PSP Reviews

Reviews of PlayStation Portable titles.

 

Title: Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
Developer: Konami
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 760 MB
NA Availability: Digital Download | PS3 Transfer Required
EU Availability: Currently Unavailable

The horror genre has been changing, over the years.  From back in the 1990s, there have been two major gaming franchises that people go to for horror: Resident Evil and Silent Hill.  These two franchises offered some very unique horror experiences for gamers, from the jump scares of a zombie bursting in the window in Resident Evil 2 to the creepy atmosphere or wandering through the foggy streets of Silent Hill.

As the years have gone by, both of these franchises have changed and evolved.  While they both started as very “Tank” type horror games, they’ve been experimenting with different genres.  Many of the recent Resident Evil games, for example, have played a lot like Third Person Shooters/Action games with horror elements thrown into the mix.  Silent Hill, however, has gone through a lot of changes in the past few years.

Back about five years ago, Konami announced that they were making a “re-imagining” of the first Silent Hill that would focus more on the psychological elements of the series than the combat elements.  What came out of that was a game that played very much different from all of the Silent Hill games before it.  Having released on the Wii, PS2, and PSP, here is our official review of the psychological horror game, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories!

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Title: Sega Genesis Collection
Developer: Sega
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 724 MB
NA Availability: Digital Download | PS3 Transfer Required
EU Availability: Digital Download | Direct Download

Game Collections have been a very big trend in the past several years.  We have seen what are called “HD Remaster” collections and more for various series.  If you take a look back, there are collections for Silent Hill, Dragon Ball Z, Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy, God of War, and more.  There are even HD Collections happening for last-gen games for consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One.

Though if you look back, game collections had happened before.  Not in the same way, but they did happen.  Previous collections, say, in the PSP/PS2 era, were actually bigger than the ones that are coming out right now.  Some collections not only offered games, but offered a huge number of games.  They weren’t up to the level of PS2 games like today’s collections are, but they offered a lot of content.

Thinking back to the PSP generation, there are such collections that can be played on the PS Vita.  One game to offer hundreds of hours of content are available, if you have the right tools.  One such collection just wouldn’t make a PSP library complete without it.  Here is our official review of the PSP title, Sega Genesis Collection!

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Title: Silent Hill: Origins
Developer: Konami, Climax Studios
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 724 MB
NA Availability: Digital Download | PS3 Transfer Required
EU Availability: Currently Unavailable

Survival Horror is a genre of games that some think is a dying breed of games.  The horror genre has been around for a long time, though many of the horror franchises have strayed from the roots of the series.  Resident Evil is a good example of this.  Since Resident Evil 4, the series has strayed and has adopted more of a Third-Person Shooter style of gameplay, rather than primarily being a horror game filled with jumpy scares and limited saves and ammo.

From back in the days of the PS1 and PS2, there were two major franchises of horror games.  One was Resident Evil.  The other was Silent Hill, bringing a more psychological horror element into the games.  Silent Hill was known not only for jump scares, but creepy, dark environments that made your heart pound, worrying you about what may be lurking around the next corner, just waiting to freak you out.  Silent Hill has strayed as well, testing out some different genres with their newer games.

However, the PS Vita has access to one fairly recent Silent Hill game that kept true to the older games of the series, with the creepy atmospheres, and the scares that the series is well-known for.  While it may not be on the same level as games like Silent Hill 2, handheld gaming did get its own Silent Hill entry.  Connected to the original Silent Hill, here is our official review of the PSP game, Silent Hill: Origins.

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Title: Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Developer: Eidos Interactive
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 1.1 GB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download | PS3 Transfer Required

EU Availability: Digital Download | Direct Download

Tomb Raider has seen a lot of change, lately, in its series.  After the end of the trilogy of Anniversary, Legend, and Underworld, the developers wanted to try some different things with Tomb Raider.  The first thing they tried was to put Lara Croft in a series of her own.  Not a series by the name of Tomb Raider, by simple with Lara Croft’s name.  That resulted in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.  It was a different take on it, for sure, and then they completely rebooted Tomb Raider, incorporating more elements used in games like Uncharted to bring the series to be more modern.

