Monday, August 20, 2012

Top 25 PS3 games!

The Top 25 PlayStation 3 games you have to play!

Spec Ops’ bro shooter-like

name does the game no justice at all, 
because behind its generic title rests one of the most disturbing,
 story-driven shooters of the entire generation. Set in a future
 version of Dubai obliterated by rampant sandstorms, Spec Ops: The 
Line puts you in the role of Captain Martin Walker. Traveling with
 two other soldiers that you control only cursorily, Walker and his
 crew are charged with investigating reports of survivors left stranded
 in the desolated city. But as you find out, not all is as it seems in
 Dubai -- or with Captain Walker himself -- flipping the script on
 players as they 
realize that
 they’re in for a ride they never wanted to witness in the first place.

There are few franchises more synonymous with the PlayStation brand than Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank series. The most recent entry into the saga on PlayStation 3 was A Crack in Time, a great game that not only takes full advantage of PS3's tech, but keeps the series' beloved characters, humor and weapons intact as well. A Crack in Time is a standout action-platformer that's both challenging and accessible, one of the hallmarks of Ratchet & Clank since the PlayStatio
 2 days and the singular
 reason why Ratchet & Clank games have such
broad appeal.

It's the internal struggle of
protagonist Isaac
 Clarke. Whereas Nathan Drake can wipe out 3,000 pirates 
and crack off a one-liner in the next game,
Isaac begins the game wrecked. The horrors he saw in Dead
 Space have broken him, and while the sequel is all about
 dismembering monsters, it's also about piecing this guy's
 mind back together. Heavy stuff for a game that tries to
 scare you with spider-aliens exploding from a fat guy's gut.

You could make the case for Valkyria Chronicles being hard to
 describe -- it's a turn-based strategy role-playing game mixed
 with anime and some third-person shooter mechanics -- but we 
think that's a cop out. Call it "great" and move on. Lead your
 troops through an alternate 1930s Europe, fight for freedom,
 and build your squad as you see fit. Beautiful art and 
award-winning gameplay combine for something every PS3 player 
should try. Now, SEGA, patch it with Trophies.

Original superheroes in games don't happen all that often, so when
 developer Sucker Punch (makers of the first three Sly Cooper games)
 announced Infamous, comic nerds held their breath. Luckily, everything
 worked out. In Infamous, players take on the role of Cole MacGrath.
 An explosion turned Empire City into a walled city of super-powered
 people, and Cole has to decide if he wants to use his electricity-based
 powers fight the good fight or rule the playground. A sandbox game,
 Infamous gives you your powers, some cool comic cutscenes and turns
 you loose.

It doesn't reek of the same
quality of Grand Theft Auto IV, but

 Saints Row: The Third is still easily one of the best open world
 sandbox games ever created and a testament to how other developers
 can take a formula Rockstar created and do something different
 with it. In Saints Row: The Third, the major difference comes
 from how completely over-the-top everything is, from the story
 and characters to the gameplay and weaponry. It’ll take you dozens
 of hours to see and do everything in Saints Row: The Third,
 which is a good thing, because it happens to play splendidly, too.

It's a shame that more people didn't play Vanquish,
 because its third-person shooting mechanics are among
 the best of the generation. Developed by Platinum Games,
 Vanquish tells the story of a futuristic Earth where
 a densely-populated planet has everyone on edge. 
The United States and Russia do battle both on Earth and in space,
 and that's where your character, Sam Gideon, comes into play.
 Vanquish has been talked about as what a GI Joe game could have 
and should have been, and with good reason. The over-the-top enemies
 you're fighting invoke GI Joe, as do the awesome vehicles, while 
the sci-fi story keeps the narrative moving quickly.

There are plenty of shooters to go around, for instance.

 But every so often, something comes out that's so radically unlike
 anything else that came before it that it's hard to ignore.
 One such game is Catherine, a title from Atlus. Catherine tells
 the story of a man who is cheating on his girlfriend.
 The story is told through nightmare sequences that require gamers to 
traverse gruelingly-difficult block puzzles. Those sequences are
 broken-up by awesome story-telling interludes that make the entire game
 come together, quite the feat for something that's so authentically unique.

BioShock shoved something into first-person shooters you
 don't always see -- story. 
Players start adrift in the ocean -- the plane they were on
 has crashed -- and find an elevator to an underwater world 
that's all sorts of screwed up. Rapture, a utopia created by
 industrialist Andrew Ryan, has seen better days, and by using 
weapons and hacking a bunch of super-abilities known as 
plasmids, it was up to us to set the world right -- or at least 
survive it.

