Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Download Games For PSP

The PSP has been on the market for a few years now and is a great portable gaming device. You can download games for your PSP but sometimes you may find it difficult to search for games to download on your PSP.

Here are a few points to keep in mind when downloading games for PSP

PSP Firmware

The PSP firmware is like the operating system of the PSP. It controls all the software and hardware functions of the PSP. Each batch of PSP firmware is different. Only earlier firmware versions are able to play downloaded games for psp. These are psp firmware version 1.00 and 1.50.

To check your PSP firmware version, go to system settings menu and select it. Then select system information and select the option system software. It will tell you the firmware version for your PSP.

Playing movies and mp3 are fine, only downloaded games. There are some emulators or PSP hacks that can get past this limitation since all new PSP shipped nowadays have firmware 2.00 and above. However, it is not safe and may actually damage the firmware of your PSP.

PSP Emulators

There are many PSP software emulators on the internet that allows you to play old console games. Examples are nintendo, super nintendo, game boy advance and sega genesis.

There are some arguments about the legality of such emulators at present but unless you are distributing or selling such emulators, there should be nothing to worry about.

There are some games that are “homebrew”. It means PSP games created by amateurs for fun or who wants to study how games are made on the PSP. These are pretty rudimentary and simple and unless you enjoy games such as pong or invaders, you might want to give it a miss.

PSP Game Download Sites

There are quite a number of psp game download sites on the internet. Some are legal and some are not. Be careful when loading games from such sites as you may be violating copyright laws.

There are a few that are legal psp game download sites. Most require a one time membership fee that allows you to download unlimited PSP games.

I highly recommend if you are interested in such sites to use these legal sites as they are safer and usually provide better support and download speeds. They have many download games for psp as well as movies, mp3 as well.

How To Put Music On PSP - Step By Step Guide

One of the features available in PSP are the ability to play music files namely MP3 format. Certain PSP will also be able to play other types of music files such as Window very own WMA and WMV format, but we will get into that later. However these are restricted to newer version of PSP. This is a rundown on how to put music on PSP.

The steps taken is no different than transferring any files from your PC to PSP memory stick. In order to put music on PSP you will require a USB cable.

This is how you put music on PSP:

1. Connect your PSP with your PC using the USB cable.

2. Use your PSP interface and hit HOME button, and then go into “Settings”. Here you will have to use the directional button to find “USB Connection”

3. Once the connection is made, you will need to check your PCs available drives. You can do this by going into “My Computer”. Your PC should detect your PSP as and additional drive. It is not much different from using portable drive or thumb drives actually.

4. Click on your assigned PSP drive.

5. Create a new folder call “music” on your PSP drive

6. Select your MP3 music from your PC and drag it into your “music” folder on your PSP. Note that all this is done in your PC interface.

7. When all the desired MP3 are transferred, get out of the USB connection mode by pressing “O” on your PSP.

8. Find the music area in your PSP, and select your memory stick. Search for your “music” folder and you are good to go.

If you have other types of music format in your PC, i.e. WMV or WMA, you will need a converter to convert those files to MP3 format. Do not fret though, as Sony will also supply PSP user with its very own Image Converter. You can easily convert WMA and WMV files format into MP3 format and just repeat the whole process on how to put music on PSP.

On the other hand if you want to play WMV and WMA files without converting your files to MP3, you can always update your PSP firmware to the latest firmware. However, I would not recommend this (upgrading your PSP firmware) as it will severely limit your PSP experience. Some of the effect of upgrading your PSP firmware is that certain games you have will not work on your PSP with the latest firmware. There are forums dedicated to PSP downgrading as a lot of people want to revert back to their old firmware.

“How to put music on your PSP?” has been asked countless times and using PSP interface it is as easy as transferring files to your USB thumb drives. Hope this articles helps.

Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This? Review

by: Ryan Clements

Are you tired of do-good heroes bursting into your dungeon and lighting up the once dank and peaceful corridors with obnoxious torches? Are you sick of warriors and wizards slaughtering your demons just to reach the end of your pristinely constructed labyrinth? Well NIS has a game for you!

Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This? is an extremely quirky downloadable game for the PSP that combines the classic mechanics of Dig Dug with dungeon creation and monster breeding. The result is an insanely challenging -- but still enjoyable -- game that's coated in traditional NIS humor.

In Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman!, players take up the disembodied pickaxe of the God of Destruction, newly summoned into the world thanks to Overlord Badman and his frustrating dilemma. You see, heroes have been invading Badman's precious dungeons and he needs your help to stop them. Throughout the entire game, your only actual interaction with the environment and characters is moving a pickaxe around the environment and digging blocks of soil. Yet with such a simple premise, there's a tremendous challenge ahead of you.

