Massive PSP2 gameplay showreel: Definitely not pocket PS3, but definitely good enough

So the dust of the PSP2/NGP's announcement has settled and all around is stillness, save for the gentle whistling of the wind and the soft howl of distant marketing coyotes. That, and the rabid clamouring of gamers thundering over the horizon, bellowing for some proper gameplay footage and for me to stop the contrived yet poetic metaphors.

And they're right to do that clamouring. For whatever claims your press release touts, whatever lumps of fancy-named silicon you have under the hood, and however many times you carelessly spout hollow twatspeak like "revolution" or "paradigm shift", your console doesn't really exist until it has a decent amount of game content to show off. And now the PSP2 (oh come on, Sony, you know that's what you'll default to) has.

Does it live up to the "PS3 in your pocket" claims made by so many excitable giddy-goats? No. But superficially at least, it's not far off. Is that enough to make a successful handheld? It remains to be seen. Have a look and lemee know what you think.

Despite using the kind of hatefully aspirational pop-rock soundtrack that leaves one aspiring only to global genocide, it's a pretty good showreel. You'll notice that even with the increased power, Sony is being very careful to minimise full-screen direct feed footage, preferring the more flattering look of shrunk-down, windowed video. It's like lens vaseline for the wrinkly starlet that is handheld gaming. Or the slightly jaggy Chimera with lightly washed-out textures, if you prefer a more literal description.

Whatever, it's some impressive eye candy for a handheld machine, and it should look great once the full effect of small-screen smoke and mirrors hits your hands. But what do you think of the game line-up? Is this the sort of stuff you buy a handheld for? Does the ground-poking inventiveness of Little Deviants convince you that a back touch-panel is a worthwhile addition? Or do you still not get why anyone would want to play Uncharted without a sofa and a big TV in tow?

Feb 2, 2011




  • bmrskate - February 4, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    @RonnyLive19881: I'm not exactly sure what planet your dementia has put you on, but it definitely isn't this one! Yeah, Microsoft has had its problems, but all of my Sony products run like tanks. It's not like I don't own Nintendo products, I've had Game Boys and SNES' since day one. What I've seen from your posts is nothing short of uneducated, Nintendo-humping, masturbating flame-bait. A "fanboy" isn't exactly a title to be proud about!
  • FriendlyFire - February 4, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    This video made me crave for a new Wipeout on PS3 :(
  • NanoElite666 - February 3, 2011 6:16 a.m.

    Abe Lincoln beating the crap out of people in a fighting game. 'Nuff said.
  • ghettojoker - February 3, 2011 6:06 a.m.

    Actually, in my opinion, the system that can do more will win. its not about games anymore. in this age of technology, a hand held has to be able to anything a computer can. if the psp2 goes for $300+, then that proves that their not just going for the young demographic. look at the iphone for example, its taking a lot of business from Nintendo and Sony because it can surf the web, watch videos, listen to music, APPS<-- big one there, play games( yes i know that may go with the apps), has long battery life, and the OS is very enjoyable as well. if these systems want to compete for a long time, then they must find ways to define themselves. who really thinks here that 3d is important? and graphicsare nice, but if that all offered, then dos it really justify bying it? im more excited by the fact of what the capabilities will be with the psp2 and its potential. and no i am not an apple fan boy im just giving an argument. the iphone has already taken a great chunk from nintendo in the handheld category, and it does not specialize in games so...
  • shawksta - February 3, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    Lets see if they can actually pull it off, they need to implement allot of gameplay to sell their handheld, thats what Nintendo's doing since the Gameboy, its all about the games, which is why PSP failed to Catch up. If this does pull off to make great PS3 style then great but it wont be enough, they need to make PSP2 games Really shine, otherwise it will just be a Portable PS3 with No Variety while 3DS dominates with its huge variety. Im getting Both Mind you but I want Sony to get the message that tec and graphics isnt everything.
  • jondaven - February 3, 2011 3:07 a.m.

