DAR Games: 6 Classic PlayStation 3 Games

By @TrueGodImmortal

While the PS4 is king currently in the gaming world, some years ago, the PS3 would have a tougher fight to gain a number one spot. Battling more vital consoles like Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 had an uphill battle, but for the most part, the console would be considered a success to many I'm sure. I think one of the biggest reasons for the PS3 being successful stems from the brand familiarity and the exclusive releases. The exclusive releases weren't plentiful overall, but they were substantial over the years and along the way, they birthed some classics. Today, I wanted to look at a few of those classic games on the system. Let's get into it.

*Heavy Rain (2010)

-I remember this game vividly. I remember first hearing about the game and seeing the graphics and screenshots. I was actually intrigued by the story and when I initially played this game, I wasn't sure what to expect. Without spoiling anything for those who haven't played and might decide to (nostalgia gaming FTW), the story is one that can be bothersome in spots. There is an emotional aspect to the story of course, and there are a few different ways that this story can go, but for the most part, it leads us to an ending that is more confusing than anything. Still, this is a solid thriller with a few twists and turns and though some gamers weren't too fond of how the pacing of the game was, I think this was a very enjoyable game and a true PS3 exclusive classic. Plus, it was visually amazing.

*Infamous (2009)

-The first time I played this game, I was taken aback, just a bit. I enjoyed my experience but it wasn't what I was expecting, and that was a good thing. It's a mix of a RPG and third person shooter, and it's executed very well as essentially a superhero story. After being given a package to deliver, the lead character Cole McGrath experiences something that changes him and his life forever when said package explodes. From there, Cole is given powers of electricity and the result makes this game so much fun through the duration. It's a wonderful open world journey that plays smoothly and allows you to determine whether you want to be the true savior of the town or the newest bad guy (which is a nice touch to the game), and that just makes the game even more fun. Though the sequel is better and one of the greatest games to ever be released for the PS3, I think the original is more important because it was the start of something legendary.

*Little Big Planet (2008)

-One of the most important games to the PS3 longevity has to be mentioned. I'll admit, I was never a big fan of this game, but I loved the fact that the game was all about the user. It was centered on using your own imagination to create your experience, but it also provided some intuitive gameplay. Overall, this was a new element for gaming in its own right, as we hadn't seen a game quite like this one. It was a lesson in simplicity for gaming, as allowing the user freedom and options made for a dazzling amount of creativity from content creators. In some ways, this is an example of what can be done when you give the fans more control and allow the gaming community to show you just how extensive their creativity can be. LBP is very important for that reason and deserves to be seen as one of the greatest PS3 games. 

*God Of War III (2010)

-PlayStation found itself a new legendary series with this epic God Of War franchise and there is no question of what game is the best in the series. The third edition features the brutality, the eye popping visuals, and enough blood to satisfy the most blood thirsty gamer. The plight of Kratos is always fun to play, and while I think the story here has a few holes in it, it doesn't even matter as the gameplay was the best of all. It was extremely fun to fight against gods and battle throughout the game, and the combination of amazing graphics, truly brutal violence, and wonderful gameplay makes this a classic game that many people appreciate and love still to this day. This is a game that I can still play today and be engaged for hours, and God Of War is easily one of the better PlayStation franchises that will always be universally loved.

*Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)

-I still remember the first time I heard this game was coming out, I was beyond excited. The first game was mostly a classic and this was no different... actually it was even better. The Uncharted franchise was important to the success of the PS3 and when this game dropped, I can remember a lot of people singing its praises highly, and when I finally got around to playing this game, I understood why. It refines the gameplay and style of the original, and you can appreciate the great story and the twists and turns that help push the game along. The underrated aspect of the franchise is how they develop their characters and make them likable and enjoyable and not just a part of the game. From the crazy start to the slightly bothersome ending, Uncharted 2 was a true PS3 classic that will always be remembered fondly for years to come.

*The Last Of Us (2013)

-Of all of the PS3 exclusives... this might be the greatest of them all. While the others on this list were fun to play and some of them hold claim to GOAT status, the truth is, The Last Of Us is an amazing game from top to bottom and it's hard to choose another game over it in the grand scheme of things. One of the last titles released for the console exclusively, this game was 10 times better than I expected and I'm glad that it was. This game is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has been taken over by plant spores that can turn you into a mindless zombie, and the name of the game here is simple: survival. It showcases emotion in a world where it's hard to be able to love or to really enjoy anything, while also giving you amazing visuals, but that should be expected from Naughty Dog, the company that also gave us the Uncharted franchise. The gameplay is the best part however, as you are essentially playing a shooter game, but in a game based on survival, it's more about obtaining the weapons so you can make it versus just shooting at will or stabbing at will. The Last Of Us provides choices, characters you can enjoy, and overall an amazing gaming experience, which is why this game makes the list, and if I had to rank it, it would like be no. 1 on this list. It's that great. If you have never played it, make sure you take a moment to check it out. It's worth every second of the experience.



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