Those of us who grew up playing PlayStation games have developed different video game preferences. Ultimately, we gravitate towards the games we first experienced on consoles. Thanks to Sony launching the PlayStation Plus and giving developers a lot of leeway in remastering, we can get familiar with that stuff once again. Especially, as of late, games in this category are beloved PlayStation 3 games.
But, unfortunately, we can’t indulge ourselves in every PlayStation 3 game. Despite the fact that most PS3 games have been remastered for modern consoles, not all make the cut – some of the greatest video games are stuck, unable to move past the platform.
12/12 Folklore (2007)
Set in an environment steeped in Irish mythology, Folklore was an aesthetically-pleasing RPG that many fans may not remember. Taking place in Ireland and the Celtic Otherworld, this PlayStation 3 exclusive follows Ellen and Keats as they attempt to uncover a daring secret hidden in their village of Doolin.
Folklore had beautiful art design and gameplay that felt immersive due to the motion controls and narration. Upon release, the game had rave reviews. There are still hopes for a remake, but due to its obscurity, we’re not sure if we’ll get one.
11/12 God of War: Ascension (2013)
God of War: Ascension could potentially be considered an offshoot of the God of War series. It is the only game in the franchise to include multiplayer, which is only available online. Generally known as a single-player game, Ascension felt like an odd development in the series.
A prequel to the earlier God of War games, Ascension had a less compelling plot, and that was only partially what made its predecessor so incredible. That’s not to say that Ascension is a terrible game, but it’s ultimately not what God of War fans expected.
10/12 Tales of Zilia (2011)
Tales of Xilia was the thirteenth installment in the Tales series and became the first pre-ordered game in Japan, due to the success of its predecessor Tales of Grace. The beloved RPG takes place in a world where humans and demon spirits co-exist, following the journey of the heroes who seek to save the world from disaster.
Upon starting the game, you can choose between two main characters and your decision affects your environment. This choice also affects some of the cutscenes you see, adding replayability for you to uncover more.
9/12 The Fog (2008)
Haze was Sony’s attempt at a sci-fi shooter franchise, now infamously remembered as the failed “Halo killer”. Hayes’ theme focuses on the effects of PTSD from serving in war, exploring the horrors and long-term effects behind it.
Haze’s ultimate downfall was not meeting the audience’s expectations. There were plans to release the game beyond the PS3, but why it didn’t come back is still a mystery. All in all, there was a crowd that enjoyed playing the fog, but it was few and far between.
8/12 Killzone 2 (2009)
Killzone 2 followed the same plot and themes as the first game but with a unique spin. Killzone 2 takes place two years after the events of the original game and is a significant step forward in the series. Upon release, fans found Killzone 2 superior to the original due to its improved visuals, intense campaign, and multiplayer mode.
Overall, Killzone 2 is considered to be the most revolutionary game in the franchise. With an excellent response from critics and fans and only a few minor flaws, this sequel is an incredible addition to the franchise.
7/12 Heavenly Sword (2007)
Ninja Theory’s Heavenly Sword is a hack-and-slash mystery centered around the titular sword and sacred prophecies. Combat in Heavenly Sword is primarily melee-based, with game mechanics reminiscent of other action-adventure games such as Devil May Cry.
The story of Heavenly Sword focuses on prophetic perspectives as you accompany the main protagonist, Nariko, who wields the Heavenly Sword. The game is short but still packs a punch. It’s one of the rare PS3 exclusives you’ll come across, as there’s little indication of future remakes.
6/12 Siren: Blood Curse (2008)
Siren: Blood Curse reimagines the first installment in the Siren series and is the only game in the franchise to be on PS3. Director and co-writer, Keiichiro Toyama said that Blood Curse is a film based on true events rather than a simple sequel.
Toyama’s vision is true because Blood Curse is different from other games. Intertwining with characters trying to survive in a cursed village after being caught up in the unusual forces surrounding it only scratches the surface of the horror game.
5/12 Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time (2009)
From Insomniac Games, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is one of the most memorable installments in the franchise. Combining an enjoyable mix of puzzle solving, platforming and an emphasis on using your gun, A Crack in Time is absolutely fantastic.
The game follows the events of the previous installment, Quest for Booty, as Clank Dr. Possessed by Neferius. This encourages Ratchet to reunite with Clank and stop Nefarious from taking control of time, setting you up for a happy ending.
4/12 Little Big Planet (2008)
The first Little Big Planet introduced us to the adorable miniature Sackboy and went on to become one of the most iconic PS3 video games of all time. Besides giving you the ability to create anything, Little Big Planet allows you to think outside the box and thrive in a creative environment.
The game received an overwhelmingly positive response, which mainly affected players who liked to make something of their own. No matter how many sequels Media Molecule develops, nothing will ever top the original Little Big Planet.
3/12 Infamous (2009)
Controlling Cole McGrath as you interact in Empire City was a fantastic diversion from the Sly Cooper series of Sucker Punch. While the Sly Cooper games were memorable, Infamous was his next big series that stuck with fans.
Interestingly, Infamous is considered a superhero game as you guide Cole after accidentally becoming a hero. The gameplay and atmosphere feel admirable, even with some dull and boring moments. It leaves players with a story enhanced by interesting combat and engaging cutscenes.
2/12 Yakuza: Dead Souls (2011)
Yakuza: Dead Souls is a zombie-infested spin-off of the legendary Yakuza video game series. Picking up a year after the events of Yakuza 4, Dead Souls is a non-canon side story that serves as just a fun zombie game.
While this game has nothing to do with the main story, its quirky elements make it completely different and enjoyable for Yakuza fans. However, Dead Souls did not receive the best ratings upon release; The combat looked dull and there wasn’t much to explore in the game.
Critically acclaimed for its memorable gameplay and emotional weight, Metal Gear Solid 4 was a prime example of Kojima taking care of his creations. During the game’s initial release, sales soared that Metal Gear Solid 4 became an important title in PS3 history.
Five years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 2, we follow Snake as he goes on a mission to defeat his ultimate enemy, Liquid Snake. Overall, its exciting storyline and emphasis on cutscenes helped make it an all-time favorite PS3 classic.
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