You might have missed it, but the PSN isn’t really working too well right now. Some hackers have done what they do best (and we don’t mean drinking Coke and using IRC in their parents’ garage) and as such PS3 owners aren’t too happy about not being able to get their online gaming fix. But here at The Gaming Review we’re coping quite well with the downtime. How? Well the beauty of the PS3 is that it does a lot that doesn’t need the PSN, and people seem to be forgetting that. So we thought we’d get our heads together and look at what we’ve been doing while the PSN is having a holiday.
Yeah. Some people find it hard to notice, but most games have a single player campaign too. And some are huge if you’re going to make the most of them. Games like Mass Effect 2 and Fallout: New Vegas will let you clock up 100 hours between them, and if you fancy just reminding yourself of just how amazing some games can be then drop Uncharted 2 back into your PS3 and get ready to be blown away all over again. Of course there are a few titles around that let you play multiplayer with someone else in the same room; stretch your mind a little with a game of Buzz, get the adrenaline flowing with some split-screen Motorstorm or fry your brain completely with some local Portal 2 co-op.
Playing Music Round the BBQ
We’ve had some nice weather recently haven’t we? A bit breezy, but nice and sunny. Good weather for a barbecue anyway, and every good barbecue needs music. What better way to use your carefully created PS3 playlists than to plug your PSP into a stereo, stick the speakers on the patio and treat your guests to your immaculate taste in music? The PS3/PSP combination in full effect, and ideal for socialising with actual people instead of being sworn at by spotty 13 year olds. Perfect.
Watching HD Films
We like a good film, and the PS3’s BluRay player is great for getting the most out of Harry Potter and Wall-E on a decent TV. All these bank holidays and long weekends leave loads of time to sit back with a beer or nine and enjoy a blockbuster with friends, and the PS3 has been an integral part of our social plans over the past week.
PS3 owners are divided at the moment. Some, like us, are patiently waiting for Sony to get the PSN back up and running. Others are frantically kicking and screaming and demanding compensation for their “inconvenience”. But with some much great stuff to do on the PS3 without the PSN being online, we’re enjoying what we’ve got and just looking forward to being able to play more Portal 2 online, more Operation Flashpoint: Red River with friends and a few more games of Crysis 2. We’re excited, not angry. If nothing else this downtime will just help us to appreciate what the PSN offers, but in the meantime we’re happy to wait.
So we’re not going to rant and rave about Sony. We’re not going to moan that we can’t play online against people in Spain. We’re just going to keep using our PS3s in the way that makes life more interesting, exciting and entertaining. We still love our PS3s, and this temporary problem is going to do nothing to stop that.
How are you guys coping? Have you found other things to do instead of gaming online? Let us know in the comments!