The third son of the PlayStation family had a rough start in life; being quite expensive at first, and very difficult to code for, it remained in a distant third place for a while. Yet it swiftly recovered later, due to the very strong support from Japanese developers who would not touch the filthy gaijin dog machine Xbox 360. So each system has rather different sets of exclusives, which you should weigh (see: 360 vs PS3) before choosing one.
Backwards compatibility was part of the reason for the cost: early models did it by including part of the PS2 hardware. Later models cut that entirely. All models are compatible with games for the original PlayStation, as it was possible to emulate it fully in software.
A nice point of the PS3 is that its games come on Bluray discs while the Xbox 360 only reads DVDs. As a result, you never have to deal with games coming on multiple discs. PS3 also doubles as a Bluray player.
|3D Dot Game Heroes||Action Adventure||Designed to evoke nostalgia for 8- and 16-bit adventures, with a basic save-the-world plot and overhead Zelda-style gameplay, elemental dungeons included. (The Fire Temple is notoriously infuriating.) You can increase your sword's size to a ridiculous degree as a main way to deal damage. The entire gameworld is made of voxels ("3D pixels"), adding to its retro appeal, in addition to tons of other sly references to classic games. You can also construct your own character, voxel by voxel.|
|Afrika||Sim||A rare and mostly forgotten safari simulation game, where you are a photographer in the African savannah trying to get the best pictures of the wildlife. The graphics and orchestral soundtrack craft a pleasant gameworld where success requires patience, strategy, observation, and not getting tackled by a rhinoceros. Very interesting, but its deliberately slow pace isn't for everyone.|
|Alpha Protocol||Action RPG||A spy-themed RPG written and designed by Chris Avellone (Planescape Torment and Knights of the Old Republic II). As with his other games, gameplay takes a backset to a deep satisfying branching narrative and character agency. There's only really one proper build for gameplay (stealth/pistols) but multiple playthroughs are worth it for the different story choices. It does not run well on the PS3 and the PC version is recommended (albeit delisted from Steam) but this version isn't unplayable.|
|Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!!||Fighting||Basically Guilty Gear but every character is an underage anime girl. Focused on air combat, with a homing button that lets you dash directly to your opponent from anywhere and start comboing them. Also gives you the ability to customize your moves and passives by picking one of 23 Arcanas, for a total of 529 character/Arcana combos. Get it if you're really into 2D fighters.
|Armored Core 4||TPS / Action / Mech||Mech combat game, very complex and not for everybody. Build your "Core" and take part in the mech combat. Online multiplayer worldwide. Steep learning curve for somebody who has never played a game like this before, they don't ease you into the game at all; you really have to be willing to bear with it until you figure things out.|
|Armored Core: For Answer||TPS / Action / Mech||Better than AC4, although not by much. It's basically the same game gameplay-wise, but with quite a bit of additional content, which includes more parts to use and new OTT special moves, like the "Air blast" you see on the cinematic trailer. Oh, there's more than one ending too, like in Last Raven. The only reason to buy AC4 over this would be for the plot, which I doubt anyone even cares about. Got some shit because the devs advertised off-line Bro-op before release, but that was never implemented. Online community is pretty much dead.|
|Armored Core V||TPS / Action / Mech||More mech action. Tries to go back to its old roots and is also pretty much focused on multiplayer this time. The singleplayer is awfully short, so don't buy it expecting a lengthy campaign.
Servers are dead now, the only reason you would get V is to get some parts for Verdict Day and to understad some story that isn't really touched in Verdict Day.
|Armored Core Verdict Day||TPS / Action / Mech||Surprise, From does it again, this time they didn't waste the budget on the intro so the game is better. Adds the stuff you would expect from an Armored Core expansion and the game is still multiplayer focused but the single player is a lot longer than and more difficult than V. Verdict Day now has two servers (International and Japanese instead of US, JP and ROW) and improved Conquest Mode. Adds a cool spin on Hard mode and brings back being able to create AI controlled AC's that Formula Front had which surprisingly doesn't suck and is very in depth. Online is mostly dead, the remaining players organize via Discord. Can easily be played without needing to play Armored Core V but unlocking will be difficult.|
|Assassin's Creed Ezio Trilogy||Action / Adventure / Stealth||A collection of the three main series Assassin's Creed games that feature Ezio. Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin's Creed: Revelations all on one disc. The collection also includes the Bonfire of the Vanities and Battle of Forli DLC for Assassin's Creed II.|
In Assassin's Creed II, you're an assassin back in 15th Century Italy who takes the gig because your family got murdered. A great improvement over the first game, showing that Ubisoft actually paid attention to complaints. The repetitiveness of its predecessor was done away with, combining stealth, action, and platforming very well, while managing to be visually beautiful.
Brotherhood is essentially Assassin's Creed 2.5, but confined to the large city of Rome.
Revelations takes Ezio to the Ottoman Empire of Constantinople, with few changes from the previous installments.
They're a bit samey if you marathon them so spread them out.
|Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag||Action Adventure / Stealth||Prequel to ACIII (also technically a sequel if you consider the modern day story), you play as the pirate captain Edward Kenway on his quest for glory and riches, during which he will meddle with both Templar's and Assassin's affairs. The story is set on XVIII century Caribbean sea. Given the premise of the game you are going to spend lots of time behind the wheel of your ship. Surprisingly though, despite what you might think after playing ACIII, the naval missions are actually very fun and engaging. The world map is huge and contains lots of additional (though mostly filler) stuff to do. Overall it's a very fun open world game with beautiful, vacationy visuals and one of the best entries in the AC franchise.|
Over-the-top Capcom game about a Hindu god taking revenge on the entire cosmos and fighting enemies the size of the Sun. In parts it plays like a typical 3D brawler or shooter, but the game is best-described as an "interactive anime" with tons of QTEs and little gameplay. Very fun to watch, though. Be warned that the "true ending" was sold separately as DLC. The PS3 version has screen-tearing issues, so play it on a 360 if possible.
|Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland||RPG||The eleventh game in Gust's Atelier series, and the first to use 3D models as opposed to 2D sprites. A grinding and collection-focused RPG with sparse story and characterization. If you love these aspects of JRPGs and don't care too much for plot |
This entry is probably going to be revamped to be about "Shin Atelier Rorona", basically a graphical and gameplay revamp of this, and will most likely come out overseas as well.
|Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland||RPG||More of the same, but improved in nearly all aspects. 3D models actually look decent this time as well. The time limit of Totori is less annoying than Rorona's, so that's cool. Has a number of DLC characters if you feel like putting down a few extra bucks.|
If you're undecided on which of the 3 Arland games to start with, go with Totori, since it gives you a heads up on Rorona anyways, and is a bit easier for beginners to the Atelier universe.
Ported to Vita as Atelier Totori Plus, which has the DLC from this for free, along with a few other extras. Be warned of "High Tension Sexual Violence", as hilariously classified by Australian ratings.
|Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland||RPG||Third and last game in the Arland series. This time you play as the princess Meruru of the Kingdom of Arls that wants to learn alchemy in order to make her country prosper. To succeed with this she has Totori as her teacher. Outside of alchemy you'll also get to develop your kingdom and do the usual adventuring. Has a digest of the first two Arland games in case this is your first game in the series.|
Ported to Vita as Atelier Meruru Plus, also with pre-loaded DLC for free and some more extra content.
The Atelier series is still going strong on modern platforms.
|Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition||Action Adventure / Stealth||You play as the Goddamn Batman. That's reason enough to play it. Unlike the sequels, it's more of a 3D metroidvania than an open-world romp. Besides, it's fucking awesome. It's so awesome that it had an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, before being supplanted by Arkham City (no, seriously, go look it up).|
Contains additional content compared to other versions.
|Batman: Arkham City||Action Adventure/ Stealth / BEING THE GOD DAMMNED BATMAN||You play as the goddamn Batman in a bigger, more open environment. If you enjoyed Arkham Asylum, but really wished you could grapple to buildings and shit, go for it. Less of a metroidvania, more of an open-world game.
The Game of the Year Edition comes with every piece of DLC released, including preorder outfits. Best bang for your buck.
|BattleFantasia||Fighting||Unorthodox fighting game inspired by fairy tales and fantasy anime. Developed by ArcSys. Toon-shaded graphics, light RPG elements, and a fleshed-out campaign mode make for a charming experience, even if the actual fighting is just okay. NA release was digital-only.|
|Bayonetta||Action||Insane character action game by Hideki Kamiya of Devil May Cry fame. Plays very similar to DMC but with a stronger focus on dodging and punishing enemy whiffs. Plenty of unlockable content, super-hard challenges, and silly references to Sega games of yore. (Sega published it.) Campy, irreverent story featuring a British super-witch with god-like powers taking on the entirety of Heaven, more or less. Memorable characters, great gameplay and music. Has some loading/framerate issues not present on the 360 or PC versions. Also on Wii U and Switch, packaged alongside its (excellent) sequel. The PS3 version needs an update to function well, keep that in mind if the servers go down.|
|Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1||Anthology||Physical release of four digital PSN games: When Vikings Attack! (comical Pikmin-esque action game), Sound Shapes (stylish rhythm-based platformer), Tokyo Jungle (oddball animal-life sim), and Fat Princess (silly tower defense multi-player game). It's worth getting because none of these games received separate physical releases. There was no Vol. 2.|
|Binary Domain||TPS||A squad-based third-person shooter by the team behind Yakuza; you can order your varied group of teammates, with their own personalities, strengths and weaknesses, to help out in battle. How you treat them throughout the game determines their feelings towards you; there's a strong focus on relationship-building. The setting is futuristic in a clean, shiny way with amazingly realistic robot enemies and some notable boss battles, but gameplay gets stale outside of them. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for something unusual.
Also available on PC.
|BioShock Ultimate Rapture Edition||FPS||Contains BioShock 1 & 2 on disc, and includes "over $40 worth" of bonus content.
BioShock is the spiritual successor to the System Shock series, an FPS set in a destroyed objectivist underwater utopia. Focuses on plasmids (basically magic, such as lightning) as much as guns. Noted for its fantastic atmosphere. In BioShock 2 you play as a prototype Big Daddy on a quest to rescue his little sister. While the setting may not feel as new as it did in BioShock, the gameplay has seen noticeable improvement. Combat is fun, hacking is streamlined and the game has a terrific story with a fantastic ending. Multiplayer can be surprisingly fun.
|BioShock Infinite||FPS||It's so different to the first Bioshock, yet so similar at the same time. The game now takes place in Columbia, a city that floats in the sky filled with a society that is loosely based on the idea of American Exceptionalism and led by a white supremacist. In this game, you need to find a girl named Elizabeth and escort her out of this city. The graphics and overall atmosphere are gorgeous, but in terms of gameplay, Infinite has been simplified compared to the previous two Bioshock games. You're locked to two weapons at a time, the story is very linear, and the immersive sim elements are fully gone. Still worth playing just to experience the atmosphere and graphics.
