'Reviews' Category

PSPHyper Review: Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or 2

Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or 2Retro art style with the use of pixelated graphics, anti-hero protagonist, dirt digging, parodies of other videogames or animes, addictive gameplay… it was hard not to love the original Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida when it first came out late last year. Can the sequel, Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or 2 (or2), stay fresh and provide enough content to warrant a purchase? The short answer is a resounding YES.

A little introduction for those unfamiliar with the series, of which its title I will translate as “Heroes don’t be arrogant”. The goal of the game is simple, you are the “God of Destruction” who must keep the “Evil King” from being abducted by those cocky RPG heroes. You will be given a pickax to dig dirts, uncover the creatures within, use them to fight off the heroes and breed stronger creatures. However, it’s definitely tougher than it sounds as there are tonnes of things to keep track of during the game but that’s where the fun really begins.

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PSPHyper Review: God of War: Chains of Olympus

God of War: Chains of OlympusGod of War: Chains of Olympus, also fondly known as GOW Lite, is the third of the award-winning franchise and the first to make it onto the PSP. It must be said that since its very first title, God of War has always been described as a franchise with an epic feel; and due to that, GOW Lite itself has been eagerly awaited by fans far and wide as one of the definite must-get games of the year. Just a word of warning, though, you don’t call this title LITE for nothing…

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PSPHyper Review: Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII

Crisis Core Final Fantasy VIIWelcome to a review of the supreme mother – the Jenova – of all RPG games on the PSP; the one single game that caused more quake in the PSP gaming arena than probably all other games combined. Yes, you would have guessed by now; we are talking about Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII here.

Logically, this game shouldn’t need an introduction but for the benefit of the uninitiated, Crisis Core is, for now, the final part of the Compilation of FFVII project that also includes a movie (Advent Children), a cellphone game (Before Crisis) as well as a PS2 title (Dirge of Cerberus). With mega-budget and 2 years in the making, it goes without saying that Crisis Core comes with unprecedented expectation from both fans and newbies alike. Did it fulfil that expectation? Let’s keep that a mystery for now…

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PSPHyper Review: Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure

Gurumin: A Monstrous AdventureGurumin: A Monstrous Adventure is an Action RPG that feels more like an adventure platformer with RPG elements thrown in for good measures. On the surface, many might be led to believe Gurumin is just a kid game, what’s with its over-the-top “feel good” factor and its wacky Disney-style characters. But beneath it all is actually a pretty good game with some challenging elements, memorable characters and hilarious dialogues to keep gamers glued to their PSPs. This is a game that is going pleasantly surprise those who dare give it a try.

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PSPHyper Review: Breath of Fire III

Breath of Fire IIIFor the record, Breath of Fire III (BOF3) was released in 1998 for the PSOne and is the third installment of the franchise. Prior to the millennium, the Breath of Fire franchise was doing extremely well worldwide, but unfortunately it ended with Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter on the PS2, where reviews nosedived due to a complete change of direction in gameplay and a lackluster effort in the story department. Nonetheless, PSP gamers will be glad to know that BOF3 remains, in many fans’ opinions, one of the most complete among the installments and it is definitely worth a play whichever console it comes out in.

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PSPHyper Review: Jeanne D’Arc

Jeanne D'ArcSRPG is a genre that appeals not to the masses; and I for one will be quick to admit I am not an SPRG fan and probably never will be. Despite that, I have decided to give Jeanne D’Arc a try for three reasons. (a) The pre-release screenshots looked pretty darned gorgeous; (b) I am a sucker for anime-style characters which this title offers plenty of; and (c) this is made by Level-5. So, was playing this game a generally pleasant experience? You betcha. But did it change my opinion of SRPG forever? Well… maybe not.

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PSPHyper Review: Silent Hill Origins

Silent Hill OriginsSilent Hill Origins is the fifth installment of the Silent Hill series and the first ever to make it onto the PSP. As a fan of the survival horror genre, I was delighted when I heard this was coming; and with my anticipation came really, really high hopes. I remember wanting Origins to have a captivating story like Silent Hill 2. I wanted it to feature the same kind of disturbing atmosphere as its predecessors, if not spookier. Most importantly, I wanted this game to scare me silly. Did I get my wish? You can bet your hats it did.

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PSPHyper Review: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

Castlevania: The Dracula X ChroniclesIn an age of crazy head-spinning 3D platformers and undemanding adventure games toned down for the lazy new-generation gamers, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a much-needed reality check for the modern developers. Make no mistake about it, the 2 games (and 1 remake) in this collection ROCKS, despite them being more than 10 year-old. In fact, The Dracula X Chronicles rocks so hard it practically demands to be the first non-RPG to make it into PSPHyper Review! So here it is, PSPHyper take on Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles.

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PSPHyper Review: Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition

Final FantasyThe first Final Fantasy I ever played was FFVII on the PS. It was the good old 1997 and PS was the most cutting-edge console at that time. Not surprisingly, Cloud and gang left a lasting impression on my mind (warranting 4 replays using all characters) and opened my eye to the world of FF. Since then, I’ve been working myself both forward and backward in the series. And finally, I’m back at Final Fantasy I – the glorious original RPG that started it all!

When FF arrived at the PSP, I reminded myself to keep an open mind. After all, we are talking about a 20-year-old game, in an era where moving 16-color images were considered “cutting-edge” and the meaning of “plot twist” hasn’t even been invented yet in the gaming world. Square Enix claimed the title has been reworked, which to me, literally translated to making the characters look human enough so they don’t give you a headache. Still, I was game enough to give this a try because gamers everywhere seem to agree it’s one of the better RPGs out there. So here goes, PSPHyper’s take on the legendary title that is Final Fnatasy.

Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition

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PSPHyper Review: Riviera: The Promised Land

Riviera: The Promised LandMany owners know that RPGs come far and between on the PSP. And if you are an RPG gamer like me, you would most probably grab anything that comes your way. The game developers know this, and they also know the easiest way to generate revenue is to port an existing game, perhaps give it a graphical and sound face life or two, and then put it on the shelves for all the RPG freaks out there who would play anything out of sheer desperation as they await the next Brave Story: New Traveler or Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.

To be fair, sometimes the ports work out really well and deliver the results, most of the time however, these ports possess game engines that are grossly outdated, unnecessarily slow for a modern console, and generally give you an outdated feel. Riviera: The Promised Land, a game released in 2002, falls into the second category; though it does possess a certain charm that differentiates it from other RPGs. But is it enough to make it actually fun in the modern times? Read on to find out…

Riviera: The Promised Land

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Guides

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G Info Page

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G

Go for G-Rank! Information and a little guide about Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, the best selling PSP game in Japan. Go

Demon's Souls Guide

Demon's Souls (PS3)

Sony and From Software give us the ultimate ARPG, here's a guide to keep your Game Over screens to the minimum. Go

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd Rookie Guide

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd

Getting ready for the most dangerous game on the PSP. A small guide to the fascinating world of Monster Hunter. Go

Monster Hunter 3 (tri) Guide

Monster Hunter 3 (tri)

Excited for MH3? A little information about the game based on those Famitsu reports here. No, I don't have a Wii... yet :) Go

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