Ask LH: What Games Should I Buy First For My PS3?

Dear Lifehacker, After living what some (read: most LH readers) would call a deprived childhood without a gaming console, at the ripe old age of 20 I finally picked up a PS3 today at its newly reduced price. Anyway, now I need some fantastic titles to feed this baby and I’m a bit lost as to where to start!

Traditionally, I’ve been terrible at first-person shooter games, but I’m eager to pick up the controller, ignore the uni assignment work and get into it! I’m usually far more capable within a racing game scenario or anything similar. As someone who is relatively new to the scene, I’m probably not looking to spend hundreds of dollars at the moment on upcoming game titles, so some slightly older titles to get me into the mood of things would be appreciated. (That said, if there is a “must have” out there that must simply not be avoided, do let me know!) Hopefully your wise words shall inspire some confidence in my gaming future.

Gaming Noob

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Dear Noob,

Good question. As someone who has personally resisted the charms of the PS3 so far and doesn’t even dust off his PS2 that often, I can’t offer much in the way of recommendations based on my experience. We ran a long post earlier this year on the many charms of Portal 2, and that might be one obvious entry point. If you’re feeling budget-minded, it’s also always worth hunting down second-hand copies at your local games store.

But this is definitely one where the Lifehacker community can help out. What PS3 games with a racing-more-than-FPS bent would you recommend for a new owner? Tell us (and tell us why) in the comments.


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