This is a post I’ve been planning for a long time and now with the release of the Playstation 4 drawing ever closer (the countdown is officially at 1 month) and with a week off between quarters, I finally had some time to reflect. I have a lot of good memories with the games I played on my PS3 and so I wanted to make a list of my top Playstation 3 games of all time. I have grouped these games into three categories: Good, Great, and Remarkable. They aren’t listed in any particular order within their categories. At the end of the post, I give my favorite PS3 game of all time.
UPDATE: Somehow I left off two great games in my original posting of this article: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Journey. I think my list is complete now!
These games are good. I enjoy them, own almost all of them, and are worth playing more than once.
Remember Me is an underrated, fun, cyberpunk game that showed a lot of potential. I hope that it gets a next-gen sequel!
Dead Space Trilogy
The Dead Space Trilogy games were all rentals for me (although I do own the third on PC thanks to Humble Bundle). I don’t think I’ve ever played a game as suspenseful as the first Dead Space game. The overall quality of the games improved with each game and Dead Space 3 was a borderline great game.
I didn’t like the first Killzone at all. I didn’t even finish it because the controller scheme was so awful. Other areas were lacking, but that was the worst part. Killzone 2 was vastly improved in most areas, but the controller scheme was still uncomfortable to me. That’s what made 2 fall just short of being good. Killzone 3 finally figured the controller scheme out and fell just short of being great because the story wasn’t as good as it could be. I’m confident that Shadow Fall will continue on this upward trend and should make it to that great category to start off the PS4 right!
The first Assassin’s Creed was unlike anything I had ever played before. I loved how it blended history with science fiction. I mean, the very premise of getting to see an ancestor’s genetic memory through their own eyes using a futuristic machine was unbelievably cool. I would kill for an opportunity like that (not literally)! It wasn’t a perfect game, though. I think the gameplay was one of the areas that needed the most work, but it was still a fun game that launched an awesome series. Without this game, we would never have had the great Ezio Trilogy.
Assassin’s Creed III
Honestly, I was disappointed in Assassin’s Creed III. I was expecting a Game of the Year and it ended up only being a good game. A few problems I had with the game: it was very glitchy, the gameplay was kind of boring, and the main character wasn’t very likable. One of the big problems I had was that they portrayed the player as being right in the middle of the Revolutionary War and I don’t think they really delivered on that. One of my favorite parts of the game was the naval combat, so I’m glad that it will be a big part of Black Flag at the end of the month.
Avatar: The Game
You probably had to do a double take on that one, right? Yes, I thought Avatar was a good game. I’ll tell you why. Avatar was an OK game, but it featured the best 3D experience out of any game I played on the PS3 and that bumps it up to a Good level for me.
Tales of Monkey Island
I love the Monkey Island games and a few years ago Telltale Games may have delivered the best game of the long-time series in Tales of Monkey Island. I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Guybrush Threepwood, Mighty Pirate!
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 1 & 2
The two Marvel Ultimate Alliance games are tons of fun and great games to play with friends. Me and my little brother used to play the first one all the time. I love that they have such a huge cast of characters from the Marvel Universe. These two games aren’t works of art, but they’re definitely must play games for big Marvel fans!
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty 4 was great because it broke the tradition of the WW2 shooters and changed the setting to modern times (duh). I’m a huge WW2 history buff, but you can only have so many games set in the same time period and places. Call of Duty: World at War didn’t make this list because of that. It got stale. Modern Warfare was fresh.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Meanwhile, Modern Warfare 3 was not fresh, but it was still a good game. There are characters that you like, cool missions, and good gameplay. A solid shooter, but I’m glad that they’re moving on to new things with Ghosts.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
I didn’t love Black Ops, but it was pretty cool playing as a Black Ops agent of the Cold War era. It was a decent game for the Call of Duty series.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
I almost put Black Ops 2 into the Great category, but it fell a little short. What I loved about this one was that we finally got a futuristic look for the Call of Duty series. I’m not talking science fiction futuristic, but near future stuff. Lots of drones. I thought that was really cool.
Sorcery is a really fun fantasy game that featured the Playstation Move. I’ve used the Move controller on plenty of games and it wasn’t always the best experience. Sorcery was different. It was part of the development process. They planned for you to play this game with the Move controller, because it functions as your magic wand. If you have PS Move and like fantasy games, I recommend trying this game out. You could probably get it for next to nothing at this point.
