Friday, February 8, 2013

Taking Time To Appreciate PS3

Take a few moments to forget about the recent talk of the "PS4". Instead, let us take some time to appreciate the PS3.

Five years ago I purchased an Xbox 360 after much debate between the infamous "console war" that had me contemplating for months which of the two consoles I should own. My final decision had been made, and I do not regret choosing my Xbox 360. At the time, I felt Xbox Live blew PlayStation Network out of the water, and the Xbox exclusives were a much better incentive for me to choose. For years I enjoyed playing many Xbox 360 games and chatting with my friends online.

The games that were included in my PS3 bundle.

As the years went on, however, Sony improved itself and more games were releasing for PS3 that grabbed my interest. In the second quarter of 2012, I had finally been sold to Sony and decided that I wanted to own a PS3. There are an immense amount of PS3 exclusives that looked too good for me to not play. Some of these games include:
  • The Uncharted Series
  • The InFamous Series
  • Heavy Rain
  • The Last of Us
  • PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale
  • Ni No Kuni
(Other great games not included on this list are Metal Gear Solid 4 and God of War 3 because I had already played these games with friends who owned PS3s.)

In December 2012, I finally received my PS3 as a Christmas gift and I could not be happier with it. The PS3 slim is a great size (despite not being backward compatible like some of the older versions of PS3) and it included an amazing bundle of games: Uncharted 1 & 2 and InFamous 1 & 2 (unlike my Xbox 360 bundle which came with Kung Fu Panda).

I now own all of the games that I listed in the bullet points above (minus The Last of Us, of course, because it has not been released yet). I have finished the first Uncharted and began the second game of the series, I have also played much of All-Stars, and I have started InFamous. I am quite impressed with the games, mostly with the visuals because of the drastic change from Xbox 360 graphics.

My PSN ID, Terra from FFVI is the inspiration for my gamer identity.

I love being the owner of a PS3. I love PSN and the perks of PS Plus. I love the gorgeous graphics of the games I play. I love now being able to watch Blu-Ray movies. I love being a cross-platform gamer, owning both a PS3 and 360.

There are, of course, a few things I do not love about the PS3. Some examples include the controller. I have never been a fan of PlayStation controllers and the horrid joystick layout. Being spoiled with an Xbox 360 controller for years does not help this (but neither of the consoles compare to the joy of a mouse and keyboard! Shameless PC gamer plug has been inserted into this post). Also, I have been getting many bugs and errors when installing games and trying to connect to the internet; these problems never occured with my Xbox 360.

In regard to the quality of PS3 exclusive games, the Uncharted series has quickly become one of my favorite game series of all time. I truly did fall in love with the first game (and I fell in love with Nathan Drake -- he is such a cool character). I cannot believe that I did not play this series sooner, but I am so glad that I got to experience the game.

All-Stars came with both the PS3 and PS Vita version for $49.99.

Additionally, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale is a difficult brawler-style fighting game. It is constantly compared to Nintendo's Smash Bros. because it includes a roster of characters from Sony games and other third party titles, but the style of All-Stars is completely different. For anyone who is interested in playing this game, it is good to understand that there is a steep learning curve unlike Smash Bros. which is designed for beginners to the fighting game genre. While the game lacks in single-player value due to unconvincing stories for each character, I believe All-Stars is a pretty solid fighting game for anyone who is heavily dedicated to the genre. I wrote an in-depth review of All-Stars as a contribution to a friend's magazine, so I will be sure to share my additional thoughts after the review is published.

My readers, be prepared for many future blogs where I discuss my adventures with my PS3 and the many great games I will be experiencing. I look forward to playing more of InFamous, Heavy Rain, Ni No Kuni, and The Last of Us when it is released. Of course, I will still be playing my Xbox 360 quite often (I am currently playing Far Cry 3 on 360). But for now, my PS3 is my new toy and I am thourghly enjoying it. I may be a few years late to appreciate the PS3, but nonetheless, there is still much to love about the PS3 before the next gen consoles become the next big thing.