There was DLC for this game that takes place in Rapture and ties into the first two games, but is completely optional to the overall experience.
The Playstation 3 version allowed you to use the Playstation Eye camera alongside the Playstation Move controllers for immersive, motion controlled movement and aiming years before the PC version was patched for VR headsets - and for significantly cheaper.
|Birds of Steel||Flight Simulation||Basically IL-2 with much improved graphics, a smaller plane roster, god-like enemy AI, more Pacific maps, and an actual campaign. The campaign takes place on both the American and Japanese sides, with missions including you bombing Pearl Harbor, carriers, and fighting off invaders at Wake Island. Has real footage and good cutscenes, but is a little short and doesn't cover the entire Pacific war. There is also a decal system, with pinup girls, kill marks, squadron emblems, and commonly used decorations like lightning and shark jaws. Also includes good multiplayer, custom schemes from famous squadrons from all sides besides Japan, and a custom mission setup. Works incredibly well with a standard controller, and has 100% custom mapping.|
|BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend||Fighting||This is the sequel to Calamity Trigger, the story being set a few days after its predecessor. The gameplay mechanics have been changed and new modes have been added. There are a few versions of Continuum Shift, but Extend is the latest, adding Relius as a playable character (bringing the total roster to 19), and story modes for some of the DLC characters from previous versions. Continuum Shift Extend contains a more linear recap of the events in Calamity Trigger, making Calamity Trigger passable if you don't care a whole lot about the story.
Central Fiction is the latest game in the series; it's the only one in the series with an active multiplayer but the story is disastrous.
|Blur||Racing||A new-age cart racer for the mature masses. If Mario and his pals raced in the real world, it'd be Blur. Many different tracks, tons of cars, awesome powerups, online multiplayer and a challenging objective based single player make for a great racing title.|
|Borderlands 2: Game Of The Year Edition||FPS / RPG like / Lootfest||
A mix of FPS and RPG gameplay, it's basically Diablo with guns. You choose a class and level up as you travel Pandora; a desert like planet with plenty of bandits, monsters and the like. The GOTY version has most of the DLC, including another couple of characters and some extra missions. It's worth mentioning that this version has said DLC on a second disk, so you can borrow or lend this game to a friend to be a cheapskate. There's some extra missions for download on PSN as well.
The Handsome Collection contains this game and "The Pre-Sequel" on PS4, Xbone and PC. Also available on Vita but is not really a good port of this game. All the saves are compatible/transferable.
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|Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway||FPS / Squad-Based||Brothers in Arms makes a leap to the next generation. It takes the squad to Hell's Highway, site of one of the biggest military failures in WWII history. Considered by many fans to be the weakest link in the series so far, and inferior to the countless other military shooters out there, but you might be intrigued despite that.|
|Brütal Legend||Action Adventure with RTS elements (single player)
|Action-RTS game set in a world inspired by heavy metal album covers, in which you slay demons, drive hot rods, and gather the downtrodden humans into an army to take on a tour of destruction across the land.|
It's a bit disjointed in that the single player is basically Heavy Metal Zelda with simplified versions of the multiplayer battles standing in for dungeons, whereas the multiplayer is much deeper and more strategic. In either mode though, it doesn't work if you try to play it like a traditional top-down RTS, you need to get in the battle alongside your troops and put your combat moves, solos and double teams to use.
Multiplayer community is somewhat dead on PS3, unfortunately.
|Bulletstorm||FPS||It is depressing how short this game is, because it is seventeen different kinds of amazing. So you play as these prisoners who are trying to escape this dying planet while also fighting away anything that crosses your path. Steve Blum voices the main character(of course). You have a bunch of guns and endless possibilities in how you go through every level. You get points based on how awesome you kill the enemies. You can shoot the equivalent of grenade nunchucks at some guy, tying him up in grenadey goodness, then use your foot to kick him into a group of enemies and detonate the grenade belt, taking them all out and scoring major points. That's a pretty basic way to kill someone. Called "The Worst Game Ever" by everyone's favorite news source, Fox, so you know its good. It's really short though, you'll get through it in about 5–7 hours if you are slow, and there isn't enough extra things to do to extend that past 15 hours. You may spend a lot of time learning new combos and stuff, but that's about it. A real shame too, since the lack to playtime really doesn't justify paying more than 30-40 bucks for it.
Was remastered for PS4, Xbone, PC and Switch, but the remaster barely has any new content.
|Burnout Paradise||Racing||Offering a whole new city, Burnout Paradise ditches its traditional roots. It feels like Burnout meets Need for Speed. Love it or hate it, the series has changed. Online service has been discontinued for the original version.
Remastered for PS4, Xbone, PC and Switch. The remaster includes every piece of DLC and has multiplayer, but is much less stable than the original.
|Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood||FPS||Remember the original Call of Juarez? Neither do I. Anyways, this is a fucking awesome Cowboy FPS where you play as a couple of brothers who have to fight their way through good ol' Mexico. Best played with a bro in bro-op. It came out 11 months before Red Dead Redemption, but no one played this because everyone was waiting for RDR and thus they missed out. You can get it for fucking cheap too nowadays.|
|Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection||Action Adventure||The latest Castlevania title and a reboot of the franchise. It borrows quite a bit of its mechanics from other games (a little God of War and a little Shadow of the Colossus to name a couple) but does so in a very good way. Overall it's a very good action game with beautiful graphics, polished gameplay and a good story. Oh, and did we mention Patrick Stewart narrates the entire game and voices one of the main characters?
The Collection is the same as a normal copy, just a different box and a voucher inside.
|Catherine||Puzzle / Action||Atlus' first next gen game is a puzzle game with a storyline. Cheat on your girlfriend, chill with your bros at the local bar and climb towers straight out of hellat night. Don't let this stop you from at least trying the demo. It's quite fun actually. It's also one of the very few games that you can actually play one handed. If you dislike puzzle games and anime art in general, then it might not be your thing. Plus, it's rather story-heavy.
Ported to X360 and PC, and re-released as "Catherine: Full Body" on PS4, Vita, Switch. Full Body features a new love interest and gameplay improvements, so go with the re-release if you can.
|Child of Eden||Rhythm / Rail shooter||Spiritual sequel to Rez, stylistic graphics and music. A great reason to own the Move and almost makes a 3DTV worth owning.|
|Condemned 2: Bloodshot||FPS / Horror||A sequel to Condemned: Criminal Origins, a first person action thriller on the Xbox 360 and PC. Although considered inferior to its predecessor, it keeps some of the good, but loses a lot of it in favor of magical hadouken powers. You fight a bear.|
|Dark Souls||RPG||Massively influential action-RPG with a sophisticated dark fantasy setting and cryptic, melancholy storyline. Spiritual successor to Demon's Souls. Explore an inter-connected world full of dangerous enemies and well-hidden secrets while leveling up your character according to your preferred build. There's plenty of variety and replay value. Features asymmetrical online co-op and versus play. Notoriously difficult and mysterious. Considered one of the best games of its generation. Also on 360 and PC. Shoddily "remastered" on next-gen systems. PC version is best for performance.|
|Dark Souls II||RPG||Somewhat disappointing indirect sequel. The basic gameplay is the same, but level design is less interesting and the game lacks balance (this is the easiest Souls). Story and art direction are a bit whatever, but not bad by any means. Also, it has a ton of content, build variety and the most fun PvP in the series. All three DLC packs are worth getting. Scholar of the First Sin was a next-gen remaster that tweaked and added things, but also made the game annoyingly gank-heavy by adding mobs of enemies everywhere. The original is absolutely worth playing if you manage your expectations. DS3 is on next-gen systems.|
|Darksiders||Action Adventure||If Devil May Cry, God of War and Zelda had a baby, that baby would be Darksiders. You play as War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and fight angels and demons in order to restore humanity and regain your lost dignity. Not all that visually impressive but fun as hell.|
|Darksiders II||Action Adventure||This time, you play as War's brother, Death, before War begins his quest to investigate who began the apocalypse. Darksiders II is a sequel done right - everything from the first game is improved upon. You can now equip different weapons and armor that you find, much like a Diablo game. This of course opens up more options for combat, which feels more rounded out than the first game, but nowhere near as deep as a Devil May Cry game.|
|The Darkness||FPS||A sweet and unique FPS that debuted fairly early in the current gen. Made by the creators of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, and has a very similar feel/game-engine. Play as a 1950's mobster who gets abandoned by his family and discovers he has the power to control two snake-like demons from his back and summon little Overlord style demons from underground. Based on a cult comic.|
|The Darkness II||FPS||Jackie's back, motherfuckers! This time, haunted by the memories of past, he's targeted by weird cult, which tries to siphon titular Darkness fom him. Plot gets preety crazy and fun later and dialogues, especially from Powell, are hilarious. Gameplay was updated and pumped up (you can use tendrils and dual wield weapons at once) and you get the kickass Darkling as a oneliner-m8-accent-spewing sidekick. Graphics got nice cell-shaded feel, though not everyone likes it. If you'll get bored with main plot, you can access Vendettas missions (connected with main story, but selectable from main menu) where you choose one of four characters and blow the shit up with Darkness-infused weapons. Must have for fans of first one and worth of checking out for breety gud shootan fans.|
|Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate||3D Fighting||Newest entry in the DOA series. New characters, new stages, revamped move lists, revamped frame data, and all that you'd expect from a fighting game sequel. It's vastly superior to DOA4 in pretty much every aspect, but especially gameplay wise. Why is that? Well, this isn't a hold fest anymore (they got nerfed). Now you can play a more traditional 3D FG with guaranteed setups, working sidesteps, wall game, ground game and stuff. The game itself is accessible, fun and flashy for newcomers; and for veterans it offers a deep and solid fighting game. Also, amazing visuals.|
|Dead Rising 2||Action Adventure / Horror||Set in the fictional Fortune City which is modeled after Las Vegas. This installment includes co-op, a satirical multiplayer mode, and a dramatically increased number of zombies (roughly around 7,000 according to Joystiq). You can combine items to form crazy weapons (like a lawnmower+sweeper that sucks in the body parts it chops up). Don't worry if you haven't played the first one, just start with this since it's the same but more fun. "Off the Record", an unusual alternate version of this game is also available. The role of Chuck is replaced by Frank West and there are a bunch of gameplay improvements. If you haven't played this, get that.|
|Dead Space||Action-Adventure||RE4-inspired third-person shooter with a sci-fi horror setting reminiscent of Alien. The ambiance is very well-realized, with strong art direction, grotesque creature designs, and occasional gore, all set inside a creaking, derelict spaceship full of reanimated corpses. Boss fights are kind of boring and there's a few too many fetch quests towards the end, but it's still a very solid entry in the "RE4-like" selection. Has a few unlockables. Also on 360/PC. The sequel does improve on most aspects of this.|
|Dead Space 2||Action||This is to Aliens what Dead Space is to Alien. Ramps up the action but keeps the tension high thanks to bursts of extreme violence and some nerve-wracking sequences. Abandons the "silent protagonist" conceit of the first game in favor of a more straightforward story that directly follows up on the original. Boasts better graphics, pacing, and replay value. Be sure to grab the Severed DLC while you can! Also on 360/PC. DS3 is disappointing, but does feature a full co-op campaign. Dead Space: Extraction is a fun light gun spin-off.|
|Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut||Adventure||Curious adventure game heavily inspired by Twin Peaks. You play an FBI detective investigating a grisly murder in an American small town (as imagined by a Japanese man). Full of eccentric characters and silly little side-quests. Most of the game is spent driving and wandering around town, though there are RE4-like shooting sections which aren't very good at all. Low-budget and plagued by framerate issues, but utterly charming and cozy. Also on 360/PC/Switch. The 360 version is generally the most stable, followed by the Switch version. Sequel is on Switch and PC, but it's kind of an unplayable mess that runs at 10FPS in outdoor areas.|
|Demon's Souls||RPG||Action-RPG developed by Fromsoft as a successor to their King's Field series. Explore a forlorn and dangerous world through a series of non-linear levels, uncovering secrets, obtaining new gear, and leveling up your character's stats according to your chosen build. Fantastic ambiance and story, inspired by Lovecraft and gothic Romanticism. A tough game with a unique playstyle that doesn't hold your hand. Its spiritual successor is Dark Souls, generally considered better, though this one's atmosphere is unbeatable. Previously featured online gameplay (no longer available). The PS5 remake is controversial.|
|Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut||FPS / RPG||Prequel to the first Deus Ex. Everything you could ask for is in it. FPS/RPG action, multiple ways to complete an objective, hacking, stealthing, conspiracy theories, take downs, incredible detail, etc. Slightly more linear then the original, but definitely worthy of the Deus Ex title.
