I’ve been an Xbox gamer for over 9 years now. I know this is a fact, as my Xbox gamer profile reliably informs me that I’ve been a Gold member for that long. In that time, I haven’t owned a single PlayStation. Not even a PSP. I’ve played some amazing Xbox only titles, like Gears of War, Crackdown and Halo. But I’ve also missed some incredible PlayStation games, that I always regret not getting to play. So, as an Xbox gamer that’s missed his fair share of PlayStation goodies, here’s my top 5 PlayStation games that I wish I never missed.
5) God of War
There were quite a few decent PlayStation exclusives that came out of the last generation, and God of War was one of many that could have pinched this number five slot. But the reason that God of War gets the spot, over titles like Uncharted, was that it’s the type of game that you couldn’t get on the 360 at the time. Perhaps the closest equivalent were games like Ninja Gaiden, or Devil May Cry – but neither of these were God of War. I loved the look of the combat, of the characters, of the world; and every time that I watched the adverts, or saw a copy on the shelf, I died a little inside (slight over-exaggeration).
4) Heavy Rain
This game was one of the standout titles of 2010. It was visually stunning, and promised a story that was just as eye-catching. People were raving about it when it was first released, and I had to sit through it all, not getting to play it. I love that sort of thriller / crime / drama type of game, with L.A. Noir being the game that I often compared it to, in parts. The promise of twists and turns to keep you entertained and enthralled were too much to resist. Yet, I’ve still not had the chance to play it. One day Heavy Rain, one day.
This title makes it quite far up the list for a reason. And that reason is creativity. Much like God of War, LittleBigPlanet had no peer when it was first released in 2008. Microsoft didn’t come out with a reply until the release of Project Spark in 2014, and whilst it’s a good game, it isn’t quite LittleBigPlanet. The game seems to combine creativity with simplicity, and a wonderful design to keep you coming back for more. I always wished that I could have had just a little go on LittleBigPlanet, and whilst I enjoyed Project Spark for a time, I still wish that I had the opportunity to play LBP back when it was first released.
Ahhh, Bloodborne. The teaser of all teasers to try to tempt me over to the PS4. I love a good RPG, and I’m a massive fan of the Dark Souls series, so Bloodborne really appealed to me when it was released last year. So much so that I was incredibly close to buying a PS4 just to play it. In the end, I opted against it because I couldn’t quite warrant the expenditure. I do still regret not playing Bloodborne, and every time I’m reminded of how good it was, I shed a tiny tear. I will play it one day, as it’ll be the first game that I buy for my PS4… when I can afford one.
1) The Last of Us
And we’ve reached the crème de la crème, the pièce de résistance, or as Del Boy would say, the “bonnet de douche”. The Last of Us has probably been hailed as one of the greatest games of all time – and rightly so. I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t played it. I did get to play it for a few hours last year. But nowhere near as long as I’d have liked. If I could have properly sunk my teeth into it, I would have been the happiest lad around. Sadly, I only got a taste. The Last of Us has everything that I love. It has a gripping story, wonderful characters, fantastic graphics, awesome gameplay and “zombies”. The game looked so good, in fact, it left me with two generation’s worth of regret; one when it was first released on the PS3, and a second time around when it was re-released on the PS4. In all, not properly playing The Last of Us is probably one of my greatest gaming regrets.
Do you agree with my list, or are there other PlayStation games that would make your list? Let me know in the comments below!