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27Dec/070

PSP… Again

SO... i downgraded my PSP, WOOOOOO i hear you all shouting.

Unfortunatly its still a steaming pile of dung, i thought i would be able to put all my PS1 games onto the PSP and play them on the move. As i own quite a few rare PSX games i was quite looking forward to completing the games that i never bothered with before as i could do it on the move....

1st Mistake

Im using 3.71M33-4 custom firmware, not sure if its due to that fact, but the playstation emulator is as stable as UK finances, its locked up on 2-5 games im played, and the PSP community doesnt seem to care or acknowledge this.... The games its locked up on for me so far are Chrono Cross and Castlevania - SoTN, oh and i think it locked up on Alundra for a bit.

If only this was more stable then it would be a worthwhile thing to do, as its great being able to play those classics on the PSP again, just a shame that its pointless playing any games as it could crash at any time, nullifying any work you have put in.

2nd Mistake

I also saw FFT-War of the Lions on offer for about £10 on play, so i thought SCORE! Once i got the game i was quite looking forward to it, as the GBA title was great fun. Unfortunatly i was dissapointed like oh so many games these days. The game has pointless characters who are paper thin and you dont really remember. The battles are a struggle as you no longer get the option to pretend to move and see what you can do, once you move you are stuck where you went, and SOOOOO many times ive done this and BAM im out of range or some other tripe. Another GREAT addition is the line of sight method, so when you are using archers or the like, if you want to shoot someone 3 squares ahead but you have an ally 2 squares ahead. It seems impossible for you to aim OVER your ally and get JUST the bad guy, you have to hit the first thing in your Line of Sight. What a steaming pile of crap that is.

Also the skills system has been butchered, no longer do you equip a weapon that gives you a skill. You have to do battles which are harder than trying to climb a mountain with 2 gorillas strapped to your back. WHY OH WHY ARE THEY SO HARD??? because EVERYONE counters. you do 10 damage, they do 30.

Only good thing i can say about it is that they have introduced coop play, however when the game is that annoying in and out of battle who the hell wants to coop on it...

Apart from that Christmas is now over, so no more panic buying, hope you all had a good one and have a fun new years planned!

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27Jul/070

PSP – Pretty Shitty Playstation

After a few months of not really touching my PSP i picked it back up again for MGS:PO. I must admit it is quite a fun game on the crappy console.

After getting bored of that, i decided to update my PSPs firmware and check what new demos they had to download..

NONE, thats right NO new updates to the site... the initial page im faced with says "The PSP Is Here"... I regret to inform you Sony, but the PSP was here 2 years ago, and not much has changed since its sketchy release.

Out of every PSP owner i know, none of them use their PSP regularly, a couple use their PSP once a month or so just to see if there is anything new. The others only use it because they have managed to downgrade the firmware and use homebrew on it...

Im rather annoyed that their site has not had any new demos in roughly a year, their games are expensive and crap and their UMDs are overpriced mini DVDs.

Why in hell are sony releasing a NEW model PSP??? the one they currently have is a bag of crap, they need more software and online content for it... not new hardware.

I would rant for longer but in all honesty the PSP aint worth the time, until i can download PSX games DIRECTLY onto my PSP from the net for a DECENT price and Suikoden 1/2 are released on it im gonna see it as the most expensive doorstop ive ever puchased.

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31Jan/070

PSP…. that thing still exists?

Other day while checking on Amazon i noticed that they had some dirt cheap PSP games... The PSP was one of the consoles I regretted buying, its lack of games coupled with high price point makes it pretty dump. I know there are alot of PSP fanboys who love the crappy remakes and the shoddy puzzle/sports games on it.

Only games i have bought on my PSP so far were bargains, well from a price point of view anyway...lol

Worms

If you imagine getting worms 2, making the general graphics look a tad cheaper and rushed. Then throw in some POINTLESS animated 3D background that makes the FPS cry out in pain. Wasn't impressed, i would have prefered Worms 2 on there, im sure they also took out ALOT of stuff that was in Worms 2 and other worms games in this title... whats the point?

Lumines

Well this game wasn't too much of a let down, it lived up to its word of being a fun music/puzzle game, i am still a tad confused by alot of it but it makes nice beats and has a tetris/columns feel to it...

MGS : Acid

This game is a bit long winded but at the same time a bit short, i mean granted it will possibly take you a minimum of 15 hours to complete if you are <a href="http://www.rapsheet.co.uk/Images/Characters/Manape.jpg" target="_BLANK">doom ape tactic man</a>, but the only reason it takes so long is because its just soooo slow to play. Not that i mind, as im a patient gamer, as long as there is a good reason for me to wait through lots of dialog and action, i will wait... and i think this game was a decent purchase at <£20...

Street Fighter Alpha 3

PSX game with a couple of extra modes and a local wireless mode, why not put an online mode in?

I think i have some other games but they are not worth mentioning. So at this point i was wondering if i should risk buying some more, which i think may be a waste of money... but if it provides SOME entertainment it may be worth it...

