PSP Me: Recent releases for Sony’s handheld

With all of this 3DS hullabaloo, it’s easy to forget about the humble PSP. Sony’s handheld is still cranking out games, though. Here are two recent releases that are defiantly 2-D — and definitely fun.

‘Patapon 3’
Console: Sony
Grade: 4 (out-of-5)

The Patapon games are an interesting combination of genres. Take the rhythm-based gameplay of “Parappa the Rappa” or “Dance Dance Revolution” and mix liberally with God sims games like “Populous.” Then, dust with RPG elements. What you are left with is a game that is as fun to play as it is difficult to describe.  

‘Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection’
Console: Square Enix
Grade: 4 (out-of-5)

Classic Final Fantasy games get re-released more often than Eagles hits collections. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Square Enix is again giving “Final Fantasy IV” that re-release treatment. This may be yet another repackaging of an RPG classic but, thanks to some goodies, it is absolutely the definitive version.

This is actually two games in one. Square Enix has packaged together the original FFIV with 2009’s Wiiware sequel, “The After Years.” Not only have the graphics received a much-needed upgrade, but there are also several brand-new scenarios and an updated soundtrack. 


Police warn of attempted assault on woman near…

Police in Cambridge issued an alert after a woman said she was the victim of an attempted sexual assault after leaving Porter Square early Wednesday.…


Kevin Kayvon Edson: Finish line hoax suspect sent…

The man who allegedly left a backpack near the finish line on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings was due in court on Wednesday.


Wahlbergs expanding Wahlburgers fast food joint across North…

Wahlburgers, a fast casual burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg and subject of a new A&E Network’s original series, “Wahlburgers”, announced expansion plans in North America,…


Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.


Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.


Poems from prison: 'How to Survive a Bullet…

Celebrate National Poetry Month with, "'How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart."


Review: 'Heaven is for Real' tries to be…

The mega-bestseller "Heaven is for Real" becomes a movie that tries to portray wrestling with faith — or at least it tries to try.


TV watch list, Wednesday, April 16: 'The Americans,'…

'The Americans' Philip and Elizabeth face "painful turns" in their missions. Maybe next week they'll have a nice easy mission with no moral ambiguity? Probably…


MLB video highlights: White Sox beat Red Sox…

Red Sox fall on walk-off error to White Sox


NBA Draft Lottery day is May 20: Celtics…

NBA Draft Lottery day is Tuesday, May 20: Celtics percentage odds for a top overall pick


Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be…

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be dumped just yet


Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready…

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready to erupt once again in playoffs


Steal home decorating tips from stylist and creator…

We hit her up for some space-conscious, budget-friendly design tips.


Wahlbergs expanding Wahlburgers fast food joint across North…

Wahlburgers will open new restaurants in Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia.


Could a facelift give you the edge at…

It's not just women lining up for procedures.


How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…