A PSP remembered

Posted by SepticShock (42 posts) -

Listening to last weeks Bombcast, the guys spent some time talking about observing PSP's in the wild. The conversation prompted me to go looking for my PSP, mostly because I wanted to see what game/UMD I had last played. I had moved twice since I had last powered up my PSP, so finding it and its AC adapter was no easy task. I finally located my old PSP and, with great excitement, opened the UMD slot. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo is what stared back at me from the back to my dusty PSP. This is extremely fitting, I thought to myself as I closed the PSP, placed it back in the box in my closet and shut the door.

#1 Posted by SepticShock (42 posts) -

Listening to last weeks Bombcast, the guys spent some time talking about observing PSP's in the wild. The conversation prompted me to go looking for my PSP, mostly because I wanted to see what game/UMD I had last played. I had moved twice since I had last powered up my PSP, so finding it and its AC adapter was no easy task. I finally located my old PSP and, with great excitement, opened the UMD slot. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo is what stared back at me from the back to my dusty PSP. This is extremely fitting, I thought to myself as I closed the PSP, placed it back in the box in my closet and shut the door.

#2 Posted by N7 (3588 posts) -

I just bought Valkyria Chronicles II for mine. You can buy either the full game right now on the Playstation Store for $40, or you can buy the full game and all of the DLC for $22.
 
Such a great game. <3

#3 Posted by mosespippy (4169 posts) -

@N7: If you liked Valkyria Chronicles 2 you should look into importing VC3 since the english version was canceled. I'm playing it now and it's basically the same gameplay with better characters and twice as many maps (most of the VC2 maps plus an equal amount of new maps). I can't tell exactly what's going on but it runs parallel with the events of Valkyria Chronicles 1 so there is some familiarity.

After I finish that I'm thinking of replaying Crisis Core or getting Persona 2. PSP is quite the RPG machine. I think it's a shame some people don't get much use out of their PSPs.

#4 Edited by N7 (3588 posts) -
@mosespippy: You have no idea how sad I was to hear it wasn't coming out over seas. I guess that's just how it is for obscure Japanese RPGs. I actually Gamefly'd VC2 when it came out, got like 30 hours into it and was NOWHERE being close to even hitting the half-way middle point, so it seems like a really long game.
 
I wish I could import it, but I got no monies. And I still have to beat VC2.
 
EDIT: And yeah, the PSP really is a great machine. It gets shit on a lot, but there are sooooo many great games for it.
#5 Posted by Lavapotamus (199 posts) -

Pretty much every single year since the PSP, I would get an illogical urge to run out and buy one. My DS has and seemingly always will treat me well, but the occasional PSP gem was always far more tempting than they really should have been. I felt better once PSP to PS2 ports began and I imagine I'll be able to play the best PSP games on the Vita via download or the PSN, but I'm not sure on that (don't have a PS3). The only person I know that has a PSP has been using it as an MP3 player for the last year and a half, though. :( What a waste.

#6 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@mosespippy: @N7: Hey guys! thanks for reminding me of how disappointed I was in VC2! : (

#7 Posted by N7 (3588 posts) -
@Cloudenvy: Daw :(
 
No spoilers, but how could you have been disappointed with it? From what I see, it's a greatly improved Valkyria Chronicles game.
#8 Edited by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@N7 said:

@Cloudenvy: Daw :( No spoilers, but how could you have been disappointed with it? From what I see, it's a greatly improved Valkyria Chronicles game.

I just didn't like any of the characters at all, it feels much more generic highschool-y than the previous one to me.

You're right though, gameplay wise it's totally competent.

#9 Posted by N7 (3588 posts) -
@Cloudenvy: Oh yeah. I totally see what you're saying now. Yeah, I get that. I was too caught up in the hype to be bothered by it. But now that you mention it, it is way more Highschool-y than the first. Waaay more. These kids KILL people. They shouldn't be in Highschool!
#10 Posted by SepticShock (42 posts) -

@Lavapotamus: The only reason I would turn my on again would be to play Final Fantasy Tactics, I always loved having a portable way to play this game. I found the PSP's online to be very disappointing. It is a shame, I really wanted to like my PSP, it just never stuck with me. I ended up just using it to watch UMD's(Which I bought on the cheap) during business flights. It became obsolete when I bought my first laptop.

#11 Posted by mosespippy (4169 posts) -

@N7: Yeah it's pretty long with a lot of great end game content. I fumbled through the Japanese version for about 300 hours and played the English version for 200 hours. I'm on the last chapter of VC3 at about 50 hours in.

@Cloudenvy said:

I just didn't like any of the characters at all, it feels much more generic highschool-y than the previous one to me.

Playing it in Japanese first and only being able to judge the game based on it's mechanics made me like it more than when I played it in English. I had no idea how bad the writing was. My understanding is that the devs heard the complaints and tried to be more like the first game for VC3.

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