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5 Cheap & Relatively Obscure PS3 Games You Can Play Forever (And Still Not Finish)

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

I don't know about you, but there's nothing better to me than having a game that can play for 80+ hours and not be close to exploring everything there is to explore.... and STILL wanting to play more.  I'm not talking about games with user-created content like Littlebigplanet and ModNation Racers.  Even though they're great games, how much time you spend on the game depends on either 1) the amount of complexity you engage in when creating your own stuff and/or 2) the amount of tolerance you have to sift through the reaaaally bad stuff created by your co-gamers to find a gem.

I'm talking about games that you can play over and over again with different, interesting results each time, or games where the world is almost as big as ... the world.  Plus, there's something to be said for value, and if you find these games remotely fun, they're some of the biggest values you can find.

#5  Afrika

What is it?

A wildlife shooting game, except the only shooting you do is with a camera. For whatever reason the game lets you choose, your job is to take specific pictures of specific animals. It boasts over 100 missions and you can spend a ton of it upgrading your cameras, lenses, and so forth.  You get assingments and then can travel by either walking, by jeep or by balloon.

Is it fun?

That would depend almost exclusively of what your idea of fun is.  If you're looking for a high adrenaline filled romp, this isn't it.  But the graphics aren't bad, and I've been told by a friend who likes animals (in a non-deviant fashion) that generally the animals act very realistic in this game.  Many of the missions are stealth, so don't get your hopes up of running and gunning with your camera.  So if you'd like to experience a simulation of animals in the wild and/or are looking for a change of pace, start here.

How long can I play it?

100 missions is a lot, but a lot of your mission time is...waiting.  Waiting for animals to show up or even get to pose in a particular position.  So that takes time.  Plus you can free roam all over the place.

How much and why?

Discounted heavily because it's from 2009. The graphics can really look dated sometimes.  Plus, the aforementioned "specialty" factor.  Currently selling for around $20.  You can probably find a used one for even cheaper, if you're ok with buying used.

Bottom line:

There's a reason this is bargain priced and obscure.  Most people wouldn't even give it a shot, especially when a FPS like Call of Duty makes more money in it's first week of release than the GNP.  Games in general think this game would be boring and I'll bet very few would change their minds once they played it.  But if you like animals and stealth, you can't beat the value here.


#4  Mercenaries 2: World In Flames

What is it?

Third person open world shooter.  The plot is...marginal and the graphics are...workable.  But the missions and side-missions are generally enjoyable.  Even the story has it's moments.  But the best thing is you get to blow stuff up.  Alot.  You also have factions that you can work for, or against, depending on your preferences, and a fun selection of weapons.

Is it fun?

In spite of some control and camera issues, for the most part the answer is yes.  There's a solid mix of missions - get this package to point A, kill this guy over here, steal this helicopter, whatever - standard fare but standard because they're all fun.  Jeeps, boats, helicopters - you have endless ways to travel around a decently sized world.  You might vaguely remember the short but cool TV commercials for it, but this game went straight from that into the bargain bin.

How long can I play it?

Pretty damn long.  The plot missions alone make the game fairly lengthy, but you will find yourself (like more popular games such as Grand Theft Auto) blowing up stuff, shooting people and things and getting into high speed chases for no reason.  Sometimes it's just because you stumbled into the wrong neighborhood. 

How much and why?

You might be able to find this for under $10 for two reasons - 1, it's one of the first PS3 games to come with trophies, so you know it's been around a while.  2, it was buggy and broken at release, and the aforementioned plot, along with the characters and dialogue, did not make it stand out.  Generic was tossed about, though I think that might be overstating it a bit, though stupid stereotypes likely would not be.  Most of the bugs and brokenness have been worked out by. 

#3  Fuel

What is it?

A post-apocalyptic-ish racing type game, most of it off road.  You can drive big rigs, monster trucks, dirt bikes, pickups, and ATVs in a huge collection of races and racing types.  In addition, there are collectables all over the place, if you can figure out how to get to them, and a huge variety of unlockables, everything from your racing gear to your ride.

Is it fun?

Mostly.  Some of the racing is frustrating and doesn't have the technical tightness you'd want from an arcade racer on some of the harder levels.  But sweet lord is that made up for by the ridiculous amount of space to free roam.  As mentioned, collectables abound, including barrels of Fuel lying all over the vast expanse of the game world.  This is your currency, so if you want to upgrade a truck for a race, just take off into the wilderness and find some fuel barrels to run right over.

How long can I play it?

