Those of us who grew up playing Playstation games have developed varying video game interests. Gradually we move towards the games we first experienced on the console. Thanks to Sony’s inception of Playstation Plus and developers going to great lengths in remastering, we can get to know that content again. Specifically, lately games that fit into this category are beloved Playstation 3 games.
But unfortunately we cannot engage with all Playstation 3 games. Despite the fact that most PS3 games are remastered for modern consoles, not all of them make it – some of the most masterful video games are stuck and unable to make it past the platform.
12/12 Folklore (2007)
Folklore, set in an environment full of Irish mythology, was an aesthetically pleasing RPG that not many fans remember. Set in Ireland and the Celtic Otherworld, this Playstation 3 exclusive follows Ellen and Keats as they try to uncover the daring mystery hidden in the village of Doolin.
Folklore had beautiful art design and gameplay that felt immersive due to the motion controls and narrative. Upon release, the game had good reviews. There’s still hope for a remake, but it’s uncertain whether we’ll get one due to its obscurity.
11/12 God of War: Ascension (2013)
God of War: Ascension can potentially be considered an outlier to the God of War series. It is the only game in the franchise to include multiplayer, available as online only. For what is usually known as a single-player game, Ascension felt like an odd development for the series.
A precursor to previous God of War games, Ascension had a less compelling story, and it only partially lived up to what made its predecessors so incredible. This isn’t to say that Ascension is a horrible game, but ultimately it wasn’t what God of War fans expected.
10/12 Tales Of Xillia (2011)
Tales of Xillia was the thirteenth installment in the Tales series which became the most pre-ordered game in Japan, thanks to the success of its predecessor Tales of Graces. The beloved role-playing game takes place in a world where humans and monsters coexist with spirits, and follows the journey of heroes trying to save the world from disaster.
When you start the game, you can choose between two main characters, and your decision affects your environment. This choice also affects certain sequences you come across, adding replayability as you get more to uncover.
9/12 Haze (2008)
Haze was Sony’s attempt at a sci-fi shooter series, now infamously remembered as one of the failed “Halo Killers”. Haze’s theme centered on the effects of PTSD from serving in a war, exploring the horrors behind it and the long-term impact.
Haze’s eventual downfall was due to its failure to meet audience expectations. The game was planned for release beyond the PS3, but why it didn’t return remains a mystery. Overall, there was an audience that enjoyed playing Haze, but it was a small one.
8/12 Killzone 2 (2009)
Killzone 2 followed a plot and theme similar to the first game, but with a unique spin. Killzone 2 takes place two years after the events of the original game and is a significant step up in the series. Upon release, fans found Killzone 2 to be superior to the original due to its upgraded graphics, intense campaign, and multiplayer modes.
Overall, Killzone 2 is considered the most revolutionary game in the franchise. Outstanding reception from critics and fans alike and only a few minor flaws make this sequel an incredible addition to the franchise.
7/12 Heavenly Sword (2007)
Ninja Theory’s Heavenly Sword is a mystical hack-and-slash that centers around the titular sword and sacred prophecies. With game mechanics reminiscent of other action-adventure games, such as Devil May Cry, Heavenly Sword’s combat is primarily melee-based.
Heavenly Sword’s story focuses on prophetic perspectives as you follow Nariko, the protagonist who wields the Heavenly Sword. The game is short but still packs a punch. It’s also one of the rarer PS3 exclusives you’ll come across, as there’s little indication of a future remake.
6/12 Siren: Blood Curse (2008)
Siren: Blood Curse reimagines the first installment in the Siren series, while being the only game in the franchise to be on PS3. The director and co-writer, Keiichiro Toyama, said that Blood Curse is more of a film based on true events than a simple sequel.
Toyama’s vision is true as Blood Curse is unique from the other games. Pairing characters trying to survive the cursed village after being trapped in surrounding abnormal forces only scratches the surface of the horror game.
5/12 Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time (2009)
Developed by Insomniac games, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is one of the most memorable additions to the franchise. Bringing together a nice mix of puzzle solving, platforming and an emphasis on using your weapon, A Crack in Time is absolutely fantastic.
The game follows the events of the previous expansion, Quest for Booty, when Clank is held captive by Dr. Nefarious. This encourages Ratchet to reunite with Clank and stop Nefarious from taking control of time, setting you up for an absolute joyride.
4/12 Little Big Planet (2008)
The first Little Big Planet introduced us to the adorable miniature Sackboy and became one of the most iconic PS3 video games of all time. In addition to giving you the ability to create anything, Little Big Planet allows you to think outside the box and develop in a creative environment.
The game had met overwhelmingly positive responses, mainly influencing the players who love to create something on their own. Nothing will ever top the original Little Big Planet, no matter how many sequels Media Molecule develops.
3/12 Notorious (2009)
Controlling Cole MacGrath while interacting in Empire City was a wonderful departure from Sucker Punch’s Sly Cooper series. While the Sly Cooper games were unforgettable, Infamous was their next big series that stuck with fans.
Interestingly, Infamous is considered a superhero game as you guide Cole after he accidentally becomes a hero. The gameplay and atmosphere feel commendable, even with a few dull and boring moments. It provides players with entertaining battles and a story enhanced by fascinating cutscenes.
2/12 Yakuza: Dead Souls (2011)
Yakuza: Dead Souls is a zombie-infested spin-off of the legendary Yakuza video game series. Set a year after the events of Yakuza 4, Dead Souls is a non-canon side story that just serves as a fun zombie game.
Despite the fact that the game has no bearing on the main story, its quirky elements make it stand out and be fun for Yakuza fans. However, Dead Souls did not receive the best ratings upon release; the combat seemed boring and there wasn’t much to explore in the game.
Critically acclaimed for its memorable gameplay and emotional weight, Metal Gear Solid 4 was a prime example of Kojima caring about his creation. During the game’s initial release, sales soared so high that Metal Gear Solid 4 became a significant title in PS3 history.
Five years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 2, we follow Snake as he embarks on a mission to defeat his ultimate enemy, Liquid Snake. Overall, the compelling plot and emphasis on cutscenes helped make it a PS3 favorite classic.
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