March 10, 2008

When I bought my Game Boy 8 years ago, my favorite game (unfortunatelly) was Pokemon. I couldn’t help not to play it, because it was freaking awesome to “raise” those little monster to beat my friends’ monsters. But after a few years, I was never into portable consoles. Maybe it was because I was too “busy” playing Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64 or Final Fantasy 8 on the PlayStation.

After I got a PlayStation 2 I didn’t even know what was portable consoles… Why ?! Let’s see: play Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater or some disgusting shooter wannabe ?! Play Final Fantasy XII or some disgusting RPG wannabe ?! Play God of War 2 or some disgusting action wannabe ?! I’m not favoring  the PS2 against the X-Box or the GameCube; but since I had it, I know some good games for it. I’m sure that both the Box and the Cube got some real good games as well, such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Cube or Halo 2 for the Box for example.

I got to admit that at first I bought my DS due to the difference of price compared to my country, but after I played some games I was amazed by how much the portables have evolved since the past 8 years. Take three games such as Mario Kart DS, Brain Age and Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings for example.

Mario Kart Ds: while I was on the bus on my way to school, this game made my morning feel longer. Why is that, you ask ?! Before I even got to the college I already beat the game and unlocked a secret character… how about that for a great start of a day, right ?

Brain Age: more known as the queue killer. Not only this games has many interesting mini-games, but it also comes with almost 100 Sudokus. Let’s just say that if I was at place where I know that I will spend more than 10 minutes waiting for something, for example my Starbucks, I am already solving a Sudoku… yep, I am THAT addicted to those.

Final Fantasy XII – Revenant Wings:  it’s not everyday when you get to play a sequel of a house console game on a portable, right ? Let’s see: Metal Gear Portable Ops, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, some Zelda titles and…. ??? I rest my case. For that alone, this title deserves to be mentioned. But how could we forget all the awesome battles and cool characters and secret stuff and…. you got my point, right ?!

I just want to call attention on the rasing quality of the portable games. Could you imagine some years into the future when we will be so lucky to play BioShock on a portable ?! I look forward for this day to come. 



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