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PS Fanboy Best of 2007: Best Graphics

Stay tuned all this week as we reveal the our nominees for the very best games of 2007. Winners will be declared on December 27th.

PSP finally blossomed as a system, as developers were able to unlock its full 333MHz processing power. With it, we've seen games that match, and sometimes exceed, most PS2 games. Amazing what our tiny portable system can do now, isn't it?

And the nominees for PSP Fanboy - Best Graphics of 2007 are:

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
High Impact Studios | Sony Computer Entertainment

Size Matters does very little to compromise the graphical flair found in previous Ratchet & Clank games. Just a gander at one of the intense space missions in the game will show the incredible power of the game engine. Particles upon particles are thrown at the screen, making these sequences easily one of the most graphically intense experiences you can find on PSP.

SOCOM Tactical Strike
Slant Six | Sony Computer Entertainment

There are times where SOCOM Tactical Strike forgets its a handheld game. Slant Six has crafted a powerful engine that has can render lush jungles, realistic cityscapes, and complex lighting with a silky smooth framerate. Large levels are miles-long, and the engine is somehow able to squeeze them all into the PSP. We don't know how they did it, but Tactical Strike is a sight to be behold.

Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow
Sony Bend | Sony Computer Entertainment

Sony Bend somehow managed to churn out a game even more stunning than its predecessor, Dark Mirror. Interactive water simply outdoes anything ever done on the system, and an advanced particles engine creates some truly stunning smoke, fog and steam effects. With a terrific real-time lighting model, Syphon Filter does things that many PS2 games only dream of.

Stay tuned to PSP Fanboy on December 27th for the winners. Best of 2007 image based off of work from Studio469.

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12-17-2007 @ 11:09AM

Tanya said...

What no love for Silent Hill: Origins? :(


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12-17-2007 @ 11:45AM

pixelator said...

I agree - Silent Hill was them most visually atmospheric game I've seen yet for PSP.

Andrew - my email to you bounced, did you get it?

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12-17-2007 @ 11:21AM

Delink said...

wtf, where is final fantasy crisis core... best grafics ever on psp!!! O.o


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Andrew Yoon4

12-17-2007 @ 11:27AM

Andrew Yoon said...

We're only including games that were released in the US this year. Crisis Core will have to wait until next year. (And it'll have to fight against God of War!)

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12-17-2007 @ 4:32PM

Hashbrown_Hunter said...

The Battle of the Ages

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12-17-2007 @ 12:08PM

PostedOval said...

I own and beat all 3 of these games (and Silent Hill while we're at it)... but I would have to go with SOCOM for graphics. I was constantly amazed at the quality. Simply incredible on a handheld.


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12-17-2007 @ 12:10PM

Alien said...

Pretty good list IMo Burnout Dominator and SH : O should be included to ...

Anyways , I agree with Andrew , next year we will see a real battle of the graphics gods ... now if only GT Mobile , Dissidia and Kingdom Hearts would be released , than maybe we would see the best visual lineup of the entire PSPs generation :D


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12-17-2007 @ 12:17PM

Andy said...

Brave Story has amazing graphics on the PSP as well. I own both it and Ratchet & Clank, and I'd have to say that they are both on par with one another. Several of my DS-toting friends have seen me playing Brave Story and were blown away by how good portable game graphics can be.


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12-17-2007 @ 12:33PM

Tristan said...

You go Ratchet and Clank, you go!


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12-17-2007 @ 1:20PM

Brian said...

Syphon Filter Logan's Shadow FTW amazing graphics for a PSP game, both gameplay and cut scenes.


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Michael K.11

12-17-2007 @ 2:50PM

Michael K. said...

I'd say ratchet & clank


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12-17-2007 @ 3:15PM

Darth_Maul said...

Ratchet and Clank, best game for PSP, until GOW.


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12-17-2007 @ 3:51PM

EDW said...

having not played Syphon Filter, the best looking game on that list is definately Ratchet and Clank to me.


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12-17-2007 @ 4:32PM

Sean said...

No love for Brave Story? :(
In my opinnion, it was easily the best.


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12-17-2007 @ 5:20PM

cafecito said...

I can't get why Silent Hill Origins isn't there. What about Manhunt 2? Censorship aside, the environments and everything else are beautiful.


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12-17-2007 @ 10:10PM

Jonathan said...



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12-18-2007 @ 2:26AM

imxiaozhu said...

If there's a nomination list, I'll also include the following:

Monster Hunter 2 (great improvement upon the 1st, but seems not getting much western love),

Tomb Raider Ann (large scene, great natural view, yet sometimes got unsteady frame rate problem),

Sillent Hill Origin (dynamic lighting effect, great mist system, intensively delivers horror atmosphere),

Gundam Battle Chronicle (great models of hundreds of different Gundams, more for collectors).


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12-18-2007 @ 2:35PM

Brandon said...

Bounty Hounds was a beautiful game. Terrible, but beautiful.

Not sure if it was released this year or last though.


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12-18-2007 @ 4:02PM

merc25 said...

it was released last year

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