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

Posted by Nathan Michalik

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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, Nathan Michalik from our US review team tackles Cole McGrath and a two-for-one RPG epic.

inFAMOUS

inFAMOUS was one of the first PS3 games to flex this generation’s graphical muscles, backing it up with a profound story that gives the player control over decisions throughout the game.

The game starts abruptly: Cole MacGrath survives a massive explosion, with little explanation as to what caused it or how he survived. The story unfolds as you discover you’ve somehow obtained the ability to control electricity.

Surely the game’s biggest hook is the morality system: good or evil, your actions alter the story, giving players responsibilities for certain actions and sparking real emotion from a video game. Another feature uncommon in this generation of gaming is the amount of ambiguity in the storyline, allowing individuals to experience different emotions and beliefs as to what is really happening in the town of Empire City.

Even years after its release, inFAMOUS can hold its own in comparison to the graphics, gameplay and story of new release games. Overall, it is a title so shockingly good that nearly anyone can pick it up and enjoy zapping some enemies. If you enjoy stories and own a PlayStation 3, you owe it to yourself to give this classic exclusive a try.

White Knight Chronicles II

When it comes to exclusive RPGs on the PS3 with deep stories, huge worlds and rich multiplayer, look no further than White Knight Chronicles II. Players take the role of their own fully customisable character and join Leonard and his party of friends to continue where White Knight Chronicles left off.

On the journey there will be huge boss fights, new friends and more gear than you’ll be able to keep track of. You’ll embark on a journey to save a princess which might sound clichéd and overdone, but the complexity of the characters and their past as well as a few plot twists will help keep you playing through all hours of the night.

The combat system is a mix between real time combat and turn based combat. Characters can use a huge arsenal of weapons at will and level up which weapon skills as they see fit, leading to many different play styles and roles in single player and multiplayer.

The multiplayer aspect allows gamers to take their characters from the single player game and play with up to five friends doing various multiplayer exclusive quests. Another innovative feature is the GeoRama: a fully customisable town that each player can control and improve, each GeoRama can either be used as a simple lobby to hang out or a marketplace for people to buy and farm goods.

Not only will players get to experience White Knight Chronicles II, but included on the disc is a remastered version of the original White Knight Chronicles in its entirety. Each game can easily last over 100 hours single player or multiplayer, making this title the bargain of the century for RPG fans.

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User Comments (12)

Wesker

#1

Wesker said:

Interesting choices, but surely Infamous has been succeeded by Infamous 2.

zezhyrule

#2

zezhyrule said:

I really need to pick up WKCII sometime. I've heard how awesome it is for a while now. And it includes the first game? Nice, someone should review it.

Wesker

#3

Wesker said:

@zezhyrule I tried WKC1 and found it to be very heavy on traditional JRPG gameplay mechanics like item management and such, so I gave up. But, if you like JRPGs, the production values and story seemed to be really good, so it might be worth picking up for you.

ShogunRokAdmin

#5

ShogunRok said:

@turtlelink It's essentially a turn based JRPG, you have to wait for attacks to 'charge' before you use them. It's all very traditional lol

JonWahlgrenAdmin

#6

JonWahlgren said:

I got inFAMOUS through the PSN Welcome Back shenanigans but haven't yet had time to boot it up. One day!

cyphid

#8

cyphid said:

I remember when infamous released it was in direct competition to Prototype. I still hear gamers talking about infamous, some just now discovering it; I have not even heard the same praise towards Prototype.

NathanUC

#9

NathanUC said:

I chose inFAMOUS 1 over 2 because I honestly thought It was a better game for the most part. The story was just absolutely amazing while the story in 2 (still very very good) wasn't nearly as well developed as the first.

Twilight_Crow

#10

Twilight_Crow said:

Well I'm glad I have both inFamous. Now if only I had time to play them.

WKC2 looks nice but I have enough JRPGs for a life time, again most untouched...

Why am I here and not playing? :P

CanisWolfred

#11

CanisWolfred said:

WCK2 just ain't for me, sadly. I like JRPGs for what makes them different, so a traditional title like this just can't hold my interest.

inFAMOUS is great, though, no doubt about that.

NathanUC

#12

NathanUC said:

On a side note, if anyone here DOES play WKC2, I'd love to party up with you sometime. Send me a psn message (nathanuc1988) anytime.

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