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« on: March 23, 2005, 09:19:14 PM »

Since some people may be getting this beast at Midnight tonight, I thought I would create this topic for everyones first impressions of the unit.

I will be getting mine at 10AM sharp tomorrow at EB. I'll be stopping at Best Buy at 8AM to pick up some games, due to the free $20 Gift Card deal.

Happy PSP day tomorrow everyone!!!
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2005, 09:21:06 PM »

I tried Conning My EB to open at 8 so I could get it before work.. But the declined... So I have to wait till lunch time....


Happy PSP day  to you also

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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2005, 09:21:33 PM »

It's really good!  biggrin

I can't wait to hear what you guys think!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2005, 09:29:54 PM »

I`ll grab mine tomarrow at some point. I have some running around to do that involves visiting someone at the hospital. I`ll proably be able to sit down with it tomarrow night though for a few hours.
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2005, 10:13:57 PM »

CNET Review:

http://reviews.cnet.com/Sony_PSP/4505-6464_7-30895581-2.html?tag=top

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PSP stands for PlayStation Portable, but it might as well stand for "Nintendo, you have a problem."

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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2005, 11:01:50 PM »

I love the reader reviews from people don't have it. Someone gave it a 4 because it looks too big to fit in their pocket.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2005, 12:11:52 AM »

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http://reviews.cnet.com/Sony_PSP/4505-6464_7-30895581-2.html?tag=top

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PSP stands for PlayStation Portable, but it might as well stand for "Nintendo, you have a problem."

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Fanboy alert?  Geez, Hetz, can you be any more blatant about it?
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2005, 12:30:35 AM »

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. I'll be stopping at Best Buy at 8AM to pick up some games, due to the free $20 Gift Card deal.

Happy PSP day tomorrow everyone!!!


$20 gift card deal? Details please!
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2005, 12:34:45 AM »

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CNET Review:

http://reviews.cnet.com/Sony_PSP/4505-6464_7-30895581-2.html?tag=top

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PSP stands for PlayStation Portable, but it might as well stand for "Nintendo, you have a problem."

 :lol:


Fanboy alert?  Geez, Hetz, can you be any more blatant about it?


So? Give us one good reason why someone posting POSITIVE things (All gleaned from professional reviews) is a bad thing. Yes, he is a fanboy, yes hes blatant about it, but what about it is a problem?
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2005, 02:10:48 AM »

Four hours and counting. smile
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2005, 02:12:16 AM »

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Fanboy alert? Geez, Hetz, can you be any more blatant about it?

Fanboy is the most overused, stupid term on boards like this.  I'm sorry, but any time I see someone use that term, I think a lot less of them.  How about something original?  How about an original argument backing up your side of the argument if you don't like said game or system?  Jeez.  

Sorry pr0ner, I don't mean to go off on you necessarily, but it'd be nice if people didn't behave like 10 year olds on these boards and use 'fanboy' all the time.

Hetz loves every game, every system.  I don't think I've ever seen him criticize anything.  It is great to see people who just love games on these boards, and be optimistic!  Keep it up Hetz!
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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2005, 02:13:32 AM »

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Hetz loves every game, every system.
lol, this is true.  Hetz truly is the game pimp.
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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2005, 02:33:22 AM »

so what about that $20 bestbuy giftcard thing, anyone know what the hell morrowindboy is talking about?
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« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2005, 02:36:11 AM »

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CNET Review:

http://reviews.cnet.com/Sony_PSP/4505-6464_7-30895581-2.html?tag=top

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PSP stands for PlayStation Portable, but it might as well stand for "Nintendo, you have a problem."

 :lol:


Fanboy alert?  Geez, Hetz, can you be any more blatant about it?


Err...your point?  :?:

I didn't know I was hiding it?  :lol:
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« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2005, 02:53:03 AM »

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so what about that $20 bestbuy giftcard thing, anyone know what the hell morrowindboy is talking about?


Buy 3 PSP games, get a $20 GC instantly. Buy 2 games, get $10.
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« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2005, 02:56:29 AM »

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CNET Review:

http://reviews.cnet.com/Sony_PSP/4505-6464_7-30895581-2.html?tag=top

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PSP stands for PlayStation Portable, but it might as well stand for "Nintendo, you have a problem."

 :lol:


Fanboy alert?  Geez, Hetz, can you be any more blatant about it?


Err...your point?  :?:

I didn't know I was hiding it?  :lol:


You know I heart you baby.
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« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2005, 04:38:18 AM »

thanks hetz
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« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2005, 05:52:07 AM »

I got my system about a half an hour ago.  I think I'm going to succumb to opening it.

