If you’re going to port a Game Boy Advance game to the PSP, this is how you do it. Yggdra Union, a unique and meticulously deep strategy-RPG tragically over-looked on the GBA, shines in its spiffied-up PSP incarnation. With a skillful re-localization, fully voiced story scenes and updated graphics that enable the great 2D sprites to really shine, Yggdra Union blossoms on the PSP.
Aside from the dialed-down difficulty level, the
Rereleases and remakes are naturally meant to stoke the nerd flames of fanboys, but the ulterior motive in reviving older games is to attract an unfamiliar crowd with cash to drop. That built-in audience secures sales for game developers and publishers, so anyone else who digs the redux is bound to buy more in the same series. Ys I & II Chronicles for PSP is the ideal example of the sort of game that should have stayed lost in time - this isn't the kind of game that's going to draw anyone other than the blind faithful.
If you don't know how to pronounce the generations-old series of Ys, you've probably never even heard of it. It's a run-of-the-mill hack-and-slasher that has you battling monsters, chatting with long-eared villagers and searching ancient ruins for more powerful weapons. You're not getting an award-winning story or particularly deep gameplay, but fans of the old-school will feel right at home.
At least they would have on the year-old PlayStation 2 version. Ark of Napishtim on the PSP is a sorry
Simplicity is something rarely celebrated in videogames, but Ys: The Oath in Felghana is refreshingly straightforward – ironic, considering it’s a port of a remake of a 20 year old game. In the wake of Final Fantasy XIII’s absurd, 20-hours-long tutorial, jumping into a JRPG and just beating the snot out of everything is a nice change of pace. That this PSP port is just plain great works to its benefit, too...
The Yu-Gi-Oh! games are as impenetrable as Alcatraz, throwing the unwitting player into complex card-battling before they’ve even had time to draw breath. Tag Force 3 is just as off-putting for newcomers as the rest of the series, but if you stick with it there’s a canyon-deep title underneath.
Everybody's talking ‘bout the new kid in town - which, in the case of Konami's latest Yu-Gi-Oh! outing, is you. Dropped smack dab into the middle of the Duel Academy amidst of all the GX characters you love and hate - or maybe don't know jack about - you'll slowly but surely work your way up from the depths to the pinnacle of the dueling world. But be prepared to spend some quality time with your PSP, since making friends and influencing others isn't easy - or
Dec 11, 2007
Yu-Gi-Oh GX Tag Force 2 is pretty much impenetrable for the Yu-Gi-Oh! noob. Even with the tutorial theres a good few hours of learning curve before you can approach the game with much confidence. For those already Yu-Gi-Oh-ed up, the game provides all the deck-tinkering and strategy youd ever want, with more cards, cards exclusive to each copy of the game and further cards available to download. With a four-player mode and 10 new characters you have to applaud the thoroughness,