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    PlayStation Portable: The Official Thread

    First off... I searched through the threads for the PlayStation Portable and didn't get many results. There were talks and comments made about owning one of these upon release and the price concerns, but no real follow-ups. The point of this thread is going to be for discussing the current and upcoming games/UMD Movies/Downloads/Upgrades/Etc. and anything else related to the PSP. I'm sure this thread is a little overdue since the system has been out almost a year now and hopefully there are some PSP users in this forum.

    Second off... I have never been a Sony Gaming fan, and the PSP is the first "Sony gaming system" that I've owned. Call me crazy, and I have nothing against Sony, but I am more of a PC gamer. I have played PS1/2 games many a time, but never owned a system or grew fond of one either. Anyways, I just purchased my PSP a few days ago from a friend who barely used his and was desperate for money (so I got an extremely good deal on this one). So far I am extremely impressed with the performance and features of the PSP. It is incredible. The first thing I did was update the Firmware to ver. 2.6 which fixed several bugs (evidentally) and enchanced the Web Browser feature. Since I have highspeed/cable and a router at my house, I can take my PSP downstairs, or anywhere else in the house, and surf the Internet with it's built in 802.11b Internet. It is weird looking at SSG on a 3.6" screen, but it works great. I can also check my email and do whatever else. The last handheld gaming system I had was the orginal Gameboy, so you can imagine my enthusiasm.

    But anyways, my PSP came with a single game, "The Con", which is your standard hand to hand type combat fighting game; nothing special. I am really impressed with the quality of graphics and I can't wait to get a better game that I would enjoy playing much more. But still, the graphics and the LCD screen display are extremely impressive. I have loaded a few pictures and mp3s onto my PSP, however, I need to get a larger Memory Stick Duo to accomodate more files. This will be one of my first upgrades, and it will come soon. I haven't played a UMD movie or an mpeg file from the memory stick so I don't know how the picture quality is, but I can only assume it is excellent and dvd quality.

    Like I stated earlier, hopefully there are more PSP owners here at SSG and if you would... please stand up. I am new to the whole PSP thing so I am welcoming any and all suggestions. I would like to know what games you all are playing,? upgrades you have purchased,? downloads,? mods? and etc? I would definitely like to get a new game pretty soon, after I upgrade my Memory Stick Duo.
    "That's the best deal you're gonna get. I won't tell you you can save yourself, because you can't."

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    UKWildcat, welcome to the PSP revolution!!

    I have had mine for a few months now, and I really enjoy it. Currently the games I have are: Lumines (a tetris like puzzle game), madden 06, and just bought MLB 06 yesterday. I had the GTA game but after playing it a few weeks I traded it in for something else.
    Just last night I upgraded my firmware to the 2.6 version and things have been running smooth. I have watched a couple of the umd movies on mine, but I mainly just use mine for gaming. About 2 months ago I purchased a usb cable for it, and I have been saving pics and files on mine. I enjoy just getting different wallpapers and backgrounds for mine off the internet. You can personalize it anyway you like, and for me that is alot of fun.
    I was able to get the Superman Returns trailer transferred onto my system so I watch that on there as well.
    Anyway, glad to see you are enjoying yours so far. Please do list whatever new games you get!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JangoFett96
    UKWildcat, welcome to the PSP revolution!!
    Thank you, Thank you... Thank you for the warm welcome!

    Anyway, glad to see you are enjoying yours so far. Please do list whatever new games you get!!
    I will definitely do that. I'm going to order a 1 gig Memory Stick Duo card and possibly a new game from Amazon within the next couple of days. I like First Person Shooters, Third person action (like GTA), and some strategy/adventure (similar to that of Zelda) types of games. Since I am pretty new to the PSP thing, I don't really know what is out there and any suggestions would be great. It appears that Amazon's games are priced just as good as any retailer, but if there is a cheaper place to get games that you know of, please inform me.

    The PSP that I got from my friend was missing the analog thumbstick/joystick so I'm desperately searching for a replacement one of those so I can do some real gaming. I know they are available but the EB Games and WM are out of them here. Amazon has them but they have several different types and styles so I don't know what is the best. Have you bothered replacing yours or seen these at other stores? If so what did you go with and is it comfortable? Also, do you know if the PSP will accept or is compatible with a 2 gig memory stick duo? I know some devices, like cameras and mp3 players, are restricted in how much information it will recognize on memory cards, so I'm wondering if the PSP is the same way.

    Thanks.
    "That's the best deal you're gonna get. I won't tell you you can save yourself, because you can't."

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    hey man i glad you like your psp
    i just got back from franlkin street in chapel hill my heels beat the evil dookies
    my voice is gone and all that
    psp is grett
    i need sleep
    "You know I love the guy but I swear he writes like freaking Yoda."-Dean Winchester
    R12:2-Be Transformed

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    Hey UK,
    About the analog buttons you are looking for, I would try Best Buy or Circuit City. I remember seeing some there before (I believe they came in a 3-pack). Either one of those stores should have what you are looking for. Luckily I have not had to replace mine yet. I imagine it will have to be done sometime soon though.

    About games to play, since you mentioned you like third person shooters I would definately recommend GTA: Liberty City Stories. It is just as great as any other GTA title on the consoles and this particular game features a brand new storyline and plot so its something you can only get on your PSP. I played it and I liked it just as much as San Andreas and Vice City.
    The game "Infected" is also something you might want to look at...its kind of a zombie/action game that I have played some of and really enjoyed. If you like the adventure stuff I recommend "Untold Legends."
    If you are into sports, Madden 06 is always great, plus I just purchased "MLB 06: The Show" and it is awesome. A great baseball game that is very well done.

