PlayStation Portable is the first portable console from Sony that was released in 2005 and counted as the 7th generation gaming platform. Despite of its small size, this console is able to deliver a great gaming experience, including the availability of many decent games under the label of visual novel. So for visual novel lover, here are the top 7 PlayStation Portable visual novel games worth playing.
Clannad is a Japanese visual novel developed by Key and released in 2004 for PC. While both of Key’s previous creations, Kanon and Air, had been released first as adult games (later been censored for younger market), Clannad was released for a rating for all ages. The game was later ported to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.
The story follows the life of Tomoya Okazaki, an average high school student who meets many people in his last year at school, including five girls, and helps resolves their individual problems. The gameplay follows a branching plot line which offers pre-determined scenarios with courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the five female main characters by the player character.
6. Remember 11: The Age of Infinity
Remember 11: The Age of Infinity is another visual novel game developed by KID which was originally released in 2004 for PlayStation 2. Sometime later this game was ported to PC, PlayStation Portable, Android, and iOS. This game is the third entry in the Infinity series, with Never 7: The End of Infinity and Ever 17: The Out of Infinity as the first and second prequels.
The game follows Cocoro Fuyukawa and Satoru Yukidoh who frequently experience a phenomenon that makes their minds switch place with each other, putting them in the other person’s body. Cocoro is stuck in a blizzard in an emergency cabin on a mountain together with three other people, while Satoru is in an institute for the treatment of the ill mentally criminals, having lost his memory.
5. Ever 17: The Out of Infinity
Ever 17: The Out of Infinity is a visual novel game developed by KID. It is the second entry in the Infinity series with Never 7: The End of Infinity as the beginning of the series. The game was originally released in Japan on August 2002 for PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast, then later ported to PC, PlayStation Portable, Android, and iOS.
The game follows Takeshi Kuranari and a boy with amnesia who is referred to as “the Kid” who are trapped inside an underwater theme park together with the group of other people. After a leak has flooded parts of the park, they cannot make contact with people on the surface. Due to high water pressure, the park is estimated to implode after 119 hours.
4. Corpse Party
Corpse Party is a survival horror and adventure, doujin soft game created by Makoto Kedoin and developed by Team GrisGris. The first game in the series was developed using the RPG Maker software and released in 1996. Later on, the two remakes were created with the title of Corpse Party Blood Covered for PC and Corpse Party Blood Covered: Repeated Fear for PlayStation Portable.
The story takes place in a school called Kisaragi Academy where there is a closed school in the campus called Heavenly Host in which a series of murders took place some years ago. One day, the students of Kisaragi Academy perform a ritual which transforms them into an alternate reality into the Heavenly Host school, and now they are haunted by the ghosts there. Our job is to navigate and survive.
3. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a visual novel adventure game developed and published by Spike as the first game in the Danganronpa series. The game was originally released in Japan for the PlayStation Portable in November 2010 and was later ported to Android and iOS in 2012. A sequel, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair was released in 2012 and a compilation of both games was released for PlayStation Vita in 2013.
Danganronpa takes place at an elite high school named Hope’s Peak Academy which accepts talented “Ultimate” students of the highest caliber in various fields each year. Makoto Naegi, a fairly optimistic but otherwise average student is chosen to enroll into the academy as the “Ultimate Lucky Student”. However, when he arrives at the academy he lose consciousness and end up in a kill-to-live situation with the other students.
2. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is a visual novel adventure game developed by Spike Chunsoft. It is the second game in the Danganronpa franchise following 2010’s Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. It was first released in Japan for PlayStation Portable in 2012, with a port released for PlayStation Vita in 2013. A bundle containing the first Danganronpa called Danganronpa 1-2 Reload was released for PlayStation 4 in 2017.
The story follows a group of high school students who are trapped on a tropical island by their high schools’ headmaster Monokuma, a sentient stuffed bear, along with his relative Monomi, a sentient stuffed rabbit. Similar to the first game, students are told to kill one of their peers and not be caught in the subsequent investigation and trial in order to leave the island.
Steins;Gate is a visual novel game developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus. Released in 2009, it became the second game in the Science Adventure series (the first was entitled Chaos;Head). This game was actually released for Xbox, but later it was ported to almost all platforms including smartphone. In 2015, PQube released the North America/Europe version for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
The story revolves around the life of a self-proclaimed mad scientist called Rintaro Okabe. He is the founder of Future Gadget Laboratory in Akihabara, where he spends most of his time. What is unique about this game is the use of time travel theme, which we usually found only in movies. This game shows good character development of the protagonists, along with the unexpected plot twists.
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Being the predecessor of PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable visual novel seems to be worth playing still even today. Personally, I think those games are pretty decent to be played even now. And let me choose Corpse Party as my favorite, for its unique theme. But basically all those games above are really worth playing, and must-play especially if you consider yourself as a visual novel games lover.
Which one is your favorite PlayStation Portable visual novel game? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.