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Castlevania for the PSP Unveiled

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the there-are-games-on-the-psp dept.

Portables (Games) 55

1up has the news that Castlevania is coming to the PSP for the first time. Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles will bring not one but two games from the classic side-scroller series to the portable console. The pack will include the title Rondo of Blood, which is a brand-new release for the United States, as well as the much beloved Symphony of the Night. The network is featuring an extensive preview from Jeremy Parish, as well as video and screenshots of this sure-to-be-bestseller PSP title.

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FIST SPORT! (0, Troll)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861500)

So that's Castlevania for another six gamers then.

Rondo on the PSP means... (1, Flamebait)

DreadSpoon (653424) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861592)

That 10 years from now, 99% of American Castlevania fans will *still* have never played Rondo.

Seriously, who actually owns a PSP? I don't think I've ever even seen one.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

computertheque (823940) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861716)

At least, not until psp emulation gets popular. Still a sad thing.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (2, Informative)

HappySqurriel (1010623) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861862)

I have actually seen lots of people with the PSP, but I take public transit a lot.

In general, I would say that the number of Nintendo DS systems I see compared to the number of PSPs I see is about even; the dramatic difference between the two is that I see the PSP used heavily for watching movies or listening to music and rarely used to play games on (in particular, I think I have seen only a couple of people play a non-emulated game on the PSP).

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

benzapp (464105) | more than 7 years ago | (#17862076)

Where are you located? Here in New York City, I've never seen anyone use it for anything BUT games. I personally use it to play games on a fairly regular basis.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (2, Insightful)

HappySqurriel (1010623) | more than 7 years ago | (#17862364)

Well, I live in Calgary and I only (really) see the PSP or DS on the train ...

The train is (insanely) crowded which could be why PSP owners choose to listen to music or watch movies, but I do see DS owners fight with the crowd to play games. There are countless reasons why I could not see games being played with PSP owners, and it doesn't mean that they don't play games, but I suspect the main reason is that a PSP could be brought out to watch videos/listen to music whereas a DS will only be brought out to play games ...

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

fistfullast33l (819270) | more than 7 years ago | (#17862526)

I'm in NYC too and all I see are PSPs. I haven't seen a DS in forever. At least once a day there's a guy on the train with a PSP however.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

GrayCalx (597428) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861898)

I won one at my work's holiday party. Its great, I use it all the time. That being said I would never have paid cash for the thing.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

cmorgan47 (720310) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861910)

i do.
it's awesome. i love it.
it's the last thing i see before i go to bed and the first thing i see in the morning.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17861986)

it's the last thing i see before i go to bed...

you mean right after your mom tucks you in?

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (2, Interesting)

BuffaloBandit (955011) | more than 7 years ago | (#17862110)

I agree,
For serious portable gaming, the PSP rocks.
It suffers from a lack of attention by game developers, but the GTAs, Loco Roco, Syphon Filter, and MGS: Portable Ops are all great games, and this year it looks like there will be a ton of developers jumping on the bandwagon, with Final Fantasy, Crush, Castlevainia, and the PS1 back catalogue.

It's true that a lot of people watch videos and play music on it. I keep several hours of the most recent Adult Swim shows on my memory card, just in case I find myself in the mood for vegging out during my morning commute. It's just so easy to get TiVo shows and windows Media Center shows on to your PSP, that why wouldn't you?

That being said, I would never have bought it for the media features. The power of the console is way ahead of the DS, Nintendo just has the benefit of being in the handheld market for a solid decade ahead of Sony. But given the option between a WII and a PSP (about the same price point), I'd take the PSP any day.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

cmorgan47 (720310) | more than 7 years ago | (#17862736)

two words:

so com.
that game rocks so hard. it's unbelievable.

Lemmings is for PSP only because Sony bought it (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17864096)

I would never have bought [Sony PSP] for the media features. The power of the console is way ahead of the DS, Nintendo just has the benefit of being in the handheld market for a solid decade ahead of Sony.

And the controller. The touch screen of the Nintendo DS is arguably suited more to games with lots of controllable units such as March of the Minis than the PSP's analog stick is. Had Sony not bought Psygnosis, Lemmings would definitely have been a DS title, not a PSP title.

Re:Lemmings is for PSP only because Sony bought it (1)

Drooling Iguana (61479) | more than 7 years ago | (#17865160)

And the battery life. And the ease of development.

