5 must-have PS3 games for retired hardcore gamers


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52 Responses

  1. Seong Aleque says:

    Or, you know, just get a Vita and play on a train/bus/lunch break.


    • Sylen7Nato says:

      still the same principle…you only get to play in the few spare minutes of the day, compared to hours on the couch with nothing better to do…i have both vita and ps3, and i dont play one more than the other even if the vita is always in my pocket…from one retired hardcore gamer to another, great article wololo…i can definitely relate.

    • NakedFaerie says:

      WHY do people care if they post first then say it? You sound like a complete *** with no life if your so excited you commented first.

      Go outside and find a life as you dont have one now, OR grow up and get a life as you are too young to be on the internet so much.

  2. EmoryM says:

    Whenever I see Heavy Rain I sing Chocolate Rain to myself.

  3. Chezni says:

    Of note, I’d like to plug from software’s 3D dot heroes as a Zelda Clone that was better than most of the mainstream Zelda games.

    Regarding your choices, I’d have to generally agree. What competitor does TLoU does Xbox have? I can’t even come up with an answer.

  4. Archaga says:

    While as a fan I’m obligated to say MGS4 was the best PS3 game, Heavy Rain was so absurdly awesome it’s a mystery how more people haven’t played it.

  5. mixedfish says:

    “despite the fact that a PS3 controller is probably as adapted to play a FPS as a spoon is to slice meat”

    That’s alright because Uncharted is a TPS game.

  6. Retired hardcore gamer don’t retired, we just lose are hand eye coordination..Great list of game..

    • Dan says:

      “Lose our hand-eye coordination”. And the ability to spell, as well, apparently! Just kidding. I’m not really that pretentious. Or, is this the pretentious part?

  7. NeonAera says:

    Wow I just ordered The Last of Us on Amazon.com. 🙂 I can’t wait to play it.. There are sooo many people that raved about how really good it is.. So I couldn’t resist. I like zombie survival games too anyhow, so yeah perfect for me.. Excited. Glad this game made it to your must-have PS3 list, wololo! And I’m also somewhat of a retired gamer myself.. glad someone is going through what I am as well..

  8. scooter61686 says:

    are the /talk Forums giving anyone else a ‘503 Service unavailable error’? it has been for like the last 3 days for me? if someone could comment back with an answer that would be swell. thanks guys!

  9. The Kick says:

    The resistance series should’ve made it. My dad loves resistance 3.

    • NakedFaerie says:

      MGS4 is a movie and after 3 hours of cutscenes there is 5 seconds of gameplay before another 2 hour cutscene.

      Its the biggest ‘*** you off’ game there is. ENOUGH with long boring cutscenes and get on with the gameplay.
      Games are supposed to be about gaming NOT cutscenes or it would be called an interactive movie which MGS4 virtually is.

      • sathriel says:

        It is a silly excuse when The Game of Press X To Not Die is on the list.

      • Acid_Snake says:

        I partially agree with you. The MGS series has always been known for their storyline, but MGS4 and MGS2 took it too far. On the other hand, Peace Walker took it to far in focusing on gameplay more than story, becoming yet another generic shooter. MGS1 and MGS3 were the best as they had a perfect balance between storytelling and gameplay.

  10. NakedFaerie says:

    Great list. What about Uncharted 1 as you said 2+3.
    And the LBP series also goes to the PSP and Vita also. Great game on any platform. Really hard and rage quit lots of times but eventually you’ll get past and be glad you finished it and never play it again.

    There are a few other great games like the Hitman series, Rainbow Six series, Bioshock series, and Assassins Creed 1+2 as anything past them suck. I’m a huge AC fan and 3 was the worst and 4 doesn’t look like getting any better. Everyone I speak to about AC said 3 was a flop and the series has gone down hill and not getting any better soon. We all with AC4 does bring it back to life but it doesn’t look like it. So its got new features, thats not really the game its the console the game is on thats got those new features. It all comes down to gameplay and AC3+4 gameplay isn’t as good as AC1+2 and the story sucks on both.

    And what about Tomb Raider, thats a great game. The series is good but it needed that reboot.

    And what about GTA? That series is awesome. Again its another game where the gameplay is about the same throughout the series but its great from GTA3 to GTA5. Its got the right amount of ratio between gameplay and cutscenes. 90% of game time is gameplay which is great. Thats the problem with MGS4 it was about 55% gameplay to cutscenes ratio which made the game suck.

  11. john says:

    Great article, but what about Portal 2?

  12. scooter61686 the talk forums have been working fine,For me and it may be your ISP.

  13. Caio says:

    What if you don’t have a family? Can you still be a non-retired hardcore gamer?

  14. sathriel says:

    From the list one can see that wololo is more interested in movies than games 😛

    Seriously tho, LBP and Journey are very unique games, and Uncharted and Last of Us are very cinematic experiences.

