I figured the best way to do this was to scour the second-hand stores in my area for a few cheap games. After pushing aside the masses of EA Sports games on near enough every shelf I looked on, I did eventually find a few reasonable-looking examples, and for remarkably little cash too - with the exception of the first game featured (which was a gift), I paid a grand total of £31 for these games, so at least I wouldn't be too hard done by if I continued to feel mysteriously uninterested in games of this type. However, let's see how I got on with them:
|A construction site offers some great opportunities...|
|Dodging enemy fire - if you can find the button in time!|
Assassin's Creed (2007)
|Fighting on rooftops? Sweet!|
|Is he a team mate or enemy? Hard to tell sometimes!|
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
|One of the many detailed areas you can shoot up!|
Yes, yes, I know, I'm rather late in getting around to this modern gaming lark - the PS4 (or whatever it's going to be called) is almost upon us now, after all, but I've often been a late starter with computers and consoles and it's never really done me any harm before. It's actually been quite useful as many games, as well as the systems themselves, are usually substantially cheaper by the time I get around to them! The purchase of my PS3 and my immediate thoughts on it, and indeed modern gaming generally, were relayed in a previous post as some of you may remember, but since I've now had the console for around seven months, perhaps it's time to summarise/update the situation.
During these months, it's been used nearly every day, but not for gaming. I'd say around 85% of its use has been for Netflix, about 10% for Blu Ray (the main reason I bought it, ironically), and only about 5% of the time for gaming. Obviously I've now spent a bit more time using it for games but many of the reasons I've disliked modern gaming endure. It takes lord knows how long to get most games up and running for one thing - Assassin's Creed took over an hour (and to think people used to complain about Speccy and C64 game loading times), and those constant bloody firmware 'updates' drive me up the wall! I also found that some of the games were little more than interactive movies, which is great for one play-through, but it doesn't really do much to encourage a return to the games after they're finished. This is regarding single-player modes though I suppose, and modern gaming is just as much about online multi-player gaming than playing by oneself (giggity).
This is an area I've never really explored on any system, and so late in the day is it for PS3 gaming I may no longer have the opportunity to do so with these games soon, so the one-player modes have to be great on their own. To that end, I have enjoyed them all to some extent but none of them has captivated me in the way that a new game system used to. I used to wake up in the morning and immediately leap in front of my console of choice, excitedly bleeping and blooping away. None of the PS3 games I've played have done this. I instead find myself stumbling past the PS3, maybe turning it on to watch Top Gear or something on Netflix, noticing the pile of games on the shelf at some point, thinking “maybe I’ll play a game later on”, but never anything as impulsive or immediate as the olden days.
The bottom line is - the games are all decent enough and most of them are amazing technical achievements, and all for roughly the same price as the far less advanced games I grew up with. I'm sure I’ll play them all thoroughly (I've even bought a couple of others since starting this feature), and the PS3 itself is clearly a very powerful and mighty impressive piece of kit, but the spark just isn't there for me, as much as I might want it to be. Maybe I'm just getting old...