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PS3 Turns Five: Game Developers Name Their Favorite PS3 Games

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Nov 16, 2011 // Senior Manager, Social Media

I’ve got shocking news for PlayStation.Blog readers: Tomorrow marks the five-year anniversary of PlayStation 3’s launch in the United States of America. Just think — our beloved black box was born into a primordial world where online multiplayer modes were the exception, not the rule; HDDs were a side option for game consoles, not a standard feature; standard-def DVDs were the only choice for home video; and Nathan Drake wasn’t a household name. It’s unthinkable!

To mark the big day (which technically hits tomorrow, November 17th), I asked an army of industry-leading game developers to share their top three “must play” PS3 games. The result is a a definitive list of PS3 games by some of the best game designers in the business. And stay tuned: more developer selections may be on the way!

Reviewing the list below reveals some interesting patterns. Unlike ICO and Shadow of the Colossus’s domination of last year’s PS2 10-year anniversary list, there was no clear-cut favorite game. PS3 critical heavyweights Heavy Rain, God of War III, and the UNCHARTED series led the pack, while LittleBigPlanet, Fallout 3, and Portal 2 also enjoyed plenty of attention.

Be sure to chime in with your own three favorite PS3 games in the comments!

Stig Asmussen
Game Director, Sony Santa Monica Studios

 

  • Heavy Rain - While playing Heavy Rain, there were several times I felt like crying. And in a good way! Whoa, I didn’t know games were supposed to do that, but I sure liked it. What an achievement.
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Never have I played a game with such a rich universe; I sat in a library reading books for hours! I sunk more than 120 hours into the game before I even dug into the main storyline. I even remember one mission that took more than eight hours to finish and had more plot twists than entire games! Simply amazing.
  • Dead Space 2 - Dead Space was really cool, but after a few hours the level layout, pacing, and cast of enemies started to get repetitive. Visceral Games fixed all of these issues in Dead Space 2 and took players on a space roller coaster ride to Hell where something cool was waiting around every corner.

Cliff Bleszinski
Design Director, Epic Games - @therealcliffyb

 

  • Heavy Rain - People toss the term “Interactive Movie” around, but David Cage and crew actually delivered on that promise. It’s a thrilling ride from start to finish.
  • UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune - Indiana Jones died in the blast that nuked the fridge. Nathan Drake took up that helm and I’ve loved treasure hunting with him ever since.
  • Killzone 2 - Not just because it’s damned gorgeous, but because the head engineer is the guy I made a little game called Jazz Jackrabbit with which kickstarted my career. Thanks, Arjan Brussee!

Ed Boon
Creative Director, Netherrealm Studios - @noobde

 

  • God of War III – The first God of War burst into the scene with an attitude all its own. I don’t remember ever playing a game that was so unapologetically brutal and unique. Amazingly each sequel managed to top the previous version with God of War III delivering perhaps the most epic adventure ever in a video game. I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Kratos.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV– Another series that managed to get better with each iteration and create an entire genre all by itself. GTA3 make the term “sandbox” part of video game vernacular and to this day games are borrowing ideas from this amazing title. But GTA4 is the granddaddy of all sandbox games. Until GTA5, of course!
  • LittleBigPlanet – Yeah, this one doesn’t quite seem to fit with my other two choices. But I simply can’t exclude a title so inventive, so creative and so inspiring. The fact that so many professional-looking levels have been made by players online is a testament to how utterly unique this game is. Yes, the sequel does everything better, but there was nothing like taking in this game for the first time.

David Cage
Creative Director, Quantic Dreams

 

  • Portal 2 - Amazing level design, fantastic solo and co-op modes, simple but complex, hard core but accessible, well written and funny for dads and sons. A great example of traditional game play perfectly implemented.
  • Catherine - A narrative-driven, crazy, surprising, weird, original, Japanese experience unlike anything else. This is far beyond taking risks and that’s what I like about it.
  • LittleBigPlanet - Okay, this choice is not very original. Everybody said how great the game was. +1 Loved the graphics and the possibility to play with my two kids shouting, laughing and jumping on the sofa.

Raphael Colantonio
Co-Creative Director, Arkane Studios - Current project: Dishonored

 

  • Fallout 3 - I was a big fan of the original series and Fallout 3 (as well as Fallout: New Vegas) manage to capture the vibe of the original, adapting it to a more modern play style and an open world. I’m so impressed!
  • BioShock - Of course! Awesome universe, the Looking Glass legacy, immersive first-person game, and a mind-blowing story with an amazing twist.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - This game has all the design elements I value in a game: a persistent world, simulation, exploration, a wide variety of play styles, non-linearity, depth…

Dylan Cuthbert
President, Q-Games Ltd. - @dylancuthbert – Current project: PixelJunk 4am

 

  • Fallout 3 – An absolutely brilliant game that starts off slow…but when it gets going, it really gets going. Fallout 3 has a ton of moral choices, so I suggest not fully following the narrative path you are being led down. Take some turns by yourself!
  • Gran Turismo 5 – It’s the best of the best, nothing beats it in terms of quality and sheer content. Even if you don’t have that much of an interest in cars or racing, when you’ve played this for a few hours you will! They really shook up the series and added some really interesting tracks – and the photography mode is awesome.
  • LittleBigPlanet – In my mind, the original is still the best – it combines simple systems to let you create complex ideas, and the art direction in the single player (and in the game overall) is mind-blowingly good. Stephen Fry’s voice over really helps set the mood too. This is a game that everyone needs to play.

