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Weekend Debate: Your defining moment of the PS3 generation

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UPDATE: Many thanks for taking part this week folks – it was a fun trip down memory lane. The following posters win the Batman: Arkham Origins codes for PS3: huffytonge, phep, BluSpykz, SauloP and maybe_im_a_lion. Congratulations. Please check your PMs over at the official forums [http://community.eu.playstation.com] – we’ll deliver your voucher a little later this week.

ORIGINAL POST: Firstly, apologies for the slightly sporadic nature of Weekend Debates of late. Hopefully we’re back on track now. With PS4 racing over the horizon, it seems like a good time to look back at what’s come before.

This week, I’d like to hear about your defining moment of the PlayStation 3 generation. It could be a particular game that completely blew your mind, or a memorable couch co-op night with friends, an online encounter, your first wave of a Move controller, your first Platinum trophy, and so on.

Mine? Other than seeing The Goonies on Blu-ray for the first time? Undoubtedly the break through moment when, after hours of painful toil, Demon’s Souls‘ myriad complexities and systems finally clicked, and From Software‘s remarkable, ground-breaking creation finally sunk its fangs deep into my free time.

As ever, I’ve a reward for the five more thoughtful and/or entertaining responses: a download voucher for the wonderfully dense Batman: Arkham Origins on PS3. Check out the trailer below for a look at Warner Bros.‘ latest foray into Gotham’s criminal underbelly.

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badgerbiscuit 8 November, 2013 @ 5:35 pm   1

The pre-credits moment in The Last of Us. The sheer emotion and level of acting was something I didn’t think possible in a video game.

Two similar moments in The Last of Us, one near the beginning and one near the end. If you’ve played the game you probably know which points I’m talking about. :) I won’t spoil them here.

evanom2003 8 November, 2013 @ 5:37 pm   3

‘People will get 2 jobs just to get a ps3′ :-p
joking aside I would say playing Uncharted 2 for the first time and also PS+

BigBoyBanksy 8 November, 2013 @ 5:37 pm   4

For me it was great to see indie developers being able to produce games just as good or in some cases better than AAA titles. You wouldn’t see that during the PS1 and PS2 days, games such as Journey and Hotline Miami showed that you don’t need a big budget to make a game that is not only immersive but also enjoyable.
This can only get better with the indie support for PS4, greatness really does await on November 29th :D

Magicmerly 8 November, 2013 @ 5:39 pm   5

The ending of Arkham City, god I was emotional, “it’s a joke right, it’s not real, it’s the joker, he can’t be dead” watching the credits roll, then the Jokers Voice comes in singing “Only you”, fade to black……

I’d been through the emotional mill and this was just the cherry on the cake, what an ending…..

Opening the PS3 box for the first time and feeling like a big kid at Christmas. You dont tend to get those feeling when your old lol.

For me there were three: the best one was when metal gear solid was released. That completely blew mind with the story and the multiplayer. Multiplayer was one like never before and story is completely relatable to the current events or events that took place around that era. Second was the release of heavy rain, which was an iconic video game of its time with the ability to control the story and make your own way to different forms of ending. The third one was around uncharted series. Beautiful graphics the scenery the colors and the game itself. All of uncharted series have been amazing!

MaxDiehard 8 November, 2013 @ 5:40 pm   8

The defining moment for PS3 to me was being able to play my own media.

GuerillaBRO 8 November, 2013 @ 5:41 pm   9

Journey.

Surfing down through that building and other ruines.

http://tardis.com.br/who/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Journey-Gif.gif

V00D00CHARL1E 8 November, 2013 @ 5:43 pm   10

For me,the defining moment has to be online play. Coming from the ps2 days and dial up connections, online play was unheard of. I then got an Xbox 360 when released, but refused to pay for online play. My release day ps3 was the first time I actually got to pay a computer games, with other people, not in the same room. Ever since resistance fall of man, I’ve been even more addicted to gaming, offline and online

huffytonge 8 November, 2013 @ 5:44 pm   11

Trying to narrow this down will be hard but there is one moment from my PS3s life span that will always be with me.

The game Heavy Rain,

The moment when the Origami killer forces Ethan to cut his finger off.

The first time I had to do it I just sat stunned by what this game was asking me to do. Time seemed to slow down as I considered what I had to do. Save my son and lose a single finger or walk away and risk never seeing my boy again. Lost in the moment and after what felt like forever I used what was around, bit down on an old piece of wood and took a trial run with the axe I’d found. Braving the inevitable outcome I just did what I needed to do. The axe slammed down and I collapsed in pain, my inside knotted from what I’d just made a character in front of me do.

Never will I forget that moment or game.

A_Nonny_Moose 8 November, 2013 @ 5:44 pm   12

It would have to be the plane crash in Uncharted 3. Literally jaw dropping. It’s the one moment where I was genuinely surprised that what I had just played was possible on a games console.

Nolmancketnun 8 November, 2013 @ 5:45 pm   13

The most memorable moment for me was definetly playing Battlefield 3 for the first time with 2 Friends in my tiny room, so that perfect squad gameplay was just bound to be in there. Just an awesome Release Night with an awesome system and awesome friends!

This generation has been the first time I’ve really gotten into a games console so it’s really been the first time I’ve been able to pick a defining moment. While it would be easy for me to say The Last of Us was the defining game, while quite clearly the pinnacle of the technology and the storytelling, the most important moment that the PS3 has had for me comes much earlier.
Not surprisingly, it was Naughty Dog who provided this, way back in 2007 with the original Uncharted. Uncharted was, in my eyes, the very first “Next Gen” game, and raised the bar considerably over anything I’d seen before. It not only inspired 3 more incredible games from Naughty Dog, but also proved to all the other development teams and storytellers just what was possible on the PS3. It set the tone for what was to come, and in my opinion acted as a benchmark for the most successful games that were to follow. I do not believe we would see games with anywhere near the quality we do today without Uncharted starting it all off, and for that reason it is my defining moment of this generation.

Fred, year ago i was able to describe many great moments with PS3, but now only one thing comes to my mind: the date when SCEE impudently invaded our personal space in XMB with forced, undeletable, insulting Singstar thing, arrogantly followed by ignorance to constructive customer complaints.

damien14273 8 November, 2013 @ 5:49 pm   16

There have been many great moments for me on this generation like diving off that first tower in Assassins Creed or climbing up the destroyed train in Uncharted 2 but my defining moment of this generation didn’t come until a few short weeks ago. Having been a huge fan of Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls was one of my my anticipated games for this year and though it was totally different from what I expected it to be, I enjoyed it immensely. The moment which defines the generation for me was the point I realised that the characters created in this game were so believable and that I had become so attached to them that I genuinely cried for the first time ever at a video game, to explain the exact scene would be to ruin the game for others but if you have played it you probably know the scene I mean near the end. The lasting emotional impact of this scene will be with me for the rest of my life and I’m genuinely thankful to the developers for making such a wonderful game which is both the best game on the PS3 and has my defining moment of the generation, I can’t wait to see what comes next with PS4!

tired-hippo 8 November, 2013 @ 5:50 pm   17

Playing oblivion I was confused and unimpressed by wandering through the dungeons….I thought the game wasn’t for me. Then I got outside for the first time….looked around at the beautiful world around me…and realised I could go anywhere and do anything. I’d invested in the right game…and the right console.

Lunastra78 8 November, 2013 @ 5:50 pm   18

The defining moment was first leaving the Vault in Fallout 3(my first game for my brand new PS3).

Just seeing the huge expanse of barren desert and rocks, knowing I could chose freely where to go next. It was a moment that filled me with a sense of both unlimited freedom and uncertainty and dread – who knows what awaits around the next corner?!

In retrospect of course – I’ve played the game to death(Platinum) and now know every nook and cranny and giant scorpion there is to see. But that very moment when everything seems possible is one of the best feelings in gaming.

Myopic_Aardvark 8 November, 2013 @ 5:52 pm   19

Would it maybe possible to get the Knightfall pack available to us before we get a chance to win the game in Europe?

Speaking of Batman, I’d say that being able to play him and feel like the character in Arkham Asylum is a defining moment.

Or playing Ezio is Assassin’s Creed II for the first time.

The first time i got when i bought my first ps3 and the epic battles in bayonetta.

Apart from all the adventures I experienced on my PS3, my defining moment for me is when I played LBP 1 for the first time with my sister. It was a time in our lives when we weren’t really close and she had trouble in the past understanding why I love games so much. The character of Sackboy convinced her to give it a try because of its cuteness and since that very first level, she was hooked. We both loved our experiences together on the game and as a result, we grew closer to each other. Since LBP1, we played many more games and I will always remember that first moment that we really connected thanks to Sackboy and his desire to save the world!

R2A7Z9O1R 8 November, 2013 @ 5:55 pm   22

My defining moment was getting to play on Call of Duty Modern Warfare’s online multiplayer for the very first time, after having waited for 3-4 months of owning the game without having an internet connection. This was the very first time I’d played a game online and would lead me to realizing a passion for competitive online shooters. And eventually Dices Battlefield series (can’t wait for BF4 on PS4 with 64 Players!)

Naughty Dog making the most inspiring games I have ever played has to be it… from the great Uncharted 2 to the amazing The Last of Us. I loved it all.

ND truly are the greatest game developers in my opinion.

Badmansam10 8 November, 2013 @ 5:58 pm   24

Heavy Rain has the best story without a doubt, and the ending was so mind blowing as you realise so many parts of the story you play through all fit together. Best game ever!

SleepingOwns 8 November, 2013 @ 5:58 pm   25

Getting my first ever Platinum trophy – in Dark Souls, after more than 350 hours played (including the other current-gen platforms)

Such an amazing game and definitely my favourite of the generation.

Alex-1124 8 November, 2013 @ 5:59 pm   26

The soundtracks from this generation have been the defining moment for me. They have really come into their own and can heavily impact your emotions towards said game. They immerse you in the action and can make or break a game. Journey is a fantastic example of how far video game soundtracks have come, it was the first ever VGS to be nominated for a Grammy, it didn’t win but it’s a start. To think back 10-20 years ago when it was *only* made using a computer but now some games are being performed by a whole orchestra and there has even been events where you can go to a theatre and hear them live.

That is why music has defined this generation for me.

Definitely the masterpiece that was Journey. Never ever did I feel so immersed in a digital world. I was blown away by the visuals, the music, the experience. Playing it for the second time was even better. I knew what was gonna happen, so I could soak it in some more.

For me, the defining moment of the PS3 generation was the moment on June 29th, 2010 when I downloaded Wipeout HD for free.

This was not piracy, this was illegally getting hold of a game. This was the start of Playstation Plus, a simple service, which for a low price promised me new games monthly. Already well worth the price, as the years have gone on it’s blossomed into the Instant Game Collection, and covered the Vita (and soon PS4) as well as the PS3, meaning there’s always something for everyone.

I’ve been a member since Day 1, and am signed up until the end of 2015. I’ve never been a fan of downloaded games, PS+ changed that, not only because of the free ones, but because through their arcade games I was able to try games from new developers. Developers I became fond of and then bought their next games.

PS+ changed the way I gamed on my PS3, so to me, the launch of the service was my defining moment.

chrisboers 8 November, 2013 @ 6:07 pm   29

For me, the PS3 was the first ‘modern’ console I ever bought, and I have had long debates with myself on which to get. The Xbox 360, or the PS3? Both had their advantages, but the included Blu-Ray disc was what what finally won me over. And boy, did I never regret that decision! The shift from PC gaming to console, using a controller to game, and playing my games on a 42″ screen instead of a crappy 20″ monitor was all the difference in the world.
So, what was my defining moment for PS3? The very, very first time I actually hooked it up, and started it! That welcome chime is something I will never, ever forget!

Opt1mus76 8 November, 2013 @ 6:18 pm   30

CoD4:Modern Warfare
I played the odd fps here and there but never really got into them. The Timesplitters games were probably the only previous shooters that I enjoyed but could still take them or leave them. I bought CoD4:MW based purely on the review in OPM and didn’t expect much. After all, I wasn’t a shooter fan and I didn’t anticipate it looking much better than the screenshots but when I actually started playing I was amazed. This game changed my view of shooters forever.
After countless kills and deaths I got to the All Ghillied Up mission. That one mission sticks in my mind more than any other in any game I’ve ever played, and I’ve played alot. Its a masterpiece in level design and broke up the unrelenting killing with its perfectly paced stealth, atmosphere and tension. Its the game that got me enjoying fps and its the game that showed just how good fps could be on home consoles.
CoD4:MW, I salute you

dogwalker4000 8 November, 2013 @ 6:20 pm   31

For me it’s the opening to Uncharted 2.

I had played and very much enjoyed the 1st Uncharted and had high hopes for the sequel. I tried to keep away from spoilers and stories about it in the run up but let myself peak at the review scores as they came in. It was getting 9s and 10s all over the place and I was very much hyped for it.

So when it arrived I whacked it in my old phat PS3 (RIP) and played the opening scene. Nate wakes up on a train all bloody sitting up straight and other than the gun shot wound everything seems normal. Suddenly the camera angle changes and you notice that the train is hanging off a cliff. Drake unclips himself and falls to the bottom of the train and ends up just hanging onto a railing. Climbing up the train was the best PS3 experience I’ve had. It was so dramatic and tense, the way railings break and the path changes above you was awesome and added to the urgency needed to reach the top.

When I did get to the summit I put my controller down and realised that after the first 5 minutes of Uncharted 2 I knew that this was worth all the high priase that it had been given.