BioShock 1 and 2
The first two Bioshock games were very eerie and enjoyable, but I didn’t love them as much as others did. Something about the gameplay always bothered me. If I remember correctly, they were both pretty hard/frustrating games and that might be part of what I didn’t like.
Fallout: New Vegas
As you’ll see later on, I loved Fallout 3, but New Vegas wasn’t quite my cup of tea. I really can’t explain it. I just didn’t enjoy it near as much.
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV was the first GTA game I had ever played and I didn’t love it. It was fun and interesting at times, shallow and monotonous at others. I really hated that if you failed a mission, then you would have to completely start over, including the long drive to the mission. Perhaps worst of all, I didn’t like any of the characters, including Niko Bellic.
These games are great. I highly recommend all of them.
Journey was a great game. Some would call it remarkable and they might be right, but in my book it’s great. It’s a simple and beautiful game. I wish they would have explained things a little better at the beginning of the game. I think I would have enjoyed it more. I had no clue what was going on or that it was an online game. Then again, maybe the mystery is why some people love it so much. Either way, it’s one of the best Indie games that I’ve played. I liked it a lot!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Modern Warfare 2 is my favorite game in the Call of Duty series. The gameplay was just as good as always, but it really pushed the limits and told a pretty intense story of the U.S. being invaded by Russia. I really liked this one.
Heavy Rain was awesome. It truly was a unique experience with a focus on storytelling. I did think that the gameplay was kind of hinky and it held it back from being remarkable, though. It’s still a very memorable game, though.
L.A. Noire made me feel like I was really a detective in 40s Los Angeles. There were shootouts and car chases, but my favorite part was the investigations. From clues to interrogations, it was such a cool experience! It was borderline remarkable. My 2nd favorite Rockstar Games game.
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption. GTA in the Wild West. Awesome idea and they did a great job pulling it off. Great story, good gameplay, fun game.
I’m a newcomer to the Tomb Raider series, but this reboot instantly made me a fan. This was a great game all around!
Dragon Age: Origins and II
These are two of my favorite games of all time. If I were only allowed to keep a certain amount of games, I’d pick to only keep my Bioware games. That’s how much I love these games. I enjoy them both equally, but they are both flawed in different ways. I was very tempted to put both Dragon Age games in the remarkable category, but I think this is probably where they belong.
Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Trilogy
The Ezio Trilogy was Assassin’s Creed at it’s very best. Ubisoft took everything that made the first game good and really perfected it. The characters were interesting and likable. The story was gripping and intriguing. The gameplay was fun and comfortable. Exploring Italy and it’s history was awesome. I hope they can get back to this level of quality in Black Flag and beyond!
The Orange Box
Now that’s value. I didn’t really get into Team Fortress 2, but the others? Oh, man. That’s four great games packed into one box or disc. Now, all I want to know is: where is Half-Life 3???
Portal 2 almost made my remarkable list. I loved Portal 2, but I thought it could have used a little more of a plot. I know that’s not it’s style, but I guess I just like to know a little bit more of what’s going on. At the end of the day, the characters and gameplay more than make up for it.
Madden NFL 13
Madden NFL 13 is probably the best sports game on the PS3. It’s the best one that I played. Madden 25 might be just as good, but 13 delivered the best sports gaming experience that I have ever played. Great graphics, physics, gameplay, etc.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum is another game that just missed out on remarkable. The thing about remarkable is that it shouldn’t be something that’s very common. Arkham Asylum was amazing. They took my favorite superhero and made one of the best superhero games of all time. It was a perfect blend of comic and live action. Great voice acting, great story, great everything. I would have listed this game as remarkable, but it’s successor showed what the word truly meant.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Yet another game that just fell short of remarkable. Oblivion is one of the biggest and best games in my collection, but compared to Skyrim, it is only great. The story was really interesting. The gameplay was mostly great. Playing in the oblivion realm could get a little repetitive. Again, this is a really great game, but how special would the remarkable list be if every game made it?
These games are remarkable. They are the best of the best. These games are the reason why I love gaming and the PS3 and I will play them over and over again.
