Platform reviewed: PSP Bomberman, how we love thee, even though you've suffered through a most shameful incarnation of late - the best forgotten Bomberman: Act Zero for Xbox 360. Konami's trying to make up for the horror of Act Zero with Bomberman PSP, and for the most part, they've done an excellent job of atoning themselves. Offering players a new twist on an old favorite, wireless multiplayer and a version of the original game, Bomberman for PSP. While it might not be worth the $40 suggested retail, it's certainly worth checking out at $25 … [Read more...]

World Tour Soccer 06

Not many games on Sony's PSP live up to the handheld system's billing as the "PlayStation Portable." By and large, they either they look like a chunky handheld game or play like a poorly ported console game. But with the 2006 World Cup down to the final two teams, a timely little miracle has descended upon PSP that should make handheld gamers yell gooooooaaaaaallllllll. That miracle is called World Tour Soccer 06. Hardcore football/soccer fans won't find much sophistication in World Tour Soccer 06, but its pick-up-and-play nature suits the PSP … [Read more...]

Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel

Lately I've been spending a lot of my limited reading time catching up on years of graphics novels. I've been burying my face in everything from The Dark Knight series to to Y: The Last Man. My one rule of reading these has been, "It has to be unique, and not just a bunch of comics glued together into a novel's binding." When Konami's Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel hit my desk, I had a feeling I was about to check out something that was going to fit quite nicely into my "rules." After making my way through this, I have to say that all … [Read more...]

Astonishia Story

For a long time, UbiSoft looked invincible in the games market. With the Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and Splinter Cell franchises, they were dominating in a marketplace saturated with either retro games, or more "me, too" games. So it's been sad to see how recently, UbiSoft appears to be slipping down the slope of mediocrity more quickly every day. First, it was the butchering delivered to the current-gen console versions of UbiSoft's most popular franchises, and now, UbiSoft seems dead-set on trying to parrot the success of NiS America, Sony and … [Read more...]

Field Commander

If Field Commander is Sony's attempt to copy Nintendo's Advance Wars: DS, then Sony's done a bang-up job and should be commended. If they were attempting to create a new product for the PSP, well, they've pretty much failed. But is being a near carbon-copy of another platform's game a bad thing? In the case of Field Commander, probably not, since when it comes right down to it, derivative or not, the PSP needed this game. It's fast, fun and can lure in even the non-hardcore strategists out there, and with plenty of online options, it finally … [Read more...]

007: From Russia with Love

Sony's PSP continues to amaze me with its ability to (mostly) handle console ports with ease. Its beautiful display, for example, proves that games can look not only bright but amazingly crisp even on a three-inch screen, and that handheld games can actually nearly resemble their PS2 counterpart. The hardware's missing one key ingredient, though, and for console ports it's an important one: a second analog stick. I'm hardly the first person to point this out. Nor is EA's newest PSP game, 007: From Russia with Love, the first game to suffer … [Read more...]

Splinter Cell: Essentials

In Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Essentials for PSP, Ubisoft attempts to take gamers back in time and give them some more of Sam Fisher the Super Spy's backstory. As far as fleshing out Sam's story goes, the game succeeds, but as far as being playable, well, that's left to question. If you've never played any of the Splinter Cell games, the simplistic gameplay might make this a passable purchase, but hardcore fans are going to be let down by the poor camera, average graphics, bland mission design and unimaginiatve multiplayer. The story starts … [Read more...]

Ys: The Ark of Napishtim

While the PS2 was known for its lineup of amazing RPG's, the PSP has yet to come into its own when it comes to the genre. With Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (who comes up with these names?), Konami was hoping to change that. Sadly, Ys' lack of any depth has killed its chances at being that key RPG for Sony's handheld, and frankly, wouldn't make it on any other console. It's a basic game that feels like something developed then shelved a decade ago, then resurrected because someone was hoping to make some money off their original investment.Do you … [Read more...]

MX vs. ATV Unleashed: On the Edge

It seems like only yesterday everyone was complaining that there were too many "extreme" sports titles on the market, and for the past few months, it seems our pleas of "give us a break" were headed by publishers. But alas, that lovely break is ending, as we now have MX vs. ATV Unleashed: On the Edge, which is a strong competitor for longest name in game industry history, and a strong competitor for the "is this necessary?" award of 2006. MX vs. ATV, for those uninitiated to THQ's perennialextreme sports series, promises to let players "Choose … [Read more...]

Street Supremacy Review

Years ago, the Tokyo Xtreme Racer franchise was top dog on the Dreamcast. There was nothing so fun as racing around a city at night, flashing your headlights at challengers and ripping through dark highways to become supreme ruler of the streets. It was a good game that spawned a plethora of knock offs. Street Supremacy for PSP is developer Genki's attempt to bring their much-loved series to Sony's handheld - but sadly, the translation and time have been unkind to the core game, and in the end, it's just not fun.The game fails pretty much right … [Read more...]