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PSP, worth getting?

Postby Suetonius » Thu Sep 08, 2005 3:49 am

Maybe its just me, but I don't really see any reason to buy a PSP. I say this because the games seem to be all unoriginal, handheld versions of PS2 games. What do you guys think?
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Re: PSP, worth getting?

Postby Dais » Thu Sep 08, 2005 4:59 am

Suetonius wrote:Maybe its just me, but I don't really see any reason to buy a PSP. I say this because the games seem to be all unoriginal, handheld versions of PS2 games. What do you guys think?
It's odd that you say this, considering very promising looking/sounding remakes of Landstalker, Megaman and Megaman X were announced today. And the new Ghouls'n'Ghosts game was announced not too long ago. Okay, maybe the Megaman remake isn't looking very promising.

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Postby Gaijin Punch » Thu Sep 08, 2005 2:46 pm

Nothing yet has moved me. Even the Puzzle Bobble port looks ass... or it did a year ago when they first showed it. I'm not such a handheld freak. It would have to be a pretty amazing game for me to pick up a PSP at this point.
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Postby Recap » Thu Sep 08, 2005 3:19 pm

Gaijin Punch wrote:Nothing yet has moved me. Even the Puzzle Bobble port looks ass... or it did a year ago when they first showed it. I'm not such a handheld freak. It would have to be a pretty amazing game for me to pick up a PSP at this point.
What's exactly the point on being a handheld freak, while we're at it?

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Postby Strychnine » Thu Sep 08, 2005 4:24 pm

Taking your question at face value, my reply is "No, it is not worth getting". In my analysis of cost vs. benefit I find that PSP doesn't supply enough games (especially games that I want to play) for the amount of money that it requires to buy into it. Will I still buy it eventually? Probably. But not until it is drastically reduced in price and there are games that make use of the format instead of being lesser versions of their PS2 counterparts. Dais - Yes there are undoubtedly games that pique my interest coming out for the PSP, but the amount of money that it would cost to play those few games does not seem worth it to me. I'm interpretting the question "Is it worth it?" as being different from, "Are there any decent games on the system". Recap - Some people enjoy handheld games and have reason and place to use them. I ride the train/subway almost every day, so it is worth it to me.

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Postby dj898 » Fri Sep 09, 2005 12:18 am

I'm just waiting till SONY dropped the price of PSP below $99... :p
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Postby Gaijin Punch » Fri Sep 09, 2005 1:06 am

Basically what Strychnine said. My first handheld was a GBA, and at the time I got it, I was on the train a good 30 minutes x 2 each day... a very boring train as well. Once I started riding my bicycle, the time I played my GBA was drastically cut. I could see a college student with 2 hours to kill on campus using one... although they should probably be studying.
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Postby dj898 » Fri Sep 09, 2005 5:54 am

OT: well better playing PSP than go out and get drunk or get laid... I know I should studied when I was in uni but those 3-5 hour break between lectures were killer especially if you had the lecture at 1pm and the next one isn't due till 8pm at the lab... what do you do when it'd take 4 hours to and from the home nor you don't want to hang around the campus for 6-7 hours... :(

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Postby Suetonius » Sat Sep 10, 2005 3:42 am

dj898 wrote:OT: well better playing PSP than go out and get drunk or get laid... I know I should studied when I was in uni but those 3-5 hour break between lectures were killer especially if you had the lecture at 1pm and the next one isn't due till 8pm at the lab... what do you do when it'd take 4 hours to and from the home nor you don't want to hang around the campus for 6-7 hours... :(
How can you get bored on campus?! What with so many books about ancient history in the library! Plus, on my campus we even have a classics museum full of ancient artefacts! Seriously though, five hours of study can be a bit too much. It is much more effective to do a couple of shorter sessions of 1-2 hours, than it is to study for 5 hours straight.
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Postby CIT Seven Force » Sat Sep 10, 2005 11:46 am

dj898 wrote:OT: well better playing PSP than go out and get drunk or get laid...
Actually I'd rather get laid than play PSP. Re Topic: I think the PSP will be a good system to get in about a year or so. I'm really looking forward to the new Makaimura and IGA has hinted that he would like to make a new Castlevania for PSP. Couple more games like this and a slight price drop and it will be a really worthwhile system. It's just having a slow start IMO.

