Friday Five – Favorite PS3 Games


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Welcome to the Friday Five! Each week we help you get to know our writers with the help of a top 5 list. This weeks category is: Favorite PS3 Games.

Well we managed to still crank out a Friday Five this week, even though a good amount of us are busy playing PS4 right now. And in honor of the newly release console, and the departing PS3, we’re listing our favorite games we played on PS3. So lets get our lists started!

Chris

  1. Uncharted 2 – I have a feeling at least one other person may be picking this game, it was just so good. Uncharted 2 has been the peak of the franchise so far, but they did just unveil a new PS4 Uncharted with a teaser trailer. So while it could still be trumped in the future, it’s officially going down as the best of the series on PS3!
  2. Ghostbusters – I don’t know if a lot of people actually played this game, and that’s a shame. It was a mutli-platform release, but PS3 is where I played it and loved it. If you’re a Ghostbusters fan this is a must have really, it continues the legacy of the movies perfectly, and if I’m not mistaken it even fits into continuity with the current on going comic over at IDW.
  3. Portal 2 – The first Portal was a masterpiece, for something that was basically just filler it went on to become huge. The story was great, the voice actors were great, and oh man were the puzzle great. But then Portal 2 came out, and it just upped the ante on everything the first one had down. Added more characters, expanded on the existing antagonist, and all the while kept throwing this amazing puzzles at us to solve.
  4. The Last Of Us – This is just one of those games that looked amazing from it’s first reveal, and it really held up to the hype. I don’t buy a lot of games at launch, or play them for hours a day until they’re done. With The Last Of Us though that’s exactly what I did, this game was paid off and ready for my system before it was even released. And boy when it was I just kept going, I doubt I broke any records for finishing it, but I just couldn’t put this game down.
  5. Batman: Arkham City – Arkham Asylum was nuts, and nothing but awesome. Especially after years of bad superhero games, I don’t think I even picked it up myself I think it was a random gift or something. But that first game like Portal got me hooked. So when the sequel Arkham City launched I was ready for it and powered through that game in about a week and loved every second of it. There was just so much stuff hidden in the game for Batman and comic book fans what’s not to love.

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Shannon

I don’t play many games, so this is pretty much a list of all the PS3 games I’ve played.

  1. Little Big Planet/LBP2
  2. Injustice: Gods Among Us
  3. Soul Calibur IV
  4. Pain
  5. Mini Ninjas

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Pisko

  1. inFamous – Holy hell this was Spider-Man 2 taken to a ridiculous new level. Wide open city to explore. Great plot (that ignores some paradoxes… kinda). ELECTRIC SUPER POWERS. Using those electric super powers on average gang members. This game really cemented my love for the PS3 with one game. Up until this Uncharted was the one to own the system for but it’s short story and lack of DLC made me yearn for a bigger adventure. That adventure turned out to be inFamous from Sucker Punch the ex-Sly Cooper dev’s. The graphics in this were slick and the comic book presentation was really inviting to me. So much so that I found EVERY blast shard. All 300+ of them. Like it was some kind of Mario game. LOVE. <3
  2. Little Big Planet – While it failed to keep my attention very long (I’m personally not big on content creation) the adventure and “story” portion of this game gave the PS3 what it desperately needed in both a new mascot and a family friendly title. It also didn’t hurt that it looked amazing.
  3. Metal Gear Solid 4 – This took the PS3 years into the future with its graphics. The gameplay was everything people had come to expect and more. Finally allowing for more range in how you play the game. Want to play it like a shooter? Done. Want to sneak like MGS 1? Also done. Me, I hung in the middle playing both ends of the extreme and was not disappointed. Though the ending, like other Metal Gear games, was just a big bag of, “What did I just play?”
  4. The Last of Us – Wow did the PS3 know how to go out with a bang. This game changed my mind about wanting a next gen system. It uses still only a fraction of the waning PS3’s power but still looks and plays amazing and fluidly. The voice acting is second to none and the gameplay is a cover shooter mixed with uncharted’s exploration. This is a masterpiece and the last great reason to get a PS3.
  5. Super Stardust – I never knew what was essentially Asteroids could look so amazing. The concept is simple: You are a spaceship protecting worlds against space junk. Waste management for the stratosphere. Your job? To blow the hell out of the space junk. The controls were simple in this twin-stick shooter but the addition of Geometry Wars-like power ups such as boost and bombs made this game simple to play but hard to master. It is the one game that has been on my PS3 since day one and still gets played often.

