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10801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SWAT: Target Liberty (PSP) impressions on: October 18, 2007, 04:42:08 PM
OK, misnomer -- I just picked this up at Gamestop (it's just hitting shelves today, afik) and can't play until tonight. So my only impressions are the box is plastic, and the manual is made of paper.  icon_neutral

However, if you have any questions about it (controls, multiplayer modes etc.), I'm happy to peek at the manual and share some factoids at least. Although some are saying it's "just like Killzone: Liberation," the graphics and character models seem larger, the isometric view seems a bit different angle than Killzone's, and it certainly still seems like it'll play more like it's SWAT brethren (I'm a big Killzone: Liberation fan, it was the PSP "system seller" for me, but I'm all for variety smile).

Few bits I got from the manual (I'm sure previews mentioned some of this, sorry if I repeat anything):
-You directly control one SWATee, with 2 squadmates (vs. 1 plus 4 squadmates in the PC games). You have a pool of 4 squadmates to choose from. Each has 5 skills they can develop over usage/time: Accuracy; Intimidation; Interrogation; Observation; Leadership. Each has a "Default Effect" and then 4 levels of advancement.

For example, Leadership's default is simply the ability to control officers. But get it to level 4 and you can revive each officer once with full health. Intimidation's default effect is "10% more people will surrender." At level 4 as many people as possible will surrender, and the officer can kick down doors with the force of C2.  ninja2 Sounds pretty cool - the skills are detailed on the back of the manual, btw.

-Square button issues default team orders; the R button brings up a control cursor and then you can see a full options menu including the typical SWAT game stuff (mirror under door, kick in door, blow open with C2, stack the team, or open the door and toss flashbang or gas grenade. When interacting with people options are restrain or interrogate. Sounds good, I'll hafta see whether this feels smooth or clumsy on psp. smile

-It's no Gears of War, but it says you can position an officer behind objects and they'll automatically assume a covered position. You can peek using the thumbstick and then fire from cover.

-A few buttons see double duty. For example, the Up directional arrow button is: tap to change weapon firing mode; press and hold to reload.

Multiplayer modes [Alas, it's strictly 4-player Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi -- there's no infrastructure [Internet play] support at all; I'm more interested in the single player, but I'm sure it's disappointing to many PSP fans]:
-Football: 2 or more players compete to collect hostages and bring them back to their base.
-Rodeo Round-up: 2 or more players lead assaults on their own personal load of a map selected by the host.
-The Great Escape: One player chosen to play as a SWAT officer whose goal is to escort a hostage from one point on a map to another. The other player(s) control terrorists whose goal is to stop the escape. Twist: The SWAT officer is escorting the terrorists' leader so there's a penalty if the terrorists get sloppy.
-There is, alas, no co-op, which is kind of a shame (I was a big SWAT 3/4 co-op fan).  icon_frown
10802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sports games for the PSP on: October 18, 2007, 02:36:48 PM
Heh, yeah, I don't think Sony publicizes that enough. smile Generally you can just transfer these via USB connector (or WiFi if you have it set up).

Here's Sony's official PSP demo downloads page:
The sports demos you can get there include:
-MLB 07 The Show™
-NBA 07

The others include:
-Worms: Open Warfare 2
-SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2 [think this is different from the UMD demo you could get at Best Buy free for a while]
-Full Auto™ 2: Battlelines
-Syphon Filter®: Dark Mirror Demo
-Killzone™: Liberation Demo
-LocoRoco Demo

I didn't see the Smash Court Tennis 3 demo there though. For a while they were releasing "PSP Content Packs", single files that included playable demos, game trailers optimized for PSP, wallpaper etc., but I think they stopped doing that while back. The more general download page is at:

If you try one, be sure to print or at least view the install directions; usually it'll tell you where to put the file (you can view the memory stick in file manager and create a folder if necessary). Enjoy. smile I haven't tried that Smash Court demo I should give it a whirl.
10803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sports games for the PSP - tennis games on: October 18, 2007, 01:01:45 PM
If you're into tennis at all gaming wise (I'm worthless at the real thing, but enjoy it in videogames), Virtua Tennis 3 for PSP is a lot of fun. It has many modes (including a career mode), and lots of mini-games to develop various skills. The player graphics are a bit chunky at times, but it animates well.

Some folks have said the PSP Smash Court Tennis 3 game is a better proximation of the "real thing." I think I saw a playable official demo for it at the Sony PSP site. I can't seem to track that link down but PSP fanboy had a link to the playable demo too:
10804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL] - Call of Duty 4 - Which System on: October 18, 2007, 12:54:27 PM
I've been playing the PC demo on my aged system (AMD64 3200+) and been pleasantly surprised how fast it runs (even with most eye candy on), IW's PC team did a fine job with the proprietary engine imho.
10805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/15) on: October 18, 2007, 12:52:46 PM
Mostly buying PSP stuff of late, so hopefully:

-SWAT: Target Liberty (Gamestop says this is in their stores as of today, Oct. 17)
10806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: October 18, 2007, 12:47:22 PM
At another forum (which i fled, because things seem better behaved here and, well, you guys have cooler smilies  drool thumbsup), people kept arguing over whether FFT:WoL or Jeanne was "better," and my line was "Why don't we PSP fans just enjoy having two great games on the same system instead of bashing each other over the head about it?" smile I have both. In fact, now that I have PSP slim, maybe I should keep one in the old PSP and one in the Slim, and just go back and forth between the two games.  icon_biggrin

fwiw, I found Jeanne easier to get into, and more fun to some extent (though I have only played FFT:WoL a little bit). I think you have a bit more camera movement flexibility in Jeanne too.

10807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: where's the buzz for Bionic Commando? on: October 18, 2007, 12:40:58 PM
I have really fond memories of the NES game too. It's one of the last games I kept for the system. smile It seems like they're doing a lot more with the arm mechanism than Lost Planet did with its grappling hook gimmick (which seemed more of an afterthought there).
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