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Gaming was a stationary activity until the GameBoy arrived to shake things up. Sony was late to the portable party until 2004 when the PSP arrived. They brought more than 1,000 titles to the masses in a short time, including shooters. The best PlayStation portable first-person shooters were few and far between, but we’ve compiled a list of the top titles that are still a blast on the PSP.

Coded ArmsTom Clancy’s Rainbow Six VegasCabela’s Dangerous Hunts Ultimate ChallengeMedal of Honor: HeroesCall of Duty: Roads to Victory
DeveloperKonamiUbisoft QuebecSand Grain Studio, Fun LabsTeam FusionAmaze Entertainment
PublisherKonamiUbisoftActivisionEA GamesActivision
ReleasedJuly 6, 2005June 12, 2007April 4, 2006October 20, 2006March 13, 2007
ModesSingle-player, MultiplayerSingle-player, MultiplayerSingle-playerSingle-player, MultiplayerSingle-player, Multiplayer

5 Fun Facts about the Sony PlayStation Portable

  • More than 800 downloadable games were available for the PSP through the PlayStation Store.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories was the best-selling PlayStation Portable game.
  • Retro City Rampage DX was the last official game released for the PSP in 2016.
  • There were four revisions of the PSP, including the PSP Go and the PSP Street.
  • Hackers cracked and distributed the code for the PSP on the internet in 2005.

First-Person Shooters on the PlayStation Portable PSP

The shooting genre varies from games that keep you on a rail to third-person shooters and arcade games that use light guns. First-person shooters are arguably the most popular, although not something easy to port to handheld devices.

The PlayStation Portable was more capable than most, considering the wealth of titles that made their way from consoles to their portable. However, some titles were only released digitally, leaving the overall selection of FPS games on the PSP slim. With less than a dozen titles to choose from, here are the absolute best PlayStation portable first-person shooters.

The Best PlayStation Portable First Person Shooters

1. Best Storyline FPS Game: Coded Arms 

Coded Arms - Sony PSP
  • With an unparalleled arsenal of 30 enemy-shredding weapons, Coded Arms offers you a fighting chance against its relentless onslaught of enemies. But even with such a formidable cache of lethal weapons, it'll take more than just running 'n' gunning to get y
  • Survive by employing ruthless weapons, a nimble trigger finger and keen senses against bloodthristy enemies
  • Amazingly detailed, enthralling first-person shooter (FPS) to take with you.
  • Intense firefights against enemies that learn to capitalize on your tactical blunders.
  • Ferocious wireless multiplayer capability features Deathmatch, Last Man Standing and Keep the Mark.

When you think of first-person shooters, Konami usually isn’t the first name to come to mind. While the company hasn’t produced many games from this genre, in 2005, they released one of the better FPS games for the PSP with Coded Arms.

Many FPS games drop you into historical battlefields or settings, but that isn’t the case with Coded Arms. Instead, you play as a hacker inside a VR military simulation, traversing randomly generated levels in sectors. Enemies range from artificially enhanced soldiers and Quicksilver bots to swarms of murderous bio bugs.

The setting of Coded Arms is unique, but so are the equipment and power-ups. They are named with file extensions which adds a nice touch to this hacking-based shooter. As one of the first FPS games to arrive on the PSP, the controls could use a little work, but the action is intense. When combined with the gameplay and graphics, Coded Arms is easily one of the best PlayStation portable first person shooters of all time.

Coded Arms received mixed reviews due to the controls and short story. However, since then, the game has become a classic on the platform and is regarded as one of the top shooters to hit the PSP handheld. Coded Arms: Contagion is a sequel that lets you continue the action on your handheld if you enjoy the first game.

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2. Best Siege FPS Game: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas - Sony PSP
  • Experience a new level of squad-based realism, as your teammates offer Real-time tactical suggestions like busting through walls or hacking computers
  • Play as a new leader with a new team - Tactics play a MAJOR role in your team's success, as each member comes equipped with his own skill set -- recon, heavy weapons, demolition, long range attack and electronics
  • Real-Time immersion - Real-time mission briefings, all in the midst of the most intense combat ever played. *Compatible with Windows XP
  • Use tactical planning to maneuver through multiple mission paths, with high-tech equipment, like snake cams that tag terrorist targets to your teammates, prior to entering a room
  • Motion-captured assault and recon techniques, for realistic gameplay animation - Fast roping, rappelling, window entry, blind-cover fire, and more

Part of a long-running game franchise, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegasis a must-have game if you own a PSP.

Video games based on Tom Clancy’s books have been going strong since the Hunt for Red October dropped on the C64 and Amiga back in 1987. If you’ve played other games in the Rainbow Six series, you’ll be familiar with the gameplay in Rainbow Six Vegas. Vegas introduced a few new features, including a third-person system for shooting around the corner. The gameplay is tight on the PSP, but Las Vegas is the show’s real star. To say the world is “immersive” would be an understatement.

Each single-player campaign has five missions, where you alternate between playing as Brain and Shawn. Multiplayer has two game modes: Survival and Team Survival. There are six maps and around 15 weapons in Rainbow Six: Vegas, excluding gadgets, gizmos and grenades.

This game had a lukewarm response on the PSP compared to the console’s counterpart considering the PlayStation portable doesn’t have the same power as a console. A few features, like the health regeneration system, are missing from the PSP port, although it’s still one of the better titles from Tom Clancy to hit the PSP.

