Games of 2007
PSP owners have had some good games to play this year, so let's spend a few moments looking at the top ten rated PSP games of 2007. Keep your PSPs at the ready.
A white-knuckle experience from start to finish, Logan's Shadow continues the impressive line of Syphon Filter games with another bullet-ridden adventure of Gabe Logan. This particular title is filled with suspicion and betrayal as Logan's partner Lian Xing is accused of defecting from the Agency. Logan's Shadow features great gunplay battles and intense missions, with an online multiplayer mode to enjoy when you're not trying to go in alone. Gamers definitely need to give this one a shot -- it's one of the finest shooters available for the PSP and it's sure to entertain.
If you happened to miss the insanely deep experience that the original Disgaea offered, now's your chance to go back and fill the shoes of Price Laharl and the indisputably charming Etna. Afternoon of Darkness is a remake of Disgaea which debuted on the PlayStation 2. Filled with mind-numbingly complex strategy and level-building, many gamers were won over by NIS's unique sense of humor. All that fun is back again, and this time you can play Disgaea with a friend through a few multiplayer modes, as well as undertake a brand new story from the perspective of Etna. This one will last you for a very long time.
Many gamers were surprised at how complex and tense the storyline was in the original Final Fantasy Tactics, but the resoundingly political plot and class-based combat helped Tactics become a true Final Fantasy classic. Now, PSP owners can enjoy a revitalized version of the incredible hit, which now features multiplayer competitions, more classes, brand new, beautifully drawn cutscenes and even voiced dialogue. War of the Lions serves as excellent proof that even amazing games can be further improved upon, so grab a copy of Tactics if you haven't already -- it's not only entertaining but moving as well.
Many of us are familiar with the story of Jeanne d'Arc. A young girl living in the French countryside during the Hundred Years War experiences divine visions and is inspired to drive the English out of her homeland. This story is once again retold in Jeanne d'Arc for the PSP (although it's much more fantastical than historical), and it's an excellent strategy game that places you in control of the young French heroine and her courageous companions. Featuring anime-style cutscenes and satisfying customization, Jeanne d'Arc is sure to please, so make sure to add it to your collection if it's not there already.
Another remake of an absolutely classic game, this PSP version of Pirates! was a great port and captured all the fun of the original. If you never played Pirates! before, you're looking at one of the most open-ended sandbox style games ever made. At the same time, you might consider this title to be a compliation of mini-games, including ship battles and sword fights. All of these various pirate-related activities work great on the PSP and it's a real blast to have a portable version of such a classic. If Pirates! has passed you by before, don't let it happen again.
A lot of people thought that joining traditional RPG elements with a puzzle game wouldn't work very well, but Puzzle Quest proved that the two genres blend together nicely and create a fun and addictive experience. You can create a character from a roster of different classes and embark upon quests, but as soon as you enter the fray of battle, that's where things get interesting. Using a classic Bejeweled-style field, you and your opponent use puzzles to fight. The result is a unique and engaging title that everyone should try.
Fans of the Ratchet series won't be the only ones who will enjoy this portable, action-packed romp through space. Size Matters manages to take the entire Ratchet and Clank experience and optimize it for the PSP, making for a sleek, visually appealing game that still has all the zany weapons you expect from the franchise. With the ability to upgrade your arsenal and play through a bunch of mini-games, Size Matters has a lot to offer and is presented very well. High Impact Games did a fantastic job maintaining Insomniac's high level of quality. It's a great addition to the PSP's library.
It's always refreshing to see an innovative title, and that's exactly what Crush is. A mind-bending puzzle game that requires you to distort 2D to 3D, Crush boasts a fantastic style, amusing storyline and great production values on top of its already inventive and entertaining gameplay mechanics. With four environments and over 40 levels to unravel with your mind, you'll be kept busy for quite a while, especially considering the bonus content to unlock. Even though this isn't a perfect puzzler, its strengths far outweigh its weaknesses, making it a must-own title for 2007.
Burnout Dominator is a fast, extremely tight arcade racer that Burnout fans should not miss. We were really impressed with how smoothly the game ran on the PSP, and how close it looked to its PS2 counterpart. With gameplay more reminiscent of the older Burnout games, Dominator puts a heavy emphasis on racing -- and to great effect. This game never slows down and encourages you to keep on the boost throughout, while featuring tracks that highlight really long drifts. With six-player Ad-Hoc to compliment the single-player experience, Dominator is truly a proud member of the Burnout family.
Available on the PC PlayStation Store, Combat Ops is a great, expanded version of the multiplayer dynamic found in Logan's Shadow. The beauty of Combat Ops comes from the customizable arenas that you can set up and adjust level location, weather effects, mission types, spawn points, turret location, etc. The options are limited, but they're still abundant and you can share your creations with other players through an impressive online infrastructure. The combat of the title feels like its single-player brethren, which is definitely a good thing, and Combat Ops is a great example of how to do online multiplayer on the PSP right. For such a reasonable price, Syphon Filter fans shouldn't miss it.