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Five Reasons to Love Your PSP in 2009

My PSP was gathering dust in one corner of my bedroom due to the lack of games to play. After seeing the games lined up for 2009 and finally snagging myself a copy of Patapon 2, I think my PSP will be seeing a lot more action this year. Here are the top five games I’m personally looking forward to in 2009.

1.  Tekken 6

Tekken 6 PSP cover

I’ve been itching to play this, especially after watching my friends getting their asses kicked by a little boy playing as Alisa the android girl at the arcade. I’m not 100% sure if Alisa will be appearing in the PSP version of the game, but that’s alright because my girls (Asuka and Lili) are still there.

2. SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny

SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny PSP cover

While the announcement of Tekken 6 made me squeal, the announcement of Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny added some jumping-up-and-down-with-glee to the squealfest since I’m a bigger fan of Siegfried’s pecs and abs the Soul series than I am of Tekken. The inclusion of some of my favorite characters (Cassandra, Ivy, Hilde, and Siegfried…then again, what manner of Soul game would not include Siegfried in one way or another?) are definitely worth more fangirl points, but the current list of announced characters leaves me crying WHERE ARE TEH BOOBIES SOPHITIA AND TEH UNDERBOOBIES SEONG MI-NA? I haven’ t lost hope for them though, since Namco Bandai has announced that the game will have twenty-eight playable characters.

Though not including SoulCalibur IV‘s bonus Star Wars characters, SC: Broken Destiny will introduce a new character named Dampierre. I saw his character illustration over at GameSpy, and honestly, his mustache and purple gloves make me snicker. That coin in his hand and the fact that his weapons are wrist blades makes me think that he’s some sort of merchant-slash-con-artist.

3. Dissidia: Final Fantasy

Dissidia: Final Fantasy PSP cover

Do I really have to say any more about this game? Almost all the PSP owners I personally know have been looking forward to this game since last year. Apart from the fact that Squall is in this game, I’m excited about this game because it includes characters from the older FFs, which I never got around to playing. Maybe I’ll get around to it after playing Dissidia.

4. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite PSP cover

I’m was never really any good at playing Monster Hunter, but I enjoyed it all the same. This is also a game that I’ve been looking forward to for a long while now, and I’m glad it’s being released in English. Some gamers attribute the sudden increase in PSP releases to the successful sales of this game, and I think that’s feasible, given that the game’s release actually lowered national productivity in Japan. Now that’s one hell of a game.

5. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona PSP cover

Okay, so I’ve never played the original Persona before, but based on the stuff Atlus has done for Persona 3 and 4, I have a feeling that this is going to be a good game. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona is more than just a remake; it features all-new content, gameplay enhancements, and  remade FMVs. Definitely one to watch out for.

2009 definitely looks like a good year for the PSP. I hope there’ll be more awesome games coming out for PSP this year.

In the meantime, I’ll be building up my Patapon army. Pon-pon-pata-pon!

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