I recently cleared my PS3 backlog (all 57 games!) and barring the addition of a few straggler titles, it'll probably remain as such. It's been bumpy ride these last 10 years for the poor device and I thought it'd be fun to recount my memories of the thing.
My ability to recall stuff is pathetic, but I do remember a few things from launch. I believe I was 13 at the time. The biggest being just how bad the launch lineup was. I mean damn, we were so starved for games that we played whatever mildly interesting game we could find on the Playstation Store.
Stuff like that SixAxis rubber ducky game, Calling All Cars, Everyday Shooter, Pain and a whole slew of demos. It's kind of strange to look back on those titles now, they seem so boring and lackluster. I wasn't into much of gaming culture back then, so I don't know if the general populace met all of these games with apathy. I know I never really liked the motion controls.
The physical titles weren't much better off. I got the first Transformers game, which was so plain I can barely recall anything about it. Sonic 06 kept me busy for longer than it should've. At least the music was good. Hard to believe that I was actually invested in it. Learn to nuke bad games from your backlogs people!
Moving up a bit in quality a bit, we have stuff like Uncharted, Heavenly Sword, some Lego games and LittleBigPlanet.
All of these were decent enough, but didn't really captivate me. Heavenly Sword had awful loading times and somewhat shallow combat if I recall correctly. I wasn't into character action games at the time, so the game beat me down hard.
LittleBigPlanet was quite the timesink. It was fun looking around for levels and stickers related to other properties, but the game itself felt empty. I'm not a creative man and the physics of the game weren't kind. The Metal Gear DLC was cool though.
Uncharted, coupled with Resistance: FoM represent a turning point for me. Before getting into these games, I didn't even think about wanting to play violent games. I was so happy with the Ratchet & Clank games, since there wasn't any blood. Compare that to now, where nothing with ”regular” levels of violence fazes me.
I did try the Ninja Gaiden Sigma demo and I'm pretty sure I at least saw the Dead Space demo. They weren't for me at the time, but once I played them years later, I found them pretty good. Same thing for Folklore. The presentation featuring heavy text was offputting, but the music left an impression on me and I got it later on.
It wasn't until Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction dropped that I became truly invested in the PS3. That Kerwan teaser was so effective, I just had to have it! I remember looking up a dev video and being so impressed with the slime effects of the Plasma Beasts and the new animation for the Heli-Pack. This hype carried over to A Crack In Time as well, thanks to its teaser.
Once I got it, it was all smooth sailing. Good games came out at a decent pace and I managed to get a hold of a good deal of them. Flower, Infamous and Burnout Paradise stand out to me from this time. They all felt worthwhile and I played them a lot.
Same thing goes to the Sly collection. My PS2 was broken and I didn't get a replacement for the longest time. So being able to replay Sly 2 & 3 plus play the first game was pretty great. We did have a PS2-compatible PS3 for a while, but it broke. And even then, I don't recall playing many PS2 games on it. I think I was sad about Jak & Daxter not working. I did however play Sly 2 on it before it bricked.
The PS1 classics were pretty good to me, barring the broken versions of Spyro 2 and Medievil. I got to play Crash Team Racing and Medievil for the first time, which was nice. But the big one was finally getting to finish Spyro 3.
I had somehow broken my disc and couldn't get to the third world. So I abstained from looking up anything about the game for 9 years before I finally got to play it fully on PSN. It was very much worth it to experience the lost half of something with such nostalgic value.
With Resistance 2 and the Bad Company games, I even dabbled in a bit of multiplayer. It was enjoyable for a time, but just felt like grinding after a while. The co-op mode in Resistance 2 was pretty cool. In retrospect, I'm glad that I didn't run into any bad encounters back then. Was PSN cleaner than Xbox Live, or did people not have as many headsets?
We even got a Move for some reason. Can't say it was a good time. It got forgotten pretty quickly.
But what did stay with me was pre-owned copies of Demon's Souls and Dark Souls, good lord did they ever. I got consumed by basically everything the games had to offer, even engaging in some awful PVP. Though I admit that the first invader I met got my heart pumping
All this got me hyped for Dark Souls 2 and I had a blast waiting for patches, playing the DLC and actually being active online in that game. My favorite salty hatemail was getting called a ”Fucking Frog” for rolling so much. More details here.
As we move closer to the present, I made an effort to track down copies of all the games I thought would be worth owning. The Dead Space games, a few Platinum games, Ninja Gaiden, Folklore, Resistance 3, Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, Sly 4, Dante's Inferno, Resonance of Fate, Shadows of the Damned and Sleeping Dogs, etc. A whole slew of games it was, thanks Gamestop. You could have done worse.
The last few games were a bit special. I endured the horrors needed to buy and download Yakuza 5 (Somewhat related reading) . I also scoured the land for copies of Trails of Cold Steel 1 & 2. Those two games took like a combined 150 hours to complete. More on that here.
And just for a laugh, my last game to play was Drakengard 3. It...sure was a thing, I tell you what.
I'm quite satisfied with the PS3, but it was a slow burn full of some bad parts, like the motion controls and the bad ports. The PS4 seems to be surpassing it, but I really haven't played many of its games yet. Gonna try to change that soon. But I feel like there are less of its games that I want to play. Or I'm just a cheap bastard when it comes to $75 Swedish boxed copies of games. One of the two.
Do you people have any fun memories to share about the PS3 perhaps?