Time for some lovin’, that kinda love you can only get from a PSP.
Back in 2005, I kind of wanted a PSP. The only game I could think of even wanting was Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth. I borrowed a good friend’s PSP for two months. I played a lot of Lumines and VP in this time period. It was a great way to pass time in an un-air-conditioned dorm in a warmer Autumn.
Because of the price tag, I never bought a PSP until recently. My first PSP, the ill-fated piano-black PSP 2000 I bought used at Gamestop fell off a night stand and broke when the charger cable was moved. I’ve since been a lot more careful about that. What happened when the PSP fell was that the UMD sensor within the disk reader broke. Internet research told me to put a piece of electrical tape down on the small lever within the UMD drive of the PSP. It worked, but only halfway. I just decided it wasn’t worth the hassle, and traded it back in to Gamestop. Amazingly, they took it back.
After doing some research, I found the silver PSP 3000 bundled with Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. Looked great! So I put the credit from the tragically broken PSP 2000 into the 3000 bundle. It was $200, but also game with 50 free MP3 downloads from Sony’s store, and a convenient 4 GB Memory stick Duo(which is in dire need of upgrading now from some serious use of the PSOne Classics).
The whole reason I bought a PSP was for Phantasy Star Portable 2. A friend showed me the first game in the Portable Phantasy Star series, but it was TOO much like Phantasy Star Universe, a game while not inherently bad, wasn’t very good to me. The second portable game seemed to bring back some elements of Phantasy Star Online: The unified TP system. The use of disks to level weapon skills and techs. I’ve really loved it and have since imported Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity which serves as a huge expansion pack of sorts.
I just never knew how many great games had come out since 2005. I found many of them very cheaply, and fell in love with titles like Harvest Moon Boy & Girl, Gitaroo Man Lives!, and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. A sale on Amazon led to Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite. A mention at the store resulted in Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. Which brings me to the point of the entry.
The NGP may be on the horizon, but right now a renaissance of sorts has been going on for the past year with the PSP and JRPGs, courtesy of mainly XSeed, Atlus, and Square-Enix. And that’s just exciting all around. I never thought most of these companies would have bothered releasing certain titles over here.
Heavy-hitters like Xenogears and Legend of Mana have been re-released by Square-Enix. Atlus continues its practice of bringing over obscure gems. XSeed is a newer player to me, but one I am enjoying very much.
Which brings me to today’s purchase The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky by XSeed. It looks simply amazing, and had some pretty nice reviews. From the packaging alone, I’m getting a Lunar feel and it’s a pretty awesome feeling. The soundtrack, guild emblem pin, and poster help that along. I also found an okay deal for another of XSeed’s PSP RPG line called Brave Story: New Traveler that is much older than the above game, but also looks very promising.
Aside from these games, there’s a huge backlog to be had of PSP JRPGS (and not just tactical ones). And I’m absolutely excited to do my best to collect as many as I can. It’s definitely one of my favorite genres and it’s nice to see another system with so many great games reminiscent of the PSOne and Playstation 2 libraries.