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Postby Gaijin Punch » Sun Sep 11, 2005 2:58 am

With all the studying that's required of a degree, the last thing I'm going to do in free time would be go read books that aren't required. As before -- studying class criteria is probably the best thing to do, but breaks are required. At UT, where I attended, there were two arcades across the street from campus... one was open until 4AM as well.
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Postby Bighab » Sun Sep 11, 2005 3:08 pm

For me the PSP doesn't have any games out that make it a system I want to have. I am also not to crazy on the high price tag. Are people still getting units with burnt out pixels on them? A friend picked one up but only for emulation.

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Postby dj898 » Mon Sep 12, 2005 5:35 am

Suetonius wrote: How can you get bored on campus?! What with so many books about ancient history in the library! Plus, on my campus we even have a classics museum full of ancient artefacts! Seriously though, five hours of study can be a bit too much. It is much more effective to do a couple of shorter sessions of 1-2 hours, than it is to study for 5 hours straight.
OT: well if you attend three lectures straight from 8AM to 11AM and the 4th one won't start till 6PM what do you do? That's 7 hours of gap there... sure you can go to library and study but seriously do you want to study six hours right after you just finished three hours morning sessions? O_o many times I simply strolled to CBD - wasn't too far from CBD - and watch a movie or spend an hour at the sci-fi bookshop before heading back to uni... :p funny thing is now I miss those times - it's no fun working 9 to 5 five days a week for a corporate...

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Postby Mad Mage » Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:54 pm

I just got a PSP. With little no no good games for the system I hadn't really considered it. Then I started reading about the irreversable 2.0 firmware update that makes all homebrews unplayable. I became worried if I waited a couple years that 1.5 (or 1.0) firmware PSPs would cost twice as much as others. I used that as an excuse to pick up a cheap PSP from a guy I know who was selling his because there's no games. Well, after playing around with the system I'm guessing a GP32 has better emulators so as it turns out the only homebrew I'm currently using is the app that loads UMD ISOs (I'm a dirty pirate as it turns out). I've been loving the heck out of Metal Gears Acid. Any Tactics fan will get a kick out of it. But most of the other games are really half-assed Kollon is a puzzle game (I think a PC port). The game is bare bones and not as good as other puzzle games to begging with. Puzzle Bobble is just as half assed as you predicted, Gajin Punch. Though it's a good version if you weren't already sick of single player Puzzle Bobble (no multiplayer). Star Soldier as always seems really outdated and boring. And easy too. Pick the back shooting, forward laser guy and your fast-recharging special shoot will make you nearly invincible). And then there's the crappy bunch of U.S. games and ports/crappy sequels which I DON'T need to go over. Though I will take a second to agree with critics that Luminis is a great game. A couple more games like that and a PSP might be worthwhile. I haven't toyed much with the homebrew games out there though I tried the Smash GP game and I can tell you it's terrible and unplayable. So, yeah, pretty much what everyone else is saying; the PSP needs some good games.

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Postby dj898 » Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:53 pm

or porns on UMD... :p that will move it by truck load...
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Postby Mad Mage » Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:58 pm

I heard they got that in Japan ;) Personally I don't see the point of porn on the PSP. I mean, it's portible so you can use it outside.

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Postby Gaijin Punch » Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:23 am

I'm sure someone will find a use for porn on it. :) Seriously, I wouldn't worry too much about the irreversable 2.0 Firmware. Something tells me it's a matter of time before that's cracked somehow.
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Postby dj898 » Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:46 am

the question is when SONY will just let it go instead of putting new mandatary firmware update on new release titles...

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Postby Mad Mage » Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:44 am

Well, at this pont if I were Sony I'd probably keep putting manditory updates in their games. I mean, if they don't then people can just download the games and play them for free. What they should have done is allowed homebrew but concentrated their firmware on just blocking UMD loading. And as for 2.0 being cracked. Maybe. I have no idea. Right now it seems like they aren't even close, but I'd not be surprised if they did eventually.


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