomb Raider: Anniversary (PSP)
Action 08 August 2007
An official remake of the classic first installment in the acclaimed Tomb Raider series. It was created for the original game's tenth anniversary, having been released in 1996 both for PCs and the PlayStation consoles. Tomb Raider: Anniversary was developed by Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider: Legend) - a studio which took over the development of the franchise from its original creators - Core Design. The remake does not bring any differences to the original game's plot. The player assumes the role of Lara Croft - an archeologist hired by a powerful organization wishing to retrieve a mythical artifact. Although the remake includes the same weapons, enemies and locations, certain in-game environments were improved and slightly extended, for the remake utilizes a more powerful engine. The main difference between the remake and the original game lies in the visuals, remade from scratch, and modernized controls borrowed from the franchise's latest installments. The latter gives more opportunities to the protagonist and makes movement more flexible.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 (PSP)
Action 21 August 2007
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 is the second part of a mini-series of popular tactical action games called "Ghosts".
Avatar: The Last Airbender (PSP)
Action 10 October 2006
Avatar: The Last Airbender is an action game with elements of the genre cRPG, based on a popular animated series broadcast by the children's TV channel Nickelodeon. The protagonist is Aang, a boy suspected of being the incarnation of the Spirit of the planet. Together with three friends (Qatar, Sokka and Haru) he sets off on an expedition to restore the balance of the world.
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (PSP)
Action 22 March 2011
A 3D action-adventure platformer that came out as the third installment in the LEGO Star Wars game series. The story of LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is based on the popular animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Players can take part in the galactic conflict between the Republic and the Separatists. The developers prepared 3 campaigns, each consisting of 6 missions corresponding to the consecutive episodes of the TV show. The gameplay focuses on fighting opponents, overcoming obstacles, and solving puzzles. The game also features special levels, in which you pilot a space fighter or control the massive AT-TE walker. Moreover, the developers from Traveller's Tales implemented some improvements in visuals, including brand new lighting system.
The Godfather: Mob Wars (PSP)
Action 19 September 2006
An action game based on the novel by Mario Puzo and its movie adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola. You play as a thief, who makes his way into the world of the Corleone family. By doing various tasks for them, he climbs up the mafia career ladder and earns growing respect from other criminals. The game is set in New York, at the end of the 1940s and the beginning of the 1950s. The non-linear character of the gameplay allows you to choose the order of missions to complete as you wish. Like the Grand Theft Auto series, The Godfather features an open world, and the game is full of spectacular pursuits and shootouts, as the Corleone family has many enemies, e.g. Tattagalia, Cuneo or Stracci. The characters in the game are based on their movie counterparts, and are voiced by actors such as Marlon Brando, James Caan and Robert Duvall. The game features high-quality visuals and the music based on that from the movie.
MediEvil Resurrection (PSP)
Action 01 September 2005
The latest installment of the classic series of platformers. The player takes on the role of an undead knight and fights crazy battles with hostile creatures. The surroundings are shown in full three-dimensional.
Prince of Persia: Revelations (PSP)
Action 06 December 2005
A third-person perspective action-adventure platform game developed for PSP. The game is an expanded port of Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. In the game the player assumes the role of the titular prince who learns that he is meant to die because he released the mythical Sands of Time. The only way to avoid fate is to travel to a mysterious island where the powerful artifact that caused all the trouble was originally created. As one can assume, the road will be filled with traps and enemies. The latter, prince will defeat with his weapons and unique ability to manipulate time. In comparison to the original version of the game released in 2004, the gameplay mechanics haven’t changed. However, Prince of Persia: Revelations offers exclusive additional content – four new locations that weren’t available in the basic game.