Sony PSP US Launch Line-Up Revealed!
So what games can you buy alongside the Sony PSP in March? Word of advice...go get a loan.
So we finally know about the US launch details of the Sony PlayStation portable, which will be unleashed on our shelves around March 22nd. But what about games? It's not like we can just go and watch Spider-man 2 all the time.
Well, no worries, as Sony Computer Entertainment of America has also revealed a preliminary launch line-up of titles that will be available for release. No full pricing has yet been revealed on these games, but expect to pay something in the $40-$50 range, depending on the title.
So here's what will be available...
Ape Escape: On the Loose (Sony Computer Entertainment of America)- Sony's ape-catching series returns, this time to handheld form, as you use tactics and special weapons to capture apes who aren't exactly thrilled at the idea of being captured. Looks like lots of fun for platforming fans.
ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails (Sony Computer Entertainment of America)- Get ready to kick up the dirt as Sony's ATV-racing series makes its portable debut. Choose from a number of tracks and riders and then show them what you're made of through different circuits. Get some tricks going and ride into the sunset!
Darkstalkers Chronicles: The Chaos Tower (Capcom)- Capcom's legendary beat-em-up series will debut on the PSP, marking the debut of a fighting game for the system. Choose from classic or several new brawlers and then take to the night, pummeling your opponents.
Dynasty Warriors (Koei)- Ready to take on an army of futile and angry warriors from the past? Well, who isn't? Choose from a number of powerful, well-armed soldiers and get ready to fight it out for the sake of your clan in this, the portable debut of Koei's long-running Dynasty Warriors series.
FIFA 2005 (EA Sports)- One of EA's strongest sports franchises is ready to kick it onto the PSP- but are you? FIFA 2005 will combine deep, solid gameplay with only the finest visuals around, for a sports experience that simply cannot be missed. Gooooooaaaaaaaaalllll!!
Gretzky NHL 2005 (Sony Computer Entertainment of America)- The NHL season itself may be put on ice, but that doesn't mean you can't get your hockey fix. Originally debuting on the PlayStation 2 last year, Gretzky NHL 2005 now takes to the handheld, bringing with it all the slammin', puck-slappin' action that the game is known for. Get ready to get your game on.
Lumines (Ubi Soft)- The gaming world has been abuzz about Lumines, and I can see why. This addictive puzzle game has been one of the unforseen highlights of the PSP in Japan, and now Ubi Soft is giving us a reason to love it here in the States. The bad news is we'll be doing John's work as he plays it for the next year. (Just kidding.)
Metal Gear Acid (Konami)- Solid Snake is looking to make a strong debut on the PSP, and so it shall be with Acid, a game that will mix new strategic elements to the already familiar Metal Gear formula. The addition of a two-player mode should make this game more addictive than ever.
MLB 2006 (Sony Computer Entertainment of America)- Sony's latest baseball game in their long-running series is swinging for the fences both with the PlayStation 2 edition and this, the handheld equivalent. Choose one of your favorite teams and then play through a number of modes as you try and become one of the MLB elite. Swing, batta!
MVP Baseball 2005 (EA Sports)- Speaking of swinging for the fences, EA Sports has an entry of their own, with detailed graphics, enhanced gameplay, and a number of modes that will take advantage of only the most seasoned of players. Score a home run with this one!
NBA Shootout (Sony Computer Entertainment of America)- With the NBA season still in full swing, it's no surprise that Sony is bringing forth their own dunkfest game for the handheld PSP. NBA Shootout will feature a number of modes and focused gameplay to keep even the most solid of basketball players challenged.
NBA Street Showdown (EA Sports Big)- Not to be outdone by Sony's effort, EA Sports Big is bringing their dedicated arcade basketball series to the PSP, and the results should be astounding. Take to the court and show off your street moves, and then build your own dream team to take it to the house. Showdown looks solid.
Need For Speed Rivals (Electronic Arts)- The high-impact Need For Speed racing series continues to roar on, this time to the Sony PSP. Challenge some friends in several racing modes or take to the single player circuit and become the best around. Intense racing action awaits you!
NFL Street 2 Unleashed (EA Sports Big)- Another franchise making the jump from console to handheld form is EA Sports Big's NFL Street, a rough and ready arcade football game where big plays are the name of the game! Use tactics and big plays to succeed, and take on a friend to show 'em who's boss.
Rengoku: Tower of Purgatory (Konami)- Another great debut title from Konami is just around the corner. This third-person adventure/action game will take you to spooky new locales and give you the ability to right the wrongs in a fantasy world. Looks like fun.
Ridge Racer (Namco)- One of the biggest launch titles in Japan is now making the jump to US shores, and racing fans are sure to stand up and take notice. Ridge Racer features elements from past Ridge Racer games, as well as new goodies to keep fans enthralled by this handheld edition. Gear up!
Smartbomb (Eidos Interactive)- Not too many details were revealed about this game as of yet, but it sounds like it's going to be another intriguing title from Eidos' library.
Spider-man 2 (Activision)- As if the pack-in movie wasn't enough for Spider-man action, Activision is also releasing a game that puts you in the tights of the web-slinger as he battles Dr. Octopus and numerous other enemies with the help of many abilities. Spider-man swings onto the PSP with authority!
Tiger Woods PGA Tour (EA Sports)- The long-running, popular golf game series from EA Sports swings onto the PSP with the drive that only Woods is known for, bringing 3-D graphics and sharp gameplay with it to make you the best golfer around. Take advantage of a number of game modes and have yourself a good score.
Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix (Activision)- It's Tony vs. Bam Magiera in a skating battle across several world locales in this, another arrival from consoles to the PSP. However, there's new elements to keep players coming back for more, as well as all the fun skating action that the series is known for.
Twisted Metal: Head On (Sony Computer Entertainment of America)- For years, the Twisted Metal series has been known for its incredibly hectic vehicular combat, and now it's coming to the PSP with the authority of a tomahawk missile. Match-up against friends or just take on the computer and trash the competition!
Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade (Sony Computer Entertainment of America)- This original RPG-adventure game for the Sony PSP promises to usher in plenty of exciting new gameplay and beautiful graphics that take advantage of the system. Looks like a lot of fun, as our preview indicates.
Wipeout Pure (Sony Computer Entertainment of America)- It lit up the PlayStation with ease, and then followed suit onto the PS2, and now the Wipeout series races onto the PSP. Take control of a number of different hovercraft racers and get incredible speed as you make your way through a number of courses.
World Tour Soccer (Sony Computer Entertainment of America)- EA's got their own kicking title, and Sony is following suit with their own game of soccer, World Tour Soccer. Choose from a number of teams and then take to the field, utilizing top-notch gameplay to score goals and pull off fantastic plays.
We'll have more details on the launch and its games as it happens.