The Forgotten Greats
Sleeper hits worth picking up a PS3 for…
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.
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.
The Top 5 PSN Downloadables
You play the wind. You want to seed the world with flowers. Elegant and utterly unique, it’s the perfect tonic to a four-hour Killzone 2 session.
You and up to 15 teammates pick classes and feed the opposing princess cake to make her harder to escort to safety. An absurd game best shared.
Noby Noby Boy
Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi gives us his whimsical take on Snake, with further levels unlocked by the cumulative point total of all players.
A bit like SNES classic The Lost Vikings, Trine is a multiplayer puzzle platformer set in a Tim Burton-esque fantasy world.
A lo-fi take on tower defense, the PixelJunk crew once again prove they are masters of simple, addictive fun.
The Online Experience: PlayStation Network
Free. That’s the best word to describe Sony’s online model. No subscription tiers, no hidden fees to download LittleBigPlanet levels – just plug your Ethernet cable into the wall, slide in the disc, and play. Other notable features include the PlayStation Store, where PSOne and PSP games can be purchased and downloaded, and the virtual community PlayStation Home, where a player’s avatar and living space are created and customised before they interact with other players. Unlike the 360, the PS3 offers web-browsing and free video chat (via an Eyetoy or compatible webcam).
We debunk fanboy myths about the PS3
“Yur Pee-ESS 3 haz no gamez!”
The facts: An insidious myth spread by 360 fanboys. Both consoles launched with the same number of titles, 14 (the 360 actually launched with one less in Europe). And if we’re talking about quality, yes, the PS3 suffered lower average review scores after launch, but now the average review score for 360 games sits just 1% higher than its main rival, at 67%. (Metacritic)
“Yellow Light of Death! LOLZ!”
The facts: Recently, 360 fanboys have been pointing out the PS3’s own Yellow Light of Death – a paralysing hardware malfunction similar to the Red Rings of Death. They neglect to mention that this only happens in 3% of all consoles. That said, Sony have yet to acknowledge the problem, and will not replace consoles out of warranty free of charge.