Holiday Buyers' Guide 2006 - PSP

For the seen-it-all... Killzone: Liberation (read ourreview)

Given that it's a top-down, seemingly stripped-down sequel to a poorly received first-person shooter, even the most jaded gamers could be forgiven for thinking Killzone: Liberation is worth ignoring. Too bad they'd be missing one of the most intense, engaging action games on Sony's handheld. Liberation tells the story of a war in the far future, but that's really just window dressing for gritty, tactical action that constantly challenges the player to stay alive against overwhelming odds.

Mikel Reparaz
After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.