Other than the obvious things like don’t die, don’t fail out of university, get a job, etc., I will probably try to clear off some of my PSP backlog so I can move forward. I realized I’ve amassed loads of PSP games bought on a whim/sale/bought when I was in the mood for a game but by the time it arrived via super slow SAL shipping I was in the mood for other things. The last one happened more often than I’d like to admit.
Anyway, one PSP game down a month is my goal.
Sweet Fuse: At Your Side – Otome game that I’ve been meaning to play but never got around to. I’ve been meaning to play more otome games in general, but I am terrible at picking good ones.
11eyes CrossOver – chuuni galge. I particularly remember 11eyes from the days where I watched and admired a lot of eroge openings, but couldn’t play any so I just looked at pictures and made up stories.
Mashiroiro Symphony – apparently a rather 王道 moege that seems pretty well-received. I’ve always liked the art as far as moege go.
Twinkle Crusaders – Got the battle system recommended to me.
Dunamis15 – The naming scheme sounds like one of those VNs 5pb makes to cash in on the Ever17 sci-fi hype, but apparently the plot is actually decent in this one.
Akiba’s Trip Plus – Stripping people in Akiba, needed a game with real-time battles to balance the list.
Shining Hearts – looks like a pretty standard RPG with character designs by Tony Taka, will play when bored
7th Dragon 2020 – Dungeon-crawler with classes, always welcome in my book.
Corpse Party – Bought from PSN on sale
Half-Minute Hero – I’ve always found the concept of this to be pretty neat, and it seems to suit handhelds perfectly
Star Ocean: Second Evolution – Played SOI, always meant to play SOII since it’s everyone’s favorite. PS1 RPGs tend to have pretty good atmospheres if nothing else.
Sakura Wars I & II – It was 500 yen during Sega’s JPSN sale! And this is a compilation of two games! Plus Sakura Wars is supposedly a classic, which means there’s a high chance of it being decent to good.
Despite being calling myself an RPG fan, I still haven’t played most of the Final Fantasies, so I was planning on doing an FF marathon (not including I, which I beat, and III, which I played and didn’t really like), but I guess I’ll be saving that for later when my backlog is less massive.
I might not be able to play all of these or end up switching some around, but everything is for my ultimate goal of cutting down on my backlog.
January 6, 2014 at 00:13
Good luck. I’ve had my PSP for a while now and haven’t made any good progress… and now that I got a 3DS during the holidays it’s looking even worse, haha. I wasn’t very impressed with the Shining series on PSP, though, Blade in particular has an insanely simple, “press button to insta-win” sort of battle system that rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t know if Hearts fares any better in that regard.
Also, every time I come to your blog the banner keeps reminding me that I should at least finish Trails in the Sky…
January 6, 2014 at 12:46
I got a Vita not too long ago and that ended up eating away some of my time. I also have a 3DS, and that too has a good selection of games that appeal to me.
I’ve heard that Blade and Ark use a battle system similar to Valkyria Chronicles, but apparently Hearts sticks to a more normal turn-based system. I haven’t played any of the Shining Force games, so at the very least I don’t have something better to compare them to.
Go finish Trails in the Sky! If you end up liking it, 5 more games of ~60-80 hours long are instantly added to your backlog.
January 6, 2014 at 01:06
Woah! One game per month?? Good luck, let us all know how it goes! It might inspire me to finish off games that are just sitting there while new games continue to be bought!
January 6, 2014 at 12:49
I think I’ve tried to do the one game a month thing every year and it has ended in spectacular failure every year as my backlog takes two steps back and three steps forward in the increasing direction.
I’m trying to put a stop to buying new games for old handhelds for now, and might as well clear the old games to move on. As much as I like the PSP, the UMD format sucks and I don’t like bringing it out of the house.
January 6, 2014 at 15:22
Lol, how come you don’t like the PSP leaving the house? Does it misbehave? 🙂
January 6, 2014 at 15:56
I have a Vita and 3DS so carrying yet another handheld would be a pain. Plus the UMD drive and the PSP in general is quite fragile, so I don’t want to risk making it unable to read UMDs.
Handhelds should just stick to cartridges. The UMDs were impressive back then because making a cartridge that could store just as much would be too expensive, but that is no longer the case so now they’re just kinda annoying to deal with.
January 6, 2014 at 16:36
So when you head out, which one do you normally take or you don’t really have a preferred on?
January 6, 2014 at 16:44
Depends on what I’m currently playing, really. I suppose I take the 3DS out more for its streetpass features.
January 6, 2014 at 17:18
Yeah, I’m the same. If I’m going to a Japanese event, I’ll take the 3DS for the StreetPass action. But if I’m just going shopping or into the city or likewise, I’ll usually take the Vita 🙂
January 6, 2014 at 01:09
I wish you major luck. You have it rougher than me…
January 6, 2014 at 13:21
You mean you DON’T have a massive backlog that only increases?
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March 7, 2016 at 13:15
Sakura Taisen are quite awesome series, so have you finished the one on PSP?
The series was the biggest budget VN at that time and a showcase what a VN series will look like if it got backing from a giant company. Story wise Sakura Taisen maybe generic but it got really good songs and memorable characters.
March 7, 2016 at 14:27
I didn’t get to it yet, unfortunately. Many people cite Sakura Taisen 3 as a legendary galge on the budget and “game” side, so I’m definitely still interested in playing the series.