Cheat on your console

Because if you love games, one console's just not enough

Unlike its precursor, the PS3 has very, very few exclusive RPGs. Folklore is one of the best, a surreal action-RPG seeped in Irish folklore. Why it’s worth straying for: The sheer style, not to mention the game’s unique combat system, based on harnessing the power of a hundred-odd monsters.


Alright, so it’s not so long ago as to be totally forgotten, but inFamous was unfortunately buried under a mound of other releases at the time, specifically the rather similar Prototype. Why it’s worth straying for: It’s the ultimate open-world superhero game, only it’s up to you to decide whether the electrically charged Cole is the hero or villain of the piece.

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift

This generation has more than its share of gleaming, po-faced racers. Not MotorStorm, which ditches the stats in favour of frantic offroad racing around lush island terrain. Why it’s worth straying for: The sheer chaos of multiplayer, which allows up to 20 players to mix ATVs, dirtbikes and monster trucks in races around rivers of lava and the like.

Valkyria Chronicles

A WW2-inspired tactical JRPG with a narrative depth that would make Dostoevsky weep, it’s safe to say there’s no other game like Valkyria Chronicles out there, on any console. Why it’s worth straying for: That would be the game’s CANVAS engine, which renders the game’s 1930’s military-meets-anime chic in glorious watercolour.


Like Battlefield with a touch more class, Warhawk’s blend of third-person shooter, vehicular combat and aerial dogfighting makes for a compelling multiplayer (-only) experience. Why it’s worth straying for: The amount of variety you can experience in one of the game’s 32-player matches – stretching across vast, detailed maps – is pretty incredible.