Star Ocean: First Departure

Star Ocean: First Departure

If you are into action RPG’s and you have a PSP then this is a game you should definitely try. The story and characters are memorable and the skill system deep enough to keep you playing for ages.

Gameplay: Old Skool but very entertaining if this is your type of game.

Graphics: Showing their age, but still nice.

Sound: Pretty standard fare

PoPoLoCrois

PoPoLoCrois

There is a lot on offer here and this is the first time that the series hits western shores, but unless you are a hardcore fan of Japanese role playing games you can safely give this one a miss. The visuals are dated, the gameplay very generic and the amount of random encounters coupled with the loading times makes this game a chore to play at times.

Gameplay: Dated and bogged down by long load times and plenty of random encounters.

Graphics: Definitely very retro.

Sound: Very average

Dynasty Warriors

Dynasty Warriors

There’s definitely a lot of fun to be had here if you are a fan of the genre but ultimately the game becomes very repetitive. A Dynasty Warriors game on a portable console is undeniably impressive, but the fogging and slowdown undermine the experience. You’ll have fun with this game, but it’s best played in short bursts.

Gameplay: The hacking and slashing is fun initially, but soon becomes repetitive.

Graphics: Not bad, but hampered by lots of fog and some extreme slowdown.

Sound: Nice guitar riffs but no speech

Bust-A-Move: Ghost

Bust-A-Move: Ghost

Bust-A-Move Ghost is a nice game, but the formula is starting to get a bit old by now. The saving grace of this game is the myriad of play modes and it really is one of those games that you’ll keep returning to. Newcomers will love it.

Gameplay: Same old Bust-A-Move, but just lots more of it.

Graphics: Crisp, clear and fitting the PSP wide screen perfectly..

Sound: Spooky tunes, but fairly annoying

Metal Gear Ac!d

Metal Gear Ac!d

While it is quite a departure from the previous Metal Gear games, it is definitely entertaining and addictive enough to make it a classic in its own right. Even if card games isn’t your thing, give Ac!d a try.

Gameplay: Very addictive with only some small annoyances.

Graphics: Good looking, but some camera issues.

Sound: No speech, but nice music and effects

Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon

Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon

Innocent Life is somewhat of a departure for the Harvest Moon series and also has a new art style that sets it apart from the other games in the series. It can be a very relaxing game to play, but is definitely not for impatient gamers. Check it out if farming is your thing.

Gameplay: Somewhat different from previous Harvest Moon games, but still fun.

Graphics: A new art direction for the series.

Sound: Catchy and annoying in equal measures

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

Having to unlock the best game in the compilation (imo) sucks but for the rest this is a great compilation and really a slice of history as well. Castlevania fans should be in seventh heaven with this title and all platform fans should pray for more releases of this quality.

Gameplay: Tough as nails but well worth persevering as the rewards are good.

Graphics: The remake is looking good and SOTN is still awesome.

Sound: Good music is synonymous with Castlevania games

Archer Maclean’s Mercury

Archer Maclean’s Mercury

Mercury is one of those games that requires a lot of precision and patience from you to get the most out of it. If you do not enjoy redoing levels over and over in order to shave off seconds from your time then you will probably end up being frustrated by this title. It is however a different and unique game that makes a nice alternative to the other PSP titles available.

Gameplay: Addictive and challenging but requires a lot of patience.

Graphics: Simple but stylish.

Sound: Never becomes obtrusive or annoying

Silent Hill: Origins

Silent Hill: Origins

It might not be by Konami but Climax has treated the license with respect and crafted a game worthy of the Silent Hill moniker. Some people might be put of by the more action centric gameplay but stick with it and you’ll find plenty to enjoy.

Gameplay: Some very good puzzles but a bit clunky in places.

Graphics: Very good for the PSP.

Sound: Deserves to be played with earphones

Bleach: Heat The Soul

Bleach: Heat The Soul

Despite the fact that this game is Japanese only there are more than enough western fans of Bleach. While the story is all in Japanese the rest of the game is easy enough to understand. The fighting is fast and the visuals look good, but with only a total of six characters the game is rather limited. It is fun while it lasts but unfortunately that is not very long.

Gameplay: It is a decent enough button basher, but the limited amount of characters is a drawback.

Graphics: The 3D cell shaded visuals capture the look of the series perfectly.

Sound: Authentic voice acting and good tunes