Obligatory Got a PS3 Thread

I assume there’s one of these each Black Friday for the last couple of years or so, and will be one each Black Friday for the next couple of years. So I got one of these. The PS3 Infamous Bundle for $199 was too much of a good deal for me to avoid. I’ve mostly only played games on my PC, with the Wii being my only console as an adult.

So, most important to me, is aside from games what do I need to buy? What should I buy?

Component cables? Hdmi cables? I’m honestly clueless. I bought an extra controller. Do I need a charger? I heard they plug into the unit itself- why would I get one? Anything else you’d recommend I get for a better experience?

As to games- feel free to make recommendations if you wish. I picked up LBP, which I know my kids will want. And I picked up the Journey collection, which I’m really stoked about. I have a handful of games I’m really excited I now get to play. On my eclectic shortlist is: Enslaved, El Shaddia, Papa Y Yo, Pixle Junk (not sure the best to get- got a 7 yr old and 5 yr old to do co-op with), Red Dead Redemption, and very interested if Dust 514 is going to be any good (really excited this is now an option for me).

So, feel free to throw must-play PS3 or non-PC games out for recommendation but really even more interested in peripheral recommendations.

Also, thanks. And also, yay.

I managed to snag the same bundle as well on amazon. I'm looking forward to a few games. Journey, Dragon's Dogma, Infamous 1/2, Drake Fortune 3, and I think a few download only titles. Probable going to pick up gamefly or something.

Edit: Hope it comes with hdmi, need that for my monitor.

HDMI, if it doesn't come with one, definitely. As far as charging them, they use a micro USB to USB cable, so 3rd party chargers might be nice, but aren't necessary.

The Infamous and Uncharted series are pretty action-centric games. With children, definitely give Little Big Planet 1/2 a try as well. 3D Dot Game Heroes was a pretty cool PS3-exclusive as well. If you like racing games, try out Gran Turismo 5 and the Motorstorm series.

edit: Also, Valkyria Chronicles, which is a tactical, turn-based RPG.

Definitely use an HDMI. I don't think a Move is at all worth it unless you have Johan Sebastian Joust, a bunch of friends, and multiple wands. I really don't have many accessories for mine. A bluetooth headset is nice if you're planning on playing console multiplayer games. You shouldn't need more controller chargers.

Your most important and useful purchase would be a year of PS+. Get in on the goodness.

For games:

Uncharted Series (at least UC2)
A Ratchet and Clank Future game, or both
Heavy Rain
Demon's Souls
Valkyria Chronicles
Metal Gear Solid 4
God of War 3
Ico/Shadow of the Collosus Collection if you've never played them
Little Big Planet 2

PSN Stuff:
Journey
Flower
Super Stardust HD
Pixel Junk Monsters
Pixel Junk Shooter 1/2
Wipeout HD

I'd have to think about non-PC console exclusives... RDR and Dragon's Dogma is a good start.

'Grats on your purchase.

Here's some exclusives that have impressed.

Heavy Rain
MLB: The Show (just get last year's version cheap if unsure)
Valkyria Chronicles
Uncharted 2
Killzone 2 or 3

PSN:
Critter Crunch
Wipeout HD/Fury

I'll second the PS+ suggestion, especially since currently you can get Little Big Planet 2 with it. Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One (another PS+ freebee) was also fun to play with the kids. Definitely use an HDMI cable. I just charge my controllers suing the cable that came with the system. The only other accessory I use is some Sony PS3 headphones, but that's because the system is in the bedroom.

Feel free to send out a friend invite.

I don't know if you can still find them but I bought this controller sleeve that comes with a 10-12 foot cable to charge the controller. All my other controller cables were only six feet, which was really annoying to sit that close to the TV when the batteries were dying.

Real Triggers are little pieces of plastic that attach to R2 and L2. They make the triggers easier to hold onto since your fingers will tend to slide off if you have to hold either down for extended periods of time.

I would also recommend a good headset. I've got the Turtle Beach XP 500, great headset.

Games...I'll TRY to stick with lesser known titles. I'm sure you are aware of the big ones.

Heavenly Sword
Alice: Madness Returns
The Resistance Collection (All three games for $40 next month)
Modnation Racers
Starhawk
Demon's Souls
Twisted Metal
The Sly Collection
ICO/Shadow Collection
Siren Blood Curse
Echochrome
Dead Nation
Outland

I'll third the PS+ suggestion!

peripherals: not essential, but 2 cordless controllers, and a recharge dock that can hold and charge them both can make it a little neater around the PS3 box.

