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Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« on: April 26, 2007, 08:57:57 am »
Woke up this morning and received some birthday gift(s).  I was quite shocked to find. 

- A new PSP
- 12 piece kit with carrying case, car adapter, game holders, USB cables etc
- 3 games - GTA: VCS, the new Killzone, and some "Gangs of London" game

I haven't bothered to open anything, yet.

I've read the boards and threads ie: "The PSP is Dead." Considering the thread was last updated on December, 2006 - I pose the question, has the PSP made ANY headway since then?  Have there been some killer titles released recently that would justify me keeping this handheld?  Understand the last handheld I owned was a GBA.  I'm more of a PC/console guy but I could use a handheld on my way to work since I take the commuter rail every morning.

Can someone help we with this apparent easy question - do I keep the PSP or return it for a DS with some games?  Please include a list of the best games for either the PSP or DS.



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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2007, 09:08:42 am »
Personally I'd trade it in but the PSP does have it's merits... I'm no expert on it though but I like to be optimistic.


So I'll just stick with your questions about the DS.

If you got the DS you would want to get Advance Wars DS, New Super Mario Bros., Final Fantasy III, Mario Kart, and Animal Crossing Wild World.


Any one of those will give you hours and hours of fun.

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2007, 09:14:07 am »
I would also get the DS, besides the titles Pat listed, I would get Brain Age. It's pretty fun and it doesn't take too much time every day. It includes Sudoku puzzles.

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2007, 09:18:57 am »
Oh yeah! Brain Age is a blast and a half!

The Sodoku puzzles are a great way to pass the time.

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2007, 09:22:00 am »
I agree, I haven't looked at my PSP in months, really if you want a game console, the DS is your best bet, but if you want to watch films (it has quite a nice screen, I'll give it that) and listen to music on something that's bigger than most MP3 players but aren't bothered too much about games then try the PSP.
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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2007, 09:38:33 am »
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I haven't looked at my PSP in months, really if you want a game console, the DS is your best bet, but if you want to watch films (it has quite a nice screen, I'll give it that)


I wouldn't be interested in any UMD formatted movies, I've got a laptop and a ipod anyway.  This decision is still pretty tough, the PSP does look amazing, I'm just concerned about lack of titles.

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2007, 10:43:31 am »
The DS is better!
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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2007, 10:57:05 am »
destroy the 'gangs of london' game. its evil!!!! :o

no seriously, its crap.
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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2007, 11:56:45 am »
I've only played Burnout on the PSP, and the feeling was great!
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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2007, 08:12:05 pm »
You will find this is a forum that leans heavy to the DS I guess with good reason the DS made games that are fun to play and the PSP well as we like to say it gave us RIIIIDGE RACER!!!! if you want to stick with it go nuts

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2007, 11:21:34 pm »
What Cobra said. This forum has a distinct lean away from Sony products.

I'll tell you why I would never own a PSP. I would never own a console of any type that would play the same games as something else I already own. The games I play on my PC are completely different than what I play on my DS, and both are different from what I play on my Wii.

Maybe you'd be fine with playing the same games, just one in a portable form, but from what I've heard the PSP isn't so portable because of the short battery life.

It's a pretty obvious choice for me, but if what I just said doesn't really apply to you, then find other criteria to compare them by.

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2007, 06:18:30 am »
Luminous was a great game. I kept my PSP for a long time just playing that.

But yeah, I traded it in.

The way I see it, portable games should be that, portable. You said you have GTA:VC story's. Well, you can't save any time you want, thats not how the GTA games work.

Basically, they tried to make it a mini-PS2, but it doesn't work for several reasons (wont get into that)

I'm not a DS fanboy, I barely touch the thing  ;D (Pat can I have my rim shot? .... No? darn)

ANYWAY, I never play my DS other then Animal crossing from time to time.

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2007, 07:52:07 am »
I would check out the pirate homebrew scene, the firmware has been hacked countless number of times, and the most exciting thing for me is the PS1 emulator, which has an extremely good performance and success rate (about 95% of roms work with no trouble at all). So the first thing I would do is try to get that working.

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2007, 09:06:25 am »
Trade it in if you really want a DS and don't want a PSP. Elsewise sell Gangs of London (it's bad) and get Ace Combat: Skies of Deception, Lumines, Tekken: Dark Resurrection and Syphon Filter Dark Mirror . You should also consider Daxter, Rachet and Clank: Size Matters and either of the Socom games. At the same time there are some great racing games on the PSP like Burnout Legends and Wipeout Pure (though I would wait for Wipeout Pulse as it has online and other new features).
Sid Meiers Pirates! is a great game no matter what platform, and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops should be interesting if you have enjoyed any of the other games. The games you have (Killzone and GTA) are good to and once Killzone gets online it will be even better.
Upcoming games that you should probably look after include Jean D'arc, Silent Hill: Origins (if you enjoy that series), Monster Hunter Freedom 2 (if you have enjoyed any of the games), Disgsea PSP, Castlevania The Dracula X Chronicles (IT'S CASTLEVANIA DUDE).

You may also want a larger Memory Stick if you are interested in videos and music.

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2007, 12:29:46 pm »
If you like movies and music, go nuts with your PSP. If you want great gaming, go with a DS.

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2007, 07:53:31 pm »
If you like movies and music, go nuts with your PSP. If you want great gaming, go with a DS.
Very true.  I've half a season of Seinfeld, two cds worth of music, and some pics all stuffed on one memory card.  Plus, there's room for a UMD game (Like Metal Gear).  Being able to have all these at the same time (and surf the internet) makes the PSP a must bring when leaving the house.

