Facebook Files: Import-Friendly Game Recommendations

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This week’s Facebook Files is on a topic started by Steven, and one that we could all possibly benefit from: import-friendly game recommendations for English-only readers. Preferably affordable, too, but hey, we’ll leave that up to individual judgment.


Steven wrote:


So far I’ve imported a few games, most of which are for the PSP. Which games would you suggest for import? Please give the title, genre, and reason why you would recommend importing it. I know that, due to region encoding, it will limit your choices short of modding a console. Here are a few of the ones I have imported thus far.


Ridge Racer 2 – PSP – Racing – It’s much like the first Ridge Racer for the PSP but with a little more content. Imo Ridge Racer 2 is the best arcade racing experience on any handheld currently, well next to Mario Kart DS if you count it.


Tales of Eternia – PSP – RPG – I imported this from Europe because I never got to play this back in the PSOne era when it was released in the US as Tales of Destiny II (even though it wasn’t really a sequel). If you are a tales fan or a JRPG fan in general, this games is very enjoyable Totally worth it and is 100% English.


Breath of Fire III – PSP – RPG – From Europe and it pretty much falls under Tales of Eternia’s description except that this game is a hit or miss for JRPG fans from my experience. I, for one, love this game and have fond memories of the Breath of Fire series.


Salamander Portable – PSP – Shmup – Got this to be a companion to my Gradius Collection and has been a worthy purchase. Now I have to import Twinbee Portable for this to be complete


I’m hoping to import Twinbee Portable for PSP and Mushihime-sama Futari for Xbox 360.


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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.