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PSP...god what's wrong with me...

maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what?New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
edited January 2007 in Games and Technology
Over the past couple of weeks I've been thinking about this highly, and I believe for the next year or two I'm just going to go Handheld-only. I have a Game Boy Micro, a DS Lite, and a SP that obviously isn't used too much obviously.

However, the PSP has always intrigued me. Yeah, yeah, the media functions are half-assed, and the games aren't as numerously great as the DS, but there's something about portable Katamari that seems like 10 kinds of awesome.

So, I've decided that I'm going to pick up a PSP. I was planning on using the Circuit City $40 off any $199 or more purchase coupon to net the Core pack for $160, and then take a $30 gift card for Gamestop + a few $ to get me a game to get started. (Memory will be purchased at my place of business on the cheap.)

So, am I nuts? Should I just focus on purchasing things for the DS instead? Is the Entertainment pack worth it? (Don't care about the movie, nor the game, nor the case or the headphones..)

Talk PSP to me.

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I have a PSP, and I can say without a doubt it was not worth the money (to me). It even came with a free nylon case and a memory stick. The games just aren't numerous enough outside of movie tie-ins and GTA Lite and all of that stuff to be worth it. If you like more unique games, the type that the DS is chock-full of, than I can't recommend a PSP to you.

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    yalborapyalborap Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I'd say it's worth it if you're willing to get into the homebrew scene.

    Good luck with your all-portable setup, by the way. Be sure to tell us how it goes!

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    taliosfalcontaliosfalcon Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    all i'm going to say is i havent started up my psp in at least 6 months and my lite gets daily use...i too thought the psp would be worth it and a good purchase..how wrong i was.

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    TwistedJesterTwistedJester Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I'm interested in buying a PSP, almost purely for homebrew though.

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I do have to note this would be my first Sony videogaming purchase ever.

    I bought a N64 instead of a PSX
    I bought a DC instead of a PS2.

    So this would be my first Sony anything....

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    cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I want one for Lumines and Valkyrie Profile.


    That's really about it, though Ys and MGS would be nice to tack onto that. Those two games are the only system sellers for me though.


    I'll buy a PSP for Disgaea.

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Oh, also highly interested in Every Extend Extra.

    It just reminds me of Rez.

    And Gitaroo Man would be awesome.

    ...actually, I'd pay full price for a portable Rez.

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    HyoukoHyouko Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I maintain that trading my PSP for a PS2 and Shadow of the Colossus was one of the best trade-ins I've ever made. Still, what I was really (subconsciously) hoping for in the PSP was a portable PS2, which would gain good ports of worthwhile PS2 games; instead, I got poor ports/spinoffs of (frequently mediocre) PS2 games and very few original titles. I know the situation's changed somewhat since then, but I'm not going to touch the PSP again until it's in the sub-$100 range and I can pick up all of the worthwhile games for cheap.

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    Kewop DecamKewop Decam Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    i got a PSP for free and I hate the damn thing

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    cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    i got a PSP for free and I hate the damn thing

    I'll take it.

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    A duck!A duck! Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited January 2007
    I figured I'd come on here and defend the thing, but you know, what's the point? If you think you can stay entertained with it's games and capabilities, get one. Despite the hyperbole you hear in most PSP threads, there actually are good games for it! I know, you'd never believe it!

    Whatever, though, I'm not going to stay here and slog through what the next few pages will undoubtedly be, but just remember that you should buy something for what it is, not what you're dream it's going to be, so think about that before you buy a PSP. I'm happy with mine.

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    WoodroezWoodroez Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    It depends on what you like. If you like shooters of all kinds, then Syphon Filter and Killzone: Liberation are both very solid. Honestly, it looks like so far this fall with KZ:L, and MGS:PO, the PSP has released the very best it has to offer. The Oblivion port will be a crapshoot to say the least, imo. It's got the under-appreciated Mega Man redux games as well. FFTactics and that new FFVII-based game are on the way as well.

    If portability isn't a factor, however, and you ARE a shooter fan, the 360 is by far a better buy. Rainbow 6 Vegas is, well, sublime.

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    core tacticcore tactic Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    My only complaint is the battery life. I've killed it a couple times this week from playing FF7 and Lumines.

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    GraviijaGraviija Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    People say the media features are "half-assed", but if you like things simple, then I think the PSP does great. Getting music and photos on is easy, and it supports a modest selection of formats. Movies seem to be a bit harder, but once you get a good file on, it plays them well.

    Granted, UMD is beyond dead, but overall, the PSP offers a solid media feature list, if you're not going for super high-tech stuff.

    Also, some very good games (Megaman remakes are both fantastic). I honestly haven't touched my PSP for use of a game in months, but that doesn't make me appreciate it less. Well, maybe a little.

