Portable Agenda :: One Year Later, the PSP has Landed
The PSP may have gotten off to a slow start in the software department, but thanks to March's packed release schedule, all is forgiven...
Let's face it, PSP owners. Our sleek handheld's 2005 line-up was much more desolate than we were lead to believe it would be, when the system's massive, beautiful screen lured us in last March. Now, nearly a full year later, Sony and its third parties seem to be working overtime to make it up to us.
Although it didn't appeal to everyone, in this editor's opinion the PSP deluge began on February 14th with the release of Ubisoft's Exit. Look for it to make a major appearance in Modojo's February Game of the Month awards later this week.
Other major PSP titles releasing in the next four weeks include Persuit Force, Mega Man Powered Up, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, Untold Legends: The Warrior's Code, Daxter, Me and My Katamari, and Metal Gear Acid 2. Yeah. I didn't even include smaller hype-worthy titles such as NIS America's turn-based strategy tile Generation of Chaos.
Modojo has already brought you hands-on previews of Daxter, Syphon Filter and Persuit Force (available here, here, and here, respectively.). This week we'll further flesh out our PSP coverage by taking in-depth looks at Mega Man, and Untold Legends.
I can't help but wonder why it took so long for PSP releases to pick up. Sure the system launched strong with instant-classics such as Lumines, and was temporarily buoyed throughout the following year by great games like Hot Shots Golf , Virtua Tennis, and Grand Theft Auto, but its pretty hard to deny that in terms of pure must-have software, the DS trounced Sony's portable challenger in 2005.
It looks like portable enthusiasts are going to be 2006's winners, however. For now it doesn't look like the PSP will have many months as heavy as March, but its line-up for the next couple quarters is shaping up to be much more solid than 2005 nonetheless. Nintendo is not backing down, with Tetris DS and Metroid Prime: Hunters leading off a solid release schedule of its own.
It's a good time to be a mobile gamer. If you're a mobile gamer open-minded enough to give cell phone gaming some love, be sure to check back for this week's exclusive interview with Capcom Mobile General Manager Midori Yuasa. She might just have something to say about Phoenix Wright's exclusive mobile chapters...