The Best Action-Adventure Games for Sony PlayStation Portable

From Legos to zombies, get your game on with these exciting PSP picks

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Sony released the PlayStation Portable in 2004, and it remained wildly popular until it was replaced by the PlayStation Vita in 2012. As any dedicated gamer knows, a gaming console is only as good as the games you play on it. Here's a winning selection of action-adventure games for the Sony PSP that takes you from Legos to zombies and back again. These widely praised games are keepers that belong in any gamer's repertoire.

'Daxter'

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This handheld-sized installment in the "Jak and Daxter" series features the eponymous smaller half of the team and packs in just as much fun as its PS2 siblings. Play as Daxter and climb walls, creep up on enemies, and squeeze in small places. Stick with the game long enough to find every precursor orb and get gold on all the mini-games

What We Like

  • Very exciting, fast-paced game play.

  • Feels like a full-console game even on a handheld.

  • Mission- and objective-based goals.

  • Beautiful graphics.

What We Don't Like

  • Mini-games are all similar and predictable.

  • Takes time to get accustomed to the controls.

  • Large areas to explore require a lot of backtracking.

  • Camera angles can be awkward at times.

'Dead Head Fred'

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This game won an award for its original story, so if you like games with a story, "Dead Head Fred" is a good pick — plus head-swapping is just fun. Twisted humor accompanies violence as you switch among the nine collectible heads on the fly to explore new ways to advance in the game.

What We Like

  • Very funny, entertaining game.

  • Creative storyline.

  • Fast-paced game play.

  • Large game with plenty to explore and do.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficulty level is fairly high starting from the first level.

  • Minigames and side missions are predictable.

  • Fighting mechanics are mediocre.

  • Manual camera controls can be difficult to use.

'Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure'

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For some, it is hard to overlook that the hero of "Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure" is a cute little girl. Hopefully, this doesn't dissuade too many players, because it's a fantastic game. Technically, it's categorized as action RPG, but it's not out of place on an action-adventure game list. 

What We Like

  • Cute, expressive characters.

  • Excellent sound, music, and voice acting.

  • Great action with exciting mini-games.

  • Customizable play with multiple endings possible.

What We Don't Like

  • Includes a lot of backtracking to deliver items.

  • Frequent load screens that slow down play.

  • Objects can obstruct camera angles.

  • Some of the plot is very predictable.

'Death Jr.'

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Cool visuals and a morbid sense of humor endear "Death Jr." to many gamers. Your weapons include dual pistols, a flamethrower, a lightning gun, and exploding C4 hamsters. All the characters in this game are beautifully rendered.

What We Like

  • Funny game play.

  • Combined platformer and third-person shooter.

  • Plenty of ammo to pick up throughout the game.

  • Decent graphics, with detailed characters.

What We Don't Like

  • Very short storyline.

  • Camera controls can be cumbersome while fighting.

  • Audio and voice acting is lacking.

  • Storyline isn't very engaging.

'Tomb Raider Legend'

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"Tomb Raider Legend" made the Tomb Raider franchise fabulous again. Lara is more realistic than ever as she travels to exotic locales, treacherous jungles, and snowy mountain ranges. Explore ancient realms for clues to Lara's past.

What We Like

  • Faced-paced action game filled with fun adventure.

  • Very engaging storyline.

  • Unlimited ammo for your weapons.

  • Offers two-player gameplay.

What We Don't Like

  • Controls are difficult to get used to.

  • Camera is clumsy to manage.

  • Fairly short game you can finish in under eight hours.

  • Limited camera controls can increase difficulty.

'Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures'

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All the Lego games are worth playing, but if you have a soft spot for Indiana Jones, then "Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures" is not to be missed. Who wouldn't like using Indy's signature whip as a multipurpose tool? The game includes more than 60 playable characters, and you can mix and match Lego parts to make additional characters.

What We Like

  • Diverse obstacles with challenging puzzles.

  • Humorous storyline.

  • Chock-full of bonus items to find.

What We Don't Like

  • Challenging, unintelligent AI engine.

  • Might be too violent for younger kids.

'Secret Agent Clank'

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Clank is the break-out star of this adventure game. Ride with Clank as he drives state-of-the-art spy vehicles that include snowboards, speedboats, and sports cars, or play as Ratchet or Captain Qwark to find out who framed the innocent Lombax.

What We Like

  • Very funny action game.

  • Large collection of weapons and gadgets to use.

  • Controls are an improvement over previous games.

  • Large variety of mini-games and side missions.

What We Don't Like

  • Controls feel limited on the PSP.

  • Camera angles can feel awkward at times.

  • Not much new from previous games.

'Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters'

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This PS2 duo made it big on the really small screen. "Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters" is only small in the sense that it fits on a PSP. Otherwise, it's just as good as the other games in the series. Up to four players can play at once, so if you're into multiplayer games, this one's a keeper for you.

What We Like

  • Designed well for PSP controls.

  • Intuitive game play.

  • Unique weaponry available.

  • Strong and interesting storyline.

What We Don't Like

  • Occasional odd camera angles and audio glitches.

  • Game can lag slightly with lots of action going on.