However, handhelds have missed out on the new games.  Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light had an iOS version, but the new games have never reached out to handheld systems.  This has not always been the case, though.  Up until Tomb Raider: Underworld, there were handheld versions of Tomb Raider games.  Even back in the days of the Game Boy Color, there were Tomb Raider games, though those played very differently from the Tomb Raiders we have known and loved over the years.

In the last generation, Tomb Raider crossed platforms onto the PSP with Tomb Raider: Legend.  This “reboot” of sorts revamped what Tomb Raider was, greatly increasing the fun in the game with adding a lot of story elements as well as more user-friendly controls.  However, it didn’t run well on the PSP.  Later on, though, there was also a PSP version made of another game.  Being a remake of the original Tomb Raider, here is our official review of Tomb Raider: Anniversary!

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Title: LEGO Batman: The Videogame
Developer: Warner Bros. Interactive
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 555 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download | Direct Download

EU Availability: Digital Download | Direct Download

There are a great many LEGO games that are out there to be played on every game console around.  The PlayStation Vita has a bit of an increased library, as it can play games that not only have come to its own library, as well as playing games from the PlayStation Portable’s library.  In actuality, the PS Vita has access to more than 12 different games across both libraries, from the older games like LEGO Batman to newer games like The LEGO Movie Videogame.

We have reviewed many of these games on our site, and we have shown that there is a big difference between handheld LEGO games and their console counterparts.  The PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS games play quite differently from the home console versions, though this wasn’t always the case.  Back in the PSP era, these games started very much like their console versions, though this soon changed as more games came out on it.

One such game is available to the PS Vita in the PSP section of the PlayStation Network Store.  Taking us way back to when the series was new and growing, the PSP was able to explore the streets of Gotham City in style.  Here is our official review of the PSP title, LEGO Batman: The Videogame.

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Title: Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines
Developer: Ubisoft, Griptonite
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 592 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download | Direct Download

EU Availability: Digital Download | Direct Download

Ever since the last generations of handhelds, developers have been making games that take big franchise names and throwing them into the handheld market.  Many of these games are also canon with their own stories, and some of them are spin-off games that don’t have anything to do with the canon storylines for their franchises.  Both the Nintendo DS and the Sony PlayStation Portable did this, and they are still doing this with games on the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita.

Such franchises back in the last generation were both first party titles and third party titles.  Franchises like God of War, The Legend of Zelda, Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy, Silent Hill, and others.  Games like Silent Hill: Origins, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, and God of War: Chains of Olympus brought console-quality franchises and gameplay to handheld games, allowing you to take the fun gameplay anywhere you wanted.

Many franchises jumped into this trend, from older franchises to newer ones.  Ubisoft had thought of this as well, bringing their Assassin’s Creed franchise portable.  While their first outings on the Nintendo DS and Mobile were very limited on gameplay, offering 2D gameplay instead of console-quality gameplay, they developed a game for the Sony PSP which gave players the opportunity to not only see the current star of the series in action, but also played like the console games.  Here is our official review of the PSP title, Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines.

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Title: Dante’s Inferno
Developer: Electronic Arts, Visceral Games
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 1.5 GB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download | Direct Download

EU Availability: Currently Unavailable

The PlayStation ecosystem of systems has been home to many franchises, of various types, over the years.  There are casual, fun games like LittleBigPlanet and Gran Turismo.  Along with those, there are more Mature, violent games like SOCOM and God of War.  Among all of these, there are games that are similar in style on other consoles, or just other franchises in general.

Among all of the franchises that are similar to PlayStation franchises range from franchises that have several games in them to franchises that only spanned one or two games.  Be it a running franchise like Forza or a more short-lived franchise, even the PlayStation Vita has access to some franchises that are like some of the more popular PlayStation-exclusive franchises.  In this case, it’s a game similar to the God of War series.

