The great thing about Crackdown 2 is that it's MORE CRACKDOWN.
Cheers for the JRPG suggestions. I realised playing Cthullu Saves the World the other day that I've not played a good one this generation (FF13 really doesn't count). Will look at picking up Resonance of Fate and Lost Odyssey, and look in to Nier... anything else particularly good in that genre? 360 or PS3.
If you were getting a PS3 I would recommend Valkyria Cronicles, thats a really good strategic kind of JRPG but its more turn based strategy game with RPG elements of levelling up. Its also got a nice War story that is quite charming.
I can think of Eternal Sonata, Tales of Vesperia and blue dragon. not saying that those are all great games but thats pretty much it for jrpgs on the home consoles, for now at least since last story and xenoblade are coming to the wii later in the year, but we aren't talking about the wii.Quote:
Originally Posted by deano
I would put another hat in for Eternal Sonata, it has a decent Battle system in it, and it has a very interesting and quite good story. It does have problems that most modern JRPGs have which is that it is very linear pathing and its a little to long but other then that it is a pretty good game.
For the PS3, I'm going to mention Valkyria Chronicles again. To me, it's mechanically what the new Xcom should be. It's also got a fairly charming story wrapped up in a very pretty anime style presentation.
Demon's Souls is fabulous, and while it isn't as horribly hardcore as many people would like to tell you it is, it still is a breath of fresh (or dark, evil, stagnant) air in the hand-holding era we are in. It is also quite atmospheric and has a very cool persistent multiplayer component.
3D dot game heroes is a 2D zelda clone from the makers of Demon's Souls. It's hard, charming and has a hookshot. 'Nuff said.
Wipeout HD is a reasonable replacement for the oh-so-good Fzero GX for the gamecube. I enjoy it to a point; I find myself constantly thinking "I wish I were playing an HD Fzero game" and getting annoyed that it doesn't handle like Fzero. All that, however, is my own personal bias, as the game is still quite good.
Flower is small, short and beautiful. It's an extremely relaxing game (unless going for some of the harder trophies...) that is a joy to play and watch.
The Little Big Planets are decent. They have some cool creation and sharing tools, a fairly charming visual style, and are great fun to play with your friends/family who are not avid gamers. Personally, I think the platforming in them is too floaty to be satisfying, and the game is geared towards people who love collectibles and customizing avatars.
Edit: Apparently I should read more carefully, as the OP has already mentioned some of these games. Oh well.
Ok, so after discovering this third-party controller for PS3, recalling Heavy Rain and Journey, being reminded by folks here of Valkyria Chronicles and giving due consideration to the console's value as a Blu-Ray player ... I have switched my theoretical allegiance to PS3!
If you have switched to PS3 you must you must you must get Demon's Souls. MUST. MUST.
Hmm. A new game from Retro would be quite exciting; those guys sure do know what they're doing. Starfox 64 i've recently gone backed to and discovered just how well the gameplay has aged. And yes, demon's souls is great, but you must MUST get Valkyria chronicles: Vyse, Aika and Fina are in it, simultaneously playing to nostalgia and making you depressed about the chances of ever seeing them starring in a game again...
ps3 has firmware problems too, there have been two occasions when it has updated and wiped or corrupted all my save and install data.
Giant bomb had a preview of journey a while ago that sunk all my expectations, a pilgrimage to a mysterious mountain across a vast and open landscape turns out to be just another 3d platformer with segregated levels and everything.
Enslaved is absolutely amazing. The quality of the writing (Alex Garland!) and the performances (Andy Serkis!) are incredible. The whole package is excellent, except for abysmal performance and low resolution. It's a really good game, I'd take it any time over the Uncharteds and whatever else is there.
Right now I'm playing Dante's Inferno. I'm only two hours in and I like it more than God of War. It's a bit simpler, with smarter checkpoints and easier QTEs, plus it allows you to change difficulty on the fly. I'm not a fan of this type of gameplay and the boss fights are especially annoying, but Dante is worth playing through for the INCREDIBLE depiction of Hell. It's one of the most nightmarish settings I've ever seen. The atmosphere, the art design, the sound, the music - it's blowing my mind over and over again.