NOTE: This article was originally posted 11/09/2014 on my personal blog, but I thought (as brief as it is) it would make a good inaugural post for Destructoid; mainly because it gives you an idea of what games interest me for future reference. My apologies for the shoddy quality pictures, they were originally designed for a much smaller resolution (and a completely different layout), in the future I'll format images more suitable for Detructoid's layout.
With the release of the PS4 and the slowing-down of releases for the last generation (or cross-releases that are always better on the newer consoles), it's probably about time that I retired my PS3, and I can't see myself buying anything new for it in the future. However, it really has been one of the best video games consoles I've ever owned, with a massive and fantastic library of games, which I will certainly keep and perhaps dip back into from time to time! With this in mind, I thought I would make a list (similar to what IGN is doing at the moment) of my Top 25 PS3 Games. Now, the important things to remember are a.) this is my list and it reflects my personal tastes/preferences and b.) there are some games (such as The Last of Us) that are/were released on PS4 and so they won't be on this list as they're better on the newer platform. I'm going to count down from 25 and will try and keep text to a minimum as this isn't a load of reviews; I've also tried to create pictures that are framed in similar ways, just "for lolz".
See also: Borderlands 2
Genre: First-Person Shooter Role Playing Game (FPSRPG)
I remember picking this up on a whim because I had heard good things about it; weeks later I was still playing it and put a *lot* of hours into completing every mission and finding all secrets in the large open world.
Genre: Stealth, First-Person, Action
There was a lot of buzz about this game when it came out and it was very much justified. A fantastic mix of stealth and first-person combat, it was a challenge to play through the game without killing anyone or setting off any alarms. A great story and a fantastic alternate victorian-esque setting.
23. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
See also: Uncharted, Uncharted 3
Genre: Third-Person Shooter, Action/Adventure
The first game was good, but the sequel was just amazing in every way; graphics, characterisation, story, tight gameplay, etc. For a long time I considered this to be one of the best video games ever made. Brilliant!
22. inFamous 2
See also: inFamous
Genre: Open-World, Action
Another sequel that improved drastically over the first game (although I still *really* enjoyed the first one), this is one of the best and most fun open world games that I've ever played. This game really makes you feel like a superhero, or villain.
21. Dead Space
Also: Dead Space 2, Dead Space 3
Genre: Action Survival Horror
There weren't a lot of good survival horror games during the PS3 generation, but Dead Space was an excellent action-orientated sci-fi homage to films like The Thing, Aliens, Event Horizon and various other space-age scares.
20. Killzone 2
See also: Killzone 3
Genre: First-Person Shooter
I'm not into military shooters, but Killzone 2 was something different. The only game to make me feel like I was suffering shell-shock, this is a gritty, visceral and violent sci-fi invasion of a hostile enemy planet. You really feel like the whole world is against you.
19. Yakuza 4
See also: Yakuza 3, Yakuza 5, Yakuza of the End, Yakuza Kenzan, Yakuza Ishin
Genre: Brawler Role-Playing Game
I absolutely *love* these games, the characters and story are just some of the best on PS3. Gameplay is like Streets of Rage but set in an alternate Kabukicho, Tokyo. AWESOME!
Also: Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite
Genre: First-Person Shooter, Action/Adventure
The first game was amazing when it came out, just the atmosphere and art direction were enough to make it stand out from the crowd. Gameplay is deep and the story is amazing; that "twist" will stay with me forever.
17. God of War 3
Also: God of War HD Collections
On the PS3 you can play the full saga of the God of War games, but the best is surely the third, which takes the crown for the most *epic* game of all time. You feel like an absolute badass playing as Kratos as you tear the gods down from their holy mountain!
16. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
Genre: Open-World, Action Role Playing Game
This game, and the built-in expansion, offers some of the best open-world role playing available for PS3. The combat is action orientated, and the story whilst slow to start has probably the best end-game ever; ensuring you plow hundreds of hours into this thing.
