That’s a win for gamers who wish to round out their collections, consumers looking to score some “cool dad” points, or anybody tired of watching the Royals lose on TV.
The newest generation of systems are optimized to work on HDTVs and feature high definition graphics and rich sound. Long gone are the days of static backgrounds and 8-bit sound effects. But a good video game is not about just being visually pleasing, it has to be fun to play and replay.
The Sony PS3 is probably the best system out there in terms of game selection and performance. The console also doubles as a Blu-Ray player, and costs only about $100 more than a standard, decent blu-ray player.
Here are three games under $25 to get you started.
1) Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar Games, $19.99, Game of the Year edition with expansion Zombie game, $28 (all games are available at amazon.com)
Nicknamed “Grand Theft Horse,” this old-west themed game is made by the people that brought out the Grand Theft Auto series. This time you can navigate your character through an “open world” (that means you can go where you want) in the Wild West, solving quests and obtaining riches. You can decide to be good or evil, and for once being good is actually more fun (shooting damsels in distress gets old quick). Game play is tight. The controls for the horseback riding are perfect. Not overly difficult and fun to pick up and play. This game will provide even the most casual gamer with a fun experience.
It’s rated M, but it is no more violent than a movie western. One Player.
Sony’s proprietary first person shooter provides plenty of action and online multiplayer fun. Killzone allows the player to pick from a plethora of different weapons combinations and interact with other players in a target rich multiplayer. Even the worst player will get in a few kills with the variety of weapons at their disposal such as grenades, machine guns and sniper rifles. Unlike other first person shooters, Killzone doesn’t take forever to set up your matchups online. Due to the realistic violence, this game is probably best for ages 13 and up.
Killzone 3 is M for Mature
Remember Super Mario Brothers? Did you ever want to be able to customize your own levels and create your own characters? LBP3 is a “platformer”, which means it looks very much like video games from the past. Navigate your “sackbot” through a fantastical world filled with colorful backgrounds, ramps, chutes, and endless enemies or create your own level and upload to the Sony servers. Uploaded games are hit or miss but occasionally someone creates a real gem.
This truly is a game for all ages. Just because it is appropriate for children doesn’t mean it isn’t super creative and fun. With tandem two player mode and infinite lives, even the worst video gamer can enjoy Little Big Planet 2.
Little Big Planet is E for Everyone.