    Heavy Rain on the other hand…

  15. Jkoiou says:

    Definitely inte boat of retired hardcore gamer being married, one kid and one comng in 2 weeks!… I play max 3 hours a week and usually late at night (12-3 am). The above list is great. I’ve started tLoU and I’m about 5-6 hrs in I think. It’s good but I feel I need a long stretch to play it to enjoy the story. Plus I suck at fps games so I constantly have to keep retrying missions. ;).

    I know you wanted to keep the list to short burst games, but I would say FFXIV would be a great addition as you can play in 1 hr spurts, get a few missions done, accomplish something and them return at your leisure. Plus the end game is not the point. And it’s FUN.
    ALSO, ni no kuni for those RHCG who want an amazing jrpg experience an can manage a 30 or so hour game.

  16. BahamutBBob says:

    4/7 of those I wouldn’t recommend, personally. (Uncharted, LBP)

    I’ve been meaning to play through Heavy Rain, but I have a pretty big backlog right now. I didn’t like the gameplay in The Last of Us demo, and I haven’t watched the story on YouTube yet.

  17. Acid_Snake says:

    I have to disagree with you about Uncharted 1. Yes it may not be as graphically intense, and gameplay seems old, but the storyline alone makes it a must have, plus there are some screwups in the other two (specially Uncharted 3) that make them on par with the others.

  18. capcomlegend says:

    Lol a retired hardcore gamer lol I like the way that sounds ,im in the same boat ,just turned 30 busy with work ,school and the fam,it sucks…

    • vicsidious says:

      Now now old sport, don’t be so sad! You should be glad you have a wife and kids! Many of us don’t have this chance! Beside, you still can play a lot of games with them. I’m sure there’s AT LEAST 1 game that you and your wife will enjoy! Play it and smile! 🙂

  19. Ravi says:

    I couldnt agree more. But i also wanted to see God Of War 3 on the list

  20. Maniac says:

    I’m turning 13 soon. It will be time for me to grow up and do some more important stuff then gaming. So I will get returned as you

  21. coldhell says:

    Mass Effect doesn’t require 150h, 15-25h max per game if we assume that you are not skipping bonus mission (at least for PC, PS3 has long loading times). It was probably the best RPG series for the current gen, however they sc*** it and the game was not finished with the EA’s deadline…
    Uncharted 1 has a good story. In terms of storyline actually the second one is the worst :(.
    Heavy Rain – I like games with 2-3h cut-scenes like Uncharted, DMC, and etc but if it is only like a film why I need to pay $40-50 for it. The tickets in the cinema are cheaper…

    • GottaBeesAJoke says:

      “Mass Effect doesn’t require 150h, 15-25h max per game”

      <50hrs is an instant 'bad ending' in those games. Unless you've got a strategy guide and literally paying money for war assets.

  22. vicsidious says:

    Great article! I like the expression “retired hardcore gamer”. Being 28, maried with twins (not maried TO twins by the way!) I carefully select the games I play. The fact that I play in the bus an hour a day helps a lot to go through old games, but still it’s not enough for me, so I still have the middle of the night to game to my heart’s content, or til my eyes shut completely down!! You should try it, the Silent Hill franchise is WAY better at night.

  23. francois says:

    tu fi de la publicite

  24. Ninjakakashi says:

    Metal Gear Solid guns of the patriots has the best story out of all the games I have played in my opinion and for me has a lot more emotion than the purely cinematic game heavy rain whilst actually being a game.

    It was even my favorite online game as the learning curve for a shooter for me personally was higher than any other type of shooter I have ever played. e.g. equipping the cardboard box would stop porno mags on the floor disabling you and even remove fire if you were burning.

    The one thing that ruined this online experience online was that glitchers were free to do as they liked as the game was on konami servers opposed to PSN servers.

    P.S. Buy MGSV. You never know it could be your favorite game as well.

  25. traa07 says:

    yeah just like me, and the game you listed is my kind of game except LBP, maybe because were at the same age.

  26. kazuya101 says:

    I can totally relate to the retired gamer.
    The last game that had me engrossed was the Batman Arkham series.

    Its awesome because you have a lot of non gamers who are still familiar with DC
    And then you have one of the best RPG action games thats had more of a in/out hardcore gamer addicted to the screen for hours.

    And maybe i might just put my retirement cap aside till after im done with the latest arkham series, then ill return into the shadows of a normal life 😛

  27. DS_Marine says:

    Damn it Wololo the introduction is like looking at a mirror 😀
    Great list, I’ll be grabbing one of these games for my next work trip.

  28. NNNRT says:

    @wololo, what about GTA V?

    • S4r0m says:

      Dude, gta is too much for retired gamers with jobs, wife, kids and the regular economic issues of paying the bills, the house an furnishing it.

      I tried red dead redemption last year and after like 30hrs of play i just passed the 4th or 5th main quest… For me 30 hrs are like 3weeks. So, i got bored or frustrated and left it inconcluse…

      Personally i would recomend some beat em ups like god of war, they are shorter than sandbox games and open world rpgs, not intended for online playing and dont have many endings.