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    core tacticcore tactic Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Oooohhhh, I almost forgot. 2 months and we get Monster Kingdom: Jewel summoner in America. Portable Shin Megami Tensei goodness!

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    DarkSymphonyDarkSymphony Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    mine was a gift and I've never hated it. The problem however, is that I only liked it starting a couple months ago when games were finally comming out. I would not have purchased the system myself until very recently and I would have had to think about it for a while. It's incredibly powerful and has some great games, but not *alot* of them. I've been playing it ALOT in the past month though becuase I got Metal Gear portable ops, sega genesis collection lumines 2 and tekken dark resurrection, which, are all awesome.

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    KamiKami Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    My PSP is one of my favorite systems, if only because I can play Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops, and Tales of Eternia (which is the only game I've ever imported).

    Both of those games, for me, were worth the price of admission alone. Any other games I buy for it is just bonus, at this point.

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    core tacticcore tactic Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Kami wrote:
    Tales of Eternia
    FTW

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    LewishamLewisham Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    PSP is a waste of money.

    I only use it for watching videos on long-haul flights, so I am satisified I got my monies worth, but I did a lot more long-haul than most people usually do in the last year or so.

    I sure as heck wouldn't recommend it to be purchased.

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    So any opinions on Core Pack vs. Entertainment Pack?

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    If you're doing the homebrew thing, get a GP2X. Just about as powerful and it's not made by a company trying to fuck over homebrew at every turn.

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    didnt the PSP Katamari suck?

    Thumbnub, and stuff?

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    HadjiQuestHadjiQuest Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    As much as I like the Metal Gear games released for it, and Lumines, and Wipeout, it's still just.....lacking...

    I dunno. Samsung showed a photo the other day durring an event related to their mini hard drive tech that featured a PSP mockup, so there might be hard drive models soon.

    Now, with a hard drive, it'd probably be worth its salt as a media player, and actually worth the cash. Also, a new Hard Drive model would most likely mean a price cut for the original model. I'd say wait a bit.

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    If you're doing the homebrew thing, get a GP2X. Just about as powerful and it's not made by a company trying to fuck over homebrew at every turn.

    I wasn't planning on touching the "homebrew thing" actually.

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    If you're doing the homebrew thing, get a GP2X. Just about as powerful and it's not made by a company trying to fuck over homebrew at every turn.

    I wasn't planning on touching the "homebrew thing" actually.

    Somebody else mentioned homebrew so I thought I'd chime in, it wasn't nessessarily directed at you.

    On homebrew: the PSP is a wonderfully powerful device, and with early versions of the firmware can do great and terrible things. However, every time somebody figures out how to do something cool with the PSP, Sony releases a firmware update. Really, it's not worth the bother in that regard.

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    The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I've had my DS for just about a year longer than my PSP and I have about the same number of games for both. You can shit on the PSP all you like, but it is no barren dessert as far as games are concerned like so many people would love to convince the world at large. I could easily name no less than a dozen great/fun titles.

    I would never go as far as to say that one or the other suck, I honestly love both handhelds and when it comes to recommending them I always find out what the particular person is into or looking for first before pointing to one or the other.

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    powersurgepowersurge Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Yeah I have to agree with the posters above. I like my PSP and the games I have are awesome but if I had to pick between it and a PS2 I'd have to go with the PS2. 99% of what you can do on the PSP you can do it on the PS2 better gaming wise. The GTA Lites have been ps2 ported. As well as Lumines and the like. There are a couple of Mega Man games, Portable Ops, Daxter and Ghosts and Ghouls but I'm unsure if I'd consider them a system seller.

    Sony really needs to give the PSP some more love rather than half assed ps2 ports. Though I wouldn't argue if we got say God of War on the psp as long as it was done right. Daxter was an example of a ps2 series going to the psp without feeling like a crappy port.

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    RonenRonen Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Being handheld-only really isn't so bad these days. Considering the vast, quality libraries available, it's not hard to find a good game to take up your time. I was handheld-only for a long time before the Wii came out, and now that I've beaten Twilight Princess I'm back to mostly gaming on my DS and GBA. My PSP is horrifically under used though... I should look into some games for it.

    More on topic: Get Lumines.

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    jimmy8091jimmy8091 Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I've had my DS for just about a year longer than my PSP and I have about the same number of games for both. You can shit on the PSP all you like, but it is no barren dessert as far as games are concerned like so many people would love to convince the world at large. I could easily name no less than a dozen great/fun titles.