Nothing has topped that since.

My favourite game for this generation has to be Dark Souls. The first time following a hint left by another player and ending up dead. The many struggles to reach a boss, only to get killed within seconds. And finally, after many deaths, reaching the first bell and ringing it. Hearing it ring and knowing a player has defeated that boss still puts a smile on my face. Cant wait for DaS 2 and yes im prepared to die.

DoYouLikeMyID 8 November, 2013 @ 6:22 pm   33

I guess it would have to be when I first laid my eyes on gaming in HD. Allow me to set the scene:

When I originally got my PS3, which came bundled with Resistance: Fall of Man and Motorstorm, I still had one of those 4:3, 360p, 20-inch TVs the size of Tamriel and Skyrim combined… Raised to the power of GTA V’s sales numbers.

Anyway, I thought the games looked amazing, even on that old dinosaur of a TV. So when I upgraded that to an HD-TV a couple of years later, and popped Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction into my PS3… My jaw dropped to the floor. The image was so clear, the colours were sprawling, and the audio was fantastic. I just couldn’t believe it.

And here we are, at the launch of PS4, and I’m practically still salivating at the thought of what Naughty Dog can do on my now 1080p TV with the PS4. Ahhhhhh…

I remember the moment more than the game. I couldn’t believe what I was playing was actually a game. I even uttered the marketing line “This is Play!”. I think it was the end of Metal Gear Solid 4. But there have been several moments since then, collecting trophies in Super Stardust, several moments in Journey and Uncharted 2. Tends to be moments of great emotion, immersion and/or achievement. Also a great moment with Sly Cooper, playing on the bus, cross save, play on ps3 in 3D, then turn vita back on to use the AR feature. I’m excited to see what PS4 can do with this kind of tech.

AshesArise 8 November, 2013 @ 6:26 pm   35

For me it was when i put Uncharted 2 in for the first time and was blown away by how nice it looked and played, also more recently that whole opening sequence in The Last Of Us followed by the epic journey i had within the game. And finally the addition of PS Plus, i have saved money and gained a whole chunk of games to my already large collection of titles.

Thanks for the memories and here is to the many more awesome years ahead with the PS4!

cycledance 8 November, 2013 @ 6:29 pm   36

Call of Duty Multiplayer. customizing the loadout. earning killstreaks. total rush in the beginning…but seriously never gets old.

Stonesthrow 8 November, 2013 @ 6:33 pm   37

Playing (COD4) in HD for the first time on my brand new (and hella expensive) 52 inch Bravia. I mean, this thing has literally turned me from hardcore PS gamer to all-around hermit crab. It’s like having my own private cinema that looks even better than the real thing. High definition has truly revolutionized visual media and gaming the way color tv did back then or how ps1 truly introduced 3D environments to console gaming.
Software-wise, MGS4. The series always had close ties with the Playstation brand up until now and that was the game who’s trailers I’d be drooling over daily, desperately trying to hold out for the ps3.. Technically and graphically astonishing Killzone (which looked better than the best looking pc shooters up to that point imo) and Uncharted (which made me a fan of the third person genre on a technical level afterall, and used to feel unresponsive to me.) Honorable mentions to the ps3 exclusives in general in fact.

My defining moments were definitely when I started playing Bethesda’s games starting with fallout 3, At first I confused on how to get money in the game but once I learned I had a amazing experience :D

After I told my mate at college I loved the game he recommended I play the Elder scrolls Oblivion as it was made by the same company. So I did and while the graphics were quite dated even back then I started to enjoy that game to. Then moved on to Skyrim & Fallout NV 2 years later with a even better experience.

I now cant wait for a Fallout 4 to arrive on the PS4, I have never liked a Game developer so much since the days when Rockstar invented the Sandbox worlds known as GTA. What makes these game series great to me is how well written they are made, how great it is to go off and explore at your own pace.
And well I could go on but its to long a list :D

Seeing the RRP go up to £60 a game

To pin it down to one moment, it would have to be watching the MGS4 into and marvelling at the seamless transition from cut scene to actual gameplay with a mere shift of camera angle.
A sublime and exquisite moment the likes of which I had never seen before in a game and actually still isn’t too be taken for granted even now.

jp08_pires 8 November, 2013 @ 6:36 pm   41

For me has playing Far Cry 3, the beautiful island setting, skinning animals, killing pirates, and and the best villain of video-game history Vaas Montenegro.

loonyspoony 8 November, 2013 @ 6:40 pm   42

This was the generation when multiplayer online came of age, it was defined by Call of Duty 4, that first time when your on a map realising those around you aren’t going to sit behind a wall and fling grenades in a predictable way until you pick them off.
They would do the weirdest things that you could not predict (normally jumping around like a lunatic). But they all moved in a way that AI just can’t do.
Then you get your first kill and realise you’ve made someone else miserable, what could be better.

GreenMekon 8 November, 2013 @ 6:43 pm   43

For me it has to be racing through the mud on motorstorm, stunning. Also the feeling of being lost after finishing tlos, I knew I had experienced something truly stunning, and was at loss to know what to play next.

Uncharted 1, the moment you get around the corner and see the sub half sticking out over the waterfall. I had an amazing time playing and when that scene came my jaw dropped to the floor, loved it and it looked stunning.

DarklingLewis 8 November, 2013 @ 6:45 pm   45

Metal Gear Solid 4, that game was outstanding in its own right but when it touched on the previous Metal Gear Solid games it took me on an emotional nostalgic journey through my playstation history. It standouts to me as my greatest journey in video game history.

I have 2 defining moments on my ps3: The first was my first platinum trophy (Bayoneta) which I worked really hard to get it and it was awesome seeing that platinum trophy pop up, so proud. I never cared much about the trophies until that day, and now im addicted on collecting trophies haha xD The second was when I decided to get PS Plus. I always wanted to subscribe but I wasn’t sure if it was worth it. As soon as I suscribed, I lost all doubts :P super happy with that decision, my only regret was not doing it earlier xD

ducky1549 8 November, 2013 @ 7:08 pm   47

For me it has to be the compelling story and gameplay of heavy rain that really ulled me to get a ps3 the whole story spanning the game as you play as several different characters with their own way of doing things to find out you also played as the bad guy too it was fantastic.

This is a tough one!
For me it would have to be seeing the Platinum trophy pop on Demon’s Souls!
I put literally 100s of hours into the game and getting the friends ring was a huge task! I had already messed it up on a couple of previous runs and I was on NG+++++ when I finally approached The Monumental (weird kid) and he handed over the ring!

Good times, I really hope we get a Demon’s Souls 2 exclusive on PS4 but am not holding my breath after Dark Souls went multiplatform..

for me it was the moment i finally woke up and realised my ps3 was more than just a bluray player.

i had had a 360 since launch and i was heavily invested in my gamerscore when the ps3 came along but i had a top of the line tv at the time and i wanted the best looking films around and decided bluray was the way to go.

my ps3 sat for months used as a bluray player and i gamed on 360, after a while i decided with so much cost investment i should get the most out of it and i bought mgs4 and heavenly sword and i was blown away by it and loved having the feel of a playstation pad back in my hands but i was still more invested in my 360 where believe it or not my game of choice was geometry wars.

tbc.

then i read an article about playstation launching the trophy system and the first game available with them was super stardust hd , being a fan of twin stick shooters i thought id give it ago and almost instantly i was blown away by the visuals and addictive nature of the game and i really liked the fact that it was the beginning of trophy support on ps3.

from that point on i would buy all my multi platform titles on ps3 and slowly start to move 100% playstation (i have over 100 titles on live and i no longer have an xbox as i never used it)

so thats my defining moment (or sequence of events depending on how you view it)

alexfifa98 8 November, 2013 @ 7:16 pm   51

For me it has to be the first time The Last of Us was announced and shown at E3. The reaction of the audience alone explained it all as Naughty Dog had someone found the extra power on the PS3 to create a game that looked stunning. That was the moment the PS3 shined above the rest and showed games are the forefront of any great console.

Solid_Snake1987 8 November, 2013 @ 7:24 pm   52

I think for me what my defining impression from the PS3 is the number of “You’re kidding me!” moments I had playing certain games.

Firstly was Uncharted (and the rest of the series) with its beautiful graphics, great story telling and chemistry between characters which lifted the bar on what games could be.

The next year there was Grand Theft Auto IV, which had great scope and incredible detail (later to be blown away by its sequel). That was followed straight away by my favourite game of the generation, Metal Gear Solid 4, which was (and still is) jaw dropping.

LittleBigPlanet the same year (2008 truly rocked) changed the way we played and could create, with so many wonderful levels and creations coming from a relatively simple tool set.

Skipping on a couple of years to God of War 3 and I was left dumbstruck by what Santa Monica Studio had achieved. The seamlessness between video and gameplay left me completely open to attack riding on the back of Gaia at the start of the game!

Solid_Snake1987 8 November, 2013 @ 7:24 pm   53

(continued from above)

Lastly there was aptly, The Last of Us. A game while not my #1 favourite is still one I’ll never forget and probably should be remembered as the defining game of the PS3. The culmination of Naughty Dog’s incredible achievements over the last two decades, they created a believable post-apocalyptic world where you care about the characters and what happens to them. In fact it’s probably not the defining moment of the PS3, but of gaming as a whole.

MagickmanSte 8 November, 2013 @ 7:30 pm   54

Has to be the start of The Last Of Us. So much more than a ‘game’.
(Also later in the game when Ellie spots the Giraffe).

yamato-ua- 8 November, 2013 @ 7:31 pm   55

I guess it would be the unboxing of my new PS3 slim. You know, the smell of new device and all.

lordloss-1994 8 November, 2013 @ 7:32 pm   56

For me to describe my defining moment with the Playstation 3. I have to take you back to my version of 2009. At this point I had delayed getting any new kind of games system out of sheer stuborness. I had one 5 year old Playstation 2 that I was happy enough using until one bad accident caused it to break. I could have bought a new one however I took it as the kick I needed to buy a console capable of truly testing my recently acquired HD TV. one week later I had my ps3, HDMI cable, 5 games, 3 blu-ray movies, enough snacks and the day clear to truly test this things metal. I will say that day was filled with amazing moments but my defining moment came when I was getting back on after a short break, got out my microphone and untouched copy of killzone 2 and finally experienced everything I wanted and more all in one match. The first that hit me was how incredible it all looked although I was pleasantly surprised by infamous’ visuals earlier but this game blew me away. second how much bettter it played than any other games and the last thing possibly the best was how for the rest of the day I couldn’t get rid of the big childish grin I had plastered across my face.

dark_angel69 8 November, 2013 @ 7:41 pm   57

The defining moment for me was when Kingdom hearts 2.5 was released as this game really blew my mind. I could not believe how amazing the graphics looked and thought to myself “This has to be the best game I have played this year”.

What I loved about that game was seeing the Disney characters as it brought back old memories from my childhood. It was great to see the whole Mickey Mouse gang again.

After playing Final Mix and Chain of Memories, I watched 258/2 days. It was so beautiful it brought a tear to my eye at the end. And that is a rare thing for me to get from a game. I never feel so attached to a game like that. At the end of the cut scenes, I kept the game running just to enjoy the moment with the memories I was given as I listen to the music while reading the diary from the game and it really was a beautiful moment.

Will always remember them moments. And will always hold them memories in my heart and mind. And I’m very thankful they came to PS3 in an HD as I missed out on them moments with PS2.

Man.. I’ve had wonderful memories with my fat PS3 (still going on strong btw). I bought Warhawk with it and I had a blast, I couldn’t stop playing even on SDTV back then. Then playing Call of Duty 4 MP, it was intense sneaking behind enemy lines murdering everyone with the silinced MP5! It was GOLD :D ..

Then ND gave us Uncharted 2, which still one of my all time favorite games! Remember when Karl Schäfer died and this soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1_KZWMtkPc start playing? :( It’s unforgettable experience…

And since you mentioned Demon’s Souls, I must say it’s one of the best PS3 exclusives. But it’s painfully hard. So much so I broke my laptop screen with the controller after being killed by Flamelurker on the second playthrough.. it cost me $90 :( lol

Thank you Sony for all the great times I had with the PS3. I’m ready to move on now, #4ThePlayers sine 1995.

I’d have to pick the opening of God of War 3.

I always enjoyed the Titan sections in the PS2 games because of the sense of scale that the developers managed to achieve. But it always seemed to be achieved through clever camera work and level design. For example in God of War 1 there’s a moment when you’re in the temple strapped to the back of the titan Chronos and as you’re strafing around the outside of it, you can just about see him moving through the sandstorm below you. Which I always thought was a really cool touch.

However when I started God of War 3 and found that I was playing parts of the game on top of fully realised versions of these creatures. I was absolutely floored. Being on top of a creature, that in the previous games was so big that it could only be seen in cutscenes and illusions felt like such a huge next gen experience.

SergioDaly 8 November, 2013 @ 7:50 pm   60

I had many special moments with my PS3, once my wife went to do a night shift on the hospital and when she arrive home around 9 am, i was in the living room, after 10 hours straight and i did not notice the time passed. Another one was my first Uncharted game, witch i finish 4 times and in one of them, my, non gamer, wife did sit down with me to follow the story, witch happen again with Uncharted 2. But the epiphany was when i was doing the 24 hour Le Mans race in Gran Turismo 5, after 10 hours of pitch back night… the sun light breakthrough in the horizon and it was pure beauty.

