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20 PlayStation 3 Games You Should Play Part 2

/ Mar 5th, 2014 No Comments

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

In the first part of 20 PlayStation 3 Games You Should Play, we looked at five PSN games you should play. In part 2, we are going to look at five PS3 Exclusives from third-parties that you should play. Mainly because you cannot play them anywhere else (except for the Vita in one case, but let’s be honest, you probably don’t have a Vita). The PS3/Xbox 360 era saw the slow and inevitable death of third-party console exclusives as budgets grew and covering all bases made more sense economically. However, the PS3 housed some impressive and worthwhile console exclusives developed by third-party developers and publishers.

Valkyria Chronicles (Contributed by Chance Asue)

 

Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles is a work of art. Both in terms of art design and gameplay. Characters and environments all reflect an anime design mixed with a watercolor storybook. Set in the world of Europa, the story focuses on the young protagonists of a neutral territory that are swept up into a larger conflict. The battle system is a unique take on the turn-based strategy genre, with players able to position their units wherever they want while having to account for ammo, supplies, enemy armor and cover. Not only does each unit type have unique characteristics, but the people do as well. Some like or hate working with others and unique abilities are awakened when certain criteria are met. It makes each unit feel like a unique individual and losing them is painful after investing the time, money and experience. Valkyria Chronicles is one of the best strategy games of the last generation and blends the best of multiple genres and styles into something truly great.

Demon’s Souls

 

Demon's Souls

Demon’s Souls

Demon’s Souls is a gameplay experience everyone should try at least once. It is a superb mix of action and role-playing mechanics. The presentation is excellent with an eye catching aesthetic and cohesive tone. Whatever you’ve heard about Demon’s Souls is true. Mainly that it is ****ing difficult. It will test both your skills and your patience. Not simply a vessel for story, Demon’s Souls demands every ounce of your reflexes and reaction time to make it through the numerous realms full of dangerous and treacherous creatures. The game is, at times, an exercise in masochism. For some reason, despite the pain and heart ache of losing all your souls for the fifth time to the same boss, you still keep coming back for more punishment. Ultimately, success in Demon’s Souls feels like an actual, tangible victory. It is a testament to commitment, skill and quiet determination. Eventually, you become stronger and learn the tricks to succeed in Demon’s Souls. Once you do it feels like you’ve just got a BA in being a BA.

Dragon’s Crown

 

Dragon's Crown

Dragon’s Crown

There are a couple of great local multiplayer experiences on the PS3, but Dragon’s Crown is possibly the best. While there is online co-op in Dragon’s Crown, the game shines best when playing on the couch with a couple of bros or broettes. Grab some ‘Dew and ‘Ritos then prepare to hunker down and get your brawl on against some fantasy creatures. Dragon’s Crown has quick and fun beat ‘em up gameplay that rewards multiple playthroughs. The role-playing elements add a good amount of depth to the game that make additional runs fruitful rather than a repetitive exercise in mashing buttons. While the art style came under controversy prior to the game’s release (and rightfully so in some respects), the animation and look of Dragon’s Crown is gorgeous and something to admire.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

 

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Looking at Metal Gear Solid 4 now, some of its more obvious flaws become more pronounced as we’ve seen cinematic approaches to gameplay become more refined. While it is fair to say that Kojima went way too Kojima-y on the cut scenes and story in Guns of the Patriots, the game is still compelling. The cut scenes are oppressive for sure and go on for way too long at times, but in those lengthy cut scenes, there are many, many high points that redeem the length. Gameplay moved a bit too much from the stealth mechanics that defined the series to a bit more action oriented fare. However, the new camo system made tinkering with a stealth approach more interesting than going in guns blazing. While purists may bemoan the move, it made the game more approachable for people who found the stealth mechanics a bit too ponderous, but something gets lost running and gunning. The game’s climax may be a perfect metaphor for the game’s gameplay changes. Regardless of the founded issues with the game, Metal Gear Solid 4 is definitely a game worth playing. It still looks impressive and represents a specific point in time when it was the singular reason to pick up a PS3 console.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

 

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was Gaming Illustrated’s RPG of the Year and deservedly so. It is a perfect partnership between Studio Ghibli and Level-5. The art and animation in the game are top notch. It looks and feels like an interactive Miyazaki film. Ni no Kuni has a compelling and touching story from Akihiro Hino. The opening of Ni no Kuni will move you to tears and if it does not then you have no soul. Compared to Level-5’s other PS3 output, White Knight Chronicles, Ni no Kuni echoes Level-5’s JRPG dominance on the PS2. Ni no Kuni feels like it would fit right in with the Dark Cloud games, Dragon Quest VIII and Rogue Galaxy. Ni no Kuni is a game worth playing and one that can only be experienced on the PS3.

  

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs

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