Entries Tagged as 'Sony PSP'

Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles

I gotta say. This is a blast from the past. Definitely. When it comes to vampire hunter side scrollers, Castlevania has always taken the cake.
This particular version is a port of Castlevanie: Rondo of Blood, and Symphony of Night but done up in a better graphics and the original soundtrack for Rondo of Blood was rearranged and remastered.
Interesting tidbit of trivia. What’s interesting is that the reason why the US never saw Rondo of Blood? The original version was released for PC Engine. Those in the United States would have known this console as Turbografx16. In fact, there have been many series that have debuted on this including Ys, but I digress.
Outside of the usual game play, it definitely is a blast of nostalgia on a smaller screen. Due to the resolution, it looks fabulous and will suck you right into the Castlevania world if you’ve never played it before. Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles definitely goes on the books as one of those collector’s items that you must have when it comes to PSP games.

Going with the flOw

flOw.png This game started out as a Flash game but has gone from that to the PSP. You’re basically control an underwater organism where you can evolve the organism and in a world where the bigger fishy eats the little fishy.
The environment is very soothing and the entire game is an endless wonderland where you get sucked into the depths. On top of that, you can actually participate in adhoc games where you can take on your friends. It’s about ninety megs for the download and only costs $7.99USD from the Playstation Store so what are you waiting for?
All in all? I’m very happy that Sony is pushing these types of downloadable games. They’re fun, exciting, and they’re worth getting just to have a little something to pass the time with when you don’t feel like running your battery down with an UMD. Hope to see more of this unique type of downloadable games in the future.

SyncTunes

synctunes.jpg SyncTunes did something for me that a lot of other freeware for MacOSX could not. It can sync your iTunes to all sorts of devices, but for me, it was mainly my PSP. Why did I need my iTunes on my PSP? Beats. Yes, that lovely game needed more songs to play.
SyncTunes itself is actually in a pretty GUI and pretty easy to use. There are a couple things that I would have done differently. For instance, as far as I can tell you can’t designate where the music is synchronized. There are predetermined places, but you can’t customize a preference that I can tell. Also, there are AAC volumes currently that do not play for Beats, but do play on the PSP as music. The conversion from AAC to mp3 doesn’t quite work for newer volumes unfortunately. It’s also not very clear with keeping tracks on your device (Use Merge to keep, and Replace to change out all the music in that directory).
All in all, this version of SyncTunes is totally worthwhile mainly because it’s one of the few freeware for synchronizing music and still has a decently easy GUI to work with. Definitely worth looking at if you’re in need of some music love from your Mac.

Beats

beats.png I’m proud of Sony. Finally. You can’t tell how long I’ve waited for them to do something actually decent for once.
Beats is it. This is a rhythm game similar to the style of Dance Dance Revolution, or a very very similar homebrew game that those in the PSP scene would know about. The included music and graphics is very similar to the type of plasma graphics that you would have seen in the likes of Lumines and such as background. The music is actually pretty upbeat and very intriguing.
But for a five dollar rhythm game, that’s not why it’s so great. Let me tell you why. You can take music you already have on your PSP and create your own custom type rhythm games. You can create your own jam sessions and share them with an online community. For five dollars, there is actually an infinite number of possibilities for game play. And that makes it absolutely fascinating and wonderful.
You can even play ad-hoc cooperatively or competitively with up to four players. Worth every single penny and more. The question is…. will Sony be releasing more games like this? If so, then they might be back on track finally to take on the system lords of console online gaming community, Microsoft.

Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Plus

I pre-ordered me a copy of Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Plus a while back. And in remembering how much I played Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops when it came out, I was extremely excited.
What’s great is that this expansion only costs twenty bucks, but yet provides a whole new level of play from the game itself. You get new characters such as Old Snake from MGS4, and a whole slew of new abilities. Each of the missions are on the old maps that you’ve played and goes from Easy to Extreme. The more experience you gain for your guys, the better off they are. Obviously.
I’m still in the process of trying to acquire as many people as possible and have my head sunk in this one since it was shipped to me. Definitely worth the money. The only regret? Wish there were a couple new maps, or single player storyline type missions. But you can’t have it all eh? Definitely worth the money, and if your special someone is looking for this game for the holidays, I would definitely recommend it.

