|System: Wii, PS2, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Climax Group||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Konami||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jan. 19, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The one thing I found somewhat significant was something most people probably won't even miss: in the Wii version, opening the large screen on Harry's GPS, you had the option to draw a path to your next waypoint-a particularly useful tactic when navigating the otherworld's maze-like levels. Although it wasn't explicitly stated in the game, I found that following a path was not only helpful, but also helped ratchet up the unnerving panic when being chased by the creatures that populate the otherworld.
When you're only two or three rooms away from being swarmed on by a group of screaming, skinless monstrosities, even taking a five second breather to pull out your map and check to make sure you're on the right trail can be a frightening thing, since you want to start moving again as soon as possible. But without being able to follow a line, you're just forced to run on, blind by panic. It's not quite as scary.
Something else to note was that there didn't seem to be as many creatures giving chase during the nightmare sequences, nor were their appearances as varied as I'd seen in other playthroughs on the Wii version. However, the population issues weren't always present, and could've had more to do with the psychological decisions I'd made over the course of the game rather than owing to any technical shortcomings.
Shattered Memories is certainly not for everyone. Some will find its pacing too deliberate for their action-minded tastes, but this isn't really trying to be a game that's anything less than cerebral (albeit sometimes more in psychology than execution). If you don't like thinking about narrative, this isn't going to do anything for you. But overall, given the game's different approach to what's been a pretty stale series for a while now, Shattered Memories involving psychological narrative absolutely makes the game worth checking out. While it can't entirely compare to how amazing it looks on the Wii, watching the town twist and warp under the weight of a thick layer of ice doesn't look half-bad on the PSP.
CCC Freelance Writer