Sunday, May 16, 2010

PSP Mini Review - Hysteria Project

Hysteria Project is an interesting throwback to 80's horror movies and classic Sega CD/3D0 FMV (Full-Motion-Video) Games. Costing only $1.99, missing out on this title would be a crime.

Hysteria Project takes place entirely from a first person perspective. You start off in a room where a mysterious hooded figure leaves you tied up and presumably he will be back to kill you. The main objective is to escape and leave the room and forest that surrounds it.

The game is played in a very simple fashion. There are only two things that actually make this a game. Quick Time Events and an option list where you tell your character what to do next. For instance to avoid any later spoilers, you break out of the room by first looking for a sharp object (which is an option) and then cutting yourself free which brings up a quick time event. The game will flash X and O on the screen for a split second where you must press that button or else it's game over.

Once you escape it's a chase through a forest. Mess up once and maybe the axe murder out there will catch you. There are two interesting puzzles to be found out there and some tricky sequences. The game is intense and it's a nonstop adrenaline rush. The only true downfalls are it's length (it can be completed in 30 minutes) and the video is slightly blurry. Then again, this can be blamed on the 100mb limit for Minis on the PSN. However once the game is over you will be ready for a sequel.

Many reviewers say that after one play another playthrough is pointless, but I believe the opposite. When you know what to do you can really take in the entire game without having to restart scenes. You can really go straight through and just experience it like a movie rather than an interactive video.

After the first time you complete the game, you unlock something rather cool and it really fleshes out the story a lot more. I won't say what it is but it really brings together the story. I can't recommend this enough. While it may not be a lengthy adventure or highly replayable it is definitely worth the $1.99.

I give Hysteria Project for the PSP (and iPhone/iPod Touch) a 9/10


+Great to get a small gaming fix
+Interesting story
+Nonstop Action


-Not very replayable
-Ends as soon as it beings
-Bad video compression really hinders the look and feel of the game in some areas

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