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Genre Spotlight: PSP Fighting Games

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Posted January 21, 2010 - By bleahy






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It's no secret that certain genres of video game excel on particular platforms. First-person shooters rock on the Xbox 360, RTS games shine on the PC, and puzzle games have found a comfortable home on the DS. I'm here to talk about a genre on a platform that you might not expect to be all that great. Let's look at fighting games on the PSP!

The PSP seems like it would be hindered from the outset for fighting games; it's got two less buttons than most platforms and the analog nub isn't the best around. However, the d-pad is extremely useable for fighters and cranking out a quick fight or two is perfect for gaming on-the-go. Let’s look at 3D and 2D separately…

3D Fighters

Tekken 6

3D Fighters work great on the PSP, but it wasn't until recently that developers got them running exceptionally well. In fact, Tekken 6 on the PSP is basically like playing the PS3/360 version on a tiny screen. Sure, you don't get true online play, but the game does support Ad Hoc multiplayer. It plays incredibly smoothly and as long as you ignore the Scenario mode (which you should, anyway) the game is basically identical to the next-gen releases. Well, it doesn't look as nice, but it plays great. Throw in the fact that Tekken works with 4 buttons and a very limited amount of complex directional inputs, it plays flawlessly on the PSP.

You May Also Like: Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny, Tekken 2 (PSOne Original)
Dream Game:
Virtua Fighter 5

2D Fighters

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus

Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus

Not only does the PSP have the newest retail release in the Guilty Gear series, the title isn't available on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. You would think that a game as complex as Guilty Gear wouldn't play well on the PSP, but you'd be wrong. Not only does the game have a good amount of shortcuts to assist with inputs, the timing window is much more forgiving than Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max, which suffers from some move execution issues. Accent Core Plus also adds a fun survival mode into the mix, which gets more difficult as you proceed and gives the player the option of selecting buffs as they level up. This makes it great for a quick pick-up-and-play session.

You May Also Like: Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max, BlazBlue (March 2010)
Dream Game:
Street Fighter III: Third Strike

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Dissidia Final Fantasy

New Dissidia Final Fantasy Screens Shine

Not entirely a fighting game...not entirely an RPG...Dissidia Final Fantasy is a hybrid of two genres and one of the best games available on the PSP. Sure, there's a lot of grinding, but there's just so much here: twenty-two playable characters, equipment, accessories, abilities, summons, and a large number of gameplay modes to suit any style. Just...skip all the cut-scenes and focus on character building and fighting!

What are your favorite fighting games to play on-the-go? What fighting game would you love to see hit the PSP?

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