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The 24 best PS3 games

Here are the 24 titles that every PlayStation 3 owner should have in their collection

  • 23 Gran Turismo 5: Prologue



    When you take into account the fact this racing sim's intensity, stellar graphics and amazing gameplay, you might just start wishing more games would have Prologues before the final release. In [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/126862/gran-turismo-5-prologue/|Gran Turismo 5: Prologue|Gran Turismo 5: Prologue]], you can drive any of over 50 customizable cars from various worldwide manufacturers, including famed car companies Audi, Ford and Ferrari. Also, GT Online returns via the PS3's PlayStation Network, so with the console's built in wi-fi adapter, you can challenge your friends anywhere, any time!
  • Who says the PS3 doesn't have great games? Like its predecessors, Sony's next-gen console is destined to be the home of some truly awe-inspiring games, and already has several gems to its credit. Here are the 24 titles that every PlayStation 3 owner should have in their collection.

    24 MotorStorm: Pacific Rift



    OMG, those crashes. Taking the race out of the desert and into the jungle, [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/141846/motorstorm-pacific-rift/|Motorstorm: Pacific Rift|Motorstorm: Pacific Rift]] still brings brutal slo-mo crashes that rank among the best-looking in all of gaming. Thankfully, this sequel gave you better A.I. competition, along with all the vehicle types from the first Motorstorm, plus a monster truck or two. While every other racer plays it safe with car-on-car drag races, only MotorStorm has the brass balls to pit tiny little ATVs against behemoth big rigs.
  • 18 Tekken 6



    [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/110423/tekken-6/|Tekken 6|Tekken 6]] is bigger, bolder, and crammed with more characters than most games can handle. As if the impressive roster of 40 wasn't enough, the graphics in Tekken 6 have also benefited the overall game as much as the fighters. When you're not seeing a ring of fire slowly consume everything around Zafina, you'll witness a helicopter slamming into a lighting bolt in the background scenery of another stage. As always, the arcade setup is still among the best versus experiences you'll have either online or offline. With characters that you can customize as much your combo strategy, Tekken 6 is an impressive update to an addictive button-masher.
  • 3 Modern Warfare 2



    Gut-wrenching moments and fast-paced FPS action were the bread and butter of the first Modern Warfare. After taking the Normandy Invasion as far as it could go, Infinity Ward took their coveted franchise into the modern era with amazing results. Since then, [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/143289/modern-warfare-2/|Modern Warfare 2|Modern Warfare 2]] has proved to be a more-than-worthy successor to 2007's Game of the Year, upping the ante with an insanely gripping story, even better multiplayer, and enough controversial decisions to jar any player back into reality, even if just for a split second. Even if you never go back to the solo missions after the first time around, playing online is so deep and incredibly well-polished, you'll have little to no excuse to get tired of Modern Warfare 2.
  • 7 Batman: Arkham Asylum



    No one expected [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/142490/batman-arkham-asylum/|Batman: Arkham Asylum|Batman: Arkham Asylum]] to be this good. In fact, no one expected it to be one of the most impressive and thrilling action games to ever hit the PlayStation 3. Thankfully, Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros./DC Comics made the invaluable choice of enlisting help from the best talent possible, including big-ticket names like Paul Dini, Kevin Conroy, Arleen Sorkin, and of course, Mark Hamill. For once, a video game developer got everything right in a Batman game, and Rocksteady Studios even went as far as including The Joker as a playable character for PS3 gamers. But most rewarding was the fact that The Caped Crusader fought like a demon from Hell, his tools were inventive and intuitive, and the atmosphere of Arkham Island was as demented and dangerous as its inhabitants. Welcome back, Batman.
  • 6 Killzone 2



    The original Killzone may have failed to be the "Halo-killer" it was proclaimed to be, but after a painfully long time in development (the sequel was supposed to be a PS3 launch title), Guerilla Games finally delivered a first-person shooter that pushed its console to its boundaries, mostly in terms of graphics. Even stunningly polished shooters like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare lacked the level of detail displayed in Killzone 2's bleak, post-apocalyptic wastelands and war-scorched cities. As soon as you boot up Guerilla's killer FPS sequel, there's no ignoring the mind-blowing lengths that the team behind the game has gone to, bringing the battlefield to life. [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/110424/killzone-2/|Killzone 2|Killzone 2]] remains to be one of the best next-gen shooters, and is one that's recommended for those who can appreciate its gritty science-fiction spin on the genre.
  • 17 Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time