Dyni and EverythingsTentative have it covered with the games. I would only add InFamous2
and, for gaming with kiddies, a Lego game -- any one will do

edit: oops, Master0 and Lucky Wilbury already said InFamous ... and didn't reproduce the stoopid spelling like I did.

Seconding Real Triggers. Worth every penny and then some.

A charging stand for the controllers is a good idea. I have a phat, and it can't charge the controllers if the unit isn't on. Skip the induction chargers. I bought a cheap one and it doesnt work right.

If you have kids, skip the charging stand, and get 12 ft USB cables. It's annoying to have the cables hanging out the the front of the entertainment unit, but not as much as a dead controller during gaming, nor as much as sitting on the floor 3 ft from the TV. Also forgot to say, skip the stand if you have kids because the don't get put back. My kids rip the induction backpacks
off and leave them laying around.

I enjoyed RDR
Infamous was novel at first.
Pacman Championship Ed Is fun if you have only ten minutes, or with the kids. My 3yr old can play it at the slow speed, and it's challenging enough when it's fast.

Demos. If your kids are five or six, and like mine they'll get enough out of the demos. I dropped $60 on Lego batman 2 and they still go into free play and do the same levels over and over.

I got one earlier this year primarily for the Blu-Ray player, as well as to be able to play PS3-exclusive titles. I've been very happy with it, and absolutely love the Uncharted games so far in particular!

I love this thread. I'm in a similar boat where I picked up a PS3 friday mostly as a BluRay and Netflix box, but snuck a copy of the Journey/Flower/Flow disc and Catherine into the cart just because. I've got my eye out for sales on Ico/SotC and Heavy Rain, but really want some direction on Katamari. I've heard good things about them but never played one (though I have played a lot of The Wonderful End Of The World). Where should I start? And did Tokyo Jungle have legs? Certis's bit on it in the podcast sounded fantastic, but it didn't give me an idea if it was still fun as the replays and unlocks stack up

Tokyo Jungle totally has legs, or at lest $15 worth for sure. Even more so if you have a second controller & player to go at it with you. I can't really guide anyone on modern-era Katamari as I've only played the original and wouldn't have it any other way.

And I'll just continue to softly chant Valkyria Chronicles over here in the corner until someone takes notice.

Nth-ing PS+ subscription, Journey and Heavy Rain
It's older, but Persona 3: FES on PSN is still great, though not as good as the PSP version
Catherine and Nier are both top notch, and only on consoles.

I bought a PS3 in August and don't understand the ecosystem yet. Are there ever deals on PS+ memberships or PSN spacebucks?

demonbox wrote:

As to games- feel free to make recommendations if you wish. I picked up LBP, which I know my kids will want. And I picked up the Journey collection, which I’m really stoked about. I have a handful of games I’m really excited I now get to play. On my eclectic shortlist is: Enslaved, El Shaddia, Papa Y Yo, Pixle Junk (not sure the best to get- got a 7 yr old and 5 yr old to do co-op with), Red Dead Redemption, and very interested if Dust 514 is going to be any good (really excited this is now an option for me).

LBP - best as an MP game.
Enslaved - I liked.
ICO/Shadow Collection - awesome.
Uncharted Series (at least UC2) - I'd suggest only Uncharted 2. Uncharted 3 was a huge let down for me and while Uncharted 1 is still good it's not as good as Uncharted 2.
Heavy Rain - awesome!
LA Noire - Really enjoyed this.
Red Dead Redemption - didn't ever feel like the controls let me take control of the game.

I also played Deus Ex: human revolution, both Batman arkham's, skyrim and portal on the PS3. All were competent and thoroughly enjoyable on this platform.

Games: Flower, Journey, Unfinished Swan, Uncharted 2, Pixeljunk Eden, and Fat Princess (if there's still people playing, which, honestly, at this point is doubtful)

Duoae wrote:

Uncharted Series (at least UC2) - I'd suggest only Uncharted 2. Uncharted 3 was a huge let down for me and while Uncharted 1 is still good it's not as good as Uncharted 2.

I'm not quite done with Uncharted 2 yet, but so far I think I liked the first one more overall. Hard to put a finger on quite why though.

