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  1. I'd been wanting one of those bastards for a while. Problem is, I'm too much of a cheap bastard to buy one. Not at full price anyway. Then the other day I notice that they've lowered the price to $169.99. I figured what the hell; I'm working full time and have a little extra cash to spend.

    I mentioned this thought of mine to a friend at work shortly thereafter, who responded with a "Well, hell, I got a PSP I can sell you for fifty bucks!"

    He brought it to work on Wednesday; I bought it from him on Friday. I had to buy an AC Adapter, which I did Thursday and played Need for Speed Most Wanted until three in the morning. I don't usually like racing games, but Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit was one of the first games I played on the first PlayStation so this one was a trip down memory lane as the controls felt right.

    Anyway, here's the lowdown on what's in the picture:

    A) $50 - PlayStation Portable, 1 GB Memory Stick Duo (with 174 songs and 1 porn wallpaper), 2 Games (NFS:MW and Siphon Filter)
    B) $7 - PSP Power Adapter
    C) $20 - Pelican PSP Starter Kit (Case, 2 UMD holders, 3 ft. USB Cable, Car Power Adapter, Wrist Strap, Screen Guard)
    D) $30 - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

    With tax, about $110. Hell, I'll take it.

    He's bringing me Siphon Filter Monday. I didn't know how I would like GTA:VCS but now that I've gotten used to the controls, it's a lot of fun. I formatted the memory stick, restored the defaults, figured out how to transfer data between the PSP and PC and updated the system BIOS (I was on 2.81; the current update was version 4.30). Who needs manuals?

    Anyway, I like the PSP. The little bugger has a lot of potential. The battery holds out really damn good; I played for damn near six hours straight. The screen quality is good and bright. The sound is good. The whole thing is easy to use and relatively user friendly (especially with the newest update). This isn't going to turn me into a Sony fan boy by any means, but I'm fed up with my XBox and can't take my computer with me in the car, plus I've already decided I won't buy a PS2 ever.

    I'm pleased with it.

    So, what are your opinions on the PSP?

    EDIT: Hopefully the picture works now.

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    2. GooberMan


      deathbringer said:

      And has anybody played Pursuit Force? i have a rolling demo and it looks insanely fun, but seems to be staying firmly on the shelves

      Think of it as Chase HQ but with less suck and more difficulty. It is fun, but the odd mission is so frustrating that I stop playing it for months on end.

    3. Johnatone


      Heh, damn, I need to pay more attention to my blogs. Here I was, complaining about not being able to afford anything on account of being unemployed, and now I'm too damn busy or tired to want to do anything. :) Heh, I'll get in a routine eventually.

      deathz0r said:

      You fool. You just closed a world of opportunity and prolonged usefulness.

      That's what everybody keeps telling me, but I figure I'll play with it the way it's supposed to be played with for a while before I start downgrading and hacking it.

      Coopersville said:

      And in spite of the battery life, I've heard it takes twice, or thrice as long to fully recharge. That's what my buddy's PSP has shown, anyway.

      Eh, luck of the draw I guess. The original owner of this PSP took pretty good care of the battery; so far it lasts me about five hours if I'm playing a game and doesn't take more than two hours max to charge. I've been trying to run the battery completely down before charging it so it doesn't develop that "memory" issue (if that's the right term); after seeing the price of a new PSP battery (although I haven't checked out the generic ones) I figure I'll want to get all the life out of this one I can.

      DJ_Haruko said:

      Firmware updates these days don't add much in the way of features, it seems.

      Yeah; the only new feature I've seen in my upgrade that is actually useful to me is the ability to turn the UMD Auto-start off. Otherwise it's all junk.

      He then said:

      I've definitely found that I enjoyed my PSP more once I got a 4gb memory stick for it, though. When I had a 1gb one, it just wasn't enough space for me.

      Heh, and here I am wondering how I'll fill up a 1 GB MS. I guess I could take advantage of the music and movie features. **

      deathbringer said:

      Liberty City Stories is pretty cool, but Vice City Stories is shaky and bug-ridden, nice music though.

      Well, considering I'm enjoying myself with VCS, that'll make LCS a lot better.

      Anyway, an update on my PSP fun. I went to Best Buy today and realized that they didn't have any games I wanted, or at least for the prices I wanted them.

      For instance, I wanted the Metal Slug anthology; I didn't want to pay $40 for it. I wanted MGS:PO; same problem as the former. The three games I wanted weren't there: Killzone: Liberation (they had had it for ten bucks, but had sold out), Lemmings, and Ghost In The Shell: SAC. The girl that was helping me hadn't played enough PSP to recommend anything, but she was hot and I enjoyed talking about games with her.

      I also realized that I'm playing too many games right now: Doom (PC), Doom II (PC), Final Doom (PC), Doom 3 (PC), Painkiller (PC), Tomb Raider II (PC), Farcry: Instincts (XBox), GTA: VCS (PSP), and Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PSP). Considering I'm going to clean up my computer the old fashioned way (system restore and hard drive wipe) so I can get things straight again, I'll end up playing every game I own again.

      But, most of all, I didn't have any recommendations. I went in blind and on a time limit. So, what do you guys recommend for the PSP?

      Games I'm Considering Purchasing if they drop to $20:

      Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
      Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
      Killzone: Liberation
      Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
      Metal Slug
      Sega Genesis Collection
      Twisted Metal: Head On

    4. deathz0r


      Johnatone said:

      That's what everybody keeps telling me, but I figure I'll play with it the way it's supposed to be played with for a while before I start downgrading and hacking it.

      You can't downgrade beyond 3.03. Hope you keep your PSP long enough until it can be downgradable, which could take who knows how long!