    I've had my PSP for about a year as well, 6 months w/ a DS. My only complaints are the very short battery life, and ergonomics. But it's a life saver when you're traveling; Movies & TV shows, plus "free" wifi are nice diversions. As for the games, off the top of my head:

    The GTAs
    Hot Shots Golf
    Ultimate Ghosts n Goblins
    Burnout
    Socom 2 (or 1 for that matter, the multiplayer is awesome)
    Virtua Tennis
    Loco Roco

    I only wish Sony would give it more love, it feels like the PSP already has one foot in the grave.

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    Kewop DecamKewop Decam Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Ultimate Ghost n Goblins sucks because it's hard for all the wrong reasons

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    blizzard224blizzard224 Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I had to sell my brothers PSP on eBay because he said he hated it. Had it for a little under a year and only ever brought 4 games - and he's into Jap RPGs and stuff.

    I don't really have any other experience with them, so I just thought I'd chime in with this.

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    YodaTunaYodaTuna Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    If they stopped releasing half ass PS2 ports on the stupid thing it might be worth more than a damn paper weight. I've had mine since launch and I'm just about prepared to buy my 4th game!

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    CripTonicCripTonic Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    If you have a PSP with firmware > 2.80, you have yourself a portable porn viewer.


    Nothing more. Nothing less.

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    TwistedJesterTwistedJester Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    One of the things that has me really interested in a PSP is the uh.... recent development with Sony's PSX emulator. I dare not speak further for fear of banning. Also, I'd like something I could browse the web on if I don't have access to a PC.

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    Thoughtless MuseThoughtless Muse Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Reasons to buy a PSP?

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    Reasons not to buy a PSP?

    No future. There really aren't any games to look forward to, at all.
    Pricepoint.
    A small library.
    The PSP is very brittle.

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    DarkSymphonyDarkSymphony Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    it's nowhere near as bad as people say it is (the PSP), but if it were...say, $150 brand new then it would be WELL worth the price. at 200 for the core it's just barely asking to much. See, the thing is, as of now it has games worth getting. I now have 8 games for it and all of them are awesome. Wipeout, Lumines 1 and 2, MGportable ops, Sega genesis collection (AWESOME for portable phantasy star 2, 3, 4 and sonic 1+2), Tekken Dark Resurrection, Burnout, Valkyrie Profile. It was only recently that I started playing it very commonly (the system). I've had it since launch, so it definitely didn't do well to start out with. It's now picking up its own slack and starting to get good games out. The problem however is that the DS is just better (in my opinion) and has a MUCH bigger library of very fresh games. DS games for the most part are very fresh and PSP ones, while they can be very good, aren't all that fresh. It all depends on what you want.

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    POKÉMON MASTER WT SHERMANPOKÉMON MASTER WT SHERMAN i can make this march and i will make georgia howlRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    So any opinions on Core Pack vs. Entertainment Pack?
    Get the core pack for the $160 you mentioned, because that's a fantastic price

    In spite of the overexaggerated bullshit that gets flung around in every one of these threads, there are easily a dozen surefire worthwhile games for it stateside, with more if you're into importing; accounting for taste there are a lot more in each genre

    The media features are, for me, mostly unused, but it sees a ton of game time and I find myself enjoying everything I play on it in spite of the internet screaming at me that I'm not actually having fun

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    ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    it's nowhere near as bad as people say it is (the PSP), but if it were...say, $150 brand new then it would be WELL worth the price. at 200 for the core it's just barely asking to much. See, the thing is, as of now it has games worth getting. I now have 8 games for it and all of them are awesome. Wipeout, Lumines 1 and 2, MGportable ops, Sega genesis collection (AWESOME for portable phantasy star 2, 3, 4 and sonic 1+2), Tekken Dark Resurrection, Burnout, Valkyrie Profile. It was only recently that I started playing it very commonly (the system). I've had it since launch, so it definitely didn't do well to start out with. It's now picking up its own slack and starting to get good games out. The problem however is that the DS is just better (in my opinion) and has a MUCH bigger library of very fresh games. DS games for the most part are very fresh and PSP ones, while they can be very good, aren't all that fresh. It all depends on what you want.

    The PSP actually had a pretty decent launch, between Lumines, Wipeout, Tony Hawk, Untold Legends, Ridge Racer, and Twisted Metal. It's the 12 months after that which made you pissed you bought the thing.

    That said, Ultimate Ghosts & Goblins is the game that finally made us update the firmware.

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    fragglefartfragglefart Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Just buy a Wii or 360 core for pretty much the same money.

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    cdnegercdneger Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    PSP = So worth it.

    PROVIDING!!!: you get into the whole homebrew thing and plan on travelling on public transportation a lot. Then it's worth it, otherwise less so. I mean ever since I got my new job and they gave me a car and consequently I never see the inside of a train ever again, my PSP goes unused.

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