From what i've heard Forza has alot of manufacturers on board, and quite a few that GT has never been able to get. Add to the fact that GT can never have a real damage engine due to contract restrictions, and that Forza has a fully realistic damage model for each car and full online play, i think Forza may offer something different. Xbox now has the best acarde racer, PGR2, and now an excellent driving sim.
I actually think the PSP design is amazing. Easily the best handheld design ever made. With PSP you hold the future in your hand, while with DS, it looks and feels kind of cheap and doesn't really look like a new handheld for the future.
ah, but it actually works! increase size on psp bit, make everything work better. the stuff it really needs before i fork out that much money for it!
Isn't the point of a handheld to be mobile? If im correct the DS doesn't even fit in a pocket, plus you cant really use in while on the move due to the stylus, but with the PSP, its sleak design allows an easy fit in your pocket, plus its designed for use on the move. The only plus i could give the DS is that it looks cheap so you dont need to worry about people robbing it... Seriously though, both handhelds are great, but are aimed at different people...
What can i say, my PSP arrived a few days ago and i have been emerged in it ever since. As i opened the package and delved my hands in, they returned with a device so amazing, so solid, i had to hold my breath in amazement.
The Screen The first thing you realize when you hold one of these in your hands is how brilliant a design it is. The LCD screen takes your breath away. Words, pictures and video alone simply cannot do this screen justice. Nothing I or anyone else can post on the internet will match up to what this display looks like in the flesh. When you compare the PSP screen to the DS, you cant help but feel that DS is a last gen handheld, and that PSP is leaps and bounds ahead.
Value Pack Contents The PSP value pack i bought came with what i would call a rather poor slip case. I wouldnt even call it a case. Its more like a glove which leaves the edge of the PSP exposed. Although a welcome addition, it isn't very well thought out. I can tell you for nothing there's going to be a huge market for proper PSP cases. Thats really the only let-down from the value pack. The next addition was a 32MB memory card which i imagine will be wasted by 50% of PSP owners. If you want to take advantage of the PSP's multimedia capabilities i advise investing in a card with a higher memory capacity. I didnt even take my 32MB card out of the wrapper, considering i purchased a 512MB Memory Stick Duo Pro with MagicGate. I didnt buy a Sony one as they are far too over priced. I bought a Sandisk card for £49.99 ( i think they are $70 is the US). The last few additions to the pack are headphones with a remote and a free copy of Spider Man 2 the movie on UMD. The headphones are quality and are on par with those of the IPOD. Spiderman 2 is of an amazing quality above that of DVD. I have never seen such a clear crisp picture.
TO BE CONTINUED
I shall add add the final section to the review at a later date. Hope you enjoy my first impressions.
Post by FoxExecutive on Apr 2, 2005 21:13:31 GMT -5
LOL, I love how you compared the two with an anime on the PSP and a clock on the DS. LOL Biased much? In all essence it does look good. But the DS appears about the same size as the PSP. I don't see why you said it couldn't fit in your pocket. It might be a little fatter than the PSP but cmon, you get two screens. However, I don't see any problems with the pixels. Looks brilliant with that huge screen.
Multimedia Now, this is what made the PSP as attractive as it is for me. Not only is it a graphical powerhouse but its also got an impressive line-up of multimedia capabilities. The first and easiest one is music. From what i gather it supports WAV, MP3 and Atrac. Its not exactly at an IPOD level for music playback, as you cant really put your songs in any particular order, only alphabetically. Albulm art is supported which is a welcome feature. In a similar fashion to MP3 playback being slightly limited, video playback from memory stick is as well. The first and most obvious limitation is that you dont just drop and drag movies files into a "MOVIE" folder like you dump music files into a "MUSIC" folder. You have to actually create folders in the root of your memory stick. You then also have to encode any movies files you wish to view into MPG4 which can be a lengthy process. The second and more annoying limitation is in the resolution of video file it takes. The bad new being that you can't have 480*272 (PSP native) resolution movies running from MS. For the PSP to recognise the files they have to be 320*240, from there you have 4 display options:
Original (borders at top and bottom, original 320*240 res) Normal (slightly zoomed in so it touches the top and bottom of screen) Zoom (similar to widescreen TVs where the content fills the screen and beyond) Full screen. In all honesty it looks really good, but it's just frustrating that Sony seems to have crippled this function (probably in the hope you'll buy movies on UMD).
Battery Life Now this argument over battery life will go on, and on, and on. Regardless of review, impressions, tests and pointless forum arguments; so let's get the easy one out of the way. It's not as good as the DS's battery life. There, the obvious and easy one out of the way, so what's the battery life really like? Well, now I've had it for a few days one thing's for sure, there's a hell of a lot of variables. Here's a breakdown of some times I've taken note of:
Ridge Racers, Medium Brightness, 80% Vol, headphones: 4:27 MP3 playback, headphones, 80% Vol: 10:48 Video playback from MS, Medium Brightness, 80% Vol: 5:14 Ridge, Max Brightness, 100% Vol, Speakers: 3:07 Sleep: >24 hours
Ridge Racer Graphically this is the game to show off to friends, it really highlights the deficit between the DS and the PSP in terms of hardware. Of course you'll have people arguing "why should I buy a PSP just to play tired old PS2 games when I cam play new innovative games on my DS?" well, that's entirely up to you. You'll get people who will love games like Wario Ware on the DS and people that love games like Ridge Racers on the PSP. In terms of pure graphics and audio the PSP absolutely slaughters the DS, even the biggest Nintendo fan can't deny that. As for the gameplay itself, its pure excitement. There's nothing like thrashing your car around an insanely tight corner just inside a competitor with a godlike drift to fill up your Nitro bar and boost away from them to win the race. It's so d*mn exhilarating. As ever drifting is a big part of the game, wholly unrealistic but it makes for quality gameplay, the twist on this version being that drifting slowly fills up a Nitro bar (of which there are 3), when one is filled the cheesy commentator will let you know in no uncertain terms to use the d*mn boost. Pressing R will initiate the boost which brings online the Nitro you've been building up, depleting a single Nitro bar in whole. Now we approach a weakness (if you're that bothered), loading times. Between each race you will encounter a loading screen. These will last for about 5-10 seconds. Personally im not bothered as the end result is excellent. If your going to compare this factor with the DS, then DS easily wins as this is what it excels at.
Final Impressions Overall, i found this to be a quality handheld. I have never found myself so protective over a handheld before. I wont even let anyone else play on it, if this is down to me liking the handheld so much, or its excessive price tag is debatable. If you are afraid of buying the PSP down its its price tag, dont be. The price reflects the quality of the handheld. Its the perfect example of the path future handhelds will take and im fully pleased with my purchase.