Sunday, June 05, 2011

My PS3 'to buy' list just grew a bit longer

In a way, I think it's funny that I bought an Xbox 360 instead of a PS3 just over a month ago, as there are many more PS3 games--including 3D Dot Game Heroes, Afrika, Disgaea 3 and 4, Siren: Blood Curse and Valkyria Chronicles--on my "to buy" list than there are Xbox 360 ones.

That situation was made even funnier last week thanks to a few rather scrumptious PS3 game announcements and releases.

Case in point: The PSN release of Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls. Full disclosure: I've never played a Wizardry game before. Hell, it's worse than that: I know next to nothing about this hallowed series of dungeon-crawling RPGs.

That said, I want to play Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls. Badly. Desperately. Why? Well, although I know it's a bit superficial of me, but I really like how it looks. Also, it reminds me of Etrian Odyssey--although I realize this game is quite different from that DS release.

Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls isn't the only recently released or soon-to-be-released game that has me jonesing for a PS3. Another is Sony's ICO/ Shadow of the Colossus Collection. (Check out for a pic of the Japanese "Limited Box" version of this release as well as a trailer.)

As for the Metal Gear SolidSilent Hill and Zone of the Enders "HD Collections" that the folks from Konami will soon be bringing to the PS3--I have to admit the only one I'm even somewhat interested in is the Silent Hill compilation. (I'd be much more interested if it included the series' first and fourth entries, too.)

Really, all of the above is just my long-winded way of saying I (still) want a PS3. Of course, I also want a Master System (or maybe a Mark III), a PC Engine LT, a Saturn and a Sega CDX. I guess I'd better win the lottery soon if any of that's going to become a reality, eh?


LottieTwintails said...

Don't feel so bad, much of my enjoyment of this edition of Wizardry is in its aesthetics. For a punishingly difficult series, it's nice to at least have some eye candy to stare at while you wander hopelessly through dungeons ;D

I think you'd like 3D Dot Game Heroes as well, as you have the retro knowledge to get all the jokes! And Valkyria Chronicles is just a wonderful game, must-play.

Here's hoping you can snag yourself a PS3 at some point to enjoy all it has to offer! The 360 is great and has lots of wonderful indie games and exclusives, but it just seems like even though so many games are multiplatform now, those exclusives hold just as much power over us as ever.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Well, I'm glad you're enjoying Wizardry, at least, Kamiwoo :)

Yeah, I have to imagine I'd like 3D Dot Game Heroes and Valkyria Chronicles. Do you have either of them -- or have you played them?

I'll get a PS3 eventually, I'm sure. I'm OK with waiting, really -- especially since I'd rather it cost $199 than $299. The longer I wait, the more likely that is to happen!

In the meantime I'll enjoy what I have :)

LottieTwintails said...

Yeah, I own both! Valkyria Chronicles is a great-looking Strategy RPG with lots of interesting characters to send out to battle. I loved the real-time movement and attacking combined with your usual SRPG strategic planning. Oh, and tanks! Tanks are fun.

3D Dot Game Heroes is a blast, especially if you have the patience to make a custom character (or just download someone else's!). It's basically an oldschool Zelda clone with lots of humor injected within, so it's right up my alley. I mean, your sword is several times larger than your little dot person and extends across most of the screen, for starters. Endlessly amusing ;D

But you're right, it's best to enjoy what you have right now! That way whenever you do get to snag a PS3, you'll be able to dive in to all those games without ignoring the others.

zigfried said...

Thanks for reminding me that I need to get this. There always seems to be a crazy-huge amount of stuff that I want -- so I often forget from one week to the next!

I think I'll pass on buying the portable Dreamcast, and use the money I saved to get this instead.

Unknown said...

I know nothing about Wizardry, but I agree that the art style alone makes it really appealing! But I don't need any more games to add to my list! D:

I'm hoping to finally pick up Zone of the Enders with the HD releases. As for MGS, I already own all of them, and I don't feel any burning urge to play them in HD, so I'll probably give them a skip. Do you know which Silent Hill games will be released? I hear I need to check out SH2, so I hope that's included

You've reminded me how disappointed I was when they pushed back the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus collection and The Last Guardian to 2012! They're probably the games I'm most looking forward to for the PS3

Marcus said...

You remind me that I'm still waiting to hear back about possibly getting a review copy of the new Wizardry game... I'm kind of expecting it won't happen though haha. And if it does I'm kind of screwed because I'm really horrible at these games, but love trying to play them anyway.

The damn HD collections drive me crazy! I already own the games in all of them (minus ZOE) but still want them... As a SH megafan I'm especially confused why SH4 was not included in the box (or at least a voucher for a download of SH1). There was a SH collection boxset that came out in Europe that had 1-4 so we should be able to do the same! :P

As for wanting so many consoles, you're not alone there! I hope you might be able to snag a PS3 in the next few years though. For "multimedia" capabilities the PS3 really is my favorite console for the current gen (especially since you don't have to pay for so many extra services like on the 360).

Bryan Ochalla said...

Kamiwoo: Yeah, 3D Dot Game Heroes' Zelda-ness is the first thing that appealed to me about the game. Well, that and the ability to create your own character. I've always been a sucker for that :)

Also, I love this comment of yours: "That way whenever you do get to snag a PS3, you'll be able to dive in to all those games without ignoring the others." Very true!!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Zigfried! I'm glad I was able to remind you of Wizardry. Tell me what you think of it after you've had a chance to play it, will you?

As for forgoing the portable Dreamcast for this game -- I understand completely. Plus, after buying this game you should have $475 or $480 left, right? ;)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Anne: The Silent Hill HD release will include the second and third games in the series, as far as I'm aware. So, it sounds like it might be a good purchase for you.

Have you ever played the first Silent Hill? If so, did you like it? I've always wanted to try these games, but I've never gotten around to it because I'm a chicken :)

As for ICO/SOTC Collection and The Last Guardian -- I feel your pain :( Hopefully both will be out sooner rather than later...

Bryan Ochalla said...

Marcus: I really don't understand why the Silent Hill collection doesn't include all four games. OK, I guess the first one might be hard to upscale, but the fourth? I guess it just wasn't popular enough? Still, why not give people the opportunity to play it?

As for the PS3 -- I'll definitely get one eventually. Hopefully next year. As much as I want all of those other systems, I'm unlikely to get any of them for some time. I'd much rather own a PS3 than a Master System at this time, for instance, although I would like to own the latter *some day*...

Unknown said...

So ICO/SOTC Collection is coming out in Japan in September, I hope that means we get a US release before the end of the year! (I don't plan on importing this one, though I suppose I could)

You and I are so alike, Bryan! I've never really played the Silent Hill games either because I'm too scared. I think I rented 2 once to try it out (I believe it was 2, don't know for sure), and I got so scared I returned the game before I even fought my first enemy (that atmospheric stuff is the worst! I watched my husband play the Dead Space games fine). I've actually heard that most SH fans *hate* 4 and don't really consider it part of the series.

We should try playing them "together" and exchange thoughts/experiences, that'd be pretty fun :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

I think I just read that it's coming here in Sept., too, Anne, although you probably shouldn't quote me on that. Also read that it'll be $39.99, which seems like a good deal to me!

It does sound like we're pretty similar, doesn't it? :) I'd deal with survival horror games a lot better if they had more normal/traditional controls, I think. The tank controls in the old RE games, for instance, just ruin the experience for me. Oh, well, I'll have to try them and the Silent Hill games again sometime soon.

As for playing them "together" sometime, I'd definitely be up for that!