What is THIS doing here? It's Grumpy 'Ol Gamer's....
Is this some sort of treachery? Have I turned to the darkside? Am I a secret mole for the enemy? Do I swing both ways? Am I batting for the other team? Have I gone too far with these innuendoes?
The answer is a sound no... for all of the above. But in this war of gaming prestige, I know we are not alone on the battlefield... and that the best way to win a war is to not only know your enemies weaknesses, but their strengths too. So, whilst there's a ton of beaten corpses strewn on the Sony homefront, there are a few GOQI's (Games Of Quite Impressiveness) that we, as gamers in general, should maybe want on our side too.
Here's a list of wanted targets;
5 - Sly Raccoon Collection
Possibly the best 3D platform series available on the PS2. Yes, even better than Jak & Daxter, etc. The problem was that for some reason hardly anyone played it. Why? Maybe it was the cartoony graphics that made it seem too childish. But for those of us who passed this by - they were missing out. Seriously, all three games were brilliantly designed, well executed and great fun. The games have now been collected together into a HD Ps3 collection. Whilst they may have added some more 3D sections, they luckily have tarnished this normally insurmountable collection by adding (shudder) Playstation MOVE sections.
The XBOX Alternative : Banjo Kazooie/Tooie or Conkers Bad Fur Day. Not too bad a substitute.
4 - 3D Dot Game Heroes
A 3D homage to retro adventure games with a heavy handed nod at Zelda? Sounds ideal for an XBLA game... but alas, no. Unfortunately for us, it was never ported at all. It seems like a retro gamers dream - all the fun of 2D pixelated graphics... BUT 3D! and you can design your main character too? Why can't I have this!? Ah well, At least what would normally cost us 1200msps is a full release title for them.... but part of me thinks the cost may be worth it.
The XBOX Alternative : There's a few good retro RPG's available on the Indie Marketplace such as Breath Of Death, Cthulu Saves The Day, Epic Dungeon etc, or alternatively there's Story Of Thor on the The Sega Megadrive Ultimate Collection - an excellent action RPG.
3 - Modnation Racers
One of the few games that non-gamers and gamers alike enjoy, is Mario Kart... And whilst there are plenty of Mario Kart clones out there, they hardly ever have that same level of fun that you get from Nintendo's franchise. Modnation Racers changes that rule. Sure, it's not quite perfect, but it's pretty close and more than makes up for it with customisation options. You can design your own driver and then design his car - on top of that you can even design your own track to race around. Add the usual online multiplayer, etc, and you have a karting games dream. If only us XBOX players could enjoy this too...
The XBOX Alternative : Ignore the many Avatar karting games on the indie marketplace, the closest thing that i'd recommend is BLUR, though of course it lacks the cutesy graphics... um.. I mean - It's waaaay cooler!
2 - Back To The Future
Despite Super Back To The Future on the SNES (and only available in Japan!) the Back To The Future games franchise has sucked big-time! Telltale games look to have changed that with an episodic adventure series along the lines of their Sam & Max series. It's been commended for having swell writing as well as great voice casting (Including Christopher Lloyd.), so no doubt this would be welcome alongside the other XBLA Telltale games... But it's not. It's currently on the Ps3 and Steam, and was SUPPOSED to be on XBLA too, but nothing has happened yet. News keeps turning up that Telltale WANT to put it across, so maybe there are contract issues. Some say that Microsoft will bring all the chapters over at once when the series is concluded... but the same was said about the last Sam & Max series, and we're still waiting... Until anything changes we can play the PC version, but whoever turned this down is HUGE butthead.
The XBOX Alternative : Well, we don't have anything Back To The Future related, but there are a fair few quality adventure games available - The Sam & Max series and the Monkey Island remakes are heartily recommended.
1 - Little Big Planet
The same team behind Modnation Racers created this masterpiece and it's no wonder that Sony signed them up exclusively. It begins with simplistic 2D platform gaming then mixed up in a bowl of cardboard cutout and fabric stylings, then add a pinch of surreality and finish off by dousing it in creativity - you have 'Little Big Planet'. As with Modnation racers it takes a simplistic genre and hands the creativity to you. Customise your Sackboy, create your own levels and graphics, then share them with the world. The enormous fanbase already means that there are literally thousands of levels with any theme that you can imagine available for download - for free (You don't even have to have them on your friendlist like you would for Trials HD!). Hell, if they were to make a sequel of this and just gave more of the same, I'd be forced to pick up a PS3 now and be done with it. Wait... they're already releasing one?!
Okay, I take that back. Whilst the PS3 has some genuinely great titles, it doesn't have enough to warrant me picking up another console. The XBOX 360's library of games is filled with brilliant exclusives, XBLA titles and some great XBOX originals. Sure, they get to game online for free - but I get a greater selection of what to play. I get FREE games, I get INDIE games, I get great sales, and a great community of friends (As long as you ignore the Homo-bashing 11 year old COD players!). So, yeah, these games make me wish that they were on the XBOX, but there are far more games that make me glad I've already got one. Let me tell you about some of them...
(Join me again soon for Grumpy Ol' Gamers TOP 5 GAMES that PS3 owners should be jealous of!)
Grumpy Ol Gamer - Cos 360 is waaay higher than 3, right?