2009 was a big year for the Playstation Portable System, probably the biggest year to date of course next year is looking to be even bigger! And though there are still a few PSP games that are due out next month, the plethora of quality releases are already sitting on store shelves. The PSP had a lot of advances this year, including the ability to download games from the PS3 to the PSP. But one question remains, as to which games were the best. I have my own opinion, as I'm sure most everyone does. But instead of just basing this list off my tastes, I decided to do a more unbiased look at these games, by researching the scores given to these games, by review sites, and present them as the Top Rated PSP Games of 2009.
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Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days
Disgaea 2 on the Playstation 2, has always stood in my mind as the best of the games in the franchise. So when the game was ported to the PSP I had to pick it up, and I’m glad I did. Like all the ports on this list, Disgaea2 is not just a simple port; even if you have played the original, the extra content (loads of new quests, and sound and graphic enhancements) alone is worth a revisit.
In Disgaea 2 you play as Adrell a demon hunter, who discovers everyone in his town have been transformed into monsters. And of course it’s up to our hero to turn everyone normal again. Along the way he meets Rozalin who completes the narrative’s dynamic and happens to be the daughter of the demon who supposedly turned everyone.
D2 is separated into thirteen humour filled episodes. The Dynamic between Rozalin and Adrell is worth the price of admission alone, they are complete apposing archetypes and you wonder exactly how they got on the idea to work together at all. Also the story is really insane, each new episode puts our heroes in positions that blow the mind. Combined with the TV anchor narrator—the game is just fun in every sense of the word.
The gameplay mechanics is like most strategy RPG hybrids. In a turn based sequence you move your characters on a grid controlled map. You may opt to use items, attack or use spells via a menu system. When D2 differs is that it allows you to see the results of your actions opening the game up to more possibilities. It should also be mentioned like all the Disgaea games this is definitely a game that will challenge you gaming prowlness.
metacritic - 84
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FIFA Soccer 10
FIFA Soccer is one of the long running sports francise games, which we’ve spent good many years playing. And like Madden Football, it’s a game that we have come to expect that what it does, it does well but really the changes from year to year really don’t do much to the over all game play. Of course then FIFA 10 came out, and we soon realized, how horrible the previous versions were. If you’re a footie fan, and you’ve been waiting for a realistic simulator, well your time has come.
I’m pretty sure you know what to expect here. You pick a team, you pick a game mode, and you land on the pitch. On offense you control the ball handler and on defense you select the players you want to control while the AI manages the other players. Pretty much like any sports simulation. But of course FIFA 10 wouldn’t be on this list if it was just another sports simulator.
Like in the previous addition there are lots of European, South American, and MLS clubs, to choose from along with all the big international teams shooting for the world cup. They also kept all the familiar game play modes including the quizzing to make any footie happy to show off their football knowledge.
Instead of changing the parts of the game we already dig, they instead polished up the game play, making every aspect fluid and realistic. The update on physics and ball handling is really what I felt made the game really stand out from any Football/soccer simulation game I’ve ever played. Ontop of that the graphics even on the small PSP screen look stunning and vibrant. If EA took this sort of direction and attention to detail on other sports ports I think the PSP could definitely be looked at for more sports games. The sound really hasn’t gotten that much of a face lift, but the commentary by Clive Tilsey and Andy Gray make for an entertaining experience. Easily one of the best, if not the best sports title on the PSP to date.
1Up – B
Metacritic - 83
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