As a new generation of gaming consoles is approaching launch, it might be in place to declare my favorite games on the soon-to-be-replaced iteration, that is, the PlayStation 3.
This list is some sorta The Best Games on PS3, but as I actually haven’t played too many titles, I can’t truthfully claim to produce a complete top list. And yes, this is a totally subjective selection (in no special order). Furthermore, it’s based much on my own relatively limited game library.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
This was a big bang. A beautiful game, a wonderful adventure with great storytelling and responsive gameplay. Not just the campaign was amazing, but multiplayer component was also really good, and I’ve spent many hours pwning noobs there.
Note: Part three, Drake’s Deception, wasn’t a push forward, and felt more or less like the same as ever. Which of course, could be good enough, but it wasn’t. And yeah, Naughty Dog’s other big hit, The Last of Us, was great in many ways, but played quite differently and I didn’t get hooked to the multiplayer, which usually prolong the life span of a game.
Grand Theft Auto IV
One of the first blockbuster to be released on the PS3, wasn’t it? This was the game that made me get the PS3 in the first place.
I’ve always enjoyed the GTA series, and this cut was the best looking of ‘em. And the story and characters were so good.
Of the two DLCs, The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, I think the latter was the better.
The multiplayer option was kinda fun for a while. I mostly trolled other players, didn’t play the objective though.
Mass Effect 2
This one was massive. Moreover, BioWare put out quite a lot of DLCs, and I got most of ‘em. The scope, the universe and the plots, the characters were really something extraordinary. A classic sci-fi setting, yes, but at its very best.
Note: I didn’t like the third part, Mass Effect 3 as much, and I’m not only talking about the controversial ending.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
This game offers the best multiplayer online game modes so far. Still a lot of lag, hit detection issues and what have you, but when it works, it’s in my humble opinion, the most fine-tuned Call of Duty game, and perhaps the best fast paced first person shooter of all time, as Kanye would put it.
But the campaign sucked. It was one of the dumbest stories ever written, but then again, who the fuck cares? Black Ops II is a genuine online experience – nothing else matters. Very addictive shit.
Note: When Modern Warfare 2 came out in 2009, I thought it was the best-looking game (in terms of realistic presentation) on a console ever made. And since then, generally the graphics haven’t really improved that much, due to the technical limitations. (The Last of Us may now be the finest on PS3 though.)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
I’m not a huge fantasy fan, I into guns and laser and post-apocalyptic sci-fi shit. But this game was so well done. A fanatastic action role-playing, open world video game. A big time consumer, lots of quests and character progression to be made. A very lively world, and hours just disappear. (Although a lot of loading screens as well.)
Assassin’s Creed II
While the first Assassin’s Creed had some nice ideas and great graphics, the second part perfected it. From the first CGI trailers to the open end, what can I say?
Note: Nah, I didn’t like the intrigue of Assassin’s Creed III, even if some sides of the gameplay were even better than in the former releases, the third main part was disappointment for me.
You know the drill: bad campaign, good multiplayer – yeah, this game have ‘em both. The story is moronic, it’s like: let’s save the world the American way, through bombs that is. The same with Call of Duty, you don’t expect any sophistication story wise, but you do expect a fucking awesome multiplayer. And with Battlefield 3 you got it. This game rewarded teamwork and strategic approach rather than precision and beasting. (But it was kinda hard to do well without a clan or communication.)
Once again, a black and white Hollywood-style storytelling – totally silly. But fuck that, Killzone 2 had a most enjoyable multiplayer. Just the sound when you get a kill was so rewarding.
Back in 2009 I was skeptical to play first person shooters on a console. I felt sorta old skool, and thought FPS needed a mouse and a keyboard. But I slowly learned to handle the DualShock controller for this gameplay, yessir, Killzone 2 taught me that.
Note: Compared to what Killzone 2 did back in the days, Killzone 3 didn’t make an impression at all on me.
Red Dead Redemption
One of the finest games ever made. Epic, tragic story. Such a good game. I may be a bit of a Rockstar Game fanboy, but not without reason. The campaign was deep and satisfying, even if the Undead Nightmare DLC was a bit opportunistic, this game really stands out from the crowd.
The multiplayer was alright. I guess I’m just not into third person multiplayers, except for Uncharted 2.
Big fat game. Great DLCs, all of ‘em. The atmosphere, the freedom, the choices, the slomos. Fuck me, this was a good game. Unfortunately the game was full of bugs (one of the buggiest games I’ve seen).
Note: Fallout: New Vegas was okay, but only a fraction of Fallout 3.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot
Biggest melodrama witnessed on a video game. Everything and everyone is connected somehow. Great visionary graphics. This was one of my first PS3 games, and it really blew my mind. Also the multiplayer was fun. I played it quite a lot the first year (when it was up and running). I think this was my first multiplayer online on the PS3.
So there you have it, some good games on the PS3. Maybe not all, but some. There are a few popular games that strangely enough aren’t represented on this selection, e.g. The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, BioShock, Dragon Age, Borderland, FIFA Soccer, Batman, NBA 2K, God of War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Infamous, Skate, SingStar, Rock Band, Devil May Cry, Dead Space, Heavy Rain, Dark Souls, Need for Speed, L.A. Noire, Resident Evil, Ninja Gaiden, Far Cry.
Well, some of ‘em are shit I don’t like, some of ‘em are not so shitty but didn’t make it to the top, and some of ‘em I haven’t even played.
Lastly, these games were chosen from the current generation, cross-generation platform releases were not included. A future game like Grand Theft Auto V will most definitely kick ass on PS3. And even if it has not yet been confirmed to be release on the next gen, my educated guess is that it will be.