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Drootin

  1. The Last Of Us – This was, in my opinion anyway, the best game on the PS3. The story was so good it made it easy to overlook some of the minor gameplay quirks.
  2. NHL series – It’s well known here that NHL 94 is one of my all time favorite games but honestly I wasn’t the biggest fan of many of the games in EA’s franchise after that (exception being NHL 99 on PS1). That all changed on the PS3, something about moving the shooting and checking from a face button to the analog stick just completely changed the game and made it fun again and as the PS3 went on the games just got better. I look forward to what EA does with their hockey games on the PS4.
  3. Valkyria Chronicles – As we said in the Games You (Probably) Should Have Played V this was a great game with beautiful art, solid gameplay, and a good story.
  4. Rock Band series – Rock Band was some of the most fun I had with the PS3. I remember having 10+ hour marathon sessions with all the friends when 1 & 2 came out and many extended sessions thru the years. And Beatles Rock Band was partly instrumental in my coming around to realizing how amazing that band truly is.
  5. Metal Gear Solid 4 – This was the game that made me choose the PS3 over the Xbox 360 and I don’t regret that at all. It was a phenomenal game that I couldn’t put down. I beat it in 2 7-8 hour sittings.

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Vogel

  1. Little Big Planet 2 – They introduced the advanced game creator into LBP2 and I loved it. I spent so much time building my own games, like ikaruga style shooters and pinball machines. I had a lot of fun trying to figure out how to relate the logic from those games into the object style programming of the editor.
  2. Heavy Rain – I really wanted to see every ending of this game, get every trophy, all of that. I loved the story and I was compelled to keep playing (I don’t complete games very often, I tend to get distracted). However, my PS3 crashed and I lost my game save and never replayed it.
  3. Batman Arkham Series – Asylum and City – Another series of games I actually completed. I enjoyed City so much I got every trophy except the Calendar Man one because I’m too lazy/impatient for that. Also, I don’t care enough about the trophies to time jump, I just see the trophies as another layer of the game to enjoy.
  4. Portal 2 – I’m gonna list this on here because I did infact buy it for the PS3. Only because it came bundled with the PC version for free, but I bought the PS3 version none the less. I did complete the PS3 version of the game, Cobb calls me a masochist for various reasons, I would admit that my 70+ hours into the PC version alone is a testament to that.
  5. Grand Theft Auto V – The main reason I’m going to cop out on this one is that I beat it and I still play the story mode to try and get all the random events and whatnot. As I said earlier, I don’t actually complete games often, I think GTA Vice City was the only one from the franchise I completed and then I never looked at it again. I still attempt this game every few days (I say attempt because there’s something wrong with my PS3 and it doesn’t like to start the game).

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Eric

What I dislike about this category, is that it’s hard for me to choose only 5 games. What’s amazing, is that a lot of them have already been used by everyone else. However I say screw it, they’re all worth mentioning again! BTW, everything I pick will be a PS3 exclusive.

  1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – I loved the first one, and it was an early sell for me with the system. The third one was spectacular as well. However, Uncharted 2 is the absolute best in the series, and one of the best games on the PS3. it’s stunning, fun, and hilarious. A MUST play.
  2. God of War III – I LOVE this series. An angry man bent on revenge against all Gods for the wrongdoings cast upon him in his life. This is the final chapter in the series, as far as we know, and is by far one of the best games i’ve ever played. The first time I gutted a Centaur and literally saw his guts spill out on the ground, my jaw dropped. I was in awe. And that was within the first half hour of the game!
  3. inFamous – This came out alongside Prototype and together both games were considered rivals. Both games featured young heroes with new superpowers, and a morality system, in a free roam environment. The difference with these two is that inFamous was exclusive to PS3 and as a result had far more polish than Prototype. The only people I know that liked Prototype over inFamous are those that never played inFamous. I call those people Blasphemers.
  4. Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time – I clocked far too many hours into this game, solely because it was phenomenal! Everything about the series was finely tuned to craft the perfect Ratchet and Clank experience. The weapons were absurd, there were plenty of planets and secret areas to visit, and of course it was beautiful!
    This one is tough. . . On one hand the indie scene is under represented here, on the other hand, some blockbusters really deserve to get mentioned again. Ugh. I will go with. . .
  5. Journey – This is BY FAR one of the single greatest experiences of my life. The game clocks in at about 3 hours, but by the end you will have experienced a whole new level of feels. On top of that it is, of course, beautiful! Some of the most amazing sand animation I have ever seen. And one of the best musical scores in gaming. This is truly a game that you need to experience as soon as you can, and it’s only available on PlayStation.

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