Favourite Games: Part I

This is the first in a trilogy of posts where I will share my thoughts about some of my favourite PS3 games of this generation so far, to see whether anyone agrees with me, or thinks I’ve got it completely wrong. In this first post I intend to discuss some of the best multi-platform games that have graced our fair console in the last two years. Remember this is just my opinion, so if I’ve missed out your favourite multi-platform game, then post a comment and tell me what’s so great about it. But do bear in mind, just because certain games aren’t included, it doesn’t mean I don’t like them. I deliberately only chose three games for each post, because otherwise I could probably go on writing about them for about a year.

So firstly, for anyone who knows me, it’ll be no surprise to find that I’ve chosen ‘The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion’ as my favourite multi-platform game overall. I actually got this game a few months after its release, because a friend of mine said I should try it out. Needless to say I was utterly mesmerised by it. Anyone who’s played it (and I’m guessing most of you have) will know just how much there is to do. It completely raised the bar in terms of content and the gameplay was so varied that at times it seems like you’re playing more than one game. I’m normally not a fan of RPGs, but when it comes to Oblivion, I’m completely converted.

The customisation is so extensive that you can almost make it any game you want it to be. Getting bored with the epic main quest? Then ignore it and do some side quests (my personal favourite quest line being the Dark Brotherhood). If you so wish, it’s even possible to not do any quests and still get hours of compelling gameplay out of it. Adding my various game saves up I must have played this game for 250 hours easily, and I’m still going strong. This is not only my favourite game of this generation: it may even be my favourite game of all time. If you haven’t already picked it up, and there probably aren’t many of you, then do so. Right now. Well actually, on second thought, finish reading the article and then pick it up.

Another multi-platform game which I love is ‘Burnout Paradise’. Being a complete reinvention for the series, I wasn’t sure if I would get on with it or not, but my doubts soon vanished when I actually played the game. Again, the amount of content is amazing. Sure, it gets a bit repetitive (especially if you’re insane enough to go for all of the online Freeburn challenges), but what I like about it is that it’s easy to dip in and out of. It’s the type of game you can spend hours on at a time, or if you don’t have that much free time, you can just go on it for ten minutes and still feel like you’ve achieved something. And of course, the recent trophy patch can only add to this (and it remains my only platinum trophy). Without a doubt, it’s the best racer on the console.

Finally, the last multi-platform game I’ve chosen is ‘Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock’. This was actually the first Guitar Hero game I ever played, so whereas some people were disappointed with its same old gameplay, I had no such thoughts and spent hour after hour on it. I ummed and ahhed over whether I should get it for ages, but then decided to buy it and could not have been happier. Despite not having heard of half of the songs, the soundtrack is absolutely stellar, with even a few of the bonus songs being worth a look. With ‘Guitar Hero: World Tour’ on the horizon, I could not be more excited, and I may even have to save up and get the full instrument version. God help my neighbours.

Anyway, I’ve had my say, but what are everyone else’s favourite multi-platform PS3 games? By the way, remember that I’m only talking about multi-platform games in this article (PS3 exclusives and PSN games to come in future posts), so to avoid confusion, please only discuss multi-platform games in your comments. Cheers.