Black Rock Shooter: The Game (PSP) Box Art(http://nisamerica.com/games/blackrockshooterthegame)  Rated T for Teen by the ESRB.  Sony has found a good way to support the PSP into the next gen by making all of its games digital.  Black Rock Shooter: The Game is a prime example of this.  It is a digital PSP game, but that means it can be played on the PS Vita which opens up the market for it even more.  The game is based off of the anime and manga by the same name, but in this game you play at a different point in time.  The year is 2051 and there are only twelve humans left in the world, this is because of an alien invasion nineteen years earlier.  The last remaining humans revive the Black Rock Shooter to help extinguish the alien threat.  This is where you as the player come in; you play as the Black Rock Shooter and must save the world from the devastating alien menace.  Being based off of an anime and manga Black Rock Shooter: The Game already has a built in audience, but how good is the game?

Black Rock Shooter: The Game (PSP) Box Art(http://nisamerica.com/games/blackrockshooterthegame)  Rated T for Teen by the  ESRB.   Sony has found a good way to support the PSP into the next gen by making all of its games digital.  Black Rock Shooter: The Game is a prime example of this.  It is a digital PSP game, but that means it can be played on the PS Vita which opens up the market for it even more.  The game is based off of the anime and manga by the same name, but in this game you play at a different point in time.  The year is 2051 and there are only twelve humans left in the world, this is because of an alien invasion nineteen years earlier.  The last remaining humans revive the Black Rock Shooter to help extinguish the alien threat.  This is where you as the player come in; you play as the Black Rock Shooter and must save the world from the devastating alien menace.  Being based off of an anime and manga Black Rock Shooter: The Game already has a built in audience, but how good is the game?



>Graphics:
Black Rock Shooter: The Game is a 3rd person Action/RPG that pushes the limits of the PSP’s technology.  The characters in the game are colorful and add a lot of life to Black Rock Shooter: The Game, which is extremely helpful because the environments are lack luster.  None of this really detracts from the feel or the fun of the game but it would have been nice to see a little more detail in the environments. 

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Sound:
All the voice acting is done in Japanese; this may have been done to capture the essence of the anime and manga.  The Japanese voice acting does fit well in the game and doesn’t detract from any of the gameplay for those who don’t know any Japanese.  In case you are worried about the Japanese voice acting, know that all the text is in English and there are subtitles.  The music is very low key and doesn’t add or subtract from the game at all, in fact you will probably never notice it even though it is there.

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Gameplay:
The gameplay in Black Rock Shooter: The Game is a mixture of different styles.  The game is mainly an Action/RPG but it does have a small amount of platforming.  Black Rock Shooter: The Game itself is fairly linear with all the maps laid out for you to go from point A to point B.  Being a PSP game the controls are not great, especially for exploration.  For example, because the PSP only has one stick, the camera is frustrating.  You have to use the bumpers to rotate the camera, which is counterintuitive in comparison to consoles that have dual sticks.  The combat system if also quite linear, it feels like a unique and dumbed down version of Final Fantasy XIII mixed with a rail shooter. During combat your movement is limited to just evading and you use the left stick to aim you gun around and fire at incoming enemies.  The pacing of the RPG elements is done extremely well, you never feel far away from your next level up or next bonus and you also won’t feel too overpowered when you get a new bonus or level up.

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Conclusion:
Black Rock Studio: The Game is a mixed bag, it is not a great game but it has some kind of charm that makes it extremely hard to put down.  This leads to the game being a worthwhile venture well not requiring you to know anything about Black Rock Shooter outside the game.  Although it is not the best game out there, it is hours of fun and ultimately a unique and enjoyable experience.  If you are looking for a game that is entertaining, rewarding and amazing for playing in small doses then you will get a large kick out of Black Rock Shooter: The Game. 

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