Superbuu3 8 November, 2013 @ 7:51 pm   61

Infamous 2. It took the super hero game to the next level. For the first time there was a sandbox game that was worthy of two playthroughs and then some. The missions for good and evil were different evnough and the whole gameplay changed when using goor or evil powers.

It had some genuinely suprising parts of the game storyline wise. I really can’t wait till the sequel comes to PS4 and it is the reason I want a PS4.

Project2insanity 8 November, 2013 @ 7:53 pm   62

I’ve had many amazing moments throughout this generation and still have more to go (Lords of Shadow 2- I’m looking at you). To say the defining moment, I’d go back to the point where it began. The point where it wasn’t a matter of saying I have new hardware but rather the point of truly feeling it has arrived, the point of thinking, “This is gonna be one heck of ride!”

To put it in context, PS3 was my first entry into HD. Games like Motorstorm and Resistance looked great but it didn’t give the feeling that this changed everything.

My defining moment needs to be from The Darkness, back in 2007. Graphically, of course, it looked awesome at release. Mike Patton’s voice sent chills down spines every time it spoke. The defining moment, however, was Jackie’s relationship with Jenny. Sitting on a couch, watching To Kill a Mockingbird with her. Simple a concept as it is, it built emotional investment. That’s when I knew we were in for something special and PS3 was destined to be the platform to push this.

Uncharted, Heavy Rain, Journey, Beyond… they were the emerging light out of The Darkness.

Metal gear solid 4 was a true blast to play, emotionally deep and thankfully nostalgic. It was touching to feel a part of playstation history through the refferals to psx and ps2 metal gear.And stunning graphics.

It’s pretty recent, but I don’t think anything else I’ve done as of yet has come close towards the level of mastery I felt when I finally killed Yama and beat Spelunky the hard way. (Though, the trophy didn’t pop up, which was disappointing.)

I think it’s the level of fair challenge and overcoming every enemy and obstacle with all that you’ve learned along the ride, and then using all of that knowledge to finally make it to the end.

Sure, I died around 395 times along the way, but if I didn’t die that many times, I wouldn’t have learned all the things I did and I never would’ve been able to beat the game fully. But now that I have, I feel accomplished! No longer am I a platforming amateur, I’m a platforming pro! It’s like a gaming coming of age story.

(I remember you were playing Spelunky, too, Fred. Have you gotten to Hell, yet?)

shortmaneighty2 8 November, 2013 @ 7:57 pm   65

I have really tried narrowing it down to a single defining moment but being a playstation 3 owner since launch then you must understand how difficult this is but i have got it down to two. The first was opening my ps3 on launch day, freshly delivered from the courier with a copy of resistance:fall of man. playing that game and running through the manchester cathedral for the first time was a real eye opener to what the shiny console in front of me could do! I was hooked! The second was publishing my very first level in little big planet 2, I can honestly say i have never known a game to be that technical and give you that much freedom. checking hourly to see if anybody had played my level became a ritual. Needless to say i have my ps4 preordered and cannot wait to enjoy many more memories with playstation.

P.S please consider lbp3 for ps4! just the thought of what could be achieved on the new console in create mode is mind blowing.

SergioDaly 8 November, 2013 @ 7:59 pm   66

i am not trying to do 2 entries for the contest, but i just remember another magical moment, the entire Journey game… if people want special moments with their PS3, play that game, i beg you… play it!

PS flower was awesome too btw…

a_certain_mr 8 November, 2013 @ 8:03 pm   67

Uncharted 2. The train. For the very first time it felt like the cinematic scope of a blockbuster film had made it to video gaming. Utterly marvelous.

Dante_Zero 8 November, 2013 @ 8:03 pm   68

Wining a code for Batman Arkham Origins is an absolute highlight. lol jk.
Seriously I have no idea where to start as there have been so many.From meeting life long friends at 3am on Resistance Multiplayer to numerous amazing games and conferences and more.The last 6+ years have been amazing even with the many bumps on the road. My 12k+ trophy haul has been as integral to my experience as the games and stories experienced.I still reader the E3 which showcased Uncharted 2′s breath taking graphics that shows for the first time HD had truly arrived in gaming. Then of course there was getting my psvita on launch day. Then factor in the surprise games of this generation such as Arkham Asylum,MAG, Dead Island,Demon Souls to mention a few.
My most memorable moment on a individual level besides quantic dreams asking me ‘how far would you go for love?’ would have to be playing through Ni No Kuni.The game was fantastical, charming, an absolute joy and and amazing emotional experience. By the end emotional many man tears were shed the only game that truly achieved that for me although a few had come close (Nooooooo Drake can’t be dead!!!!). I genuinely can’t not wait #GreatnessAwaits and new experiences being created #4ThePlayers

eoghaner_2k10 8 November, 2013 @ 8:06 pm   69

When I first opened up my 37 inch, HDTV with my first game to really take advantage of the PS3 hardware, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Seeing the first level in glorious HD with 37 amazing inches of Screen space was amazing and it was then I realized the PS3 was a Spectacular piece of kit that at the time I thought could never be topped.
And Now we have the PS4 :D…. (Can’t Wait)

When I booted the system up for the first time, put the Uncharted 1 disk in and got blown away by the fact that the voice acting was so good, the animations were incredible and when you stepped foot in the water… Oh my, I was blown away by the fact that your pants got wet.

Getting through Uncharted 2 in a single day, just because Uncharted 3 was announced for the IGC.

I hadn’t even liked the first one that much, and it took me months to go through Uncharted Golden Abyss on the VITA. But I had Uncharted 2, bought it at the same time at which I had bought the first one. So when the third was announced, I remember sighing and thinking something like “Might as well get done with it”.

So, one saturday morning, I got up, and put Uncharted 2 in the PS3.

I didn’t go to bed before the end credits.

That’s my defining moment for PS3. And that’s why I didn’t think Uncharted 3 was all that good.

Rarely mentioned/overlooked gems on PSN get my vote. From Pain to Noby Noby Boy, these games usually cost a few pounds yet offer so much entertainment.

Noby Noby Boy itself is one of my favourite games this generation. I used it to teach my kids about planets while simultaneously confusing them with the bizarre gameplay.

Bacon_Crispies 8 November, 2013 @ 8:19 pm   73

Playing Uncharted 2 for the first time and climbing up the train, no game up to that point had such a perfect blend of gameplay and providing an awesome cinematic experience.
The best part is that it was only the start of an amazing game, a game that somehow kept on outdoing itself with every turn.

I had already played through Resistance: Fall Of Man a month or two before I bought Resistance 2.The emotional relationship I had made through seeing Nathan Hale develop as a character turned him into virtual family. It’s as if him and I were truly fighting off a global plague. The defining moment of the PlayStation 3′s generation had to be the spine-chilling ending from Resistance 2. It left a void of confusion in me as I was in sheer disbelief of what happened. I still remember the words Capelli muttered as he looked into the infected eyes of his best friend and pulled the trigger ‘Forgive me sir. It was an honour’.
Also the words that come to mind when I put my PS3 away for a PS4 ;).

While there have been too many incredible experiences this generation to count, the one moment that really stood out for me was actually in the very first PS3 game I played, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.

This wasn’t one of those scenes of great bombast, it wasn’t emotional, in fact when measured against what’s come since it was an incredibly small thing perhaps. This moment was Drake making his way through the circular doorway on the U-Boat early in the game. Never before had I seen a player character interact with the game environment in such a deep way, Drake pulling himself through the doorway and crouching as he went.

My jaw hit the floor and I knew for me, that was what next gen meant. The level of interaction grounded Drake in his world in a way I’d never felt had been managed in a game before and set the tone not only for his series of games, but also for many more games as well.

I can’t wait to have another moment like that when my PS4 arrives!

Getting my PS3 with my first Full HD TV and then putting Motorstorm on I will never forget the leap from the Wii to the PS3.

There is one other thing, more of an experience though. I won a position on the Games Radar team for the Motorstorm Apocalypse launch tournament in London. I visited ‘Future’, London and was treated to free pizza, red bull and magazines before being taken to the venue. There I met the team from Evolution Studios and had an amazing time. I walked away with a years supply of Sony games but they didn’t come close to the event itself.

JD_LloydLewis 8 November, 2013 @ 8:36 pm   77

Mine happened only yesterday, for the first time I played my PlayStation with headphones on the Last of Us. I figured playing it would improve my performance during the stealth areas because of the lack of listen mode on the hardest difficulty. I was so surprised at how just by blocking out all other sound and having a better dynamic range would improve the gameplay and immerse you so much more. It was incredibly tense trying to sneak around enemies and my heart was pounding especially during shoot outs or when running from infected! Not only that but hearing sounds that are otherwise inaudible, subtleties such as a door creak or just the flora and fauna makes it so much more atmospheric.

My defining moment was when i first ever hooked my PS3 up to a 40″HD TV. The first few weeks when i got my PS3 i was using a very old and aweful 22″ standard set.
I just got home with a day one copy of GTA IV, totally out of my mind with excitement and my amazing Girlfriend had gone to great lengths to surprise me by buying us a brand new 40″HD Flat screen. My god! i virtually did cartwheels round the room. I got to work at super speed to set it all up, it still took a while as this stuff was kinda new to me back then. Then i got it all going, WOW i was bowled over with how jaw dropping amazing it looked, the first time i seen a PS3 run in HD after using a set like the one i was using was a true spectacle that i will never forget. I couldn’t stop torching cars on GTA cause of how real the explosions looked, good times and i can’t wait to see what my PS4 defining moment will be

From the game’s side Uncharted 1 was probably the milestone that settled it. From the moment that I heard the game’s theme, I knew that I was in for an epic experience. I think only the theme of Baldur’s Gate managed something similar in all those decades of gaming.

Besides games, I have to mention Playstation Plus too. Previous to the IGC, Playstation was the focused AAA experience, where I exactly knew in advance what I was gonna purchase and play next.

These days? Testing, exploring, experiencing games, that I otherwise would have never tried. Absolutely a defining moment in this generation, because it changed the approach to games and gaming.

Not just a defining moment for PS3, but for gaming in general.

Telltale’s The Walking Dead.

I went into this game knowing a large back story, having read most of the comics, and watched the TV series weekly, like some kind of religion!

After being disappointed by Back To The Future (HUGE fan of the trilogy and the cartoon series that followed!) I went into Walking Dead with my mind shut, expecting a run of the mill point and click game.

Boy. Was I wrong! I was gripped after 20 minutes. It was so atmospheric and engaging, and I actually felt my decisions in-game made a forcefully impact. I was VERY impressed. After the first episode I promised “Just one more episode before bed” … And the next thing I knew, I’d completed chapters 1-5.

Of course there are some graphically beautiful games that push this generation to its limits (Uncharted 3, Killzone 3, The Last of Us) and you’d be forgiven for saying ANY of these games are “the best game ever” – but Walking Dead dragged me in and devoured me, like a zombie. Forcing me to feel each characters pains.

This is why for me, it’s my favourite PS3 game, the pinnacle of gaming, and an easy choice for “most defining moment”.

silmorat1 8 November, 2013 @ 8:56 pm   81

I was a late purchaser of the PS3 I bought it in 2010 after a disagreement with my wife so i thought i would cheer myself up. I didn’t know what games to get and decided to get Resistance Fall of Man the cover looked interesting. When it loaded I was amazed at the quality of it (I couldn’t believe it) the story was an alternative take on the World War! But was soo clever and well written it actually felt real…..the descriptive intros had me hooked….I have played and completed a few games since then but have yet to feel that utter amazement since. I later found out that this game was a launch title when the PS3 came out! I have loved my console ever since….thank you.

AntGreenfield 8 November, 2013 @ 8:57 pm   82

Really tough to narrow this down to one point as there have been a fair few wow moments for me this gen! It’s got to be between the arrival of the IGC with Plus, transforming the service from brilliant at the start to downright ridiculous value for money! PlayTV and it’s cheap route into the wonder of PVR. The joy of the arrival of the most beautiful handheld ever in the form of the Vita and it’s ability to let me play the likes of Ico while my other half watches endless soaps or the one I’m opting for, the arrival of 3D gaming when I invested in a Bravia TV! Uncharted 3 went from looking beautiful to eye melting and the ability to watch films in 3D hasn’t lost its appeal to this day

in castlevania lords of shadow the part where you walk on the ice bridge and belmonts theme is being played in the background was the most exhilarated and most emotional gaming moment I have encountered

bestheelever 8 November, 2013 @ 8:59 pm   84

My PS3 moment is…… Borderlands. As weird as that may seem to some with such thoroughly enjoyable games as Last of Us, GTAV, Gran Turismo 5, Uncharted Series, Dead Space and MGS4 among many others, Borderlands is the only game I have got a Platinum on (so far) and a game I discovered by accident.
I had got the Standard edition in a 2 for £20 deal but
I was so blown away by how enjoyable the game was I went out the same day, took it back and paid (almost) full price for the Game of The Year edition :)
My first day playing as Axton I played for nearly 14 hours and I didn’t really stop for weeks. I put aside all my other games and constantly played this which for me was the first time I did that since playing the Final Fantasy games on PS1 and PS2.

