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

Posted by Robert Ramsey

Putting it out there

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. It's time for Associate Editor Robert Ramsey to state his opinion like it's fact.


This generation has had its fair share of drama, but overall, it's been my favourite. I've been near inseparable from my PS3 for almost seven years, and the adventures that I've had the pleasure of taking part in have defined my gaming life. I feel as though game design has taken a massive step forward throughout the generation, and this feeling is reinforced further by the fact that I'm finding it increasingly difficult to go back to previous consoles and their respective libraries. The five titles that I've chosen for this list are not only reflective of the diversity on offer when it comes to Sony's system, but they're also largely responsible for my pale complexion and powerful thumbs – I don't want to think about how many hours I've spent playing just these favourites alone.

Mass Effect 3

Yes, the ending is undoubtedly rubbish, and yes, Mass Effect 2's campaign is just as good – but it's Mass Effect 3's initially controversial co-op component that elevates it above its predecessor. Teaming up with friends and strangers alike in order to protect the galaxy is brilliant, and is only emphasised by the incredibly well-realised universe that developer BioWare has crafted. With an N7 rank of 2400 and a custom Salarian Infiltrator armed with a Lancer assault rifle, I've survived thousands of suicide missions and pulled countless newbie squads from the jaws of certain death – it's safe to say that it's my favourite multiplayer mode of all time. Mass Effect 3 is also one of the very few games that I've played through more than ten times thanks to its fantastic new game plus options. At this point, I probably know the crew of the Normandy better than most of my real life friends. Sorry Garrus – er, I mean Sammy.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Picture this: it's spring 2012 and you're 90 hours into The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – and you've yet to come across any of the dreaded technical problems that people have been raving about online. Then it happens – one seemingly random crash, and it's all downhill from here. The Dragonborn's adventure became unplayable, and desperate for fantasy adventure, I grabbed a copy of the terribly named Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Not expecting anything particularly special, I dived into the colourful title with no regrets, and discovered one of the best action RPGs that I've ever played. The game's world is varied and huge, the class system is deep without being overly complex, and there are hundreds of quests to keep you occupied. The release's crowning achievement, however, is its brilliantly brutal and fast-paced combat system. In that regard, this sorely overlooked title has yet to be equalled by any other RPG.

WipEout HD

The first downloadable title that I ever decided to purchase was WipEout HD, and it's a game that's still booted up during stints of boredom even today. In many ways, nothing has quite captured the same adrenaline-fuelled rush that the 1080p racer manages to deliver time and time again. Bombing through beautiful futuristic cityscapes while listening to the mighty Boom Boom Satellites courtesy of the game's custom soundtrack option is something that I'll never tire of. In the beginning, I was an awful anti-gravity driver, constantly smashing into walls and barriers and subsequently placing last in every race. With any other game, I would have given up – but not here. The title had a strange way of keeping my interest, like it was trying to mould me into a better gamer – and it worked. After hours upon hours of practice, I was able to steer perfectly through even the toughest tracks without suffering a single scratch. It felt like a true accomplishment, although now I find it impossible not to twitch nervously as I approach corners in real life.

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3

Japan seems to get a new Gundam title every week, but here in the West, we've had to make do with the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam series almost exclusively. I adore Gundam – but the original title which first appeared on the PS3 back in 2007 left a lot to be desired, and my dreams of a game that captured the brilliance of the numerous animated shows slowly started to fade. The release's sequel, however, changed all that. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 made the first title look like a beta test in every way, but it was the third game that really satisfied my lust for mobile suit carnage. Sporting dozens of my favourite characters and countless missions, I spent hundreds of hours turning opposing armies into scrap metal in Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3. Chain explosions meant that you could detonate entire fields of enemies with a few good swings of a beam saber, and the loot system allowed for the almost never-ending objective of upgrading your chosen suit. Many call the Dynasty Warriors franchise repetitive, but I could play this particular instalment until the Japanese actually get around to manufacturing a real working Gundam.

Journey

Journey may not be as complex or as time consuming as the other games on this list, but it provided an experience that was arguably more impactful than all of them put together. Surprisingly, it wasn't the nature of the co-op that impressed me – it was the title's ability to tell an emotional and beautiful story through its visuals alone. Even once you start to piece together Journey's tale, it's really up to you to decide what the title's all about. Is it about reincarnation? Is it about trying to make up for your mistakes? Is it about understanding what others did wrong? Whatever your reasoning, I can't think of a game that's more spiritually aware – and even if you think that I'm spouting a pile of pretentious waffle, I'd still say that Journey is, without doubt, the most perfectly crafted exclusive title on Sony's platform.


Is Robert dead on or dead wrong? Would any of his choices make it into your own list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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User Comments (15)

CanisWolfred

#1

CanisWolfred said:

I'm not gonna lie, I had a nergasm just seeing the MSN-06S Sinanju. But glad to see someone list a Dynasty Warriors game, particularly Gundam 3. I loved playing that one for plenty of reasons.

Confused_DudeStaff

#2

Confused_Dude said:

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

No but seriously, I haven't actually played Kingdoms of Amalur yet. It really interested me at the time, but It's just faded from view as other things were released :/

ShogunRokAdmin

#3

ShogunRok said:

@Confused_Dude I don't agree with anything you just said. Awful comment, Ben.

But yeah, I really recommend Kingdoms of Amalur - incredibly fun RPG. I think you'd love it.

MadchesterManc

#6

MadchesterManc said:

@ShogunRok Nice list. Good to see Wipeout HD getting some love. Fired it up the other day and it's still one of the best releases for Ps3. Still quite the looker at 1080p too. Not surprised to see Mass Effect 3 on the list :p I'll have to join you for some games when I get my net installed on Saturday

Bliquid

#8

Bliquid said:

Ah, Journey. An experience to pass on children.
But i rather try starting an endless discussion: I liked ME 3 ending.
There, i said it.

TOMBOY25

#9

TOMBOY25 said:

i really hate all of those games except for Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 as its the only one i haven't played but given its dynasty warriors title i guess its like the OP:kaizoku musou games and i like those.

Shellybird27

#11

Shellybird27 said:

God, ME 3's ending was NOT rubbish, people expect to much, I loved it since it was so open to interpretation.

CanisWolfred

#12

CanisWolfred said:

@TOMBOY25 The One Piece games are more action-y Setpiece-ish than Gundam. I like them too, since they offer a little more variety, at least from what I've played, but DW:Gundam 3 is worth a look for what it is. I actually prefer it since its harder and offers a bit more strategy.

JMC

#13

JMC said:

I only played Journey and, although I liked it, I didn't love it as many others did. It was fun and I don't regret buying it, but it's definetely not on my list.
The only other game that I also own is Mass Effect 3 that I got with the Trilogy and I'm still making my way trough the first, despite being fully aware that the ending is disapointing.

Gamer83

#14

Gamer83 said:

Big fan of Mass Effect 3 myself. I still think the first was the best in the series as the sequels strayed away from the RPG aspects and more towards action but at least 3 brought back some of the stuff that I loved about 1. I really enjoyed the story in 3 though. Thought it had some great humor at times and I also thought it did a great job with the more serious moments.

odd69

#15

odd69 said:

Yea i just jumped on the mass effect bandwagon myself, but i got it on the wiiu as it was 11$ brand new.

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