I thought it would be fun (for me anyway) to share what I want and why. For starters I am primarily a sports gamer, so you can imagine that I am going to *need* a couple of sports titles. The same goes for racing: a system just is not a system with out a good racing game or three. Beyond that I need some sort of diversion that is really good for pick up and play style gaming.
I do not have unlimited funds, but I figure that I can swing the system plus 2-5 games. So here goes …
- FIFA Soccer or World Tour Soccer PSP. I really have no idea which game will be the better soccer title.
- Baseball. I really would like a quality portable baseball game. Right now MVP Baseball is the only one listed as a launch title. If I get a portable game for 50 bones, then I am not going to buy a console version this year, so I have to be really cautious with this selection.
- Football. Damn, no can do here since nothing is listed.
- Archer Mclean’s Mercury. This looks very interesting, and different; thus worth picking up because it looks to fit the pick up and play mold perfectly. Still, $50 for a marble madness clone is kind of a hard sale.
- Ridge Racers. I am a huge fan of the series.
- Wipeout Pure. Looks freaking awesome (in my best schoolboy voice).
- Twisted Metal: Head On. I love TM, TM2 and TM:Black, so Head On looks interesting. Still, will it pack enough replay value to warrant a full price, day one purchase? Not really sure … more research is in order.
So right out of the gate I am over budget by at least a couple of games. I am going to wait as long as possible before deciding to pick any of the above titles.
Other items of interests, but not necessarily launch day titles/purchases are Formula 1 2004 (this would rule if it were a decent simulation), Grand Theft Auto (may be interesting to see what RockStar games does with the PSP), Puyo Pop Fever (I can play Puyo Pop all day, but not for $50), Gran Turismo 4 Mobile (the PS2 GT4 may be all the GT that I need), Colin McRae PSP (could be a true system seller for me if it plays well).
And for the record, I am not one of those gamers that mind that many PS2 type games are going to be on the PSP. There is a reason that I enjoyed certain games on the PSX and PS2, so having PSP versions for on the go play is all the better in my book. With that said, I still hope to see innovation, but I doubt we will see much out of the gate.