Impressions will follow tomorrow (erm, later today) if I fail my Will save.
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« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2005, 05:55:24 AM »

lol nice! I`m starting to think I`m going earlier than I once thought! Maybe I can pull an all nighter. Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2005, 01:21:24 PM »

I can't wait for the 'dead pixel' complaints!!  :wink:
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« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2005, 02:17:18 PM »

Real first impression (opened it 15 minutes ago):

Holey moely the freakin graphics are insanely sweet!

I'm at work so I can't really game but I have the demos looping next to me and the graphics make me wanna cry.
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« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2005, 03:02:14 PM »

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I'm at work so I can't really game but I have the demos looping next to me and the graphics make me wanna cry.


Wait till you see a game running on it, the demos are all grainy movies in comparison...
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« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2005, 03:06:54 PM »

I snuck in a little need for overpriced speed in the name of science (ok so I bought the system at walmart and they only had half the release games - sue me)...

very pretty, interface is pretty clunky though compared to the XBOX version. Lumines is up next!
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« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2005, 08:10:02 PM »

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I snuck in a little need for overpriced speed in the name of science (ok so I bought the system at walmart and they only had half the release games - sue me)...

very pretty, interface is pretty clunky though compared to the XBOX version. Lumines is up next!


Is tiger woods out yet? WHy no reviews on it? I WANT THIS SYSTEM!! I wont have any disposable income probably for the rest of my life after May, and while I could be saving....
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« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2005, 08:59:42 PM »

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I snuck in a little need for overpriced speed in the name of science (ok so I bought the system at walmart and they only had half the release games - sue me)...

very pretty, interface is pretty clunky though compared to the XBOX version. Lumines is up next!


Is tiger woods out yet? WHy no reviews on it? I WANT THIS SYSTEM!! I wont have any disposable income probably for the rest of my life after May, and while I could be saving....


Yes it is. I saw it at EB today.
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« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2005, 09:06:01 PM »

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I snuck in a little need for overpriced speed in the name of science (ok so I bought the system at walmart and they only had half the release games - sue me)...

very pretty, interface is pretty clunky though compared to the XBOX version. Lumines is up next!


Is tiger woods out yet? WHy no reviews on it? I WANT THIS SYSTEM!! I wont have any disposable income probably for the rest of my life after May, and while I could be saving....


Yes it is. I saw it at EB today.


Yet you have no reviews for me? Shame on you HETZLER!!!
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« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2005, 09:07:05 PM »

My impressions so far:

THE SCREEN IS INCREDIBLE!

I mean seriously, this is the best screen I think I have ever seen. The pics and videos don't do it any kind of justice.

Amazing quality, it's like a mini HDTV. I had no idea it looked this good.

Oh and the one game I have had a chance to play so far, Lumines, is VERY addictive. Best puzzle game I have played since Tetris.
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« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2005, 09:10:57 PM »

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My impressions so far:

THE SCREEN IS INCREDIBLE!

I mean seriously, this is the best screen I think I have ever seen. The pics and videos don't do it any kind of justice.

Amazing quality, it's like a mini HDTV. I had no idea it looked this good.

Oh and the one game I have had a chance to play so far, Lumines, is VERY addictive. Best puzzle game I have played since Tetris.


Awesome frown What did you end up getting? Did you get TW? That is really one of my biggest draws, the portable golf. Not to mention the upcoming DEATH JUNIOR!
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« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2005, 09:23:17 PM »

Picked mine up this morning.

Also picked up Wipeout and Ridge Racer.  RR was in very short supply- by 10:30 am my Best Buy and Gamestop were sold out and I got one of the last two remaining at Target.

The system itself is very nice of course.

The only game I've played so far is Ridge Racer and I'm *slightly" underwhelmed.  It looks pretty great but I wasn't as blown away as I expected by the game that is supposedly the most beautiful of the launch lineup.  More jaggies were visible than I expected on a small screen and the game doesn't have the sense of speed out of the box I like in a racing game.  That will change as I unlock better cars, I'm sure.

What did impress though is the sound.  Through the supplied headphones RR and the included Spiderman 2 UMD sounded fantastic.  

I'm also impressed by the Value Pack bundle.  I know there was some consternation when Sony announced it would initially only be shipping the Value Pack over here but almost every included accessory was something I would have bought on my own and it makes for a very impressive and complete package.

Looking forward to putting some time in with Wipeout and Metal Gear Acid...
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« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2005, 09:30:15 PM »

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My impressions so far:

THE SCREEN IS INCREDIBLE!

I mean seriously, this is the best screen I think I have ever seen. The pics and videos don't do it any kind of justice.

