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access_time May 25, 2011 at 11:36 PM in Features by Josh "Clyde" McIllwain

PSP Remasters: What I Want #1

Sony announced earlier this week that it would begin to re-release PlayStation Portable games on the PlayStation 3 console.  These new editions are promised to showcase improved graphics, SIXAXIS configuration, and possible 3D support.  If you already own a PSP, the idea of repurchasing games you’ve already bought in HD might not sound terribly appealing.  But if the PSP software’s sluggish sales in America show, there is a strong chance that many of the handheld’s best games have missed most gamers’ radars.  For many of you, this is finally your chance to see what you’ve missed out on.

For the next few weeks, I will be highlighting some of the best games that the PSP had to offer.  In addition, I will be postulate the chances of these titles receiving the PS3 facelift.  These games are currently not confirmed for release, as I am merely speculating.  Got it?  Good.

Sony has already confirmed Monster Hunter Portable 3rd as the first game to become a “PSP Remaster.”  It might seem like an odd choice for some, but considering that the Monster Hunter series is easily Sony’s most lucrative product in Japan (it sold 2.58 million copies in two weeks), it’s a fairly logical choice for the company.  In America though, it’s a different story.  The best selling PSP game on our shores was a spin-off sequel of sorts to one of the PlayStation 2’s biggest successes…


Why Should You Care?

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories was the most successful PSP game in America, and sold numerous copies in other regions as well.  The gameplay was distinctly Grand Theft Auto III, but with some of the additions from GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas.  It was a true showcase of the power inside of Sony’s handheld, featuring comparable graphics and mechanics to the popular PS2 game.  The story even takes place shortly after the events of Grand Theft Auto III, allows gamers to revisit Liberty City once more.  The game was well-received on the PlayStation Portable by most critics, citing it as being better than the original GTA3 in many aspects.  And even though it was re-released once already on the PS2, it could definitely benefit from the graphical overhaul that the PS3 would allow.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories came out shortly after in the same year, providing the same level of gameplay from its predecessor.  This time, the story was in fact a prequel to the original GTA: Vice City and set up many of the elements found in the famous PlayStation 2 game.  Unfortunately, the limitations of the handheld finally started to creep up as the game featured some slow loading of environments and choppy framerate.  The game mechanics were still intact and even improved at times from Liberty City Stories, but the hardware limitations kept the game from reaching its maximum potential.  A PlayStation 3 remaster would finally help this portable gaming achievement reach the goals it originally aspired to.

What Are The Odds?

I would say, considering the clout and popularity which still surrounds the GTA franchise, the likelihood of either game appearing on the PS3 is fairly high.  Rockstar Games hasn’t shied away from releasing these games on multiple consoles already, and the continued fame of the series would likely score them a nice chunk of change on the PlayStation 3.  It’s not guaranteed, but I would say both games have a strong chance at becoming future PSP remastered titles.

And there you have it!  What do you think the odds are of the PSP’s Grand Theft Auto games coming to home consoles in HD?  And stay tuned for more titles from the PlayStation Portable library that just might receive a facelift sometime in the near future!


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