Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep- A Buyer's Dilemma
With PSP on its way out, the logical thing to do is wait for NGP, but there's one Disney sized problem.
Of all the things I intended to buy in 2011, a shiny new PSP-3000 wasn't one of them. After six years on the market, Sony's impressive handheld slowed considerably, with releases few and far between and the NGP (Next Generation Portable) set to arrive this fall.
Based on those two points, purchasing a PSP didn't seem like a smart idea, not when the NGP lacks a UMD drive and a largely unused PSP Go collects dust on my desk. Taking all of this into account, there was no reason to take a colossal step backwards.
Wise words, but here's the thing. PSP Go just doesn't do it for me. The shoulder buttons are too cramped, and the small screen means having to bring the system close to my face.
Most importantly, I can't play Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
I love Kingdom Hearts. It's the greatest crossover series in video game history. I remember reading the announcement that Square Enix had partnered with Disney and thinking it was a turning point. Say what you will about the evolution of the series, but the concept is golden. You don't even have to be a Disney fan to appreciate it.
So for whatever reason (licensing issues with Disney perhaps), Square Enix backed off releasing Birth by Sleep on the PlayStation Network, and it gnawed at me. I had a fine collection of games for the PSP Go, enough to last me a year, but the fact that I would never experience Kingdom Hearts was a huge blow.
With this in mind, I finally cracked, picking up a PSP-3000 for $129.99 and Birth by Sleep along with it. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, God of War: Ghost of Sparta and Valkyria Chronicles II also made the cut.
Oddly enough, I'm satisfied with the purchase. No buyer's remorse whatsoever. Can't say whether I'll keep this PSP for long, but at this point, it doesn't matter.
That said, excuse me while I crack open the box and charge that sucker. There's a special game I can't wait to play.
What about you? Have you purchased an older system for one game? Let me know.