Which gaming system do I buy...DS or PSP???

  • bijockmuscle

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    Nov 18, 2008 1:53 PM GMT
    Need to know for the holidays.
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    Nov 18, 2008 4:53 PM GMT
    DS.

    The library is stunning, the battery life is longer, and the hardware is better built.
  • WSUBrad

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    Nov 18, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
    Definitely DS - Touch Screen rocks!
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    Nov 18, 2008 5:02 PM GMT
    DS
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  • UncleverName

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    Nov 18, 2008 5:20 PM GMT
    Who's it for?

    Is it for a nephew that likes puzzles and challenges?
    A nephew that likes RPG's?
    For your grandmother, who keeps hearing about these games that can improve her brain?
    For any woman?
    Go for the DS.

    Is it for a nephew that likes action games?
    Or a guy that wants some great (EA) sports games?
    Go for the PSP.

    The DS is probably a better machine, and has a big library. But the PSP is more powerful, I think, and has better action games.

    Disclaimer: I have a PSP, but not a DS. When I look for PSP games, I see a small selection of action/first person shooter games, and that's about it. When I hear about the DS, it's always about Brain Age and puzzle solving games.
  • UncleverName

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    Nov 18, 2008 5:24 PM GMT
    My brother just pointed out to me that something else to consider, if it's for a kid, is what system do the kid's friends have?

    They'll be able to share games with their friends, and play online with them. So if their friends all have DS's, go with that. If they all have PSP's, go with that.
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    Nov 18, 2008 5:54 PM GMT
    i absolutely LOVE my DS the psp has better graphics but i love in innovative games that the DS has, makes for more challenging games and you have to actually have skill to complete things when it's your steadiness of the hand that determines how well you do icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 18, 2008 6:12 PM GMT
    PSP!
  • bijockmuscle

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    Nov 18, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    UncleverName saidWho's it for?

    Is it for a nephew that likes puzzles and challenges?
    A nephew that likes RPG's?
    For your grandmother, who keeps hearing about these games that can improve her brain?
    For any woman?
    Go for the DS.

    Is it for a nephew that likes action games?
    Or a guy that wants some great (EA) sports games?
    Go for the PSP.

    The DS is probably a better machine, and has a big library. But the PSP is more powerful, I think, and has better action games.

    Disclaimer: I have a PSP, but not a DS. When I look for PSP games, I see a small selection of action/first person shooter games, and that's about it. When I hear about the DS, it's always about Brain Age and puzzle solving games.


    my sons...6 and 4...(but i will probably play too!)
  • UncleverName

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    Nov 18, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    I'd probably get the DS then. I think it'll be better for them at that age. The only downside is that it might not be as much fun for you.
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    Nov 18, 2008 7:32 PM GMT
    UncleverName saidI'd probably get the DS then. I think it'll be better for them at that age. The only downside is that it might not be as much fun for you.


    That's not necessarily true. =)
    There's always games like Harvest Moon, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Trauma Center, Disgaea, Final Fantasy that're good for older gamers. Plus, I've seen lots of people get a kick out of Cooking Mama. =P
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    Nov 18, 2008 8:15 PM GMT
    My BF gave me the DS for my birthday!

    To be perfectly fair, I love a good computer game, but the good ones are pretty thin on the ground on the DS.

    Zelda and the Phantom Hourglass is a pretty good game, but have a look on Metacritic: http://www.metacritic.com/games/ds/scores/ You'll see a massively long list of mainly crap games. And expensive - bloody oath they are! But if you're passing through China, they have fake ones - not that I would ever buy fake DS games, DVDs or Paul Smith shirts and ties.

    The DS has a great range of educational games - Brain Training, My Japanese/Chinese/French/Italian coach, and yet all of these have average to poor ratings. I've even got some of these educational games, and I give them an average to poor rating too.

    I don't know what the PSP's like, but with a $200 gift voucher, I would have bought something else instead of the DS.

    (My BF doesn't read Realjock)

  • auryn

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    Nov 18, 2008 8:29 PM GMT
    Well, since it's for your young children, then DS is probably the way to go. Too many other distractions on the PSP (movies and such). My gamer boyfriend and I both have DS's.

    Right now I'm practicing Japanese with the My Japanese Coach game. I don't know if the PSP has them, but the DS has a lot of great games to make learning fun. Just keep away from Animal Crossing; that game is an evil trap.
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    Nov 18, 2008 8:32 PM GMT
    if you just want the portable console to play videogames and have fun for a while then go for DS man, its the best one in the market. Dual Screen, Touch Screen, Mic, and Camera with the new DS. All these technologies are being used to play videogames, so the experience is completely different than any other portable before man.

    if you want to watch movies, listen to music and play with the same classic and boring interface then go for PSP, but you could get that on a celphone, ipod or any other device out there.

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    Nov 18, 2008 11:08 PM GMT
    bijockmuscle said
    my sons...6 and 4...(but i will probably play too!)

    Definitely a DS. Both systems have libraries making them worthwhile, but the DS is gonna have more that appeals to such a young demographic (see: 500 flavors of Pokemon). Besides, Nintendo makes some pretty hardy handhelds and I'm not sure how a PSP would handle the use and abuse such youngins would put on it, whereas I've seen GameBoys survive fires.
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    Nov 19, 2008 1:04 AM GMT
    I would recommend the DS over the PSP. The PSP does have some good action type games, but if you're looking for something else other than great graphics and more great graphics, then go with the DS.

    If you're looking for something completely NEW .. the Nintendo DSi comes out after the holidays are over. It will not have the cartridge base software and is not compatible with previous DS games because of it. All of the games are available via online and the SD Card. And it does have a digital camera and an AAC player for music. Go to http://ds.ign.com/articles/915/915766p1.html to research more about it and make up your own mind.