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Fantasy Golf: PangYa – Ntreev/TOMY – PSP

I had been eyeballing this game for a good while before I decided what the heck, I’ll pick it up and see what it was about. I was nervous. There have been several games that had very pretty anime style art on the front that have drawn me in only to be crappy. Not to mention this one had “golf” in the title, and anyone that knows me knows I do not take to sports games lightly. However, I ended up being suckered into the artwork, and purchased it. Overall? It makes me happy that I own a PSP.

From the opening video to the gameplay itself, the visuals and sound ensnare you. The movie is very well rendered, and all of the menus are bright and cute to match the game. The music is extremely fitting, especially at the courses themselves. Being that the visuals and audio were above and beyond what I was expecting, I was drawn in further.

The minute you look at the main menu, you can immediately see there is a lot to do in this game. Replayability = plus in my book, so needless to say I was content in that field. There are two characters open from the start: Scout and Hana, and I believe 10 spaces for more characters. Seems like there will be someone for everyone.

There are two main modes: story mode, which you unlock characters and get background stories as to why they’ve been invited to play PangYa, and tournament mode, where you earn the brunt of your currency (called Pang) as well as items and such. The storyline is filled with cheezy goodness, but honestly, it isn’t horrible. I even find myself chuckling at some of the statements.

The game has may different settings to increase or decrease difficulty. You can even double the size of the hole if you want or need to. I play this game like I play any game: on the hardest difficulty setting. So far, I’ve run into a few challenges, but nothing that’s been frustrating. This is exactly how a game should be on hard.

As with any game of golf, your objective is to get your ball (called an Aztec in this game) into the hole. The story goes on to tell you this is how the world was saved a long time ago. Anyways, the concept is easy: check for wind and obstacles in your way, adjust your aim, x to start the power slider, and x to stop it with the right accuracy. That’s it. Anyone can pick this game up and understand how to play it within 10 minutes.

The hardest part is trying to get the accuracy properly. There are three things that can happen. If you wait too long, or press too early, you’ll miss/hit the ball for five or so yards. If you get it in the pink, you’ll hit it, but it might curve to the left or right, respectively. Hitting the ball in the white area causes you to get a PangYa shot. This is the most accurate and strongest hit. This is hard in the beginning of the game, because all these good areas are small. You can also get items to affect your shot for one turn, such as add more strength for one shot, etc.

The character customization is also a bit of fun. Although you only dress the characters up with clothing and equipment, all of it affects your stats. Then finally, there is also a multiplayer, but I don’t have anyone to play with. Unfortunately there is no wifi. I’m sure it would be a ton of fun.

If you have a PSP, and don’t mind giving golf a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Rating; 8.5 / 10

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Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth – Square-Enix – PSP

I tell ya, this game most definitely took me by surprise. The general style of gameplay is unlike anything I’ve ever played, but I still enjoyed playing it greatly.

You are the Valkyrie, a goddess sent from the heavens to find warriors to fight for you. You train them up while you’re with them, then you sent them off to heaven to prepare for battle. This is basically the style of gameplay that is followed throughout the course of the game.

The characters are beautifully rendered. I’ve never seen art quite like it, and they’re all very detailed in their personality. It is something to be reckoned with, though I suppose I should expect no less from Square-Enix. Also, the voices fit the characters perfectly. I’m thoroughly impressed.

The battle system is a cross between RPG and Action. Each character in your party is assigned to one button (square, circle, etc) and to attack with them all you do is press the corresponding button. Using this, you are able to link together lengthy combos resulting in the devastation of many foes. It’s impressive.

The CG animations are also beautiful. And the option to view them and listen to all the music is definitely an added perk. I’m curious to see if there’s going to be extras at the end of the game.

One downfall that kills me is that there’s really no set destinations when you’re playing, so its very free roaming, and that for me is bothersome. This is especially hard because each town or battlefield you visit takes up one period, and after so many periods go past, the chapter ends, so you’re contained in a ‘time frame’.

Overall, if you have a PSP, I’d say check this game out, even though it’s hard to find. Its a solid game to own.

Rating:
7.5 / 10