Even though the core mechanics involve moving the cursor around and digging up 2D blocks, there's plenty to learn along the way. The key to defeating the invading heroes and protecting the helpless Overlord is to take advantage of the nutrients and mana that gather in the soil. These resources are the building blocks for all the creatures you can create. Dig up a block with just a bit of nutrients inside and out comes a Slimemoss, one of the basic -- and fundamental -- units in the game.

The purpose of the Slimemoss is to travel around the dungeon and distribute those nutrients elsewhere. Create enough Slimemosses and the nutrients will begin to flow and gather in different places, depending on how you construct your dungeon. When enough nutrients gather in one block, you can create more powerful creatures, like the insect-like Omnoms and the more hardened Lizardmen. This same dynamic is mirrored with mana. As the heroes use magic (or die), mana is distributed amidst the soil. Digging it up will create Spirits, which circulate the magical energy just like Slimemosses circulate nutrients.

Badman is all about learning the most effective way to build dungeons, control resources and create a balanced ecosystem for your monsters. See, these monsters you create need to eat, so there's an in-game food chain that you must consider when carving out your dungeon. So even though the premise of Badman is just "dig up blocks," you have a daunting task ahead of you.

Fortunately, there are really only two methods of play in Badman, so you won't feel too overwhelmed. The Challenge mode is split up between a series of training missions and then a whole list of standalone challenges, which task you with completing specific objectives that are often atypical of normal play. The Story mode, on the other hand, is the meat and potatoes of the experience. Here, you must drive off hero after hero in each stage, with a limited pool of "dig power" to use (dig power is the total number of blocks you can dig up). Between each stage, you regain some of your dig power, depending on how well you did, and you can spend that power on upgrading your units. If Badman is captured during Story mode, however, your entire game is over and you have to start from scratch. Tough stuff.

My experience with Badman was a bit of a rollercoaster. You see, I was immediately taken with the game's quirky style, cute music and intentionally old-school visuals when I first played it, and I could see that the game had real promise. But as I delved deeper into the game's Challenge and Story modes, I began to grow frustrated with the insane amount of difficulty that continued to push me away from victory. At that point, I was feeling pretty down and began thinking Badman wasn't all I thought it would be.

Then, when playing the game during an epic laundry night, I looked up at the dryers and realized my laundry had finished without me even noticing. The game completely captured my attention -- frustration and all -- and demolished my waiting time. It was then that I came to realize the real appeal/strength of the Badman experience. This game has a number of addictive qualities and the challenge will please hardcore gamers looking for a real fight.

Check full review here

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Most Excellent 10 Divx To Psp Converter

Half the fun of owning a PSP is in downloading Divx to PSP Converter onto it; but if that software isn't up to par it can be a huge disappointment. We here at POPSnail aim to help you avoid that disappointment with our "World's Most Popular Now!" awards. We test every program for quality and rate each one according to UI skin, speed, ease of use, user rating and popularity. Then, everyday we choose a category and post the top ten hot programs in that category here, so you can see and compare them at a glance.

Today's winning Divx to PSP Converter are listed below. Each of these unique programs will really improve your PSP experience. They're fast and fun and easy to use; you won't regret the download!

1. Cucusoft DVD to PSP Converter

It can convert almost all kinds of DVD to PSP Movie / PSP Video format. It is also a powerful DVD to PSP converter due to the conversion speed is far faster than real-time. And the output PSP movie/video supports PSP screen, you can enjoy your favorite DVD on your PSP as a portable DVD Player.

2. Lenogo Video to PSP Converter

A PSP MPEG4 video converter and PSP burner which can burn movie to PSP and download movie onto PSP. With this PSP MPEG4 video converter and PSP burner, you will know how to put movie on your PSP.

3. Mooma Video to PSP Converter

Use your PSP not just for games, but to watch the latest movies! Mooma Video to PSP is such a converter can help you convert your own movies and videos.

4. Xilisoft DVD to PSP Converter

A powerful DVD ripper and video conversion tool, which can help you converting DVD to PSP video format MP4, and to PSP audio MP3 easily and fast, with excellent output quality.

5. YASA DVD to PSP Converter

Rip DVD Video both video and audio streams of DVD video into PSP Video and various video formats. Compare with other DVD converter, It does not only support PSP Video Formats, But It also supports a large number of video formats including AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, RM, MOV, PSP Video, iPod Video, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, ASF, 3GPP, 3GPP2 and so on; Also, YASA DVD to PSP Converter can rip DVD Video into Audio formats including MP3 MP2 WMA WAV AC3 M4A OGG etc.

6. WinXMedia AVI/WMV PSP Converter

The PSP MP4 converter to convert movie to PSP MPEG4(MP4) fastly enables you to download/watch movie on PSP and guides you how to transfer video to PSP.

7. Super DVD to PSP Converter

Super DVD to PSP Converter is a professional DVD movie to PSP video converter software. Super DVD to PSP Converter directly converts DVD movies to your PSP.