The Director's Cut contains the extra story DLC, improved textures, reworked bosses, and other features. It also removes the original's piss filter.
|Devil May Cry 4||Action / Hack 'n' Slash||It's DMC, but now you play as new protagonist, Nero, and unlock Dante later. A solid combat system that can be used to rack up frankly insane combos (if you're good enough [spoiler]spam Devil Bringer with Nero, FIGHT LIKE A MAN with Dante with all 5 styles at once![/spoiler]), hilariously cheesy cutscenes and dialogue (as is standard in DMC) and a fair bit of replayability.|
|Devil May Cry HD Collection||Action / Hack 'n' Slash||Contains the first three games (special edition for DMC3) upgraded in high definition. If you've never played a Devil May Cry game before, this collection is definitely worth picking up. Trophy support included.|
|DiRT 2||Racing||The best rally racing experience of this generation. It has a fuck ton of cars and tracks, plus the style and music make this one impressive package. Also its pretty cheap now that its been out for a year or so. And if you enjoyed this, definitely get DiRT 3 as well, it's a whole new world.|
|DiRT 3: Complete Edition||Racing||Improves on DiRT 2 by adding weather conditions (snow, rain, fog, wet track) and also night racing. That, and the Gymkhana, which is a very fun event where you do crazy stuff such as spins and jumps in a closed parking-lot style arena. Has tons of cars, including old-time legends such as the Audi Quattro Pikes Peak and lots of cars from the 60s, 70s and 90s. Every location in the game is different from DiRT 2, which makes this a very fresh experience (meaning 100% less deserts and jungles, and 100% more mountains and savannas). Actually almost every bit of content in this game is new so it's worth to keep your DiRT 2 copy and get one of this as well since they both have great exclusive tracks and cars, so this sequel doesn't kill its predecessor in any way.|
|Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice||SRPG||A strategy RPG with an incredible amount of content. Has a goofy story that makes fun of itself, but nothing to write home about. Maximum experience level is 9999, but to finish the game you don't even need to make to level 500. Has tons of jobs, weapons, monsters, and other crap to earn. The graphics are pretty bad (indistinguishable from PS2 and PSP installments), but it doesn't stop the game from being fun.
Bundled with Disgaea 4 and Disgaea D2 in the Disgaea Triple Play Collection. Also available on the PS Vita with all the DLC bundled and some extra content.
|Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten||SRPG||Arguably the best Disgaea in terms of gameplay, MC, and extras. This one has a brand new HD animation system and everything, which looks awesome. Also has a level editor mode, but it's been gimped in the NTSC-U and PAL versions to avoid "naughty" maps or some shit.
Bundled with Disgaea 3 and Disgaea D2 in the Disgaea Triple Play Collection. Also available on the PS Vita with all the DLC bundled and some extra content.
|Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition||RPG||The story is pretty generic by WRPG standards, the graphics are somewhat muddy, and the controls aren't the greatest, especially considering that it's designed for the PC. But, hey, it's got some decent interactive storytelling, and while the characters can be kind of annoying at points, they're not terrible. If you want WRPGs on the PS3, you don't have a whole lot of options, and Dragon Age: Origins is decent, if a bit average. Stay away from the sequel though, and be sure to get the Ultimate Edition so you don't have to deal with the game telling you to buy its DLC.|
|Dragon Ball: Raging Blast||Fighting||What Burst Limit shared with Budokai, Raging Blast shared with Budokai Tenkaichi. This game is cool and has characters a plenty in a large environment and wide world.|
|Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2||Fighting||The sequel to the 1st Raging Blast, this time around the game has more characters, a better developed story mode, and that new red dude? (not Janemba) Well apparently BANDAI is now bringing out everything Dragon Ball with this because this dude is from some DBZ movie in Japan.|
|Dragon Ball XenoVerse||Action RPG / Fighting||Dragon Ball is back. Made by Dimps (the Budokai guys) in the Tenkaichi/Sparking! style. Now you can finally make your shitty Dragon Ball Z original character from when you were ten, you weeaboo. I bet he's a super saiyan and everything, loser.
Character customization is pretty great, the game is pretty fun, has MMO-esque aspects (some have compared online side-quests to Monster Hunter). Controls take some time getting used to, and grinding can be a chore if you didn't spec your character right for your playstyle. It's more of an Action RPG than a pure fighting game.
Pretty much pointless if you're not a Dragon Ball fan, but if you are, this a huge treat.
|Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit||Fighting||Basically this is like if they remade Budokai but made its story better and more expansive with crisp graphics. The fighting is finally on par with the speed of the fighting in the show, and its got a fair number of characters to play as. Also features the over 9000 scene so now there's no reason not to buy this game.|
|Dragon's Crown||RPG||Plays like a traditional 2D beat-'em-up, but with mission-based progression and RPG systems, not unlike Capcom's Dungeons & Dragons games. Features five different characters to play as, and local as well as online co-op (online no longer available). Gorgeous, hand-drawn 2D sprites give it a Frank Frazetta-esque atmosphere, though you'll have to get past some absurdly ultra-sexual character designs. Addictive and featuring tons of content. Also on Vita, and remastered for the PS4.|
|Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen||RPG||Underrated Capcom action-RPG. Medieval fantasy in an open-world setting. This game's story, variety, presentation, and world size are all somewhat underwhelming, but it shines in the combat, which is thrillingly fast and fun, kind of like a medieval Devil May Cry with elements of Dark Souls and Shadow of the Colossus. There are several classes to try and they're all fun to play, including the spellcasting ones. No multi-player, sadly, but you can trade your A.I. companions with others online for fun and profit. The Dark Arisen version features new content, including a super-hard endgame dungeon. Remastered on next-gen systems. A sequel is allegedly in the works.|
|Driver: San Francisco||Racing / Driving / Being A Badass||After a couple of not-so-great games, the Driver series is finally back with a great game. Gone are the horrible on-foot mechanics that almost ruined the series (thank God). Also, it has a crazy-ass premise: Tanner is in a coma, but he doesn't know it. He does however notice that he has a new ability called Shift; he can FLY INTO THE AIR AND JUMP INTO ANOTHER CAR NEARBY whenever he wants. It sounds dumb but it totally works. There's also so much to do from various challenges, races, multiplayer modes and unlockable movie chases that you get to re-enact: Bullitt, The Blues Brothers, The French Connection, Vanishing Point and much more. Also, for the first time in the series: 130+ official licensed cars, including the Dodge Charger and Challenger, Ford Mustang, Bentley Continental GT, Fiat 500 and the Delorean DMC-12.|
|DuckTales: Remastered||Platformer||A remastering of the Capcom NES classic by the craftsmen over at WayForward, this also includes new levels, 2.5D HD sprites/visuals, 3D backgrounds designed by Mike Peraza and Rick Evans (Disney TV), voice acting from the original cast of the show (those still alive anyways), and a soundtrack by Jake Kaufman. The game is (arguably) a bit more balanced than the original release, as well, but some people complain this lowers the difficulty.|
|Dynasty Warriors 7 / Xtreme Legends||Action||The best Dynasty Warriors experience in years, The amount of battles and content is disturbing, and it will keep you busy for a long time. It goes without saying, if you like Dynasty Warriors, GET THIS GAME.|
Xtreme Legends adds extra content, such as new characters, weapons, and modes, however, save data from the original release of Dynasty Warriors 7 is required to access the Story Mode (which features two player co-op) and Conquest mode.