Chr15toff3e 8 November, 2013 @ 9:01 pm   85

I think the defining moment from this generation has to be the Playstation Store. It demonstrates how far we’ve moved on from the very first Playstation, and that we can now purchase games from our own living rooms. We are accustomed to these features today like it’s been around for decades but it’s something that I never thought would be possible when playing the PSOne. It still does have its issues with freezing problems and certain games are unable to be purchased on the odd occasion, we somehow forget that it’s still fairly new, but I think it will advance even more on the next generation of consoles. The fact that we’re now starting to see HD films stream instantly onto our Ps3 console shows how quickly the store is adapting to new features, and we’re even hearing how we could eventually be able to stream games with Gakai by using cloud technology. This will push the boundaries even further on the Ps4. But the original concept was born on the Playstation 3. Not exactly memorable in gaming terms, but our shopping habits were forever changed because of it.

I had just gotten my first PS3, and together with it, a bunch of games. One of them was Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction. I had played all previous titles on the PS2, so I was prepared for ridiculous weapon design, a fun story and improved graphics.

When I first launched the game, I was blown away. The graphics and the setting really matched. Even today, I think it is one of the better looking titles. But my defining “This is the next generation” moment, was when the game asked me to control Ratchet, falling from the sky, after a skyscraper collapsed, by moving my controller, using the Sixaxis technology. It was a mind-blowing experience.

tombraiders 8 November, 2013 @ 9:07 pm   87

My defining moment on PS3 is ironically a lot of peoples worst moment! The whole PSN Scandal while horrible and sad for Sony, lead me to having a month away from playing multiplayer games with friends. Instead I played some great single player games like Mass Effect 2, Bulletstorm and Portal 2! I also got around to finally playing RDR Undead Nightmare and Uncharted 2 for the 5th time!

It was a really good time for me that made me even more passionate about wanting to work in the industry.

InFamous 2 evil karma ending
When you finish a game you always get that feeling of acomplishment and yet a little bit sad because that journey has ended and you’ll say goodbye to friends you’ve met along the way (at least until the sequel in some cases). The better the game the stronger those feelings are.
When I finished InFamous 2 good karma ending a got a very strong dose of those feelings. Great game, great ending.
When I finished the bad karma ending I didn’t felt that. I was confused, sad and almost a little bit scared. After douzens of hours seeing Cole’s and Zeke’s friendship grow, getting destroyed and then regrowing again you had one last mission: to face your best friend and kill him. No cutscene nor big fight, calmly press those buttons and shoot him.
Betwen each shot I waited for something to happen and change the mission. And even when the cutscenes after that ended and the credits rolled I only had one thought: I killed my best friend, I am a monster.
For some moments I really felt like I was the character in the game, not because I felt all-powerfull as you usually feel in the end of a game but because I felt so weak, fragile and human.
No other game I’ve played has even came close to that.

Coody-Baroody 8 November, 2013 @ 9:33 pm   89

Now when I was a youth n I never had no money
N people used to talk n tell me look funny
Not a pound or a penny no did I have to spend
Happy I was not, no my friends

Now just come n look at me,
BIG BAD N BOLDER
Digging The Last of Us with my Dualshock Controller
Just call him Joel yes call her Ellie as well
Isn’t this next gen people, I don’t know who can tell

Now I’m a young un no more but my worries are over
Dem bad boys at Naughty Dog give me me chills yes all over
They should get an Oscar n an Emmy as well
That Last of Us caper was as WICKED as hell

My defining moment of the PS3 generation was playing Killzone 2. It was the first current gen FPS I played and I loved it.

The graphics were beautiful, the gameplay addictive and it’s one of the few FPS’s with an amazing story.

I couldn’t find another FPS I liked more until Killzone 3 came out; it’s still my favourite FPS to this day! Can’t wait for next gen Killzone! :)

XzSlLENTSNIPERzX 8 November, 2013 @ 9:40 pm   91

The first time I touched-down in Dark Souls’ colossal Anor Londo is most definitely the definitive moment of this generation in my humble opinion. Prior to the player’s arrival in the mighty city they’re given a range of decaying tombs, crumbling castles and gloomy natural environments to explore; however, Anor Londo stood out. No longer did we have to leach on the light given off by the player. No longer did we have to search ahead for traps. No longer did we have to fear the corners due to them being obscured. There was light, and lots of it. But that’s not all. Anor Londo stands out for being the only fully-intact part of Dark Souls, and in being this the true beauty of the city is revealed. It’s an untapped paradise in a cyclopean desert.

The moment the player lands to see the golden sun ahead of them, the archaic build-style and ultimately, the collection of pillars, pathways and rooms that is Anor Londo, only then does Dark Souls become gold.

Best moment of this console generation.

Wraith_Bringer 8 November, 2013 @ 9:59 pm   92

There’s been many highs and lows this generation, so when I decided to add a reply, I really had to think about a defining moment. And to me, it had to be the turning point.

2009 was a great year for the PS3 with the slim model coming out, Uncharted 2 as Game of the Year and a fantastic range of first party titles. But the defining moment was the success of Uncharted 2 which led the PS3 to being a fierce competitor for top spot again. All the little quirps of “PS3 has no games” and the like had just completely gone in favour of a console in a turning point in it’s lifetime. The proposition of the PS3 became justified and the technology was showing that it was future proof and far from over and thankfully it’s led us on to more amazing games such as Uncharted 3, Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us with some killer games yet to come.

Earning the Platinum trophy in Resistance 2. The 10,000 kills took me months, there were good times and a few dark times when I thought I wouldn’t make it. But when I finally did it, it was as if a massive weight had been lifted from my shoulders and it was probably my most satisfying moment in gaming. Absolutely THE defining moment for me as it turned me into the hunter I am today. A trophy hunter.

HitmanSB07 8 November, 2013 @ 10:04 pm   94

It took me a while to think back on the most defining moment of this console generation and the result not only goes for the PS3 but for my entire life of gaming too. I’m quite reluctant to say it and I had to convince myself it was the truth but one single game is to blame for thousands of hours of my free time spent on the Playstation 3 for the past almost eight years of my life: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

This was my first real online experience. Beforehand I dabbled in some Resistance and messaged friends on the system but the true extent of online play didn’t hit me until I touched cod 4′s online mode. Though not a huge fan of it’s successors, I fell in love with the game from the moment I put it in the disc drive on Christmas morning in 2007 (with my sparkly new HDTV too!). Gaming just wasn’t the same for me afterwards…and that’s for the better too.

There are other contenders of course: My first introduction to western rpgs through Oblivion, my harsh travel through Boletaria in Demon’s Souls, my amazing Ghibli-fueled adventure in Ni No Kuni…the list truly goes on. However, none have been so influential in my life compared to my first true online experience.

So my story begins back in December 1998, when I was 10 years old, when I got my PS for Christmas, my very 1st console. Epic moment of my life I must say.

I made a mistake that I latter regretted very hard. To get money and buy PS2 I sold my PS. I thought it’s PS2 so better games right? Since PS was my 1st console I didn’t thought of one thing, that one day a sentimental note can hit me and I might want to play those epic games again. That happened, I wanted Psycho Mantis to read my mind again, I wanted to run away from Nemesis again, I wanted to walk in that fog with that broken radio again. However I couldn’t get the console and the games anymore. Sad moment of my life I must say.

In 2007 after high school I stopped playing consoles, didn’t bought PS3 but kept my PS2, a lesson has been learned. After almost 6 year break I decided to buy PS3, early this year, knowing nothing about the console. So to the point which you might have guessed already. Man… if you would see my banana-smile-face when I discovered PS Store and that you can download PS classics. The originals, just how I remembered them, just what I dreamed of when sentimental note hit me. Defining moment of the PS3 generation in my life I must say.

I’ve chosen the last of us as my moment, as it touched my heart like no other game before, or since. And by touched, I mean ripped it out, stomped on it, put it in a bottle, set fire to it, and launched it at a clicker.

I’m an easy mark when it comes to blubbing at stuff. Thinking about that old JR Hartley ad, STILL sets me off. Sure, I’ve welled up, even cried in games before. I mean, my first sim getting hitched, then tragically dying in a fire still haunts me to this day. (RIP Ryde, gone but not forgotten). But the last of us, whoa. That was proper sobbing, I mean, out of control, snot everywhere, omg, I can’t breathe sobbing. More than once. Alot more than once.That a game could touch my heart in a way, that I had genuine, overwhelming emotion is astounding. The story, the characters, how they evolved, everything was so perfect. I grew to love them, I cared for them, I felt a part of their lives. Even characters I never met. The female characters were incredible. The beauty of the game was astounding.

But for me, after those final few lines, what touched my heart, created my moment, was how it demonstrated that love isn’t nothing.

Getting a lesson in charisma from Vaas in far cry 3. I came to the game for the tropical setting, the guns and the skirmishes with the wildlife, but I know part of me never left the island when I finished the game. It’s been so long now that I am not even sure where I end and Vaas begins. Have I ever told you the definition of insanity???

For me it was unboxing the PS3 and connecting it to the TV and playing COD4 single player for a few days; It was when Captain Price and Gas died at the end when I realised that gaming as I had previously known it had taken on a massive leap.
The whole gaming experience was becoming more emotional, not content with making our tempers flare up by putting the player in near impossible situations; now the Devs want to tug at our heart strings.
Then there was the console online multiplayer, wow, it was incredible how many friends I made, and still game with to this very day.

playmartelli 8 November, 2013 @ 11:10 pm   99

Importing Demon’s Souls from Asia when it wasn’t available in Europe. It was really exciting finding out about this cult game, checking it out on youtube and then waiting patiently for it to be delivered. I was slightly disappointed at first because I thought the difficulty was just ridiculous and I didn’t stand a chance. But like everything, the more you put into the better you become. I spent way too many hours playing this game but loved every minute of it. I loved the fact that the game didn’t hold my hand but also seeing online ghosts that could guide me with messages was so cool and new. This game made me realise that I didn’t have to be embarrassed to play computer games as I learnt there are games with amazing artwork, design and intellect as well. The only downside is that I can’t play games like Modern Warfare, Battlefield anymore because I find them boring, nothing comes close to Demon’s and Dark Souls. Even far Cry 3 didn’t do it for me, just too violent and repetitive :(

Is it worth mentioning that I would go mental if there was a Demon’s Souls 2 coming to the PS4?! :)

remanutd5 8 November, 2013 @ 11:12 pm   100

The first 20 minutes in God of war 3, oh my god, another defining moment is when Kratos finally kills Zeus.

Wolfman_sw 8 November, 2013 @ 11:12 pm   101

The defining PS3 moment for me is easily Warhawk. That game was like nothing I had ever played before. It was the first online multiplayer game that I really got into. I spent so many hours in that world, so many battles, some good, sound bad and some so incredibly epic it begs belief! I met some new friends in the Warhawk universe that I am still good friends with today. For me, Warhawk was the groundbreaking game for PS3. The game that made PlayStation an online console and the first game where I earned PlayStation Trophies.

toxic-inferno 8 November, 2013 @ 11:17 pm   102

Don’t wish to be entered for a download code, as I already have the game, but I can’t resist taking part!

I think for me, the real defining moment was when I first stepped out of the sewers in Oblivion after the introduction. After half an hour of gameplay in the dark, murky sewers, I finally broke into the dazzling sunlight of Cyrodiil for the first time. Suddenly, the game was filled with vibrant colours in every direction.

It took me almost an hour to get over the fact that I could literally go wherever I wanted in that colourful land. Truly a generation-defining moment.

Mattbrad 8 November, 2013 @ 11:27 pm   103

The defining moment of this generation for me is realising the value that the PS3 has presented through PS plus. It defines it for me as the world has been in a economic downturn, PS plus has always been there offering great games for free. Its one of those things that doesn’t strike you as generation defining but to me its one of the most underrated things in our industry

It would probably be firing up Uncharted 2 for the first time. The sheer level of graphical fidelity was amazing but the voice acting, animation, story and character development just stole my heart. Uncharted 3 went even further and The Last of Us perfected it.

So my defining moment is Naughty Dog. The moment I played a game from them for the first time, I think it’s fair to say, was my favourite PS3 moment.

I’m guessing the Last of US is going to be the most popular option on here, and I’d have to say it’s the same for me. (I’m going to try to avoid spoilers as much as possible here)
Specifically, the Giraffe bit. The sheer emotion of the sections leading up to it, and the beauty and serenity of the moment. I seriously stood there for something like 15 minutes because I couldn’t take my eyes off the scene, and I didn’t want to move from there because I was so happy to see Ellie excited again, and it felt like staying right there in that moment was the only I could protect here because I knew whatever was up ahead would be rough.
I miss Joel and Ellie… I think I need to go play tLoU again now.

HPOOTP23 9 November, 2013 @ 12:25 am   106

I can’t seem to break it down to one so I will go in order of what they were. 1. First Platinum with the only game I was able to afford to get ACII. 2. Playing through Journey in one sitting in a room alone with a headset on. 3. Two days ago in Grand Theft Auto Online when the Stimulus package was dropped I found myself with three $9000 bounties on my head and being chased by six cars and two helicopters down one of the main streets in Los Santos. I managed to get into the subway and sat parked and watched the white dots go block by block above me looking for me. Those are just some of the many moments of enjoyment I’ve had since my purchase of my first Playstation 3. Bring on more of those with the PS4!

Finallygotit_Pom 9 November, 2013 @ 12:27 am   107

The first time I saw uncharted gameplay. Just blew my mind.
After owning PS3 for a year only then I realised what PS plus has to offer. Couldnt really believe that there could be some much of benefit so such a low subscription price.
Anyway looking forward towards PS4 launch in India. Eagerly waiting.

