The Playstation 3 is still alive and kicking, even with its successor creating a storm. It has some of the best games in the industry from both first and third parties. My brother gave me his PS3 when he got the PS4, so I have yet to play through a lot of the games that I finally have the chance to experience for the first time. I’ll list out some of what I and many others think are the best on this console.
10. God Of War Collection (the 3rd in particular)
Kratos is a god-killing machine in Santa Monica’s version of greek mythology. The fiction keeps getting better with every game, and it could possibly expand into other myths like Norse and Egyptian lore. You just feel like a unstoppable force that rages on forever. There are a lot of giant battles in this hack-and-slash journey for revenge and vengeance.
9. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a great strategy game where you command special forces against an alien invasion. I love the sense of leadership, as well as desperation in many cases, that you get when being pinned down or losing support of countries, for example. You have to make tough choices, especially with choosing what to research or build in order to survive the next fight. If you really enjoy it, there is a fair amount of DLC for you to buy to add more to the gameplay like cybernetics.
8. Batman: Arkham City
Batman broke the tide against the usual horror of movie-game crossovers, getting critical acclaim across the board. The main story, with all of its side missions, and excellent gameplay combining action and riddles to equal mayhem in Gotham. He has so many different tools and combos to combat mobs and master criminals like Joker, Penguin, and so on. While this game has a mostly dark undertone, it has some comedic fun here and there. There is a lot to do, so you better grab your cape!
7. Sly Cooper Collection
Sly Cooper is part of Sony’s famous platforming trio alongside Ratchet and Jak. He brings back that cel-shaded style that grows less popular as more photorealistic art forms take over. Plus, stealth games are also on the decline with other genres like first-person shooters going mainstream. Both those things and more turn these games into classics. The gameplay is the most notable with each of its evolving improvements to always keep the action interesting. The story also gets better with each installment as it gets more mature and serious. Definitely something to get yourself hooked into – sorry bad joke. 🙂
This series continues to amaze with how it manages to keep all of its charm and add to the level-creating mechanics at the same time to expand the possibilities and look adorable in a cute, yet clever package. I decided to go with the first one in particular because that’s where everything began for Media Molecule. It came out as a gem out of nowhere that no one knew they wanted. Its odd arts-and-crafts style combined with older-sounding music taking inspiration from the 70’s and 80’s just seems right. Even if you choose not to make your own levels, there are still over a million from others to go through.
5. Ratchet & Clank Collection
It’s a funny, unique third-person shooter with its fiction and variety of weapons. You explore the universe as you face off against many different alien races and robots. The characters quickly grow on you as they chat and crack jokes between each other. Similar to Sly Cooper, it grows more difficult and mature with each installment; don’t be detoured by its cartoonish appearance – it is mostly for older audiences from teenagers to young adults. The Ratchet & Clank series is the crown jewel for Insomniac Games that is worthwhile to give a try.
4. Jak & Daxter Collection
As I’ve said before, you can’t go wrong with Naughty Dog. Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy became part of this team’s start to greatness with its classic platforming. Then when Jak II, things took a unexpected turn – a large leap in a lot of ways; it no longer had the sense of innocence as everything suddenly becomes darker in the fiction. It also became a third-person shooter without losing its platforming roots. Jak III went on from there, thus ending the amazing trilogy. There was talk about possibly re-booting the series, making it more realistic, but now it is unknown whether or not that’ll happen.
3. Borderlands 2
Don’t you love psychos? Anyways, this game is a blast, especially with others to team up with you. It’s a ridiculous first-person shooter full of inappropriate hilariousness and feeling… anyways, you’re a treasure hunter trying to get to the Vault before the villain Handsome Jack reaches it first to take over the world of Pandora (fitting name, right?). This series is best known for its looting enterprise – tons of collecting mostly weapons. You will grew to love certain gun brands and varieties, especially depending on your character. The planet is huge for you to explore with so many missions to take on. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel came out not too long ago and Borderlands 3 is most likely in the works for the PS4.
2. Bioshock Infinite
Infinite was built upon the already rather-overwhelming, accomplished foundation of Bioshock, but it managed to succeed even with all the high expectations. While it is up to debate whether or not the story was better, but it still had conflicting theologies and alternate historic events that define the series. The gameplay was mostly improved with new powers and mechanics like rails to get from one spot to another. Both Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite are must-play games.
1. The Last Of Us
Joel and Ellie make for a truly brilliant narrative in their fight for survival against all odds. You have the Infected, those who essentially became zombies after being plagued by a mutated strain of Cordyceps fungus, and then you also have to sometimes face off against other survivors. This game brings me to tears every time. Even the beginning beats many ending climaxes of other games, which is difficult to achieve. This one will always be one of my favorite games of all time.
*Honorable Mentions: Journey, Resistance Collection, Killzone 3, Minecraft (mostly for its local multiplayer), Mortal Kombat, and so on…