Note: DW7: Empires is a bit of a different beast, but DOES let you transfer data from 7 and XL (especially DLC, thankfully).
|Dynasty Warriors Gundam||Action||Basically the average Koei game but with a Gundam theme. Become a Gundam pilot from the series and nostalgia all over your TV screen out of the fun this game has with Gundams in general. Some people like it, some hate it, but try it for yourself man. Mainly for fans of the show since it was based off of an anime. Gundam knowledge is not required but it helps.|
Has a SHIN version coming out soon in JP land. Basically a revamp to make this as badass as later games. No word on localization though.
|Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2||Action||More gundams, more stuff, basically what a sequel is supposed to be in general.|
|Dynasty Warriors: Gundams 3||Action||Again, moar gundam, moar gaem. Not much else to say; if you liked the ones before it you'll probably like this one too.|
|Eternal Sonata||RPG||Featuring Chopin as a character, along with some of his work. The unique battle system is like a cross between Tales/Star Ocean and Grandia. Lots of Chopin's music accompanied by a great original soundtrack. Quite linear, and not very deep. Has additional content (specifically, two more playable characters) not found on the 360 version.|
|F.E.A.R.||FPS / Horror||FPS/Horror hybrid. A few horror elements will make those less experienced in the genre jump. Online multiplayer.|
|Fallout 3: Game Of The Year Edition||Action RPG / FPS||Beginning with your father asking you what gender you are (and the option to change your mind at the age of 19), this sandbox RPG has been described as Bethesda's Oblivion, but with guns. Explore a post-apocalyptic wasteland as the Lone Wanderer after escaping the Vault your father left you to die in. Butthurt optional. Adds Karma (don't expect it to make sense, though :D) to the mix, allowing you to be either a saint or a total asshole who enslaves children and blows up a town. Obtaining the Game of the Year Edition is highly recommended, as there are a number of excellent DLC quests, as well as the Broken Steel expansion, which allows the game to continue after the original ending. Outclassed on almost all fronts by Obsidian's Fallout: New Vegas, but still a moderately entertaining game.|
|Fallout: New Vegas: Ultimate Edition||Action RPG / FPS||Take Fallout 3, connect it to old Fallout canon in a meaningful way, add a faction reputation system, fully realized companions, and a level of content more reminiscent of Oblivion than Fallout 3. Made by Obsidian with the engine from Bethesda, New Vegas takes you into the Mojave Desert and lets you kick around in a sandbox full of infuriatingly powerful insects. Considered by Fallout fans to be more of a true Fallout game, the potential for roleplaying (and for acting like a moron when you give yourself 1 Intelligence) is greater, though the game can be quite buggy for some people. The Ultimate Edition adds in all of the DLC, which are all at least above average and worth a playthrough. Highly recommended to play this over Fallout 3.|
|Far Cry 3||FPS||Good gameplay mechanics. Gunplay feels realistic enough to be challenging, and arcade-like enough to be fun. While the game tries to bloat play styles, it mostly comes down to either going balls out or being stealthy. Pretty fun otherwise. Missions are your typical open-world type with races, hunting, assassinations, etc. The story has a good concept, but is bogged down by being overtly-pretentious and unnecessarily surreal at times. Characters are irritating, with the most |
|Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Remaster||RPG||A remaster of Final Fantasy X International and Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission for the PS3, the updated graphics look nice but the FMVs are just the PS2 FMVs re-rendered in 1080p and the voices aren't changed but the addition of the International bonuses and the HD graphics are worth replaying this game.
Note: It's also on PS4, that version has even better graphics and the option to choose between the original PS2 soundtrack or the arranged soundtrack.
|Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage||Brawler||It's fucking Fist of the North Star! A spin-off to publisher Koei's Warrior series, although some say it isn't as good as the Dynasty Warrior games.|
|Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2||Brawler||So basically the first game but with more stuff included. More features, characters, and BADASSERY. Available as a disc in Europe, while in America is available only as a direct download. Has mixed reception among FotNS and Musou fans alike.|
|Folklore||Action RPG||An action-RPG where you unravel a murder mystery while fighting through various unique worlds alongside numerous monsters that you capture. Features colorful, vibrant graphics and sixaxis controls that actually work - and work well. Though you play as two different characters, you go through the same areas as each one, so it can get repetitive.|
|Formula One Championship Edition||Racing||This is a pretty good/decent racing game. The multiplayer is close to barren, but isn't bad if you can get a match going. I wouldn't suggest it to anyone but people who really like racing games.|
|Ghostbusters: The Video Game||Action||Bust ghosts with the original bustas as the newest member of the team. Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd actually wrote the game's story, and it ties up and effectively finishes what the first two movies intended to start. Even better, everyone is voiced by the actors who played them in the old movies! Think of this as Ghostbusters 3, because that's exactly what it is.|
|God of War Saga||Action / Hack 'n' Slash / Anger Simulator||The whole shabang. Includes God of War III and HD remasters of the first two games on disc. The PSP titles God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta are included as downloads. If you want those on a disc, just get God of War: Origins Collection.
Some of the bosses and visuals in III are so massive and beautiful that you'll want to stop and just look around you. Also holy fuck you rip the fucking sun's fucking head off and use it as a flashlight what the fuck.
|God of War: Ascension||Action / Hack 'n' Slash||It's more of the same. Nothing wrong with that. Another midquel. Definitely play God of War Saga first though, since it has 5 times as much content. Graphics pretty much max out the PS3's hardware (God of War III wasn't far behind).|
|Gran Turismo 5||Racing||It took a longass time, but the "next gen" Gran Turismo is finally out. Insane amounts of hours to be put into the verbose car tweakan.
No more online.
|Gran Turismo 6||Racing||Just like 5, only bigger and better. Be prepared for a shitload of patches before you play for the first time, can take hours.
No more online.
|Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition||Sandbox||Arguably one of the |
|Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F||Rhythm||The popular fictional diva finally gets an American release with Project Diva F. The game contains 30+ songs, each with their own background videos, unlockables, and character customization. A fun rhythm game even if you're not a big fan of vocaloids. Released both digitally and physically in North America, though the physical release is pretty hard to find. Europe only got it digital.|
|House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut||Light Gun / Being A Badass||A port of the Wii version with Move support and two additional chapters. House of the Dead takes on a 70's pulp Grindhouse cinema feel. Corny dialogue/acting, lots of MOTHERFUCKIN' swearing and tits, and plenty of blood. A combo system makes scoring high a test of pure skill, and there are a variety of different weapons to splatter zombies with. Hell, if you unlock DUAL GUN MODE, you can play by yourself dual wielding guns, or with four people on two teams. The best House of the Dead game EVER! Set a world record for most f-bombs (which was beaten by Mafia 2).|
|Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2||RPG / Kawaii / Desu / Moe||Kawaii SciFi Moe Anime: The Game: The Sequel. Improves a bit on the first game's tedious combat and travel systems, making it more of a breeze to go through the game and watch more girls and fanservice. Voice acting's a bit worse though, and the half dub doesn't help. It's a basic turn-based RPG\Visual Novel mix with dungeon crawler segments similar to those of Persona 3. There is an "affection system" that determines which ending you get. Also, there's a feature that allows you to customize the main character's hyper mode with your own pictures. Up to you whether the characters are perfect waifus or shallow. Riddled with animu tropes.|
|The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection||Adventure||HD ports of two of the best and most influential PS2 games. Both are heavily atmospheric, mysterious adventure games with loose story connections. This is the best way to play both games, as Ico's cut NA content is restored, and Shadow of the Colossus's framerate issues are fixed. Essential video games. The Last Guardian, a disappointing follow-up, was released on PS4. Shadow of the Colossus was fully remade on the PS4, but it kind of fucks with the original's vision, and should be played after it.|
|IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey||Flight Simulation||Though less realistic than PC iterations, this is still a fine entry in the series. If you are unaware, IL-2 is a series of WWII themed flight combat games. Military buffs will get a kick out of this, as you can participate in famous battles and use authentic planes from the period including fighters, bombers, and attack aircraft. There is literally hundreds of aircraft to play with. The game engine also incorporates real time damage in your plane, and it's represented visually on screen.
This game focuses on the European front of WWII. Birds of Steel is a pseudo sequel to this game, though it focuses on America and Japan in the Pacific theatre.
|inFAMOUS Collection||Action Adventure||Contains inFAMOUS and inFAMOUS 2, as well as the downloadable Festival of Blood. Sandbox game where you play as a man with lightning powers. Many of the powers are very satisfying to use. Features a cool story with comic book-esque cut-scences. The game boasts about it's moral choice system, which allows for some replay ability, though it's ultimately pretty uninteresting; Gameplay wise, it's pointless to not be either completely good or evil, as it's the only way to get the alignment exclusive abilities, which aren't very different from each other. Story wise, it feels pretty good to be a good guy, and is canon. The sequel has many many improvements over its already awesome predecessor. More awesome free roaming with some |
|Injustice: Gods Among Us - Ultimate Edition||Fighting||Injustice: Gods Among Us - MK9 but with a DC mod. While it does have some cool gimmicks (stage transitions, clashes, interactive objects, charge attacks, etc.), the core gameplay is the same. If you like MK9 and/or DC, then it's a no brainer. Otherwise it's still worth a try to see if you like it.|
Ultimate Edition Includes all DLC.
|Jak and Daxter Collection||3D Platformer||HELL YEAH MOTHERFUCKER. Jak and Daxter are back! Well, sort of. Not exactly the Jak 4 we wanted, but an awesome love letter to the fans. Includes the whole Jak PS2 trilogy on the PS3 for the first time ever in HD.|
|JoJo's Bizzare Adventure: All-Star Battle||Fighting||An objectively terrible fighting game with zero balancing and plentiful framerate issues, which kept everyone from even considering playing it competitively. That said, it's a great-looking game with tons of playable characters (including the Steel Ball Run protagonist on horseback), and loads of fan service for JoJo fans, so that's the main audience here. If you want a solid JoJo fighter, consider the arcade game developed by Capcom.|
|Journey Collector's Edition||Anthology||Physical compilation of Flow, Flower, and Journey, three artsy adventure games originally released on digital storefronts only. Worth picking up if you're a fan. All three are light on story and dialogue, heavy on ambiance and symbolism, and fairly simple to play. Journey in particular is a platformer with online co-op that was critically-acclaimed upon release, and is still considered among the best games of its generation.|
|Just Cause 2||Sandbox||First game was famous for having infinite potential that it didn't live up to. This one comes much close to that potential. Run around a hugeass tropical island as a Latino |
The PC version can be played in multiplayer thanks to dedicated modders.
|Katamari Forever||Puzzle||A sort of Greatest Hits compilation of past Katamari games, with a new story, new content, and some new levels. Hands-down the best-looking Katamari game, with a fantastic soundtrack that looks back on the series' history. Worth picking up for anyone who's a fan of the games, even if some missions are tedious or just frustrating. The last Katamari game for now, not counting Reroll, which is a remaster of the original. Other Katamari games are on various systems, and all play broadly the same.|
|Killer is Dead||Action||A violent action game from Grasshopper, written by Suda51. Play as assassin Mondo Zappa as he goes on a revenge tour through a wild Neonoir setting. The gameplay is an ok combo-based slasher, but the aesthetic and music is classic Grasshopper faire and worth it for that alone.|
|Killzone Trilogy||FPS||Contains the original Killzone updated in HD, Killzone 2, and Killzone 3 all on-disc. Multiplayer packs for 2 and 3 are included.