15. Little Big Planet 2
See also: Little Big Planet, Little Big Planet Karting
Genre: Platform, Level Creation
The second game had an improved graphics engine, and worked with all user-created content from the first game ensuring there were literally millions of levels to play through! Local multiplayer is hilarious, clever and fun!!
14. Batman: Arkham Asylum
See also: Batman: Arkham City
Genre: Stealth, Action/Adventure
Another game I was dubious about but utterly blown away when I played it. The first game is not as grand in scope as it's sequel, but the story is much better and the fourth-wall breaking scarecrow sections are unforgettable. You feel like Batman in this game!
13. Heavy Rain
See also: Beyond: Two Souls
Genre: Interactive Storytelling
Debatable how much of a "traditional" video game is here, but completely unrivaled in terms of atmosphere and cinematic presentation. The games of David Cage are utterly engrossing and unique in the medium, although they're divisive because of how they play.
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
A pure experience in third-person shooting, Vanquish is an incredibly difficult and challenging game, definitely in the realm of the "hardcore" and "old school". It's also one of the tightest and most well-designed games I've ever played, by one of the grand masters of game design; Shinji Mikami.
There are lots of good 'indie' platform games (Braid, Fez, etc.) but my favourite by far is this one. The puzzles and routes through the levels are very clever, the expressionist artstyle (replete with flickery motion judder) is beautiful in its melancholy, and the story. Oh the story.
10. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
See also: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Genre: Open-World, Role Playing
I actually prefer the story of Oblivion and the gameplay of Skyrim. Regardless, both of the PS3 Elder Scrolls games have consumed hundreds of hours of my life, as I've explored their vast open worlds and leveled up my character.
9. Portal 2
See also: Portal
Genre: First-Person Puzzle Game
No combat or shooting things in the head here, just you and a friend, a portal gun or two, and psychotic science robots trying to kill you. Playing this game makes you feel extremely clever and the level design is ingenious!! Story is great too.
8. Red Dead Redemption
Genre: Open-World, Action/Adventure
This is the very *best* open world game ever made. Become a legend of the old west in this massive sprawling game, with a compelling story, well-developed characters and loads of things to do. Even the zombie expansion was just amazing!
7. Valkyria Chronicles
Genre: Strategy Role Playing Game
Only this first game was released on PS3 (and the third has never been released in the west), which is a crime! This strategic RPG is one of the best ever created; you will grow to love the characters and deep storyline, then twist in agony as you have to decide who will live and die on the battlefield.
6. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
See also: Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Metal Gear Solid.
Genre: Stealth, Action
PS3 is the *only* console where you can play the entire Metal Gear Solid saga from start to finish, as this fourth entry is an exclusive. One of the BEST series EVER MADE. Ever.
Genre: Horror, Puzzle
A very unique game, Catherine came from a complete left-field and completely hooked me with its story and gameplay. Core to the whole experience are the adult themes of fidelity and sexuality, which are unusual topics for a video game to tackle. It's also hard as nails, which I love.
4. Shadow of the Colossus HD
See also: Ico HD
It's no secret that Shadow of the Colossus is my favourite game of all time, but PS3 is the platform to play it on. 1080p and silky smooth without any framerate drops, it seems as if this game was made for the platform and feels right at home here. Ico too.
3. Dark Souls
See also: Dark Souls II
Genre: Action Role Playing Game
The "Prepare to Die" edition of this game, with the Artorias of the Abyss expansion, is one of the most compelling stories and settings for a video game of all time. The game is challenging, tight and expertly crafted. One of the best games ever.
The closest we've had to a new Team Ico game in years, Journey is a truly magical experience. Designers of this game spent years developing the complex social interactions with other players, the game design that does away with the usual concepts of conflict, death etc. Unique. Inspiring.
1. Demon's Souls
Genre: Action Role Playing Game
There's a reason why people are always calling for a sequel to this game. Dark Souls may be its spiritual successor, but this original game had a Gothic-horror atmosphere to die for, a difficulty level that was pitch-perfect, and some of the best boss designs in video game history. AMAZING.