So you got a 3-D TV or maybe you're going to get one. The thought has been in your head and it's been gnawing at you. Perhaps, you even ordered the monitor already through a Black Friday deal.
Now, that you're moving into the world of 3-D, the big question is: What games should you get? The experience in a new dimension varies widely depending on the developer. Some games show off the effect really well. In other games, it's less noticeable.
I've had a chance to check out 3-D gaming on the PlayStation 3-D TV set. Here's a roundup of the best games that will give you the most wow for your buck.
- "Super Stardust HD": This is the first game that leaped to mind when I was ready to check out the TV. I first saw it in the third dimension at the Game Developers Conference a few years ago and it was astounding. The reason that the effect works so well on this twin-stick shooter is that it gives you a better sense of where the enemies and obstacles are on the spherical field. "Super Stardust HD" just pops out of the screen, which is the reason you bought set, right? (PlayStation Network; $9.99)
- "Gran Turismo 5": The 3-D effect helps out tremendously when you're racing. It gives players some depth perception, helping players judge corners and immerse themselves on the track. Seeing the world through the active shutter glasses, I was impressed with how it looks natural and not overdone. If you're a racing fan, pick this up now. (PlayStation 3; $39.99)
- "Sonic Generations": One of the best entries in the series in years, this game has a mix of old-school 2-D platforming and more modern polygon view. The 3-D effect works well with both styles of gaming, but it helps tremendously when moving in the "Sonic Adventure"-style world. Judging the distance between jumps and navigating the levels in dizzyingly high-speed is much easier. (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360; $49.95)
- "Child of Eden": My roommate says that the 3-D works in this game so well because the shapes are abstract. In this on-the-rail shooter, players blast at manta ray-looking creatures and entities that transform into runners and racing cars all in an effort to cleanse a network infected by a virus. To put it succinctly, the title is surreal and the way it comes at you on the screen is one of the best effects you'll see. (PlayStation 3 has the 3-D version; $39.99)
- "The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection": Sure, these games are old and originally made for the PlayStation 2, but they're also classics. The developer did a great job adding 3-D support to these two legendary games and the result is a deeply immersive experience. You feel like you can peer just around the corner to see Yorda waiting near the stairs or you run into the horizon looking for Colossi. It shows the potential the new dimension has for deep, open-world experiences. (PlayStation 3; $39.99)