Decent story mode featuring British space-nazis, great online play. Even if you're not interested in another online FPS, you should still play for the story, which has some cool bosses.
|The King of Fighters XIII||Fighting||Cult-classic fighting game. After the disappointing XII, SNK went all-out on one of the most beautiful sprite-based games ever released, with a story that also concludes KOF's "Ash saga." A highly-technical, challenging title with a series of in-game tutorials explaining even the most obscure aspects of gameplay. Infamous for its combo challenges, which make even pro players sweat. One of the best fighting games of its generation, even if it nearly bankrupted SNK (again). The Deluxe edition came with a CD OST, which is excellent.|
|Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX||Action RPG||North America and PAL regions finally get their hands on a translated version of Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix. Also includes Re: Chain of Memories and a movie version of 358/2 Days. The only problem with this is that Kingdom Hearts 1 has a few sound cutoffs and such and its noticeable, but its not enough to ruin the whole game for you. However this is only in SOME copies of the game. I've personally never encountered it.|
|Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX||Action RPG||Same situation as the 1.5 collection, only this time around, it's Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep: Final Mix and the movie scenes of Re:Coded (it's not worth watching). The story takes an absolute nose-dive into ridiculous confusion and homo-eroticism while making a trade off for the best gameplay experiences of the series. Some of the Final Mix additions in 2 include FOURTEEN EXTRA BOSS BATTLES, new cutscenes, new items, new Dark Souls tier difficulty, a bunch of new abilities and tons more. Birth By Sleep FM changes are similar to 2, yet changed from the original is the inclusion of Second Chance + Once More being available in Level 1 mode, so it's easier this time around.|
|Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning||RPG||Kind of a generic-looking Western fantasy game, but the excellent gameplay makes up for it. An open-world action-RPG with class-based progression (you can switch classes at any point) and hectic, fully-active combat clearly inspired by God of War. Features the work of Grant Kirkhope, Todd McFarlane, and R.A. Salvatore. Also on 360/PC. Remastered for next-gen platforms. Fans of Dragon's Dogma should play this, and vice-versa. Fun fact: this game bombed, and was partially funded by the taxpayers of Rhode Island.|
|LittleBigPlanet 2||Platformer||A butt load more content then ever before and you are able to customize your own story. There's pretty much no reason not to get this over the first one. Multiplayer and customization go further than just pure platforming now. Some of the best user-made stuff is damn impressive.|
|Lollipop Chainsaw||Action Adventure||SUDA 51 and James Gunn brings you a pretty decent action game, about a cheerleader killing zombies while her boyfriend's head is strapped to her belt. Gameplay is built around knocking zombies out with your pom poms, dropkicks and whatnot and then finishing them off with your chainsaw. (Or you could just abuse armadillo spin.) Very short, but lots of replay value with online leaderboards and loads of unlockables like new costumes, moves, songs and art. If you're the kind of person who plays through games once and that's it, you might be disappointed.|
|Lost Planet: Extreme Condition||Shooter||Underrated Capcom game about shooting giant space-bugs on a frozen alien planet. Looks great even today thanks to the abundance of snow. Features fun gunplay, mech combat sections, and grappling-hook mechanics. Kind of a predecessor to Monster Hunter World. Also features multi-player. The Colonies Edition (360/PC) has extra content. E.X. Troopers is a Japan-only 3DS/PS3 spin-off with an anime art style.|
|Lost Planet 2||Shooter||A substantial improvement on most aspects of the first game. The main campaign is fully playable in co-op (either locally or online), and is an extremely memorable couch co-op experience. Versus multi-player is nothing special. If you call a friend and turn your brain off, this is an extremely fun game. LP3 was a disappointment.|
|Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom||Action Adventure / Platformer||Good game with a lot of heart. The graphics are nice, 3D platforming is decent, and has an old school puzzling charm about it. Somewhere between Ico, Zelda, and Castlevania. Recommended if you can get over the fact it has some of the most FUCKAWFUL VOICE ACTING.
Created by Game Republic (creators of Folklore, Genji) before they imploded into nonexistence.
|Mass Effect Trilogy||RPG/TPS||The story is about Commander Shepard and his/her |
|Max Payne 3||TPS||Best gunplay in the series, however the comic book panel storytelling method has been replaced by unkippable cutscenes and many criticize it for "not being Max Payne" because of the new cover and "last stand" mechanics, as well as not being "noir" enough. Still a solid game overall and worth it to find out how much more of a fuck up Max can be.|
|Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance||Action||PlatinumGames-developed spin-off to MGS where you play as cyborg-ninja Raiden (as seen in MGS4). The story ties into the broader MGS canon, but is way sillier. The main focus is on the fantastic character-action gameplay, which is not unlike DMC or Bayonetta. One of the best games of its kind, with particularly memorable boss battles and substantial challenge. Has a pumping nu-metal butt-rock soundtrack. Features lots of DLC missions, including some where you play as other characters.|
|Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection||Tactical Espionage Action||The entire main series of Metal Gear Solid in the palms of your hands. Contains Metal Gear 1 & 2 (part of the Metal Gear Solid 3 bonus content), downloadable vouchers for Metal Gear Solid and the VR Missions, as well as discs for both Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
The HD Collection includes Sons of Liberty, Snake Eater and Peace Walker in one package with improved resolution and widescreen presentation. Most of the Substance and Subsistence extras are present, except the skateboard mode and Snake VS Monkey mode. If you're a Metal Gear fan, especially if you dont own a PSP, you need this.
|Mirror's Edge||First-Person Running||First person action/platformer focused on parkour. If you can get a hang of the controls and keep your cool whenever you mess up, it can be an amazing experience. Almost hospital-like sterile graphics (motherfucking 3 colours, but done with CLASS) and the big city atmoshpere make it absolutely a must-have if you're searching kind of gamer. Not for the ADD gamer. Beautiful music.|
|Modnation Racers||Racing||United Front Games' first release. After the success of LittleBigPlanet's Play Create Share, concept, the game was the big karting game on PS3 (sorry, no Unkarted, it looks like). A ridiculous difficulty made the game hard to get into, but the level creator worked well.|
|Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition||Fighting||FINISH HIM! This entry abandons the Soul Calibur-style 3D formula of Deadly Alliance and the other PS2-gen titles, and goes back to the 2D formula of the classic titles (with modern additions and 3D graphics). The gore has been stepped up to a never before seen level. Has 4 DLC characters out: Rain, Kenshi, Skarlet, and Freddy Krueger. The PS3 version includes Kratos as a character, making it the definitive version.|
|MotorStorm||Racing||Hailed as the first "next-gen" racer. Lacks splitscreen multiplayer, unfortunately. Also lacks trophies, due to being released before the PS3 had them. Race jeeps, trucks, motorcycles, and other shit all at once. Controls may seem tough at first.|
|MotorStorm: Pacific Rift||Racing||A lot better than the first. Has splitscreen and trophies now.|
|MotorStorm: Apocalypse||Racing||The greatest racing game of its generation! Race through every imaginable natural disaster - tsunamis, tornados, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes that make skyscrapers fall over so you can race 18 wheeler trucks against rally cars and motorbikes on their side while security forces fire at you with assault rifles and helicopters! The disasters keep happening during the races, so race tracks change in real time over the course of each race! There isn't another racing game like this in the world!
|Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations||Fighting||Basically has more of the Shippuden story along with the characters from the original series mixed in there as well. Also has some new anime content made just for the game itself. Like every other one, it's recommended for fans of the show mostly, but it's still a good fighting game to check out nonetheless. Has a sequel called Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 but is considered worse because of various reasons (Cut side combos for ALL characters, less modes, Pre-time skip characters in, Only 12 new characters, online still unbalanced.) Stick with Generations till CC2 gets their shit together.|
It's also the only game in the UNS series to not get a PC Port, but hey, that's what RPCS3 is for, y'know?
|Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch||RPG||A beautifully done JRPG that has tons of things to do in it. As Oliver, you're sent to save an alternate universe so that your mom can be brought back to life in your world. The game's combat can be played out in many ways; Oliver can go into battle as a mage and wreck shit with his spells (be sure to have LOADS of MP though), or send out a familiar to fight the battle in a more traditional turn-based, melee approach. The familiars are pretty cool, and are basically Pokemon, in the sense that they can evolve, learn new moves, and also cast special magic. This is a great game, and a good entry-level JRPG for someone who isn't afraid to grind occasionally. Many of the environments have a filter over them that gives them the look of being painted, which is very nice. As with Studio Ghibli movies, expect really nicely animated cutscenes (that are a bit few and far between), and the typical off the wall humor. Another great thing about this game is the fact that there are many different variations of enemies within the game, with each specific area having a set type of wildlife. Plenty of side quests, too.|
|NIER [JP: NIER Replicant/Gestalt]||Action RPG||Distant sequel to Drakengard (PS2), NIER is a game set in a dying world where a father does everything and more to provide for his sick daughter. Has an unusual cast of characters and a layered, powerful story, which isn't afraid to ask the Big Questions. Cold and hazy environments reminiscent of Shadow of the Colossus; combat |
Remastered on PS4/Xbone/PC. The remaster features the Japanese bishonen version of the MC, who is now looking after his sick sister.
|Ninja Gaiden Sigma||Action||A more graphically impressive remake of the original Xbox's Ninja Gaiden, now in glorious 1080p. Directed by a completely different person to the original director of Ninja Gaiden/Ninja Gaiden Black. Contains a large amount of changes from Ninja Gaiden Black, with less puzzles/backtracking, and some changes to weapons and balance. Generally considered slightly inferior to Black by die-hard fans, but is essentially the same core game. Also, prepare to die a lot, as it's still hard as balls like the original.|
|Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2||Action||The sequel to Ninja Gaiden Sigma and the PS3's version of Ninja Gaiden II for the Xbox360, directed by the same person who directed the first Sigma cut. Commonly considered the drastically shittier version of Ninja Gaiden II. An enormous amount of changes made that essentially make the original and this Sigma version very different. About 70% of the total enemy count is removed, with enemies being given 5x as much HP to compensate (though weapons weren't balanced around this), gore and blood was largely removed and replaced with a purple mist, the upgrading system became heavily restrictive, tons of content including weapons were removed, the list goes on. Still a decent game in its own right, though. Easiest modern Ninja Gaiden game by far.|
|No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise||Beat 'Em Up||A hilarious, violent, and over the top beat-em-up which is a port of the Wii version (Move support included). You play as Travis Touchdown, a would be #1 killer, who also does various side jobs to make pay for entry fees and pumping up his gear and body. The characters and voice acting are fantastic. The boss battles in particular are quite cleverly designed. Only the western versions contain gore. Also includes some of the bosses from NMH2 and a gallery mode DLC (1$), featuring fan service ready Sylvia for your right arm's delight.|
|Odin Sphere Leifthrasir||Beat 'em Up/RPG||2D beat'em up by Vanillaware. Remake of the PS2 classic. Similar to Muramasa and Dragon's Crown. This one has improved visuals, combat, and item management. The story is told from five different view points, each of which you will control throughout the game.|
|One Piece: Pirate Warriors||Action||One Piece meets Dynasty Warriors. You go through the story from the beginning of the East Blue arc all the way through the 2 year timeskip through cutscenes and flashbacks. It's disc based in JP/EU, though sadly only digital in US, and at a whopping 11GB to boot. Best bet is to import the euro version. There's no funimation dub, only subs this time around.|
|One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2||Action||Sequel to the latter, blah, blah, blah. Improves among the last game adding mre characters, new stories, and all that good sequel stuff. Story mode this time around isn't as following to the plot as the first, rather than it being its own seperate thing. Theres also a PSVita version, but JP only.|
|Persona 4 Arena Ultimax||Fighting||The popular RPG franchise gets a fighting game! Great netcode, story lasts around 30–40 hours, and is faster paced than Blazblue. Pretty good for getting into fighting games in general too. Ultimax is the latest version and the one everyone is playing right now. It brings even more characters from both Person 3 and 4. It also expands the story even more and you can buy the story of the first game as DLC.