  29. totsk1 says:

    It should be “Busier Hardcore Gamer”

  30. Byronlp says:

    Wololo I’m a retired hardcore gamer as well, don’t have family yet but a girlfriend and a veryyyy absorbing job. This list really comes in handy!!!! Thanks man!

  31. theHand says:

    classics like vagrant story and samurai western are fun also psn castlevania multiplayer
    is good if you only have limited time free tekken revolution great for a random p vs p fix lately outlaw sports series i wish on psn i havent beat up a caddy for who knows how long

  32. Lol says:

    Look its a list of the only decent games for Sony. Too bad there are so few we already know them all. Good post bro….

  33. I agree those titles are good but dont make the ps3.
    Call of duty series Gt5 tekken series wipeout hd bionic commmando rearmed and many more make the ps3 a exclusive all on its own
    With ps3 cfw you can relive the ps1 and ps2 psp best games to make the ps3 the overall machine in console history!

  34. Foleyfactor says:

    Great article, I can definitely relate, have Kids and a Wife too.
    I would definitely recommend God Of War series also especially GOW3, fantastic Graphics, Cutscenes and something that can be completed relatively quickly.
    I agree also with Uncharted, Heavy Rain(loved it apart from the first hour like you pointed out) and the last of us.
    Recently been playing GTA V and I must say I’m addicted, every spare hour I get goes on that release.

  35. S4r0m says:

    If you just turned 30, have a wife and kids, maybe you could consider buying a Wii: your little kids and non gamer wife can enjoy playing with you simpler games like mario bros or kirby. Is a nice familiar activity and you could begin to train your little padawans in the ways of the force xD

  36. Gibberish says:

    I was extremely disappointed with this article.
    “The games can be completed in a reasonable amount of time: in other words, this means no crazy RPG or open world game that will take you 150h to complete, you don’t have that amount of time. Also I chose games where the multiplayer experience is not what matters. I’ve chosen games that can all be completed within 20h or less”
    A “hardcore” gamer? This seems more like an article for the layman that likes running through story mode games like they’re watching a movie.
    What the heck do you mean by “completed”? For me, it’s doing everything there is, long after getting the platinum trophy: akin to completely memorizing a good, long novel and being able to give a 12 hour recital (I do this, too, though I’m not much of a reader and textbooks are usually too stupid and disagreeable for me to stomach doing such a thing).

    For not having time…
    … What? Ever heard of “time management”? What is this… I don’t even…
    If you’ve got a new RPG that you’ll spend more than 200 hours on… that doesn’t mean you have to do it all at once. Focus on your life responsibilities, even if that means going months without touching the game, and when you have time, play it, whether that be for less than a minute or 2 hours. Then, if you need to, you instantly drop it that second and go other stuff, etc etc. That 300 hours will be gradually worked upon… You can break it up however you want. Just… what? I am extremely confused by this article. @-@

    Then again… perhaps you’d call me a casual gamer, now that you mention it, considering I don’t try to play lots of titles or speedplay things. Although this is pretty much because like the “retired” part mentioned in the article, well, although I’m a self-employed bachelor, I certainly don’t have time for games. But geez… I don’t even know. People make no sense.

    • wololo says:

      First of all, I should have clarified: by “complete”, I mean completing the main story/quest/single player campaign of the game. In particular, I mean not collecting all the trophies, completing side quests, or playing the multiplayer mode. Of course this is vastly different from “running” through the story mode. When I say it takes less than 20h to complete the Last of Us, I mean it takes less than 20h to complete it without speed-finishing it.

      So, clearly, our definition of completing a game was not on par, I hope that’s clear for you now.

      Regarding your comment about time management: if you have ways to organize your time to your convenience, great for you, clearly you are not the target audience for this article, and, let me tell you, if you have ways to control your free time, then you still have too much of it compared to what I call a “busy” person. Come back when you have 2 jobs and a kid, then we’ll discuss. Hint: until you have kids, there’s no way you can understand what “lack of free time” really means. (And believe me, I was as arrogant as you were on that subject before)

      Regarding your comment about playing “less than a minute”, obviously you’re exaggerating, but you know this is a stupid comment. Turning on the console and starting the game, these days, takes at least 5 minutes. Sounds like it’s not a lot, but when your total free time for the evening is 45 minutes, that’s more than 10% of your playing session. It gets worse if you play every month or so, where you have to go through a 15 to 20 minutes update of the firmware, or the game, or both. Additionally, playing any relevant game for less than 30 minutes is a guarantee you’ll just barely get back in, understand the controls again, then have to turn the console off. This is not enjoyable.

      With my current schedule, it would take me about 2 years to complete a 200h RPG, and that would mean giving up on all other games, why the heck would I do that. What single game is so great that you would ignore all other games for 2 years of your life? In my opinion, none. (who said GTA V?)

  1. November 17, 2014

    […] After having been subscribed to Playstation Plus for more than a year now, I realize Playstation Plus is actually not really for hardcore gamers. Actually, if it weren’t for online play on the PS4, I’d pretend Playstation Plus is much more of a better deal for casual gamers (and I guess I’m part of this category, although I prefer to call myself a retired hardcore gamer). […]

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