Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls definitely improve on Heavy Rain in a few areas, but the story just didn’t have the same impact for me. The cleaner interface and tighter controls make the experience a lot more streamlined, but the way that the story jumps around makes it a bit less immersive in my opinion. The visuals, animations and voice acting are all top-notch and Beyond: Two Souls is without a doubt one of the best looking games on the system. There is plenty of variety, but sadly also lots of padding that ultimately drags the experience down a notch or two.

Gameplay: A streamlined interface and better controls, but the story is not as gripping as Heavy Rain.

Graphics: Some of the best visuals you will ever see on PS3.

Sound: Using professional actors to provide the voices made all the difference in the world

DmC: Devil May Cry

DmC: Devil May Cry

I had my reservations about the new Dante, but still ended up enjoying this game due to the involved combat system. Ninja Theory knows how to create action packed games and while it is quite a departure from past titles in the series, this reboot should appeal to fans. Provided you can look past the redesigned Dante that is.

Gameplay: More accessible than previous titles, but with enough depth for veterans.

Graphics: Not bad, but certainly not the best the system has to offer.

Sound: Mostly good voice acting and fitting music

God of War II

God of War II

After the excellence of the previous game there were a lot of expectations riding on this sequel and gladly it does not disappoint. God Of War 2 is every bit as good as the original and surpasses it in many areas. There are lots of visceral combat sequences and you’ll be cracking just as many tough puzzles as enemy skulls in this epic game.

Gameplay: Brutal and over the top with a nice mixture of puzzles thrown in with the combat.

Graphics: Some of the most epic set pieces seen in a PS2 game.

Sound: Epic orchestral soundtrack and good voice acting

Silent Hill: Downpour

Silent Hill: Downpour

Technical issues aside, Silent Hill: Downpour lacks the atmosphere of earlier titles in the series. The scares just isn’t there and while the monster encounters have been toned down considerably the combat is still clunky and the creatures uninspiring. I had fun with the game, but it could have been so much better.

Gameplay: Let down by technical issues and a lack of scares.

Graphics: Looking very dated.

Sound: Good but not great

Hitman: Codename 47

Hitman: Codename 47

While Hitman: Codename 47 was a good game in its time it requires a lot of patience to get the most out of it. The lack of checkpoints or save spots means that one mistake can take you all the way back to the start of a mission. I also encountered quite a few bugs and crashes during my time with the game which is a pity. Check it out to see where it all started, but don’t expect it to blow you away.

Gameplay: Entertaining but expect lots of trial-and-error as well as needless repetition.

Graphics: Looking very dated at this point.

Sound: Flat voice acting, but the sound effects are good

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV

Its hard not to harbor some resentment for the delay and lesser port that PC owners have received with this game, but at the end of the day it’s still a lot of fun to play and a great game. As long as you can look past the technical issues that is.

Gameplay: The technical issues and more “mature” feel detracts a bit from the gameplay but it’s still good.

Graphics: With the right hardware this game looks stunning.

Sound: Decent voice acting and loads of good tunes

Assassin’s Creed III

Assassin’s Creed III

While the lead character, Conner, is not quite as charismatic or interesting as his predecessor, Ezio, the game is definitely not lacking in ambition. While it is the largest entry in the series to date, it can get bogged down in all kinds of menial tasks. The story is interesting and Desmond finally has his chance to shine but the story feels overly scripted with little of the freedom that the series was based on.

Gameplay: Large and varied but less focussed than previous installments.

Graphics: Beautiful in places but the setting is rather drab.

Sound: Quality audio and effects

Saints Row

Saints Row

There is no denying that Saints Row stole most of its ideas from the Grand Theft Auto series but at least it pulled it off with style. Causing mayhem in the city of Stillwater is lots of fun and at times the game does an even better job than what Grand Theft Auto managed. If you like open world games then you might want to check out this one.

Gameplay: Definitely worth looking into especially if you enjoy the GTA games.

Graphics: Good but a few glitches here and there.

Sound: Good voice acting and lots of humour

Assassin’s Creed® Revelations

Assassin’s Creed® Revelations

While not quite the “revelation” that I was hoping for, this game does tie up the stories of Altair and Ezio. Not much has changed gameplay wise and the story is not the best in the series but the game is still very entertaining. It is definitely not for newcomers to the series as the story is a direction continuation of Brotherhood but it does fill the gap until Assassin’s Creed 3.

Gameplay: Pretty much the same as Brotherhood.

Graphics: Not bad but the colours are a bit dull.

Sound: Good voice acting and atmospheric music

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

While Uncharted 3 is a great game, it falls somewhat short of the jaw dropping thrills delivered in the last game. The story is little less inspiring and the whole game has a bit of a rushed feel to it. There are some great set pieces and the usual assortment of exotic locations but nothing that tops Uncharted 2.

Gameplay: Epic but somehow not quite as epic as the last installment.

Graphics: Still some of the best on the system.

Sound: Up to the usual high standards