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« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2008, 07:59:30 PM »

PSP has Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles.  That alone makes it better than the DS and every other handheld which will ever be created. \m/
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« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2008, 10:36:48 PM »

I've had both a DS and a PSP for a long time now, and I have a big old stack of games for each of them.  Like you, I only want it for playing games (although I have used it from time to time for movies & music).

I like RPGs but haven't played some of the old classics (like FFT and Disgaea), so some of the remakes/ports have been great for me.  I also really enjoy action-oriented RPGs like X-Men Legends and Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and I like playing those on my PSP.  Stuff like that, when they release a PSP version and a DS version, the PSP version tends to be pretty similar to the consoles (just not as pretty), with some really nice exclusives.  The DS, on the other hand, tends to get really crappy versions that aren't anything like the home consoles.

I also like non RPGs, and have played some really great (and exclusive) games on the PSP like Syphon Filter (the first one - second one's next on my list to buy).  I loved Pursuit Force too, even though it had its problems.  PSP's also getting God of War in March, and that's gonna be a whole bucket full of awesome.

I'm not knocking the DS here by any means - just saying there is some really great stuff to be had on the PSP.  If you're buying new, I'd definitely go with the Daxter pack - it's a pretty decent game, and you also get the memory stick, a disk of Family Guy episodes, and the silver one doesn't show fingerprints like the black one does.  Having TV out makes the UMD movies much more worth bothering with, too.
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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2008, 10:39:55 PM »

As much as I enjoy a bunch of the games (TotW, AE:GoS, Disgaea, FFT), I've stopped taking my PSP to work because it's too damn fragile and I hate the load times.

Do any of you have a Slim? The impression I've gotten is that it's a significant improvement in both of those respects.
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« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2008, 10:21:44 AM »

I have the slim in piano black.

As my boy Tooker says, it's a fingerprint machine, but I love it.

As far as load times, I haven't even noticed them, meaning that their cache addition has made a big difference. Outside of mediocre audio from the system, it is really a powerful and slick machine.

I wouldn't trade it in for anything,

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« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2008, 12:49:04 PM »

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I've stopped taking my PSP to work because it's too damn fragile and I hate the load times.

Do any of you have a Slim? The impression I've gotten is that it's a significant improvement in both of those respects.


Gotta agree with JP on the load times.  There seems to be a noticeable improvement in the slim.  On fragility?  I couldn't really say.  I have dropped my slim and it still works fine, but the way the door works now means it's a little more prone to the disk coming out if you do drop it.  If you're really worried about that, I'd just recommend a wrist strap - problem solved.


I forgot to mention other good upcoming stuff - soon you'll be able to use your PSP to make Skype calls, and a camera and GPS are reportedly on their way to the US this year.
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« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2008, 02:43:12 PM »

One of the biggest complaints about PoPoLoCrois on PSP was the loading and I didn't think the load times were that bad; I play a PSP slim (got the Daxter bundle.)  

One thing I really like about the PSP is the large and well-lit screen.  Definitely the easiest-on-the-eyes handheld to play for longer periods of time and if you have an HDTV you can get the adapter to play on the big screen.  Oh yeah!  

Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles is easily the best value for the system.  And even if the RPG lineup isn't super strong now, it's going to get better.  Both the PSP and the DS are strong in the non-RPG departments.  The PSP has some darn good racing games like Ridge Racer and Burnout Legends.  The DS has some good graphic adventures (i.e. Trace Memory, Phoenix Wright) and rhythm/beat games (i.e. Elite Beat Agents, Ontamarama), though Gitaroo Man Lives! for PSP is awesome, especially if you missed it on the PS2.  And both are great platforms for puzzle games.
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« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2008, 01:05:48 PM »

PSP has a lot of excellent games that sort of fell through the cracks and no one cares about them.

Rengoku 2 is an excellent action/RPG and probably my favorite game on the system. Warhammer 40K Squad Command is a fun, well-designed squad-based strategy game (although there is a DS port of this as well). I enjoyed Alien Syndrome too (lots of people seem to utterly hate it though). Hell, I even likedValhalla Knights a little bit. Plus, all the compilations of classic games keep me interested.

I'm not all that interested in most of the high profile releases for the system actually. I could not care less about Silent Hill or the upcoming God of War but there are some fine niche games to be played.
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« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2008, 07:52:22 PM »

I think the consensus is that you're bound to find something you like if you pick up a PSP.

Look through reviews on here and other sites like gamerankings to get an idea of what titles are out there which might interest you.

I picked up the Power Stone collection a couple of weeks ago and I've barely stopped playing it.
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« Reply #23 on: January 21, 2008, 12:26:40 AM »

I think I'm going to pick one up myself. I really dig the red one, but $300 for an import seems kind of absurd, especially since I can get US versions that have more for much cheaper.
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« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2008, 07:37:43 AM »

Why import a PSP?  As far as I'm aware, the PSP doesn't have regional lockout to restrict the play of imports.
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« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2008, 10:17:08 AM »

Import PSPs are available in various colors, like the aforementioned red, which are not available domestically.
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« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2008, 11:09:46 AM »

Which then begs the question, is a designer color worth the extra hundred bucks in import fees?  For some people it is, for me it isn't since there's no regional lockout on the PSP hardware for games.  But I believe US PSPs have regional lockout for UMD EDIT: movies so you can't play a Japanese UMD EDIT: movie on a US PSP.  So I guess if someone is an avid watcher of Japanese movies on UMD, then the extra money spent on an import PSP may be worth it.
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« Reply #27 on: January 21, 2008, 01:32:52 PM »

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Which then begs the question, is a designer color worth the extra hundred bucks in import fees?  For some people it is, for me it isn't since there's no regional lockout on the PSP hardware for games.  But I believe US PSPs have regional lockout for UMDs so you can't play a Japanese UMD on a US PSP.  So I guess if someone is an avid watcher of Japanese movies on UMD, then the extra money spent on an import PSP may be worth it.


Are you you talking about games or movies?

I have a Japanese PSP (phat) and it plays either region just fine. (Games)
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« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2008, 02:12:50 PM »

Sorry for the inarticulateness of my post.  I was talking about movies.  Yeah, PSPs don't have hardware region lock for games, but they do have hardware region lock for movies.  In other words, you can't watch a Japanese porno flick on a US PSP.  

Regardless, there are definitely more reasons nowadays to grab a PSP than to avoid one.
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« Reply #29 on: January 21, 2008, 02:40:20 PM »

Yeah, I'm a bit of an aesthetics whore. Mint Green is also looking pretty good. I'm going to wait until Patapon comes out here to buy one, so maybe Sony'll release new colors here by then.
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