Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Most Overlooked PSP Games - Part Two

Back at the end of April of this year, we took a look at some of the PSP's most overlooked and under-appreciated games. Today, more than a half year later we are going to be examining some more games. Sadly, it seems that the majority of PSP games fall by the wayside due to the rampant piracy problem the system possesses. Thankfully, not all titles are poor sellers. Regardless, the following is a list of five more PSP games many owners let slide by.

Resistance: Retribution

From the Sony Bend studio comes Resistance: Retribution. The game is set less than a month after the events of the original Resistance. After killing his brother, our hero, a British marine, takes on the job of destroying every conversion center, the place that turns humans into monstrous chimera, and help take back the European continent. Retribution takes a different perspective on gameplay from the series' first-person roots to third-person action, and it works really well. Combine this with frantic and fun online multi-player, and you have a game that's hard to put down.

Motorstorm: Arctic Edge

How do you effectively take a Playstation 3 series and faithfully create it on a much less powerful platform? Just ask Bigbig Studios as that's exactly what they did with Motorstorm: Arctic Edge. There's essentially twenty-four varieties of tracks to learn and conquer, 12 raced normally, 12 raced in reverse. There's also a wide assortment of vehicles, many of which have their own preferred lines as small bikes won't gain much speed in heavy snow unlike big rigs that shouldn't go anywhere near a ramp. The icing on this already slippery cake is the ability to take on seven other racers online in heated competition. Careful with the heat though-- you might melt a glacier!

PANGYA: Fantasy Golf

Last edition we chipped and birdied with the Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee series. Now we're moving to a different series with the famous PANGYA anime golf series. Known better on the PC as Albatross18 as well as on the Wii as Super Swing Golf, PANGYA has nine courses of increasingly difficult holes, a colorful cast, the ability to unlock and purchase new costumes, balls, and gear, a fairly entertaining and challenging story mode, and gameplay that will keep armchair golfers addicted for hours on end.

Jeanne D'Arc

Jeanne D'Arc is loosely based on the historical figure from centuries ago. The game plays out like your typical tactical RPG with all the bells and whistles plus a gorgeous cel-shaded art style to boot. Now this title perhaps was doomed to fail as tactical RPGs generally don't do that well unless they're proceeded by Final Fantasy in their name. Regardless, this game will easily make you lose many hours with its charming aesthetics and its "I gotta do just one more battle" gameplay.

Hammerin' Hero

When it comes to Atlus, most often than not the game is going to be overlooked or have a low print run. This was the case with the 2-D beat-em-up brawler/action-platformer Hammerin' Hero. Don't let the 3-D visuals fool you, this is an old-school 2-D game at heart. It can get tough as nails, too, as your hammerin' hero will lose a life from just one shot in later difficulties. There's also a myriad of different jobs for our hero giving him new abilities from throwing records as the D.J. job to smashing enemies to the background as everyone's favorite home run hero. If you're a fan of classic games, you'll find a lot to love with this old-school lovefest.

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