Finallygotit_Pom 9 November, 2013 @ 12:28 am   108

The first time I saw uncharted gameplay. Just blew my mind.
After owning PS3 for a year only then I realised what PS plus has to offer. Couldnt really believe that there could be so much of benefit for such a low subscription price.
Anyway looking forward towards PS4 launch in India. Eagerly waiting.

euanpolo 9 November, 2013 @ 12:29 am   109

Stepping out of Vault 101 for the first time. The shock of the bright light of the sun and the spine-tingling ambient music that plays is just fantastic. Then the game leaves you to explore the world. Man, I loved Fallout 3.

Bio-vizier 9 November, 2013 @ 12:43 am   110

I can’t decide whether it was when Sony started removing all the great features like PS2 compatibility and Install other OS or when it started garbage like Singstar to my XMB. At the moment, I think it’s the latter, I hate turning my system on because I know I’ll see Singstar.

sixxdogg68 9 November, 2013 @ 12:48 am   111

Game wise it was God of War 3 for me. Kratos in HD got my fired up like nothing else. Got totally immersed in it.

One thing I really like about the PS3 is the ability to stream from other devices. Whether it be movies, music or the ability to show pictures on the TV (not all of us have smart TV’s) was just fantastic!!

The YLOD. The first time my 600€ PS3 went down I couldn’t believe it. After 4 fixes I was giving up for good on the Playstation family. Never had I thought it would be possible for me to even think of it. Since 1994 I had been a Playstation fanboy (the PS2, for me, it’s still the best game console ever!) and the YLOD was a dissapointment for me. Never again would I buy another Playstation system. But my wife, for my 31st birthday, bought me the slim PS3. It wasn’t the shiny piano black I used to love. But the magic emerged again. Can’t wait to get my hands on that new controller. This time I won’t be able to get it on the release day. But I will get it.

RedMustang72 9 November, 2013 @ 1:07 am   113

Defining moment? Just one?! :)

The trophy system has to be a real contender, for the first time gamers could puff their chests out within the community and say look, I came, I saw, I conquered! There is an element of pride involved when you can proudly display that really tough Plat, like the Souls games, or the commitment few showed to a certain Resistance 2 trophy, or even just to express that this is my type of game and these are the characters I love…trophies can say all that and more!!

As for games…where would one start? Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad…and all his Creed? The Nathan’s, Hale and Drake? Cole MacGrath? There are so many great characters and franchises that were born on the PS3, and so many great gaming tales to tell.

Perhaps though, I would have to say welcome to the USG Ishimura. Not since the original Silent Hill did a game make me jump and panic so much as guiding our psychosis burdened, limb slicing hero, Isaac Clarke, through the bowels of Necromorph hell…what a great character, great game and such a great experience!

bryanphilip 9 November, 2013 @ 1:10 am   114

By far the most defining moment of the ps3 generation must be the moment when I finished the last naughty dog ps3 game. The uncharted trilogy was the best at action, while the last of us had a better story. These two together have made the ultimate entertainment experience for me. Every dedicated gamer should have at least played one of the naughty dog games on ps3, because it is something you sould not miss.

I also played the entire uncharted 2 game with my girlfriend next to me(she’s not the big infected/zombie fan, so no playing the last of us with her :() And even she admitted that it was like watching a movie, only longer and maybe even better.

Overall I think all the exclusives had some sort of special touch, but the studio that has gone through the biggest growth is naughty dog. With the Last of Us being their masterpiece storywise and Uncharted 2 action-wise (I hope that’s a word)

Thanks for reading this

Alandrin 9 November, 2013 @ 1:19 am   115

March the 9th 2009. After receiving a great amount of money on my birthday and saving the cash I got on christmas I was of to buy some games and I already knew that one of them would be Killzone 2.

When I arrived at the local gamestop and picked up the game I noticed that they’ve cut the price on another game that I didn’t know much, but had heard good things about, Little Big Planet.

Quite satisfied I was happily going to check out these two games when I noticed something on the lowest row of the PS3 games Valkyria Chronicles. I had just the other day tested out a demo of this game and it ended up with the others.

These three very different games all turned out to be ridiculously good and is both some of the best games I played this generation and the first games I bought dlc for. Killzone 2 had it’s great multiplayer and awesome graphics. Little Big Planet’s create and play formula and awesome party gaming ruled, and Valkyria Chronicles smart strategy, beautiful art and engaging story was truly amazing. All of the games have amused me until today and was my gaming 2009 until I picked up Uncharted 2 at the end of the year.

ArchangelMike 9 November, 2013 @ 1:35 am   116

March 23rd 2007. Playstation 3 launched in the UK.

Defining moment for me was packing up my PS2 (which I had since launch), gathering my catalogue of PS2 games, and making the trip to my local GAME store.

The thought of trading in my PS2 and my entire game collection filled me with a sense of grief, but it was the only way I would be able to afford a Playstation 3. However, the sheer anticipation of getting my hands on the brand new glossy black Playstation 3 was palpable.

I remember getting home, and tidying up the lounge and clearing the space. I then slowly, with deliberate movements, unboxed my new Playstation 3. I probably spent the next hour or so just looking at the machine, drinking in the smell of new hardware.

That was The defining moment for me.

I will have another very similar experience come November 29th. Except this time, I will be keeping my Playstation 3 and my catalogue of PS3 games :)

Shinoda_2qx 9 November, 2013 @ 1:37 am   117

It’s so difficult to pick one single moment from such an awesome generation! So, I shall cheat a little and name 3 ;)

First off was before I owned a ps3, I was visiting some family and my nephew let me play his ps3 one night when everyone toddled off to bed. 8 hours later, and I was still glued to the tv, enthralled in Snake’s newest tale. A little longer than a moment, but spurred me to go home and buy a ps3 for myself, with a copy of MGS4 of course.

My second defining moment would have to be seeing the aptly named “First Glory” trophy unlock on Pro Evo 2010. The first of over 4000 trophies, and set me on my way to my first platinum (currently 68 total). Trophies have been a huge part of this generation, and so that was a huge moment for me.

Finally, it would have to be the first time I played online on Killzone 2. I was completely new to online gaming, and a little scared, if I’m honest. Had no idea what to expect, but wow! Loved it from the very first moment, and spent 1000s of hours across many different multiplayer games. Met some awesome people, and hope to meet many more on the ps4!

Preztail 9 November, 2013 @ 1:42 am   118

Waking up on the crashed train in uncharted 2

tiago-kun 9 November, 2013 @ 2:44 am   119

I got my PS3 bundled with Uncharted and Ratchet & Clank. I thought about which one I should play first, so I put Ratchet & Clank thinking I should see the difference in the graphics compared to the last one, when I start the game my reaction was something along the lines:
“OH MY GOD! I’M PLAYING A PIXAR MOVIE!”

It seems silly now, games and graphics have evolved a lot since then, like Uncharted 2, God Of War III and the recent Last Of Us, but that moment was really amazing because it was something familiar and at the same time it was this new thing with amazing detail, you could see the fur on Ratchet! It was really something!

snookey891 9 November, 2013 @ 3:36 am   120

I got my PS3 in mid-2010. I haven’t played that many games on it before joining PS+, but I’ve played more than on the PS2 (I only had that for a brief period of time). Having said that, I have several defining moments of the PS3-era games. My favourite sandbox game has to be AC2. The first time I experienced the story of Ezio, I was blown away; this was also my first platinum trophy :) Favourite FPS: Spec Ops The Line. The character-development in that game left me speechless and filled with part confusion, part amazement at the brilliant writing and excellent overall game; also thank you PS+ :) Favourite RPG: Dark Souls. Having sunk into it 120 hours on my first playthrough alone, it felt immensely rewarding after defeatin the end boss, but also a bit confusing as the game is stingy with its story/background. Favourite QTE-fest: Heavy Rain. Having played Fahrenheit I knew it would be something similar but nothing had prepared me for the gut-wrenching journey Ethan would make in the course of the game. Lasly, favourite PSN game: Journey. Finished it in 2 hours ,but man was it fun. There’s something eerie about that sand :D

monoliet 9 November, 2013 @ 3:46 am   121

like
to me first time online on console!!!
some great games ( some great rpg)
skyrim ( after cleaning the bugs + freezes )
the elder scrols ( same like above )
falout 3 ( same like above )
terraria ( in waiting of minecraft )
cod games love mp( only hates cheaters /hakers + other not corect behavior )whithe knicht online !!!( more then 1000 hr .)
you tube after very long time ( i can not understend why again not on ps4 )

disepointed =
-psn hack
-price policy psn 1 dollar = not 1 €
-lots of promesse u did not keep
-singspam icone
-sony phone service( when u have problems )
-stil no option to pay tru gsm on psn
-download list = to huge ( folders where to hard to sony ingeneers )
-ff online not using psn mony to buy abo ore crysta (u not read on box axept only crysta mony instead of psn mony )so let go great game go if them not use psn mony .

rest = waiting untile ps4
cod goast ( hope no cheaters/hackers day 1 )
ac iv
minecraft (hope rease date 29 nov )
no sony games = 10€ to expensive to al of you games like lots of psn store
only infamous i wil buy whith reduction card :)
maby in future when knack +-49 ore lesser € i wil buy

monoliet 9 November, 2013 @ 3:48 am   122

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Warhawk. When that game arrived the online multiplayer aspect of PS3 finally took off, and the potential of PSN was realised.

Murak_Modder 9 November, 2013 @ 8:12 am   124

For me, the PS3 generation became truly real was when I saw the first trailer for (at the time) Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which is now Final Fantasy XV.

Just watching the beauty of Noctis and his friends battle against nostalgic enemies, such as the Behemoth in such glorious 1080p glory made me convinced that I would have a PS3, because up to that point, I just felt the PS3 didn’t have enough games to offer me to make purchasing it worthwhile.

Since then, I did acquire many valuable and worthwhile games (such as Resonance of Fate, Atelier Ayesha, Zone of the Enders, etc) but what truly introduced me to the PS3 was Final Fantasy XV, and now it’s one of the main sources (along with Kingdom Hearts 3 and others) for me to get a PS4.

Lifesavingairbag 9 November, 2013 @ 8:51 am   125

whilst I see TWD is high in the charts do you anticipate a sale or ps+ giveaway for TWD anytime soon?

kieronb89 9 November, 2013 @ 9:10 am   126

ive only owned my Ps3 for 2 years and man ive had some amazing experiences on that console! from killing helgast to stealing cars in gta 5, massive scale warfare in Battlefield 3 to solving provlems in uncharted 3! man its been an experience and I cant wait for another decade of gaming on the ps4 ! good job sony!

Miro33no 9 November, 2013 @ 9:11 am   127

Since I jumped on the current gen boat somewhere halfway trough, I cant really say anything about being astonished by graphics or by any of the older games I didnt have a chance to play. But as a achievemnt hunter (from steam and wow), my best moment was my first Platinum trophy. Altough it was Gravity Rush on PSvita, it still counts to this gen :) Getting PS+ was also really great, but since I got it a few days after my PS3, I cant really count that in. I am also very glad that you are keeping old trophy system and PS+ as they are now, especially this trophy ranking system is the best way of dividing achievemnts out there :) I ve still have a lot to enjoy from this generation, and with next one around the corner, I will have really interesting times :D

FrauIein 9 November, 2013 @ 9:18 am   128

I’ve been a Playstation guy since the PS1 and I have always loved the hefty First Party exclusives, but my favorite out of all of them is Ratchet and Clank. My defining moment came early in this gen in 2007 with the release of Tools of Destruction. That game was awesome, playing R&C in HD, felt like I was living a Pixar movie. The Gameplay was also top notch, humor was spot and the ending made me so happy because I knew There would be a new Ratchet and clank in the coming years. Can’t wait for Into the Nexus come next week.

cthulhu85 9 November, 2013 @ 9:41 am   129

I remember when I found the original PS3 (the one that could play PS2 games) at Gamestop and I bought it. Then I convinced a friend of mine to buy my old rather cheap and also introducing him into the world of Playstation. At that time he said he’d beat me in trophies and we had a rush on getting the first Platinum (I won with Sly 2), and then we’ve kinda had this going after about beating each others score on how many platinum’s we have (though none of us are really hardcore gamers, even if I do game a lot, but rarely to the extent that I plat games). At this point I’m leading the way with 5 against 3 I think.
My friend, being a massive God Of War fan, he was going to plat all of those, and I just had to go back and revisit some games to see if I could finish the last trophies there. It’s been a lot of fun.

I think my defining moment of the PS3 was the first day I got the PS3 slim home after trading in my old 80gb console. As I was bringing over my saved data from the old one with a hard drive, the family in the other room were watching the England v Germany World Cup game of 2010. Anyway by the time I downloaded all the updates and got everything set up, England had lost.

Ha only joking!

The defining moment of PS3 would have to be playing Uncharted 2. The game had quality steaming out of it, and I still think it’s better than Uncharted 3, as the train scene from Uncharted 2 didn’t take control from the player like in Uncharted 3, with being able climb in and out of the couches when you wanted to not when the set piece moment told you to.

S-o-h-a-i-l 9 November, 2013 @ 10:13 am   131

It was the beginning of 2010, as of now my Playstation 3 was simply a Modern Warfare machine – switching on and off for the usual few rounds of multiplayer goodness. I was pretty unadventurous, I hadn’t broadened out or explored much of the consoles vast library, and the few gems I had picked up, I hadn’t spent enough time on.

