50 Cent: Bulletproof is coming to the PSP this September, and we got the first crack at a nearly finished version of the rapper-themed shooter. If you weren't a fan of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's video-game debut last year, though, don't turn up your nose just yet - the handheld 50 Cent: Bulletproof G-Unit Edition is a completely different game.
Instead of another third-person shooter, G-Unit Edition is more of an urban Untold Legends. All the action happens from a fixed, overhead perspective,
We've been digging our virtual fists into people's jaw lines for years now, but few fighting games capture the teeth-rattling brutality quite like the Tekken series. In just a few weeks an arcade-only version is heading to the PSP with two new characters ready to throw down, and we've taken a flurry of gut-punches just to get to know them better.
The slinky blond you see up there, soaring through the air ready to kick that guy in half, is Lili. She doesn't really have a definable combat style,
Never played Valkyrie Profile, right? Sure, a few of you out there did, but the game's developer tri-Ace didn't hit it big till years later - with Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. That PS2 RPG captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands of gamers. But it was hardly the first epic adventure tri-Ace had taken on. No, the company's roots reach much further back.
The original Star Ocean debuted on the Japanese version of the Super Nintendo. Arriving almost comically late - July 1996, almost
After a few hours of playing Mercury Meltdown, the sequel to last year's roly-polly action puzzler Archer Maclean's Mercury, we had to continually remind ourselves that PSPs cost $250, and it is therefore unwise to shatter them into tiny pieces with hammers. Not because the game is bad; far from it, as tilting precarious aerial platforms to guide a blob of liquid metal around is surprisingly addictive.
No, it's because every time that blob drifts slightly over an edge, a chunk of it falls off,
In the movies, a fighter on the rise usually gets a montage outlining his climb up the ladder to success and butt-kickery. If any game were worthy of such treatment, it would be WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007. Spanning five platforms and sporting a feature list almost as long as its title, this game has been putting some serious time in at the gym.
The SmackDown series - adding "vs. Raw" to the moniker back in 2004 - has become the franchise leader in wrestling games, WWE or otherwise. Now that
The original PlayStation was home to so many classic role playing games - an incredible variety of them. Though excellent, many slipped under everyone's radar. Valkryie Profile is one that sank like a stone - totally unfairly. Seeing the game again on the PSP is just another reminder of what a shame that is. It's an unusually good game - in every way.
Angsty teen saves the world? Nope. The star is Lenneth, a mature, battle-hardened goddess. She's sent to the living world to gather the souls of
The gameplay formula for HOT PXL is unmistakable: bombard the player with one bizarro micro-game after another after another after another after another - and so on. It only takes a few seconds to deduce that behind the baseball caps, spray paint and scratchy noises, HOT PXL is a blatant WarioWare rip-off.
But in this case, that's by no means a bad thing. The PSP is absolutely aching for a game like HOT PXL and, while the source of the game's inspiration may be in-your-face obvious, developer
Monday 26 June 2006
The gameplay formula for HOT PXL is unmistakeable: bombard the player with one bizzarrio micro-game after another after another after another after another... and so on. Yep, it only takes a few seconds to deduce that behind the baseball caps, spray paint and scratchy noises, HOT PXL is a blatant Wario Ware rip-off.
But, in this case, that's by no means a bad thing. PSP is absolutely aching for a game like HOT PXL and, while the source of the game's inspiration may be
By now, you've probably had a chance to try out the $20 PS2 version of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Maybe you've even finished it. Perhaps, through some sheer force of dedication, you've even managed to tear your way through its dozens of side missions and bonus tasks.
But even so, we're willing to bet that there's some stuff not even you've done. Horrible stuff. The kind of stuff that makes grown men sit bolt upright in the dead of night and cry out, "Damn! I wish I'd thought of
Friday 23 June 2006
Archer MacLean's Mercury is still one of the most original games you'll find for PSP. Its simple 'roll the blob around the obstacle course' puzzle premise may have been easy to grasp, but was notoriously difficult to master - devilish level design and strict time limits made the game too tricky for some.
With Mercury Meltdown - which is due for release this September - developer Ignition is hoping to address the main grumbles aimed at the original, while also evolving the