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Top 8 Games in Sony Franchises: Uncharted 4, God of War, More

April 28, 2020 | Posted by Marc Morrison

Welcome all to another edition of The 8 Ball! This week I’m here to talk about the best games from Sony franchises and there are certainly some good ones. I do have some omissions from this list, primarily because certain franchises made the jump to other platforms. Franchises like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, even Wipeout have been on competing platforms, so they are disqualified. Also, I haven’t played every franchise, so if you want me to detail any Killzone or Resistance game, look elsewhere. With that said, let’s begin:

#8: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec

I don’t have a huge love of Gran Turismo, as a general franchise. I typically don’t like the handling model or the weird, hyper car-fetish nature of the game. Still, GTA 3 wasn’t all bad. It didn’t completely go overboard, like the later games in the franchise, and the single player campaign was kept just challenging enough as to make it tough but not unfair. Also, it was a marked step-up in terms of graphics, really showing what the PS2 could be capable of.

#7: Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus

I know the later games add multiple characters and different mini-games and such but I enjoyed the relative simplicity of the first Sly Cooper game the most. You just have to skulk around the different environments, avoiding alarms and enemies, all to get to the goal and steal the loot. I liked the art style, the music, and just the general novelty of this game over the others in the franchise.

#6: Twisted Metal: Black

I think Twisted Metal 2 is generally regarded as the best in the franchise, but I dug Black more. I liked that there was more of an emphasis on a story, especially with each character having their own screwed up reason for joining the competition. The game itself had a more realistic look to it, and wasn’t as cartoony as the previous entries. Plus, having “Paint It Black” as the credits theme song was a stroke of genius.

#5: Infamous: Second Son

The adage of “The first game you play in a franchise is likely your favorite one” applies here. I didn’t play either Infamous game on the PS3 when they were currently. It was only after I played Second Son did I try to go back to them but found them a bit wanting. I think I liked Second Son because you weren’t just confined to one type of power (in Cole’s case, Electricity). With Deslin, you had access to four different elements: smoke, video, concrete and neon. The “video” one is a tad odd, but that’s me. Your basic moves generally remain the same, but each element adds twists on your powers, be it offensive or locomotive. Plus, I generally just liked playing it, aside from the stupid “motion control spray can” thing you had to do.

#4: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Unlike with Infamous, I did play (and beat) a prior Uncharted game before I played Uncharted 4, but didn’t see what made it special (it was the first one). I liked Uncharted 4 because it actually added some finality to the franchise. True, it didn’t end, as Lost Legacy came after it, but it was an actual endpoint for the Nathan character and storyline. It was an actual well-deserved ending for a fairly beloved character, since it ended on a happy note. I think the “long-lost brother” trope was a bit…dumb, but everything else about the game was good.

#3: Parasite Eve

This one is odd since Parasite Eve isn’t really thought of as a Sony franchise, but the three main games have been on Sony consoles, so here we are. I should really say “two” main games, since 3rd Birthday is a travesty of a game. Parasite Eve 2 is “fine”, but it doesn’t have the same spark (or gameplay) as the first one. I love the first Parasite Eve game, the story, the setting, the soundtrack, the gameplay, etc. It all comes together in a great and unique little package that makes you want to stop Eve and try to save the city. After Square gets done with FF7R (around 2028), I’d love it if they remake Parasite Eve.

#2: Ratchet & Clank (2016)

I played the first two Ratchet & Clank games but didn’t like them much. After that, I pretty much abandoned the franchise until the 2016 one. The main reason I got it is two-fold. One, the reviews for it were really solid almost across the board. And two: there really aren’t a lot of platformers for the PS4 and I was looking for something to scratch the itch. While I don’t think a lot of the gameplay changed from this R&C compared to the old ones (in the grand scheme of things), I think my tastes have changed since 2003 so I really got into this game. I played it fully and I’m still annoyed that it’s been 4 years and there hasn’t been news of a sequel. While they don’t need to pump them out like on the PS2, I wouldn’t mind if they remade the second game, or just did something new.

#1: God of War (2018)

Here’s an uncomfortable truth for everyone: the God of War series is terrible. The only and I mean only good one was the 2018 version. The combat was very satisfying and skill based, you could really change your special attacks, depending on the enemies. Also, not having the old games’ camera certainly helped with combat. The biggest and best change on ’18 God of War was the story and characters. Mainly: it had some of each. Kratos wasn’t some rage-filled idiot, constantly yelling at the world. Kratos relationship with Atreus is written extremely well and both come across as real figures. This is bolstered by the supporting cast and by the end of the game you actually feel like you’ve been on a journey with these character. I never thought I’d like a God of War game, but this one is superb.

For comments, list your favorite Sony franchise games and why.

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