Persona 2: Innocent Sin begins three years after the events of the first Persona, in 1999. The location is Sumaru City, a large fictional metropolitan area set in modern day Japan. Sumaru City becomes cursed after events during the beginning of the game that cause any rumor that spreads enough to become true.
The silent protagonist of the game is Tatsuya Suou. Tatsuya is dragged into the plot by Lisa Silverman, a fellow student who idolizes Tatsuya, when conflict between Seven Sisters High School (Sevens) and Kasugayama High School (Cuss High) begins. The two come across Eikichi Mishina, the self-proclaimed boss of Cuss High. After getting into a fight, the three play a game summoning the Joker, a mysterious antagonist rumored to appear before anyone that calls him. Anyone who fails to tell Joker their wishes, either because they lack one or refuse to tell him, has their "ideal energy" stolen, reducing them to ambition-less shells called Shadow Selves. Once summoned, Joker claims that the three students had done something terrible to him in the past, and is angered when they do not recognize him. Swearing revenge and wielding an odd Crystal Skull, he departs, leaving the trio confused and eager to learn more about him. Later on they make a point of saying that Tatsuya and the Joker look alike.
Eventually, the three students are joined by Maya Amano and her friend, Yukino Mayuzumi, who returns from the first game and is already familiar with demons and capable of using her Persona. The five then search for Joker, the source of all rumors that spread becoming reality. Their search leads the group to clash with a cult-like following known as the Masked Circle. It is later revealed that the original Masked Circle was the group of friends including Tatsuya, Maya, Lisa, Eikichi, and Jun when they were all kids. After debunking numerous rumors and defeating several members of the Masked Circle, the group meets with Joker, who then reveals himself to be Jun Kurosu, the fifth childhood friend and member of the original Masked Circle. Eventually, the widely spread rumor that the Fuhrer had survived World War II with his secret forces, the Last Battalion, surfaces and his forces invade Sumaru City. Tatsuya and the others fight off both remaining Masked Circle members and the Last Battalion soldiers to obtain the crystal skulls, defeating their own Shadows in the process.
At the conclusion of the game, it is revealed that all of the events had been orchestrated by Nyarlathotep in an attempt to show that the negatives of humanity would outshine the positives, contrary to Philemon's beliefs. Nyarlathotep then takes his true form and fights Tatsuya and the others. After the fight, Nyarlathotep manipulates Maya Okamura into striking Maya Amano with the Spear of Destiny, killing her quickly. With the prophecy fulfilled, the Earth's rotation suddenly stops, destroying everything on the surface of the planet, save for Sumaru City. Philemon tells Tatsuya that there is a way to prevent Maya's death and stop Nyarlathotep from destroying the world. Tatsuya agrees to create a new timeline in which Nyarlathotep is not successful, in exchange for everyone's memories.
The remaster features an updated user interface, tweaked character portraits designed by Shigenori Soejima and Masayuki Doi and heavily improved controls, but it still keeps most of the game's original gameplay systems. The battle system, however, no longer uses the Strategy menu from the PS1 version, but adds adjustable difficulties and battle cut-in portraits like in Persona 3 and Persona 4. Many enemies and bosses had their Attack, Defense, Magic Attack, and Magic Defense stats lowered, resulting in an easier experience compared to the PS1 version. The remaster also includes Sumaru Climax Theatre, a theater which features side-stories written by various other authors from Atlus, including one written by Tadashi Satomi, the original scenario writer for the first 3 games. The stories are like mini-quests where in the end, players will have to face a boss. Additionally, players can make their own quests in the Japanese version of the game (the feature was omitted from the English release).
In addition, players can select whether they want to hear the old soundtrack of the original game or listen to about 100 new arrangements of the original soundtrack. The arrangements make use of guitar sounds, J-Pop, and other modern music genres. The voices have been remastered for the Japanese version, but Atlus did not re-record anything due to some of the original voice actors having retired.
There is an all-new opening movie created by Studio Satelight titled "Unbreakable Tie." The opening was supervised by Hirotaka Marufuji with music by Lotus Juice. The original opening is still viewable in the game's gallery.
