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

Posted by Greg Giddens

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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. Below are Reviews Editor Greg Giddens' favourites, ready and waiting to be critiqued by you lot.

Despite technological advancements in artificial intelligence, graphics, sound, storytelling, and emotive experiences, this generation wasn't my favourite. Perhaps through the eyes of nostalgia, I'll look back on it more fondly, but for now I still prefer what came before with the PSone and PS2. However, there were still some absolutely stunning games to enjoy. Some of these titles I hope to see survive the generation switch, others I hope to play again as either re-releases or via the PS4's promised Gaikai support. Let me tell you about them.

Heavenly Sword

Heavenly Sword was the first game that I played on the PS3. I wasn't able to pick up a system at launch, and by the time that I could, Ninja Theory's title had become part of a bundle, and it was truly impressive to play. The visuals were exceptional, and the facial capture was remarkable. Seeing Anna Torv and Andy Serkis bring their respective characters Nariko and King Bohan to life both visually and vocally was believable, emotional, humorous, and immersive. And although the hack 'n slash mechanics were repetitive, they were nuanced enough so that skill was required, while the overall story was more than enough to keep me playing through to the end. On completion, you unlocked 'Making Of' features, so that you could see the tremendous cast and crew shape this adventure. It was an excellent introduction to Sony's new console.

Resident Evil 5

I'm a huge fan of the Resident Evil series, and when the fifth numbered outing was announced from Capcom my excitement could barely be contained. Resident Evil 5 was created for a new hardware generation – and it looked stunning. I enjoyed the story, the action orientated experience, the star emblem collectibles, infinite ammo weapon progression – everything about it was terrific. It was a blend of new mixed with old; it felt like a Resident Evil title that had gone through its natural evolution. A good friend and I played through the main story cooperatively on the Professional difficulty level – It was painful at times, but we persevered and conquered it all, until I pressed quit by mistake, and I blew countless hours of hard work while tackling the Desperate Escape DLC. My friend and I didn't talk to each other for a few weeks after that, he could barely look at me. Hell, I could barely look at myself.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Seemingly endless cut scenes, over the top melodramatic storytelling, military-themed conspiracies, action, and espionage. Yes indeed, the Metal Gear Solid series was right up my alley. The fourth title was supposed to be the last; the end of Solid Snake and his clones, but of course, more is still to come with Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain – and I'm over the moon about it. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was an excellent adventure that brought the long running story to a conclusion. Well, a conclusion of sorts. It incorporated elements from all of the titles that came before, and delivered some new, truly stunning set pieces. It was terrific.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Morrowind devoured dozens of hours when I played it on the PC – it was my first Elder Scrolls experience, and it begun my love affair with the series. It was an era when consoles couldn't really compete against the mighty personal computer, but by the time that the next instalment saw release, the HD consoles changed all that. Playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion on PS3 was fantastic: gorgeous visuals, amazing music, and hundreds of hours worth of quests. I immersed myself in its splendour for over 130 hours – every quest completed, my combat and magic skills were feared across the land, and my enchanting had crafted a lightweight robe with enough shield spells to make me practically immortal. It did lead to some socially and morally questionable habits, though. A little too often, I would kill people, strip them of their clothes, and place an apple on their naked flesh. The Red Delicious Killer is what I called myself... I am not crazy.

WipEout HD

I adore the WipEout series, so when I heard that an HD version was in the works, my anticipation was giddy and intractable. I gleefully downloaded it through my unstable and slow internet connection – which took hours – but eventually I was able to enjoy the high speed anti-gravity splendour of WipEout HD, and it was utterly glorious. However, it was missing my favourite mode from the third WipEout title, the one where you had to hunt down and destroy your fellow racers rather than race them. Fortunately, the Fury DLC came along and re-introduced that very mode, and with it, WipEout HD became truly exceptional. I was devastated when the studio closed, and I hope one day that we'll see the series return somehow.

Have Greg's choices struck a chord with you? Would any of these titles fit into your own list? Let us know in the comments section below.

User Comments (12)



CanisWolfred said:


Was hoping somebody would mention that game. Actually, I may have to edit my own list in the forum, I forgot that Wipeout counted.



ferrers405 said:

Wipeout HD and Heavenly Sword are great to play, MGS4 not my taste, RE5 and Elder Scrolls i didn't played.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

RE5, was pretty awesome. my list, includes saints row 2, far cry 3, fallout new vegas, siren blood curse and alien vs predator.



chazaroonie said:

Having not played Oblivion, I jumped straight into the series with Skyrim. I was blown away when playing as it was sooo good. I'd never played a game as deep or rewarding before and after ploughing 200+ hours into it I got annoyed by the bugs, the only reason I haven't got a platinum trophy. After finishing Skyrim, I tried Oblivion and noticed how dated it was next to the newer iteration. This meant I didn't perservere with it quite as much as I perhaps should. I imagine that had I experienced it when it was released I'd have been as captivated as everyone seems to have been with it.



KelticDevil said:

Oblivion is my #1 game of this generation. I did like MGS4, even if it was a bit long-winded.

I heavily disagree with the RE5 inclusion though. Being a RE fan since the beginning, RE5 started the major down slide of the franchise, in my opinion. The game wasn't the least bit scary or tension filled. I still liked it, but in no way does it deserve to be ranked on any "best lists".

Awesome inclusion of Heavenly Sword, though. It's one of the most underrated games of the early PS3 library. Unfortunately, it got jumbled up in Sony's botched launch of the PS3 (overpriced console, etc.) and never got the credit it deserved. It also got mixed in with a couple HUGE early disappointing titles like Lair & my most disappointing game of this generation, Haze. Sadly, because of this, we will probably never see a sequel.



xtigerz said:

I loved God of War 3. One of my all time favorite games in my humble opinion!



Weskerb said:

From this list I would say:
1. MGS4
2. RE5
3. Heavenly Sword
4. Wipeout
5. Oblivion



Jairo_MC said:

I played and completed Heavenly Sword, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Resident Evil 5 and I also loved all of them. MGS4 is probably my favourite game on the PS3 and one of my all time favourites.
I never played Oblivion or Wipeout, so I can't say anything about them, except they are probably not for me.
Overall, great list!



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@Godsire- Even though it is an RE game it really isn't an RE game at all. As a game in its own right though i still think it was pretty good, probably in a lot of peoples top 20? This and red dead undead which i'm currently trotting through are my fave zombie games on the ps3 regardless.



KelticDevil said:


Yea good call on RE. I liked RE5. I was just diappointed that it wasn't scary. Like you said, it doesn't really feel like a RE game. And then came 6, but that's a discussion for another time. Hopefully, they go back to their roots for 7. I haven't played the latest RE game, RE: Revelations, yet. Hopefully that turns out to be good.



NathanUC said:

MGS4 was so close to making my list as well. I also really really really enjoyed Resident Evil 5. I know it was a very different style from the others, but some of my finest coop memories with my litter brother are in that game. I still haven't finished RE6 though

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