With the PS4 all over the news we seem to have relegated our erstwhile companion for so many years, the PS3, to the back of our minds. The PS3 provided us with so many games to fill up our leisure time that it is almost impossible to play all the games that have been released on the platform.
But among them are those that have been developed particularly for the PS3- the exclusives. I always try my level best not to give these a miss as they are the games that stretch the PS3 to its limits, be it graphics or gameplay. Keeping that in mind, compiled here today, is a list of the PS3 exclusives that you should definitely play.
1. Uncharted 3
Created by Naughty Dog, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is the third game in the Uncharted series. It is a sequel to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves which was one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2009. Uncharted 3 was released in November, 2011 exclusively for the PS3.
The third game in the series follows the actions of modern day treasure hunter Nathan Drake and his mentor Victor Sullivan as they travel around the world and visit places like the Rub’ al Khali desert in search of lost treasures. Uncharted 3 received critical acclaim, becoming one of the best reviewed video games of 2011 and winning numerous ‘Game of the Year’ awards.
With mind blowing graphics, cinematic quality and story, Uncharted 3 is definitely not a game to give the miss on the PS3.
2. The Last of Us
Also developed by Naughty Dog as a PS3 exclusive, The Last of Us is an action adventure survival horror video game which was released worldwide on June 14, 2013 and on June 20, 2013 in Japan.
The storyline revolves around the character of Joel, who has to escort a young girl named Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States of 2033 to a friendly resistance group named Fireflies. The enemies in the world of the game are zombie like creatures infected by the cordyceps virus as well as bandits and cannibals, against whom Joel has to defend Ellie.
The Last of Us has been hailed as one of the most significant titles of the seventh console generation. It received critical acclaim because of its amazing graphics, gameplay, storyline and realistic action. It has the biggest video game launch of 2013 so far, selling 3.4 million copies as of July 2013. Definitely one to play on the PS3.
3. God of War III
Developed by Santa Monica Studio, God of War III is a third person action adventure video game, the fifth installment in the God of War series, the seventh and final chronologically and a sequel to God of War and God of War II.
The game is loosely based on Greek mythology and the player controls the character of Kratos, the former God of War, who, after being betrayed by his father Zeus, ascends Mount Olympus with the Titans before he is abandoned by Gaia. The gameplay is similar to the previous installments in the series and uses Kratos’s primary weapon, the Blades of Exile and focuses on combo based combat. Along with the combat element, the game also features puzzles and platforming elements.
A critical and commercial success, God of War III was touted as “simply one of the best games of all time”. The game has been highly praised for its graphics, particularly in case of the character of Kratos. The game has received numerous awards including the “Most Anticipated Game of 2010” and “Best PS3 Game” at the 2009 and 2010 Spike Video Game Awards and was also honored with the “Artistic Achievement” award at the 2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Video Game Awards.
So much acclaim can’t be in vain. A must play on the PS3.
4. Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 5 is the fifth title in the Gran Turismo sim racing video game series. Developed by Polyphony Digital, it was released on November 24, 2010 exclusively for the PS3.
Gran Turismo 5 is the first game in the series to provide a damage model depending on whether the car is a “Standard” or “Premium” one. It includes both mechanical and external damage modelling, depending on speed and angle of impact. Overturning of cars is possible for the first time in the series in Gran Turismo 5. The game is also the first in the series to support a total of 16 players. Over 1,000 cars, 26 different locations, and 71 different tracks are available in the game.
Fans of the Gran Turismo series should definitely not give this one a miss. Also recommended for those new to the series but a fan of sim racing.
5. Heavy Rain
Developed by Quantic Dream as a PS3 exclusive, Heavy Rain is a interactive drama action adventure video game characterized by the use of cinematic tools.
The game is a dramatic thriller with the storyline revolving around four protagonists involved with the mystery of the Origami Killer. Interaction of the player with the various elements of the game is the main aspect of the game which has a murder mystery running in the background. The actions and decisions of the player can have impact on the storyline and one can chance upon a different ending depending on the decisions made.
The game was a critical and commercial success and sold over 2 million copies, winning many ‘Game of the Year’ awards. One PS3 exclusive you must try.
6. Resistance 3
Developed by Insomniac games, Resistance 3 is a science fiction post apocalyptic first person shooter, the final and third installment in the Resistance trilogy. It is the first game in the series to support PS Move and 3D.
The third game in the series retains most of the elements in gameplay as its predecessors with some changes. There are many new environmental objects and the weapon wheel and health bar from the first game make a return.
There is a mixture of old and new weapons; returning weapons include the Bullseye, Magnum, Rossmore, Auger, Marksman and Carbine and new weapons include the Mutator, the Deadeye sniper rifle, and a new food-can based explosive, the shrapnel grenade. It features an online 16-player competitive multiplayer component and offers five modes: Team Deathmatch, Chain Reaction, Deathmatch, Breach, and Capture the Flag.
Hailed as “the darkest and most violent game in the series”, Resistance 3 has a engaging single player and a great multiplayer. Definitely a game to play on the PS3.
These are our choices of the PS3 exclusives that you should not give a miss. Have you played them all? If not, which ones? Let us know your views in the comments below and also if you think we have missed something out.