I think i REALLY should get the articles section up and running so i can rant about this sort of stuff in there opposed to in here, but its not so im gonna keep ranting.

When i bought the PSP originally i was hoping to have some fun multiplayers online, not on a local wifi network, but online with other players, there are like 2 games that use this... I was also expecting alot of decent RPG games, Suikoden I+II as well as some new PSP ones... Suikoden doesn't look like its getting released over here and all the other PSP offerings are a tad dump, or just crappy remakes, hell i think they even have SNES standard games being re-released.

Another BIG reason why i wanted one was because there was alot of talk of PSX emulation on the PSP so i could play through Chrono Cross or any other PSX games i never got round to playing, but then Sony decide you HAVE to have a PS3 to get access to this stuff... Why not just cut out the middle man and put it on the PSP directly?

Sony want to make money, if they let PSP owners directly buy PSX games im sure they will sell ALOT more, and they may do this in the future, but as a PSP owner for a year and a bit i feel neglected by them and pretty gutted that i wasted so much money on the bag of crap that is the PSP...

I could rant all day but i cant be bothered atm... Most of the people i live with are ill at the moment, including Jen. I think she has tried to infect me too as i can feel the crappy cough coming on. Should have big [URL]http://gamecube.gaming-universe.de/screens/gcn_biohazard.jpg[NAME]biohazard symbols[/URL] round the house, hope they all get well soon!

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16Dec/060

The Royal Wii

Well after trying to track a Wii down after about a week or so, i've had no luck and apparently a guy at Game says there are no more Wii coming into the UK until 2007. Which isn't the end of the world, but when your a gamer its always nice to have a new console to play, especially when you're on holiday from work...

Went to go to a party last night, bought the first round, then Jen rings up and is utterly wasted. So Jode and myself went to pick her up and we had to take her home and look after her incase she decided to have a fight with the stairs and deck it... So i missed out on an EXCELLENT pork meal thing that i was booked for, as well as missing out on my share of the booze...

Im still rather pissed at Sony and their stupid PSP publicity, ive noticed a few more advertisements for it on TV. Which i dont mind, but it does get annoying when they are trying to sell something that is pants... They need to get some MORE games on it, as its primarily a games console in my eyes... even though it can do 101 things it is useless as a mp3 player as its too big. Its not amazing as a movie player as you have to encode everything, so you cant just go... hey i want to watch a movie... plop. Even if you do go to watch a movie the battery is not that awesome so would die after one or two, which i guess isnt too bad. Its wifi is decent, and the web browser is ok, although it has problems loading certain websites with lots of images/info on and breaks... if you wanted to search the net on the move you would use a PDA or something anyway...

So with the given points above i would say its only GOOD function is a hand held games console, and as a console its game selection sucks ass. There are some decent games on it... MGS Portable Ops, Suikoden I/II and many others, but us UK gamers have not seen a sniff of these titles and sonys online site is a bag of crap.

It has like 1-3 bad demos on there, and this is like a year or so after its been released... almost a year and a half i think in US. So instead of getting people to waste money on a PSP try to put something worthwhile on it so people WANT to buy one... until that day my PSP is gathering dust waiting to be able to play PS1 games...

Only a week longer at work and then its christmas holidays...!

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7Dec/060

Blizzards Revenge… and other crap

OK... so i had like 4 day off work, due to me accruing loads and not spending them, so i though i would spend most of it PvPing on WoW with Jode to get some decent gear...

Everything was going well, the 12-15 hour grinds were paying off, after 2.5 days i was able to get 2 cheap epic items (boots, shoulders). Then i thought, ok i will save up now for my mageblade thingy...

That night PvPing away Jode mentioned the 30% honour reduction, and i almost cancelled my account there and then. Took a minute to think about it and then realised that i couldnt find an official blizzard post about this... so just hoped that Jode was spouting crap.

Unfortunatly he was right and the next day i was getting 30% less honour, so after the fun few days i had PvPing im back to disliking WoW...

Still not got a Wii, although rumour has it that some places may be getting some in, so i will have to go and grab one from there soon...

OH! and Sony in their AWESOMENESS tried to pull a bullshit ad scam thing where they got this company to set up a crappy blog and pretend the PSP was worth owning...

I own a PSP and have done for about a year now... and ever since then i was thinking WTF was i thinking, Metal Gear Ac!d was fun for a while when i was sending waves of Shagohods against Jode... I was a tad gutted when i realised SFA 3 was just network play and not online... and since then i havent bought any games on it...

WHY? you may ask...

Its a bag of crap... There are like 3 good games on it, and those games are not amazing, they are just slightly more entertaining than the other crap they are trying to sell on it. Only DECENT thing about it is that you can play PSX games on it given the new update, although you NEED a PS3 for that... WHAT USE IS THAT?

Also forgot to mention that you have to PAY to get the games you already own on there, bollocks to that... I mean i can understand Sony making people pay or at least having some system so you can only download the games you already own, but the way they are doing it is soooo sketchy...

Anyway back in work now after a good 5-6 days off, so i better get on with some work...

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