|System: PS3, PC, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Queasy Shooter||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SONY||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Dec. 4, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Without a doubt, the combination of unique music and interesting level themes is what makes Everyday Shooter feel so unique. Unfortunately, some of the high-quality presentation is lost on the PSP port. For starters, though visuals are still crisp and chained explosions are fun to watch, the small screen of the PSP makes it very difficult and tiring to distinguish all the onscreen action. This is especially the case after playing for long stints. Also, the beautiful musical presentation gets a hatchet job when listened to through the PSP's speakers. Consequently, a good set of headphones are imperative if you want to hear the title as it was meant to be enjoyed.
Fortunately, gameplay is still largely enjoyable despite the visual and aural challenges. Blasting through baddies is very addictive, and chaining together kills in a multitude of ways through the distinct levels is a lot of fun. On the downside, the PSP has only the tiny analog nub and four face buttons with which to control the shooter. Though the analog nub and D-pad work well while maneuvering your ship (pixel), the face buttons essentially halve the amount of directions in which you can shoot. This doesn't break the game, but it does make it somewhat less enjoyable of an experience than it was on the PS3.
Finally, there is a decided lack of innovation in this title. This is a straight port to PSP, so there is nothing new brought to the title. I would have loved to have seen some ad-hoc and infrastructure multiplayer support for this game. Also, a few other portable-friendly mini-games and/or modes should have been included to round out the experience.
Considering that nothing new was added to the title and that the game's problems are somewhat exacerbated by the PSP's limitations, this is definitely the weakest version of the title yet. Still, Everyday Shooter is an enjoyable experience worth the $9.99 download price for more than just top-down shooter fans. In fact, despite its many flaws, it's a game that manages to translate relatively nicely as a portable experience. If you're looking for a light game that provides a good deal of challenge while you blow through its levels, Everyday Shooter for PSP is one to keep in mind.
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