AP(S)Ples & Pear(D)S

[Originally posted on 1Up.com]

It's been said so many times by others and I've read it and though "sure, that's probably true" but, in the words of The Matrix's Morphius, "no one can be told what [it] is, you have to experience it for yourself".So what am I rambling on about? Well NDS vs. PSP of course. I've had a DS since a few weeks before it was released (thank you Nintendo) and since a month back I've also owned a PSP.

So I've played quite a bit with both of them and they have their pros and cons, but it's never been as apparent as it has for me this past week. On the DS I've been playing Ouendan! and this morning I started playing Ridge Racer on the PSP. Both titles are very entertaining, but you just can't compare them, it's impossible.

Taito was right when it decided to call their updates of their classic franchises 'Revolution' on the NDS and 'Evolution' on the PSP. Games like Ouendan! really feel revolutionary and Ridge Racer on the PSP is an amazing technical feat. Seeing these side by side, it's not a question of being in different leagues, these platforms are two completely different sports.

I'm still sceptical about the quality of the titles released for the PSP, especially when you take the price of the hardware into consideration, and the UMD-format is really crap, the discs are big, load time is frustrating and the battery consumption is terrible. But on the other hand, the DS screens feel small and the design is really uninspired in comparison, but once you're in the middle of the top games on each platform both machines really entertain, and that's what it's all about.

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