The lifespan of the PlayStation 3 has been an odd one, exclusives are still being released even after the release of the PlayStation 4. The same could be said about the PlayStation 2 as well. The PlayStation 3 had a surprising number of exclusive titles designed for it; which is exactly what this article is, the top ten exclusive games on the PlayStation 3.
Some of the best titles on the PlayStation 3 can’t be played anywhere else. The difference in that aspect deals directly with the Xbox 360. When both of the consoles came out a sort of “Console War” was created but eventually dissipated, some series would remain fixed on only one console but many would go to both. As a result the Xbox 360 lost many of the excellent games that were claimed to be exclusive such as Bioshock and Mass Effect. The PlayStation 3 kept many of the games that claimed to be exclusive while gaining great games from the Xbox 360.
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This interesting tale follows two individuals that are drawn to a netherworld of interesting creatures (based on Irish Mythology) that can be obtained and utilized in combat. The storytelling is done in a number of different ways including comic book style as well as traditional cut scenes. The variation of the narrative helps to keep the pacing from feeling stagnant. The art direction and environments are beautiful and marvelous. Seeing the different realms is something to really be enjoyed. The title had a few small issues and wasn’t very well received by the community when it came out, but still stands as a beautiful PlayStation 3 exclusive that could appeal greatly to any fans of fantasy, action-role playing, and grand soundtracks.
Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time 2009
The Ratchet and Clank series is known for wacky humor and fun but this instalment is a bit more serious, dealing with issues such Ratchet’s family. The game still holds true to the fun play style of previous Ratchet and Clank games while attempting to expand what the series is capable of. The game is always rewarding you as you play in some way or another and some of the weapons can be customized for a more personal experience. New weapons reshape the flow of play and a redone flying experience brings back space battles. This game spends more time with puzzles (due to the constant separation of Ratchet and Clank) than most in the series and can arguably be considered the best yet.
The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Classics HD 2011
This game consists of two games, Ico, and Shadow of the Colossus. Both games originally came out on the PlayStation 2 and have both received a graphical overhaul. The result is two games that look great and still play great. Ico has action in it but is more puzzle focused. Shadow of the Colossus is a mixture of boss fights in a beautiful land uninhabited by people. What that means is that the beauty of the landscape is yours to enjoy as you travel from one enormous beast to the next. Actually, Shadow of the Colossus is a prequel to Ico but you can play them in whatever order you like. This collections brings two excellent games to a platform that embraces their beauty and pristine stillness.
Little Big Planet 2 2011
The game that was marketed as a “platform for gamers.” It contains so many genres within it that it is difficult to call it only a platformer. With a heavy focus on user-generated content Little Big Planet 2 is not only loaded with games and activities from the creators but also a multitude of games and activities made from other gamers. Little Big Planet 2 gives the player nearly complete freedom in the creation of levels and games. The four player experience is a load of fun and full of surprises. Parents that enjoy playing games with their kids and apartments full of buddies looking for wacky fun need this title.
The Last of Us 2013
What happens when Naughty Dog gathers all of the skills gained from creating the Uncharted series and adds a dark story? The result is a game many can’t put down. Heart wrenching story placed in a dire situation surrounds the player as survival becomes something most fail to latch onto. Gameplay not only propels the game but speaks copious amounts about what is happening to the characters as they forcefully adapt to a world nobody expected. It is hard to ignore how good this game looks, especially when the game paints over the line that separates movies from video games. The Last of Us is a title that PlayStation 3 owners need to have in their collection.
Heavy Rain 2010
When most games offer choices they don’t actually affect other characters in the game or the story of events; Heavy Rain will literally kill off characters if things happen that way. The tragic tale of Ethan Mars feels more like a movie than a game, (if a movie could change depending on how you watched it yet still finish with a complete feeling). Replayability comes from all the situations where the choices were so monumental that you are often left with a thought of “what if I didn’t do that?” or “what if I did do that instead,” the result is learning more about the characters and how exactly things could’ve played out. The expressions are so accurate that often times you can guess exactly what is going on with a character by their facial expressions and posture. This is a single player game but the experience can become an excellent game to play with others around. A rare experience indeed.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch 2013
This project combines anime powerhouse Studio Ghibli and JRPG veteran Level-5 for a colorful world of magic. The environment, story, and charm make the experience feel like you are watching a Studio Ghibli film. Some may find that the JRPG elements in this game along with the ability to capture, train, and battle with monsters is slightly reminiscent of Pokemon. More recent video game consoles have been mostly void of turn-based games but Ni no Kuni brings a full plate to the table that can be enjoyed by a larger audience than most JRPG games appeal to. The tale of Oliver is one loaded with adventure and learning. The main game plus useful sidequests make this title an easy 40+ hour experience. Ni no Kuni proves that the PlayStation 3 still has a ton of life in it.
Thatgamecompany busted out of the gates surprising many with the delightful experiences of Flow and Flower and has continued to bring innovate moments into the world of video games. Journey is a short, powerful, calming quest that many can enjoy. The experience doesn’t have to be single player but even that is something to not be missed. The beautiful environment is one of the most important pieces for understanding the world and story being told, a lesson other games certainly could take note of. The game can be finished in under two hours but the replayability is something that’ll keep bringing you back. This title is one the beckons to be shared with friends and family.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2009
Following the success of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the second title of the trilogy kicks it up a notch while simultaneously learning from all of the small mistakes of the previous title. With those elements combined you have a well put together game loaded with memorable set pieces, epic battles, and daring escapes. The entire series is fun to play but Uncharted 2: Among Thieves adds enough spice to an already flavorful dish without overdoing it. This title is epitome of action adventure; throw in some platforming and intense gun fights and you’ve got one of the best games on the system.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008
The first Metal Gear Solid game to make it to the PlayStation 3 and boy did it leave an impact. Changing the pacing that video games are known for, Metal Gear Solid 4 has hours and hours of cut scenes, most of them usually lasting for 15 to 20 minutes straight. However, there is more to be enjoyed here than just graphics and story, combat follows path created from its predecessors. This game is mostly a stealth game but if you are skilled enough you can turn it into something entirely different. The boss fights here are some of the best in gaming history, (rivaled by Shadow of the Colossus). The sheer amount of detail in this game is staggering. This experience will likely be too much for anything less than a serious gamer but those that play the entire game will have many memorable moments to recall.
Most of the exclusives on the Xbox 360 were series such as Halo or Gears of War but the PlayStation 3 had more stand alone exclusive titles that made creating this list very difficult. As a result, an honorable mentions category needed to be created to give some credit to the games that nearly made the list. Such games include Valkyria Chronicles, Beyond: Two Souls, Disgaea 4, Demon Soul’s, Dragon’s Crown and who could forget The Last Guardian.
By Garrett Jutte