Protip: This is important, if you want to reduce lag in online matches, do not skip the match intros.
|Portal 2||FPS / Puzzle||This game is leaps and bounds better than Portal in every way (but not really), although short it is definitely worth your time. This game is great and has co-op that actually requires the players to work together as opposed to just lone wolfing.|
|Prototype||Action / Sandbox||You are virusman! All you need to know about this game is that you can do an elbow-drop off the top of the Empire State Building. The story is muddled but it centers around your character Alex being a giant dick face. It's silly to even consider him a hero at all, even though he's being characterized as one. Also your love interest is your sister? Graphics are shit, enemy AI is shit, and the controls are shit, but it's greater than the sum of it's parts.|
|Puppeteer||Action/Platformer||A storybook themed platformer from the Ape Escape devs. You play as a puppet who can replace his own head with various others to unlock different abilities. Extremely charming with a great narrator.|
|Pure||Racing||High-intensity ATV racing. Awesome music, beautiful graphics, and sick stunts to perform in midair amidst an awesome guitar riff for no goddamn reason except for looking badass. All the more surprising is that it was published by Disney of all companies. Only setback is that it suffers from a nasty case of rubberbanding, which makes it artificially harder, but also makes winning extremely satisfying. A sequel was planned but got canceled due to low sales.|
|R.U.S.E.||RTS||Don't be turned away by the presence of a console RTS, R.U.S.E. is fun to play on any platform, and best of all the PS3 version supports the Move controller!|
|Ratchet and Clank Collection||Platformer / TPS||Three of the best PS2 games around and etc all packed into one big ol' collection thats more bang for your buck. Also the only way to play UYA multiplayer due to the PS2 servers being shut down.
WARNING: There are many bugs documented here, so some would argue this makes the collection inferior to the originals.
|Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction||Platformer / TPS||The same gunning and platforming action you've come to love. Now with Pixar-esque graphics. Fucking hilarious cut-scenes and some great dialogue, but the plot can be cliche at points. Notably this has recently been re-released as a greatest hits title, dropping the price down to 29.99 and giving it one of those sweetass red cases. Now there's no reason not to own this.|
|Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty||Platformer / TPS||The second game in the future trilogy. A short but sweet Ratchet and Clank title released at a lower price for download from the PSN (and as a disk in PAL territories). Features less content than usually find in Ratchet and Clank, but still fun to play. Has more puzzling and platforming than shooting, seeing as the game pulls a Samus on you right at the beginning. Colorful environments, robot pirates, and zombie robot pirates included.|
|Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time||Platformer / TPS||The latest Ratchet and Clank installment, and |
|Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus||Platformer / TPS||The true and final LAST game in the R&C series (except for the remake of the original on the PS4 and the upcoming sequel on the PS5, which makes this one far from the last).
|Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One||Co-Op / Platformer / TPS||Basically Sony's own version of Gauntlet: Dark Legacy, or New Super Mario Bros. in its own light. You can play as all 4 (duh) of the Ratchet characters featured on the box art. Has online co-op as well. Not as good as earlier entries in the series but hey, still a Ratchet and Clank game.|
A really good game with a lot of beautifully stunning artwork much like the 1st Rayman game. Kinda like New Super Mario Bros. in which it has local 4-player consisting of Rayman, Globox, and two Teensie's.
|Rayman Legends||Platformer||Sequel to Origins. More 2D platforming fun with even more beautiful visuals. Great for co-op. If you are a fan of platformer games, these two are a must.|
|Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition||Sandbox / Action/ Being a Western Dickhead||It's essentially Grand Theft Horse. Multiplayer leaves a lot to be desired, just like GTA, but it's still good for a laugh. There's also bear huntin'. Includes the Undead Nightmare DLC. You get to kill Zombies and saves towns and shit. You also get to kill MOTHERFUCKING BIGFOOT!|
|Red Faction: Guerrilla||TPS / Sandbox||Open-world sandbox environment that's gameplay revolvs around it's destructible environments. Multiplayer is surprisingly refreshing. Campaign is fun though the music and story are weak. Difficulty gets easier as it goes on, except at the very end when almost every enemy has guass-rifles. The destruction element is the focus here, and it adds more to the fun than you would expect. DLC for more maps online and in wrecking crew mode available, story mode DLC also available.
PC version suffers from some porting issues but has a small modding community.
|Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition||Shooter||Plays like Resident Evil 4, looking and feeling far more like an action game than survival horror, making this a loved/hated game among RE fans. This time you play as Chris Redfield in sub-Saharan Africa. Decent single-player campaign, great if you play in co-op, and any of the various other multi-player modes make for good fun, too. The Gold Edition includes both DLC backs and Move controller support. Ported to several other platforms.|
|Resident Evil: Revelations||Survival Horror||An HD Port of the Nintendo 3DS version. Opinions of the game differ, some liking the game alot, thinking it's a return to form of the prior Resident Evil titles. Others think it's boring and gameplay wise a step down from Resident Evil 5 and 6. A hard sell at it's full pricetag, but if you can get it for cheap, it's absolutely worth a look.|
|Resistance Collection||FPS||Includes Resistance 1-3, a series of FPS from the Ratchet & Clank guys. As you would expect, the games feature a lot of crazy guns. But not only that, each one has a secondary fire function. The first game can feel a little clunky and dated, due to things like, oldschool health bar, sparse checkpoints, and zoom having to be toggled on/off. (instead of just holding down the zoom button when you want to zoom). The collection is worth picking up for 3 alone, far and above the best of the three, with a great story/world and a very slick art direction.
|Resonance of Fate||RPG||Known as End of Eternity in Japan, this is a somewhat slow JRPG with a steep learning curve, complex battle mechanics, and a pretty good story revolving around the climate wreaking havoc on humanity. The story takes a back seat to the actual gameplay. Characters are fairly generic Cowboy Bebop clones (especially Vashyron, who is by far the best character and voiced by NOLAN NORTH). The environments are also gorgeous.|
|Ridge Racer 7||Racing||It's Ridge Racer. RIIIIIIIIDGGEEE RAAACERRRRR! An arcade racer with an emphasis on high speed and over-the-top drifting, to the point where the brake button is never used. Despite the name, this is basically Ridge Racer 6 with new tracks. You can also customize/upgrade your cars now, which is pretty nifty.
|Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny||Action RPG||Inspired by Harvest Moon at it's base, like all titles in the Rune Factory series, Tides of Destiny takes us in a more action oriented direction. The combat is reasonably well done and all of your farming will be done by capturing and raising monsters. The world is much larger than other titles in the series and involves a great deal of roaming the oceans raising islands atop your enourmous golem servant. As always there's a host of bachelorettes to choose from (9 plus your childhood friend), however as you can choose to become a female character after completing the game there are also bachelors to chose from. The game is far better than Frontier, if you're a fan of this type of game you will enjoy it.|
|Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Battle||Fighting||Basically a true to the heart Saint Seiya game. Nicely based off of the anime and all. If you have no idea what this shit is, then it's also called Knights of the Zodiac in regions like America. Kinda has the Dynasty Warriors feel to it. Altogether a pretty good game if your a fan of the show. It's only been released in EU/JP with special territories like Brazil and Mexico on account of how much those countries love this series.|
|Saints Row 2||Sandbox||Basically Grand Theft Auto IV, except without the brown and seriousness. If you like any Grand Theft Auto before IV you'll probably like this. Also, it has an awesome character creator.|
There is a PC port available, but it is the worst fucking PC port known to man.
|Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes||Hack n Slash||A flamboyant Dynasty Warriors-esque hack-n'-slash game. This is the third game in the series, but US only got the first, renamed Devil Kings and full of edits. Now you can properly bask in the VERY over-the-top action re-telling of the Japan's war-torn Sengoku period. It may not be historically accurate, but it's still one of the most enjoyable of the "slashing hundreds of soldiers" style action games.|
If you can handle the moonrunes and importing, Sengoku BASARA 3 Utage (this, but better) is preferable. You can learn more about it HERE.
|Shadows of the Damned||Action / Third Person Shooter||killer7, Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill, and Devil May Cry had an orgy and this popped out. Gaming's crazy rapist uncle Suda51 (killer7, No More Heroes) teamed up with Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil, Vanquish, God Hand) and Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill) to bring us Shadows of the Damned. You play as Garcia Hotspur, demon hunter extraordinaire. Garcia's hot girlfriend is kidnapped by the Lord of the Underworld. Garcia follows the lord to hell in order to save her. With Johnson, his British former-demon sidekick who also serves as his gun/motorcycle/tourguide through hell, Garcia must save his girlfriend before satan fucks her. The game is full of sexual innuendo and plenty of other jokes. It plays like Resident Evil 4 and killer7, only better. It is worth a buy for sure. A word of warning however, it has a disturbingly low replay value, as the only unlockable is a "Hell" difficulty, but this game is obscenely fun.|
|Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution||Turn-based strategy||A wonderfully simplified console port of your average Civilization game. Online multiplayer is a blast. Matches can stretch for hours at a time. Plus it has a textbook's worth of historical info in the extras section.|
|Siren: Blood Curse||Survival Horror||Re-imagining of the original Siren/Forbidden Siren game for PS3. Horror story roughly in the style of Silent Hill. Contains elements of stealth and bashing the undead ("shibito" in the game) and is structured in tv-style episodes. The backstory and environment are incredibly interesting, the atmosphere is on par with Silent Hill (both series were created by the same guy) although it's definitely a lot more Japanese than that series (for starters, it's actually set in Japan and not Statesville, Americaland, and utilizes a lot of Japanese horror tropes). The camera is kinda terrible, but if you're into survival Horror then it's nothing you won't be able to handle. Incredibly underrated but definitely not recommended if you don't like horror games à la Silent Hill.|
No box release in Murrika, so either import from Europe or get it off of PSN.
|Skate 3||XTREEM Sports / Simulation||Take Tony Hawk, make it more realistic, more slow-paced, and less arcadey, and you've got the Skate series.
|Sleeping Dogs||Action / Sandbox||
|The Sly Collection||Platformer / Stealth||Glorious HD re-release of the Sly Cooper trilogy from PS2. Not only is the collection presented in glorious redone HD graphics, but it also has 3D support and added minigames with Move support. Great fun and a must have if you love platformers.
WARNING: Some content is missing, and there are loads of bugs that some argue make this inferior to the originals, documented here.