8. ImTOO DVD to PSP Converter

The DVD to PSP conversion for converting DVD to PSP MPEG4(MP4) can rip DVD to PSP, download/copy DVD to PSP and guide you how to transfer DVD to PSP.

9. Amadis DVD to PSP Converter

Amadis DVD to PSP Converter is an powerful and easy DVD PSP ripper application.

10. AnvSoft Flash to PSP Converter

ANVSOFT Flash to PSP Converter is a powerful utility that convert Macromedia Flash SWF files to MPEG-4 files including movie clips, action scripts and audio in the Flash movies.

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The Bigs 2 Review

by: Nate Ahearn

With sports games it's a constant struggle to innovate on a yearly basis. You hear it all the time from those who pick up Madden or NBA Live every year and are disappointed by the familiarity of the product. With The Bigs, 2K Sports seems to be going with a two-year development cycle which, you'd assume, would afford them plenty of time to add cool, new features and gameplay mechanics. While that is true on PS3 and Xbox 360, the same cannot be said on PSP. That's not to say that The Bigs 2 doesn't present a solid game of arcade baseball, but those who dropped their cash on the first game should let this one pass by.

The basics have unsurprisingly stayed the same. You still pitch by holding the appropriate button, charge a meter and release the button at the appropriate time. You still have the big heat ability while on the mound (provided you've maxed out your points) and big blast while at the plate. Unlike the console versions, though, there are no legendary abilities on the PSP. Instead you'll see the same star ratings that were in the last version of The Bigs.

Really the only change that has been made to the core gameplay is the addition of the wheelhouse. The wheelhouse is a power zone for hitters that can be diminished if pitchers can sneak the ball by. You'll also get a significant turbo boost for venturing into the zone. Still, that isn't enough to truly change the game in a substantial way. I would have liked to see improvements made to the fielding mechanic as it's still a little too difficult to make your way under a routine fly ball. Again, there are none to be found. Baserunning can also be problematic. I found rounding bases, namely third to home, to be an annoyance. All too often my player would hold at third even though I was clearly telling him to make a mad dash for the plate.

Sadly, there are no legendary catches, no legendary abilities and no new mini-games to be had. Not only that, but there's also no Big Slam ability present on PSP. Again, this all leads up to my main point that not enough has been added to warrant the sticker price on The Bigs 2.

The Rookie Challenge that was in the first Bigs has been renamed Legend Challenge but that's really the only change that has been made. Sure, this time you'll have the opportunity to eventually take on legendary baseball players but the structure of the mode hasn't budged an inch and feels almost identical to the previous rendition. You still earn experience points which you can assign to your player's attributes and you'll still need to complete a number of challenges to play different teams and move locations on the map.

Another of my biggest issues with The Bigs 2 is the total lack of online play. The first Bigs at least had ad hoc play. Not ideal by any means, but it was something. The Bigs 2 has nothing in the way of ad hoc or online support which is a massive letdown.

Thankfully the visuals have been pumped up just a bit since last year's game. Players look sharper than they did the first time around and feature none of the wireframe issues that we saw on the Wii version. The big blast and turbo effects are still a little cheesy being that they're only color filters placed over the screen. The slowdown that hurt the first Bigs has also been remedied for the most part.

The sound is just as solid as you remember and has actually seen a slight improvement in UMD load times. Commentary keeps up with the on-field action better than before but the comments aren't super-insightful as to who's doing what on the field. The soundtrack is serviceable – featuring plenty of rock tunes from yesteryear.

Closing Comments
The Bigs 2 isn’t necessarily a bad game of baseball, but it just doesn’t pack enough new content to make it worthwhile for those who invested in The Bigs the first go-round. It would have been nice if the developers had taken the time to port some of the cooler features from the console versions as well as added some PSP-centric mini-games. As it stands, those who didn’t play The Bigs on PSP might want to give this one a try, but everyone else should steer clear.

Check full review here

Sunday, July 26, 2009

SDCC 09: Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- Republic Heroes Gets a Release Date

By: Greg Miller

If you've been eagerly awaiting Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- Republic Heroes, the San Diego Comic-Con brought you a bag full of good news today; the game is set to be released on October 6, 2009. Turn on your lightsaber and celebrate!

God of War: Chains of Olympus

I have successfully completed the PSP game God of War: Chains of Olympus and here's what I think of the game.

I am not sure where it falls in the timeline of the God of War series but I am guessing that it falls after 2 (feel free to correct me anytime). Followers of the series won't find anything new to the gameplay with the exception of new magic and weapons, as well as puzzles. Controls are pretty much the same, except that you can't rotate your camera freely and thus you have to depend on whatever angle the camera is taking.

Gameplay screenshots:

I am a huge fan of the God of War series and the PSP version is definitely a must-have in your collection. You can't miss out on this!


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