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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: NIS America
Developed By: Nippon-ichi Software
Genre: Action
Players: 1
Rated: T (Teen)
Release Date: February 17, 2009
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Written By: Matthew Prunty

February 9, 2009 - Why are spin-offs a common occurrence within the videogame industry…well that can easily be addressed with the simple fact that there are so many memorable franchises in existence for which developers wanted to expand upon. Within the latest wave of spin-offs comes Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? for the PSP platform. While many may not have heard about this title, millions around the world know of the Disgaea series, which has blessed the PS2, PS3 and PSP platforms respectively. While not all spin-offs achieve success, Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? borrows from a solid core gameplay mechanic, which Nippon-ichi Software has ensured stayed consistent throughout all their titles within the Disgaea series. However, instead of going down the strategy RPG route, our explosive pal is setting out on his solo adventure platforming style.

For those who never played any of the Disgaea titles or Phantom Brave, a Prinny can be described the soul of an individual who has done something wrong while alive, thus being punished by being turned into penguin-like creatures who are under the control of Etna, a demon lord. For the longest time, Prinnies have been taken advantage of for the personal gain of the protagonist within the Disgaea titles, without being given their just dues. Well in Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?, the famed-explosive birds are back to set out on an important adventure to gather ingredients to make the Ultra Dessert, which belonged to the beloved Etna. It seems that here original dessert was eaten by a mysterious individual and the blame was placed on the innocent Prinnies. To correct such an event, one Prinny sets out to gather the ingredients need, via the help of a magical red scarf, which grants the wearer 1,000 lives.

Setting out on the adventure to collect all the ingredients for the Ultra Dessert requires Prinny to traverse five distinct locales, each have its own distinct obstacles and enemies to do battle against. The beautiful part about the different locales is the fact that you can traverse them in any order that you see fit. While it’s recommended to go in an order given by the game, those whose looking for an immediate challenge can opt to play out the game their own way, which could result it loosing many of those 1,000 lives. The Prinny Homeland is the sixth locale, which is designed to aid the brave Prinny in is on-going quest. You can talk to fellow Prinnies, get information from Etna, and save your game’s progress all from this locale. The visuals within each world are rather impressive for a 2-D title. All character sprites are high detailed and utilized a broad range of enriched colors. The special effects like explosions and weapon strikes are also nicely done, giving a ‘popping’ presentation.

While there is no online gaming action, Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? does have a lot of unlockables that can be acquired during gameplay. As you progress through the game, you will acquire orbs, which unlocks random characters which simply stand around in the Prinny Homeland. By interacting with the characters, you gain access additional content like soundtrack tweaking, special prizes, and even detail reports on various monsters within the game. A nifty addition is the ability to record your play through of a stage and send it to a friend via Ad Hoc, which could help them out with the game or used to simply rub it in their face that you complete an objective that they haven’t.

The arsenal of maneuver for our beloved Prinny is pretty robust. He has the ability to jump, attack with his pair of blades, and utilize is butt in order stump out and/or stun enemies just to name a few. He also has the ability to pull off aerial blade attacks and a spinning dash move, which both can prove life savers in a tight jam. While these are your main attacks to do combat against enemies, you also have one ace card, which can be used if you have no choice, which is to blow yourself up, which can cause massive amounts of damage to attacking enemies. Depending on your expertise, you can play through a good chunk of the game with blowing yourself up, however thankfully Nippon-ichi Software made sure of including situations where the famed penguin gets to brighten up the lives of his enemies. Plus, having 1,000 lives to do with as you see fit, you have an excuse to sacrifice of our many lives in order to vanquish an enemy.

For those who are look for a good spin-off, look no further than Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? Whether a follower or the Disgaea series or a newcomer looking for a solid, entertaining title for the PSP handheld, this title packs lots of additional content, a solid single-player campaign, tons of exploding Prinny and solid visuals, which make this title a must have for PSP owners.


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