Category Archives: Sony PSP

This category is for Sony PSP games. This includes titles released directly for the console, as well as those ported to the Sony PSP from other platforms. The reviews are listed in chronological order, and if you’re looking for a particular title please use the search bar at the top of the screen.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about our reviews, be sure to message us on our contact page or email the author and we’ll be more than happy to discuss our viewpoints.

It should also be pointed out that this area doubles as an archive, so reviews may go back quite a bit.

Haven Review: Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R

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A little late then never, we got our hands on Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R on Steam and it’s time to give it our review.

Now right from the start the opening cutscene seems really well done, showing off yet again the characters you expect to see in the Guilty Gear franchise; from Sol Badguy to Ky, and Bridget as well the notorious transvestite that has had many a young boy questioning their sexuality. Nah, I’m kidding, but when they reveal Bridget as a guy it does get pretty hilarious.Guilty-Gear-XX-Accent-Core-Plus-R-not-work Now once we get to the menu I’m slightly confused, as I have music blaring into my headset and it’s really hard to navigate and focus with it. But at long last I found the options menu, only to discover the sound is not there for whatever reason. I noticed afterwards that the sound is a completely separate option, and lowered the sound. It seems ridiculous though, not to have all the options in one spot.

You would think that with a port they would do a little more fine-tuning and make sure it’s all good, but they couldn’t be bothered with that. So after that, we move into the training mode where we just get a feel for the controls. Just like all the previous Guilty Gear titles, there is nothing wrong with them. The game controls fine and it’s very responsive. In fact I’d go as far as to say it responds better than the previous titles did, and was really easy to pick up.GG1-620x

So we break into Story Mode playing as my favorite character, Ky (mainly because of his notable blue and white outfit that is the reverse of my own coat). Loading up with Ky I get a feel for the story and its general setup is a bit disappointing. They just move the characters’ faces over the top of the screen so signify who is talking, before going to the combat. The most ridiculous part about the entire thing is that there is a robotic Ky now who begins to shout almost religiously that data is the only truth of the universe. GG3-620xBut the robotics Ky designs is literally one of the worst things I have ever seen in general for anime-styled character, as well as it using the trope that because it was based off the original and it’s a robot it must be superior.

Conclusion: though the game is pretty solid for a fighting-style title, it ultimately lacks the appeal of a promising story. It also suffers from poor menu management. Other than that, it remains solid overall.

-Daniel Clatworthy-
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Haven Review: Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure

guruminlogoFirst up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure first released on PSP and made its way to Steam. It’s developed by Nihon Falcom Corporation and published by MastiffGuruDanIn it you play as a girl named Parin who moves to a new town filled with nothing but doddering old people and no kids. One of the geriatrics actually tries taking Parin out on a date and keeps insisting on taking her out again later. This winds up being the best way to show gamers what consent means!

Well things soon kick off and you save a screaming little girl who’s terrified of a dog, only to find out that it’s a monster that adults can’t see. You soon become friends with the monster and thus your Monsters Adventure begins, get it? Because, Monsters. After an amazing opening sequence you find yourself in Monster Village and learn that the little girl’s monster friend has been kidnapped. You run off to save him but before you do, you’re given a legendary weapon that was once used to save Monster Village; it just happens to be a drill.

gurumin-a-monstrous-adventure_016As you head off, you’re pointed in the direction of other helpful monsters, which starts the first dungeon. In it you’re taught everything about the game from how to charge your attacks to how to do special moves and level up your weapons. The game is very precise in its tutorial, as it teaches and helps you along so you can learn everything and not be at any disadvantage. However, like a lot of tutorials it does tend to drag out and is a bit tedious to learn. For example, it only focuses on the keyboard; not the controller.

Now outside of that, I must say the game is really put together well with a unique voice cast. It features one of my favorite Tara Strong voice-overs. The controls also are very fluid so it’s hard to make mistakes in combat (unless you press the wrong key). But all this just begins to shine even more when the visuals make things come together in a fun and entertaining game that had me mesmerized.

Despite all this, the plot feels a bit too childish at times, although it makes complete sense given the visuals and aspects of the game. If they went too serious it would lose a lot of its charm, and that’s what makes the game interesting and fun to play. gurumin_fsaag4a5bThe game reminds me a lot in visuals of Mega Man Legends, except there’s lot more added into the detail department. This creates a unique visual that’s enjoyable and pleasing to the eye. With the added musical score, it just feels complete.

The game itself is probably one of the better titles I’ve played, and is definitely on my list of favorites. Be sure to check out the game if you get a chance; I know you won’t regret it. The only real bug I encountered was during the naming of my character. That really was the only annoying thing.

If you want to know what the game looks like, you can check out our video at the end of this review!

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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Haven Review: Guilty Gear X2

560First up is our disclaimer.  We got this game because we wanted to review it, and as such
all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Guilty Gear, the arcade-style fighting franchise, makes its way back in another round of combat insanity. If you have watched Sol Badguy in ScrewAttack’s Death Battle then you know that the shit has hit the fan in this epic series.

Meet Guilty Gear X2; time once again to insert quarter, pick your fighter and go to town (minus the putting in the quarter part, unless you are at an arcade and they still have machines setup).Guilty_Gear_Core_Screenshot_Wii_UK_1948

You can play in arcade-mode…”campaign-mode” if you’re not familiar with retro-terminology…as well as in versus-mode. You select from a series of unique characters including Sol Badguy, Bridget, and all the rest. Just a word of warning about Bridget though, the she’s actually a “he”. Cross-dressing nuns mess up everyone’s day!

The game offers the unique feature of fighting alongside a partner in two dimensions. One player fights in the background alongside you in the foreground, if that makes sense. Just think of watching a doubles tennis match! Things get a bit harder if your teammate is knocked out though, so be careful of that.bridget-xxhr

Unlike the previous iteration of Guilty Gear on Steam, this one has more detailed graphics and enhanced game play; giving players a more arcade-like feel. The game was originally released on Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 2, and other consoles.

All in all is Guilty Gear X2 worth it? With its advanced combat mechanics, updated characters and deep metagaming, I say “Yes”. As I mentioned in my first Guilty Gear review: If you’re a fan of arcade fighters, such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, then this is a game I highly recommend.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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