Truth be told, I was beginning to grow a little wary for the future of the system, beyond the yearly update/rehash of my most played series. Then it happened, as if by fate I was gifted a copy of Uncharted 2. Now let me emphasise the fact that before this game, the best visuals I’d seen were of GTA IV, the most cinematic game I’d experienced was World at War, etc etc you get my point. I popped the disc of this unknown game in and began the campaign fearing the worst…

Wow. Just wow. I finally understood what console gaming was. I finally understood why there are so many gamers out there, and why the gaming scene was becoming so big and so defined. I kid you not I must’ve finished that game in a single sitting, and then I replayed it again and again.

Uncharted 2 made a gamer out of me, and that will always be the defining moment of every gaming generation – not just the Playstation 3′s.

EmJayZay 9 November, 2013 @ 10:33 am   132

Online gaming with the addition of couch coop splitscreen. At the same time. Warhawk was the best game to offer this experience. 4-player splitscreen with up to 28 other people. Me and my buddy were once playing in Archipelago’s CTF-sized map and while I was rushing and capping points my buddy was playing as sniper and trying to give support for me.

My buddy decided to fire a random rocket towards a capping point where I was and I had just started to fight a guy. Just a few seconds pass and my buddies rocket hits the other guy killing it.
Both started laughing about it because it was so random. Shooting blindly a rocket which travelled about 700-800 meters (I guess) and it hits a guy.

All while playing splitscreen and online at the same time.

EmJayZay 9 November, 2013 @ 10:34 am   133

EDIT at message 132:
I was playing with my other account at the time if you are wondering.

Leewom69 9 November, 2013 @ 10:44 am   134

Having left it until the release of God of War 3 to pick up a playstation, loading that game up and climbing up a Titan was pretty special but I think the real defining moment was when I put the copy of Casino Royale that came with the remote that I truelly took a step back and felt next gen. From that day on my movie experience has never been the same.

Being a multiplatform gamer means it is the exclusives that pull me to a console and the PS3 has had some truelly memorable experiences in the form of Heavy Rain and The Last of Us. Playing both of those felt nextgen for sure. I think playing the original Uncharted and watching drakes jeans get wet as he ran through water was mighty impressive too and something i’ll always remember fondly.

As much as a games console is about the games though, that first bluray experience is what will always stick in my mind, the sound and visual quality are what have kept the console under my telly.

Oh that and the PS+ service that in itself is a defining moment in the ps3 timeline.

cactus07 9 November, 2013 @ 10:49 am   135

When I bought Deadly Premonition at the horror sale I just realised that gaming is about creating an experience, not the perfect game on paper. That realy made me think about what probably could be done with PS4, realy mind blowing.

For me it was Far Cry 2 when one of your companions died? Man I felt so guilty as if id let them down.

Also the ending of Fallout 3

tao_triad 9 November, 2013 @ 12:10 pm   137

The Last of Us — Not only did the game live up to the hype (I avoided reviews and trailers, but it’s hard to avoid hearing the hype anyway), but exceed it in every way. One of the best games ever.

Flower — a game that pushed the boundaries of what to expect from a game. I’ve shown it to a lot of people that don’t normally play games — all of them have agreed that games might be fun after all.

NIER — story, characters, music, game play; the game has it all. I’ve always been an FF junkie, but NIER made me realise that an RPG can be more than just fire/blizzard/thunder/cure.

Uncharted — Tombraider but with story and dialogue rather than sex appeal as the main selling point. When the fourth movie so efficiently killed off the appeal of the Indiana Jones series, Uncharted swooped in to pick up the gauntlet.

Borderlands — An FPS that is not only fun, but also has an entertaining story and online multiplayer that isn’t dominated by people whose greatest satisfaction is to flaunt their superiority.

LBP — the defining game of the PS3. The game I originally bought the PS3 in anticipation of.

Skyrim — The title music. Glancing up to the sky and beholding the dance of northern lights. Enough said.

GONZO2K8 9 November, 2013 @ 12:24 pm   138

“This is good… Isn’t it”

Simply the most amazing ending ever, for the most amazing series ever. I will never forget it, and all that happened before it. Then the metaphor with Sunny and the eggs. It was simply incredible.

I think MGS4, and particularly it’s ending, really was the defining moment of the PS3 and the generation as a whole as it truly captured the massive leap in writing, voice acting and sophistication that took place in the past generation.

maybe_im_a_lion 9 November, 2013 @ 12:29 pm   139

Definitely the moment when I finished the Mass Effect series. Over the course of the 3 games I’d spent so much time with this character I had created. I shaped his personality, his victories and defeats in his many adventures, which really helped engross me into this wonderfully rich universe.

That moment when I finished the third installment was surprisingly hard to accept. It felt like I was losing a part of myself with the conclusion of this unique characters journey. But the fact that a game could make me feel so strongly and so upset at this loss was an amazing revelation to come to. I think it really shows the potential impact a game is capable of having on us, and indeed our lives.

the 8 player co-op in Resistance 2, absolutely fantastic. Had played quite a few games online but wasn’t really a big fan but this changed everything. Couldn’t believe it when it wasn’t part off resistance 3. Theres been nothing like it since

After leaving the vault in fallout 3 and entering the massive open world.

MesozoicPrinny 9 November, 2013 @ 1:45 pm   142

Realising that Remote Play, on the PSP and then the Vita, was only ever going to work for PS1 titles that already worked on the PSP and Vita.

As a PS3-player from Norway I will allways remember the day that DHL rang on my door telling me there was a package from Japan. I ordered my PS3-system from Japan because of the delayed release here in EU. I still remember almost every second from opening the brand new generation of console to when I connected it and started playing Resistance: Fall of Man. This was it! The graphics! The gameplay! I sat 3 inches above the seat in my couch and was speechless. This was my defining moment with the PS3.

(And I really remember how light the first SIXAXIS (not Dualshock 3) controller were. It felt like holding air! I still use those because of this!)

The whole introduction of David in The Last of Us.

The whole David segment was such an exciting part.

When he’s first introduced, we don’t know much about him and so I couldn’t trust him. Even if he was willing to trade medicine for a deer that Ellie killed for food, we still had to be careful. Even so, when Ellie and David are attacked by infected, including a bloater with almost no ammo, we start to trust David since we cooperated with him through the whole thing. But sudently everything changes when he reveals that his men were the ones that attacked Joel and Ellie before. At that point, the whole trust that I had with David was gone in just a split-second. After that, the whole Winter part was just awesome, trying to survive from that crazy cannibal David with Ellie while trying to save her with Joel was so exciting. The whole fight against David in a burning restaurant… Priceless.

The Last of Us was, without a doubt, one of the best titles the PS3 had to offer. The whole David part, specially his revelation, was my defining moment of the PS3 generation.

And I gotta say, when Ellie says to David “Tell them that it was Ellie who broke your F***ING FINGER!” I was like “Best character ever.”

Arshenal 9 November, 2013 @ 3:12 pm   145

Its hard to pick a single defining moment

Most recently it was probably the end of Last of Us, I rarely feel a connection to video game characters and the way that game ended had me dazed just thinking about it. I was literally sitting through the credits thinks: “Well…that….yeah…” and spent the rest of the morning in that daze. Its weird, I wasn’t sad, but wasn’t that happy for them either

Another moment would probably be the Uncharted 3 plane scene, that whole chapter was intense and what was awesome about it was that I was in control of Drake the whole time (though it took me a while to realize that).

And i think the PS All Stars Opening deserves a mention. It was awesome seeing all those PS icons coming together and kicking each others butt. Man I hope that game gets a sequel

Alphaembryo 9 November, 2013 @ 3:18 pm   146

BEST: every 5min session at MGO2, and that Demon Soul…
WORST: Singstar icon

Robert5050 9 November, 2013 @ 3:27 pm   147

For me it was the moment I got my ps3 and the first game I played was resistance fall of men. Not only was this my first fps game but also the game that got me into the fps genre. I loved playing multiplayer of that game and had great memories playing the single player campaign with my brother. This was my first defining moment of the ps3 generation.

TheLegend1993 9 November, 2013 @ 3:46 pm   148

There was a time in Dead Island when my buddy and I were out scavenging through the ruins of the city. As we searched some derelict house, an army of flesh-eating monstrosities broke in from all sides. We were separated.

I managed to make my way up a fire escape to the rooftops, splitting the occasional zombie skull with my trusty electrified blade as I went, but my friend was nowhere to be found. Add to this his microphone was off to charge and the suspense caused by his disappearance was only amplified. And then, eventually, I saw him down in the streets below…running for his dear life from hundreds of them. Physically helpless from above, I instead chose to run over the rooftops alongside, aiding him with directions due to my visibility over the alleyways ahead. I screamed down my mic, praying he would understand my instructions. As I reached the last building available in my parkour-run, I saw a huge opening to his left around the next bend. I relayed the information, thinking that out in the open he may have a chance. He took the turn and disappeared from sight.

For a moment, I thought all was well. The creatures chasing him from behind were only just closing in on the turning. He’d outrun them. He’d made it.

TheLegend1993 9 November, 2013 @ 3:47 pm   149

(Continued from post above due to char. limit)

But when he suddenly exploded back into view, I bolted upright. Behind him were legions of the undead, thundering on. He ran head on into the wall of monsters that had initially been chasing him in the other direction. He was trapped. The bloodshed was too much for me to watch, but I heard the futile cracks of his gun as it fired. A second time. A third….

Silence.

I looked over the edge into the narrow alley. His shredded body was nowhere to be seen amidst the army of shambling corpses that had caused his demise. It was over. I was alone.

There was a sudden fizzle and pop.

“What bull****”.

And moments later he was by my side, this time armed with his mic for our next encounter with the enemy. We would not make the same mistake again.

ALL HAIL THE POWER OF THE RESPAWN!

LikeABossNT 9 November, 2013 @ 3:53 pm   150

There has been so many amazing moments over the years so it’s almost impossible to choose the best one but here is few:

-Heavy Rain
Heavy Rains ending was absolutely mind blowing and the gameplay was also extremely good full of unexpected plot twists.

-Journey
Journey was beautiful and very fun to play with a stranger only using a little light over your head to communicate.

-Kingdom Hearts 1
I just got it so I don’t know that much about it, but so far it has been extremely good :D

-Spec Ops: The Line
An epic story about survival after a mission went really wrong

-Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
I spent +400 hours with this game playing with my friends. We played every day competing in the clan challenges making our clan good. I also remember playing survival mode for days in my friends house.

BobfocRJG 9 November, 2013 @ 3:54 pm   151

I’m a big Metal Gear fan, and so I was awaiting the release of Metal Gear Solid 4 with great anticipation. The only problem? I couldn’t afford a PS3 when the game was released in 2008.

Fast-forward two years later to 2010. I’d been entrenched in an office job I loathed and was finding it difficult to summon the merest shred of enthusiasm for anything. Hope, however, was on the horizon. Towards the end of the summer, I managed to to secure a different form of employment in an environment better suited to my personal working style.

But forget that for a second. More importantly, I’d scraped together enough cash to finally splash out on a brand, spanking new 250GB PS3 Slim model. My first game of choice? Metal Gear Solid 4, blatantly.

Not long afterwards, I was gawping at a short, looping sequence of a moustachioed Snake puffing noncommitedly on a cigarette as a red bar slowly filled across the screen. That’s right; I was turning head-over-heels with glee over a loading screen, and I did so with no shame, for my journey had culminated towards the ending of a pulsating gaming saga.

spaceace007 9 November, 2013 @ 4:21 pm   152

There are number of moments for me that defined the PS3 generation. It’s pretty hard to choose a singular moment.
Older protagonists who seemed fitting for the generations that grew up gaming.
In Red Dead Redemption, when we first enter Mexico and Far Away starts to play. That was poignant. When Dutch tells John “We can’t always fight nature, John. We can’t fight change. We can’t fight gravity. We can’t fight nothin. My whole life, John, all I ever did was fight.”
In Last of Us, the slow growing father-daughter bond between Joel and Ellie, particularly when he notices that she still has some of her innocence left after winter when we come across the giraffe scene (a little akin to Jurassic Park). The intro goes without mentioning (dealing with loss is hard).
The train setpiece in Uncharted 2. I never expected the opening to be topped in such an awe-inspiring way. I enjoyed it so much that I had to platinum it within a week.
Going gung-ho in Demon’s souls the import only to realise it’s much more strategic. “This is harsh. Evaluate me.” Thanks for letting us import.
Felt like a kid playing with crayons and modelling clay thanks to LBP. Stephen Fry narrating it was the kicker.

Gincairn 9 November, 2013 @ 4:56 pm   153

I don’t have 1 specific defining moment, I have 2.

The first was on my first day with the console when I was flicking through the available options and discovered the Media server functionality, this was an amazing moment for me as I tend to keep all of my music stored on my PC (to prevent disc scratches from ruining the music)

The second and probably more important was when playing Dante’s Inferno, the level leading up to the City of Dis, you are riding on the head of a giant demon walking towards the city, as you walk the camera pans back to show the whole of Dis, I assumed that the game had flicked into a cutscene and stopped moving the controller, only to find it was all created with in-game graphics, my jaw hit the floor, I was amazed that the console could handle that much detail and it is without doubt one of my favourite moments from this generation, I know that other games can and have done that sort of thing better, but the first time I saw it has stuck with me.

Can’t wait to see what the PS4 brings.

DecypherSlo 9 November, 2013 @ 5:07 pm   154

Hmm, let’s see. I have two moments that stuck with me. I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible.

First is a scene from The Last Of Us, that happens at a certain ranch after some horseback riding. Those of you who played the game already know what I’m talking about. Thanks to some really superb voice acting, animations and an excellent soundtrack, that scene made me more emotional than any other movie or game out there.
Props to Naughty Dog for creating such a masterpiece!