Electronic Arts and Visceral Games made a bold move four years ago.  They announced a game called Dante’s Inferno, creating a video game adaptation of Dante Alighieri’s famous poem “Inferno”, part of The Divine Comedy.  The game received a lot of criticism within its development, given the Christian elements of the game as well as the violent nature of the game.  Having released on several consoles, here is our official review of the PSP title, Dante’s Inferno.

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Title: Gran Turismo
Developer: Polyphony Digital
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 1.0 GB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download | PS3 Transfer Required

EU Availability: Digital Download | Direct Download

Racing and Driving games have been in the gaming market since the very beginning, from Excite Bike and F1 Race on the NES all the way through games like Need for Speed, Midnight Club, and Forza on the more recent systems.  For as long as video games have been around, there have been games for driving and racing, constantly getting more and more realistic over the years.  While some of them remain a certain aspect of unrealistic recovery from crashes, there are those that keep the realism.

One of the major franchises that relies on providing realism with racing is Gran Turismo.  One of Sony’s largest franchises through Polyphony Digital, the series has been around since the original PlayStation, providing a simulated driving and racing experience renowned as being “The Real Driving Simulator”, showcasing realistic physics and driving differences between each and every car provided within the game.

Back in the last generation of handhelds, Sony and Polyphony Digital brought the Gran Turismo franchise to the handheld market with a title simply titled “Gran Turismo”, often referred to as Gran Turismo PSP and GTPSP.  For the longest time, this game was not compatible with the PlayStation Vita within all of its regions.  Thanks to a recent change, it is available in both Europe and North America.  Here is our official review of Gran Turismo PSP!

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Title: Gods Eater Burst
Developer: Namco Bandai Games, D3 Publisher
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 978 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download, Direct Download
EU Availability: Digital Download, Direct Download

There are a certain number of Action RPGs, or Raiding Games, as these are often called, of late on handheld consoles.  The numbers continue to grow as well, as games both on the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS are growing, with the likes of Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, Soul Sacrifice Delta, Final Fantasy Explorers, Monster Hunter Frontier G, and more.  The genre of these Raiding games is constantly increasing, day by day.

However, this generation was not the beginning of the big craze about Raid-type games on handhelds.  The PlayStation Portable can claim that prize, as there were many Raiding games and franchises spawning and going to that system.  Such games like Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Lord of Arcana, and arguably games like Phantasy Star Portable and Phantasy Star Portable 2.  These games were experiments with the genre, and some succeeded, with games like Lord of Apocalypse coming to the PlayStation Vita or Monster Hunter 4 coming to the Nintendo 3DS.

One unique franchise that went past the PSP generation is known as God Eater.  This was a very anime-like raiding game that started on the PSP, though changed as the regions changed.  When it had originally come over to the West, features were added and the name was changed, much like in games like Ragnarok Odyssey Ace and Soul Sacrifice Delta.  Having made a name for itself for a Vita sequel in Japan, here is our official review of God Eater Burst (though called in the West as Gods Eater Burst).

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Title: End of Serenity
Developer: Natsume, Inc
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 29 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download, Direct Download
EU Availability: Currently Unavailable

Nearly a month ago, the PlayStation Portable was officially discontinued by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan.  The PSP nearly had a 10-year run and its legacy lives on from within the PlayStation Vita.  Since shortly after launch, the Vita had been able to download and play select PSP titles that are available on the PlayStation Network, allowing Vita owners to experience and re-experience Sony’s first attempts at handheld gaming.

Just because the PSP has been discontinued doesn’t mean it isn’t getting new games, though.  Thanks to the efforts of Sony and many third party developers, there are some PSP titles that are still getting released onto the PlayStation Network, and some even have released this year, brand-new having never been released on the platform before.  To some, this would be baffling.  To others, an opportunity to bring more games to the Vita, or to those whom still own a PSP.

Thanks to the localization developer known for JRPG titles, XSEED, there was a brand-new PSP title that was released a little more than a week ago.  The game was from the developer Natsume as well as the developer Kemco, whom is known for developing RPG for Mobile platforms.  Originally known as End of Aspiration on Mobile, here is our review of the PSP title, End of Serenity.

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