Sony just made the same mistake that every other handheld maker other than Nintendo has and failed to realize the compromises necessary to make things work in a handheld system. It's not just a matter of throwing in the most powerful processors you can fit in a small device.

Re:Lemmings is for PSP only because Sony bought it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17893016)

Also helps if you make some good games. Y'know, like those LOCKJAW and Lemmings guys.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17865296)

PSP doesn't suffer from a lack of attention by developers. In fact, it has more english released games than Nintendo DS, and more games on the way.

PSP == Great Homebrew (1)

SlashdotOgre (739181) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861958)

The PSP scene is reminiscent of the Dreamcast mod scene, although unlike Sega, Sony is making a lot of futile effort to fight it every step of the way. I picked up a PSP when it dropped to $200, and although I only own one PSP game (GTA:Liberty City Stories, I bought it because it had an exploit to run homebrew on firmware 2.5, this was when the only downgrader was for 2.0), I am very satisfied with my purchase. The emulators on it run quite well, and furthermore the screen is gorgeous. One of the most amazing gaming experiences I had was playing Street Fighter 2 on it for the first time, and remembering back around 1992 when SF2 was topping all the arcades and thinking at that time that a portable version would never be possible.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1, Troll)

benzapp (464105) | more than 7 years ago | (#17862034)

Come to New York City. You see them on the subway about as frequently as an ipod. You rarely see a DS, although they are popular with oriental females. I guess their delicate fingers are well suited for that cumbersome device.
 

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

buffer-overflowed (588867) | more than 7 years ago | (#17864422)

I've noticed the exact same thing here on the subway in Boston. More PSPs than DSs. I always chalked it up to the fact that that special kind of selfish asshole who would choose to take up extra space on a crowded subway car trends more towards being a Sony customer. /waits until he hops his shuttle to break out the DS.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

benzapp (464105) | more than 7 years ago | (#17885092)

You may not know this about New York City, but the newspaper industry is rather robust, and many are sold in tabloid format. Why is this? There are so many people who ride the subway there is an enormous customer base. Reading a newspaper obviously takes up more space than a PSP. Are you saying that the hundreds of thousands of people who read newspapers on the New York City Subway System are selfish assholes, and thus potential Sony customers?

No wonder Sony is one of the world's largest corporations.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

glavenoid (636808) | more than 7 years ago | (#17870406)

Chiun?! Little Father?! Is that you, at last? I secretly thought you were dead... But does a master of Sinanju ever die... I see you're still as inscrutable as ever. You still never gave me your egg-shell fingernail-strength recipe in its entirety. --Love Remo

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

king-manic (409855) | more than 7 years ago | (#17877226)

Over here in canada I have 2 friends with PSPs and I have never seen it on a subway or even int he hands of anyone but these two friends.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17862608)

Considering that the DS is beating the PSP by about 2 to 1 in the US, I would think that on average, a third of the people gaming on a non Gameboy handheld are PSP users.

You could try to get into the "everyone who bought one either doesn't use it for games or puts it in a drawer" bullshit if you want, but game sales for the PSP are strong in general, and much stronger than UMD movie purchases in particular. And no, the average PSP owner does not rip their own movies to PSP. It's not a push button type of operation so only fairly technical people do it. Many more use it for music, because it's nice to have a little extra music on hand when you don't feel like bringing two devices along.

In other words, you're just another anti-Sony asshole getting in touch with your feelings instead of reality. Or you're a troll. I'm guessing the latter. Either way, your comment was less than insightful.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (2, Insightful)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 7 years ago | (#17863178)

Seriously, who actually owns a PSP? I don't think I've ever even seen one.

I own one... and I've probably not touched it in 4 months. I love the hardware. The screen is jaw dropping on a hand-held. I love the analytical thumb stick. UMD is a nice fit for a portable to cram data onto a disc to get more out of gaming. Built in Wi-Fi is awesome and necessary. I use to use it at the Gym as a bulky MP3 player and movie watcher.

So... why haven't I played it in 4-months and seriously played it in about 1 year?