And like DeadHerring said, being able to play FF7 on the PSP via homebrew is amazing awesome freaking great.  (turns out there's not a word for how good this is...)
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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2007, 12:36:48 am »
Despite my general lack of respect for Sony's attitude of late, I'd have to say the PSP gets an undeservedly bad rap.  It has several key problems -- the lack of a second analog nub is the true crime, imo -- but it can still provide a very solid gaming experience.  I think that, like a lot of things, the PSP had a bad launch and never really recovered in terms of public perception.

Btw, this is all coming from someone who had bought a PSP last year, returned it a month later out of disappointment, and yet has just purchased a new one earlier this month.  That's how much I feel the game library has turned around with current releases and this year's big upcoming games.

Anyway, I've listed the big games for each system below.  Hopefully choosing the system with more games you want to play will be easy.  The purpose of my posting all this isn't exactly to convert you to the PSP or the DS, but to help dispell some myths.  The truth is, both systems are fine.  Let the games be your guide.

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GTA: Vice City Stories
GTA: Liberty City Stories
Ratchet & Clank:  Size Matters
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Daxter
Lumines
Hot Shots Golf
Field Commander
Burnout Legends
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony
Killzone Liberation
Mega Man Powered Up
Syphon Filter
Tekken Dark Ressurection
Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins
Metal Gear Acid 1 & 2
Valkyrie Profile:  Lenneth
(coming this year)
God of War: Chains of Olympus 
Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles  (Rondo of Blood & Symphony of the Night)
Final Fanasty: Anniversary Edition
Silent Hill Origins


DS
Mario Kart DS
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
New Super Mario Bros.
Metroid Prime Hunters
Trauma Center
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series (two released so far, third coming this year)
Advance Wars DS
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Brain Age
Nintendogs
Meteos
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Elite Beat Agents
Lunar Knights
Hotel Dusk
Pokemon
Final Fantasy III
(coming this year)
Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hour Glass

*There could be some DS titles I've missed here, as I've been paying less attention to it since selling mine off a couple months back.  If I've done a good game wrong, someone please correct me.  Also, there is obviously the extensive GBA back catalog here to consider.  The PSP also has a downloadable catalog of PS1 games, unfortunately that requires the PS3 currently.


Note on battery life:  This will depend heavily on what you're playing, but in my experience you'll get 5 hours of battery life playing a game like Vice City Stories or Ratchet & Clank.  (I've yet to get less on a game.  Movies played from UMD reportedly drain the battery much faster, but I have no frame of reference.)  That should make using the system for commutes or lunch breaks perfect.  If you want it for a long trip, not so much.  There is also the rather shortsighted habit of game developers not letting you save progress at any time.  However the PSP does have a sleep function you can toggle on and off instantly, pausing progress at any point and allowing you to pick up where you left off later.  Naturally this mode consumes only a tiny amount of battery power.

Note on loading times:  They do exist on the PSP, and they can be a real headache sometimes, but it varies wildly between games.  Vice City made me wait through many a loading screen for the cutscenes, yet driving around was just fine.  Ratchet & Clank, Daxter, and Metal Gear Portable Ops are nearly seamless.
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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2007, 09:36:26 am »
If I had to choose between bying either a DS or PSP, then the DS wins every time. As it happens I have two DS consoles and a PSP (being a grown up with a paid job is great).

So, someone has given you a PSP?

Great!

It's a super little machine, despite the bad press it gets, it's a multi media device second to none, and the homebrew scene makes it worth the price, all on its own.
Enjoy it, there's lots of stuff you can do with it.

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2007, 04:03:29 pm »
Sell it.
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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2007, 02:53:53 am »
People keep listing homebrew as a good reason for buying. I am not anti homebrew but I find that there are many other reasons to buy a PSP besides homebrew.

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2007, 07:17:00 am »
Update - I bought my new Onyx DS with a nice accessory pack which included and cloth case, a cleaning kit, foam game holder/protector, extra full-sized pen/pointer.  I picked up Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Trauma Center and FF III. 

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So, someone has given you a PSP?
  Birthday gift from the wife.

And after that list of PSP titles that TwistedBishop supplied me - I'm seriously considering to keep both the DS AND the PSP.  Thank you all for your help!

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2007, 03:18:41 pm »
Was she okay with you exchanging it? I hope it didn't hurt her feelings.

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2007, 04:04:28 pm »
Hope you've got a nice couch. ;)

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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2007, 11:26:43 pm »
Was she okay with you exchanging it? I hope it didn't hurt her feelings.

Sounds like he hasn't returned the PSP yet, despite buying a DS.

Djfinny:  I'm glad I could help some.  My personal opinion is, if I could afford to own every platform, I would.  It's nice to be able to cherrypick the best titles.  And even though feelings may run strong for everyone's particular favorite brand, the truth is they're all fine machines.

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« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2007, 06:55:39 am »
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Was she okay with you exchanging it? I hope it didn't hurt her feelings.

Yes, she was fine with me returning it.  Typically, before she buys me a gift she'll  have a decent idea of what I want as I might mention something in passing and she'll remember it.  This time she had no idea.  I'm betting she went to Gamestop or Target and had to flip a coin - PSP or DS?  She did mention that she noticed the price drop on the PSP and figured it was the "better" system and came to the decision based on price. Another factor was that several of our  nieces and nephews own the DS, she may have thought the PSP would have less "kiddie" games.   Overall, I'm a very lucky guy, my wife is great and she wants to make sure I get something that I'm going to enjoy and use. 


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Re: Just got a PSP for a b-day, this morning - what to do?
« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2007, 08:13:33 am »
I'd definitely keep both. Both are great systems- each with it's own advantages.
BTW: a great action puzzle game for the PSP nobody has mentioned yet is EXIT!