    Ratchet & Clank can best be described as "a playable Pixar movie" for all of its colorful worlds and sharp graphics, but that's just a touch on the real quality of the series. [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/158769/ratchet-clank-future-a-crack-in-time/|A Crack in Time|A Crack in Time]] is movie-quality writing, fun-filled run-and-gun action, and challenging platforming elements all rolled into one game. Insomniac Games has been keeping its titular duo running at a breakneck pace since the PlayStation 2 days, and this title shows that they're in no danger of slowing down yet.
  • 2 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves



    When you call any title the video game equivalent of Raiders of the Lost Ark, you know that the action has to be impressively over-the-top, the characters must evoke unmistakeable charm, and the experience has to rival everything else of its genre. [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/143252/uncharted-2-among-thieves/|Uncharted 2: Among Thieves|Uncharted 2: Among Thieves]] does exactly that, bringing back a more flawed, more human Nathan Drake, who's in a bigger adventure than even he can handle. Even with the memorable Hollywood-style action-adventure in the bag, the multiplayer proves to be a showcase for the vastly improved gameplay. With a cover system that feels refreshingly more natural and spontaneous than Gears of War, and explosive weapons that can tear down the walls around your character, you'll have your hands full trying to stay ahead of the action.
  • 1 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots



    Gamers, this is the one. If you're planning to buy a PlayStation 3, or you already have one, [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/110421/metal-gear-solid-4-guns-of-the-patriots/|Metal Gear Solid 4|Metal Gear Solid 4]] should be at the top of your list. It's an epic stealth-shooter with jaw-dropping graphics and a massively detailed storyline. Sure, the 20-minute cinema scenes can drag on a bit too long, but the game's quality shines through in every aspect of its production. Unlockable rewards, 70+ weapons, and a well-designed online mode will keep you playing months after you've completed the core single-player experience. If you've ever loved a shooter, a stealth game, or an action game, Metal Gear Solid 4 is a can't-miss title.
  • 8 Grand Theft Auto 4



    Like Rock Band, [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/110502/grand-theft-auto-iv/|Grand Theft Auto 4|Grand Theft Auto 4]]'s a tossup. More opponents for online play is great, but we're big fans of better graphics, and the PS3 has an ever so slight edge in that department. Plus, the install cuts down on loading screens, which gives us more time to ram firetrucks into dirtbikes. As if that wasn't enough reason to count this game among the best PS3 titles, there's always the fact that you can push people in front of trains, saw pedestrians down with helicopter blades, and drive your date off a cliff. Be a menace!
  • 12 Street Fighter IV



    Capcom had one steep mountain to climb with [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/138421/street-fighter-iv/|Street Fighter IV|Street Fighter IV]]. How could they go back to the style of the industry-changing SFII while retaining the advanced gameplay from the underrated Street Fighter III? Would the series really stay in 2D? Somehow, the development team managed a perfect KO on all counts, as the new look and feel of SFIV showed that the World Warriors were still the baddest group in town. With a large mix of SFII veterans, new challengers and Alpha cameos, the fourth Street Fighter not only got a graphical overhaul, but the classic fireball-throwing action was whipped into shape so that players of all type could throw a good beatdown. Not only did SFIV outdo itself on the charts, it's also a damn good revival of the 2D fighting scene.
  • 20 Resistance 2



    Picking up where the first video game, Resistance: Fall of Man, left off, this gripping first-person shooter sequel sees Nathan Hale continuing his battle against the repulsive race of Chimera. While [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/139501/resistance-2/|Resistance 2|Resistance 2]] didn't exactly re-invent the franchise, it did improve upon many of the strongest aspects of the original. It added new, even crazier weapons, a towering 300-foot tall beast, and best of all, support for up to 60 player multiplayer matches, which set a record at the time the game was released. Resistance 2 is far from a perfect game, but it's one of the finest next-gen FPS games we've seen, not only on the PS3, but in general.
  • 19 inFamous



