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. 


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