A Protected PSP And Open Tee

Alison Young
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September 30, 2005
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I’ve been toting around my PSP since the day I bought it, but the challenge I face on a daily basis is to prevent it from being scratched or damaged. I had to find something more than just the flimsy case it came with. I wanted something that would shield it if it ever fell out of my purse and hit the ground. I found a few different products that are perfect for PSP protection.

Logitech makes two cases that impressed me. PlayGear Street keeps your PSP, games, movies and memory sticks organized together in its hands-free case. Since it’s made with a virtually indestructible polycarbonate shell, it definitely protects your PSP from everyday bumps and scratches. It also comes with an adjustable strap to allow you to wear it as a shoulder bag, across your chest (messenger style) or attach it to your backpack or bag. Just think of the PlayGear Street as a PSP purse. It will be available soon for $29.99 at www.logitech.com

The second item from Logitech is the PlayGear Pocket. It’s made out of the same polycarbonate armor as PlayGear Street. I use this case to carry my PSP around in my purse or laptop computer bag. It has a versatile lid that flips up and out of the way so you can still play your beloved without removing it from the case. PlayGear Pocket gives you easy access to jacks, ports and switches without removing it from the case. The lid’s tension hinge allows it to rotate and stay open at any angle so you can stand it up as a tabletop stand for hands-free viewing of videos. It is $19.99 at www.logitech.com

For you Batman fans, Mad Catz has the Batman Begins PSP Pack. It includes a PSP console case, screen protector, game storage for two UMDs and PSP skin. The console case has a bat-suit look and feel, fits like a glove and provides access to essential ports. It is $19.99 at www.madcatz.com

If you want to give your PSP a high-fashion look, then you should check out PSP Fashion’s website (www.psp-fashion.com). These cases are unique and are made by top-class designers such as Burberry and Fendi. The prices have a very wide range from $95 to $2,500. These cases available are certainly nice, but as far as functionality, well, that would be up to you to decide.

Becoming A Golf Hot Shot.

If I’m at the doctor’s office waiting to go into the exam room, waiting for a table to open up at a restaurant, or just hanging out at Starbucks, I’ll play my Sony PSP. Although I own many PSP games, the one I enjoy the most for those situations is Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee. It’s so easy to play, and since I’m not a great golfer in real life, I can at least pretend to be a digital Michelle Wie.

Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee was released in May, and I bought it the day it came out on store shelves. I haven’t been able to put it down since! It’s very addictive while giving you the freedom to scratch your golf itch anytime. It also helps the time pass by quickly on a long airplane flight.

Hot Shots features three game modes. The single-player game offers you the chance to unlock characters and items by competing in tournaments. The training mode lets you practice your skills on various courses with no pressure to lose. The wireless multiplayer mode allows up to eight players to hit the links together in various head-to-head matches, real-time tournaments or putting challenges. My personal favorite is the single-player mode so I can collect everything possible to build my golfers up and unlock new characters. I haven’t played the wireless multiplayer mode yet since I haven’t found any available wireless opponents out there.

As you build-up your golfers’ skills and abilities, customize them from head-to-toe with more than 250 hairstyles, hats, outfits and accessories obtained from winning tournaments. You can also win upgraded golf clubs and balls for longer shots, control and accuracy. Everything you win is available to all your golfers, including new ones with no experience. In addition, tournament wins can up your skill level and raise your rank.

Once you get really good at Hot Shots, learn how to optimize the ball’s trajectory by mastering all the different spins. You will also learn how to hit the ball farther on your drives.

Hot Shots features realistic-looking golf courses and caricatured bobble-headed characters that are influenced by Japanese anime. The golf course scenes are relaxing to look at and enhanced by the PSP’s already excellent graphics. The playful visual style of Hot Shots will most likely appeal more to the non-serious golfers, such as myself.

Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee is rated E for Everyone and is available for $39.99 at Toys n’ Joys, or your nearest CompUSA or GameStop. www.click-chick.com

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