It took over a year, but by the end of 2007, PlayStation 3 finally
 had a Triple-A game that had the gaming masses drooling all over 
themselves. That game was Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. 
A third-person action-adventure title from Naughty Dog, the creators of
 Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, Drake's Fortune told the story of 
Nathan Drake, an adventurer distantly related to the famous explorer
 Francis Drake. Nathan's exploits are now the stuff of PlayStation legend,
 and Drake's Fortune is where the series kicked-off. And as many would 
rightfully argue, Uncharted is now easily the most important exclusive
 franchise on Sony's console.

The bar was high for Kratos' true PlayStation 3 debut.
 The God of War franchise was known for being one of the
 most beautiful and brutal franchises in the PlayStation stable,
 so it's leap to HD needed to be nothing short of jaw-dropping.
 Sony Santa Monica delivered. The (supposed) finale in Kratos' story
 took us up against lowly thugs, huge monsters, and even the Gods
 themselves. Whether we were pounding someone's face in from the beaten's
 perspective or pulling off a massive combo, we were enjoying ourselves
 in God of War III.

Millions upon millions of 
gamers live for a game like
 Grand Theft Auto IV. Set in an impressively large and
 diverse sandbox Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto
 IV puts you in the role of Niko Bellic, an Eastern European
 immigrant who comes to the United States for the very first time.
 It's in the seedy Liberty City that his exploits begin, as he claws
 his way up from obscurity to a force to be reckoned with.
 All of the classic GTA mechanics are here, from jacking cars
 to killing just about anyone you come across. But in size, 
scope and polish alone, Grand Theft Auto IV is a marvel worthy
 of any game fan's admiration.

The orginal LittleBigPlanet
introduced the PlayStation
community to the idea of creating content and sharing it
 with the world. LittleBigPlanet 2 blew the doors off that idea.
 No longer were players limited to only being able to create levels.
 Now, you could create games, races, cutscenes, and movies.
LittleBigPlanet 2 kept the Sackboy platforming 
and collecting everyone knew and loved. It even brought over the
 million levels created in the original game. 
That number has only been added to since launch, and new DLC always
 keeps this title fresh.

Comic book video games
don't have a great track record,
 so when Batman: Arkham Asylum got announced, nerds 
 held their breath and hoped for the best. Luckily, the
 folks at developer Rocksteady turned out to be some
 huge Dark Knight fans and delivered the best comic book
 game in years. From its excellent voice acting, stunning
 graphics and awesome Bat-gadgets, Batman: Arkham Asylum was
 a game that every comic book fan could pop in and get lost in.
 And most importantly, it was a blast to play. Also, you could
 say "I am Batman" and mean it.

A fitting conclusion to one 
of the greatest trilogies in all of
 gaming, Mass Effect 3 raises the ante significantly compared to
 the two previous games in the series. The threat the Reapers pose
 galaxy-wide is imminent, and it’s up to Commander Shepard and his
 (or her) diverse crew to stop the Reapers from destroying life as
 we know it. The wonderful story, character development and gameplay 
the Mass Effect series is renowned for persists in Mass Effect 3,
 but what perhaps makes it stand out most is its surprisingly fun 
multiplayer mode.

Between games like Grand Theft Auto IV and Manhunt,
 Rockstar Games started to put itself in a sort of hole.
 By releasing the epically-good Red Dead Redemption, 
however, Rockstar managed to show the world that it's 
capable of far more than just blood, guts, gore and sex.
 Don't get me wrong – Red Dead Redemption has all of that
 in spades – but it also has deep characters, a great story,
 and a totally unique western setting that sits in stark 
comparison to the modern cities of the GTA franchise.
 Red Dead Redemption is a truly deep game that's worthy
 of your attention, especially if you have scores of
 hours to sink into a single title.

Let’s come right out and say it: Resistance 3 is the best
 PlayStation 3-exclusive shooter. The Resistance franchise 
has always been known for its dark, dreary and hopeless 
setting since Fall of Man launched alongside the PS3 itself,
 but Resistance 3 is perhaps even more dire than anything
 you’ve seen in the series.
 Nathan Hale is no more -- Joseph Capelli is now the man 
charged with stopping the Chimera -- and his travels across
 America to Chimera-occupied New York City will go down as
 some of the most fun, story-driven adventuring available on
 PlayStation 3, a true testament to the amazing abilities of 
its developer, Insomniac Games.

