Without a doubt, the PlayStation 3 is one of the best gaming consoles ever made. In the beginning, the console may have had a slow start, but the PS3 has become an even bigger hit because of the games that were exclusively developed for the console.
These games are still loved by all types of gamers around the world, which is reflected in the number of copies they have sold.
The PlayStation brand is known for having some of the best video games and incredible exclusives in the gaming industry. From the PS One, PS2, PS3, and now the PS4, Sony’s exclusives are what made these consoles great.
Here is a look at some of the best selling PS3 exclusives of all time. Keep in mind these are in no particular order and do not represent all the PS3 games that sold millions of copies. These are just 12 of the best that we think gamers should definitely buy.
1. Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 5, developed by Polyphony Digital, is a racing game that was made specifically to take advantage of the PS3’s power. Gran Turismo 5 went on to be a great success for the PS3 and continues to be one of the best selling PS3 exclusives of all time.
Gran Turismo 5 added a variety of new features that fans of the series had been asking for. Some of the newly introduced features included vehicle damage, Gran Turismo TV, and the ability for vehicles to rollover.
Gran Turismo 5 featured a wide array of racing tracks as well as downloadable tracks. One of the best features in GT5 was the ability to customize racetracks.
2. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue was an extensive teaser/demo that was launched to pave the way for the full version of Gran Turismo 5. It was meant to replace the GT HD Concept.
GT 5 Prologue was like a sneak preview for gamers who were waiting for the full Gran Turismo 5 experience. It is interesting to note that this ‘preview’ game is one of the best selling PS3 exclusives. This is a testament to how much gamers love the Gran Turismo franchise.
3. God of War 3
God of War 3 was developed by Santa Monica Studios. It was released in March 2010 and there are two other games preceding God of War 3 that are very much worth playing if you haven’t. The concept of the game is quite similar to that of the previous versions.
God of War 3 is based on ancient Greek Mythology. It gained immense popularity after its launch and showed gamers what the PS3 was truly capable of.
God of War 3 is personally my favorite of the series and at the time, had some of the best visuals I’d ever seen in any console game. Again, if you haven’t played GOW3 and the rest in the series, it is highly recommended that you do.
4. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
The Uncharted series are extremely popular action and adventure games developed by Naughty Dog. The third game, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, was launched for the PlayStation 3 and once again proved PS3’s potential with incredible visuals.
Once again Nathan Drake finds himself in all kinds of predicaments as he travels around the world searching for the Iram of the Pillars.
Uncharted 3 is one of the most popular games to have been developed for the PS3. With a Metacritic score of 92 and multiple Game of the Year awards, it is no wonder that the game continues to prosper.
Fans of the series finally received the announcement of a new Uncharted being released. Look for Uncharted 4 to come to PlayStation 4 sometime in the near future.
5. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Before Unchartered 3, the most popular game to have been developed for the PS3 was Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. As the sequel to the first game in the Uncharted series, Drake’s Fortune really stepped up its visuals and gameplay.
Unchartered 2: Among Thieves gained immense popularity amongst gamers with its third person platforming mechanics and summer blockbuster vibe. The game also features competitive multi-player which was a first for the series.
This was my favorite Uncharted game in the series. Hopefully Uncharted 4 will continue to deliver gamers a great franchise that many have come to love.
6. The Last of Us
The Last of Us is an action adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic America. The game features a lead character named Joel and his aim in the game is to escort another character named Ellie to a resistance group. She’s believed to be the cure to a raging infection that has almost completely destroyed humanity.
The Last of Us has enemy creatures that are quite similar to zombies but it’s the fact that humans tend to be more of a threat in the post-apocalyptic world.
The game became immensely popular since its launch. And it’s no surprise why since the game was developed by Naughty Dog. The Last of Us is considered by many to be a masterpiece and one of the best new IPs of the 7th generation of gaming. It has a Metacritic score of 95 and gamers are hoping for a sequel to make an appearance on the PS4.
Evolution Studios’ MotorStorm is an off-road racing game that has made multiple appearances on the PlayStation 3. The original game revolves around a Monument Valley Festival. The objective is to race on rough terrains and win all the events and emerge victorious.
MotorStorm allows players to race using a series of different vehicles like bikes, buggies, ATV’s as well as using those vehicles as weapons. MotorStorm is extremely fun due to great gameplay and stunning visuals.
Evolutions Studios next racing game is DriveClub for the PS4 so we can expect to have some incredible racing moments in the near future.
8. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Stealth video game fans were extremely excited when Kojima Productions launched Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots in 2008. This game was one of the most popular games to have been developed for the PS3. It won the Game of the Year awards and was called “technically flawless” by GameSpot.
Metal Gear Solid 4 was yet another example of what was possible in terms of visuals on the PlayStation 3. Although heavy on the cut scenes, the gameplay, story, and graphics all blended together to make an extraordinary game.
Metal Gear Solid 4 was one of my favorite games on the PS3. So if you own a PS4 like me then Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is probably the game you plan to purchase this month (March).
9. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is the first Uncharted game that made its debut on PlayStation 3. Being the first game of the Uncharted series many were surprised at just how great an experience it gave gamers. It felt like playing a summer blockbuster action movie with you at the controls.
The game revolves around Nathan Drake who is hunting for the treasure of El Dorado. Uncharted introduces his acquaintances Elena Fisher, a journalist, and Victor Sullivan who happens to be Nathan’s mentor.
What’s so great about Nathan’s friends are that they will join you in your adventures across all three Uncharted games. So expect to form some kind of attachment to them as they make for great companions.
10. Resistance: Fall of Man
Resistance: Fall of Man – Playstation 3 is a first person shooter that revolves around the events where an alien race has gained control over Earth.
Set in 1951, you play as Nathan Hale who must figure out some way to gain access to a secret weapon which can be used against the aliens to regain control of the earth. Resistance was developed by Insomniac Games known for their Ratchet and Clank series.
Resistance was the first PS3 game to sell over 1 million copies and won multiple awards. It has a Metacritic score of 86 and is a must buy for those who enjoy sci-fi first person shooters.
11. God of War Collection
God of War: Collection contains two games, God of War and God of War 2. These games did not originally launch for the PS3.
The God of War Collection was developed exclusively for the PlayStation 3 so that gamers who hadn’t played the first two games could experience the GOW series before playing God of War 3. And gamers who have played the series could revisit the first two God of War games from the PS2 era with enhanced visuals.
The God of War Collection is a remastered version of God of War 1 and 2 on one Blu-ray Disc. With HD visuals at 720p running at 60 frames per second. Trophies were also implemented into the collection. If you’ve never played any of the God of War games, it is highly recommended as these games are addictive, fun, and full of epic moments.
12. Killzone 2
Killzone 2, developed by Guerrilla Games, is part of the Killzone series and is one of the PlayStation 3’s best known shooters. Killzone has a loyal fan base and is still considered to be amongst the best games available on the PS3.
Killzone 2 gained a lot of recognition for its E3 trailer debut back in 2005. The trailer boasted incredible visuals and gameplay but was not a true representation of the actual game. Still Killzone 2 proved to be an absolute gorgeous game on the PS3 and fans of the series believe that the KZ2 multiplayer is the best of the series.
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These are just some of titles the PS3 has to offer. Purchasing any of the 12 best selling PS3 exclusives of all time shouldn’t be a problem as they are greatly discounted. Every game on the list holds a special place with PlayStation gamers and have brought players great memories over the years.
If you haven’t had a chance to play the majority of these games, you really need to buy some of the PS3 games from the list. You definitely don’t want to miss out on some of the 7th generation’s greatest gaming moments.
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