The current console generation is on its way out, so it's a little surprising and refreshing to hear someone talk about not what they'd play on their PS4, or what PS4 games they'd play on the PS5, but the era before that.
I'm talking about the PS3, the gargantuan charcoal black behemoth that still ranks as one of the most fascinating consoles ever released. It still has one of the most remarkable game libraries if you think about all the collaborations and hits that dropped, particularly towards the end of its life — Portal 2, The Last of Us, Uncharted 2 — and many, many games that are still well worth playing today.
So if someone was going to fire up the PS3 for fun over the weekend, what would you recommend they play?
This is a question that's cropped up this morning following a chat with a colleague. They'd dusted off the old console recently and, because things have lined up that way, are planning to spend a bit of time with it over the weekend. How much time gets invested is probably proportional to whatever they end up playing, but it's still an interesting thought experiment.
What would you give to someone if they were taking a step back in time to the previous generation?
Metal Gear Solid 4 and Uncharted 2 are two games that always hold up well, and I'm still a big fan of Wipeout HD no matter the circumstances. Persona 5 is excellent, but that's a higher barrier to entry and an enormous time commitment, so something like The Last of Us and Journey are probably better choices. And if you're dealing with a bigger crowd, or people who aren't huge gamers (but have a console lying around because it was a cheap DVD player back in the day), something like Heavy Rain can be a lot of fun.
What PS3 games would you go back and replay, and if someone asked you for recommendations on the PS3, what would you suggest?