Games that have aged well

#1 Posted by nunami (99 posts) -

In response to the  Games that have aged badly thread and as a new PS3 owner with no games I'm hoping someone can help out with what games have aged well?
 
There must be heaps of games that have been on the system since launch that are still worth a look and hopefully at a low price!
 
Heavenly Sword is high on my list of games to get.

#2 Posted by ZanzibarBreeze (3069 posts) -
I'm going back and reviewing my old PS3 games. A couple of weeks ago I realized that for the last two years I've just been buying games without actually playing them. Check out the two Resistance games, The Darkness, Uncharted, definitely Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 - great game, The Orange Box (worked perfectly for me with very few graphical/frame rate issues despite what's been said about the PS3 version), and the Motorstorm games.
 
Metal Gear Solid 4 is, in my opinion, a complete waste of time, and I would not go back and play it if you haven't picked it up already.
#3 Posted by AgentJ (8778 posts) -
@ZanzibarBreeze: I would definitely disagree on MGS4. In fact, IMO its one of the only console-selling games on the PS3. 
#4 Edited by xyzygy (9627 posts) -

Try Folklore. It's hard to say if it aged well or not because there aren't really any other games out there like it, well none that I've played. I played it when I got my PS3 in summer 2008 and had a blast.

#5 Posted by SSully (4060 posts) -

Well the original uncharted, resistance fall of man, motorstorm(the sequel is better), and oblivion are all good places to start. Oh and @ZanzibarBreeze:  MGS4 is one of  my favorite games, maybe its because i am a fan of MGS games, but i thought it was excellent.

#6 Edited by ZanzibarBreeze (3069 posts) -
@AgentJ said:

" @ZanzibarBreeze: I would definitely disagree on MGS4. In fact, IMO its one of the only console-selling games on the PS3.  "

I don't want to turn this into an MGS4 thread, but just quickly - I can understand why you might like the game, but I would not recommend it to anyone today. I'm gonna box this because it's not thread related. 
 

In terms of the original topic, I just want to add that a lot of the old games on the PS3 that are worth playing are multiplatform anyway. About the only exclusives worth playing are ones by Sony - Ratchet and Clank, et cetera. There's also a plethora of stuff that you might want to check out on the PlayStation Network if you've got access to it - Wipeout is amazing, and the PixelJunk stuff is great.
#7 Posted by VoodooTerror (607 posts) -
@nunami said:
"Heavenly Sword is high on my list of games to get. "
that game was bad when it first came out, so even if a has aged well, its still a poor title 
#8 Posted by PenguinDust (12414 posts) -

I had a lot of fun with the first Ratchet and Clank Future game and that was a near launch title I believe.  Additionally, the first Resistance was much more fun (single player) than the sequel in my opinion.  Of course, there is Burnout Paradise, but surely you must have played that by now.

#9 Posted by TurboMan (6945 posts) -
@VoodooTerror: I really love it when it first came out, I'm sure it stands out as solid today as well(I beat that game in two playthroughs, so it's short)
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#10 Posted by nunami (99 posts) -
@VoodooTerror: 
Aw, is it worth a play on the cheap?
#11 Edited by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -
@nunami said:

" @VoodooTerror:  Aw, is it worth a play on the cheap? "

Dont listen to him (or her) its a fantastic game and is very cheap now.
 
I purchased it at full price and have no regrets, it is fairly short though yet fun as fuck.
 
EDIT: Just noticed that I sounded like an assehole there, didnt mean to say that VoodooTerrors opinion shouldnt be listened to. I just meant that I disagree with it strongly.
#12 Posted by Lawrens (688 posts) -

Aged well on the ps3? It's only been like 3 years. They all look pretty fine to me. 

#13 Edited by Marz (5608 posts) -

Cel shaded games age well in terms of graphical appearance throughout the years.   I still think the Wind Waker looks fantastic.
 
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nvm your talking ps3 games

#14 Posted by animateria (3252 posts) -
@xyzygy said:
" Try Folklore. It's hard to say if it aged well or not because there aren't really any other games out there like it, well none that I've played. I played it when I got my PS3 in summer 2008 and had a blast. "
It's also the only game that used the Sixaxis pretty darn well. Looks impressive to say the least.
#15 Posted by VoodooTerror (607 posts) -
@NekuSakuraba said:
" @nunami said:

" @VoodooTerror:  Aw, is it worth a play on the cheap? "

Dont listen to him (or her) its a fantastic game and is very cheap now.  I purchased it at full price and have no regrets, it is fairly short though yet fun as fuck.  EDIT: Just noticed that I sounded like an assehole there, didnt mean to say that VoodooTerrors opinion shouldnt be listened to. I just meant that I disagree with it strongly. "
i completed it in two hours, which i guess is my major gripe with it having paid £20 for it, but if you can find it for £5-10 then its probably worth it, the gameplay is solid if not a little bland
#16 Posted by MrCellophane (524 posts) -

LIttleBigPlanet. It may be years old, but still has a very active community with THOUSANDS of levels published daily, and lots of active users. 
I don't think it'll ever get old.

