For some reason the PSP never really clicked with me at the time when it was on the market.
One could argue that systems are still being sold and even that games are still being released, at least in Japan and once in a while in the US as well.
Don't know why exactly. Perhaps because I had way too many games to play on my other new systems at the time, which would be a DS and a Wii.
I did import a Japanese PSP just after launch since the European release was still far off and not even set in stone back then.
Got Lulines, Minna no Golf and Ridge Racers with it and when it finally got released over here in Europe, I immediately bought WipEout Pure and played the game to death.
Really loved it for a short while but it then quickly fell by the wayside.
Now nearly 10 years later I suddenly felt the urge to go back and look at all the great games that have been released on it that I missed out on, a lot of which that can be picked up for very cheap.
I'm really surprised at the scope and variety of the catalogue and after only a week of research I have been pleasantly surprised by some titles that I didn't even had a clue existed.
This is one of the most fun things for me to do in this hobby. Searching and discovering new games that I didn't realise were even made.
I bought a couple of games from PSN on my Vita, but somehow I just love physical media and the thought of collecting those tiny discs and playing them in their non digital format really appeals to me.
Already ordered a ton of games online so next week will surely be overwhelming as the packages start coming in.
Even though I must have played WipEout Pure for hundreds upon hundreds of hours almost a decade ago, I found myself playing the game long into the night yesterday evening as I started a new save file. Even ran down the battery of my newly acquired PSP E1004 model.
Wasn't crazy about this model at first as the build quality feels very cheap since everything is made of plastic, but I'm coming around to it now that I have played it for nearly 10 hours already.
The screen certainly is great and when playing with headphones it doesn't really matter that the built in speaker is pretty terrible.
Still, I'm contemplating ordering a new Japanese PSP 3000 since that seems to be the only country that you can still buy them from brand new...
Really loved the feel of the old system, even though it's much heavier. The loading bay is also much nicer in the old model and again feels extremely cheap in the E1004 one.
Already got a couple of new games in and can't wait to try out all the others that will be arriving soon.
So if anyone has recommendations, please let me know.
I'm into just about anything except for sports games, unless they are crazy arcade type ones.
I'm open for Japanese only releases as well and love some quirky stuff that doesn't make sense.