Favourite Games: Part II

In this second part of my trilogy of posts, I intend to discuss some of my favourite PS3 exclusive games. As before, to spare everyone from boredom, I’m only going to choose three games, and then feel free to agree or disagree in your comments below. Although, obviously being the best console on the market, it’s going to be difficult to narrow it down to just three exclusives, but I’ll give it a shot.

So firstly, my favourite overall exclusive PS3 game is ‘Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction’. Like many other gamers, I’ve been a fan of the duo since their debut, back in 2002. After the popularity of the original Spyro trilogy on the PSone, Insomniac succeeded in creating another loveable platformer for the PlayStation brand. In my opinion, the strength of this franchise is threefold: the hysterical scripts, the amazing visuals, and the simple, fun gameplay. Unbelievably, there have now been eight R&C games over three consoles (PS2, PS3 and PSP), including their latest PSN incarnation, which proved to be an unexpected treat this summer.

But anyway, back to TOD. Coming up to a year old, it was, I believe, one of the first games to show the PS3’s graphical potential, and was an example of how good a game can be when developed by a team of truly talented people. Being a much longer game than its PS2 counterparts, it added many new features but still stayed true to its platforming roots. Also, somewhat remarkably, the SIXAXIS sections of the game were actually good, whether cutting rocks with lasers or aimlessly flying around Sargasso, I was having fun. Quite honestly, I simply cannot wait for next year.

Coming a very very close second is ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune’. Like Insomniac, with Naughty Dog being another PlayStation veteran, it was an example of how games can be when made by developers who know what they’re doing with the technology they have. I remember the days of the PSone, when people’s faces were basically just blocks of colour, but with Uncharted, the visuals could honestly not be any better. The game flitted seamlessly between different types of gameplay, perhaps more so than any other game, so you could snipe someone from afar, and then easily knockout the guy who’d just crept up on you. Personally, I also really enjoyed the climbing areas, even if they were a little farfetched for this so-called ‘ordinary’ guy. If a game was ever worth a replay, it’s this one, especially now with the incentive of trophies.

Finally, it probably won’t be a surprise to anyone to learn that the final game I’ve chosen is ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’, which is quite simply a masterpiece of gaming. People have been worried recently about a rumoured 360 port, which just will not happen, as it uses up the entire 50GB of the Blu-Ray disc (and doesn’t anyone remember Otacon’s ‘change disc now’ joke? On the 360 version, that would have to become a reality). But anyway, I mentioned Uncharted’s outstanding visuals, but even they are rivalled by MGS4’s graphics. Yes, some of the cutscenes are way too long and you spend half of the game watching rather than playing, but at least they look beautiful. And the gameplay isn’t half bad either. I won’t go into details, as all of you will have played it anyway, and if you haven’t then what the hell are you doing on this site?!

So there it is – my top three PlayStation 3 exclusives. Do you agree? Of course you do, but if you don’t then post a comment and let me know why. In my opinion these are three of the greatest games ever made, but I can’t help feeling that when LittleBigPlanet is finally released in a couple of weeks, this article will be somewhat redundant, but never mind.

Part I of the series is here.