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LOL cope. Listen to warning, still a good damn good collection though.
|Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time||Platformer / Stealth||Everyone's favorite stealthy, raccoon thief is back! Created by Sanzaru Games, who ported the PS2 games to the HD collection, they clearly cared a lot about the series and it shows. Thieves in Time is a full-fledged sequel to the original series whose main plot-line includes time travel. This makes for more varied and interesting level designs, as well as introduces a new gameplay mechanics involving Sly's ancestors previously mentioned in earlier games but never seen. Despite this, it's as you remember. Sly is still one smooth operator. This game is a dream for fans who never thought they'd get a Sly 4.|
|Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed||Racing||Fucking really cool racing game that improves on the previous game by adding the ability to transform into planes and boats in order to mix up the racing circuit. Fun as hell game, but just don't listen to the fucking faggots who just like saying it's a Mario Kart rip-off and have fun. The first game is worth playing too, especially since some characters are only in it (like Ryo Hazuki and the Bonanza Bros.). However, it's solely ground-based driving.|
|Sonic Generations||Platformer / GOTTA GO FAST SIMULATOR||Play as both modern sonic and classic sonic. Play through 2D and 3D variations of some good ol' nostalgic levels in this one in a quest to save the world from The Time Eater. Basically did a good job of putting Sonic back in the charts in terms of gameplay, even if nostalgia was a major part of this game.|
Has a Nintendo 3DS variation with different levels, songs, and bosses.
Also, while this is good in itself, you may or may not prefer the PC version for mods and level edits.
|Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection||Collection||Amazing collection of classic genesis titles. Also features |
|Sonic Unleashed||Platformer / GOTTA GO FAST||This is the game that introduced the Boost formula to Sonic games, as seen in Colors and Generations. The daytime levels are still considered some of the most fun 3D Sonic levels of all time by some fans. Unfortunately, the Werehog stages are simply terrible and feature slow, sluggish beat-em-up gameplay while blasting you with clown music. However, if you can get past the Werehog, there is still fun to be had with this game.
The PS2/Wii version of the game was made by a different dev team and is somewhat different.
On PC, it's possible to mod the daytime levels of Unleashed into Sonic Generations. This lets you avoid the Werehog, and thus makes for a better experience.
|Soul Calibur IV||Fighting||The fourth Soulcalibur amps up the fanservice even more, now with more revealing outfits that fall apart during battle. Includes many new characters designed by notorious manga artists along with Star Wars characters. The combat system is fairly meh, but the character creation system alone is in-depth and flexible enough to be very fun. A pretty-looking diversion.|
|Soul Calibur V||Fighting||A neat entry in the series starring a few of the returning cast or their descendants. This one features Ezio Auditore in what looks to be his ACB style. Which is almost accurate by the time this game is placed in surprisingly (margin of error was by a century, oh well). This entry is pretty much entirely focused on the obsessively deep character creator and online play, which is only a bad thing if you were looking for a story mode and rofl who cares about story in fightan gaems.|
|Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions||Action / Stealth||Holy Tits, Batman! There are multiple Spider Guys? You bet your limp dick there are. And you (yes you) get to help them |
|Spider-Man: Web of Shadows||Doing whatever a Spider can||You can literally spend hours just swinging around the huge recreation of Marvel's version of New York City(complete with Stark Tower). When you aren't doing that, there's a good spidey game in there too.
|Split/Second||Racing / Action||An awesome title from Blackrock, the guys who made Pure. It's a racing game, but instead of trying to pass your opponents through driving skill, you can instead blow up the environment around them, destroying their car and knocking them out of the race momentarily. Amazing set pieces to alter the track you are racing on, made all the more amazing by its beautiful graphics engine. There are only eleven tracks, but no race is the same no matter now many times you race on it, so it's not an issue. Online multiplayer is also a blast (literally and figuratively).|
|Tales of Graces F||Action RPG||Originally a Wii exclusive, this is one of the few Team Destiny games to make it over since Tales of Eternia. A lot different than most other Tales games. Uses the Chain Capacity point system from Tales of Destiny. It's also the first localized Tales game for the PS3. This is the 3rd revision of the game since it's inital release so there is more content than before.|
|Tales of Xillia||Action RPG||A good Tales game. The story is excellent combined with Xillia 2 (also great), staying true to the Tales formula while introducing enough twists to keep the player intrested. The irriating characters from Graces are gone, and replaced with the best and most likeable cast since Vesperia (also worth a go, new translation patch can be found via Romhacking.net). Combat, while no where near Graces' level, is still great and follows Vesperia's formula. Boss fights in this game are actually quite challenging requiring different strategies and actual timing instead of button mashing. Dungeons are less than stellar and are cluttered with repetitive grunts but the overall package is worth trying out.|
|Tekken 6||Fighting||Had somewhat laggy netcode in the beginning, but now it's as good as every other fighter out there. If you like Tekken, get this. The biggest complaint about this version is that juggling has gotten a little out of control. If you're a fan of previous titles, you'll fucking HAET new Rage system. And yes, you CAN'T turn it off. Also, if you like to play it alone, get ready for Azazel. This motherfucker is even worse than Jinpachi. MUCH WORSE.
|Tekken Tag Tournament 2||Fighting||Supperior limb based combat! Features the largest roster in any Tekken game to date (59 in total). Players now have the option to play either 2v2, 2v1, or 1v1, supporting up to four players in one match. Also includes various online modes, a new tutorial mode called "Fight Lab" in which you train as a Combot, and a stage gimmick system which can involve a player being knocked into a new area only to be pummeled by the opponent's partner.|
|Time Crisis: Razing Storm||Light Gun / Rail Shooter||A re-release of Time Crisis 4 that also includes Razing Storm, a Time Crisis spinoff where you're some dudes on steroids destroying everything. If two awesome Time Crisis games weren't enough, this ALSO includes Deadstorm Pirates, another pretty fun arcade shooter that is definitely on easy mode, as you are a pirate god and have unlimited bullets. Not only do you get three kickass arcade shooters, this works with BOTH the Guncon 3, if you have it, and the Playstation Move! If you enjoy arcade shooters, there is absolutely NO reason to get vanilla TC4 over this.|
|Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2||Modern Tactical TPS / Squad Based||The story mode takes place not even 24 hours after the first one ended. Still Clancy crap though. Combat has been vastly improved, and the AIs are even better. Get this version over the original if you can find it, the story is easy to catch on to.|
|Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas||Squad Based / Tactical||It's Rainbow Six, but in Las Vegas. Leading a squad down the Vegas strip and through casinos filled with sounds of slot machines does not get old. Plenty of people still play this and its sequel online.|
|Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2||Squad Based / Tactical||More awesome Rainbow Six Vegas action with better graphics and multiplayer. Story is on par with the first game but both are worth playing through. Also there's a new terrorist hunt mode where you go around with bros fighting the impressive AI enemies around the multiplayer maps. Much fun to be had. An all-around improvement on an already amazing game.|
|Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Trilogy||Stealth Action||The three classic Splinter Cell games in one package. As of now its the only way to play the middle game, Pandora Tomorrow, in HD due to an issue with the PC version relying on a specific Windows XP feature that makes it incompatible with modern operating systems.|
|Tomb Raider Trilogy||Action Adventure / 3D Platformer||A collection of 3 Tomb Raider games made by Crystal Dynamics (Legend, Anniversary and Underworld). Legend is the first reboot of the series, it follows Lara's search for fragments of an ancient sword and is based on Arthurian legends, Underworld is the follow-up game completing the story. Anniversary is a remake of the original Tomb Raider from 1996.
All of the games are very nice platforming experiences with fun gameplay that connects jumping, shooting and puzzle solving.
|Tomb Raider||Action Adventure||Another (after Legend) complete reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, and far more radical this time. Follows young Lara on her first ever adventure during which she will find herself struggling to survive on a mysterious, mythical island after her ship, on which she travelled along with her crew, gets wrecked. Has a good story and gameplay, pretty graphics and semi-open world with some additional stuff to do. Unfortunately there is little to none actual Tomb Raiding, but you will have plenty of fun nonetheless. Also protip: for maximum fun, try playing with the bow only.
The Definitive Edition is out now and contains all of the downloadable content, so that version is recommended.
War for Cybertron
|TPS / Vehicle Combat||Do NOT mistake this for one of those HORRIBLE licensed Transformers games. This game does not tie in to any of the movies. It's a unique third person shooter, coded in the Unreal 3 Engine. Has online multiplayer. Received good reviews.|
Fall of Cybertron
|TPS / Vehicle Combat||Direct sequel to the game above and likely one of the best games based off Hasbro's long-running franchise available. The core gameplay is far from being revolutionary, revolving around you navigating though rather linear stages while taking out enemies with a variety of long-range weapons. However, each mission is played as a different Autobot\Decepticon, which adds a few interesting twists to how the game is played: Optimus has to assign key targets to be taken down, Cliffjumper is a sneaky bastard, Grimlock FUCKS SHIT UP AS A MOTHERFUCKIN' T-REX and so on.
Basically, it's a good TPS for everybody, and a really solid title for any /m/an or fan of the franchise, ESPECIALLY because, again, this has no relation to the awful licensed games based on Bay's shit, and the team developing this actually did their homework, going as far as digging up the comics to come up with stuff such as the reimaginated origin for the Dinobots.
If all else fails to convince you, just watch this.
|Twisted Metal||Vehicle Combat||A reboot to the Twisted Metal series. The game was praised for its multiplayer and gameplay, though criticisms include lack of characters in the main campaign (only four), sometimes difficult controls, and little DLC (no new vehicles or maps). May not be as good as Twisted Metal Black, but still worth a try.|
|Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3||Fighting||IT'S ULTIMATE MAHVEL BAYBEE!!! 12 new characters, bringing up the roster to 48. Rebalanced (except Wesker), and a much, MUCH more playable online, and other stuff, like new stages and a mode where you play as Galactus. What's also new is "Heroes and Heralds" mode, which lets you collect cards of characters that give you insane abilities like Parry and Invisibility. Also playing as Heroes/Heralds unlocks Silver Surfer-esque costumes for Capcom/Marvel characters. PRINGLES AS FUCK.|
|Ultra Street Fighter IV||Fighting||The new, NEW, NEW edition of Street Fighter IV, includes six new stages and five new characters in addition to those included in previous installments.|
|Adventure / TPS||An Indiana Jones-style adventure in which a handsome American archaeologistgets tangled up in Caribbean terrorism whilst destroying priceless archaeological ruins. The jungle environment brings out vividly-colored levels and shooting is dynamic and cover-based a la Gears of War. A very well-crafted adventure.|
|Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Game of the Year Edition||Adventure / TPS / Movie||Nathan Drake's next adventure takes him to the Himalayas. Uncharted 2 amplifies the formula established in the first game, but stunned critics with its astoundingly-crafted set pieces and wonderfully cinematic style; it really is like playing through an adventure movie. Some bland and unnecessary puzzles break up the action on occasion. Solid multiplayer.|
|Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Game of the Year Edition||Adventure / TPS / Movie||The third game in the Uncharted series holds up to its predecessors. This one follows Nathan Drake to the Arabian Desert. Story might not be as good as the second one but it's close, and the multiplayer is improved (minus microtransactions). Filled with crazy set peices as usual, including one particularly bad ass Arabian Nights horseback segment.|
|Valkyria Chronicles||RPG||Mostly a strategy RPG, but allows you to manually control each unit on their turn, in third-person shooter form. A very anime story that dips into drama, romance and comic relief with a pseudo-magical wartime backdrop. Every recruit has their own traits and personality. Pleasant watercolor-like visuals and sound effects. Definitely a successful genre experiment with somewhat unbalanced difficulty (leaning towards overly easy), worth a look for SRPG or RPG fans.|
|Vanquish||Action||A fast-paced, arcade-esque shooter by Shinji Mikami and developed by Platinum Games. A cheesy America vs. Russia story serves as the backdrop for this fun, visually stylish game that penalizes you for taking cover too often and is all about racking up points. Its power-sliding mechanic is simply too fun. Its greatest shortcoming is probably its cumbersome ammo aquisition system, but it's still a total blast. The story is hard to follow, even harder to care about. Also on PC.|
|The Walking Dead: Game of the Year Edition||Adventure, Graphic Novel||A graphic adventure game based on the Walking Dead comic book series, which also takes place in the same universe (though the game mostly focuses on its own original characters). The player follows Lee Everett, a convicted murderer who escapes on his way to prison amidst the chaos of the zombie apocalypse, and a young girl he meets named Clementine.