    Wow, I actually expected the graphics to be worse than this. I really need to start saving my money.
  • igothitwithabulb - February 3, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    It looked generally good, but Uncharted had a terrible framerate whenever it was showed out of fullscreen. This worries me.
  • hobonateor - February 3, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    Was that wipEout!!!!! If its true I'm definitely buying this over 3DS and Star Fox... sorry Star Fox...
  • RonnyLive19881 - February 3, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    @bmrskate: It's Nintendo I don't need to try it because they have never let me down(Sony and Microsoft have many times. I've had 4 RROD's my, FIRST PSP had tons of dead pixles and my second one (white slim Vader one) died and I only used it to play Jeanne D'Ark and don't even get me started on the PS2 and 3 problems I have had to pay 90$ to repair)... they are always the best... your point? Not trying to be rude but M$ and Sony have both repeatedly ripped me off and Nintendo never has. Of course I'm excited. I'm not buying a 3DS because people are telling me to, I doing it because I'm a fan... a fan of Nintendo Lol
  • mrmorozov987 - February 2, 2011 11:49 p.m.

    Is one of those games seriously called "Smart Ass"? Anyway, the game lineup is fantastic! LittleBigPlanet, Call of Duty, Killzone, Resistance... just awesome.
  • vincentdarkwood - February 2, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    this video screams for more LocoRoco
  • bmrskate - February 2, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    @RonnyLive19881: "(Place random brainless abbreviated internet cliche and meme here) I'm impressionable and exciteable and I will buy something when people tell me to buy it, even though I've never actually tried the product before! If someone tells me to get a vasectomy, but they don't tell me the drawbacks and I don't know what it is, then I'll try it anyway!"
  • Cyberninja - February 2, 2011 10:14 p.m.

    if sony gives this a price of $350 or less, 3 good rpgs, an ape escape game and a game bundle then i will get this until then 3ds is out in march i will buy it because it has games i would play already
  • Gex4212 - February 2, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    @Justinbada if you think this will be $200 you are wrong. This will atleast be 300 or more at launch. @TheWhitestMexican well since sony announced they are gonna be doing away with UMD and start using something more like the MagicDuo Cards I dont think load times would be much of an issue.
  • Fuzunga - February 2, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    @Turboash 3D slider = doesn't matter
  • Spybreak8 - February 2, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    @The Tingler "Cautiously excited, but it all comes down to both price and how good these games actually are. It's all very well saying "Killzone" and "Uncharted", but without the original developers behind any of the portable versions, will either be any good? Uncharted's not just pretty graphics and Nathan Drake you know - Naughty Dog's a skilful developer." Oh man when I read your comment, the way you worded it, all of a sudden I thought of an Elcor from Mass Effect saying it. -Cautiously excited- Iiiit aaaalll coomes doooowwwn too pprrriice aaaaand gooooood gaaaammmmess. haha @Turboash "3D fad = Nintendo's loss." Yes 3D is a fad that now has the technology, thus cheap to produce, to back it up now. Besides you're not tethered down with 3D, there are levels of how much you want to use or turning it off all together while still enjoying a HD resolution.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 2, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Tortoise needs new Pants badly!
  • johnthe5th - February 2, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    @tuomotaivainen: I'm pretty sure vadorsoul is being sarastic :P Anyways I agree with the majority here: this is impressive but I'm still skeptical. I'm getting a 3DS no matter what, but there is an announcement of a PSP2 Elder Scrolls, Demon's Souls, and anything by thatgamecompany or Team Ico, then I just might have to get a PSP2.
  • tuomotaivainen - February 2, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    @vadorsoul How in gods name does achievements make portable gaming better? And you seem to miss the fact that the NGP has trophy support (Sony's equiv of achievements). I smell a M$ fanboy. Back to the topic at hand... Yes, the graphics are VERY impressive, but why do I get the feeling that the hands (and essentially the console) are all done in CG? Also, we as gamers should know that graphics are not everything, Nintendo is a PERFECT example of that.
  • vadorsoul - February 2, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    I dont think the iphone ngp and 3ds get the concept of portable gaming. Now, the windows phone really gets it. It has achievements and stuff. Microsoft is our last bastion of hope in a bleak gaming world.

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