#17 Edited by Ghostiet (5153 posts) -

LittleBigPlanet, Valkyria Chronicles, Motorstorm, Ratchet & Clank, the first Resistance, Folklore - most definetly. The lack of trophies in those except LittleBigPlanet kinda bugs in the ass, but they're all very good.

#18 Posted by xyzygy (9627 posts) -
@ZanzibarBreeze: Hehe, I bought my PS3 for MGS4 when it launched in 2008. Let's just say I felt empty inside after beating it. I still liked it but it definitely wasn't worth all the money I spent on a PS3 which I barely play to this day. Damn you MGS4!
#19 Posted by RageousX (29 posts) -

LittleBigPlanet is flawless and stronger than ever, Wipeout HD is pushing two years old and still just as fresh as when it came out, Ratchet & Clank (Both Tools of Destruction -- the non trophy-supported one, and A Crack In Time), Resistance: Fall of Man is arguably stronger than the sequel, Warhawk will forever be worth every minute you choose to actually dedicate to it.
 
Strongly disagree with all the positive sentiment for MGS4, which I got with my console, played for three hours and never touched again. I wasn't a fan to begin with, and it didn't make me want to become one.

#20 Edited by nunami (99 posts) -

thanks everyone for all the suggestions! all comments greatly appreciated
 
Additional question, out of the two Motorstorm games, is there much of a difference? Is there any point in buying the first if I get the second and visa versa?

#21 Posted by Keeng (998 posts) -
@nunami: The sequel is a lot better. It's faster and the level design stepped up significantly. The online mode is also way better than in the original. It's an all-around better game. It's also super cheap now. The original is at like $15 most places but the sequel is just over $20.
#22 Posted by Godwind (2597 posts) -

 @ZanzibarBreeze: 
 
Would you say that Metal Gear Solid 4 is the weakest of all three?

#23 Posted by Mesklinite (803 posts) -

Psychonaugts I'm playing right now. It's awesome!!
#24 Posted by jNerd (2008 posts) -
@AgentJ said:
" @ZanzibarBreeze: I would definitely disagree on MGS4. In fact, IMO its one of the only console-selling games on the PS3.  "

Seconded

#25 Posted by esotericus (34 posts) -

Another nod to Heavenly Sword here. I just recently started playing it and I'm having a good time. Best of all, my wife enjoys watching me play it. Also, it's fun to play a game from back in the day when developers were actually eager to us the Sixaxis.
 
That said, I really wish they would add trophy support.  Grumble grumble.

#26 Posted by Yummylee (20585 posts) -
@ZanzibarBreeze said:
"@AgentJ said:

" @ZanzibarBreeze: I would definitely disagree on MGS4. In fact, IMO its one of the only console-selling games on the PS3.  "

I don't want to turn this into an MGS4 thread, but just quickly - I can understand why you might like the game, but I would not recommend it to anyone today. I'm gonna box this because it's not thread related. 
 
It's not all that good-looking anymore, the gameplay is stale, and, when it comes to being a game, it's not even that much of a game. There's a good five hours of gameplay, and then the rest is comprised entirely of very, very long cutscenes. And I'm not sure that it's a game that moves consoles anymore. It might have been once upon a time, perhaps only because of the hype, but all that hype has died down now. You might buy a PS3 for Uncharted 2, but I'm not sure you'd buy one for MGS4. :)


Agree completely.
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#27 Posted by davidwitten22 (1703 posts) -

My roommate and I are forcing our way through Resistance right now and I can honestly say I hate it. It's just not very fun. Maybe I got it too late, but I have derived very little enjoyment out of it. Play a demo first. I like Valkyria Chronicles (though I'm terrible at it), Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted has aged quite well, Bioshock if you haven't already, and I play UFC Undisputed 2009 almost every single day.

