E3 with my PS3 – the expo as a last-gen gamer

As a college student, the majority of the earnings I receive from my minimum wage job go toward more important things than the current-generation of video-games. I know I’m not alone. Whether you’re a 15 year-old whose parents won’t upgrade for you, or a poor college student like me, you simply can’t afford to shell out that kind of cash quite yet. Well don’t worry as there are plenty of games coming out for our last-gen consoles. This year’s E3 will probably be the last to have a decently-sized roster for the PS3, and I plan to get my hands on a few of the exciting games that were announced. Here are some games I’m looking forward to getting for PS3 that were announced this week.

Dark Souls II DLC 

I’m very excited for From Software’s recently announced game Bloodborne, but I’m a little more excited about the announcement of the DLC that’s coming to the already released Dark Souls II. Titled ‘The Lost Crowns’, this trilogy of DLC promises to delve further into the lore of the series while also throwing more challenges at the player. I’m not quite as excited about the price of the season pass (£19.99 / $24.99), but From Software has never let me down when it comes to Souls games, so I’m not going to worry about it too much. Odds are there’s going to be a tonne of new content for us to sink our teeth into. The first instalment, “Crown of the Sunken King”, releases for PC and 360 July 22nd, and for PS3 on July 23rd. I can never get enough Dark Souls, and fingers crossed that this DLC delivers.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix 

Kingdom Hearts 3 actually didn’t make an appearance at E3 this year, which was a huge bummer for me. I’ve been waiting for this game for 9 years! For now, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix will have to hold me over. Similar to the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix bundling, 2.5 will include the Final Mix edition of Kingdom Hearts 2, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, and the cinematics from Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded. All in glorious high-definition. I love that Square Enix is doing this, because the Kingdom Hearts saga is a long and confusing one that spans several platforms. This way all the fans can get caught up in the story without the need for a PSP and 3DS. If you’re big into Kingdom Hearts and are looking forward to 3, then I highly recommend you keep your eye out for this one when it comes out December 2nd.

The Witness 

I like puzzle games like Portal, or Quantum Conundrum, but I’ll never forget that the Myst series is what sparked my interest in the genre. The Witness is a puzzle-heavy adventure game that, like Myst, challenges the player with tough puzzles and a non-linear environment. The Witness will be rife with head-scratching puzzles that will require you to be observant of your surroundings and previous challenges. If that sounds like your kind of game, then hop on the hype train! Though I think The Witness is also coming to current-gen systems, I may not be patient enough to wait until I can afford a Playstation 4 to get this one.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor 

I love The Lord of the Rings, and I can’t wait for a game to come along that is a fitting representation for the epic franchise. Shadow of Mordor looks to be just that. This action-adventure set in the world of Tolken’s masterpiece is sure to please as you use stealth and combat prowess to take down hundreds of enemies with ease. Shadow of Mordor takes a lot of strong inspiration from popular games like Dishonoured, Assassin’s Creed and the Arkham series, but does it with such finesse that you hardly notice it, kind of. This is another title that I believe is set to release across both generations of consoles, and I’m thankful I’ll be able to get my hands on it when it releases.   

Far Cry 4 

I’m actually yet to add Far Cry 3 to my collection, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get excited about the next instalment. This time we’re thrust into the Himalayas, which is already stunning in its presentation. Wingsuits, co-op, and raging elephants are just a couple of the features that made me smile as I watched the gameplay demo. I also find the villain to be intriguing, regardless of any controversy that may have spawned from the original cover art. Far Cry 4 has a release date of November 18th 2014.

The previous generation of consoles isn’t even close to being dead as developers keep pumping out games that span both new and old consoles. These are just a few of the games that I’m excited for, but I’m sure there are plenty more that will be coming out for the next few years. I know I’m not quite ready to put my PS3 away just yet.