Persona 3 is set to hit the PSP!
Okay, so yesterday I did a write-up on the upcoming release (or should I say re-release) of Revelations: Persona, now for the PSP. Now I've stumbled across a little bit of news that, while old, may still excite. Apparently, Atlus is bringing Persona 3 to the PSP. There's not much in the way of details available at this time, although an apparent Japanese release date of November 1 does seem to be floating around. A Famitsu scan also suggests that there may be a new, female character thrown into the mix. Furthermore, it seems that you'll now be able to manually control your entire party.
So we've got Revelations: Persona: check. We've got Persona 3: check. Now where the bloody hell is Persona 2? It seems that somewhere in the mist, the second installment in the Persona series has been forgotten. It's a sad, sad shame, but here's to hoping that someday we can play all four games in the Persona series on our loved portable.
By: jalexbrown Sep 27, 2009 | 2 Comments
I started Star Ocean: First Departure for the PSP. Read my initial impressions.
I've got to admit...as much of an RPG afficiando as I think of myself as, I've never dived very deep into the Star Ocean series. I've purchased The Second Story, A Time to Remember, and The Last Hope along with First Departure, but I've never played any of them before. Given that I was sitting around bored at 1:00 in the morning, and I'd just pulled my PSP out of the tote bag it's been in for the last four months, I decided it would be a good time to give First Departure a try.
The first thing I noticed were the anime scenes. These scenes are gorgeous! The colors are vibrant and crisp on the PSP's screen, and it really has a high-quality feel all around. These anime sequences feature great voice acting, which is something that's always hit-or-miss as far as anime is concerned. Furthermore, it would have been easy for the developers to take every opportunity to throw in these anime sequences, but instead the developers use them sparingly and only at key points throughout. This makes these scenes all the more rewarding when you get to one of them.
The story, from the hour and a half that I've been playing the game, is a compelling one. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I've basically spent the first hour and a half getting familiar with the characters and starting on a journey which I sure is going to be an epic one. RPG fans will understand the importance of a great, gripping story, and so far as I can tell, First Departure doesn't disappoint.
The combat system will be a bit awkward at first to players - such as myself - who are accustomed to Final Fantasy style combat. This time around it occurs in real-time, giving the player control of one character at a time, moving around and attacking with magic and weapons in a system similar to the Tales games. You are given free reign to switch between the characters at your whim, and while you're controlling one character, the other two act based on preset tactics that you can assign and change any time you're out of combat. This combat system is much more involved than a Final Fantasy, turn-based system, which can be a thrill or a burden. This type of combat doesn't allow the player time to set down the PSP for even a moment; you've got to be constantly in control, because otherwise enemies will just attack you while you're standing still.
The presentation in First Departure is phenominal. The visuals are a nice nod to the old-school origins of the game; this isn't fancy, fully 3D like Crisis Core. This is a crisp, nicely rendered 2D with an isometic camera. The audio is equally impressive, really capturing the mood of what's going on at any given time. The only problem I had with the game is that a few of the cut-scenes ran on a little longer than I'd like them to given that the game is for a portable system, but it's a minor setback.
First Departure so far seems to be a great PSP game, one that is inviting and friendly, cutesy and yet serious. The emotional undertones contained in just the first hour and a half are a testiment to how well crafted the story is. Overall, if you're a fan of RPGs, you could do a whole lot worse than to give Star Ocean: First Departure a try.
By: iorilamia May 30, 2011 | 3 Comments
As you may know Sony announced they were going to put some PSP tittles on PS3, with some improvements including HD graphics. The first announced was Monster Hunter, take a peek at its PS3 look.
In Rei's Story http://gouki.com/Story/Details/remixed-psp-to-ps3-titles-are-coming we got news of Sony remixing PSP only titles to PS3, with updated graphics and other improvements. With the hype around Monster Hunter 3rd being announced as one of those tittles, we get a video of some Japanese celebrities freaking out over the PS3 port. Unfortunately half of this 45 minute video is talking, but the gameplay looks awesome. Enjoy~
(To skip all the talking, skip to 19:00 for character screen and 21:00 for in-game welcomed by a hilarious " WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA")
Uploaded by http://www.youtube.com/user/CapcomChannel
Monster hunter fans who own a PS3, are you excited? Tell us what you think about Portable 3rd on the PS3.
By: blazemanx May 31, 2011 | 9 Comments
Sony has confirmed that PSN services will be restored in full by the end of the week.
Sony has scheduled PSN maintenance for this evening which had raised hopes that the PSN store could be back as early as tomorrow.
PSN services are now expected to be fully back up online in PAL territories by the end of the week according to Sony.
The Welcome Back/Appreciation Program offer of free games will be redeemable via a voucher code when the Store is live, with more details to come.
The full PSN restoration and partial Qriocity restoration will include:
- Full functionality on PlayStation Store
- In-game commerce
- Ability to redeem vouchers and codes
- Full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs
- Full functionality on Media Go
So are you guys excited about the playstation network finally getting back to 100%?