Tanglebones wrote:

Nth-ing PS+ subscription, Journey and Heavy Rain
It's older, but Persona 3: FES on PSN is still great, though not as good as the PSP version
Catherine and Nier are both top notch, and only on consoles.

I would second this. After taking a break from the PS3 for a couple years and sticking to PC games, I bought PS3 just for Catherine. I still haven't played Heavy Rain. The must play console exclusive games in my book (most of which have been mentioned) are Journey (which you already got), Papa y Yo, Sound Shapes, and Flower. I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot.

Hardly anyone on here played Papa y Yo, unfortunately. It's a powerful, powerful game story-wise, and only takes a few hours to play. You should move that to the top of your eclectic list.

Enjoy!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:

Nth-ing PS+ subscription, Journey and Heavy Rain
It's older, but Persona 3: FES on PSN is still great, though not as good as the PSP version
Catherine and Nier are both top notch, and only on consoles.

I would second this. After taking a break from the PS3 for a couple years and sticking to PC games, I bought PS3 just for Catherine. I still haven't played Heavy Rain. The must play console exclusive games in my book (most of which have been mentioned) are Journey (which you already got), Papa y Yo, Sound Shapes, and Flower. I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot.

Hardly anyone on here played Papa y Yo, unfortunately. It's a powerful, powerful game story-wise, and only takes a few hours to play. You should move that to the top of your eclectic list.

Enjoy!

Journey is on the PS+ subscription? Definitely makes me more interested cause that's one of the games I really wanna play.

master0 wrote:

Journey is on the PS+ subscription? Definitely makes me more interested cause that's one of the games I really wanna play.

No, it's not yet. He just mentioned in the OP that he picked up the Journey collection. I think Flower's in that too.

Some great recommendations and advice-thanks. I’m honestly super into getting PS+- it was oddly one of the things I was really looking forward to. I imagine not every month is stellar, but the number of great games (even just good ones) is crazy for the pricetag. The PS3 came with 3 months and the Journey collection came with another one- so off to a good start.

Dyni wrote:

Ico/Shadow of the Collosus Collection if you've never played them

I forgot about that. The only other consoles I’ve owned are my Wii, SNES, Nintendo, and Amiga. My dad was and is a PC guy (aside from Amiga and Commodore) and a gamer, so I misses a lot of touchstones. I’ve written down several games from different people’s suggestions, but this was definitely one I forgot about as an option.

Aaron D. wrote:

MLB: The Show (just get last year's version cheap if unsure)

My kids are baseball crazy (playing, they’ve never watched a game and refuse to) so we actually picked this up- specifically last year’s as you mention. Glad to hear that it’s a decent game.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Real Triggers are little pieces of plastic that attach to R2 and L2. They make the triggers easier to hold onto since your fingers will tend to slide off if you have to hold either down for extended periods of time.

Never heard of Real Triggers, or the issue of it getting tiring to hold the triggers- interesting, and thanks for the recommendation (I see it was seconded as well). I’ll definitely pick these up.

Dryden wrote:

I've got my eye out for sales on Ico/SotC and Heavy Rain, but really want some direction on Katamari. …Where should I start? And did Tokyo Jungle have legs?

1) Yeah- recommendations on Katamari are appreciated. I know people moan about certain releases, and the first is generally considered the best. Is it likely a matter of which you play first or is there really a best one (or few) to play? Also, 2) forgot about Tokyo Jungle- super interested in that as well.

Sorry for making the response so long, and not responding to everyone (both regrets at the same time). Thanks so much for the recommendations and advice. I made a list so I wouldn’t fully forget everything discussed.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
master0 wrote:

Journey is on the PS+ subscription? Definitely makes me more interested cause that's one of the games I really wanna play.

No, it's not yet. He just mentioned in the OP that he picked up the Journey collection. I think Flower's in that too.

It is, as is Flow. Also, cool to here such positive things about Papa- too bad it didn't get more love. Also, how is the content as far as playing w/ kids? Does it make the abuse and addition explicit, or does it just come across as a game unless you know the actual meaning?

demonbox wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
master0 wrote:

Journey is on the PS+ subscription? Definitely makes me more interested cause that's one of the games I really wanna play.

No, it's not yet. He just mentioned in the OP that he picked up the Journey collection. I think Flower's in that too.

