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Feature: Games of the Generation - Ben's Five Favourites

Posted by Ben Potter

Long live Tim

Welcome to Push Square’s all-encompassing Games of the Generation series. In the lead up to the PlayStation 4’s release later this week, we’ll be rounding up our writers in an effort to look back at some of their favourite PlayStation 3 games. These titles have been hand-selected personally by each individual author, and now it's time for Video Editor Ben Potter to write about his favourites.


I remember the launch of PS3 vividly. It had been an agonizing three month wait since our North American cousins got theirs, and as I car-pooled my way home from working at a cake factory (no joke) with an equally excited colleague, we discussed the first thing that we’d do when we plugged it in. Little did I know the adventures that I would partake in over the course of the following six years, and without further ado, here are my five favourite games from this generation.

Resistance: Fall of Man

Insomniac Games' Hybrid-blasting adventure kept me sane through the PS3’s first troubled year, and so it earns a place on this list. The campaign was a particular standout, and I’m fiercely proud of being able to say that I beat it on Superhuman difficulty – a feat made more impressive when you go back and play it now, as it’s so damn hard. Then there was the multiplayer. Existing in a pre-Call of Duty 4 environment did it a world of good, as recent games in the series have let me down a little in that department. Perks and killstreak rewards were nonexistent, with everyone starting on a level playing field and having to pick up their weapons and grenades from spawn points instead, resulting in a mad, bloody dash for your favourite firearm.

Borderlands 2

The most recently released title on this list, Borderlands 2 took what the original didn’t do so well and hit it out of the park, and while I loved the first title in Gearbox’s shoot 'n’ loot series, the narrative aspects, or lack thereof, really put a dampener on things. Without a doubt, it was the humour that won me over. Ignoring the fact that Borderlands 2 had excellent shooting mechanics, an addictive quest system, and generally was just incredibly well designed, the misadventures of the villainous Handsome Jack and the other zany characters that you meet along the way kept a permanent smile etched on my face for the duration. You can be sure that I’ll play the hell out of the Vita version when it eventually sees a release – and here’s hoping for a Borderlands 3.

Heavy Rain

The gaming industry’s resident mad man David Cage gets a lot of flack for his divisive creations, but when Heavy Rain reared its head in early 2010, the crazy Frenchman caught me hook, line, and sinker, and I’ve been firmly on team #Emotion ever since. What I loved the most about Heavy Rain was how incredibly different it was. I’d never played a game where you could be setting out plates for a birthday dinner in one scene, and having a fistfight in a construction yard in another. It’s an approach to pacing that some consider bafflingly dull, but it really spoke to me. Unfortunately, there were still the standard pitfalls of a Cage game – the disturbing sex scenes, cheesy writing, and gaping plot holes – but I was willing to forgive these transgressions, and I really hope that his brand of insanity bleeds over onto PS4.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

By the time The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion launched on Sony’s console, the game was already several years old – but I didn’t care. Across my hundreds of hours with the game, I never saw and did everything, and I must have started at least 20 new characters. My favourite was an Argonian named Tim. The race Tim belonged to was a favourite of mine owing to their disease invulnerability and water breathing gift, which I found invaluable. Together, Tim and I roamed the land, stealing from the rich and giving an exceedingly small amount to the poor, before finally settling down together in a shack by the Imperial Waterfront. We spent dozens of happy hours together, but Tim was cruelly ripped away from me when my first PS3 suffered the Yellow Light of Death. Tim’s legacy lived on in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim courtesy of his son Tim II, but the original is sorely missed. As he would say in his native tongue, [unintelligible rasping throat noises]. RIP Tim.

Mass Effect 2

In the lead up to Mass Effect’s release, I’d been watching the excellent Firefly for the first time, and with each episode that passed, my excitement became increasingly palpable. I just wanted to go out there and see the universe, meet new species, shoot the bad guys, and save the day like Mal Reynolds did – although technically speaking, he was also a bad guy. I wanted to do and see everything. And you know what? I did. I was the guy trawling the galaxy for minerals to mine, dutifully filling up on probes to continue my shameful addiction. I adored Mass Effect 2, and while the third instalment continued to enthral me, I can’t wait to see what BioWare is cooking up for the next generation.


