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

Posted by Katy Ellis

Sleeping beauties

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. In this case, Assistant Editor Katy Ellis lists her beloved favourites.


While you may know me as the reviewer that always seems to be level grinding through RPG adventures, it may surprise you to learn that this list contains only one RPG – but it's an absolute corker, and one which I had the pleasure of reviewing myself. On this list we also have an open world shooter, a hack 'n' slash, a dubiously defined 'interactive movie', and an action-adventure game. I love each one individually for completely different reasons. So without further ado, here they are.

Sleeping Dogs

There's only one open world action-adventure game that I know of where you can grab a pork bun from a street vendor, bust a drug dealer, gun down a gang member, and stop off for a spot of herbal tea all in a day's work, and that game is Sleeping Dogs. While it has sadly been disregarded as a bit of an underdog in the genre – struggling to stay in the fight against heavyweights such as Grand Theft Auto – this game is uniquely vibrant and exotic, set on the streets of Hong Kong. One of the game's best features is its use of environments during combat. Wei can grab on to enemies and dispatch them in various ways, from lobbing them over railings, to slamming their heads into fans or phone booths. It's grisly, but glorious, making Sleeping Dogs well worth your attention.

Far Cry 3

Shooters aren’t generally my thing. Give me a copy of Call of Duty or Battlefield and I can guarantee that I'll be obliterated in under two seconds. Far Cry 3 is a completely different ball game, however. Stranded on a tropical island that's inhabited by madmen, you’re left with no option but to fully immerse yourself into the wilderness. You’ll become the hunter, ruthlessly tracking down endangered species, killing and skinning them for their pelts – yes you’ll feel bad about it, but it’s your only means to survive. You’ll become the hidden assassin, taking down enemy camps and unleashing tigers on the unsuspecting men below. At points you’ll question your own insanity – but don’t worry, it’s all part of the experience.

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain is not a game. At least, that’s what some would say. But regardless of how you might define it, Heavy Rain is certainly something all PS3 owners should experience. You play as four different characters – Ethan, Jayden, Madison, and Scott – each working to uncover the true identity of the illusive Origami Killer. It’s a dark, emotional, and slightly twisted tale, which will make you want to go back and play it all over again purely to look for minor details that you may have missed. Quantic Dream’s idea for an interactive movie was highly innovative, and despite its criticisms, it was the first title which made me realise that a game doesn't need complex and fluid combat systems to tell an immersive and engaging story. Thanks to Monsieur Cage, Ethan’s cries of “JAAAAASON” will haunt me forever more.

DmC: Devil May Cry

Whether you’re a fan of Dante’s new look or not, it’s hard to question Ninja Theory’s glorious achievements with DmC: Devil May Cry. The combat is a technical masterpiece; fast, fluid and furious, and at times excruciatingly difficult. Taking down tough bosses and attaining S rank when fighting is extremely rewarding, and achieving a variety of combos is also immensely satisfying. Sometimes, during fights between Hell Knights and Frost Nights, I swear I hold my breath for extraordinary long periods of time out of sheer concentration when switching between my Arbiter and Osiris. Yet, despite the numerous rage quits, and the worn down buttons on my DualShock 3, DmC is one of the most exhilarating gaming experiences I’ve ever had, and is well worth your time and money.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Crikey, mun, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was wonderful, wasn’t it? The epic yet folksy music, gorgeous visuals, dramatic battles, awe-inspiring environments, adorable creatures, soulful characters, cheeky catchphrases, and heart-warming storyline – it had it all. Some of my fondest gaming memories of this generation have been spent playing Ni No Kuni, gliding through the skies on Tengri the dragon’s back, befriending familiars and level grinding Tokos. It's is also one of the only games that has made me cry. And just to put this in perspective, I didn't tear up during Bambi or Titanic. The opening scenes of Ni No Kuni are some of the most powerful and emotional cinematics that I’ve ever had the pleasure to experience. I’ll come clean and say it now – Ni No Kuni is my favourite PlayStation game of this generation.


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get2sammybAdmin

#1

get2sammyb said:

The more I look back on DmC, the more I really like it. It's an interesting pick for an end of the generation list, but there is something special about it in my opinion (once you get over the Dante doesn't have white hair nonsense). Ninja Theory's a great developer - although, judging by my 60 minute argument with @ShogunRok the other day, not everyone agrees.

Noticing a pattern with Heavy Rain...

Reverend_Skeeve

#2

Reverend_Skeeve said:

@get2sammyb Yeah...didn't play Heavy Rain myself, but there indeed seems to be a pattern...the "it may not be a game in the classical sense but it's awesome anyways, so shut up, naggers!"-pattern. :) Very looking forward to what Quantic Dreams will do on PS4...the Dark Sorcerer demo was amazing.

