My PS2 Controller is DustyMay 15, 2007
My intarbuddy Scott sent me a heads-up about the new Sakura Taisen that Hiroi Ouji recently announced for the DS. My ST mailing list was already abuzz about it, but his message got me to put into writing some things I’ve been thinking about lately. Here’s my response to him:
I have already done my wiggly dance about this one, but thanks for the heads-up! It has gotten me thinking about portable games versus home games, and how much more likely I am to play a DS game than a PS2 game these days.
Portable game pros:
- Much easier to work into a busy schedule (this is the big one)
- Games tend to be lighter on excess technological flash and heavier on content
- Hand-drawn 2D art ftw
- Easier to evangelize because there is ~1 relevant portable system right now
Home game pros:
- More cinematic
- Feasible to make an event out of it and go through game with a friend
- Voice-acting & music
- Higher fidelity graphics, which is good when the game has hand-drawn 2D art
Come to think of it, if the next-generation DS retains its charm but adds tech specs comparable to the PSP, many of the home game’s advantages would go away. Give me VGA, CD-quality sound, and a way to hook it up to the TV, and I may never need to buy a home system again.
Okay, now I’m worrying about how ST, a game that’s all about voices, music, and high-quality art, will get away with being on the DS, a system that doesn’t really excel at any of those things…