The 24 greatest PlayStation 3 games revealed

Must-have PS3 games you really can't live without

Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) is one of the best games consoles of the moment... and, indeed, ever.

The PS3 has got a number of totally awe-inspiring games to choose from. If you're stumped for choice about what to get your teeth into next, fear not. We've rounded up the 24 games that every owner should have in their collection.

24: skate

We all owe a debt to Tony Hawk for helping to popularise video skateboarding games but truth be told, the Tony Hawk series has gotten a little long in the tooth.

What started out as a fun and enjoyable simulation of skateboarding has now become a cartoonish caricature with increasingly over-the-top scenarios and moves. That's why Skate was such a breath of fresh air: it put the emphasis on realism with an innovative control scheme that brought a sense of physicality missing from the Tony Hawk series.

It also put the focus on actually skating and setting up lines; that meant you couldn't just jump around and pull of 30-trick combos anymore. The learning curve was definitely steep but it helped reinvigorate the skateboarding genre and hopefully forced the developers of the Tony Hawk series to up their game.

23: Heavenly Sword

Call it Goddess of War if you like but Heavenly Sword has a flair all its own. Chronicling the adventure of the deadly but beautiful Nariko and a cursed blade, Heavenly Sword was one of the earliest hits for the PS3, an action packed title that helped demonstrate what the hardware was capable of.

With superb character animation work by WETA Digital (the same folks who worked on The Lord of The Rings) Heavenly Sword was an impressive sign of things to come and laid a solid foundation for future titles like God of War III to build upon.

22: MLB 08: The Show

Back in the early PS1 days, Sony's sports games gave EA and other sports developers a run for their money.

For roughly the past decade, however, it's been a much different story, with Sony even shedding two of its sports franchises (NHL FaceOff and NFL GameDay).

Thankfully, the more focused approach paid off in the form of MLB 08: The Show, which included a slew of welcome additions to the steadily improving gameplay, like a more natural slumping/streaking system as well as a more refined Road to the Show mode. This is a show for all ages.

21: Battlefield: Bad Company

There's nothing funny about war — but when you're grouped with the renegade, rag-tag bunch of soldiers that make up Bad Company, you have to find something to laugh about.

Featuring squad-mates filled with personality and witty one-liners, Bad Company stood apart from other war titles as you went behind enemy lines in search of wealth and revenge. With a simply stellar single player mode and all of the classic Battlefield multiplayer modes available for play, Bad Company was a unique title with an interesting twist on the first person shooter war genre.

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