    Usually, when a game makes you choose between good and evil, the paths are so similar or uninspired that playing through a second time seems like a chore. [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/134601/infamous/|inFamous|inFamous]] turned this gameplay element on its head with the Karma System, which actually changed the way you could unleash your electricity-based powers on Empire City. If you're a hero, crowds love you, but if you're a jerk to random bystanders, they'll actually pelt you with rocks or run in terror. Sucker Punch also nailed the exploration mechanics in inFamous, making simple things like getting from one end of town to another fluid and satisfying (as long as you didn't run into a chain link fence). Whether you play the game as a good guy or a total ass, inFamous is sandbox-style gameplay taken to near-perfection.
  • 16 Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2



    Even without Tomonobu Itagaki directing behind the scenes, it looks like the Ninja Gaiden series will be safe to kill demons for a while. Even though the Xbox 360 version came first, the PS3 update in [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/158702/ninja-gaiden-sigma-2/|Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2|Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2]] has much more content (even without the buckets of blood) -- three lovely female leads (hellooo, Ayane), larger bosses, traditional PS3-improved visuals, and even a co-op mode. When it comes to ninjas, there's nothing harder and more pleasing than this action-packed franchise, and the next Ninja Gaiden should be even more outlandishly violent. As our review notes, Xbox 360 owners should definitely be very jealous of Sigma 2.
  • 13 God of War Collection



    Kratos, the Ghost of Sparta, has been on one Hell of ride, and the [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/163598/god-of-war-collection/|God of War Collection|God of War Collection]] is a valuable piece of history for gamers who haven't witnessed his tale of revenge. Since most PS3 owners are hampered by their console's lack of backwards compatibility, the GOW Collection is a bargain -- two discs, one price, and insanely sharp HD visuals on two of the best action games to ever hit a PlayStation. God of War 3 is just around the corner, and if you want a refresher course of the blood-soaked history of this epic series, this is the best place to start.
  • 4 Assassin's Creed 2



    Ubisoft recreated the historic enviroment of 15th century Italy with the same care and attention to detail that Leonardo da Vinci gave to The Last Supper. No matter how well you can build a city, you almost can't do better than [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/158818/assassins-creed-2/|Assassin's Creed 2|Assassin's Creed 2]]. Taking the stylish and addictive motions of the previous game's protagonist, the near-superhuman Altair, Assassin's Creed 2 went further towards the present with Ezio, the new assassin on the block. Noting both the forwards and backwards steps of the previous title, Ubisoft made sure that Ezio moves in ways that his predecessor never could: wading through waterways, stealing his opponents' weapons, and even flying through the skies with the help of some handy contraptions.
  • 10 LittleBigPlanet



    Whether you choose to classify Media Molecule's delightful PlayStation 3-exclusive game as a user-generated content creator or just a platformer with some fresh ideas, [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/129821/littlebigplanet/|LittleBigPlanet|LittleBigPlanet]] is still one of the most imaginative next-gen games out there. It's not often that modern games encourage the player to be creative, and LBP does a remarkable job of easing you into the creation process in way that has you putting together your own levels and content quickly, without overwhelming you. In fact, one of the reasons LittleBigPlanet has done so well for itself is because it's so accessible. Creating your own levels is a concept that sounds good on paper, but is something that rarely works without turning off the majority of gamers who don't have the patience to learn complicated user-creation tools. And LBP proved that user-creation can be user-friendly.
  • 22 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion



    "Massive" isn't a big enough word for the fourth incarnation in the popular Elder Scrolls role-playing series, [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/125201/the-elder-scrolls-iv-oblivion/|Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion|Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion]]. As you traversed the world of Cyrodil, you could truly create a life of your own -- mine caverns, learn trade skills, fight bandits... the scope alone of what's possible in Oblivion is simply astonishing, and this amazing adventure is still unprecedented in both size and scale.
  • 11 Dead Space



