Over on Destructoid, an interesting article appeared recently titled “Getting the most out of your PlayStation 3 in 2018.” It serves as a nice walkthrough both for those new to the console and those who might very well be on their third or fourth or seventh iteration of it. And it no doubt begs the question of why in the world would anyone want to invest in a PS3, Xbox 360, or heck, even a Wii/Wii U at this point? Not only are so many slightly older games now available on current consoles and PC in various ways, but there’s no stopping the cavalcade of amazing new games that are only available on the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Why bother looking back when there’s so much good stuff on the horizon?!
One’s own answers run a spectrum. On one end are those who have little to no desire to play anything from the previous generation or on those consoles. Sure, they might look back with fond memories, but given the choice between playing a circa 2010 game and a brand new release, “new” wins out over “old.” Add to that the qualms of being an adult gamer, and one simply may not have the time to go back and play older games, because frankly, there’s not enough time to play the new ones!
On the other end may be folks who, for whatever reason, never wanted or had the opportunity to invest in a PS3, Xbox 360, etc. Maybe they’re lifelong PC gamers who wouldn’t feel the need to bother. Going back to being an adult, maybe kids entered into the picture during that time and more important expenditures ensued. Maybe they’re perfectly happy with their still-working Xboxes and PS2s and PS1s and the grand compendium of games that are readily available for them. If you game, you play what you like, and that’s that.
But maybe, just maybe, to those on either end, snagging a new “old” console on the cheap these days seems more enticing than spending many hundreds of dollars on something new, with the added cost of all those new games? Tis a good question.
I fall somewhere in the middle, because these days, I prefer playing on the Xbox 360 and PS3. (If my recent Amazon queue is any indication, I’m doing my part to keep the last console generation alive and well!) I’m not immune to the calls of your Horizon: Zero Dawns and Persona 5s, I’m just more personally interested in exploring the offerings on those consoles. Because while I played a few games on them originally, my deep, deep, deep Nintendo roots kept me mostly tethered to all things Mario and such. I know now that I overlooked a sea of great games simply because they weren’t Nintendo games. And since I’m not overly swayed by 4K graphics or being on the cutting edge, sticking to my PS3 and Xbox 360 just makes sense presently. I know that’ll likely change eventually, but my happiness lies in the recent past. Yours may not, and that’s cool.
So…if I were to put together a “last console generation care package,” what would it look like? I’m glad you asked! Though, I guess we’d have to consider few different packages, depending on the console. As well, are we talking about games exclusive only to one console? Hmm, as I can only consider the games I’ve played, that might get a little tricky, so I’ll likely end up with a mix. In any event, here are my “care packages” for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii (with the Gamecube, by extension) – three games apiece – and I’ve love to see yours in the comments! (P. S. I would like to bolster my own PS3 and Xbox 360 libraries, so any and all recommendations are welcome!)
My PS3 care package:
- LittleBigPlanet – full-scale platforming that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy, but not too warm and fuzzy, as the game can be challenging!
- Uncharted 2 – a near-perfect combination of action/adventure gaming and fantastic puzzling, all tied up with a bow in the form of a wise-cracking hero.
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix – three games in one! A very pretty KH compilation containing Final Mix, Chain of Memories, and 358/2 Days.
My Xbox 360 care package:
- Fable II – classic, no-frills RPGing; overlook any and all pretenses and simply have fun becoming a wealthy ruler!
- Red Dead Redemption – Old West thrills with a GTA vibe; I will take my Xbox 360 copy of RDR to my grave.
- Mass Effect 2 – fantastic mission-based play with memorable characters and a well-written “saving the universe” story; simply unforgettable.
My Wii/Gamecube care package:
- Epic Mickey – forget that they ever made a sequel and delight in some old-school Disney adventuring, with fairly decent motion controls.
- Metroid Prime – Duh. (Okay, look. I know I had my own set of issues with the game, but if you can’t or won’t play Super Metroid, give Metroid Prime a try.)
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – an intense and heady experience; extremely grounded in the Zelda universe, yet wholly unique.