Games / PS3

Playstation 3 Games – My Experience

Last year, I finally bought a Playstation 3 after being tired of hearing about all of the wonderful games that I was missing out on. Myself and a few friends made a list of all of the games that I should get after I bought the system. I ordered them from 1 to 15 in how interested I was in them. I recently found this list in an old notebook of mine and thought it would be fun to share what I expected to like, and what actually happened.

From the notebook:

  1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  2. Metal Gear Solid 4
  3. LittleBigPlanet
  4. inFamous
  5. Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time
  6. God of War Collection
  7. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
  8. Flower
  9. God of War 3
  10. Heavy Rain
  11. Killzone 2
  12. Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction
  13. 3D Dot Game Heroes
  14. Resistance 2
  15. Demon’s Souls

Over a year later, I have played over half of the games on this list, and lost interest in playing others. Some of these have become some of my new favorite games, and have made buying a Playstation 3 a definite worthwhile purchase. I’ll just do a small summary about what I think about the games now, I’m sure I’ll go into much further detail later.

My favorite game on the Playstation 3 is almost certainly Metal Gear Solid 4. Since the beginning of last year, I started playing the series because I had always heard so much about it. Being such a huge fan of video games, I figured it was about time for me to dive into Metal Gear and see what the fuss was about. That was one of the best gaming decisions I’ve ever made. While playing the first Metal Gear Solid, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t played it before. That game absolutely stands up as one of the best games I’ve ever played, and is still better than almost anything put out today. I’ll probably go into my newfound love of Metal Gear in a different post, but suffice it to say that Metal Gear Solid has quickly become one of my favorite series of all time. Metal Gear Solid 4 was just as good a part of the series as any of the others.

Demon’s Souls was an interesting one. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it. I decided to rent it for a day to see if I would like it at all. That was the hardest rental to turn in I’ve ever done. A few days later as soon as I found it on a shelf, I bought it so I could have it to play forever.

Heavy Rain is another of my top games for the system because of how unique it is. I really haven’t played anything like it. I know it is a spiritual successor to Indigo Prophecy (Farenheit for anyone not in the US) so I plan on getting to that someday. Heavy Rain just hit the right spot for me. I loved the story (even though the ending was ruined before I ever had a chance to play it) and everything that happened was just so exciting. I couldn’t wait to see what the next scene was going to let me do. I had some of the strongest emotional reactions with Heavy Rain than with almost any other game before.

God of War 3 blew me away right from the very beginning. The sense of scale was insane even compared to the previous 2 games. The whole thing is beautiful and really shows off what the Playstation 3 is capable of. If your jaw doesn’t drop in amazement within the first 30 minutes, you’re playing a different game.

Resistance 3 is the best first-person shooter to come out in a long time. It gets pretty much everything right, and makes you want to come back for more. I always wanted to keep going and see the crazy and fun things that were lined up for me to do.

The Uncharted series is a weird one for me. I love the story, the amazing environments, the climbing, the great characters, and all of the other good stuff. What I don’t like is something that takes up about half of the game for me, the shooting. About 50% of the time when I’m in a combat section, I’m either bored to death or dying dozens of times and repeating the same section over and over. Almost no other game can draw the reaction of sheer hatred out of me like every game in the Uncharted series can. Each one of them has sections of pure ridiculousness of fighting too many enemies for too long. I still enjoy these games, but I think they could be so much better.

LittleBigPlanet is easy to get into and have a good time, but I don’t really care too much for playing the campaign levels. I get all of my fun from playing the creations that other people make, which I suppose is the whole point of the game. I have no intention of creating levels though, so sometimes I feel like I’m missing out on some of the fun. I do like he series quite a bit, but having so few Playstation 3 friends compared to my Xbox 360 friends list is kind of sad. If I could play this with friends as often as other 360 games, I know this would be one of my favorite games. But as it stands, you lose a little going through by yourself. I appreciate LittleBigPlanet as a genius idea without necessarily going too deep into it myself.

If you’re looking for a really easy game to get into and kill some time, the inFamous series is the way to go. The movement in the games is so fluid it doesn’t take too long to get anywhere, it getting to places is half the fun. You’ll grow stronger as your progress, unlocking new cooler abilties the more you play. The inFamous games aren’t perfect, but I like them enough to recommend them to anyone with a Playstation looking for a fun, easy game to get into.

Overall I’m really satisfied with my PlayStation 3. I think the exclusives on it are, altogether, much better games than most Xbox exclusives. Halo and Gears of War would be the main points of contention and even then their single player campaigns aren’t half as good (in my opinion) as any of the Playstation games I just listed. Xbox does have a few standouts (Alan Wake, Fable 2) but I still think that when combined with all of the third party titles the PS3 has a better game catalog. That isn’t to say I don’t enjoy playing my Xbox, I use my Xbox for a vast majority of the games I play. I prefer almost everything about the Xbox to the PS3, especially the online infrastructure. I’m really happy that I have both systems. 🙂 You shouldn’t have to just pick one and miss out on all the great things the other has to offer.

-Zach

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