    Amazon would be good since their prices are competitive, but I often find going with the big 2 retailers of electronics, Best Buy and Circuit City are just as good as well. Of course EB and Gamestop let you do trades so if you had some old stuff you dont play anymore that would help out with the price if you are so inclined.

    And to address your question about the 2gig stick, yes it is compatible. We got some in where I work last week and a couple of people have already bought them and I have had nobody return them. I imagine later there will have to be even more memory on these cards because so much can be done on the PSP.
    "You know I love the guy but I swear he writes like freaking Yoda."-Dean Winchester
    R12:2-Be Transformed

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    PSP . . not to be confused with the Pennsylvania State police . . . seriously . . .

    Anywho Welcome!

    I've got Lumines (which I think is waaaaaaaay better then tetris, better music too . . . couldn't get that darn tetris song out of my head for weeks), Hot Shots Tee Off, and Untold Legend: Brotherhood of the Blade. I'm looking at getting either Burnout Legends or GTA next.

    I've had mine since launch, it came with Spiderman 2 which I have watched a few times. movies on this thing look AWESOME! Everything is in widescreen. I want to get Clerks as my next movie . . . . cause you just need Clerks. unfortunatly I do not have a wireless set up at home, but that has not stopped me from using it . . . I love the Scan feature . . he he he. Also just upgraded the firmware on this too. nice additions . . . the wallpaper fuction and web browser was much needeed!

    And I'm also impressed with the battery life. that was one of the major issues being talked about before launch, but I think the battery life is awesome. 2hr charge for 4+ hous of play, no problems here!

    Anywho, enjoy what I think is the best portable out there yet . . now if they could just lower the price on games a bit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dar' Argol
    I've got Lumines (which I think is waaaaaaaay better then tetris, better music too . . . couldn't get that darn tetris song out of my head for weeks)
    Lumines is a great game. It's pretty much on target with the other puzzle games...simple yet addicting. I remember when I first got it, I played for about 3 or 4 hours and the time just flew by.

    I would recommend GTA to you Dar Argol. It is one great game with plenty of play value in it!!
    "You know I love the guy but I swear he writes like freaking Yoda."-Dean Winchester
    R12:2-Be Transformed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dar' Argol
    And I'm also impressed with the battery life. that was one of the major issues being talked about before launch, but I think the battery life is awesome. 2hr charge for 4+ hous of play, no problems here!
    Yea, the battery life is surprisingly good for something that is so small and powerful. Depending on how often I find myself using my PSP I may get the extended life battery, but for now the one that it comes with is great.

    Anywho, enjoy what I think is the best portable out there yet . . now if they could just lower the price on games a bit


    I agree... and hopefully it won't be too long before the prices start dropping. I know as more and more titles get released the prices on the older titles will drop and continue to drop (for the most part).


    Thanks for all the suggestions and recommendations guys. I actually scrolled through most all of the PSP games on their website and took note of the ones I would be interested in. GTA and Infected were on the list.

    Now I say "were" on the list because the list is now gone. My hard drive crashed on my computer this past Sunday and as of now I have lost everything. The new one came today and it is up and running good, I just need to see if I can get a bunch of crap off the old one. Hopefully it is not completely dead. The thing is, the 250 gb drive is only 1 yr & 2 mo.s old. Anyways I got a 300 gb hard drive and everything is working great. The thing that stinks is that the money I was going to use for a PSP game or two went towards the new drive. Therefore, I won't be getting a new game anytime soon. However, before my drive crashed I did purchase a 1 gig SanDisk Memory Stick Duo card and the Logitech Pocket PlayGear case since I have heard it is the best out there. I'll let you all know how the case is when it comes.
    "That's the best deal you're gonna get. I won't tell you you can save yourself, because you can't."

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    I just got the Logitech Playgear Pocket case and Memory Stick Duo today and both are excellent! Here is a rundown:

    The reviews and descriptions of the Playgear case are definitely accuarte; it's "polycarbonate armor" is virtually indestructable. Very strong and protective. How anyone could damage their PSP inside this thing would be mind blowing (unless they purposely throw it to the ground or drop it off a building). One of the things I like about the case is that the PSP is fully functional while inside. It is easy to manuver through the menus and you have access to all of the buttons so playing a game while the case is on is no problem. When opened, the case doubles as a stand, to view movies, or functions as a sun-blocker. When closed you still have access to several of the keys, including the powe switch and LAN switch. A really nice thing is that you can still charge your PSP while it is closed in the case. If any of you are looking for a case this is an excellent one and comes highly recommended!

    There is not much that I can say about the 1 gb Duo card that you all don't already know. The extra space is amazing since it greatly increases the amount of videos, photos and music that you can store and playback on the PSP. Much better than the 32mb card that it comes with. The differnece there is night and day.

    I still need to find the replacement analog thumbstick. Everytime I goto Walmart or Eb games they don't have them. I may just order a set off of Amazon. After that I will be getting a game. I should have a new game or two within the next month. I'll be sure to let you guys know what I get and if I like it.
    "That's the best deal you're gonna get. I won't tell you you can save yourself, because you can't."

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    Ok UKWildcat, here is a game recommendation for you:

    The newly released Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror. I had pre-ordered it at work and just got it yesterday. If you like the action/strategy type games then this is for you. Plus if you like the Syphon Filter series as much as I do then thats an added bonus. I am only on the 2nd level and I'm hooked already.
    Gamespot gave it a good review and so far I can see why. They even added it may be an early contender for psp game of the year.
    Check it out.
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    R12:2-Be Transformed

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