Yes, I bought one -- again. For all my moaning about sub-par titles, poorly conceived features, and physical media that emits an awful grinding noise, I find myself once again prostrate upon the altar of Sony, recanting my past transgressions, and begging forgiveness --tethered with an invisible rope fashioned by God himself to the bane of my handheld gaming life: The PSP.
Why return to the system I've griped about like a jaded ex to all my friends, especially when the 3DS is right around the corner? First, there's the cost issue. Those of us in the, shall we say, "limited income" camp find ourselves attracted to the wallet-friendly $129.99 price tag -- you can find it in the sub-$100 range if, like me, you're willing to settled for a used PSP -- far below the cost of Nintendo's next-gen, magical box of 3d wonder. Secondly, there's the long-term value. For all the mediocre titles on the PSP, there are a handful of true gems. Monster Hunter, MGS: Portable Ops 1 and 2, Final Fantasy Dissidia, and the like, many of which now find themselves in the bargain bin -- not to mention downloadable PS1 goodness. After the massive (and rather costly) lapse in judgment that compelled me to purchase a PSP Go, I found myself in the possession of a fairly hearty stockpile of such titles. Moreover, the NGP isn't slated for release for several more months, thus giving Sony's fledgling portable a good deal of life before being sent off to the glue factory.
I've long been a fiend for handheld gaming, though I'm all too aware of the drawbacks. It's a smaller market, so portable systems seem to find themselves (much to my annoyance) somewhat deprioritized in the face of their console counterparts. Still, for someone like me with a 45 minute bus ride to and from my job -- it bears noting that i work in Minneapolis, and thus spend most of my waking hours looking for any way to avoid the thousand-strong Meth Army that is Downtown -- a handheld is a must. The additional features of the PSP may be rather lackluster, but for the time being I'm happy enough just to have the games. All quarrels with the system aside, it's a decent buy, here in the twilight of our proud ebony titan's existence, especially for cost-conscious shoppers. Nintendo may have the latest and greatest -- I was quite eager to defect, given the chance -- but in the end, frugality won out.
One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, I'll step bravely into the future and buy one of these newfangled 3DS contraptions. In the meantime, i'm quite content to simply hunker down and enjoy an evening of gaming the way the Good Lord intended: Donning my favorite smoking jacket, surrounded by my many cats, and wishing i had a second analog nub. Fortunately, between Gods Eater Burst (which I am thoroughly enjoying) and the upcoming Dissidia 012 -- the former being preposterously long, and the latter having virtually unlimited replay value -- I estimate that I will be set until about 2014.
Welcome back, old friend. I've longed for your cold, mechanical embrace -- to revisit the old memories and stare into your pristine screen until the late hours of the night once again. Now please stop hurting me.