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror stars Gabe Logan, a guy that’s always decked out in full body armor, whom works for The Agency. Basically, it’s a game of espionage where you go in and fight with “over-the-shoulder” type combat.
I will say that having played the game over a weekend, it’s pretty dang amazing. Most games such as these, even the best ones, are pretty short. Something about fighting games where game developers don’t like to spend time on having a pretty good plot and a really long storyline. But those that do it well, like Konami’s Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops, make record sales.
Well, I can say that Syphon Filter really does well here. The storyline is actually fairly long and the scenarios are not the same ole’ scene, over and over. That makes it pretty interesting. They even do a switch-up and have you play as Lian, Gabe’s partner in The Agency for a few missions. That’s really changing it up.
While the graphics are not as well done as MGS:PO, you lose sight of that with all of the combat scenarios. There are enough different types of weapons to not be bored, and one of the more interesting things is to search for new weapons or even try your hand at hand-to-hand combat.
This game might be an older game, especially with Logan’s Shadow on its way out, but it’s not bad to pick this one up at your local game store if you don’t have it already.

SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals Fireteam Bravo

SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals Fireteam Bravo is definitely worthwhile from a graphics perspective and game play to be in the Greatest Hits series for the Sony PSP.
The load times were fairly reasonable and the controls are pretty easy to get used to after a little bit of play. Graphics wise, it definitely is one of the better ones for the over-the-shoulder type FPS games.
Game play: I found the campaign mode a little bit lacking. From a single user mode perspective, this game was great … and then it was done. The missions were pretty short compared to other games I’ve played and it didn’t really give me any reason to start another campaign or make me want to play them again to gain more characters, weapons, or anything else. Just beat it and it’s over and … what’s next.
Multiplayer: I really haven’t had a want to play it on multiplayer. The nice thing about these games is the fact that they are infrastructure capable. I can’t tell you the amount of times that I thought ad-hoc networking is pretty worthless. I mean, seriously… when was the last time you had more than “1” other player in the same room with a PSP? And if you do, why aren’t you playing some more next generation consoles? Ad-hoc = bleh. So infrastructure does pay off when you’re sitting in the airport, bored out of your mind after getting through security.
Overall: The game itself is worth the couple of dollars to throw into your PSP collection. If you’re looking for some infrastructure play, then it’s worth the money right there. But there are better multiplayer games out there (I’m STILL playing Killzone: Liberation) and if you’re not that into FPS type games then I mind hold off on this one due to the short missions and quick completion rate.

Free music from God of War: Chains of Olympus

godofwar-chainsofolympus.jpg There’s something great about promotions where you can download free stuff. Sony is doing a promotion for God of War: Chains of Olympus for the PSP and they happen to be releasing one of the songs for download.
For free.
Awesome. So get in there and grab Battle of Attica and immerse yourself in some great fight music while you anticipate the release of the next brilliant action game for the PSP.

Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core 10th Anniversary Limited Edition

The Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core 10th Anniversary Limited Edition [affiliate] will be released on September 13th, 2007. This Japanese PSP-Lite limited edition bundle will come with Crisis Core, and a Buster sword strap.
Crucial for any Final Fantasy collector, this system will work with any PSP game (due to the PSP not having a region coding). Limited to only 77,777 units for production, these will go fast. What you get is the new limited edition silver PSP-2000 model with more RAM, slimmer design, video out port, and custom design job with FFVII logo on the back and unique serial number. Also included is the 10th anniversary Crisis Core game and a strap that looks like the famed Buster Sword that both Cloud and Zack wielded.
You can pre-order now and put yourself on the list for one of these limited beauties.

Homebrew team releases PSP unbricker

pandora1.jpg The Noobz team has done it again, this time releasing an unbricker for all PSP systems (to their knowledge). It does do some funky stuff with your battery so make sure you use a spare since you won’t be able to use it again. The nice thing about this is that you could have a chance of resurrecting that brick of a PSP back from the dead.
So if you haven’t already, go get yourself a copy of Pandora’s Battery, and see if you can’t bring some of your lonely PSP’s brothers back from the grave. As always with homebrew, read the instructions very carefully. They’re not to be trifled with. Not that you could possibly screw a brick up anymore than it already is.
Oh, and in case there’s any concern over whole actually gains credit for it, Noobz has also published a list of the respective C+D names with the more publicly known names of the homebrew developers. It’s interesting to note that you can see some names that are fairly familiar in the homebrew world and very established. Should be interesting to see what Sony does to get around this, or if it’s even possible to do so seeing that this battery/memory stick combination seems to be pretty bulletproof for installing the 1.50 firmware.
Via PSPFanboy