Do Ben's picks get your blood boiling, or have you found a kindred spirit? Let us know in the comments section below.

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User Comments (16)

ferrers405

#1

ferrers405 said:

Oh well i played Resistance, Heavy Rain, Borderlands and don't like any, Elder Scrolls and Mass Effect maybe someday i will play...

Delfino

#2

Delfino said:

@ferrers405

you haven't played a Mas Effect game? Seriously your missing out on not only the greatest gaming trilogy ever but the greatest universe ever created in a videogame

Cloud7794

#3

Cloud7794 said:

Ben, your story of Tim has touched me... Will Tim live on as your avatar in the world of Elder Scrolls Online? I need to know :(
@Delfino The greatest universe ever created in a video game was that of Blasto. I mean, sure it was badly rendered, horribly controlled, and a tad misogynistic, but you played the WHOLE GAME as Phil Hartman, whose cheesy one-liners permeate everything you do; And in the end, that's all you really need.

Delfino

#4

Delfino said:

@Cloud7794 you mean 'Blasto' the gun toting Hanar from Mass Effect?
Hell yeah he's awesome, although Phil Hartman did not voice him!

Confused_DudeStaff

#6

Confused_Dude said:

@Cloud7794 Tim will return... I might even make some videos revolving around his travels. Call it 'The Adventures of Tim Tim' or something like that.

Dodoo

#9

Dodoo said:

I know I'm in the minority when I say I found Mass Effect quite boring and bland, though I never played the 3rd game so not sure what that's like...

Sanquine

#10

Sanquine said:

@confused_dude. The Elder scrolls oblivion is a great choice. Far better than skyrim. The dark brotherhood was 10 times more awesome in in oblivion

ShogunRokAdmin

#11

ShogunRok said:

I don't agree with any of them. Awful list, Ben.

No but seriously, I loved Oblivion - first game I bought on PS3. Mass Effect 2 is also superb. As for Skyrim v Oblivion... well. Arguably Oblivion had better, more memorable quests in a lot of cases (and it was an infinitely more technically stable game) but in terms of gameplay Skyrim surpasses it entirely. Although, not by that much, truth be told.

CanisWolfred

#13

CanisWolfred said:

Lot of RPGs here, not that I'm complaining. No, if I had any complaint, it would be that Resistance got a mention. I think that whole series is the epitome of bland as far as shooters go. I'll admit that Resistance 1 is the best of the 3 PS3 games, but it still was boring, even when I was still into shooters. The story was more or less by the numbers action film stuff that got old years ago, the characters were boring and unmemorable, the gameplay reminded me why games like Call of Duty are generally considered an evolution of the genre, and the whole game just lacked the charm their company used to be known for.

Seriously, the only thing I liked about the series was the PSP game Sony Bend made, which took the gameplay and story and advanced it far beyond what Insomniac ever could've done, ironically by making it more like their stellar Syphon Filter games.

Speaking of Which, why aren't there more Syphon Filter games?

Godsire-

#14

Godsire- said:

Great list! Oblivion & Mass Effect (the original) are 2 of my top 3 games of this generation (BioShock being the other). ME2 was an awesome game as well, even if they did dumb down the leveling of your characters way too much.

Glad to see the original Resistance game to make a list. That game was, arguably, the most important game in the early PS3 library. Sony's PS3 had a rough beginning, so R:FOM had to carry the system for far too long. It's still my favorite in the series, with the third game coming in second & Resistance 2 coming in a distant 3rd. I am not going to count that turd they released on Vita as part of the franchise.

Wesker

#15

Wesker said:

I would say:
1. Heavy Rain
2. Resistance
3. Bordelands
4. Oblivion
5. Mass Effect 2

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