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« on: January 26, 2006, 03:23:02 PM »

Got it last night and purchased Pinball Hall of Fame with it (love pinball, plus it was cheap). Any games you guys can recommend?

Also, my firmware version is 1.52, should I upgrade to the latest version? I bought the USB cable and I assume you upgrade via that, from Sony's site. Correct? Any advantages/disadvantages of upgrading firmware from my version?
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2006, 03:39:30 PM »

If you can find it, I would upgrade to 2.0 and that's it. That'll give you a web-browser, which is fun to mess around with, and you'll always have the option to downgrade to 1.50 from a simple hack available widely on the web. You'll need firmware 1.50 if you want to run emulation programs that allow you to play classic NES, SNES, etc. games as well as some interesting homebrew programs.
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2006, 03:41:53 PM »

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If you can find it, I would upgrade to 2.0 and that's it. That'll give you a web-browser, which is fun to mess around with, and you'll always have the option to downgrade to 1.50 from a simple hack available widely on the web. You'll need firmware 1.50 if you want to run emulation programs that allow you to play classic NES, SNES, etc. games as well as some interesting homebrew programs.


Is that version of firmware hard to find or something?
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2006, 03:50:41 PM »

Sony only offers the most recent firmware for download, so you may have to look for it on a non-official site. Perhaps the easiest way to get it is to buy/rent a recent game such as GTA:LCS which requires an upgrade to 2.0 to use it. It'll install that firmware on your machine the first time you try to play.
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2006, 03:54:41 PM »

I guess the biggest question is do you want to run homebrew software on your PSP?  If you do, you're better off not upgrading your firmware or upgrading it to 2.00 and leaving it there.  If you don't care about homebrew stuff then upgrading is fine.  It will give you some features you don't have with 1.52.

I run 2.00 and have no complaints.
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2006, 04:18:48 PM »

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I guess the biggest question is do you want to run homebrew software on your PSP?  If you do, you're better off not upgrading your firmware or upgrading it to 2.00 and leaving it there.  If you don't care about homebrew stuff then upgrading is fine.  It will give you some features you don't have with 1.52.

I run 2.00 and have no complaints.


Brother I dont even know what "homebrew" software is. I wanna put some cool porn pics on it, some ripped DVD's, and some MP3's, along with my game saves.
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2006, 04:30:41 PM »

Homebrew refers to games and apps created by amateurs. There are some really good ones out there. You may want to look around this site to get a feel for what's out there.

And I commend you for achieving your porn on-the-go dreams!
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2006, 04:44:11 PM »

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Homebrew refers to games and apps created by amateurs. There are some really good ones out there. You may want to look around this site to get a feel for what's out there.

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LOL, not so much porn dreams, but just some cool pics of some of my favorite stars.

Nah, probably no homebrew aps for me. I really just wanna play games, put movies on it, and listen to some tunes.
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2006, 04:49:11 PM »

Well, if you have no desire for homebrew or emulation, then there's no harm in upgrading your firmware to the latest version. It should be available on Sony's site and elsewhere.
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2006, 04:53:48 PM »

Also, a lot of games released lately will force you to update to the latest version of firmware, so if you're interested in using homebrew capable firmware versions be sure to research which firmware version a given game needs to run.
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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2006, 11:17:27 PM »

Evidently, you can now run homebrew on newer versions of the firmware:
http://www.engadget.com/2006/01/27/homebrew-on-psps-running-firmware-2-01-through-2-50/
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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2006, 11:21:11 PM »

I enjoyed Metal Gear Ac!d, but you gotta go in knowing what it is; a card-driven turn-based action/stealth game.  Yeah.  If that sounds like fun, plus you like MGS, I recommend it.
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« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2006, 12:34:51 PM »

Thanks for that Clay!!  I've been waiting for that for a month now!! Will the new version play ISO's or only emulators??  I can't wait to load my games (all two of them!) onto my memory card so I don't have to use the damned UMD's any more.  Hopefully that will add to the battery time.  Incidently I just checked out http://pspupdates.qj.net/ and you would not believe the stuff they have on there!  Apparently there is a Quake 1 and Quake 2 mod for the PSP as well as a Transport Tycoon!  That is amazing!

I suppose that I need to buy the GTA game before I can get the emulators to work?  I'm not really a big fan of GTA.
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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2006, 02:35:31 PM »

I think the ability to boot images of UMD games is pretty much limited to firmware 1.5 and some of the release titles.  I wouldn't be looking for that functionality in the future.
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« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2006, 12:34:27 AM »

I got lucky when I got my 1.5 at a Walmart here in GR. That was Black Friday (when I pricematched from Meijer for $200. biggrin )
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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2006, 01:32:57 AM »

My absolute favorite PSP game, is MediEvil Resurrection.  If you haven't played the original (apparently it hasn't changed a lot), and you like a little platforming,  sword swinging, and really unique characters, I think you'll like it.  It can be rather difficult in places, and I still can't beat the end boss, despite numerous attempts, but the humor and fun factor are worth it, IMO.  There were a few quirks to it that made you have to repeat a level (exit a level, and later find you didn't get one item you needed, ie, or found yourself in a level that you couldn't get out of without re-doing it.) Use the save anywhere feature generously, including a few older saves, not all in the same level.

If you like Baldur's Gate type games, Untold Legends is okay - I liked it a lot, and still pick it up every once in a while, since I never finished it. THere are notable faults - level repetition, same-old styles of fights, etc. - but if you like almost top down sword swinging games, you'd probably like it.  Due to it's somewhat "average-ness" it won't likely carry you through to the end - but due to that also, you can probably get a very cheap used copy of it.

Coded Arms looked good for awhile - an FPS - but I couldn't overcome the lack of the 2nd analog stick so I didn't get very far.  You use the buttons as your view of up, down, left, and right - I just couldn't get the hang of it.

Lumines, of course, if you want a puzzle game - although I base that on the reviews here.  I never started it before I got involved in other games, so it's still waiting...  Tongue
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« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2006, 01:56:17 AM »

You know, I enjoyed Untold Legends.  I think I probably enjoyed it more so than others due to how I have essentially no experience with those top-down hack-n-slash RPGs.  Despite the long'ish loading times, I thought it was a pretty cool game.

Lumines was my favorite puzzle game (aside from Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo) until I played Meteos.  But Lumines is still a very addicting and satisfying puzzle game.  Though, I didn't like how I had to play for 1 hour+ for a top score.  That irked me a bit.  But it had great music (ANDSHINEANDSHINEANDSHINEANSHINE - HEY I liked it!), nice clean graphics, and was a lot of fun.

I enjoyed Metal Gear Ac!d as well.  Though, it started getting to me after awhile.

Hot Shots Golf was fun.  But then it clicked to me that it's just the same thing over and over and over again.  Still - fun game, but lack of variety killed it for me.

MLB was fun.

I played The Con today on a kiosk.  That was a weird game experience.
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« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2006, 01:50:49 AM »

Here's more info on how to get homebrew working on post 2.00 versions of the firmware:
http://www.hackaday.com/entry/1234000243073512/
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