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Feature: Must-Have PlayStation 3 Games - Mike's Picks

Posted by Mike Mason

Flowers with portals

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, assistant editor Mike Mason tackles interdimensional portals and an indescribable PSN classic.

Portal 2

Portal 2 takes the innovative puzzle mechanic from the first outing contained within The Orange Box and expands it into a full adventure of a quality far superior than could ever have been imagined. Though it starts off in fairly pedestrian manner, part way through Portal 2 explodes into pure brilliance.

Free from the constraints of the Aperture Science test chambers – well, partially – what the game loses from the loosening of its puzzle focus is replaced with an exciting journey. Not only that, but it's one of the funniest games of recent years, leap frogging the smirk-worthy cruelty of the first game with a tight script and hilarious vocal performances from Stephen Merchant and Ellen McLain.

On top of its near-perfect story a substantial co-operative mode is included that mimics the difficulty of the original game more closely, rounding off a title that belongs in the game library of anybody be they first-person shooter fans, puzzle aficionados or comedy lovers.


Thatgamecompany's flower is a huge highlight of PlayStation Network. Unassuming and maybe even slightly dull looking from the outside, flower spreads its petals and blooms into a delightful bouquet within seconds of picking up the controller. Skating through the air as the wind, players snatch up petals from plant life, bringing the environment beneath to life and whirling up beautiful spirals of colour.

Motion control of the highest quality is featured, the breeze dipping and diving whenever the DualShock 3 is tilted. flower weaves its vague tale of nature as a harbinger of joy with a magic that few games replicate. Despite its short experience through fairly regulated stages, flower expresses a wonderful freedom through its combination of smooth controls and entrancing setting.

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User Comments (13)



zezhyrule said:

Flower is nice and fun, I definitely wouldn't consider it to be one of the best things the PS3 has to offer though.



get2sammyb said:

Flower is up there with my very favourite games on the platform. There's a real sense of empowerment in the game's closing stages, and the sensation of freedom is unmatched as far as I'm concerned.



Dak_n_Jaxter said:

I'm not pushing anything. But i had some wonderful evenings under the 'influence' with Flower. Just me in my room getting lost in it's beautiful world........



Dazza said:

Brilliant choices @Mason, Portal 2 is absolutely brilliant. So well scripted and entertaining. I also love the visual experience that is flower, beautiful game



SkullHydra said:

Portal 2 is a magnificent game. I'm GLaD to see it getting some love.
Flower is an interesting choice though. While I thought it was very unique and fun, I wouldn't say it's anywhere near the best of Playstation.



MachineLaw said:

Portal 2? Definitely.
Flower? Not so much, good showcase of artstyle but it doesn't really have substantial gameplay.



Slapshot said:

Portal 2 is the exactly what Puff Daddy loves to say in Get Him to the Greek!



NathanUC said:

Of all the games I've ever played on PS3, I think Flower surprised me the most. I couldn't believe that controlling flower pedals would have been something I'd EVER do in gaming.. let alone enjoy it.
Completely agree that both of these titles are must haves.



Nanaki said:

Can't really get much better than Portal 2. Co-op was awesome, although you can only really ever enjoy that with one person (becomes frustrating playing it again with someone who has never done it before; you know all the solutions and invariably end up annoying them by pointing out how they work).



Mason said:

I love the split in opinion on Flower. For me it's one of those games that instantly clicked; I felt a real emotional connection to it, though I could never put my finger on exactly why. Really interesting to see the different views on it.



Twilight_Crow said:

Flower is awesome... but it makes me dizzy . At least the demo did. I still consider it cause is brilliant.

Portal 2 is even more awesome... and it makes me slightly less dizzy. It's ok if I play it one hour each time. But yeah is just too good.

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