PS Plus is getting two more inferior PSP games for August 2023

Two new PSP games coming to PS Plus in August 2023 will offer subscribers on PS5 and PS4 lesser versions of games already available via PS Plus Premium.

PS Plus is getting two more inferior PSP games for August 2023
Lee Brady

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Collecting Ape Escape trophies on PS5 and PS4 is still one of the best experiences you can have with a PS Plus subscription — that's why the game remains so high on our best PS1 classics on PS Plus Premium list. Pretty soon subscribers will also be able to play the game's remake, On The Loose, as one of the three new PSP games coming to PS Plus in August 2023 — though why anyone would want to play a worse version of the game is beyond us.

Ape Escape and MediEvil get weak PS Plus entries this month

The three PSP games arriving alongside the new PS Plus Extra and Premium games for August 2023 are Ape Escape On The Loose, MediEvil Resurrection, and Pursuit Force Extreme Justice. That last entry is the underappreciated sequel to PS Plus Premium highlight Pursuit Force — the other two are PSP remakes of two extremely well-known classic PS1 games.
MediEvil Resurrection and Ape Escape On The Loose both gained some slightly crisper graphics in their jump from PS1 to PSP, but both games also suffered critically on the handheld thanks to one common problem: the PSP's lack of a right analog stick. This was just about bearable with MediEvil Resurrection thanks to the original game's support for analog-stick-free PS1 controllers. The same cannot be said while playing Ape Escape On The Loose — a stripped-back port of a PS1 game whose charm and identity largely stem from its goofy, gimmicky use of both analog sticks.

Bringing either game to PS Plus Premium would have already been a strange choice, particularly since Ape Escape On The Loose already has its superior PS1 version of the service. However, that choice is made even stranger by the fact that MediEvil also has a superior version on PS Plus Extra: the glossy PS4 remake with those perfectly enjoyable MediEvil trophies.
Stranger still is how this continues to form a pattern of Sony bringing strange, inferior PSP ports to PS Plus. For example, Super Stardust Portable has both a bigger PS3 version, Super Stardust HD, and an accessible PS4 version, Super Stardust Ultra, yet the version brought to PS Plus Premium is the PSP original. There's also Syphon Filter Dark Mirror and Syphon Filter Logan's Shadow, two games that received upgraded PS2 versions after launching on PSP, yet on PS Plus we're stuck with the original handheld editions.

There was also that PS Plus Star Wars Battlefront II leak at the end of 2022 that suggests Sony was gearing up to release the massively inferior PSP version of that PS2 classic title on PS Plus Premium. What became of that port has still yet to be revealed, though if one thing gives this rumor credibility, it's the fact that it lines up perfectly with Sony's obsession with inferior PSP ports.
If there's one redeeming factor of this strange behavior on Sony's part, it's that we keep getting new PSP and PS1 trophies for all the first-party games, meaning we're almost certain to see all three PSP games get platinum trophies later this month. Still, we're not the only ones who find this inferior PSP port obsession odd, right? Let us know your take in the comments below.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Marvel's Spider-Man 2), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium, recent Sony news), and his secret third eye on the junk he really likes (Sonic Superstars, Final Fantasy XVI). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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