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Bust a Move 4 coming to PSN ⊟

Yeahhhh, gonna be able to download Bust a Move 4 on my Vita sometime this spring! And my PS3 and PSP should I decide to. Natsume is publishing the game as a PSOne Classic in North America.

This version of the Puzzle Bobble/Bust a Move series adds pulley levels, in which two sets of bubbles are attached to one another via ropes and pulleys, so you have to keep them balanced while breaking them.

This was a great game… on the Game Boy Color, where I played it, so I can only imagine the PS version is better. It’s got to be better as a handheld Puzzle Bobble than Bust a Move Universe.

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The Firemen 2 brings the vintage heat ⊟
The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny, part of MonkeyPaw’s Retro Rush of PSOne Imports releases, caught my attention by being called The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny. But as I’ve been playing it, I’m even more surprised to find out that The Firemen 2 is really fun!
Like, imagine a 16-bit Zelda game, but instead of like Octoroks and Darknuts and whatnot, all the enemies are “a fire.”
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The Zelda comparison isn’t 100% — The Firemen 2 is level-based rather than open — but that should give you an idea of how to play, at least. The overhead view is the same, the room-to-room scrolling is the same, etc. Pete and Danny move around enclosed locations (an amusement park, an aquarium!) putting out fires with a directed stream of water or a ground spray that puts out smaller embers nearby.
Some of the fires are large, stationary obstacles; other flames move in patterns, and yet others, strangely, seem to chase you like monsters. There are even boss encounters against, you guessed it, some fire. There’s also a surprising number of robot dinosaurs, which is a hazard of the firefighting profession you’d think would be more publicized.

Though putting out fires is your primary activity, it’s not actually the prerequisite for finishing a level. You’re graded on what percentage of the fire you extinguish. While wetting your way around, you’ll notice orange spots on the map that correspond to people in need of rescue. Sometimes it’s as simple as walking to a place, but often there’s some difficulty finding your way over there.
I really enjoy playing The Firemen! Really, my only problem is the dialogue. It’s all voiced. Normally, that would be a plus, but as an import release, it’s all voiced in Japanese… and unskippable… and without subtitles. So if, like me, you’re playing on mute on a Vita, you’re treated to a few minutes of your dudes standing around. It’s never a real problem to miss the dialogue since you always know what to do (SPRAY FIRE RESCUE PEOPLE). It’s just kind of a waste of time.
I don’t want to end on a down note, though. I’m so delighted to discover a silly, weird PSOne game I’d never even heard of. It’s on PSN now for like six bucks and you can play it on Vita, PS3, and PSP!
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The Firemen 2 brings the vintage heat ⊟

The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny, part of MonkeyPaw’s Retro Rush of PSOne Imports releases, caught my attention by being called The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny. But as I’ve been playing it, I’m even more surprised to find out that The Firemen 2 is really fun!

Like, imagine a 16-bit Zelda game, but instead of like Octoroks and Darknuts and whatnot, all the enemies are “a fire.”

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Vita firmware 1.80 is live, which enables PSOne Classics support on the handheld. But not, like all the PSOne Classics. Here’s the official list of US “launch” games:

  • Arc the Lad
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Hot Shots Golf 2
  • Jet Moto
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tomb Raider
  • Twisted Metal 2
  • Wild Arms

Plus four more MonkeyPaw-published games that aren’t on Sony’s list for some odd reason:

  • Arc the Lad 2
  • Vanguard Bandits
  • Tomba
  • Alundra

The situation is wayyyyyy better in Europe, where 129 games go up for Vita today. But neither territory allows me to play Um Jammer Lammy on my Vita, so :(

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