One Year Later – Sony PlayStation 3
Apparently it’s been just over one year since I purchased Sony’s Playstation 3 console. I remember the circumstances of me becoming a Playstation 3 owner vividly. I was in a group training session getting ready to take on a new position. Some of us had already been with the company, and some were coming in fresh off the street to fill in where needed. With that, the company I was working for at the time burned through employees faster than a chain smoker burns through Marlboro’s. I hadn’t been with them for an extended period of time, but I was already able to size up the “new meat” as it were relatively easily. One person I took note of as “probably going to fizzle out in a week” turned to myself and my peers with an inquiry – “Does anyone want to buy a PS3 for $40?” Suffice to say I jumped on the opportunity. I was able to test the system out and validate it worked correctly before finalizing my purchase, so needless to say, it was what’s called a “good get”.
I’d purchased my Xbox 360 a mere 3 years earlier, and hadn’t really put much thought into a Playstation until the very moment the opportunity presented itself. That’s not to say I hadn’t heard amazing things about first party games on the Playstation, or the fact that the PSN was completely free, but it never enticed me enough for a purchase. I was simply content with Microsoft’s box of X’s, so why bother with another console? The other deterrent came in the form of a professional hacker firm dubbed “Anonymous“. The group decisively crippled the SOE and PSN for 23 days, and cost Sony a reported $171 Million. Much to the chagrin of my Playstation owning brethren “Anonymous” obtained over 45 million accounts worth of personal data. After this less than happy PR debacle I was once again secure in the fact that Microsoft, and by extension my Xbox 360 had never fallen victim to such a malicious attack.
However, time and opportunity changes all. My subsequent purchase of the Playstation 3 console created a renaissance in my gaming world. I had grown tired of Call of Duty (which dominated my Xbox 360’s tray for quite a long time) not to mention my growing distaste of waiting on friends to fire up a game. I was ready for some of Sony’s single player, first party titles. I quickly became more than friendly with the Uncharted, Killzone, God of War, and Infamous franchises.
After enjoying many of the aforementioned Playstation 3 exclusives, I found myself sticking to the PS3 even with my multi-platform purchases. One of my motivations to stick with the PS3 for multi-platform titles was the fact it supports native 3-D. I recently played through Crysis 3 in 3-D and it definitely added to the experience, as I mention in my Review. Many of the multi-platform titles I’ve bought for the PS3 have exclusive content, including Assassin’s Creed 3, which featured around an hour of extra content on the Playstation 3. Such attributes have helped me to adopt the PS3 as my primary gaming console.
Another addition that makes the Playstation 3 more appealing for most consumers is the built in Blu-Ray optical drive. which makes the PS3 a Blu-Ray DVD player as well as a gaming console. The fact that there’s no pay wall to enjoy the PSN’s online multiplayer, Netflix, and Hulu Plus also adds to it’s attractiveness. Sony’s paid subscription service PS+ also offers great value. When I first purchased my PS3 I wasn’t able to buy many games outright, so the mere $18 price tag for three months of PS+ aided me in playing more games. I enjoyed several PSN titles for free, as well as full game releases. I fondly remember my time with titles such as Shank 2, Trine 2, and a replay of Borderland’s as part of my early Playstation 3 experience.
As we head into the twilight of this console generation the support of Sony’s many first party studios like Naughty Dog, Santa Monica Studios, and Quantic Dream are working hard to send the PS3 off in fantastic fashion. Even though I’ve only been a PS3 owner for just over a year, I feel like I still have a lot to look forward to. After all we still have quality first party titles like The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls to look forward to before developers start focusing heavily on the Playstation 4.
As you can see I’ve been busy since my humble beginnings. I’ve enjoyed my time with the Playstation 3, and I’m definitely looking forward to catching up on all the games I missed along the way before retiring my PS3 to “play on occasion” obscurity.
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