Traveling is usually the most stressful part of the holidays. You’ve bought presents, finished up at work or school and now you’re being rewarded with a few days off for the holidays. How do you spend it? By traveling across the country to see friends and family. The friends and family part is usually fantastic, getting there however is a nightmare.
The entire nation has been struck with crazy weather. It’s been rain here in California for a week and other parts of the country have been snowed in. No matter where you’re going you can expect delays, layovers, and traffic. As a state-certified video game specialist I feel that it’s my duty to let you know you don’t have to have a miserable traveling experience. All you need is a handheld gaming console. Whether you have a Nintendo DS, a Sony PSP, or even one of Apple's miracle devices, a world of entertainment could be at your fingertips. Here are the best PSP games to travel with.
Ace Combat Joint Assault
The Ace combat series is known for its great gameplay and for having really cool planes. One of the best things about Ace Combat Joint Assault is the co-op. You can play with someone else for an even more immersing adventure through the entire campaign. Don’t get upset if the guy sitting next to you isn’t playing the same game as you because the co-op is also online. AC: Joint Assault is quite a production: it boasts a full soundtrack, cinematic cut scenes and more unlockable planes than you’ll know what to do with. Hint: you fly them.
Let’s say you have a mild fear of flying and you will in fact, be flying this holiday season. Why not conquer your fear and play a fun fighter-jet simulation game? I can’t think of a better game to play while you’re 32,000 feet in the air. And because this game offers up to four-player support this game offers fun for the whole family.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Let me break this down for you: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a good game no matter what the circumstances. If you’re stuck in on Highway 34 to Wichita or marooned in an airport next to a screaming baby this game is all the better. MGS: Peace Walker feels like a long lost Metal Gear game from the PlayStaton 2 era, and it takes place before the events of Metal Gear Solid for the PS1. The year is 1974 and Snake has left the United States to join the Militaires Sans Frontier, which is basically the A-Team.
Peace Walker was directed by Hideo Kojima himself, so you know it’s seriously entertaining. Some of the controls might seem daunting at first but after some practice you’ll be shooting baddies and hiding under boxes like a pro. Sadly, in order to play the multiplayer you will need someone to sit right next you with their very own copy of the game and their own PSP. I think I know what I’m going to get my brother for Christmas now.
Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet was a hit on the PS3 and it’s a hit on the PSP too. The plot of LBP Portable is that several of the world’s Creator Curators have refused to attend the Carnival of Creation. It's up to you and Sockboy to persuade them to participate in the carnival. You have to help solve problems like getting rid of a dragon and star as a stuntman in a movie. There is no shortage of fun things to do and create. The gameplay is very similar, if not the same, as the PS3 version.
The real selling point is the ability to create levels and share them online via the PlayStation Network. The game uses the same level creator as the PS3 game so you have endless possibilities as what to make. Ever want to design video games? Now’s your chance to figure it out on that five-hour car trip to Tyler, Texas.
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo is considered to be one of the greatest real-world physics sims around, and the PSP version carries on the legacy. Gran Turismo PSP allows you to feel like you’re actually racing cars by telegraphing the sensation of speed and the texture of the track into the palm of your hand. All this paired with thrilling courses and 800 cars and you've got youself a winner.
Chances are that no matter where you’re going this holiday, you will be sitting in traffic at some point. Moving at 5 mph is no way to spend your time off. Instead of focusing on all of the progress you’re not making in bumper-to-bumper traffic, focus on hitting speeds in the triple digits with cars you’ll never be able to afford. GT PSP is a must have this holiday, if not just for the fantasy factor alone.
Dead or Alive Paradise
Okay, yes this game is not good. Yes, we did give it a 1 out of 5. But hear me out.
Dead or Alive Paradise, like Dead or Alive Xtreme Volleyball, places on you on a tropical island filled with bikini clad babes with giant boobs. Now before you run to your nearest retailer to pick this up I must warn you, this game lacks amount of options offered in the other series in the title. Instead of feeling like a sexy Wii Sports game it feels like a sexy Pokemon Snap game. Just let that image sink into your head.
It’s cold, and depending on where you live, it’s raining, windy or snowing. Why not take cyber vacation to a tropical island? Dead or Alive Paradise is all about making friends by giving them gifts, which is really the true meaning of Christmas. Once you make friends with the girls they’ll let you take pictures of them in their bikinis. As long as you go into this game knowing you’re a creeper you’re going to really enjoy yourself, and isn't that the true spirit of the holidays? One word of warning, however: don't like your Aunt catch you playing this game, or the only present you'll be getting will be a time-out in the corner.
Which PSP games will you be playing during your holiday travels?