The second scene is from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. When you are fighting the first boss, you trigger a QTE when it’s low on health and some rocking music comes on as you cut that thing down. Awesome!

When I got my first ever trophy on Warhawk. I was very happy when I heard that trophy chime for the first time. I still have the Playstation Official Magazine back in 2008 where they introduced trophies.

(Part 1)

The defining moment of the Playstation 3 generation for me was when myself and a few friends received our Modnation Racers preorder.

We grew up on racing games throughout secondary school, staying over at eachothers houses, even having 4 player split screen competitions whenever the opportunity arised. We had finished school when information about Modnation Racers was being released and only had our Playstation 3′s to communicate with eachother. So we decided this title would be the game to bring us all back together again, to experience times similar to those days on the Playstation 2.

Modnation Racers didn’t disappoint, infact it built on what we had previously experienced. We weren’t restricted to a particular avatar or vehicle, instead we could create and customize our own, or even download one if we wanted to. So we did just that, our karts and avatars were a mixture of our own creations, pre order bonuses and community creations.

(Part 2)

The gameplay was extremely fun, there was always a new winner every game. If we got bored of the developer created tracks we would download new ones from the community or create our own to keep the game exciting and fresh.

We had fun but eventually my friends moved onto other games. I stuck with Modnation Racers until I achieved the platinum. To this day it’s my most cherished trophy, not because of it’s difficulty, or its stature but of what it means to me. It symbolizes friendship and is a reminder of that group of friends that made me the gamer I am today.

DENIO_007 9 November, 2013 @ 7:36 pm   158

For me it was playing through Heavy Rain. It was my very first ps3 game and it just blew me away with the way it looked and the way it played like nothing I have ever played before. It was so weird swapping different characters and having a game that played more like a book to me rather than anything else. I know many people would say that Heavy Rain was resembling a movie rather than a game but I don’t think that’s entirely true. The structure it’s more book-like with chapters dedicating to 4 seemingly unrelated characters that somehow come together.

There was one moment in the game that truly made me feel like different about gaming. In one of the trials you have to kill a man and I remember that moment, having my gun pointed at him as he was beggining not to kill and my finger on the controller slipped and I killed him. I actually mirror Ethan’s reaction and almost got sick because that one kill was much more real to me than the hundreds of people I’ve “killed” while playing video games. That really showed me that we’ve touched a new frontier in gaming.

ten-bucks 9 November, 2013 @ 7:48 pm   159

My defining moment would have to be bioshock 1. I got my ps3 about 18 months after release, it was the 40gb(sadly died with ylod), a faithful servant. With bioshock 1 it was the opening scenes over the water going to the lighthouse. The graphics blew me away. It looked so crisp and I thought for a moment it was straight out a movie. Going on to play the game the storyline was amazing, gameplay and being chased by a big daddy for the first time! I’ve had many excellent games over the years but that was the one that started it for me:-D

BigDaddyKruel 9 November, 2013 @ 7:57 pm   160

That climb with the Titans up Mount Olympus and then the incredible Poseidon boss in God Of War 3…a peerless opening to a still peerless game! Definitely my defining memory.

sandystrachan 9 November, 2013 @ 8:10 pm   161

defining moment of this gen , defining moment of ps3 , defining moment in game console history .
When SCEA and Zipper Interactive took first person shooters and changed how people look at them , making history by tearing up the usual 6v6 small maps , and having 256 real people on one map .
so ground breaking nobody else has even came close to recreating that feel and enormity again .

For me the most defining moment of this generation must be The Last Of Us. It was the first moment of this generation when I truly thought to myself, this is how gaming should be, this is the future of gaming. Its a feeling that i haven’t had since the original metal gear solid came out on the PlayStation.

Jaw dropping graphics, the beautiful soundtrack, the intense action and the raw emotion felt throughout the wonderfully told story.

You only get one chance in a consoles generation for a true masterpiece and Naughty Dogs latest outing is exactly that.

The PS1 had Metal Gear Solid
The PS2 had MGS Snake Eater
And know the PS3 has The Last Of Us.

One of the PlayStation 3′s last and undeniably most definable moment The Last Of Us will surely be the new bench mark for all future generation story games.

Greatness Awaits ;)

Bucket of Ice – yes. That is what I needed after making all of my license trophies gold in GRAN TURISMO 5. My pad have performed well after many many hours of driving, my fingers not so much :) Can’t wait for the next challenge in GT6.

Game:Last of us(Subtitles is a plus for the family) – Graphical performance: Final Fantasy XIII-2 – And best 3D experience COD Black Ops 2. – Speak ur mind+Getting paid=Good. Keep it up :)

bookofcomic2 9 November, 2013 @ 11:23 pm   165

for me the defining moment of the ps3 was a simple one the first time i played the last guy it was one of the first games i bought from psn and it’s still on my ps3 to this day mainly because it’s so damn hard. the game didn’t have flashy graphics at all but it had a simple idea and gameplay that kept me coming back even years after i brought the game. For me that’s what the ps3 is playing great small games as well as the huge triple a titles though i do spend more time playing indie games than the triple a titles.

The defining moment of a generation isn’t something you have to think about. It’s something you know.

Journey is a unique game, a game that connects you to someone you’ve never met. Your only way to communicate is by chirping, and yet you know. You know if a chirp is urgent, mournful or happy.

My moment took place on the sand-surfing level. My partner and entered the final surf. They went left, I went right and we met again in the middle. Then we reached that part of the level. The beauty of the sand glittering in the sunlight, the flow of the sand under our feet like water. We weaved in and out, in sync with each other, a beautiful dance. Then we descended. The rush, the speed, about to leap over the edge and… Where are they?

I fell alone. My partner was gone. I was shocked, immobilized and I chirped like a madman, hoping for some response, some recognition that they were there. Nothing returned, they were gone, and I was resigned to trudge forward alone.

*swoosh*

I flipped around and there they were! I chirped, they chirped back and I just knew it was them again! We chirped happy chirps together and then continued on into the unknown.

That was my Journey, that was my defining moment of this generation.

superJCwarrior 10 November, 2013 @ 1:05 am   167

The moment I learned the truth from Andrew Ryan in Bioshock, realising that everything that I’d done before that was forced upon me by three little words, including the epic moment just after were I murdered Andrew Ryan with the golf club, easily the best moment of the generation as well as the best series in my opinion.

Experiencing HD for the first time, which was the crazy tv programs at the start of MGS4, my jaw dropped it was beautiful so was the actual game

Terarded 10 November, 2013 @ 6:33 am   169

For me the defining moment was when i played the masterpiece known as inFamous. Before this i was only a casual gamer i only played the best of the best but this was the first game i ever played that had trophies, i had heard of them and everyone saying how cool they were but i never really understood until i played this game.
I loved inFamous so much that i decided to play it a second time to try the evil side, by the end of this i had the majority of trophies and i somehow found myself hooked on them and before i knew it it was 4 in the morning and i was accomplishing my first ever platinum.
This was a defining moment because trophies have been a critical part of my player experience since then, i am now level 21 with 33 platinums (hopefully i can add batman origins to that haha) not only do trophies add fun to any game but they have also encouraged me to play games i otherwise wouldnt play because there was always a benefit, in combination with playstation plus this has given me endless amounts of joy and i feel sorry for anyone who chooses to support playstation’s competitors.

Ghost_Draven 10 November, 2013 @ 8:33 am   170

For me, Heavy Rain: Move Edition.

I’ve always been a fan of the potential of interactive movies, but never before felt I got what I was hoping for from the genre. Heavy Rain finally nailed it. After 15 years of trying out one botched game of the genre after the other, with bad FMV acting, very limited plots and gameplay, here I finally got to experience what I had been waiting for all these years.

Beautifully rendered characters, great story with a good plot and twists, all supported with solid gameplay to carry the gamer through, and of course multiple endings to work out how to get.
I even got so involved in the game/story that there were moments of bewilderment where my heart was literally racing, moments of sadness and a few tears shed.

That is exactly how an Interactive Movie should be.

boojoobadger 10 November, 2013 @ 9:01 am   171

The defining moment of this generation has got to be for me Telltale’s fantastic Walking Dead game.
I played through this game initially 1 chapter at a time as they were released, and never have I counted down the days to the release of a game. The story is so immersive and I got so attached to the characters plight I just couldn’t wait to pick up the next chapter and continue the story.
Chapter 3 in particular will always be in my memory. It was the first time a video game reduced me to tears. I have a 3 year old son, and the storyline when Duck gets bitten and you see his health slowly deteriorate ending ultimately in his tragic death really hit home.
Also, at the end of chapter 4 when your own character gets bitten completely shocked me. I felt like I was actually dying! How will I protect Clementine? I was genuinely worried! Never has a game made me go through these emotions and I cant wait for Series 2.

One of my fondest memories was earning the platinum trophy on call of duty – world at war back when that came out. It was the first platinum I tried to get and having drudged through veteran mode without throwing my controller was a victory enough.

I managed to reach the last level at around 11PM on a monday night and even though I had to be up at 4.30 am for work, I refused to go to bed until it was done. I got to the top of the reichstag at 12.45pm. The main character slamming the flag down in the final cutscene coupled with the popping of my first platinum gave me a serious rush.

One of many, many moments this generation which I remember fondly.

Osahi_be 10 November, 2013 @ 9:25 am   173

Naughty Dog has been mentioned quite a few times already in this topic, but I’ll add to that praise as the first Uncharted was the game that convinced me the ‘next gen’ of that time had finally set in.

It wasn’t the graphics or the great gameplay per sé. It was the way gaming finally cought up with Hollywood in Blockbuster presentation and story telling. I just connected with these characters in their quirky Indiana Jonesy adventure, rooted for them, laughed with the truly awesome dialogue and admired the fantastic charactirization. After years of lackluster B-plots and cringeworthy storytelling, his was a game which story and scenes were on par with a blockbuster movie, and proved to me gaming had come to adulthood. The graphical enhancement of the PS3 helped offcourse, because much of the scènes could now be played out with real acting.

It especially rekindled my love for gaming too, as suddenly I became very interested in what gaming could do as a storytelling medium Naughty Dog, Rockstar and Quantic Dream then went further on that path, and made the games of this gen: Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption en Heavy Rain…

I preordered a PS4 over Xb1 and logged onto the UK PSN store only to find absolutely no content at all about the PS4 – nothing. This makes me extremely concerned about whether PSN Store updates and content will be as poor next gen as it is now. The US PSN Store is jammed full of PS4 stuff, including offering the chance to order games now for launch day.

It was in the early ps3 years when Japan studio released Folklore.
I always found it a very beautifull game the surroundings were magical as wel as the whole game and ofcourse the game mechanics where also very nicely done by integrating the sixaxis for use of capturing the souls of the Folklore (monsters) I still think this one of the best ps3 games even the graphics are still astounding.

wallsofrock 10 November, 2013 @ 10:30 am   176

Playing Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed & Motorstorm for the 1st time at Christmas many moons ago!

The very 1st trophy pop also, brought a whole new reason for playing games

obiadekanobi1980 10 November, 2013 @ 10:50 am   177

well mine is going to Game in cardiff picking up my PS3 handing over nearly £600 and having to buy the Mrs a drink straight after to calm her down!!

Then getting home, booting it up for the first time (remember the original startup screen?? lol) doing all the day1 shizzle, then sliding Heavenly Sword in the BluRay disk drawer (was the first one in my street to own a bluray player!), only to be picking my jaw up off the floor after seeing the shiny graphics, amazing!! andenjoying andy sirkis mo cap as the bad guy!!

Thanks sony for those sweet memories and for letting me create some more when i open and play my PS4 for the first time!!

no truer words have been spoken than #4ThePlayers…

obiadekanobi1980 10 November, 2013 @ 10:52 am   178

@ Zhos lol the vetran on COD WAW cost me my first Dualshock3 so i know the feeling lol

Masha2932 10 November, 2013 @ 11:52 am   179

Playing the Red Faction Guerrilla demo with a friend.

The demo gave you access to the walkers in the game and just allowed you to do what you want in a segmented area of the map. The joy of crashing through buildings and watching everything crumble was amazing. It’s kind of disappointing that more games haven’t adopted the technology. Regardless that was one of the moments that introduced me to the PS3 generation.

Skitz001 10 November, 2013 @ 1:03 pm   180

It was the summer of 2011 and I’d just finished college for good, and I’d now got a short break before going into work. My most anticipated game in a long time was coming out that year but sadly not while I had some time off, but then something incredible happened – Naughty Dog announced that we’d get to play that game six months early. I am of course talking about Uncharted 3.

Uncharted 2 is one of my favourite games of all time, but it wasn’t for the campaign – it was for the multiplayer (I sunk around 500 hours into it) So when Uncharted 3 was revealed, I was obviously itching to get my mitts on it. And when ND announced that we’d be able to play the multiplayer beta for U3 in the summer of 2011, I almost died.

The defining moment of the PS3 generation for me was staying up until 3am in the morning after having waited for the U3 beta to download, loading it up and going into my first ever U3 multiplayer match. It was on the Chateau map and I was playing as Nathan Drake himself. That was the moment. I felt sick with sheer excitement. In the 2 years since release I’ve doubled my Uncharted 2 multiplayer time in Uncharted 3, racking up around 1000+ hours in its multiplayer.

And I’ve adored every second.

Joolesasher 10 November, 2013 @ 1:19 pm   181

I have two.

