After sitting in on Sony's press conference today, I’m actually feeling good about showing my PlayStation Portable some love: it seems some great games are on the way.
I wouldn’t be the only PSP owner to complain that there is a lack of really high-quality games for the PSP - God of War: Chains of Olympus excluded. Most people I have spoken to lately seem to have initially bought a PSP then soon fallen out out love with it through a lack of must-have and must-play games.
Now, it seems Sony are changing all that with some mighty fine titles coming out for PSP in the coming months, led by Gran Turismo, Resident Evil and Assassin’s Creed.
At Sony’s press conference, GT maestro Kazunori Yamauchi said that despite the PSP being a small piece of hardware, Gran Turismo on the PSP was a “full scale GT”.
Gran Turismo on the PSP would have 800 cars, 35 full tracks and 60 variations on the tracks, and would come with single player modes (races, time trial and drift mode) as well as an ad-hoc mode that could support up to four players. You’ll also be able to trade and share cars in your garage with other players.
Now, I’m not the world’s biggest Metal Gear Solid fan (in fact, I think I mentioned somewhere in print that MGS4 seemed nothing more than an interactive movie) but Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on PSP looks really good, with Hideo Kojima making a guest appearance at Sony’s conference to announce the game.
Kojima said that the PSP “was getting hotter” and MGS was coming back to the PSP. “Peace Walker is set 10 years after MGS3, in the 1970s. This is the true sequel of the Metal Gear franchise.” He said Peace Walker isn’t a spin off, but a full game that he is writing and producing.
The game seems to star Solid Snake, but at one point the trailer showed a scene that had four versions of Snake and the ending of the video featured two Snakes and a cardboard box, that they both hid in, then skulked off in, much to the bemusement of a nearby guard.
Also looking good and bound to promote plenty of PlayStation Portable love is a version of Resident Evil for the PSP. That’ll get horror fans salivating.
But wait, there’s more: throw in a PSP version of Assassin’s Creed, Little Big Planet and a portable version of MotorStorm – as well as Hannah Montana and a pink PSP – and things are looking up for the PSP.
I’m going to check while I’m here whether there’s some PSP Go’s on the show floor and will post my impressions if I can get my hands on one.
Whether the new love for the PSP is enough to pull back the almost insurmountable lead that Nintendo has with its DS is anyone’s guess, but there was enough at Sony’s press conference for me to seriously think that my PSP might get a little more use over the coming year.