beat ’em up alert: Unbound Saga for the PSP

I haven’t played my PSP in months…there hasn’t been much of a reason for me to really dust it off and play something on it because most of the titles that I’ve been interested in have either been on the consoles, the PC, or the DS. God of War was the last title I had played on it, but after that, there hasn’t been much else that I felt I really needed to play on Sony’s handheld.

That might actually change with Unbound Saga. Vogster Entertainment’s title for the PSP is based on an upcoming comic book of the same name to be published by Dark Horse Comics. In it, the player gets to play as either Rick Ajax or Lori Machete, two appropriately over-the-top comic names that will smash, punch, and batter their way through the game. The game takes place across ten comic “episodes” but uses an interesting twist that reminds me a lot of Ralph Bakshi’s, Cool World. It seems that the main protagonists of the game know that they’re in a comic book and are out to free themselves from “the Maker” who keeps drawing in plenty of danger for their knuckles to plow through.

Odds are good that the giant hand belongs to the Maker who loves drawing in plenty of targets for Rick and Lori to smash through.

Odds are good that the giant hand belongs to the Maker who loves drawing in plenty of targets for Rick and Lori to smash through. It's not there all the time...just when it thinks they need a challenge.

The whole style of the game looks like it could be a lot of fun. Players will even be able to earn tokens and use them to develop new moves and special abilities, like a gas attack clearing everyone out within range. Whether or not players will bite is going to be the question. It’s not quite a sports game, or an RPG, but it looks like it could be a solid beat ’em up in the same vein as the upcoming Tokyo Beat Down for the Nintendo DS. Far be it that this signals a return of the beat ’em up to the market, but it’s nice to know that the genre is still alive and kicking.

Joystiq, along with a few others, did a hands on with the game in New York and it sounds like it could be good if it weren’t for the “stiff controls”. It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out when it’s finally released…sometime.

Rick shows this guy the business end of his boot. Haggar would be proud.

Rick shows this guy the business end of his boot. Haggar would be proud.

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