Resistance: Retribution had two things going for it: 1. name recognition, thanks to the established series on the PlayStation 3, and 2. the fact that Sony Bend opted to implement a third-person shooter mechanic rather than use the first-person view, which has often come up well short on handhelds.
And now, according to VGChartz Resistance Union , Retribution is enjoying decent sales in the first few weeks of its availability. Furthermore, the game seems to appeal to gamers worldwide, as the title has sold as well in Japan as it has in Europe; both regions are only "slightly behind" North America. Perhaps the biggest issue doesn't necessarily involve numbers, but the fact that PSP software tends to be performing better over the past year or so. Hence, the PSP itself has been purchased more often as well, as indicated by several weeks and months where Sony's portable unit outsold the reigning king of the industry, the Nintendo DS. The point is that games like Resistance: Retribution are absolutely crucial to the continued success of the PSP, and it also proves that developers have the definite skill to make great, must-have games for the sleek handheld unit. The shooter has been very well received by critics and gamers alike and if you haven't yet had the pleasure, it's a strongly recommended buy by most members of the press. And so far in 2009, it may be your best portable option…
This all leads us back to the idea of a new PSP: will the PSP-4000 – or perhaps the PSP 2 – be released for the holidays? An "inside source" has confirmed this to be true, but we don't have anything official yet. So while we await E3, we'd like to remind all of you that there are plenty of reasons to own a PSP.
Related Game(s): Resistance: Retribution