Even though i don't own a ps3 i do own a psp and i'm always happy to get some free stuff.
Let us know what you think and dont be a jimmy!!!!!
By: DragonKiss83 May 11, 2011 | 7 Comments
BlazBlue character set to get dirty?
Noel Vermillion may be getting ready to show some skin.
Mai Shiranui will be there also.
It's a special kind of strategy RPG being brought to Japan by Namco Bandai, for some reason I don't see it making it to the US. If you notice that the game has a panic button you might understand why we won't get it over here.
This is another game adaptation of the anime Queen's Blade. http://fierceanime.com/Story/Details/queens-blade--swords--ta
And here is a video for the game.
By: InfestedOreo Feb 16, 2011 | 5 Comments
Some people lack the urgency or ability to check/reply their emails or their text messages when they want to sell their video games or equipment.
I email/text message/call about 10 people on their Craigslist ads regarding the PSP they want to sell. Some don't include the model #. Is it a 1001? A 2000? A 3000 model? Is it even slim? Does it have a memory card or chargers? What size is the memory? What's the physical/mechanical condition of the system? Did your kid smash it on the ground before you were trying to sell it?
They leave out so many information at times, it requires 2 or 3 follow up emails which spans over a week and they end up dropping the ball somewhere and forget about your email/text message altogether.
Then you find out a week later, after continuous follow up, they say "Sorry dude, it's sold". I'm like WTF man. I been trying to follow up with you and you sell it to some random fucker that says, "I'll buy".
I'm surprised that anyone ever sells anything on craigslist because i get the feeling that 95% of the sellers on there are so lackadaisy that they never really wanted to sell it in the first place. They post it online to see how much it's worth locally and never reply back to you.
Show some damn common courtesy because the guy asking for the price and is WILLING to meet up anytime just MIGHT be looking to play PERSONA and P3P and needs to find a PSP locally.
By: DragonKiss83 Feb 23, 2011 | 10 Comments
Have you ever wanted to battle it out as some of the biggest names in the Square Enix roster?
Final Fantasy has been an icon for many gamers world wide, we have put countless hours into the games, and we still come back for more. Dissidia 012 is a prequel to the previous PSP game, and it will let you fight as your favorite characters.
Need I say more?
Ok how about this.
and I guess this wouldn't hurt..
The game will be here March 22, so what do you need to know?
The roster? Ok. The Original cast, Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy), Firion (FF2), Onion Knight (FF3), Cecil Harvey (FF4), Bartz Klauser (FF5), Terra Branford (FF6), Cloud Strife (FF7), Squall Leonhart (FF8), Zidane Tribal (FF9), Tidus (FF10), Shantotto (FF11), Cosmos (Dissidia), Garland (Final Fantasy), The Emporer (FF2), Cloud of Darkness (FF3), Golbez (FF4), Exdeath (FF5), Kefka Palazzo (FF6), Sephiroth (FF7), Ultimecia (FF8), Kuja (FF9), Jecht (FF10), Gabranth (FF12), Chaos (Final Fantasy). Pretty good right?
But then you add a few new ones, Kain Highwind (FF4), Gilgamesh (FF5), Tifa Lockhart (FF7), Laguna Loire (FF8), Yuna (FF10), Prishe (FF11), Vaan (FF12), Lighning (FF13) and how about add Aerith as a support character if you play the demo.
You get a Fighter an a Single Player Story mode, so it's got plenty to offer.
I wish it was on the PS3, but the PSP will do just fine.
Will you be picking it up? Who will you play as first? Don't be a Jimmy.
By: DragonKiss83 May 2, 2011 | 8 Comments
16 years ago we had our first chance to play, and we've had a few chances since then. Here comes another.
In 1995 a legend was born. Six years later in 2001 the game joined Final Fantasy IV as Final Fantasy Chronicles on the PSX. And again in 2009 on the DS. There have been millions of copys sold, but the game continues to do well. Some of the people that will pick it up this time around weren't even born when the game first came over to the U.S. Who doesn't remember the first time the watched Chrono from over head as he made his way towards enemies as you jump through time. Or the first time you watched Cyclone and Flame Toss combine into Flame Whirl. And with 13 possible endings players dumped countless hours into the game. We also got started with the game plus feature, that RPG fans everywhere still look for when the get a new game.
As a game that defines what RPG means to many life long players Chrono Trigger shows no sign of going away. How many of you own a copy of the game in any of it's forms? Planning on getting it again? Anyone want to see another sequel made?
They haven't mentioned a release date yet. But the ESRB has rated it. Looks like the ratings boards are tipping us of early on a lot of games now. Maybe these companies need to start talking to the public a little sooner.
The trailer for the portable Blazblue Continuum Shift II was released awhile ago and it shows some of the new features to be included.
The game will include Continuum Shift's story with some added content to it, new maps for legion mode, and a new abyss mode where you'll probably have to fight countless enemys at a time or something like that.
The only things I didn't see was if everyone's unlimited forms were unlocked at start and any online announcement.
