Almost definitely a mistake on HMV’s end so be quick on this pre-order for £7.99 which saves around a tenner on the competition.
While most PSP ports from their bigger PS3 versions usually come off as a bit of an ugly mutant with poor graphics and crippled controls BlazBlue makes the transition with a little more grace. The backgrounds are very impressive and go some way to forgiving the comparatively spritely/blocky character models.
The fights still have that familiar zip and flavour of madness about them as the small character roster masks the wide variety of fighting styles each one of them possesses. It’ll take you ages to master them, but trying them all out will be worth the time of any fighter fan.
The PSP version gets some exclusive content such as the in-game store which you can use points (earned from most fights) to buy concept art and the ‘Unlimited’ characters. There’s a new mode too called Legion where you collect characters as you progress around a map by slapping around anyone that crosses your path. It’s a good way to learn moves for all characters rather than sticking with one forever. You know, the ‘Ken effect.’
If you’ve picked up on of those rubber mods for your PSP that turns the d-pad into an 8-direction pad then you shouldn’t have any problems, others may struggle with quarter-circle (or higher) moves. Or you could always risk the PSP’s five-pence-piece-on-a-glass-table excuse-for-an-analogue stick.
Ad-hoc multiplayer is in, but there’s no online play. The PS3 version is pretty solid online though if you really want to test your skills. If you have a PS3 or 360 you should really be picking up that version first (PS3 review here). But at this price you can probably trade the PSP version in and not lose any money if you just want to try it out.
Thanks to viewtiful at HotUkDeals for the find.