With the PS4 being released and people getting all excited. i felt it was time for me to finally get a PS3, I’d been wanting one since Ni no Kuni was released but always found reasons not to. Sadly the console arrived first, without my games, but luckily I’ve had PSN+ for a while so i started to DL games from there, which led me to the first of two issues i have with the console.
The PS3 is SLOW as hell to download, it almost felt like being back on dial up again. This did improve over the next few days, i went from 700kbs to 11mb, but that’s still no where near my 75mb limit. Though thankfully it’s not taking all day to download a 2gb game anymore. The second problem is that damned controller, while i love it being wireless, nothing like lying on the sofa playing a game!! The problem with the controller however is it’s small and sits uncomfortably in the hand, especially after using a 360 pad on my PC. Yet i have to admit it does work well for certain games, but in FPS it sucks beyond belief. The buttons are swapped around and those triggers!! I’ve not used worse since my old gaming days on a PS1.
Thankfully i found the new Battlefield 4 Official Controller on amazon which in the pictures looked a lot like the 360 pad. When it turned up i was even more impressed, but as you know looks can be deceiving. This is one of those times when the pictures just don’t do the thing justice. The controller has some weight to it, which is awesome as i felt the official stock one was just to light and flimsy. This one has some weight, a good feel to the grips, and what’s more proper triggers. The triggers are metal and feel really good on the fingers and are very responsive, perfect for games such as Dirt 2 and Burnout Paradise.l Yet also great for FPS games such as Far Cry 3. Your fingers don’t slip off them, and it just feels a lot easier to play with. Though the fact i suck at FPS hasn’t changed The only (possible) downside is that the controller isn’t wireless, but it does come with a rather generous length of cable, significantly longer than the one the stock controller has.
As a console i have to admit I’m very impressed by it. I’ve not wanted to buy a blu-ray player so having one on here makes for a great boost. Gaming for the most part has been a joy, games playing smoothly and load times being pretty damn quick. What did surprise me a bit was that some games ran smoother on the PS3 than they did on my PC. Far Cry 3 and Batman Arkham City for examples. Though granted that isn’t saying a lot given my PC was an entry level gaming laptop two years ago, so yeah it’s not a good one hehe.
The reason i finally decided to get it was i wanted more JRPG’s and the only way to get more was to buy a console, and i went with the PS3 because it has Ni no Kuni.
However what i did find interesting was the way games use the console, for example Batman AC looks freaking awesome, both in looks, audio and gameplay. Yet you have games such as Ar Tonelico Qoga which are basically slightly upgraded PS2 graphics, rendered in 720p, which just makes them look worse.
I find this really interesting to see how the dev.’s have taken a technology that hasn’t changed in years, and eked every ounce of potential out of it, going from Ar Tonelico to Batman. I picked up a 500gb slim version, and it does look a bit flimsy and tacky. I really don’t like the sliding door, but hey can’t like everything right!!
One of the things i do love about the console is it’s dual output. it can use the HDMI out and the SCART out as well. this means that when I’m going to be downloading stuff i just move it over to the low res (520p) SCART and hook my laptop up on the HDMI so as to watch Netflix or play a game while downloading; and then swap back when it’s all done. Minor feature i know, but i love it being there. I do miss the backwards compatibility of the original version but i sort of understand why it was removed.
All things considered i really like the console and I’m glad i picked it up. Over the coming months I’ll be posting reviews of the games I’ve picked up.
These are the games I’ve gotten from the PSN+ sub:
- Shadow of the Colossus
- F1 Race Stars
- Mafia II
- The Cave
- Hitman Absolution
- Assassins Creed III
- Spec Ops the Line
- War in the North
- Saints Row Third
- Okami HD
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Age of Reckoning
- Dead or Alive 5 (which I’ll promptly suck at)
- inFamous 2
- Demon souls
- Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
- Battlefield 3
- Far Cry 3
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
- Remember Me
- Need for speed Most Wanted 2012
And here’s the games that i picked up with the console:
- Ar Tonelico Qoga
- Burnout Paradise Ultimate Box
- Ni no Kuni: wrath of the White Witch
- Star Ocean The Last Hope
- Zone of the Enders HD Collection
- The Last of Us
- Beyond: Two Souls
- Dirt 2 (i love this game!!!)
- Batman Arkham City
- Uncharted 3: Drake’s deception GOTY
- Valkyria Chronicles
- Persona 4 Arena
- Final Fantasy XIII
- Final Fantasy XIII-2
So I’m gonna have a busy time of it