Atlus is dropping Persona onto the PSP in America on Sept. 22
So if you're an RPG gamer, you might know a little something about the Shin Megami Tensei games. Made by Atlus, these games are rare and obscure - almost mythological - on the Western side of the world due to their low print numbers and tremendous price inflation. It's not exactly new for Atlus to reprint their out-of-print games (this has been done in the last year with both Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne and Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga, both for the Playstation 2). However, the original Revelations: Persona is far and above the most looked-for game in the Shin Megami Tensei lineup, and it's second only to Tactics Ogre in the entire Atlus collection. It wouldn't be at all uncommon for a complete copy of the original PSX hit to sell for over $100, sometimes going as high as $150. So imagine the shock when Atlus announced that they would be porting their second-hand hit to the PSP, placing the game back on store shelves and selling it at a $40 price tag. Further more, Atlus is also going to be putting the game up on the Playstation Network for $40. Now the game that was once considered impossible to find is going to be in regular print and available at any local Gamestop/EB Games.
The PSP version is going to contain a completely relocalized script, a new (or redesigned) user interface, new musical tracks in the soundtrack, balance adjustments, all-new animation sequences by the animator of Devil May Cry 3, and new voice overs. In addition to all that, the retail version (as opposed to the PSN version) will contain the entire game's two-disk soundtrack. In traditional Atlus fashion, however, the soundtrack will only be included for a limited time.
The game is launching on both in retail and on the PSN simultaneously on September 22.
A remake of great games on the big screen?
Sony has annouced a that PSP titles are being remaster, which will be consiste of certian titiles, and will be making released in Japan first.
According to Sony;
" 'PSP Remaster' titles will deliver rich and immersive gaming experience on the PS3 system through stunning high-definition graphics as well as through additional new features for these titles, such as operability on the PS3 Wireless Controller (SIXAXIS® and DUALSHOCK®3), new add-on content or stereoscopic 3D support. Users will also be able to utilize the same save data from the original PSP game for the 'PSP Remaster' version and enjoy the game on the go with the PSP system and continue the game at home on a large TV screen using PS3. Ad-hoc mode gameplay will also be supported through 'adhoc party for PlayStation Portable' application on the PS3 system."
And the first title will be..... Drum roll please..... Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, MHP3rd!
Yeah! Here's the trailer;
Some remaster games will have add-on content and/or 3D. Also, Sony states;
"For Japan, the first 'PSP Remaster' title to be introduced will be Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver. from Capcom Co., Ltd. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd for the PSP system is the latest installment of the blockbuster Monster Hunter franchise, which has alone shipped over 4.5 million units in Japan since its release in December 2010. The graphics of the PS3 version, including monsters, fields, equipment, as well as Felyne Comrades, are more gorgeous and vibrant than ever, and will deliver dynamic gameplay when played on the large TV screens."
Now, we, North America and Europe, have to wait for further news, since this is only in Japan for now.
So what game(s) do you want in the new "PSP Remaster" series? Let us know, down below!
Mine is Monster Hunter! So I'm good! Hahaha~
My opinion on RPGs on handheld systems.
So I've been playing Star Ocean: First Departure on the PSP. It's a good game - you can find my first impressions on here somewhere - but as I was playing it, I started thinking about RPGs on handhelds. Are RPGs really fit to be on handheld systems? I remember back when I was playing Pokemon on the Gameboy Color, It was great fun, and a huge part of the reason it was fun was because you could save anywhere, at any time, and pick the game up any time later and continue. Anyone who's an RPG gamer can probably relate to this frustration: Well, I stopped playing X for a couple of weeks, and now I have to start all over; I can't remember what was happening. It can be the most frustrating thing in the world, and the frustration increases tenfold on a system that you may only pick up twice a month.
RPGs are story-driven, and they require a high level of commitment in order to beat them. From my experience with people who play handhelds, they can't or won't give that sort of commitment to a handheld system. They want their DS or PSP for short spurts of fun while they're waiting for something else. If I look back to Pokemon, I remember being able to play that for a mere five minutes and turning it off; good times indeed. Then I look at First Departure, and I see a problem. I was in a dungeon, and I spent forty minutes in this one dungeon. The dungeon had exactly two save points throughout, and ironically both were placed near the tail end of the dungeon. Had I gotten halfway through the dungeon and then that something happened and I had to turn the PSP off, I would have been screwed. And if I was going to go a couple weeks before I turned my PSP back on, I'd be even more screwed.
This isn't a problem that plauges First Departure exclusively, either. I went a whopping two weeks without playing Crisis Core, and I suddenly realized it was time to start over. Needless to say, in my frustration I decided to play something else instead. I really, really wanted to play Crisis Core, but the idea of starting over was revolting at best.
I hope game designers can take a lesson from all of this. RPGs can be great on handheld systems so long as they're designed from the ground up as a handheld experience. Designers need to consider things such as distance between save points and lengths of time spend absent from the game. Once these two things are considered, maybe we'll end going full circle and getting a great handheld RPG that plays like Pokemon.
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