There's a certain leap of logic which a lot of people - ourselves at Eurogamer included - made about the PSP when it was launched. Here, in essence, is a handheld PlayStation 2, with a disc format capable of holding far more data than any portable game format has previously managed. The PlayStation and PlayStation 2 have been the spiritual home of the Japanese RPG genre for over a decade; therefore, surely it would stand to reason that the PSP should continue this tradition, attracting RPG developers to weave their tales on Sony's ultra-powerful black slab of technology?
For whatever reason this hasn't happened. Maybe it's something to do with the hardware, maybe it's the vastly larger sales figures of the DS in Japan, maybe it's just that such games are taking a while to show up. The PSP certainly has a scattering of decent JRPGs, but it's hardly a raging torrent of high quality stories about spiky-haired heroes. Perhaps even more significantly, the real juggernauts of the genre, the Final Fantasies and Dragon Quests, remain eerily absent so far. As a consequence of their absence, less well known titles take centre stage on the PSP, the latest of which is Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light, a decent if uninspired stab at the RPG genre from Japanese studio Hitmaker.
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