#28 Posted by Godwind (2597 posts) -

Wait, why are we talking about games that are less than 4 years old?
#29 Edited by Bluethunder35 (337 posts) -

It's funny but other than LittleBigPlanet and Valkyria Chronicles, I can't think of another older PS3 game that has aged well in my opinion...and the PS3 is my main gaming console.
However, I've found at least two on the Wii in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Brothers Brawl 
I'll tell you this, though. 4-5 years from now, God Of War 3 will remain revered. That game will be like a fine wine.

#30 Posted by Ben99 (1133 posts) -

Valkyrie chronicles , Fallout 3 , burnout paradise are the best damn games I ever played especially FALLOUT 3 

#31 Edited by Yummylee (20585 posts) -

I can still play plenty of my ps1 games and have fun. Parasite Eve 2, the RE trilogy, Dino Crisis 2 and the fear effect games to name a few. 
Yeah they all happen to essentially be of the same game genre too, i know ;P

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#32 Edited by AngelKore (160 posts) -

What everybody else has said are good choices (Motorstorm, Uncharted, MGS4, etc) 
But, in general, I would probably have to say Burnout Paradise. I decided to go back to it for a completely fresh run through the game, and I have to say it stands up brilliantly. Even by today's standards it looks beautiful, it has plenty of extra content (Which can now all be purchased in bulk for only $30) and it's still, to date, the best racing game this generation IMO. Already sunk another 20 hours into it and not even thinking about stopping.
EDIT: That, and Fallout 3. Between those two games you have at least 75 hours of gaming to get done, not including Fallout 3's DLC.

#33 Posted by thecleric (793 posts) -

I believe Darkness still looks great, either way, if you've never played it, I reccomend it to anyone. Graphics or not, easily the Riddick of this generation(you know, the little fps that no one expected to be awesome) and it's like 10 bucks.

#34 Posted by mosespippy (3752 posts) -
@nunami said:

" thanks everyone for all the suggestions! all comments greatly appreciated Additional question, out of the two Motorstorm games, is there much of a difference? Is there any point in buying the first if I get the second and visa versa? "

  The second one is way better. Twice as many tracks, there is actually variation in the enviroments of the tracks, better local multiplayer, monster trucks and trophies. I had heard a while ago that the motorstorm 1 online servers were shutdown, so the second one is 1000X better just for that.  The expansions for Pacific Rift add more tracks than what is on the first games disc.
 
Other games that aged well are Valkyria Chronicles and PJ Eden. Technically LAIR aged well because about a year after it came out they patched it so you can use the sticks insead of 6axis and now it is actually playable.
 
Games that still have great online communities still are Warhawk, Burnout Paradise and Motorstorm Pacific Rift. Warhawk is a personal favourite of mine. I have probably close to 800 hours in it. It still holds up for me, but the level of play now is so different than when it launched so I'm not sure a new guy could jump in. To be good at that game now you need to know all the little tricks like plane dismounts and backwards locks, as well as map control.
#35 Posted by mosespippy (3752 posts) -

 @Godwind said:

" Wait, why are we talking about games that are less than 4 years old? "

Because there are games like GTA4. Sure it has great graphics, but the game design is very mid generation PS2 styled with clunky shooting and driving. The game feels old and unplayable when held up against modern designed games.
#36 Posted by LordMaiden (168 posts) -

I'll say God of War 1 & 2. It still plays great.

#37 Posted by GrimFandango9 (62 posts) -

Not many of the launch titles have aged very well in my opinion. Going back to the original Motorstorm is a clunky mess but it still looks pretty good. The original uncharted is still worth a play, the shooting isn't as good as the second but the charm is there. 

#38 Posted by Rayeth (1000 posts) -

I just bought Wipeout HD and that game is awesome.  I am having a blast, although the online competition is a bit scarce (and much much better than me) I think even without the Fury addon it has aged very well.

#39 Posted by Jordan23 (1000 posts) -

Heavenly Sword and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

#40 Posted by Synthballs (2193 posts) -

The original Ratchet and Clank Future

#41 Posted by irish (86 posts) -

Far Cry still looks awesome and has some great AI

#42 Posted by kabphillie (9 posts) -

Valkyria Chronicles has and will age very well, both in artstyle and gameplay.

#43 Posted by davidh219 (157 posts) -

Ratchet and Clank, nuff said. 

The first Uncharted also holds up pretty well imo. Other than that, I guess LittleBig Planet? 

Maybe it's just me but I didn't play the first Resistance game until I got my PS3 like a little over a year ago and I think it looks and plays like shit. I will never be able to stomach it long enough to beat it. 

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