    Visceral Games pretty much dethroned Capcom's longstanding undead-hunting horror franchise Resident Evil as the king of the survival-horror genre when they released their blood-curdling masterpiece in terror, [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/137461/dead-space/|Dead Space|Dead Space]], which featured gruesome beasties reminiscent of those from John Carpenter's The Thing. It wasn't the fact that Dead Space approached survival-horror in an all-new way -- the game actually borrowed quite a bit from Resident Evil 4 in terms of the way you move around and combat enemies -- no, what made Dead Space so terrifying was the dread-soaked atmosphere, the mood of being alone in space, and the disgusting mutated passengers infesting the mining ship you're stuck on... passengers that only get grosser and more frightening as the game progresses.
  • 15 Resident Evil 5



    Capcom's fifth installment in their renowned zombie-slaying franchise may have placed a greater emphasis on action than your traditional "undead creatures lurking in dark alleys" approach to horror, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, is it? We believe the answer is no, especially with the tremendous success of action titles that are dripping with horror imagery like Gears of War. [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/111001/resident-evil-5/|Resident Evil 5|Resident Evil 5]] wasn't exactly leaps and bounds different from its predecessor Resident Evil 4, but it did feature a cooperative campaign, a first for the series, that allowed both you and a buddy to fight together against RE5's hulking axe-wielding killers and the rest of its fearsome cast of adversaries.
  • 14 The Orange Box



    Talk about bang for the buck: [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/130441/half-life-2-the-orange-box/|The Orange Box|The Orange Box]] included five hit games from the FPS gurus at Valve Software, making this a must-have for any shooter fan. Not only do you get the award-winning Half-Life 2 and the follow-ups Episode One and Two, but you also get the butter-smooth online game Team Fortress 2. But the real jewel of this fantastic collection is Portal, a mind-bending puzzler that every gamer should experience at least once. Armed with one of the coolest weapons ever devised in the Portal Gun, you run through a series of deviously designed levels while the omni-present voice of GlaDOS gently coaxes you onward. Filled with delicious humor and addictive gameplay, Portal is worth the purchase price alone but lucky for you, there's four other amazing games to keep you occupied long after you've discovered the secret of the cake (hint: it's a lie).
  • 9 Fallout 3



    Bethesda's [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/133121/fallout-3/|Fallout 3|Fallout 3]] presented players with a truly unique concept: the ability to play the game more-or-less however they wanted, allowing for the game itself to play out in an almost infinite number of ways. Sure, this was done before with games like Grand Theft Auto, but never on this scale. You can play Fallout 3 conservatively, carrying out sidequests and trying your hardest to make the best decisions possible. Conversely, if you're in a particularly diabolical mood, you can just run around like a maniac, blowing away everyone you come across, be them good or evil, man or animal. Of course, massacring everyone you meet in the game comes with its price, such as receiving negative karma points and ultimately altering the ending of the game. If you own a next-gen console, do yourself a favor a take this gripping RPG-laced shooter for a ride.
  • 5 BioShock



    Generally, gamers relish the ability to kill, maim and obliterate their enemies and obstacles, but [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/142137/bioshock/|BioShock|BioShock]] changed the entire experience with solid, inventive gameplay and a new moral compass. This sleeper hit from 2K Games, a studio formerly known for high-profile but moderately successful strings of PC role-playing games (Jade Empire, Civilization IV, Sid Meier's Pirates), sold Xbox 360s and unintentionally became a flagship title for the console with little buildup and a huge amount of positive press. When it finally made the transition to the PlayStation 3, BioShock also came with a new "Survivor Mode" that made the already tough gameplay even harder than before, which was all the reason we needed to play the game just one more time.
  • 21 Rock Band/Rock Band 2



    Even though picking between the PS3 and 360 versions of [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/132803/rock-band/|Rock Band|Rock Band]] & [[xref:http://www.gamepro.com/games/ps3/142340/rock-band-2/|Rock Band 2|Rock Band 2]] is pretty much a toss-up, you're still getting one of the best musical experiences around with either version. To put it bluntly, Rock Band just gets better and better. DLC music, while pricey, is still coming down the pipe at a steady clip, and the treasure trove of available guitars, drum kits, and rocker accessories is something that just never gets old. And if you're still packing those old wired guitar kits, there's new wireless Fender bass replicas on the market that are just waiting for you to get back on tour.
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