BEYOND: Two Souls
This one is fresh in my mind. I’ve heard some people describe this as interactive cinema, like it’s a bad thing. What were those people expecting? If that’s not your style/genre of game, that’s fine, but don’t knock BEYOND because of it. BEYOND is interactive cinema and it’s damn good interactive cinema. Definitely a remarkable game in it’s own genre. Loved it.
In my opinion, the Bioshock series went from good to remarkable in their transition from the first two games to Infinite. Columbia was enchanting. I loved Booker and Elizabeth and the Lutece Twins. The story was original and interesting. Gameplay was very fun, if only a little repetitive. Great damn game.
Grand Theft Auto V
This is a game with the whole package. Grand Theft Auto V had the feeling of next-gen on current-gen. Addictive gameplay, interesting storyline, fun characters, hilarious parodies, and a promising online experience. This is definitely the best Grand Theft Auto has ever been. It’s paid off too. Over a $1 billion in sales already. That’s pretty astonishing.
The Walking Dead
Telltale Games modernized the point and click adventure games and I love them for that. They had some hits (like Tales of Monkey Island) and misses (like Jurassic Park) along the way, but they finally perfected their craft with The Walking Dead. If those were hits and misses, this was their homerun. Their grand slam. The Walking Dead told the story of Lee and Clementine in a zombie apocalypse and the gaming world fell in love. It helps that The Walking Dead is so popular right now (and at the time of release), but this game carries itself. It won Game of the Year and rightly so. If I had had this blog at that time, it would have been my GOTY as well.
I went ahead and added the whole Uncharted trilogy because I think all three are remarkable games. Unlike another trilogy I’m going to talk about, these games each feature separate stories. So, I don’t view them as three chapters of one big stories, rather I view them as three equally awesome games from the same series. I’ve been a fan of Indiana Jones for as long as I can remember and Nathan Drake is a modern day Indy on the PS3. He’s one of my favorite video game characters of all time, this one of my favorite series, and I can’t wait to see them take the leap to next-gen! I’m only assuming, of course, but how could they not at least give us one more adventure?
The Last of Us
The Last of Us is definitely a remarkable game. I didn’t personally go as gaga for it as other did, but I still acknowledge that it belongs on this list. The Last of Us features amazing graphics, two complex characters, and fun gameplay. I would have liked a more original plot, but other areas make up for it.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
As a PS3 player of Skyrim, there were definitely some frustrating moments. Updates were few and far between and the wait for DLC was lengthy. However, those negatives are not enough to bring this game down. Skyrim is one of the most remarkable games I’ve ever played. It’s a game that a player can truly get lost in. I don’t think I really need to explain this one to you guys, do I?
Batman: Arkham City
Epic. It took everything that made Asylum awesome and made it better. You’re Batman with a whole city to explore and fight crime in. Everything about this game was remarkable. One of my favorite parts was playing as Catwoman. I’d honestly play a spin-off game starring her, but maybe that’s just me. Anyway, it’s hard to imagine a better Batman/Superhero game than this, but I’ll be looking forward to their attempts to do so! (I’m looking at you WB Games Montreal!)
P.S. Does anyone know if rocksteady is working on a game right now? I remember hearing about rumors of something like a Justice League game awhile back, but haven’t heard anything since.
Rounding out the remarkable games, for no particular reason, is Fallout 3. Bethesda sure knows how to make some amazing games. Fallout 3 is good for all of the same reasons that Skyrim is. I got lost in it. The premise is of course completely different, though. What if technology and society turned out to be like we thought they would in the 50s, but then we nuked the planet into a wasteland. Skip forward many years later and one person emerges from a fallout shelter to find a pretty f’d up world still exists. Now..explore! It’s so original, so fun, and so awesome. I hope Bethesda is working on a worthy next-gen sequel!
All-Time Favorite: Mass Effect Trilogy
They may or may not be the best games on the PS3, but the three Mass Effect games are my favorite games on the PS3. Not only that, but I see them as three parts of one awesome game and that game is my all time favorite game ever. I wish the ending was a little different/better, but it’s not as bad as some said, especially after the extended cut was added. I truly cannot wait to see where Bioware takes us next in the next-gen Mass Effect!
What are your favorite games from the PS3 lifetime? Agree or disagree with any of my picks? Let me know in the comment section!