Let's not overlook the task developer Rocksteady had with
 Batman: Arkham City. After proving comic book games didn't
 have to suck with its first Bat-outing -- Arkham
 Asylum -- Rocksteady decided to take the cape crusader into
 an open world chockfull of classic rogues such as the Penguin,
 the Mad Hatter, Hush and more. Batman: Arkham City upped the 
original by giving Batman new gadgets and environments but stayed
 true to the addictive combat and award-winning storytelling 
the franchise made its name on. It gave us Catwoman missions,
 a race against time, and one of the best Joker stories ever told.
 Now, give us more.

Following-up on a game like the original Infamous isn't necessarily easy,
 but developer Sucker Punch was up to the challenge.
 The first game showed us Cole MacGrath, a bike
 who was endowed with extraordinary electrical powers. Infamous 2
 changes pace by introducing a new city and new powers, but the 
sandbox mechanics remained the same, as did the action-heavy combat
 that makes Infamous 2 so fun. The city the game takes place in,
 the New Orleans-inspired New Marais, is one of the coolest locales
 any video game has ever been set in and is a true testament to the
 power of the PlayStation 3.

Developer Quantic Dream is known for pushing boundaries in games,
 and that's exactly what Heavy Rain did. Packing a crazy motion/quicktime
 control scheme, Heavy Rain had you switching between four
 characters who were all tied up in the kidnappings and murders
 perpetrated by the Origami Killer. Packing 22 ending movies, 
your choices mattered and directly influenced what happened in
 the story. Let the kidnapped kid die, let your characters die,
 never solve the mystery -- all of these outcomes were possible
 and made for some excellent replay value. Quantic Dream called 
Heavy Rain "interactive drama," and we have to agree.

Last year, we wondered if Portal 2 made it to the list a bit too early.
 The game had just come out, after all. Here, a year later, we can tell
 you that it didn't. Portal 2 is awesome. Once again, players are a test
 subject in the halls of Aperture Science and need to use a portal gun
 to solve crazy puzzles. And as awesome as the portal puzzles are -- you
 shoot once to make an entrance and once to make a connected exit -- it was
 the story of this game that really turned heads. Clever writing,
 interesting twists, comedy, and robot characters you couldn't help
 but love and loathe. Toss in multiplayer that could connect with PC players,
 and you have one hell of a game. That's why Portal 2 smokes so many on
 our list.

Do you like the idea of spending hundreds of hours on a
 single game? Do you like RPGs and shooters? Then you'll
 be absolutely thrilled withFallout 3 from Bethesda, 
a game that mixes all of those elements together into 
one of the most stunning gaming experiences in recent memory.
 Fallout 3 tells the story of The Wastelander, a nameless hero
 (or villain) who is unleashed from his nuclear fallout shelter
 into an uncertain, alien world. Fallout 3 is all about
 exploration and choice, which is why the game takes so long to 
complete, and why it also has inherent replay value that brings
 the term "bang for your buck" to nearly unparalleled heights.

When you think of space adventures, you probably think of 
Star Wars. And rightfully so. But BioWare's Mass Effect saga
 is an epic space adventure in its own right, one that tells
 a stunningly realistic story set in a futuristic, science 
fiction-heavy galaxy. Mass Effect 2 continues the story of 
Commander Shepard, a human who wields incredible influence
 in a galaxy full of hostile aliens. So much influence, in fact,
 that a private corporation revives Shepard after he 
(or she) dies and sets him (or her) off on a choice-laden adventure.
 Everything about Mass Effect 2 reeks of the highest quality,
 from its aesthetics to its gameplay. Jetting around the stars
 has never even remotely been as fun or satisfying.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves took everything great about
 Uncharted: Drake's Deception and amped it up.
 From escaping a collapsing building to scaling 
a falling train, Uncharted 2 played like a summer
 blockbuster and introduced a slew of new characters
 that kept the sequel to the Nathan/Elena love story
 fresh. This is all ignoring how goshdarn beautiful
 the game was and the visual bar it set for the PlayStation 3.
 Plus, developer Naughty Dog tossed in a brand new multiplayer
 mode that the teams supported until it debuted with upgrades 
and revamps in Uncharted 3. Speaking of...

I said it in my review and I'll say it again:
 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deceptionis the reason I play video games.
 From breath-taking graphics to truly fun gameplay to a bromance
 that kept me guessing at what was around the next turn,
 Uncharted 3 is a tour de force. Many would -- and will in the 
comments below -- make the argument that Uncharted 2 is superior
 to Uncharted 3, but we disagree. Uncharted 2 followed a setup 
extremely similar to the original Uncharted, and Uncharted 3 deviated.
 The third entry in Naughty Dog's series played with the supernatural 
twist, sent us back in time, and gave us a story that wasn't all about
 Drake's lady problems. Here we wrestled with family and how far Drake
 could ask his best friends to go.

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