Hardware manufacturers like Sony often go to great lengths to ensure that their system has compelling system-exclusive games. It’s not hard to see why, as an amazing game will often be enough to prompt gamers to purchase one system or another, or convince them to pick up a second system just to play that hot new exclusive.
The Playstation 3 certainly has its fair share of great system exclusives. These games are five great reasons to pick up that PS3 you’ve been considering.
Infamous was released a short time ago, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the PS3’s best system exclusive games of all time. In Infamous, players take on the role of Cole McGrath, a bicycle messenger who finds his life irrevocably changed when a package he is sent to deliver explodes, wiping out an entire section of the city and imbuing him with the power to manipulate electricity.
Developed by Sucker Punch, famous for the Sly Cooper games, Infamous is a mash up of platforming, combat, and open-world exploration. Fans of superhero games and those who enjoy open-world mayhem should definitely give Infamous a look.
The original Killzone was a moderate success on the Playstation 2; the sequel is one of the PS3’s must-play first-person shooters. Players join a squad of soldiers participating in the invasion of Helghan, the home planet of the oppressive Helghast horde.
Run and gun tactics will quickly you get you killed in the world of Killzone 2. Careful use of cover and accurate aiming are necessary here. This realistic combat style is one of the most appealing parts of the game.
Another amazing part? Taking the reins of a giant mech and dealing out ridiculous amounts of damage all while avoiding enemy missiles.
Little Big Planet
One of the most critically-acclaimed games of last year, Little Big Planet is one of the most interesting 2D platformers every created, but the single-player campaign is only one tiny piece of the entire amazing package.
Playing through the game with friends opens up a multitude of new possibilities. First, there are puzzles in the game that simply cannot be solved without more than one player to activate switches or manipulate various in-game assets. Few games offer the level of camaraderie that comes from deactivating enormous gouts of flame at precisely the right time to allow your partner to pass. Now imagine the same scenario, but with four players instead of two.
Most gamers have found themselves thinking they could design a better level than the one they’re playing at some point during their gaming career. Little Big Planet offers you the opportunity to actually do so. Playing through the campaign levels unlocks pieces that can then be used by players to create incredibly-detailed custom levels. This level of freedom to create whatever you can imagine is unprecedented in the world of gaming.
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Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Most gamers are familiar with the Ratchet and Clank series of games. With several iterations on both the PS2 and PSP systems, Ratchet’s world is one that most gamers have visited at least once.
The PS3 version of the game takes Ratchet and Clank to a whole new level. One of the most beautiful-looking games on the system, Tools of Destruction looks more like a Pixar film than a video game. Playing through it, I continually found myself marveling at the amazing quality of the animation.
Gamers take on the role of Ratchet, a space-faring Ocelot who is good with a wrench and continually tinkering with various inventions. One of these inventions is his constant sidekick Clank, a wisecracking robot who doubles as a backpack. Gameplay is a mixture of 3D platforming and third-person shooting elements, with some of the most clever and fun to use weapons ever conceived in a video game.
But really, all you need to know about this game can be summed up in two words: Tornado gun.
Speaking of clever weapon design, the guns in the Resistance series are quite unique as well. The Auger is a combination portable shield and gun that shoots through walls. The Bullseye’s alternate fire mode delivers a homing beacon to a target, directing all subsequent fire to the same spot; regardless of the direction the gun is aimed, allowing players to fire on the enemy while remaining safely behind cover.
In Resistance and Resistance 2, players take on the role of Nathan Hale, an American solider who somehow survived infection with the deadly Chimera virus. His body’s natural resistance makes him a kind of hybrid, with health regeneration and increased strength.
The Resistance series is set in an alternate 1950’s timeline, where the Chimeran invasion has vastly reshaped the course of world history. The first game sees players fighting against the Chimera on the European front, in the sequel, they’ve invaded America.
Resistance is a more run and gun shooter than Killzone, but delivers an equally-fun experience. I heartily recommend either to fans of the first-person shooter genre.
These five games are among the best-reviewed for the system, and none of them are available on the Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii consoles. Anyone looking for a good reason to invest in a PS3 should look no further than Infamous, Killzone 2, Little Big Planet, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, or the Resistance series.