  1. Games. I just haven't played enough fun games on it that 'work' with the portable use. Meaning, I loved Ridge Racer and Dragon Ball Z, but I couldn't play wirelessly over the internet (at least at the that time), only Ad-Hoc was enabled. I don't know anyone else with a PSP. No go. Other than that, I haven't enjoyed the other games I played and I couldn't find a decent RPG game. What, those champions of norrath games? No thanks, all I can say is "Loading..." crap, I forgot to do something in the town... "Loading..." (5 secs later) Ok, done, lets go kill things, "Loading..." (killed 10 things) Ok, I need to kill things in this area now, "Loading...". Ugh, I just didn't get a fluid game experience.
  2. UMD, while useful, is WAY to costly and restricted. Beside a birthday gift, the mandatory Ghostbusters purchase and a 3rd film I bought for a long international flight, I got sick of the high cost and low featured UMD movies. What? I have to pay $20 for a UMD movie and $12 for a DVD? Hmm... I guess I'll get the DVD. And now, there's software out there to convert DVD to a Duo memory card to watch on the PSP, ok, that's cool. Why buy the UMD movie to carry all those discs around?
  3. I stopped traveling. My fiancee now lives in the US (from France) and I do not take as many trips to Europe as I use to.

I wanted to sell my PSP this past holiday season, but it was a gift from my Fiancee... who seemed hurt by the idea that I didn't use it anymore and wanted to sell it. On top of that, it was originally a 30GB iPod, which I didn't want at the time because I was mostly swimming at the Gym. Now, I have an iPod shuffle. hehe ironically sad.

I've been considering giving the PSP another Go, but now I have WoW's expansion pack, Nintendo Wii, Blockbuster online subscription (catching up on TV episodes I've never watched), that I don't have much time left for the PSP (I also recently purchased my first PS2 and have games on there I play). I guess this is just one man's 'market saturation' story. The PSP had it's chance, it lost it, and it might be better now, but I don't have the time or interest to go back. Though, I might start by picking up the new Castlevania game if it's 2 games in one. I guess it really does come down to games in the end. =)

Cheers,
Fozzy

Custom firmware is the key (1)

Shrubber (552857) | more than 7 years ago | (#17864434)

I was in the same boat with my PSP, it was collecting dust for months. Until I installed custom firmware on it that allows you to take the games you own, put them on a memory card, and never have to lug around UMDs again. Plus of course NES/SNES/etc. ROMs, but that enters into a whole other world of questionable legality that I have no interest in debating, but at least it is out there.

You can also take the DVDs you already own, convert them and throw them on a memory stick and watch to your heart's content without having to buy the same movie multiple times. AND I've been able to take my own original PS1 games, rip those to a memory stick, and play them on the PSP. I have a box full of my old Playstation games that have been collecting dust for years that I'm having fun playing again. Being able to put multiple games on memory stick has also gotten me buying games for it again and using my PSP more in the last month than I did in the whole time I've had it.

Sony may say whatever they want but allowing me to use the PSP how I want to (which does *not* include piracy) has directly caused me to purchase games for it that I never would have again.

Re:Custom firmware is the key (1)

BuffaloBandit (955011) | more than 7 years ago | (#17865272)

I've been looking to port some of my DVDs to a format my PSP can use. I've tried a few things, but with no success. How are you doing it?

Re:Custom firmware is the key (1)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 7 years ago | (#17866502)

I've never tried their software for DVD to PSP conversion, but I used their other software and it works great. www.slysoft.com

I'd be willing to cough up $30 to purchase it, if I want to start converting movies to watch on the PSP (maybe when I go to the Gym, I can watch an episode of my Fav. TV show). Actually, that's not a bad idea. Now, I just need work to lighting up a bit so I can return to the gym for my lunch break. =)

Cheers,
Fozzy

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

vapspwi (634069) | more than 7 years ago | (#17863222)

I've had a PSP for a while, but I've come to the realization that I'm just not a "portable gamer." My lifestyle isn't such that I have a lot of opportunity to play games while I travel. Plus, I'd rather play games on a nice big screen with a full sized controller.

I tried to play GTA: Liberty City Stories on the PSP, but it was nearly impossible to do. My hands ached after holding the thing for a few minutes, and there weren't enough buttons to support all the gameplay (shooting out of car windows was very difficult on the PSP, for instance). Plus, I kept accidentally turning the thing off when I was really struggling with an intense mission. It was a pretty frustrating experience all around.

I wish they'd come out with GTA: Vice City Stories for the PS2. I'd like to play it, but I've learned my lesson about trying to play it on the PSP.

JRjr

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

be-fan (61476) | more than 7 years ago | (#17863264)

At the end of 2006, the DS had 36m units installed, the PSP had 25m units. So the DS has the lead, but the PSP's installed base is still pretty big, slightly larger than the XBox's or Gamecube's.

As for seeing one --- I see them all the time on the subway in Atlanta. I have yet to see a DS here, though, outside of the Georgia Tech campus.

