Nearly two months ago, I made mention of another game project that I’d like to get started at some point, a project involving a PSP game. A number of you commented on that first post, and for that you have my thanks, because looking at the many lists of great (and not so great) exclusive titles for the handheld had my head spinning. From those comments came seven suggestions. I’ve had a chance to give them each a trial and wanted to offer up a few first impressions in “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” form, which I shall now do forthwith. Henceforth. Ad Nasuem. Quid Pro Quo. E Pluribus Unum. And may God have mercy on us all.
Ys: The Oath of Felghana
Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins
So this is where the character of Arthur is from in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3?! Did I know that? I don’t think I did. (Don’t get out much – never played the original Ghosts ‘n Goblins.) But I love it! What a fun platformer, and it looks fantastic. This definitely a game I can get behind.
Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice
This one I can’t properly judge yet as I’ve yet to find an emulation of it that will actually play on my sad little Nexus 7. The closest I got was with one file that had great graphics but badly stuttering audio — a no go.
Metal Gear Ac!d
This is the one suggestion that I find most intriguing. And this is coming from the standpoint of me never having played a metal Gear game before. The game looks good and plays well. I think I could get into it with enough patience.
As a stealth/card game — completely new territory for me — the learning curve is a bit steep. That’s why I mentioned the need for patience. Also, very long cutscenes explaining every last little detail. And you can’t skip them when replaying a level. 😦 (But I think that’s just a Metal Gear thing, no?)
A highly enjoyable 2D/3D puzzler! This one I like quite a lot so far — it’s fun and a little quirky, and not like any puzzle game I’ve played before. And I’m totally down with the different and somewhat familiar art styles (M. C. Escher, anyone?) that pervade some of the levels.
If Crush is new to me as a puzzler, then Half-Minute Hero is new to me as an RPG! It’s a brilliant concept — save the world in 30 seconds. And it combines several elements, from shmup to real-time strategy. I’m not quite over just how novel and fresh the game feels.
This might be another one that requires a controller. Could be that I downloaded a poor emulation, but the on-screen controls don’t work very well, especially when I’m playing anyone other than the “Hero.”
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
Unfortunately, this is another one I can’t properly judge. I’ve tried three different emulations, and none of them work on my tablet. 😦 (I’m beginning to think that I should get a new tablet…) I understand this is a pretty great series, so I’ll have to do some more work to see if I can get a version, any version, of it to play.
It’s quite a selection of games, and it’s going to be difficult choosing only one. But I hope to have one in place by Labor Day, or at least by the time summer winds down. In the oft-quoted and immortal words of Robin of Locksley: “We have much to do and less time to do it in!” And boy oh boy, if that doesn’t mean gaming right now, I don’t know what does.