This is one of those topics that will be debated til the end of time, is the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 better and which has the better video game lineup. Well both have third-party games a plenty, and that’s counting the huge sellers like Modern Warfare 3, Madden Football, Skyrim, Dead Space, and so on. What really gets people going is which system has the better exclusives, and that’s what I’m going to look at today in our feature article: The Top 10 Best Playstation 3 Exclusives. Obviously this is just one person’s opinion and it doesn’t count what hasn’t been released yet but for now just make sure you have at least played each and every game on this list, because they are all fantastic reasons to own a PS3.
10. Twisted Metal: There are two things that David Jaffe knows how to do: Talk. And make games. Eat Sleep Play knocked it out of the park with Twisted Metal, with an always-fun campaign mode and the best online vehicular multiplayer available on the PlayStation Network. It’s true that Twisted Metal has a few things to its advantage that other PS3 racing games do not… Like homing missiles and flamethrowers for example. But Sweet Tooth and the rest of the gang take full advantage of the combative gameplay marking a return of the chaotic brilliance to the franchise.
9. Demon’s Souls: Hardcore gamers without access to a PlayStation 3 were livid when they found out Demon’s Souls was a Sony exclusive. From Software’s Demon’s Souls redefined what it meant to be a hardcore gamer, while simultaneously redefining masochism. Not only does Demon Souls demand complete and utter perfection, but it does so while kicking your teeth in. This action-RPG thrives on the video game theory that claims gamers love to be rewarded for their efforts. Demon’s Souls isn’t for everybody, but the people who love the concept will definitely love the game.
8. The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection: For a long time, Shadow of the Colossus was everybody’s first piece of evidence in the “Are video games art?” debate. Six years later, gamers have a lot more titles to choose from, but the presence of Shadow of the Colossus in the argument is still inevitable. It is one of those games that just did everything right. The setting is gorgeous, the battles are epic, and the connection felt while playing this game are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Ico will never reach the level of acclaim granted to Shadow of the Colossus, but it’s nothing to sneeze at either. The re-mastered versions of these two incredible games are packaged together on one disc making it a must-buy for any PS3 owner.
7. Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction: This series gets a lot of love, but it never gets the amount of attention that it truly deserves. Ratchet and Clank is a franchise that has perfected the 3D platforming genre and Tools of Destruction acts as Exhibit A for that argument. First of all, the graphics in this game are close to perfect. Insomniac Games nailed the tone of this game and it doesn’t take an environment artist to realize just how much polish went into the final product. Secondly, the levels are amazingly fun, rivaling the best stages of your favorite platformer. Lastly, the boss battles bring back the nostalgic feeling of how boss battles used to be. There is a rare ingenuity to these final fights that is no longer found in most recent titles. Kids growing up in this generation will talk about Tools of Destruction the same way in which kids15 years ago talked about Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
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6. Resistance 2: This sequel to the PS3 launch title improved upon the original Resistance in every possible way. The word “epic” gets tossed around a lot in the video game scene, but Resistance 2 is one of the instances where the word is actually fitting. The battles are massive and the end-bosses are on a scale never previously seen in a first-person shooter. The weapon variety encourages the player to constantly update their playing style, while also putting on one hell of a show. In addition to the spectacular combat, the setting and art direction continually leaves the player in a state of awe. Resistance 2 is one of the most stunningly epic first person shooters of our time and it is also the reason why Killzone didn’t make this list.
5. God of War III: Remember when I was gushing about Resistance 2 and how great it looked and how the boss battles were so fun? God of War III is even better. In fact, God of War III is way better. Easily the most graphically impressive on this list, God of War III blends breathtaking backdrops with state-of-the-art animations. To insure the graphical superiority over every other video game ever made, the character models and special effects are all top-notch too. This makes the gigantic boss battles (they make Kratos look like an ant by comparison) that much more satisfying. I was tired of God of War’s gameplay after the first two games, but the third made me want to scream for more.
4. Little Big Planet 2: While it isn’t an amazingly successful sequel, Little Big Planet 2 still offers much more than it’s predecessor, which gets it a spot on our list. In a world where every new game coming out seems to be a FPS (or some variation on the violence of the FPS) Little Big Planet 2 is a breath of puffy, fuzzy air (but in a good way). The 40+ campaign levels are great fun, but the genius of LBP lies in the creation tools and the community levels. Media Molecule have provided gamers with game design tools that allow players to come up with their own levels and share them with the rest of the world. These level and mini-game possibilities are infinite and players are sure to find something new (and adorable) every day.
3. Heavy Rain: There is no other game like Heavy Rain and that is exactly why it gained a top-3 spot in this list. An interactive drama at heart, Heavy Rain captures the player with an intriguing story and keeps you playing as you learn that you are 100% in command of the story’s outcome. The inability to get a game-over is an inspired design choice. Since life doesn’t give you any second chances, neither does Heavy Rain. No matter how you play out a scene, this information is saved and it affects the story from that point on. Emotional gamers and cerebral gamers will have two entirely different experiences playing this game, but both will be able to find satisfaction out of it. Heavy Rain is not a perfect game, but it does mark a shift in direction for interactive media. Anybody who considers themselves a gamer will want to play this, because it will be a very important part of video game history.
2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: You either like cut scenes or you don’t. If you do, this game definitely deserves to be at the #2 spot. If you don’t, it still deserves to be on the list, but maybe not this high up. This being said, the cut scenes are not what makes the fourth Metal Gear Solid installment worth playing. The stealth gameplay is a stellar amount of fun especially with the implementation of active camouflage and customizable weaponry. The game isn’t without its problems, but at the same time, it isn’t without its executions either. Sneaking around trying to be seen as little as possible is such a fun experience, and it is done quite well in this MGS installment.
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves: Uncharted 2 takes players to different parts of the globe, while juggling blockbuster action and fun storytelling. The wonderful thing that separates Uncharted 2 from its competitors is the game’s ability to play amazing scenes rather than watching them. Where many games would substitute a highly technical chaotic train car shoot-out level with a cut scene, Uncharted 2 makes sure that you’re able to play it. Naughty Dog knows there is a reason the player is playing a game and not watching a movie, and this awareness has allowed for some amazing level design. Uncharted 2 is a spectacle on the gaming sphere. With some of the best game design ever used, combined with stunning levels, a challenging but not punishing difficulty level, and an awesome story, there is no way somebody can play Uncharted 2 and not have fun. It is without a doubt, the best game available on the PlayStation 3.
Obviously the year of 2012 is not over yet so don’t get your panties in a wad because we didn’t include Sorcery or “Blank” – there will be another list at the end of the year that includes all of 2012, including the games we don’t even know about yet. Fear not for PlanetPlaystation.com will be on the show floor at E3 2012 covering everything Sony can throw at us: the press conference and their massive booth.