The Simpsons Game Review
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System: PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: EA 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: EA 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 5, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The controls are another issue altogether. The console iterations were hard enough to function the camera, and in the PSP version it's game breaking in many areas. The inability to turn your character and the camera at the same time makes many of the Bartman flying areas near-impossible, and many other areas of the title much more difficult than necessary. Outside of the camera issues, the game controls well, and is another example of why the PSP either needs a second analog or developers need to shop shoe-horning their console titles onto the handheld.

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A couple things taken out on the PSP version are another disappointment. The large, free-roaming version of Springfield used as your hub for accessing missions on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions is taken out, one can only assume due to system limitations. Though not game-breaking, Simpsons fans will surely want to be able to explore the game to its fullest and would be much better served by another system in that regard. The lack of multiplayer is another downer, as romping through the game with a buddy on-the-go would seem a good fit for this type of game.

The Simpsons Game is short, very short. Seasoned gamers will blaze through without much trouble in a six hour session or so. Some replay value is provided through the "clichés," some time-attack goals, and different collectibles for each character to find within the levels. Unless you're the type of gamer who needs to find every single bottle cap, you won't see much reason to give the game more than a single play through though. With a six hour game, that kind of replay value is just a little hard to swallow.

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Though an enjoyable romp, there's no way to recommend the PSP version over one of the console iterations of The Simpsons Game. The humor is what fans game to see, and you'll find it easier to get to all the enjoyable parts if you aren't constantly fighting with the camera. If you do need your Simpsons on-the-go, this is as competent a port as one could have hoped for on the PSP, and has most of the goodness present in its bigger brothers. Fans of the show will not be disappointed, but realize that you're coming for the jokes, the gameplay is merely a vessel to get you there.

By Justin Conte
CCC Freelance Journalist

Features:

  • Play Your Favorite Characters - Battle enemies and save Springfield while playing as your favorite dysfunctional TV family: Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge and even Maggie Simpson.
  • The Real Simpsons - With the actual voice actors from the TV show and movie reprising their roles, characters from The Simpsons Game sound exactly as they should.
  • Unique Character Abilities - While The Simpsons family have general abilities that can be used to fight opponents, interact with environments, and finish puzzles, each one has been imbued with special abilities that are unique to their personalities. These abilities grow and change as they progress through the story to battle tougher and tougher enemies in their quest to save Springfield!
  • Looks Like The Simpsons - Using innovative 3D into 2D technology, the developers have been able to recreate Springfield and the entire cast of The Simpsons as the most visually authentic Simpsons game to date.
  • Featuring Favorite and Original Springfieldeans! - The Simpsons Game features over 100 of your favorite Simpsons characters from the show along with 50+ new characters that were inspired by the fiction.
  • An Original Episodic Adventure - The Simpsons Game features a 100% original script from the writers of the show with 4 distinct acts divided into 16 episodes and over 8,000 lines of dialogue.
  • Collectibles - Roam throughout the episodes and Springfield itself to discover custom video game clichés and unique collectibles for each member of The Simpsons family. Collectibles lead to trophies that increase your family's powers, and can be viewed in your trophy rooms back at home on Evergreen Terrace.
  • Time Challenges - Every episode can be replayed, and each unlocks a unique Time Challenge. Use the skills you've learned throughout the game to beat target times over 16 individual Time Challenges.
  • Enjoy more than 6,000 lines of dialogue and 16 chapters of hilarity.


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.5
    Graphics
    Beautiful in game and stunning cinematics, but close-ups are awkward.
    2.0
    Control
    Constantly fighting with the camera brings the experience screeching to a halt.
    5.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    The benchmark for all other licensed properties.
    2.0
    Play Value
    Short, without much to do when you're done.
    2.5
    Overall Rating - Average
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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