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (1)

clonmult (586283) | more than 7 years ago | (#17864102)

I've had a PSP since christmas, and its essential for the hour long commute each way into London.

I see plenty of people with PSPs on the same journey, invariably in the early 20s to 40 age range, either playing games or watching movies on them.

I hardly ever see anyone on the same journey using a DS, although that has been targeted at a different demographic. In the office at work, there are plenty of people with PSPs as well.

It does emulation incredibly well - GBA, Megadrive, SNES, and its tour-de-force is definitely doing an incredibly good job of emulating the PS1 (GT1 and GT2 play perfectly).

Re:Rondo on the PSP means... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17865882)

The PSP is a great device. It has almost the same level of power as a PS2, the UMD drive, memory stick duo and WiFi built in. There are tons of great games discounted below $20. It's got the best small form factor display available.

Now that it is cheap to get 2 MS Duo cards, it's a nice music and movie player too).

w000t! (2, Insightful)

mandelbr0t (1015855) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861600)

Subject says it all. There aren't many good titles for PSP, but this may well be one of the better ones. :)

Re:w000t! (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861658)

Sad that one of the better titles for a game system is simply a repackage of an older title...

Re:w000t! (1)

mandelbr0t (1015855) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861738)

Same could be said for many of the good Nintendo portable titles too (Final Fantasy and Castelvania remakes anyone?).

Mostly I'm interested in how PSP handles good 3-d graphics on a lower-end processor. The crap games (of which there are many) don't have smooth 3-d graphics. It takes some effort to port to PSP (or any portable for that matter) well. These graphics don't seem to be too ambitious, yet cool enough to have some really good eye candy.

Re:w000t! (1)

7Prime (871679) | more than 7 years ago | (#17863856)

Say what?

Final Fantasy, sure, but Castlevania? There's not a single Castlevania remake on the GBA or DS (maybe there was an old retro cart of the first Castlevania for GBA, but I've never seen it), all of the games released recently are new. Only a very very few of the DS titles are ports or remakes of anything. Even FF3 is virtually an entirely new game, done from the ground up. That and MarioDS are the only remakes I can think of for that system. The DS thrives off of mostly brand new titles and series titles. The DS has probably spawned more new series than any console in recent history. I'm looking at the list of hit games on Nintendo's website, and over half of them are games and series unique to the DS. I'm not saying that the PSP is only ports and remakes, but seeing that the DS has next to no ports, I don't see how you can say the DS is worse off. Hotel Dusk? Pheonix Wright? Sorry buddy, but the DS is proving to not just have in innovative control scheme, but is also spawning a lot of very original content.

Re:w000t! (1)

Drooling Iguana (61479) | more than 7 years ago | (#17866842)

That and MarioDS are the only remakes I can think of for that system.

Pheonix Wright?
Might want to rethink that "no remakes" idea of yours.

Re:w000t! (1)

7Prime (871679) | more than 7 years ago | (#17876680)

What are you talking about, Pheonix Wright was released in the US on the DS. Yes, it had been released previously in Japan on the GBA, but I fail to see how this could be considered a remake. It was simply a selective console release for different regions. Anyone who considers that a "remake" needs to consider revising their definition of the term.

Re:w000t! (1)

Drooling Iguana (61479) | more than 7 years ago | (#17879238)

Rondo of Blood was never released in the US either, you know.

PSP has games on it? (3, Funny)

Sciros (986030) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861622)

Man and this whole time I thought it was just for stalking pretty girls and watching Spiderman ride atop a train.

Glad to see Symphony of the Night getting re-released though; just wish it were for my DS as well.

The reason for the recent hype (0, Troll)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861626)

There is a new Castlevania-branded thing we'd like you to buy...
Ah - now this explains why "Castlevania" has recently been hyped as a "classic" game. (http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/22 /0547257 [slashdot.org] )

Re:The reason for the recent hype (2, Insightful)

be-fan (61476) | more than 7 years ago | (#17863374)

Air-quote all you want, but Castlevania is a classic series of games. It first came out on multiple platforms (most popularly the NES) 20 years ago, and since that time has appeared on a number of different Nintendo, Sega, Sony, and arcade platforms.

Thank God (1)

Enoxice (993945) | more than 7 years ago | (#17861656)

Dracula X Chronicles features a remake of one of the best Castlevania games: Rondo of Blood plus -- get this -- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the best Castlevania game ever.


