Over the past two months, there have been many big-budget, must-have titles released for the PS3. Every single week in this time saw titles like Heavy Rain, Final Fantasy XIII and God of War 3 heavily hyped and advertised. This is a nice sign for gamers, especially since this time of year is usually slow, but it may hurt financially. Whether you can’t afford anything new, you beat all the games you bought, or both, you may be stuck as to what to buy next. One idea is to replay the games you have and go trophy hunting, but if you aren’t into that and just want something new, here are some affordable titles to keep you occupied. The five games listed below are all priced around $20 or less, but if you look around you can find them even cheaper.
Welcome to Rapture. 2K’s underwater FPS is a highly unique and mesmerizing journey into a perfect world gone wrong. BioShock is what has been missing from the survival/horror genre in recent years. There is a great story with lots of twists and turns that will make you jump out of your seat but leave you wanting more. The gameplay is tight, and the plasmid powers are a nice fresh idea that newer games have mimicked. BioShock 2 is selling well, but it lacks the surprise and awe that the first game had. You will never forget that feeling when you see Rapture on a large scale for the first time. If some gamers had their way, this series would have stayed a “one and done” game. This is because of how great the first game was, and because no matter what BioShock 2 brought to the table, the sequel would still be a letdown when compared to the original. Would you kindly give BioShock a try?
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
This is another game in the “Don’t Skip It!” category. If Among Thieves is the big summer blockbuster, Drake’s Fortune is the cult classic indie film. (Consider it Nathan Drake’s Reservoir Dogs) Drake’s Fortune is really fun to play, and its detailed jungle atmosphere is breathtaking when you consider how early on in the PS3’s life it was made. You can get a lot of replays out of the game, and the Crushing mode is really a fun challenge to try and tackle. This game has a great story, and its control scheme is very easy to learn, for both newcomers and veterans. This action adventure game responds remarkably well in all situations, whether you are solving a puzzle or shooting your way to safety, but feels like you are immersed in a movie. It’s like Indiana Jones meets Tomb Raider with a hint of National Treasure. Definitely a must have in a game collection.
Jack Black stars in this game as Eddie Riggs, a roadie transported to another world where he will save the world with rock and roll. (Sounds a little like Bill and Ted, which is most excellent) The cool thing about this game is that it combines two very different types of games and makes it coexist, but keeps it fun. Brutal Legend is an action and real-time strategy hybrid game. It plays like a beat-em up, but has strategy battle plans you would expect from World of Warcraft, only simpler to use. It also features heavy metal themes and music, and even has in-game voiceovers by rock gods Lemmy Kilmister, Rob Halford and the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne. Metal heads will love this game for its detail, but Brutal Legend is a fun, new experience for all gamers. It has a fun campaign mode that you can pick up at any time, and an equally-as-fun multiplayer mode. Brutal Legend may have been overshadowed by being released on the same day as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but it is still selling well and deserves a chance.
Mirror’s Edge is a game from EA DICE that brings a new approach to an action game. Mirror’s Edge is a first-person action game (with some gunplay involved) that relies on parkour and running. You are Faith, a runner who lives off the radar and uses rooftops to stay hidden. You put combos together to run, jump, climb and swing through the city to complete your mission. Mirror’s Edge allows more physical movement and freedom than in past games and you can slide under barriers, wall run, and tumble your way through the city. The game teaches you to correctly time moves to quickly get from checkpoint to checkpoint. Not only is the gameplay unique, but the graphics are as well. The city is bright and shiny, but mostly white, only detailing structures important to Faith’s quest in colors. The game features a good single player story mode and a time-trial mode called speed runs. YouTube features many videos highlighting players’ attempts at “perfect runs” and tips for faster times. It can be a little frustrating to learn, but after a few minutes you will fall in love with this one-of-a-kind game.
Burnout Paradise is an arcade style racing game from EA. There are hundreds of races and objectives to complete throughout Paradise City, but the game really gives you bang for your buck in its DLC content. Paradise has a lot a free downloadable items available in the PlayStation Store, including vehicles, toy cars, and game modes. There are some items that you do need to purchase, but it won’t cost much. EA packaged the game and all of its DLC into one price-friendly bundle. You can buy the whole bundle digitally on the PSN or buy the game in-store and download the DLC on the PSN. Whichever way you do it, you are still saving at least $60 off the original price and you will get countless hours out of Burnout Paradise.
All of these titles can be found at discount whether you find it in-store, or on a site like Amazon or eBay. This price does not include their respective DLC content, but none of it is required to play the game. If you don’t want to buy it, you don’t have to. If you do, you can purchase the DLC in the PlayStation Store for $9.99 or less.