Feature: Must-Have PlayStation 3 Games - Jon's Picks
Posted by Jon Wahlgren
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 at large Jon Wahlgren argues against gravity and in favour of killer robots.
When you think of third-person shooter developers, Japanese studios aren’t necessarily where your mind first goes. But leave it to designer Shinji Mikami, who practically birthed the modern incarnation of the genre with Resident Evil 4, and the circle of wizards over at Platinum Games to show subsequent knuckleheads just how it's done.
Marrying cover-based gameplay with the density of bullet hell and the replayability of the best kind of arcade game, Vanquish is a perfectly balanced machine of a game that gives the genre a real kick in the pants. The PlayStation 3 was used as the lead platform for development and the game suffers from none of the ridiculous technical issues that riddled Sega's port of Bayonetta. Considering its dirt-cheap price by now, there is no reason whatsoever to not have experienced the six-hour campaign once or four times.
It might not be hyperbole to say that the PlayStation family owes much of its existence to the WipEout franchise: the futuristic racer's blend of sleek design and pumping electronica practically put the PSOne on the map and helped establish the console's "hip" identity.
WipEout HD and its expansion Fury may not be wholly original, pulling most of its content from the PSP titles, but the way it launches the signature franchise into exciting territory with eye-popping visuals, incredible challenge and well-implemented 3DTV support. WipEout HD is the most gorgeous reason to throw your controller across the room, only to fetch it for another go.