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3. Best Action FPS: Medal of Honor: Heroes

Medal of Honor Heroes - Sony PSP
  • Become Lieutenant Jimmy Patterson - star of Medal of Honor & Medal of Honor - Frontline - in an untold chapter of his time in Holland as part of Operation Market Garden
  • Play as Sergeant John Baker, from Medal of Honor Allied Assault Breakthrough, and sabotage German defenses on the Italian coastline, to help the invasion forces crack Hitler's iron hold on Europe
  • Return to the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge to complete unfinished business for the OSS, as Lieutenant William Holt from Medal of Honor European Assault
  • Up to 8 people can fight together in multiplayer combat -- go online for wargaming with up to 32 players
  • Quickplay missions allow players to jump right into the action or to create customized mission scenarios for added re-playability

Medal of Honor: Heroes is a beloved franchise with fans of first person shooters and historical games.

The ninth in the series, Medal of Honor: Heroes arrived in 2006, and the PlayStation Portable is the only system where you can play this fantastic FPS game.

The setting of Medal of Honor Heroes varies compared to other games in the series, but you’ll encounter some familiar faces, including Manon and Patterson. You get to step into the boots of some characters from the franchise as you battle through Belgium, Italy, and the Netherlands. The single-player missions are pretty straightforward with the objectives, but multiplayer takes things to another level.

Online multiplayer for Medal of Honor Heroes allow 32 players per match and features a slew of authentic armaments. There are also six game modes, including favorites like Deathmatch, Hold the Line, and Dominations. The leaderboards are no longer active, but there are still plenty of achievements and medals to shoot for.

Heroes is unique as it received favorable reviews on the handheld but was never ported to other PlayStation systems or released digitally. It’s a great game to pick up and play when you’re on the go, and one of the more polished first-person shooters ever produced for the PlayStation Portable handheld.

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4. Best Hunting FPS Game:

Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts Ultimate Challenge for the PSP is a fantastic choice if you’re tired of warfare and want to do a bit of hunting.

Some FPS games allow users to switch to a third-person view, Cabela’s gameplay and structure remain the same. While a true first-person shooter, there are no enemies to battle in Dangerous Hunts Ultimate Challenge in a traditional sense. The storyline involves a hunter, and your prey is just as dangerous as the title implies. Depending on the stage, you’ll need to bait grizzly bears and fight lions with bows and arrows. The game occurs across several continents, including Australia, Siberia, Africa, and Alaska.

The animals in Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts are just as varied as the weapons used to take them down in the wilderness. There are wild boars, bush elephants, crocodiles, and even cobras. It’s not your average hunting game, and there are well over a dozen missions to sink your teeth into on the PlayStation Portable.

Mobile gamers have enjoyed touchscreen titles like Deer Hunter for years, but this FPS game was rare on older handhelds. It’s the type of shooter anyone can play, and while there are no bad guys, there is plenty of danger in Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts Ultimate Challenge.

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5. Best WW2 FPS Game: Call of Duty: Roads to Victory

Call Of Duty: Roads To Victory - Sony PSP
  • Immersive Gameplay designed from the ground up, as an all-new Call of Duty experience
  • Players will face the full onslaught of the German war machine throughout 14 intense battles
  • Four precise control schemes, allowing players to select the one that ensures an optimal handheld experience
  • Players will be able to effortlessly change stance from standing to prone, throw grenades and target enemies in order to survive this ultimate WWII combat experience
  • Multiplayer options for up to 2-6 players to pick-up-and-go in modes such as Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and King of the Hill for quick hitting, over the top action

For the PSP, the best shooter in the franchise is Call of Duty: Roads to Victory, a spin-off of the console version of Call of Duty 3.

The Call of Duty series has kept gamers engaged since 2003, when the original dropped players into World War II. That setting remained a staple of the series for years and even made its way to handhelds.

Call of Duty: Roads to Victory has something for everyone, provided you want action throughout World War II. You can fight as the Canadians during Operation Infatuate or the Americans through Operation Market Garden, Detroit, and Avalanche. There are three campaigns, including the British, with 14 missions overall.

Like all the best first-person shooters, Roads to Victory has a stout multiplayer mode. You can fight with up to six friends through Ad Hoc mode on various maps. Modes include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Hold the Flag, and King of the Hill. Reviews on this game were above average, and it’s the only COD title available on the PSP.

COD: Roads to Victory didn’t have the tight gameplay of Coded Arms, but the presentation is excellent, and multiplayer is a blast if you have friends to play with. The only other game in the series available on a handheld from Sony is Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, released on the PlayStation Vita.

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The Absolute Best PlayStation Portable First Person Shooters of All Time FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Can you play Fortnite on a PSP?

While you can port and play many games on these systems, the PSP isn’t powerful enough to handle Fortnite.

Are new PlayStation Portable systems and games still available?

Yes, you can find old stock of PSP games that are brand new and undamaged through Amazon and other retailers.

Can you still play PSP games with multiplayer features?

With Ad Hock and software like XLink Kai, you can still enjoy the multiplayer features of many PSP first-person shooters.

When did they stop making PSP games?

Developers stopped around 2014 when Sony discontinued production on the PlayStation Portable.

Is the PlayStation Vita better than the PlayStation Portable?

Yes, as the Vita has a touchscreen display, better hardware, and almost as many games as you’ll find on the PSP but with newer titles.

Can you watch YouTube on the PSP?

There is no app, but you can load and download YouTube videos from the web browser on the PlayStation Portable.

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