Excerpt: There are times when a game breaks through and does more than just entertain. True entertainment is rare enough, sad to say. I can remember a few games from the ranks of past experience that stand out. Klonoa was a complete sleeper but took the 2.5D to a completely new level of creativity - I would still love the game today, without a doubt. Ico was another title that had me from the first moment. Both these games had unique graphics that stood out from the crowd.
Excerpt: In September 2006, American shores received one of the most unique and weirdest titles to be seen since Namco released Katamari Damacy a few years ago. The title of the game is LocoRoco , and it was developed by Sony for their PlayStation Portable. The storyline in LocoRoco takes place on a far-off planet where the small little blobs known as LocoRoco reside.
Excerpt: Who says Nintendo has all the innovation in the video game industry? Sony has stepped up to the plate with LocoRoco on the Playstation Portable, and turning heads. They have certainly gotten the attention of Family Friendly Gaming with this awesome video game. In a galaxy far, far away there is a planet - err wait that is a different franchise. There is a peaceful planet (past our telescopes) until it got invaded.
Excerpt: Let’s face it – the PSP has had a major shortage of memorable games. Some because of huge load times, others because it is just something we’ve played elsewhere and some are just plain bad. There have been a few gems, however – Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and Lumines proved to be fun games that made a PSP worth buying. However, nothing else has really stood above the crowd and risen to the ranks of incredible game. LocoRoco comes along to save the day for the PSP, though.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: If you have a PSP and you enjoy games at all, you should run out now and buy LocoRoco. If you don't have a PSP and you enjoy games at all, you should run out now and buy LocoRoco and a PSP. LocoRoco has so much going for it that it seems a shame that more people haven't bought it yet. Sony is pushing this one hard, and for a change that push is for a game that actually deserves it. Sam Fisher can wait for another bus ride. Your future is bright and happy.
Summary: The Nintendo DS has been providing us with games of this type for a while now, and it’s a real pleasure to see the PSP finally deliver something fresh and entertaining. Most times the best portable experiences aren’t about expansive landscapes and epic storylines, they’re about accessibility and short-term gratification. Loco Roco has the latter qualities in spades.