E3 09: Sony relaunches PSP with a superb game line-up

The general feeling at GamesRadar is that PSP is still in that tricky launch window. Any week now, we'd say, the games will start coming through. Sure, we've had some great games already, but they're just early attempts – testing the waters so that the big guns can come through. Problem is, the console came out in 2004. Yes, we're almost five years into the console's life and we still feel that way. Or rather, we did…

...until now.

Above: Sony dedicated a lot of their conference to PSP at E3 on Tuesday

Sony has listened to the criticism of its apparent apathy towards its PSP game development and, to their great credit, done something about it. At its E3 press conference on Tuesday, a string of game announcements (some known, some leaked but many new), coupled with the gorgeous-looking PSP Go have made it clear. This is the relaunch of PSP. Or, more accurately, the launch PSP should always have had.

The new unit will cost $249 and 249 Euros (about £215) and hits stores on October 1. But while new hardware is exciting enough, it's the new software that's really got us salivating. Just look at this little lot:

Gran Turismo
Originally touted for release around the launch of PSP, the series has finally made it to Sony's handheld. We do still care (just), and can't wait to have a racer of substance on the PSP. Expect it on October 1 in the US - UK release date TBC.

Above: We're promised 60 frames per second graphics - that's smooooth

Resident Evil Portable
We know virtually nothing about the game, but its mere existence is reason to cheer. Whether it's a full-blown actioner like RE5 or a proper zombie-filled scare-em-up, the outcome is the same. The famous survival horror series is finally on PSP and we want in.

MotorStorm: Arctic Edge
The brief glimpse of MotorStorm in the PSP showreel put all our fears to rest. It looks smooth, fast, and features the same slow-mo crashes of its big brother. Featuring the usual mix of vehicles only now they're sliding around in deep snow, Arctic Edge should be a thrill-ride.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
PSP has already had several Metal Gear titles, but this is finally the Real Deal. It's a sequel to Metal Gear Solid 3, features four-player action and promises to reveal the missing link between MGS 3 and 4. Oh, and the jungle scenes look phenomenal.

Above: Who'd have thought PSP could do jungle scenes like MGS3?

Pixel Junk Monsters Deluxe
Do not underestimate the addictive nature of the PixelJunk games. Monsters is a brilliant RTS on PlayStation Network and this PSP version should be virtually identical in terms of graphics and gameplay. Bound to be hard as nails too. Out this Autumn.

Above: PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe looks just like its PS3 brother

LittleBig Planet Portable
Sackboy's finally made the jump across to PSP, probably clutching at some swinging physics object along the way. The gameplay looks remarkably close to the PS3 classic and it'll be interesting to see just how comprehensive the PSP level editor is.

Above: Sackboy looks a little less detailed, but the potential is huge

SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny
Soul Calibur on PSP is finally a reality, and slated for a September 30 release. With fantastic graphics (as always), 30 playable characters and a cameo from God of War's Kratos, this is likely to be a triple-A fighter. The legend will never die!

Above: Only slightly muddied textures give this away as a PSP game

Fat Princess
This was only glimpsed in the showreel, but it should make for a superb handheld game. The princess gets heavier as she eats, slowing her escape from the enemy's clutches. Mad, wholly non-PC and rather original, this gets a big fat thumbs-up from us. 

Tekken 6
Tekken: Dark Resurrection was always one of our favourite PSP games and the news that Tekken 6 is hitting PSP is welcome indeed. It's unlikely the game will feature the same motion blur effect that its PS3 brother will have, but we don't mind. Just look at the quality in this screenshot:

Above: Sometimes it's more fun to dance than fight. Ole!

Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines
From the glimpses of the game we've seen, this looks to be a fully fledged Assassin's Creed game. It's even got Altair in it, so fans of the first game are sure to be happy. Boasting PS3 connectivity whereby items earned in one game will unlock content in the other, this one will be sneaking up on shops and stabbing them in the neck this winter, alonside the PS3 and Xbox 360 sequel.

What? You want more? How about a new Jak & Daxter? Monster Hunter 3? Or an EchoChrome sequel? And of course Codemasters have got their F1 game in the pipeline, which we're still very excited about.

