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Top 10 PSP Graphics 2014: Intro
#10: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 (2010)
#09: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010)
#08: Daxter (2006)
#07: Burnout Dominator (2007)
#06: MotorStorm: Artic Edge (2009)
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This is part 1 of 2 of "My Top 10 Best of PSP Graphics" videos. All of the generation one PSP games shown here were run with 5x graphic and 4x texture up-scaling, and Full Screen Anti-Aliasing on PPSSPP, the Sony PSP emulator, on my PC. The video is not a game-play skill demo; it's more of a technical video showing what I view to be the 10 PSP games which look the best when played in Full HD. This is not my top 10 PSP games list, it's purely visual.
The original resolution of the PSP was only 480x272, with some games rendered lower than that. Also, depending on the PSP model, the PSP 3000 for example, video can be interlaced vs progressive, which made many games look very grainy. Playing these games again on the PlayStation Vita, PPSSPP, or in the case of the PS3 "God of War: HD Collection" and PS3 "Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD" versions is, in most cases, the nicest way to see these games at their very best.
If there is a series, such as Tekken or Burnout, I picked the version which looked the best to me. I played Final Fantasy Crisis Core, Kingdom Hearts, Soul Calibur Broken Destiny, the entire PSP Need for Speed collection, Resistance Retribution and many others, and in most cases, when viewed objectively, the final games I chose held up the best overall to me. For example, in my upcoming Part 2 video, I choose Square Enix's "The 3rd Birthday" over "Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII", because it has not only more impressive character models and lighting, but also more consistently detailed backgrounds overall.
To avoid compromising any of my choices, when picking MotorStorm Arctic Edge, I found that as of now, on the latest PPSSPP builds, there are currently allot of speed issues, as well as a lack of in game sound effects once you get past all of the selection menus. I actually customized the PPSSPP source code just to get the sound and speed working properly enough to include it in my list. There is a PS2 version which runs in Full HD on PCSX2, the PlayStation 2 emulator, however even though it was a direct PSP port, it featured better lighting, added reflections and textures. As a result, it wouldn't have accurately portrayed what the PSP version looked like. Despite all of the PS2's visual additions though, the PSP had more bright and colorful stages and the game itself had more actual features like PSN friends list, etc.
Lastly, all of the games are playable via an X-Box 360 or an X-Box One pad. I legally own, and have backed up all of the games to my PC. Royalty free YouTube music was used for any games with licensed soundtracks.
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