Phew...for a minute there I thought this was going to be an all-new Castlevania and I was going to have to buy a PSP. And SoTN the best Castlevania game ever? I mean, it was good, and it ushered in the "modern" CVs, but best?

Re:Thank God (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17862442)

Yes, the best.

Re:Thank God (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 7 years ago | (#17863130)

The PSP doesn't get original games. You should know that by now. I share your hesitation to call Symphony the best Castlevania ever but it was probably the best one not to star Simon Belmont.

Re:Thank God (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17864340)

Yeah, best.

But the FIRST of the modern Castlevanias was Pitfall, followed a few years later by the original Metroid.

Re:Thank God (1)

buffer-overflowed (588867) | more than 7 years ago | (#17864516)

Actually, Simon's Quest(Castlevania 2) was the first "metroidvania." Of course they then abandoned that formula for a few games(to introduce and build up Alucard I guess), but it was still the first.

Re:Thank God (1)

LordVader717 (888547) | more than 7 years ago | (#17872272)

I share your relief.

SOTN was certainly one of the best CV games, but I try to avoid directly comparing different games. For me, it comes down to the newer DS games, Aria of Sorrow, and SOTN, all offering superb gameplay. But I guess there hasn't been much change since Symphony, so maybe that's the reason.
The PS2 games were absolute shit though. (by Castlevania standards)

from there-are-games-on-the-psp dept (5, Interesting)

Headcase88 (828620) | more than 7 years ago | (#17862342)

Yes Zonk, there are games on the PSP [gamerankings.com] , with more rated 8/10 by Gamerankings than the DS [gamerankings.com] , in fact.

(This coming from someone who has a DS and no plans to get a PSP anytime soon)

Links don't really work... if you can't take my word for it that the current score is 30-26, pick DS or PSP as the console, and allow at least 40 results. I used a minimum vote count of 20.

Re:from there-are-games-on-the-psp dept (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17862814)

They're very evenly matched based on major site rankings - the PSP has 30 titles at 80% or above, while the DS only has 26. However, based on votes, the PSP has only 17 titles at 8.0 or above, while the DS has an astonishing 42! (this is allowing only 20 votes+ to be listed).

HOWEVER. I think it's very hard to make any kind of distinction based on these numbers. God knows what kind of ratings all the nintendo fanboys are giving out (since they do outnumber the PSP fanboys), and I think we're all pretty clear on the relationship between Sony's advertising budget and Sony's game reviews work at major outlets...

Re:from there-are-games-on-the-psp dept (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17864446)

God knows what kind of ratings all the nintendo fanboys are giving out (since they do outnumber the PSP fanboys)

I really don't know how true that is. I see a lot more people defending the PSP and PS3 than I see defending the DS or the Wii. There are a lot of people that enjoy the DS, true, but more of them seem to actually be busy using the thing than spending time talking about how much the DS doesn't suck.

What is a "PSP"? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17862464)

Is it some kind of new Game Boy?

I see there is a Game Boy and a Sony logo attached to this article?!?

This can't be a real Castlevania title! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17862504)

This can't be a real Castlevania game; the title is wrong! It should be something like:

 
Castlevania: Noun of Nominal Adjective

Re:This can't be a real Castlevania title! (1)

CelticWhisper (601755) | more than 7 years ago | (#17863308)

With titles like:
-Rondo of Blood
-Dawn of Sorrow
-Portait of Ruin
-Lament of Innocence
-Curse of Darkness

I'm just waiting for them to cut to the chase and release Castlevania: Bad Things of General Unpleasantness.

Re:This can't be a real Castlevania title! (1)

Wordplay (54438) | more than 7 years ago | (#17864038)

Yes, but "Castlevania: Disc of Shovelware" test-marketed poorly.

This is what I've wanted for a while (2, Informative)

Psykechan (255694) | more than 7 years ago | (#17862730)

A Castlevania geek speaking... Chi no Rondo is my favorite game in the series. Having played the PC Engine game to death and still not being tired of it, I'm excited by this news.

I have been wanting to see a rerelease of it for years now. I watched the video and it looks like they redid the entire game in 3D but kept the game the same. If it plays identical to the original(s) then I will be sure to pick it up... once it comes out on a system that I own. Hey Konami, Wii version please.

BTW, the video shows the path to 2' (alternate first stage exit) first then rewinds and shows the main path. It also looks as if the sound effects/music is missing when it does the newly added cinematic cuts. Other than that, looks good. Really good.
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