Top 5 Favorites: PS3 Exclusives
Most times, when you see editorials like this, they're for the sake of outlining the best exclusives available, but this is very different; these are your favorite PlayStation 3 exclusives. And if anybody says "favorite" and "best" are the same thing, and in so doing implies that personal effing opinion somehow dictates the inherent quality of a product, they will get smacked. I'm not even kidding.
So anyway, here are my five favorite PS3 exclusives and I fully expect y'all to reciprocate with yours. Heck, discussion is the point of such an editorial! ;)
5. Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
I don't care what anyone says; this game is a true-blue simulator beneath that cutesy exterior, and I've been a fan since the original first game out on the first PlayStation way back when. The only part I don't like about OoB is that ridiculous Advanced mechanic: offering it as an option is fine, but giving players who use it an unfair advantage by letting them drive the ball 30-40 yards further is a colossal mistake. They're not doing anything more difficult; they shouldn't get an arbitrary reward. But even so, I still play it from time to time after completing it, and I even hop online (when the Advanced cheaters don't tick me off too much) to play a few rounds. It's just so much fun, and if you've never given this game a try, I strongly recommend it. Yes, even if you don't like golf. You might be surprised...
4. Killzone 2
While I certainly agree that KZ2 is the second-best PS3 exclusive behind MGS4, it's not necessarily my second favorite. I like FPSs just fine and Guerrilla's masterpiece is easily the most accomplished and most impressive FPS of the generation thus far, but I just enjoyed myself a bit more with the upcoming three titles. All that being said, Killzone 2 was one of the very few recent games that actually made my palms sweat, and at no point was I ever bored or unduly frustrated. The entire production is just so unbelievably polished, and the presentation and gameplay is so awesome, it's tough to ignore the appeal. I loved it from start to finish and I absolutely can't wait to hear about the third title (which I assume Guerrilla will prepare for us).
3. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
You know, this would be #2 if it weren't for the very last part of the game, because I wasn't a huge fan of how Naughty Dog handled the final confrontation. But other than that, it remains an amazing action/adventure title that was arguably the first stellar, true-blue next-gen PS3 exclusive that was worthy of everyone's attention. Uncharted 2 is going to rock even harder and I'm seriously considering going back through the first game before I play the sequel. Heck, I probably should've already played it more than once! I just can't think of one aspect of this game that wasn't beautifully implemented; my complaints are so few and so minor, that the experience was both fulfilling and even memorable. And how's about those flashy visuals, eh?
Six months ago, I would never have thought this game would make my Top 5 list, let alone go all the way up to #2. But the hectic action and combination of platforming and action totally got me, and I easily put in a good 30-40 hours running around, collecting everything I could find and freeing 100% of each island. Some will complain about being shot all the time when on the ground, but there's a simple solution to that: ...right, don't be on the ground. ;) Besides, it's tons more fun to be flying around the rooftops, and it makes the game much easier and more accessible right from the start. I just loved the whole style and gameplay; even the storyline wasn't too bad. The almost ceaseless intensity of some of those later missions was just nuts, and I'd also like to add that I defeated the final boss on my first try. Okay, maybe that's not a big deal, but the bottom line is that I didn't regret one minute of my time with inFamous. Soooo want a sequel!
1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Yeah, it's cliched and expected but what can I say? This game is just in a class of its own. Everything about it, from the dynamic gameplay to the intricate and complex storyline, really hits its mark and solidified Hideo Kojima's position in this industry has a true master. Well, that's my opinion; I'm sure others believed he hit that exalted plateau before MGS4. I know I can always count on this franchise to deliver the most engaging and rewarding experiences in the game industry, and the fourth installment here didn't disappoint in any way. If you want to read a bit more about my thoughts on this singular title, feel free to read the editorial I wrote concerning the writing and storytelling. As you can see, it had a pretty heavy impact on me.
Anyway, that's my top 5. Titles that narrowly missed the list are both Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance 2, Warhawk, Flower, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, LittleBigPlanet, and Heavenly Sword. I'm also well aware that this list could change dramatically in the next year, what with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, God of War III, Heavy Rain, Gran Turismo 5, and Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time on the horizon. But hey, updating is half the fun.
7/24/2009 Ben Dutka