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.



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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. 

'Dead Head Fred'

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.

'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. 

'Death Jr.'

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.

'Tomb Raider Legend'

"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.

'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.

'Secret Agent Clank'

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.

'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.