The PSP might actually be worth owning this year. I know you’ve probably heard that a lot from video game websites, but this time, we mean it.
At the top of my list, as it should be on yours, is Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles. Sure, you’ll get the lost chapter of the series Rondo of Blood (and in nice shiny new graphics, too), but you’ll also be able to unlock the original version of Rondo. However, the real gem here is an unlockable Symphony of the Night, the Castlevania game that re-invented the entire series way back in 1997. As anyone who has played it can tell you, it’s one of the best Castlevanias and would probably do well if sold on its own. Instead, you get two whole games with it. If you’ve never played the series, you should, and November, when the game is released, is the time to try.
Next up is Silent Hill: Origins, the prequel to the 1999 survival horror masterpiece Silent Hill. A video of the demo leaked onto the Internet yesterday, and even though it’s not exactly HD quality, the graphics look splendid. And yes, you will be revisiting that lovely town, this time as a trucker who’s just driving through and finds Alessia, and yes it is still a little slow-paced and quiet. But this is survival horror at its scariest, and with an updated camera system, a lock on-feature, as well as a new
feature that allows you to close a door on an enemy and prevent it from following, its sure to be a great reunion with everyone’s favorite tourist hotspot.
Last but not least on this short but stunning list of stars is Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron. Though it may look like just another Star Wars game from the surface, this entry into the series gains bonus points just for being a squadron of renegades. With Han Solo as the pack leader in this story, it is destined for coolness. But you also get three different single-player modes, a bunch of awesome weapons and a multiplayer game that allows for up to 16 players ad hoc.
Take a look at the low quality demo vid of Silent Hill: Origins below.
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