I’ve decided to stop criticizing Sony’s poor, beleagured PSP. I always love an underdog, after all, and the PSP is definitely that these days. I did my part to support the DS back when everyone else was like LOL DS MORE LIKE AIDS AMIRITE, so it’s only fair. I guess in a way I’m a little responsible for the PSP’s current predicament! Because, you know, I’m such a tastemaker.
No, wait. I mean freshmaker. Never mind.
The latest blow to the PSP has come in the form of news that the system will be receiving two Final Fantasy games this year to mark the series’ 20th anniversary. That would be good news but for the fact that the games are the millionth remakes of the first two Final Fantasies. Also known as the worst two Final Fantasies. The PSP gets FF 1 & 2 while the DS gets FF12. It’s a little bit brutal, really. Granted, I do have my share of skepticism about about FFXII…
…but the balance of developer interest has shifted dramatically to match the changing tide of gamer enthusiasm, and it hurts a little to watch. I don’t even really enjoy using the PSP; the screen is a little too dim and low-contrast unless it’s plugged in, the analog nub is awful, the optical drive makes the system awkwardly bulky yet fragile. But my sympathy circuits have been activated. So please, from now on, be nice to PSP around here. You’d be picking on the weak and unpopular… and no one likes a bully.
Post script: Now we just need to hope that Revenant Wings lives up to its potential for goodness while managing to circumvent its potential for awfulness.