BIO HAZARD (PS3/PSP)
Bio Hazard Director's Cut for the PlayStation
Portable is currently available via the Japanese and Hong Kong
PlayStation Store for $5.99. A stateside and Canadian release is
likely in the near future. A PlayStation 3 is needed to access
the store and transfer the game to the PSP.
Director's Cut for the PlayStation Portable is a perfect
translation of the original. Long time fans of the series will
appreciate the quality of the port. Being the Japanese version,
the true uncut intro and first zombie encounter scene are in
their entirety, something a NTSC version has yet to see. The
only addition is the ability to change the aspect ratio of the
game. This option is enabled by the PSP menu, it is not an
translation is accompanied by a near identical button layout,
thanks to the PSP's similarity to the original PSone controller.
The commands are identical because of this, there were no
substitutions or alterations made to the default control scheme.
Response time is identical to the original and there is no 180
degree quick turn, being a direct translation.
With all of
the similarities mentioned, I'm sure some wonder if anything is
better? The answer is yes. The graphics as a whole look sharper
and the colors more vivid. The difference is quite impressive
actually. The load times have also improved. Despite the
original door (load) scenes staying in the game, they serve as
nostalgia and keep the perfect port intact. Saves are
transferred to the Memory Stick instead of a Memory Card. This
allows players more freedom to use all of the available save
is the most solid port of the game to date, competing with both
the Saturn and PC versions. If you are lucky enough to own both
a PSP and PlayStation 3, definitely part with the small asking
price of $5.99 and enjoy Bio Hazard anywhere you go.