Forever.  Of the games on this list, this is the one that you are least likely to be a completionist about.  The game world is a mind-boggling 5,000 square miles - no that's not a typo - and you can run from one end of the world to the other without a loading screen.  Well, at least once you unlock all the areas.  Also, many of the collectables, especially vista points, are more about figuring how to get to them rather than how to find them.  You may have to drive 50 miles because your sad little 4x4 can't make it up the most direct side of the hill.

How much and why?

I've seen it available for less than $10.  Though it had a good deal of press before it's release, it was not a critical hit by any means.  The main complaints seem to be that the game lacks focus, and it does.  Much of the 5,000 miles is non-descript, though there is still great variety throughout - from smooth highways to burned ash fields to snow, mountains to wetlands to desert.  But the overarching scope seems to be the only real personality the game has.  It's not particularly edgy or fast or easy or hard or whatever - it's just really really big.

#2  The Saboteur

What is it?

A third person adventure game set during the German occupation of France.  Your character is Irish, but joins up with the French revolution because some German guy beats him in a race or something.  There are some plot twists here and there and it ends up being not bad as far as a video game story goes.  You get the run of Paris and the surrounding countryside, blowing things up and otherwise "sabotaging" the German occupation.  As you destroy propoganda, assasinate generals and blow up blimps, the people of Paris gradually awake (city sections move from black and white to color as you succeed), and sometimes come to your aid it fighting off their oppressors.

Is it fun?

Yeah, if you can suspend belief occasionally.  For a race car driver, it's never really explained how the main character is able to run up and down buildings like Spiderman, handle weapons like Joanna Dark and disguise himself like Agent 47.  When you destroy any of Germany's quality manufactured propoganda in view of German guards or what not, they'll chase you.  And you need to hide or kill a bunch of them and then hide.  That's fun.  But sometimes you can hide by kissing a French girl, but can't duck inside a doorway without every German soldier in a 50 mile radius seeing you do it.  If that kind of "hiding" bothers you, you might not have fun with this.  But it is what it is, and Paris, et. al. is varied and distinct, and there were few moments where I felt like I was doing the same thing over and over again, although there were times I was.

How long can I play it?

This is probably the shortest game on the list, but if you're interested in getting all the trophies by blowing up almost every single German or German related thing in the game, it extends significantly.  I did, and didn't get bored doing it. There are races, interesting areas - including a castle, train bridges begging to be blown up and one particularly challenging checkpoint/wall of doom - and plot missions keep things fresh.

How much and why?

Probably about $15 new, and cheaper used.  I'm not exactly sure how much EA spend on promoting this game, but whatever it was, it didn't cross my radar except by accident.  In fact, this is one of the few games I had never even heard about until long after it was released. I'm not sure why.  The reviews weren't bad, and it still rates high-ish on my list of game experiences.

#1  Just Cause 2

What is it?

Third person open world shooter/adventure game.  Think Mercenaries on crack, and with a grappling hook / parachute combination.  Like Mercenaries, the plot, characters and dialogue are bad.  So bad, in fact, some fans have argued that they're deliberately bad - as a sort of sarcastic parody of the genre.  Whatever the case, you're going to laugh, but not at the jokes.  Still, all of that is definitely back seat in this game that is one of the most fun open world games I've ever played. 

Is it fun?

What did I just say?!  Yes, my god, yes.  Once you get on to the grappling hook/parachute combination, you can do just about anything and it will be fun.  Scale massive skyscrapers, blow up weapons depots, even ride on a 747 as it takes off, throw out the pilot in midair, and land the plane.  A plethora of travel options, including automobiles, scooters, helicopters, jets, airplanes, boats, etc. etc. etc.  The missions are quite varied and the size of the world is mind numbing.  You can grapple on to cars and shoot the driver, which never gets old.  Grapple people into the air and shoot them, grapple them towards you then shoot them, or grapple a tree and take off into the air, moving out of range fast than you could in a vehicle.

How long can I play it?

It took me over 100 hours to get to 75% complete.  Does that answer your question?  The plot/story doesn't take up that much time, but the massive conglomeration of everything else certainly does.

How much and why?

About $25 new or $15 used, maybe less. Just Cause 2 must have had less marketing than Saboteur.  I remember vaguely reading an article about it when it was in development about grappling on to cars, but I never remembered the name of it.  Heck, I didn't even know there was a Just Cause ONE, and I tend to keep up on these things pretty well.

Hopefully, there's something on this list than will help you while away whatever remaining days of the economic downturn we seem to be mired in.  You won't break the bank, and you might even have a great time doing it.


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