Ys Seven (PSP)
RPG 17 August 2010
Ys Seven for is the seventh installment of the popular jRPG series developed by Nihon Falcom. The game takes us to the fantasy world of Altago where we play as adventurer Adol Christin. King Kiemarl Ednas gives our hero a task of exploring and inspecting a mysterious crypt that emerged after one of the earthquakes. While fulfilling his task he awakes th Five Dragons – ancient powerful beings that bestow Adol with their power so that he can stop the impending cataclysm. Gameplay focuses on exploration of various locations, combat, and talking with more and more NPCs in order to progress the story. In combat, we use conventional weapons, spells, and special abilities which we can combine into powerful combo attacks. We can assign attacks to specific buttons, just like in the series' previous installments. Ys Seven has an atmospheric soundtrack and eye-pleasing visuals.
The Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion (PSP)
A special edition of The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, developed for PlayStation Portable by Climax. In comparison to the full-fledged version released on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, in which one could freely explore a large open fantasy world, due to the technical limitations of PSP The Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion is a three-dimensional dungeon crawler. It means that during the game player travels through a network of enclosed dungeons, catacombs and sewers. Ten large levels await the players, where they will fight numerous beast and encounter NPCs that will give them various quests. The opponents can be fought by using various melee weapons and magic. Typically for an RPG game, The Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion offers more than a dozen of abilities and various statistics that can be developed as one progresses through the game. The title has intuitive controls adapted for PlayStation Portable console.
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (PSP)
RPG 11 November 2010
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, in some regions released as Tactics Ogre: Wheel of Fate, is a PSP remake of one of the best and most popular tactical role-playing games ever created, originally released on SNES back in the 90s. Denam Pavel is the primary protagonist in Tactics Ogre. He is the son of Abuna Prancet, and after Prancet was taken away by the Dark Knights and his home town was massacred, Denam, his sister Catiua, and his friend Vyce plan a vendetta against the Dark Knights. He must lead the "Liberation Army" to bring freedom to the oppressed nation of Valeria. Though Let Us Cling Together is the second entry released in the Ogre Battle franchise, it features a dramatically different gameplay than its predecessor, as Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen was more akin to a grand strategy RPG. Like other tactical RPGs, the player builds up a team of several characters with changeable classes and fights battles on isometric grids. The order of movement is determined by the speed of individual characters.
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (PSP)
RPG 30 October 2007
The first installment in the tactical jRPG originally released on PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. After a decade, an improved port has finally made its way to PC. In Disgaea PC you assume the role of a demon prince named Laharl, who having awakened from two-years’ sleep learns about the death of his father. As his successor, he decides to regain the throne and his subjects’ trust by setting out on a dangerous journey during which he will meet many allies and foes. The campaign is divided into episodes resembling a typical anime TV series. During the game you will spend most of the time fighting on tiled maps. You have a diversity of units under your command, offering different attack combinations, spells, combos, and special abilities that, just like in any classic RPG, can be further developed during the course of the game.
Final Fantasy IX (PSP)
RPG 20 May 2010
The 9th main entry in a classic jRPG series, originally released in 2000 on PlayStation console, and ported to PC ten year later. After a few games featuring slightly cyberpunkish settings, Final Fantasy IX returns to the roots of the series, where we are once again met by knights, princesses, and dragons. Players take the role of a young thief, who, together with a company of other heroes, faces the evil queen Brahna, who is responsible for the outbreak of a great war. However, as it turns out, the queen has been nothing more than a pawn in the hands of a much more dangerous enemy. In terms of game mechanics, the game is a combination of proven solutions with some limited innovations, such as a redesigned profession system or ATE mode (Active Time Event), which allows us to see what other team members are doing, give access to numerous side quests and a chance to collect various useful items.