It is, as is Flow. Also, cool to here such positive things about Papa- too bad it didn't get more love. Also, how is the content as far as playing w/ kids? Does it make the abuse and addition explicit, or does it just come across as a game unless you know the actual meaning?

It's not explicit. There's a ton of allegory going on. They give you a few hints, but they are in the form of hazy dreams. The most basic thing is the monster is a representation of his alcoholic, abusive father. So, I don't think kids would pick up on it exactly, but there are some fairly frightening parts with the monster. There's a bit of narration, but that's pretty much it in terms of dialogue. The game mechanics aren't great, but they do a good enough job to keep gameplay fairly interesting.

When the game came out, I mentioned that it reminded me of Guillermo del Toro's intro to Pan's Labyrinth. You can really tell the main dev put his heart and soul into the story and the game.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

I bought a PS3 in August and don't understand the ecosystem yet. Are there ever deals on PS+ memberships or PSN spacebucks?

In October, if you spent $100 they sent you a code for an additional $20. I used the deal to get PS+ for a year, so in one sense I saved $20 on it. I usually get PSN cards from stores and add them to my account, so it's possible to get a deal that way. All PSN purchases are in dollars, so you don't need to do any crazy conversions, like the Xbox store.

Spend some time on the PS Store and check out tons of demos. The first couple nights I had my system I just set like 20-30 demos to DL in the background and told the system to shut down when it was done. You can check out a decent number of games that way including Flower, Mod Nation Racers, Motorstorm RC (and at least 1 or 2 of the bigger Motorstorm games, but I liked the demo for RC way better).

Joe Danger is fun if you like a cross of excitebike and a more score / trick challenge oriented game.

If you liked the original on the Wii, De Blob 2 is a great follow up. It even has a Super Mario Galaxy style player 2 function.

3D Dot Game Heroes is decent fun, but remember it's from the guys that made Demon/Dark Souls and so it has parts in it that can be quite tough and has tons of side stuff that can be missed and not returned to.

I'll echo that a Ratchet and Clank game would be good to get, but you probably only need one unless you love it so much you need more.

If you haven't picked up Castle Crashers, that's a great one to play with at least 1 other person. Alone, it's supposedly really tough towards the end. For playing with kids it is in general pretty lighthearted but disgusting and very bloody for a cartoony looking game.

I personally really liked the Scott Pilgrim game and I have not even seen or read anything other than one movie trailer on the series. It basically scratched the River City Ransom nostalgia itch. I will say in general this game is not bad for playing with kids in any way I can remember except there is at least 1 level (the 3rd or 4th) where they flash a full screen image of the boss flicking you off and then throught the stage he shows up on monitors doing the same.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (has a demo) is a nice exclusive to consoles game.

As for triggers, being a PC / Wii guy myself, and using a 360 pad on the PC when it's good for the game, I've not felt a need to modify the controller.

Does whatever you are plugging your PS3 into support sound over HDMI (1.3, I think)? If not, you'll need a separate audio cable (optical or RCA). The HDMI cable from monoprice and an extra controller are the only pieces of hardware I've bought for my PS3.

EDITTED comments to incorporate stuff for playing with kids as I saw you mentioned that. And feel free to add me on PSN.

I just put up some PS3 games in trying to off load.

http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/9...

As to the Real Triggers, is this what you mean: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003S6RI2G/... I'm not finding the product by that exact name: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...

mrtomaytohead wrote:

Does whatever you are plugging your PS3 into support sound over HDMI (1.3, I think)? If not, you'll need a separate audio cable (optical or RCA). The HDMI cable from monoprice and an extra controller are the only pieces of hardware I've bought for my PS3.

Umm, I don't know. How do I find out? I've got the owner's manual for my tv but am not sure what I should be looking for. I do want to know what sort of connections I need, so appreciate the assistance.

Not sure if I should go USB cables or charger- any recommendation for charging stations in case I go that way?

Oh sound, I forgot do ps3 let you hook in headphones? I'm going to connect it to my pc and that's all I have for sound...

master0 wrote:

Oh sound, I forgot do ps3 let you hook in headphones? I'm going to connect it to my pc and that's all I have for sound...

The PS3 has Fibre-optic audio out, HDMI audio out, or the red/white audio outs that come with the proprietary output.

Yeah they look like the same thing.

http://www.gamestop.com/ps3/accessor...