And then there's SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3, which Official PlayStation Magazine UK editor Tim Clark has been trying out on PSP Go on the showfloor at E3. So take a look at this miniature masterpiece in action, then get saving those pennies:

With the PSP Go coming out alongside this line-up of great titles, it's almost as though Sony is saying 'look, forget the last five years. This is PSP - and the party starts here. We're still miffed at the lack of a second analog stick and clarification is still needed on whether or not you can transfer your old UMD games to the new unit. Also, the fact PSP Go is going to cost more than an Xbox 360 is frankly ludicrous. But that aside, there's no denying the handheld finally looks like it's going places.

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  • crumbdunky - June 7, 2009 11:50 p.m.

    WE've also got Dissidia, The Third Birthday, Persona and a boatload more Japanese flavoured games to come! I have been part of the PSP drought this year(since Locoroco2, Patapon2 and Resistance:R this spring)but I think the games available have been better than we're led to think sometimes. Sure there should have been more but I really rate GOW:CoO and Crisis Core as great games regardless of platform and there's plenty more too while this year looks astounding. The AC2 link up will leave a big hole in my pocket though! I also expect another GTA at some point in the near future and not a port/shared game this time.
  • Spybreak8 - June 5, 2009 10:08 p.m.

    I might eventually nab a PSP to finally play LBP and hopefully ModNations Racers.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - June 4, 2009 7:21 p.m.

    PSP now looks like it means business...
  • Cernunnos - June 4, 2009 4:08 p.m.

    oh, first.
  • Cernunnos - June 4, 2009 3:59 p.m.

    i wont be considering a purchase before i: 1) know whether or not there is a way for us to transfer games we own on UMD over for free. 2) know if its possible to download the games on my psp slim. yes on both= no purchase yes on 1, no on 2= swap the slim in yes on 2, no on 1= no purchase no on both= no purchase, fuck sony, psp boycott.
  • jip100 - June 4, 2009 12:37 a.m.

    Just so you know, it Costs £179.99 in the UK, i've got mine pre-ordered =D
  • Sh1tFacedJeeves - June 3, 2009 11:06 p.m.

    My god Sony has make so good choices with the Go! but STILL NO FREAKIN SECOND ANALOG STICK !!! Why sony sony all your FPS games could play so much better.
  • Jacob816 - June 3, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    Wow, I didn't realize how many good games were coming out till I say them all written down in a row. Still, I won't be getting a PSP (Go or otherwise) until it comes out with dual analog sticks.
  • Awesomeitude1523 - June 3, 2009 6:14 p.m.

  • Conman93 - June 7, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    Its a pity they didnt mention kingdom hearts: birth by sleep. I would buy a psp just for that game
  • Supermanoh - June 6, 2009 9:11 p.m.

    yes!!! now i have to get a psp... not a go, still thinking there's gonna be problems... but tekken, soul calibur and LBP? How can you not?
  • cooolkid94 - June 6, 2009 5:46 a.m.

    I'm excited about Tekken6, Soul Calibur and GT4 Mobile
  • MechGyver - June 5, 2009 9:37 a.m.

    Makes me wanna flash my psp with a Dark Alex firmware!!!!!!
  • shellghost - June 5, 2009 5:43 a.m.

    What is the missing link between MGS3 and MGS4?! They have he biggest time gap between them yet they have a link... which is missing...?
  • Xplosive59 - June 4, 2009 5:45 p.m.

    that new psp looks awesome! but ill wait for it to g down in price b4 I buy and a pparently mgspw is suppossed to have better graphics than the newer ps2 games!
  • gmilf71 - June 4, 2009 12:32 a.m.

    LBP for psp? i am skeptic. but my ps3less friend who loves the ps3 game,but has a psp will be stoked.
  • jballboy88 - June 3, 2009 10:43 p.m.

    WOOHOO! GO SONY!!! cant wait for gt, pixeljunk, & fat princess!
  • CoD_22 - June 3, 2009 7:19 p.m.

    in the psp's defense, its had a few good titles, like burnout legends and probably dominator (i didnt get to play that 1) as well as the pursuit forces and worms maybe, but i do agree that its frankly pathetic atm, and these look like it could turn into a decent system, i sold my psp-1000 cause it had no games except burnout and pursuit force but i may actually get the go because of this line up. i think i'll more likely wait for the true psp2 with dual analogs that must be there.
  • sgloomy - June 3, 2009 6:11 p.m.

    I can't wait for these games to actually come out, But you are right, its been waaaay too long since a good game came out on the PSP, now if only they could fix lack of analog stick problem...

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