I've just started playing, for the first time, KILLZONE over the past two weeks. It's a first person shooter game with several levels. Though I was a bit dismayed at first because of the degree of dexterity required to play it, after about the first four days, I'd began too get the hang of it. There are no maps, no clues for how to move throughout the terrain, so it can be very frustrating at times when you're unfamilliar with the new boards you graduate to. I think therein lies the beauty of the game. It part animated movie with a storyline, and part video game. It really rather exciting once you get used to it. A huge step up in the killing department as far as video games go. $19.99 in the greatest hits section.
Ace Combat 4 & 5 has killing but you never see it as all killing is surgically handled from the sky. The blood and guts aspect is missing from the game as you shoot and kill your opponents from a distance. I have never seen such realism when it comes to flying, though. If this is what being in the cockpits about, then pilots are living a life of glory. To be able to view the plane outside, 3rd person, Inside the cockpit, 2nd person, or right there at the window, first person is absolutely awesome. A various assortment of planes to choose from as well as challenging missions. Ace Combat 5 was reduced in price early from $39.99 to $19.99 just over the Christmas rush. Its probably still availabl at Best Buy for that price. Ace Combat 4 Should be even less than that.
GT3 & 4 are driving simulators. The better of the game, as far as handling goes is the third edition and not the fourth. There are a lot of slick tracks, graphics and a flood of vehicles to choose from, but the cars all handle like crap. They skate and bounce around, in a little less than life like way as opposed to Gran Turismo 3. Still a great game, but I have more fun with the earlier version of Gran Turismo. They can teach you real life driving skills that you can use in your real life driving. It has parts that you can swap out in order to more effectively get the most from your vehicle.
With upgrades in steering and braking, by making adjustments in such tech terms as toe, camber, spring rate, shock adjustments and the like, you can get a feel for how the different components all make your car do what it does. It has real life learning capability. GT3, you can get used at many places like Pre Played, in excellent condition for less than $10.00. Gran Turismo 4 is probably still $50.00 and might come down in price over the year.