The Top 10 Best PS3 Games

Posted: April 13, 2012 in others
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2012 is a grand year for PlayStation 3 gamers. The console, which debuted at an incredible $499 to $599 (depending on storage capacity) with a weak initial library, has transformed into a must-have machine thanks to an attractive $249 price point, an integrated Blu-ray player, and a rich video game library that contains the best exclusive titles in the biz.

Although many of the best PS3 games are cross-platform games that are also available on the PC and Xbox 360—Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim—but the PS3 has a handful of console exclusives that make the system stand out from its competitors such as Starhawk, Twisted Metal, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

The games in this feature are distributed on physical discs, but PS3—like the Xbox 360 and PC—has a deep digital download library. The PlayStation Network (PSN) is where you can purchase new games such as the emotion-stirring Journey through your console for typically $15 or less; if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber ($17.99 for three months, $49.99 for a year) you can purchase select games at a discount, download full game trials, and get early access to demos and betas—not to mention additional content that can extend the life of many games.

If you’re ready to PS3 game, check out the ten titles in our slideshow, which cover the action, racing, fighting, FPS, and RPG titles that will be red hot throughout 2012. Think that we’ve overlooked a hot top-ten worthy title? Sound off in the comment section below and let us know your top PS3 games

THE TOP 10 PS3 GAMES OF 2012

1.BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY

$49.99
Bruce Wayne’s true face returns to action in Batman: Arkham City, the smart, action-packed follow up to Batman: Arkham Asylum. This Game of The Year candidate builds on Arkham Asylum’s solid foundation by adding new hard-hitting melee attacks, more Bat-gadgets, stealth, detective work, and an expansive playground—an open-air penitentiary in Gotham’s slums—where the city’s worst minds run wild. These criminal minds include the familiar (Catwoman, The Joker, Two-Face), and the more obscure (Calendar Man, Hugo Strange, Solomon Grundy).

Developer Rocksteady Studios has proven that comic book licenses need not be trapped in the usual murk of suspect gameplay and mediocre movie tie-ins.

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2.BATTLEFIELD 3

$59.95
Battlefield 3, the latest wartime first-person shooter title from DICE, launched the opening salvo in this fall’s FPS conflict. Battlefield 3 puts gamers in the role of U.S. Marines who battle opposing forces (The People’s Liberation and Resistance) in New York, Paris, and Tehran—the perfect settings for making things go boom.

The military combat title is powered by DICE’s proprietary Frostbite 2 engine, which enabled the developer to build massive, destructible environments, dynamic audio, and incredible animation (utilizing ANT technology) that its rival, Activision’s mega-popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, simply can’t match. The FPS features a variety of controllable vehicles (sonic boom producing fighter jets, helicopters, tanks, APCs, and transport vehicles), co-op split screen play, and a competitive multiplayer mode that supports up to 64 combatants.

 

3.THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM

$59.99
The fifth installment in Bethesda Softworks’ long-running fantasy action-RPG series is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2011. Set two centuries after the events in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Skyrim sees gamers trekking through the open-ended Skyrim world during the midst of a civil war—all under the looming shadow of a prophesized apocalypse at the hands of a dragon god.

Players can “roll” a character based on human, elf, and other races, each of which come with their own specific attributes that you can tweak over the course of the adventure by adding new abilities, magic, gear, and weapons.

 

4.THE ICO & SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS COLLECTION

$39.99
Whenever talk turns to tired and beat debate about video games as art, two games are inevitably presented to represent the hobby’s artistic merits: The PlayStation 2’s ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. These two Team ICO-developed games—the former a platformer, the latter a monster-scaling action title—featured subtle, emotional storytelling that made them two of the most beloved titles of that console generation.ICO and Shadow of the Colossus return to action in a PS3 combo pack that features HD visuals, full stereoscopic 3D support, and 7.1 surround sound. The package also includes exclusive behind the scenes “making of” videos featuring the making of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus and a sneak peek at the upcoming Team Ico release, The Last Guardian.

 

5.JOURNEY

$14.99
When video game outlets post their game of the year lists, the selected titles are typically AAA affairs with bloated development budgets, incredible marketing budgets, and lots of visceral action to instantly pull gamers into their digital worlds. Journey, thatgamecompany’s third Sony-funded “indie” outing after the critically-acclaimed Flow and Flower, is worthy of game-of-the-year consideration despite the absence of such elements. Instead, this PSN exclusive title dazzles with subtle storytelling, minimalist art design, and environments that, despite being small, carry grand, almost spiritual weight.

6.MASS EFFECT 3

$59.99
The latest chapter in BioWare’s expansive space RPG picks up where Mass Effect 2 left off. You’re once again in the shoes of Commander Shepard, who’s standing at the brink of one of the most daunting challenges ever: rescuing Earth, and the entire Milky Way, from the clutches of the all-consuming Reapers. Packed with action, character development, and customizability that transcend what you find in most games, Mass Effect 3 is an entertaining and frequently engrossing ride.

 

7.MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2K12

$59.99
The return of MLB players to the diamond after a long winter break means the return of baseball video games as well. Major League Baseball 2012—the Visual Concepts-developed hardball title—may on the surface appear as just another sports title that’s released on an annual basis, but the deep gameplay, excellent presentation, and outstanding three-person play-by-play and color commentary will quickly quell (some) doubts.

 

8.STARHAWK

$59.99
Merging Western movie tropes with a dash of sci-fi and a sprinkle of mecha anime, Starhawk, the product of LightBox Interactive and SCE Santa Monica Studio, is a third-person shooter unlike any other on the market. Sure, Starhawk features lots of gunplay and things that go boom, but it also includes RTS elements courtesy of the “Build ‘n Battle” system that lets you drop bunkers, armories, mechs, and other gear onto the battlefield.

9.TWISTED METAL

$49.99
The eighth installment in the long-running vehicular combat series returns to a Sony platform after a lengthy hiatus. The revitalized Twisted Metal focuses heavily on multiplayer combat, including various online game modes that let gamers compete in four-player local split-screen matches and crazed 16-player online competitions. The EatSleepPlay developed title features an appropriately edgy rock and rap soundtrack from the likes of HipHopGamer, Iggy Pop, and Rob Zombie.

 

10.UNCHARTED 3: DRAKE’S DECEPTION

$59.99
Nathan Drake returns to modern-day swashbuckling action in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, a cinematic action title serves as the follow up to Naughty Dog’s classic Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

The third game in the Uncharted franchise sees adventurer Nathan Drake in search of the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands.” The gun-toting protagonist’s trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert features Hollywood-caliber interactive cinematic experience, online multiplayer support, and stereoscopic 3D visuals. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is a must-have PS3 exclusive.

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