Sanquine

#3

Sanquine said:

Katy ^~^ ni no kuni <3 best PS3 game indeed. 60 hours in still doing side quests

Bliquid

#5

Bliquid said:

DmC is an amazing game, cleverly crafted and artistically inspired.
I don't get the "No White Hair Nonsense", since there is a reason for that which is explained through the game.
Also, you don't know it until the end, but this is a regular prequel to the series that fits in the continuity minus a couple of details.
And i loved the british feeling way more than the "What japanese think western ppl behave" style of the previous entries, which i played all and loved very much.
Even the second one, and i guess this probably renders null everything i wrote in this post.

Edit: i forgot, i live in Venice, Italy.
Will you marry me, Katy?

BornOfEvil

#6

BornOfEvil said:

The only games on this list that I've played are Far Cry, Ni no Kuni and DMC. All 3 games are fantastic - especially Ni no Kuni - and I'd recommend them to everyone who hasn't gotten a chance to experience them.

On the topic of DMC, I liked new Dante. He was one of the best protagonists I've ever had the pleasure of controlling, which is more than I can say for Inuyash-- oh, I mean the original Dante.

@ShogunRok Let the hate flow through you!

Shellybird27

#7

Shellybird27 said:

THERE'S BEEN NO InFamous, or Uncharted. WHY??!!? I'm kidding. But I hope InFamous will be on someone's list

Gemuarto

#8

Gemuarto said:

This is the most adequate and understandable list so far.

Also, really can't understand where is Infamous 2.

And Far Cry 3 is total garbage in my opinion. Have been trying hard to beat it... But there are so many annoying things in that game, meh...

chazaroonie

#9

chazaroonie said:

@Gemuarto far cry 3 can be very frustrating at times, especially when you are just about to clear a camp and an animal wanders over and kills you!! There were plenty of throw your pad moments but I don't think that would have happened if it wasn't a great game. I wouldn't have bothered to carry on playing if there was nothing to the game or I wasn't enjoying it. I don't think its fair to call it garbage because it is challenging at times.

Superconsole

#12

Superconsole said:

@ShogunRok What is wrong with you?? Has you no emotions? :P

@Sanquine I originally wrote over 3 paragraphs on Ni No Kuni, but mean Mr Ramsey made me cut it down. I just have so much love for that game!

@Bliquid Possibly, but would we have to share consoles? Because I'm not down with that :P

@Lelouch I love new Dante! He's sexy, arrogant and has made skillz. Everything you secretly want in a man. I can't believe all the hate Ninja Theory got for something as silly as changing a character's hair colour. The number of death threats were insane!!

@chazaroonie Do you remember that horrendous mission where you had to burn all the drugs in Far Cry 3? That awful song just kept playing on repeat over and over... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNeWuAIS41s)

Bliquid

#13

Bliquid said:

@Superconsole : Well, you'd have to share rooms with my actual wife and son, but you would not be allowed anywhere near my precious daughters (assuming consoles are female), so i guess it's a deal.

BornOfEvil

#14

BornOfEvil said:

@Superconsole Yeah, I heard about the death threats, it's ridiculous how worked up people got over it. I liked new Dante as well, he had a far better personality and sense of style than the original Dante, who I found extremely annoying and dull.

One thing that always got to me is how people were saying that new Dante's catchphrase was "fuck you" after watching a trailer where he said and wrote the word once. And don't get me started on how he was accused of being emo because of his hairstyle, when original Dante was the one with long emo hair.

Bliquid

#15

Bliquid said:

@Lelouch : the same happened with Jim Morrison's phrase in the song "The End" (can't say the phrase here,ofc).
It ended up on t-shirts and, out of context, changed the meaning of the phrase and the overall impression about him.
Well, it happened infinite times throughout history.
Sometimes ppl are very obtuse.

eliotgballade

#16

eliotgballade said:

am liking these articles , but I don't get why people in the comments sections say "why haven't you [or why have you] chosen such and such a game?"
these are pushSquare staffs personal selections .
(it just annoys me slightly is all)

CanisWolfred

#18

CanisWolfred said:

My biggest problem with Dante wasn't his looks, but that he lost a lot of his old cheekiness. And without that he went from carefully treading the line to diving straight off the deep end into "completely unlikeable" territory. The games are still fun, but without a good protagonist, it just lacked the charm and extra oomph that made the previous Devil May Cry games so great.

JMC

#19

JMC said:

DmC is really one of the best games i played this year. The action is really fast paced and the action is varied and the combo possibilities are almost endless. One of my favorite games.
I also said before that i loved Heavy Rain and i completely agree that every gamer should experience it.
As for the others, even though I hear great things about them, specially Far Cry 3, I don't think I'll play them...

Gamer83

#20

Gamer83 said:

Really like seeing Sleeping Dogs get some love. Fantastic open world game. Had it not been for GTA V, it'd have most likely been my favorite game in the genre for this gen. Can't wait for the next game in that universe.

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