The story progresses based on the player's choice of dialogue or the actions they take during quick time events, usually resulting in a different outcome, such as a character getting killed, or a character changing their opinion of you. The game also sports an appealing visual style based on the comics, and recieved a lot of praise for its characters and plot.
Includes an extra episode titled The Walking Dead: 400 Days that bridges the gap between this game and its sequel.
|Way of the Samurai 3||Action Adventure / Sandbox||Continues the same gameplay and style as the first two (which are on the recommended list of PS2 games), but now has a stronger emphasis on 'good vs. evil' (unlike KotOR, the choices you make have long term effects), though here it's more 'honorable vs. greedy'. The only real flaw of the game is graphics; they're not bad by any means, but they could be much, much better for a seventh generation game. However, it is still highly recommended unless you disliked the first two.|
|Way of the Samurai 4||Action Adventure / Sandbox||The fourth in this series of highly replayable, sandbox style samurai games. This one takes place in post-isolationist Japan, and has a lot of 'British' characters... who all speak horribly mangled English by Japanese voice actors. Whereas WotS 3 felt closer to the original game in it's rural setting, this game harkens back to WotS 2, and it's more 'urban' setting. The graphics are still kind of shit, but this series was never "AAA" anyways. Also of note, there is now a minigame mechanic to get laid. I'm not joking.
This game is only available for download in the U.S., but received a physical release in all other regions, including the UK.
|White Knight Chronicles II||MMO JRPG||A massive console role-playing game developed by Level-5. The story mode is single player, but you can take your story character and participate in multiplayer missions which add a lot to the game, including all the ultimate stuff. It initially received a large amount of hype prior to its Japanese release, but gained only lukewarm reception from critics. White Knight Chronicles has 100 hours worth of gameplay and several enemies are quite large in size. Story is fairly cheesy to start off with but improves. You will shit bricks when you realise Eldore is voiced by Charles Shaughnessy.
The sequel includes an updated version of the first game so picking up the original isn't necessary.
Note: The online services for both games are shut down. Dayum shame, Jimmy.
|XCOM: Enemy Unknown||Turn-Based Strategy||
Official remake of the PC classic, XCOM is all about managing a worldwide secret project to combat a very nasty alien invasion wrecking Earth's shit. Basically, the game is split between actually organizing XCOM's base, which involves things like choosing when to hire new soldiers or construct facilities and fighting aliens with squads of 4 to 6 members in quite tactical battles. Each of the 14 countries backing up the XCOM project has a "Panic Gauge", which increases according to the aliens' actions and, if any of them hit level 5 by the end of the month, said country will stop supporting the whole thing. If that happens eight times, it's game over.
Protip: this game can be a bit glitchy with its digital version. Make sure to save often and disable in-game speech.
There is another version called XCOM: Enemy Within which its the base game, as well as tons of customizations for your characters including making them GIANT FREAKING ROBOTS . Its digital only and it also has all the DLC of the base game as well. If you want the most complete version go get that one.
|Yakuza 3||Beat 'Em Up/Being a Badass||The Yakuza games are like a combination of Japanese soap opera and mob movie (in the best way possible), with action, romance, humor and betrayal. The series follows Kazuma Kiryu, a wrongly convicted ex-yakuza with the criminal underworld breathing down his neck. Includes summaries of the previous two games for the uninitiated.
Be aware that this game has a SLOW ASS start, where you spend almost 5 hours helping children near the beach until the story finally gets more interesting. Definitely more appreciatable if you played other games in the series and are familiar with the overall story.
Re-released on the PS4, PC and Xbox as part of the Yakuza Remastered Collection, together with 4 and 5. This rerelease runs at a smooth 60 FPS, has a new translation that's more in-line with the recent ATLUS translation, and contains exactly the same content as the Japanese remaster.
|Yakuza 4||Beat 'Em Up/Being a Badass||The fourth game in the main series has four playable characters: kung-fu officer Tanimura, brawling loan shark Akiyama, hulking giant Saejima, and, of course, Kiryu. The fragmented story provides a wider scope of the chaos, excitement and romance of the city, but is less focused and a bit less memorable. Each character has his own lengthy side-quest, such as recruiting and training hostesses or solving police disputes. Even more side-content than before. As per usual, great voice acting and cinematic flair.
The gameplay in the US version is piss easy so be sure to play on Hard if you want any real challenge.
|Yakuza: Dead Souls||Beat 'Em Up/TPS||Yakuza with zombies. No seriously. A big focus on guns instead of brawling and features a pretty cool "heat sniper mode" that lets you perform various cool cinematic moves. You may be daunted by the non standard TPS controls, but they actually work rather well when you get used to it. Also features GORO MAJIMA KARAOKE!!!.
|Zone of the Enders HD Collection||Action||Third-person mech combat games taking place in the distant future, and brainchild of Hideo Kojima, this is a collection of the two PS2 classics reformatted for HD. Originally this release was maligned due to High Voltage Software's terrible porting which created noticeable visual issues during gameplay, such as screen tearing. This has been fixed because Kojima hired Hexa Drive to fucking fix everything a 2.0 patch, and it's smooth as butter.
Also available on the 360, but that version HAS NOT been patched!
PS3 can play disc-based games from any region. (Except Persona 4 Arena, but that was released worldwide, so it's no biggie.) Be warned however that the games listed below assume that you know Japanese.
|Aquanaut's Holiday: Hidden Memories||Adventure||The culmination of the Aquanaut's Holiday underwater exploration series, heavy on atmosphere and lacking in specific goals. Has the best graphics yet and an actual story with characters, along with the series' esoteric elements, like communicating with certain fish. A beautiful world to explore to your heart's content, but this game is very hard to find.|
|Boku no Natsuyasumi 3: Hokkoku Hen: Chiisana Boku no Dai Sougen||Sim / Slice of Life||
Japanese only Animal Crossing-esque game where you play a Japanese boy in the 1970's enjoying summer vacation. You do stuff like bug catching, hill sliding, swimming, BEETLE SUMO, and childhood games. The most endearing part is arguably the diary, complete with crayon drawings. This game is text heavy with no trophies and no English, so you'd have to know moonspeak or be super harcore to even give half a shit. That said, it is oddly interesting. Check these two pages for more insight. The "Best" re-release of this game goes for cheaper.
A project to create an English manual online was started, but abandoned. It will make the rhythm memory game and fishing a lot easier for you, though.
|Gundam Extreme Vs.||2vs2 Arena Fighter||Gundam themed two on two arena fighter, was the top hit in Japanese arcades. Has a large cast, and is rather fast paced compared to the other Gundam games out. Surprisingly, the amount of suits doesn't completely break the game as each suit requires a in-depth knowledge of it in order to be good. Also the game relies heavily on teamwork, so even two powerful suits can get wrecked by two grunt suits if they had better chemistry. Game is rather fun, but there are two problems: Import-only (unless you're Japanese) and is likely to get a disc upgrade December 2013-Early 2014 since the new version is out in arcades.|
|Idolm@ster 2||Simulation / Rhythm||The only game Japan bought a 360 for is finally on the PS3. (Now you won't need to buy a Japanese 360 for your weeaboo needs!) As the producer, you'll have to use your management skills to make your idols the TOP AIDORU! This is also the closest you AKB48/SNSD |
|Initial D Extreme Stage||Racing / Fangasm||This is a very 'arcadey' touge racing game, definitely not for everyone (Touge = downhill/uphill one-on-one races in those windy mountain roads in Japan). In fact, chances are that only fans of the series can actually enjoy this. Basically, you create your driver and get to face each and every racer ever to appear in the series, while listening to eurobeat music (although sadly this game has the worst OST selection of all Initial D games). Some of those races are piss easy but there are some almost ridiculously impossible ones, that demand surgical precision and reflexes to take on those turns. For those unfamiliar with Initial D: it doesn't have that many cars, physics are weird, gameplay is clunky and every track looks about the same, but the fans knows what to expect (meaning every car and location featured in the series will be there, plus a few more, and all that DORIFUTO through the hairpins).|
|Action Adventure||Only available in Japan, but there is an Oversea's Edition, that comes bundled with the Anime from 1985, completely with English Dub. It is somewhat a hybrid of adventure game as well as command-based mecha combat simulator. In this title, players will interact with the many characters from the series and control robots by choosing attack commands from a window.|
|Musou Orochi Z||Action||If you like the Dynasty Warriors games, this is as good as it gets. That is, so long as you understand moonspeak; there's no English version.|
|Wangan Midnight||Racing||I LOVE MY WANGAN. Highway raecan based on the original manga/arcade games.|
|Yakuza Kenzan||Beat 'Em Up/Being a Yarou||Look up to Yakuza. Okay, now replace "Japanese gangsters" with "Japanese gangster samurai from ancient Japan." And there ya go. Fantastic. Unfortunately, unlike Yakuza 3, this entry isn't likely to get a western release, but if you want to |
|Consoles||Mattel HyperScan - ZAPiT Game Wave - Sony PlayStation 3 - Nintendo Wii - Microsoft Xbox 360 - Tec Toy Zeebo|
|Handhelds||GPH Caanoo - Tiger Telematics Gizmondo - GPH GP2X - Nintendo DS - Sony PlayStation Portable - Conny Pocket Dream Console|