When it comes to listing the best PSP games on the planet, you need to speak to people who have used this portable handheld console until their fingers have gone numb and their hands have become sore.
Maybe we have too much time on our hands or maybe we just love testing games (definitely the second one), but we always have a couple of these units on hand in the office when we need a break from collecting stars in the Mushroom Kingdom or slaying Bokoblins in Hyrule Field.
The PSP version of the PC game is an adventure with certain features from the PC title. Customise and create features as you explore Strangetown, conversing with the people who live there as you complete tasks.
The game itself feels like a playable comic book, though not as obviously as games like Comix Zone. The story is based on Norse Mythology and heavily features dark angels, magic spells, pointy swords, and the realm of Asgard.
Based on COD3, this portable game is basically a watered down version of the console title, with many of the same maps but different objectives and changes to make play on a smaller console easier and smoother.
The main change from the first game is the single player gameplay. Players now take characters through a game world reminiscent of the other Final Fantasy titles, exploring every inch of the map and taking part in random events along the way.
Fans of the Trails series will no doubt already know all about this epic game. I can still remember the first time I visited the Liberl Kingdom, getting stuck into spellbinding battles and meeting all the colourful characters that live there.
I look for an immersive and engaging fantasy experience when I play games like this, and the Trails series is dripping with so much nerdy goodness that I could play Trails in the Sky for days on end.
Playing our mates in Retro Dodo Towers via WiFi multiplayer is always a massive laugh. Pure is one of the most unpredictable games going; with speeds like these, the outcome of the race is anyones guess!
Block matching gameplay twinned with sound and light patterns make for a visual feast for the senses, and with new backgrounds and landscapes to discover as you progress through the game, it constantly evolves and stays fresh for the player.
As always, anything is possible and highly probably in this game. Players take to the streets to survive amongst Triad wars while getting caught up with every type of crime and corruption imaginable.
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness is a PSP remake of the original Disgaea: Hour of Darkness for the PS2. Championing people who wear far too few clothes, this port is an updated version of the original with fine tuned features and new elements that make the gameplay oh so sweeter.
Players resume the role of Gabe Logan and occasionally Lian Xing, special operatives for a secret government agency. The non-linear, open-ended feel of the previous game has been reverted to the linear gameplay. Several types of weapons and vision modes are introduced. Players can now hide against walls and shoot around corners. However, the roll ability is noticeably absent.
You might have guessed from the name, but this title has a hidden catch that makes everything a heck of a lot harder. Each single-player game mode, of which there are many, features a recurring game mechanic in which players must complete challenges and tasks in 30-seconds or under.
Split/Second is a game where the course can change midway through the race. By performing stunts, overtaking players mid-air, and driving like a Formula 1 god, players can fill their power meter and trigger an explosion that could totally affect the outcome of the race.
The PSP version has some subtle differences from the main console versions, including fine-tuning of the game mechanics and alterations that make racing on the PSP easier. A new track featuring all three docks in one lap appears as a PSP only level too.
Fans of shooting games such as Syphon Filter and any Metal Gear Solid title will love Killzone: Liberation. As well as shooting bad guys and trying to stay alive, there is a collecting element to the game too.
The best modes, however, have to be Road Rage and Pursuit. Road Rage requires players to drive badly, earning points for causing other cars to crash, while Pursuit sees gamers taking control of a cop car as they take down drivers.
One of the best parts of this game was the level creator, where players could make their own levels for Sackboy to traverse through. Gamers could upload these for other users to play all over the globe, but sadly, the Little Big Planet servers closes forever in 2016.
Resistance: Retribution was one of the first titles that I used to connect my PSP up to my PS3 too! With Resistance 2 in the disc tray, gamers could fire up Retribution and play it using the PS3 controller. The DualShock rumble worked perfectly too!
Persona 3 almost topped our list of the Best PSP RPGs for portable fantasy gaming. It has one of the greatest plotlines of any handheld game and makes all of the after school clubs you went to as a kid seem boring beyond belief!
The Patapons march in time to the drum beats that you play out by pressing the PSP face buttons, all the while moving towards battles with the seven evil arch-fiends in a 2D world filled with exciting obstacles and rich scenery that you might not expect from a side-scrolling game. 2b1af7f3a8