This is the seventh in a series of posts about the games I played and/or finished for fun for the first time in 2007. For comparisons' sake, see my 2006 list. My previous post in the series was about the Xbox Live Arcade games I played.
As a gamer, my favorite aspect of the PS3 in 2007 was the PlayStation Network. Also, it's the only platform on which I paid for most of my games.
I'm not trying to show off, but to emphasize that even though I had plenty of games that video games companies sent to me for free, Sony's inability to release a Sony PlayStation Network points card in the first year of the PS3's existence forced me to have to make decisions I used to make all the time: do I want X game enough to pay Y dollars for it? And given that Sony still doesn't bother to put demos out for all of these games, I was buying some of them before I even tried.
Sony, your inability to make life easy for me, forced me to work a little harder to experience your games. And you know what? It was actually worth it. On with the list:
My PSN Games I Played For Fun 2007 Playlist
(Games I finished are in italics)
1) "Calling All Cars"
Just a few weeks after this game's release, I was disturbed and dismayed by how few people I could find online to compete with. I don't even like online multiplayer games that much, yet this one, a quirky combination of bumper cars, basketball and capture the flag, clicked with me.
2) "Everyday Shooter"
One man makes one of the best games of the year. It's fun, it's beautiful to look at and listen to, and most interesting to me, it feels personal.
How in the world did I not finish this game? I'm sure I played it for more than an hour, but I am fairly certain I didn't complete it. Strange. I liked the computer original too, which I played a lot before I got the PS3 one.
This is essentially "Super Monkey Ball" with cars. It's a good idea and one I'm glad to have tried, but it's the kind of game that makes me really frustrated really quickly.
4) "LocoRoco Cocoreccho"
This was delightful, simple as that.
Ah, just what the world needed. Another twin-stick shooter. Ever since "Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved" came out, I'll try any of these. Plus I liked the inside-the-body gimmick. I was less excited about being able to push and pull obstacles across the play field. I need to go back and play this one more.
6) "PixelJunk: Racers"
I really liked this game. It could be because I seem to like most of what the tiny Q Games outfit puts out -- "Star Fox Command," the Japan-only Game Boy Advance game "Digidrive," even the lovely new music visualizer for the PS3. It could be because I like my racing games in anything but the traditional format. I can't get into the "Gran Turismo"s and "Forza"s of the world. But give me a single-screen slot-racer in which my car is a time bomb or a balloon or any of the other odd things that occur in "PJR" and I'm happy.
7) "Super Stardust HD"
This game took over my life for about a month this past spring. If you want to feel the PS3's power, if you want to play the best game set on spherical worlds that is not "Super Mario Galaxy," if you want the joy of smashing through blizzards of meteoroids while using what one friend calls the best video game weapon of all time -- a leveled-up lava lasso -- then you should think about playing this game.
8 ) "Warhawk"
I need a single-player campaign, guys, what can I say? Now don't ask me why the editor of a blog called Multiplayer would say that. That's just how I am.
That's my PSN run-through. Keep it coming, PSN. But how about we get an auto-download feature some time this year?
Not So Dramatic Calculations
In 2006 I played 102 games for fun and finished 21.
As of this, the seventh of nine posts, the 2007 stats are 88 played; 25 finished.
I broke my finished games mark. Did I break my total games played mark? What do you think?
Check back soon for the next and final posts in this series, round-ups of all the DS and PSP games I played for fun last year.