Thursday, March 1, 2007

The Best Reason To Get A PSP Just Came To Your PS2

Recently, it seems as if Sony is actually trying to do a really bad job with its video game division. Take the PSP and the PS3, for instance. Overpriced hardware? Check. Less than stellar game lineup? Check. Few compelling exclusives? Check. Do you see a pattern here?

If you own a PSP, chances are you have Lumines, the break-out puzzle game hit (and if you don't, why did you buy a PSP?). The game was very addicting, featuring good music, good visuals, and fun gameplay. Let's face it - the game is Tetris on acid. And that's a good thing.

The game was so popular that it spawned a sequel on the PSP, the originally-titled Lumines II. The game was...basically the same game as the original, but with new music. It wasn't something to run out and buy the day it came out, but still, it was a good game. Either title would give your PSP meaning.

But now, all that has changed. You see, Lumines Plus has just been released for the PS2. Essentially, it's the original Lumines game, now available on a console you already own. And the best part - it's cheap! So, you've got a full-on, acid trip puzzle game, for a console you already own and love, and is playable on your big screen TV. What's not to like?

And that's the point. Why should anyone go out and spend the cash on a PSP or PS3, when great games are there for the taking on the older console? I appreciate the fact that Sony is keeping developer support alive for the PS2 - it still has a lot of life left in it. But from a business standpoint, it just doesn't make sense.

Of course, Lumines was already available on Xbox Live Arcade, so it can't be called a PSP exclusive by any means. Still, Sony needs to be smarter about using their brands. And I say all this with love - I want there to be a PS4 and a PSP2. More consoles means more games, more choices, and ultimately, more fun. So Sony, do us all a favor - get a clue!

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