Leaning towards a PSP. Advice?

Discussion in 'Console Games' started by cyclone84, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. cyclone84 macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2006
    Hey, all. I've got a line on a used PSP for $150 which includes GTA 3 and Twisted Metal. It also has the OEM case, headphones, charger, and a 1 GB Sandisk memory stick.

    He claims that, in 1.5 years of ownership, he's only put 20 hours (!) of play on it. (the pictures he sent look like it's brand new and there aren't any scratches)

    I used to own a DS, but sold it after X-mas when they were going for ~$200 on eBay and want something to use on my 40 minute+ commute to work.

    Should I even think twice about this? What are some other worthwhile games for the PSP?

  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    On the PSP I still like Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Burnout Dominator. Although I don't find myself playing the PSP much anymore.
  3. zero2dash macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2006
    Fenton, MO
    I'd take that deal if I had the opportunity.

    -God of War comes out later this fall and it'll be kick ass.
    -The newer Metal Gear is supposedly very good.
    -WipeOut Pure sequel will be coming/worked on.
    -Loco Roco looks fun (even if in small doses).
    -Ratchet & Clank looks good
    -firmware is downgradable with Lumines ;) (making the system emulator friendly)

    I'll be getting a PSP sometime between now and when God of War comes out.
  4. timestoby macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2007
    north devon,uk
    id say get one.i had one when they first came out,but sold it a couple of months later due to the fact that there wasnt to many great games out.i was actually thinkn of getn a another one.

    was wanting a vid ipod,but the psp screen is bigger and widescreen and plus you can play games with the psp lol. and with downgrading the firmware a game is just a download away.
  5. sikkinixx macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2005
    Rocketing through the sky!
    Despite what the Nintendo-fanatics around here will tell you, the PSP is actually a good system. The problem of 'no-games' isn't really a problem since there are a good bunch of really solid games out for it. Just a word of warning though; most PSP games feel more like console games and less like handheld games. If that is gonna bug you, then a PSP purchase is a little iffy, but if you wanna play games like GTA but portable, then it's a great system to own.

    I reccommend

    Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters
    GTA: LCS & VCS
    Lumines I & II (puzzle, tetris kinda games)
    Sega Genesis Collection (if you are into old games at least)
    Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror

    And be sure to go to playstation.com and sign up for the PSU, since they were (I dunno if they still are) offering free God of War demo's whenever they release them.
  6. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Play it first, then play it again. I bought one after playing on a friends for just 15 minutes. I sold it a few days after I bought it, I needed a jock off external HDD and the DS Lite was coming out soon so it was a no-brainer.

    Gotta say it's easy to get bowled over by the specs and design. I found it extremely lacking on the games front and instead used it as a portable emulation system (without knowing about the better priced GP2X - has TV out, Linux and other features I think the PSP should have).
  7. cyclone84 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2006

    I know, I almost did the same thing when it first came out. I played my friends PSP and was about to shell out $250+ to buy one. I waited it out, eventually got a DS-Lite, but sold that after not loving it as much as I thought I would.

    Now, I've started a new job and have a long commute by train, the game selection seems to have matured a bit (with some new good ones coming), and I don't think I can pass up on this deal.

    Has anyone played Twisted Metal: Head On?
  8. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I just bought one on impulse a few days ago and am thinking of selling it already. I should have researched to find out what games were out for it. I like RPGs best, but there are very few available for the PSP (and most of those get poor reviews). I expected a lot of PS1 ports (and they have a boatload of good RPGs), but there don't seem to be any. It is a beautiful system, and I just love the hardware and wifi, but I would definitely say check out the games first to see if you will like what is available.

    EDIT: I just sold mine for the same price that I paid for it. The PSP is a great device, the games are just not for me.
  9. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    For $150, I'd jump on that and eBay the games. There are plenty of great games for the PSP (Puzzle Quest, Mega Man X, etc.), plus the added bonus of ripping music and movies and storing them on the memory stick.

    I don't care much for watching movies on my iPod, but watching them on the PSP wasn't that bad.
  10. kuebby macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2007
    Go for it. I'd keep GTA and ditch Twisted Metal though. In addition to the games sikkinixx mentioned I'd recommend Burnout, especially Legends (whatever the first one was).
  11. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    loco roco. it's the most original and fun game i've seen on that system yet. it almost makes me wish i hadn't sold my psp. almost.
  12. TimJim macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    games on the psp arent that good
    i use it mainly for emulation games (arcade stuff) and media (movies/music)
    get a bigger memoery stick. 8gb or 4gb
  13. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Wait for the redesign (this guy is probably selling it to buy one)
  14. doctor newb macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2007
    PC, not the computer
    if it werent for the fact you would regularly use it i would point you in the direction of home consoles (xbox360,ps3) but I also own a psp and it passes the time easily. The graphics are good not breathtaking just good which is understandable for a handheld. The game library is pretty big. And the psp has lots of potential for added feature through firmware. If you do get one and you are the least bit tech savy I would recommend downgrading your psp so you can add homebrew capabillitie and make your psp un "brickable".
  15. mfacey macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2004
    I bought a PSP on impulse last summer and used it for something like 6 months. I actually really didn't like certain aspects. My biggest grief was the ergonomics. I'm pretty big (6'3") with average sized hands for my length, but the positioning of the analog stick really wasn't pleasant. Anything over 30 min of use started to hurt. Besides this, the analog stick was pretty unpleasant in use in general, with little feel and a general lack of control.

    I ended up selling it with a bunch of games and haven't had any regrets since. I think the concept is brilliant, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.
    My 4 week old PS3, on the other hand, is absolutely amazing :D:eek:

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