Flying Games and Sims for PSP

Take flight with these flying games for the PSP

A group of people in a flight simulator.

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There aren't a whole lot of flight sims available for the Sony PlayStation Portable—the PSP. In fact, you can count them on your fingers and not run out of digits. Fortunately, the ones that are still out there are pretty decent.

These games were developed for the PSP. Games for the PS Vita, which followed the PSP, are also available online.

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Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

Ace Combat X
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What We Like

  • Good variety of play options.

  • Quite realistic for a portable game.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult to win.

  • Voices don’t seem to match characters.

Released just about everywhere (Japan, Europe, Australia and North America), "Ace Combat X" includes 40 upgradeable planes and a variety of game modes. There is a single-player storyline, plus wireless multiplayer action for up to four players. The setting is a fictional world with many similarities to the real world.

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Aces of War

What We Like

  • Free-flight mode adds fun.

  • Accurately renders WWII planes.

What We Don't Like

  • No multi-player mode.

  • Background environments are hit and miss.

"Aces of War" aims to create a true SIM of the air battles of World War II, but it also includes are arcade mode. It is single-player only and includes a free-flight mode that lets players fly wherever they want to. The game was released in Japan and Europe. 

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After Burner: Black Falcon

What We Like

  • Lots of varied environments.

  • Tracks pilot stats, including points, kills, gas usage, and rank.

What We Don't Like

  • No game-sharing.

  • Multiplayer mode not as fun as single-player.

"After Burner: Black Falcon" is an arcade-style flight combat sim featuring 19 customizable planes. There are three main modes: single-player, two-player co-op, and multiplayer (up to 8) combat. The game was released in North America, Europe, and Australia.​ 

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Air Conflicts: Aces of World War II

What We Like

  • Good graphics and sounds.

  • Easy, simple fun.

What We Don't Like

  • Can’t roll, flip, loop, or land.

  • No way to adjust sensitivity of flight stick.

This World War II arcade flight SIM lets players choose from four factions and recreates 17 authentic planes. There is a single-player story with a variety of mission types, and up to eight players can dogfight at once. "Air Conflicts: Aces of World War II" was released in North America. 

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What We Like

  • Good rendering of explosions, launches, and effects.

  • Excellent voice acting.

What We Don't Like

  • No multiplayer mode.

  • Story seems shallow and irrelevant.

'Heatseeker' is a single-player-only modern combat flight SIM featuring more than 30 different jets. The player can choose between first- and third-person viewpoints, and environments are destructible. The game also includes an impact cam that follows a missile to allow for better targeting. "Heatseeker" came out in North America, Europe, and Australia. 

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IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey

What We Like

  • Realistic flight simulation.

  • True-to-life, well-executed graphics.

What We Don't Like

  • Too easy for some players.

  • Can become boring after long play.

Players fly 30 missions from six World War II battles in "IL-2 Sturmovik." There are more than 30 planes, of which 14 are flyable, and the multiplayer mode consists of two-player head-to-head dogfights. It was released in North America and Europe.