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Unless you have some need for a mobile version of Shrek (like an upcoming trip), there isn't a need to get the PSP version over any of the console ones.
It all boils down to fun and I had fun playing Shrek the Third on the PSP, which is a bigger compliment than you might think considering I've played this game about four times completely through on various systems (twice on the 360). The relatively short levels and pick-up-and-play game design make this a perfect addition to your PSP library, and the entertaining gameplay, full of Shrek flavor, makes this title a perfect complement to what will easily be the blockbuster box-office event of the year.
Shrek the Third makes a relatively smooth transition from the realm of home consoles to the PSP; however it suffers from the very similar bugs, glitches and setbacks we have seen on the 360 version that I reviewed. Overall this portable version does have some areas of concern but at the end of the day it is an enjoyable experience and scores high in the fun factor, particularly for novice gamers and young fans of the movie alike.
For PSP specifically, the game brings the same style and gameplay as the other consoles, looking slightly weaker than PS2, and suffering from a bit more compression in the audio. Still, the experience is a decent one, and the one multiplayer level – though a step down from the console versions – is an added bonus for gaggles of PSP-owning Shrek fans; you’ll need another disc to play though. Still, the experience is a decent one, and the level-to-level feel makes it a fine licensed game for portable play. If you’re in dire need of some Shrek action this summer, give this one a rent. All others should save their cash for a more committed and in depth gaming experience; Shrek is thin even for a licensed title.
Shrek the Third won’t dazzle you with innovation or engaging gameplay elements. This game is banking on whether or not you’re enough of a fan of the movie to drop your cold hard cash. But, take it from me, it’s just not worth it.
What's perhaps most depressing about Shrek the Third is that the actual quality of the game will have little, if any, bearing on its success. The game seems to operate under the notion that its audience simply isn't concerned with getting an experience that's interesting or inventive; sadly, it's probably right.
On aimerait pouvoir conserver de la sympathie pour ce nouveau volet ludique de Shrek, mais au final, il réalise une prestation encore plus décevante que ses prédécesseurs sur les autres consoles, tant dans son gameplay que dans sa réalisation franchement limitée.