Amazing quality, it's like a mini HDTV. I had no idea it looked this good.

Oh and the one game I have had a chance to play so far, Lumines, is VERY addictive. Best puzzle game I have played since Tetris.


Awesome frown What did you end up getting? Did you get TW? That is really one of my biggest draws, the portable golf. Not to mention the upcoming DEATH JUNIOR!


I ended up getting 6 games at Best Buy and got $40 back in Gift Cards! smile

I'll probabily end up getting another game, since it is now free at Best Buy for me due to the Gift cards! smile

I got:

Lumines
Metal Gear Acid
Wipeout Pure
Dynasty Warriors
Ridge Racer
Darkstalkers

So far, I've only played Lumines (damn work is going SO SLOW, I want to play more!!) and watched a bit of Spiderman 2. Lumines is great fun so far. I really love the video quality of Spiderman 2, I can't wait to put some movies on my 512MB card that I got at Best Buy yesterday!

This thing is awesome. It may be kind of expensive...but damn the screen quality alone makes it worth it. The DS/GBA screen looks pitiful next to it. Yes, I did a side by side comparison. smile
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« Reply #30 on: March 25, 2005, 01:15:20 AM »

How are people getting by with the analog stick, particularly in racing games?  

In both Ridge Racer and Wipeout I'm getting much better control with the D-pad than the analog stick which feels somewhat unresponsive.
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« Reply #31 on: March 25, 2005, 01:32:37 AM »

I only have Wipeout, but I found that the analog nubbin hurts my hands.  The digital control is perfectly adequate, though.
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« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2005, 10:15:21 PM »

For those interested...G4TV has a show tonight at 9PM CST all on the PSP. The talk show g4tv.com is all about the PSP and they compare it to the DS etc...should be interesting.
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« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2005, 10:39:03 PM »

EGM Scores:

Metal Gear Ac!d - 8, 7, 8
Lumines - 7.5, 8.5, 9.5
Untold Legends - 7.5, 8.0, 6.5
Ridge Racers - 8.5, 9, 9
NFSU: Rivals - 8, 8, 7.5
Dynasty Warriors - 5, 6, 6.5
FIFA - 8.5, 7.5, 7.5
Tiger Woods - 7, 7.5, 8
NFL Street 2: Unleashed - 8, 8, 8
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« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2005, 12:52:53 AM »

Well, I have some good news/bad news...my wife is now addicted to Lumines.

The good news is that now I know she is not pissed at me for getting a PSP...the bad news is that my PSP time just got cut in half...doh!
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« Reply #35 on: March 26, 2005, 02:57:41 AM »

I've got a complaint about the UMD "cartridges"-

Whose bright idea was it to orient the exposed part of the disk directly under where you put your finger if you pop it out of its holder?
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« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2005, 04:09:15 AM »

Well its official. The PSP is Doomed. Sorry guys. I bought one. As some of you may know, I'm a curse. If I buy a system at launch, its doomed. Atari 7800, Colecovision (via the Adam), Turbografx 16, Atari Lynx, Game Gear, Sega Master system Jaguar, 3DO, Sega Saturn, and Dreamcast. Now with this past console generation, I just wonded my victims. I won an Xbox via Taco bell and I bought a Gamecube a year after launch. So the effect is lessened. However the PSP is taking the full brunt of my curse. Will it last? Only time will tell.

For the record, the PSP has no dead pixels, even bright screen, and I bought Lumines and Ridge Racer.
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« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2005, 05:49:26 AM »

Question:
what is the first real RPG coming out for PSP and when will it be? Goddamn what I would give for remakes of FF 7-10 on PSP!!
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« Reply #38 on: March 26, 2005, 05:55:37 AM »

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what is the first real RPG coming out for PSP and when will it be? Goddamn what I would give for remakes of FF 7-10 on PSP!!


The latest Y's game is supposed to be released in June I believe.  IIRC there was an RPG available for the Japanese Launch that had gorgeous 2D graphics but I can't remember the name or if its been announced for the US.  

No solid word on any of the major franchises yet though.
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« Reply #39 on: March 26, 2005, 12:34:02 PM »

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what is the first real RPG coming out for PSP and when will it be? Goddamn what I would give for remakes of FF 7-10 on PSP!!


The latest Y's game is supposed to be released in June I believe.  IIRC there was an RPG available for the Japanese Launch that had gorgeous 2D graphics but I can't remember the name or if its been announced for the US.  

No solid word on any of the major franchises yet though.


Tales of Eternia was out in Japan near launch. It has gorgeous 2D graphics. I am sure it will make it's way over here this Fall.
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