For reasons and in ways I need not delve into here, I made the sky open up and rain money down upon me. Lots and lots of money. Enough money to get me out of debt and leave me with almost a grand to disperse however I saw fit. I could have done many things with this leftover cash: I could have bought new tires for my car that desperately needs new tires, I could have paid off all of this upcoming semester of school, but instead, I bought a Playstation 3. I am Yoda wise.
I didn’t just go out and get any old PS3 either, I had to get one that was backwards compatible with PS2 games and so my only option was the $500, 80gig Metal Gear Solid bundle. The funny part is that I have absolute no concrete reason as to why I bought a PS3. I wanted a Blu Ray player that was firmware upgradeable and the Playstation 3 is one of the few on the market. The fact that it played games was just gravy for me because I already have a 360 Elite sitting around, calling out for me to play more Call of Duty 4.
This is my dilemma: I have a really high tech piece of equipment sitting in my living room that I have no real good use for other than watching movies on. What in the hell else do I do with it?
The cold hard truth is that the Playstation 3 has a gaming library about as solid as the cardboard box that I saw a homeless guy sleeping in on my way from work. All of the good games for it are also on the Xbox and odds are good that I own most of them. The next obvious suggestion would be to start looking into the Playstation 2 games that drove me to buying that specific system in the first place. Here, I run into several issues.
First, I am one step away from despising most Japanese role-playing games and that wipes out a chunk of the good PS2 titles. Sports games and shooters are also out for the most part. That leaves me with the Katamari games, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and Okami. I also like the Resident Evil games and the survival horror genre in general but other than Silent Hill there isn’t much out there in the way of cool survival horror.
I think in the end, I bought this monolithic gaming system as an investment – some time, somehow, there will be some kick ass titles released for it that won’t come out for the Xbox. Right now the only one that has me sold is Little Big Planet. I guess I am writing this less as an article or blurb and more as a plea. What the hell do I do with this thing now that I have it? I had a PS2 long ago but didn’t have a ton of games for it and so I don’t feel I have a comfortable knowledge of the Playstation library.
If you have a PS3 what do you do with it? If you know of a unique PS2 game that you like, I wanna hear it. I am open to any genre but all I ask is that if you suggest a JRPG, make it one that is unique and doesn’t have a ton of cut scenes that last more than five minutes. I sold Metal Gear Solid 4 without even opening it for that reason but I am thinking about trying Disgaea 3 because I have heard good things about that series.
Right now, all I have is Warhawk (it sucks because Call of Duty 4 does it all better) and Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition Remix. I am a sucker for Midnight Club. Oh, one more thing, I don’t want to hear comments like, “Why did you even buy the system if you had no good reason to?” I know I am an idiot but I am an idiot with spare cash and the habits of a 14 year old, can you really blame me? So please, help an idiot out and give me some suggestions as to what to do with this paperweight.