God of War III – first game I bought. And the first fight/part was so gorgeous and jawdropping, even on my fat TV and blah blah blah.

The other was at a “gaming-night” with a couple of friends. We played Worms… Revolution?

I was with this other guy against two others. And this guy has a veeeery special laugh. It’s both the most annoying and most endearing laugh ever. Let’s call him Joker.

So I accidentally hit one of Joker’s guys firing at the other team. And on this other team, there’s this guy that retaliates every time you accidentally do something to him, no matter the cost, and at least 10+ times. Let’s call him Schtolteheim Reinbach IV (Extra points for getting the reference).

Having played with SRIV for years now, I wasn’t really surprised when Joker, at his next turn, walks over to one of my guys with the baseball bat equipped. So I sat there, not making that much fuss, all while Joker is laughing smugly. He hits me, I’m sent flying into the water, and he goes…

TBC

Joolesasher 10 November, 2013 @ 1:19 pm   182

“Haha, woohoo, which one of you idiots’ worm was that?!”

I’m dumbfounded at first. I call it as mine in a dry fashion, though at this point I’m starting to crack up having realized that he actually thought it was one of the other team.

Everyone starts laughing, and Joker takes up it a notch. Several, actually. He went totally ballistic, crying of laughter and trying to give an honest apology at the same time.

I wish I had that laugh at that time as my ringtone. That’d be sweet.

////

It’s THE moment I always think of when I think of him, his laugh or “gaming-nights” in general, the defining moment of days and nights spent laughing and arguing with friends, something that wasn’t really possible on the PS2.

GOD BLESS A 4-CONTROLLER PORT SYSTEM!

coolnanas 10 November, 2013 @ 1:52 pm   183

Loading and playing resistance fall of man for the first time was awe inspiring. The Manchester level fighting so many chimera I didn’t think it was possible to have that many at one time.
Joining an online community and having many fun filled game nights with burnout paradise. The sheer variety of challenges and support from criterion was immense.
The train level on uncharted 2 jumping from carriage to carriage taking out goons anyway you can and after surviving the attack copter and thinking how can you get out of it alive naughty dog gives us a tank ! Genius!!

won2winit 10 November, 2013 @ 2:39 pm   184

My defining was on Fatherday’s 2012 when I got my first & no means last PS+ subscription. This opened up a whole range of games I had not looked at or had not been in a position to buy when they released. This then doubled once I bought a PS Vita in preperation for the addition of support added to the service, I filled my 32gb memory card in no time & kept me & the kids happy. Knowing that the value of this is going to be trebled once I get my PS4.

It’s really an easy pick of a moment that defined this generation for me – the very first day I bought PS3.

I bought my PS3 as a bundle pack together with Little Big Planet and Uncharted 2. I was really amazed when I launched LBP and saw a humongous amount of possibilities that this game has to offer, but the trully defining moment for me came few hours later….

Uncharted 2 disc started to spin in my console. I watched the beggining scene when Drake awekens in the hanging train wreck, then falling down to catch the last barrier and…. I thought for a while the cutscene stopped when I realized I’m already given the controls to help him make out of this alive. I was amazed by this. The transition that this game has to offer between unveiling the story and jumping right away smoothly into action was something I’ve never experienced before. What’s more this flow was maintained through the whole game no matter what action or new mechanic was introduced!

The flow and near-perfect gameplay experience in Uncharted 2 was the moment that defined this generation for me [Thank you for that Naughty Dog!]

My defining moment of the PS3 generation would have to be when I picked up Heavy Rain for the first time! As I played through I was astounded by not only the detail and graphical quality of the game but also the rich, immersive storytelling experience that was brought to me. I felt as if I had been transported into the game, and as I played through I began to feel even more immersed in the game as I discovered the impact and weight my choices had upon the story. I realised that this was how gaming should be, it should take you on a journey with you at the front, not you simply following someone else, you should be the star, and this for me is what defines current and future generation gaming as opposed to other creative media.

tony-juice 10 November, 2013 @ 4:08 pm   187

it is definitely happening right now, as i´m starting to play Reckogning: Kingdoms of Amalur.

MY first ps3 RPG game and also it is a first RPG game after many many years…
It looks like “back in the days” to me. It is because I loved to play RPGs like Icewind Dale series, Baldurs Gate on my PC maybe 12-13 years ago. :)

coolnanas 10 November, 2013 @ 4:49 pm   188

just remembered the joker singing only you at the end of arkham city. best end credits ever

Wild_And_Mark 10 November, 2013 @ 5:54 pm   189

*WARNING: The following response contains major spoilers from inFamous 2. Don’t read on if you are playing the game and don’t want the ending spoilt. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.*

Huh. Defining moment. For me, it’s gotta be the inFamous series, specifically the endings of inFamous 2. My brother had already played through the good storyline. The ending was the best thing I’d ever seen in a video game. Or so I thought. A few days later, when I reached the ending of the evil storyline, I expected a decent ending (C’mon, how much awesome can you cram into one game?) but what I got blew my mind (huh, I wonder who came up with this phrase, and why. Did someone’s head explode or something?)

First, the destruction caused, Kuo helping you, and the other girl (can’t remember her name) trying to defeat you, the opposite of what I’d come to expect. Zeke standing up to me, and killing him (heartbreaking moment). But the best part was the end cutscene, when Cole says “I have BECOME the Beast”. And then the screen goes blank. It was just ing epic.
Loved every minute of the game, and this ending became my defining moment.

Kay, bye.
-WildAndMark

PS: When is Second Son coming out?

randomtrav132 10 November, 2013 @ 5:56 pm   190

For me it was when I was playing Heavy Rain, it sent a shiver down my spine and made me realise that this will be the generation of storytelling in the medium.

Of course there were stories in games before but not on a console to the extent of ps3, something that I did find lacking in the previous generations. I love the way in which developers have taken the technology in a new direction these past years.

Ever since Heavy Rain I have loved playing games and being immersed as much as a great film can immerse you. I will mention that I has even played a game with someone watching and when I asked “do you want to play?” they just said “no, I can sit and watch this play out and enjoy it”

Gaming has changed this past generation. Changed for the better. It will only get better with PS4

Avengerrr 10 November, 2013 @ 6:38 pm   191

Driving a Alfa Romeo 146 GTA, in cockpit, on the London circuit in Gran Turismo 5 prologue, on my newly purchased 250GB PS3 slim. The last time I played Gran Tursimo before then was GT3 five years prior. So to see photo realistic graphics, the beautiful lighting, and the life-like cockpit of my car was wonderful.

Sade_gambler 10 November, 2013 @ 7:38 pm   192

For me the most impressive experience was playing Red Dead Redemption. This kind of free-world gaming was unbelievable. Particularly memorable is my time up north, seeing buffalo herds roam free in the Great Plains, hunting bears in the Tall Trees or just riding arround anywhere and doing anything you want.

jojo13_iscool 10 November, 2013 @ 7:42 pm   193

two moments have stood for me the great work of art beyond two souls and the great trilogy which is uncharted

zander14rfc 10 November, 2013 @ 9:18 pm   194

My defining moment on the PS3 was the satisfying sound of getting my first platinum trophy! I had finally arranged with 7 complete strangers to get them all in the wildcat stadium for Burnout Paradise and that was no easy task! From there it set me on a trophy hunting mission through all of my games and I’ve had a great time collecting and can’t wait to do so on the PS4. For the next generation I’ve set myself the task to platinum every single one of my games so bring those trophies and make them tougher than ever!

This is a hard one, since there are so many moments in my life with PS3 that make me want to go back in time and experience the again.
From unboxing my first PS3, glancing at that fat, piano finish black spaceship, being weirded out by wireless controllers and the Sixaxis, connecting my PSP via Remote Play, downloading my first demo on PSN, getting my first Platinum, playing a Move shooter for the first time, enjoying my first month of PS+…

Do I even have to mention the games? Uncharted made me want to be a modern Indiana Jones, Guitar Hero pointed me to Rocksmith, The Last of Us (almost) made me cry…

So when they call it quits with PS3 in a couple of years, I’m going to buy the last one of the shelf, so that one day I could still play the 200+ games I love with all my gamepad mashing thumbs. :)

Long live PS3, welcome PS4!

The defining moment of my ps3 experience was when, having bought a brand new 1080p tv (one of the first sony 1080p tvs!) I fired up Casino Royale that came with it, as it was the cheapest blu-ray player around at the time. When the surround sound kicked in, and watching this in 1080p…OMG. AMAZING.

pdanny_uk 10 November, 2013 @ 10:10 pm   197

For me it was playing Little Big Planet with my little sister and having a blast. That game tied me down, tied both of us down, for hours on weekends. Those weekends were special, coming home from college, for only 2 days and then having to travel back again. It made me realise that games grew up, it is not only hack and slash and shoot, but there is this arcadish feeling that was not there for me before playing the PS3. That arcade gaming feeling transcends age differences. It was me growing up, and perhaps the industry (PS3) as well acknowledging that there was this big hole that I needed to fill. Those small games, those weird games came out this generation and they really hit home. LBP was not an indie title but it was representing that ‘other’ approach.
In the end my sister beat me to finishing LBP and still brandishes this feat in my face every time she has the opportunity.

The_Cannon-MOS 10 November, 2013 @ 11:49 pm   198

For me a defining moment was the discovery of PSN Store as it open up a whole world of games that hadn’t really been available on consoles before. It showed me a world of games created by smaller studios with lower budgets could be greater than the experiences provided by big budget AAA games.

Games like Journey and Unfinished Swan with their unique art styles and experiences where the difficulty levels of these games are second to the stories they are telling.

And pure entertainment like Tokyo Jungle which is the only game I’ve played that makes the extinction of mankind a fun place to be, taking down a hippo or giraffe with a tiny Pomeranian is something you’ll never see on a wildlife Documentary! Or the multiplayer dodgeball style play of When Vikings Attack, taking Vikings and other players out with all kinds of crazy projectiles.

All these games and more that I would never have experienced without PSN; a variety of great games with unique art styles, stories and worlds at great prices and directly in my living makes PSN store my defining moment of the generation.

Part 1
So many great games. The huge depth and variety would be an easy choice – not just First person shooters, racers and sports but the range like a well stocked dinner buffet!

But no, that is not my choice. Mine is a lot more personal. I used to play games with my school friends many years ago, always going to someone’s house to play amiga, or SNES or megadrive. As we grew up the habit stayed. Unfortunately I emigrated to Australia a number of years ago and I have never been able to replace those gaming sessions. Sure I still talked to my mates but that could never be a substitute for those fantastic sessions with my best friends playing the games we love, trash talking each other and trying to block their view of the screen when you are sitting on the same couch.

I missed them and that made settling here so much harder – that and the fact it is always hot!! :-) Then came the advent of the PS3, it is impossible to describe the apprehension and electricity when pluggin it in the first time, getting it all set up and going online. Then the excitment of arranging a suitable time that we can all go online at the same time, not so easy when you are on other sides of the world.

Part 2
I will never forget that first turning on of my headset and the tentative “Hello, anyone there?” followed by the cackling glee of hearing my pals – all of us doing the same tentative “hello?” Truly it was black magic but it was awesome.

That was very quickly followed up by racing, sports, fragging and ultimately co-op…with my best friends from the other side of the world. We had always played competitively but the more frequent our online sessions became we discovered co-op…but that is a whole different post.

I lived for those sessions…I now have my own family and kids…but do you know what I do now at weekends, log on, put on the headset and proceed to fight wars with my brothers on the other side of the planet. Gaming is so much better than just talking!

The best thing about PS3 this generation….Playstation is GLOBAL!

Playing Journey through first time round with a friend was a pretty defining moment for me. As we got closer to the the game’s emotional finale we felt such a sense of joy that console gaming could offer such a profound experience. My friend and I had different interpretations of what the game meant and what it meant to us but that was the beauty of it; an experience so linear yet open-ended, a perfect blend of story-telling and artistry. If innovation is allowed to flourish in such a way in the PS4 era then the future is looking bright!

mocking27 11 November, 2013 @ 11:48 am   202

My favorite Mass Effect crew member WAS (rather than ‘is’) Thane.

My moment came around the second half of Mass Effect 3. On my first PARAGON play-through as my female Shepard (called Kala), I was in the boss battle with Kei Lang the Assassin, and in the final cinematic of the fight, He sneaks up behind Shepard for a coup de grace.

Suddenly there was a red R2 sign on the screen that I was urged to press; despite my Paragon inclinations, because I wanted to avenge Lang for killing Thane.

Just as I was hitting R2, I literally said “this is for THANE” only to find out that Kala Shepard actually says: “This ones for Thane” and I was so surprised and relieved and felt justified.
For that moment made that game of Mass Effect; My Game of Mass Effect.

TheKillerSnowman 11 November, 2013 @ 2:46 pm   203

i missed the co-op games from one consol that ps3 not dident have alot of games for. the ps2 had alot more games for co-op from one consol. and i believe that ps4 will be the same with less co-op games from one consol :-(

oCapTiNz 11 November, 2013 @ 9:18 pm   204

I can never forget the ending of heavy rain but for me it was uncharted 2 Nathan drake is one of the best game characters I have ever played and it was my first platinum also lately I think Naughty Dog have done a very good job with the last of us.

huffytonge 12 November, 2013 @ 8:53 am   205

Thanks, cant believe my story actually won one of these things. Never expected to get anything tbh just wanted to share another experience from me n my PS3s time together

Wowzers; thanks Fred and well done winners (Y)

Til’ the next time we meet!