Feature: Must-Have PlayStation 3 Games - James's Picks
Posted by James Newton
Prepare to be surprised
To introduce you to the team we've put together here at Push Square, we asked each team member for two PS3 games they considered absolutely essential. Here, editor James Newton heads to the opposite ends of the PS3 spectrum.
Also known as Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds, this first HD instalment in the legendary links series is one of the best, with online play including nail-biting 50-player tournaments and simultaneous 8-player matches that are as intense as any Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 death match.
World Tour barely deviates from the template that made its PSP and PS2 counterparts so addictive: its new swing mechanic is optional if you prefer to kick it old-school, you still unlock characters, courses and items through Challenge mode and character customisation is as odd as ever.
It might lack the portability of its PSP cousin but it delivers all the deceptively complex play, with new courses to test even the most experienced players, and of course the all-important replay mode to show off your finest shots.
It's unmistakably Everybody's Golf, then, but in HD. Need we say more?
Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain is a rarity: a game that's incredibly flawed and enormously advanced at the same time.
While its Quick Time Event-heavy action didn't win everyone over, it certainly makes for exhilarating car chases, brawls and shoot outs, as you play four different characters and investigate the Origami Killer.
The facial animation is still stunning, only being topped by L.A. Noire, with the actors putting in believable and above all entertaining performances, whether rocking a baby to sleep or chopping off fingers.
There may be enough plot holes and misogyny to fill a snuff movie, and its technical beauty is wrapped around a skeleton that dates back to Dragon's Lair, but Heavy Rain is simply a must-have PS3 game: unique, atmospheric and with far more replay value than many less linear games, it's well worth your time and attention.