SetsFireToPoshHammer wrote:I often buy the DS version of multi-platform games, mostly because the line isn't so clear with that console. The hardware necessitates a completely different approach and games ultimately bear little relevance to the 'showroom builds' as you put it Accelorata (for example with the forthcoming Prince of Persia DS game).
I get your point on PSP though, often the titles come across like pale imitations as opposed to a thoughtful sidestep to the under the console TV version. I think Star Wars Battlefront II has to be the worst offender on PSP, though Lego Star Wars II on the DS is a particularly memorable stinker too I'd say.
Hey maybe this is a Star Wars thing...? I should probably make a poor joke now about the Force being strong/weak with this one or something but I just can't be arsed.
I totally agree with your comment regarding Battlefront II. Something I laughed about when Hunter_Alien mentioned it as one of the better titles (then again, I think you could take a crap in his UMD drive and he's swear it was the best game in the world because it's on PSP lol).
I got the PSP actually FOR that game because i was so addicted to it on the PS2 and XBOX, I figured it would be heavenly to have it on the go as well. I got renegade squadron with the bundle, but it wasn't the one i was looking forward too. ironically though, RS is the one that gets the play time as the lock on mode is really the best way to play the game. Don't get me wrong, with hours upon hours upon hours of playing Battlefront II you can do fairly well... but it still isn't as easy as the consoles, and hoenstly you shoudln't need that long to adjust to a control scheme. most people who don't care about games as much as I do for instance would have probably sold that off to gamestop after an hour of play.
First person shooters are one genre actually that i would always buy on a console vs a handheld. Even Metroid Hunters was a bit odd to me. I can play Metroid Prime 3 for instance for hours on end, but I get horrible hand cramps when I play Hunters. So while i know SOCOM and the like are always tooted as awesome handheld games, I always pass them up.
While I think PSP does a lot of things right, as does the DS, I find myself personally buying mostly console games because neither of the before mentioned handhelds seem to be terribly practical for long play sessions. That, and like you said, handheld games often suffer from the poor immitation syndrom.