Glen Egan
President, Sanzaru Games - @sanzarugames
Current project: Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time



  • UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves: An all round awesome experience. It was a game that I couldn’t wait to get through and when I did I wanted another one. The story was compelling and the game play polished to perfection, I haven’t got all the way through 3 yet but I can say it delivers exactly what I wanted from the series. It’s like the BMW of videogames, it doesn’t re-invent cars it just perfects the experience – truly inspirational.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty: An excellent, bite-sized chunk of a game. This for me is the future, I love the idea of games becoming like mini-series style releases instead of the super expensive retail product. People will look back on this title as a vanguard of a digital content future for console experiences.
  • inFAMOUS: A great game by a great team. A tour de force of technical achievement on the PS3.

John Garvin

Director of Product Development, Bend Studio - Current project: UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss

  • UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception - Who says that Hollywood isn’t making great summer blockbusters anymore? Oh wait, this is a *game*! Hollywood only wishes it were making big screen adventures this good.
  • God of War III - Probably one of the most epic games I’ve ever played. Loved the homage to 2D fighting games…
  • Heavy Rain - My knees and elbows still hurt from crawling through all that glass.

Billy Harper
Animation Director, Sucker Punch Productions - @BillyHarper73

 

  • God of War III - I love super-gory melee games. I love caffeine. God of War III is caffeinated melee gore at its best! The finale of the boss battle with Hermes sums it up best for me.
  • UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves - When I played UNCHARTED 2, my mother-in-law was visiting. She actually had as much fun watching me play the game as I did playing it, and she made me finish the game before she left to go back home. It was one of the most unique experiences I’ve had playing a game in a long time.
  • Portal 2 -Whenever I want to flex my atrophied brain muscles I pop in Portal 2. I’m actually playing the free Peer Review DLC with my son right now and having a blast. GLaDOS makes me feel like crap… and yet, I <3 her. I’m a masochist, I know.

Mark Healey
Creative Director, Media Molecule

 

  • Flower – Refreshingly mellow, and can be played with one hand, so you can hold a baby in the other.
  • Heavy Rain – I really liked that you could decide how slowly to get out of bed. It made it feel epic somehow.
  • Blast Factor – This was the first PSN game I bought, I was addicted to it for ages, and thought I got quite good at it, until I saw my position in world hi score tables.

David Jaffe
Co-Director, Co-Designer of Twisted Metal - @davidscottjaffe
Current project: Twisted Metal

 

  • Darksiders - I LOVE this game! It’s like The Legend of Zelda meets Heavy Metal magazine. I dig the blend of open adventuring, wonderful-feeling melee combat, the crazy-distinct Joe Mad artwork, the fun and sometimes emergent puzzle solutions, the high-quality voice acting, and the fresh storyline. Darksiders 2 is the only game I’ve ever chosen to do a media blackout for; I loved the first game so much I want EVERYTHING in the sequel to be a surprise!  *Eric Williams, one of the genius pappas of the God of War combat system, did some work on this title
  • Flower - Emotional, beautiful, and just downright moving. It makes me envious and puts me in awe of That Game Company. Flower is a wonderful game that elicits fresh emotions and for me that is a sign of true evolution in the medium. I don’t know if I’d ever be capable of lending my talents to such a game, but I sure can appreciate it for the amazing work that it is.
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - Curse you, PlayStation.Blog, for only letting me pick three games! UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune (yes, I dig #1 more than #2) almost took the third spot but at end of the day, I just dug the perfect blend of shooting, platforming, weapon design, humor, space combat, and ‘many weapons allow for multiple solves’ meta-game blend that was the PS3′s first Ratchet title.

Dylan Jobe

President, LightBox Interactive - @DylanJobe
Current project: Starhawk 

  • Burnout Paradise - This is the best racing game I have ever played. And yeah, yeah I *TOTALLY* know that it isn’t a “pure” racer but damn, I felt sooooooo good playing it. It got my adrenaline pumping in the same way as shooters do and it’s overall presentation was stellar.
  • UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves - A fantastic experience that is the poster-child for remarkable execution and “couch-friendly” games. By that I mean that it was super enjoyable to play and watch being played. I remember running away from the final boss battle in Shangri-La and just being stunned at it’s beauty.
  • Red Dead Redemption - It’s really hard to say just a few things about this game so I shall ramble: Gorgeous, immersive, loved the music as I crossed into Mexico, missions were great at capturing the American Western theme and I’m still very sad I accidentally skinned my own dead horse’s body after I jumped him off a cliff :-(.

Ken Levine
President and Creative Director, Irrational Games - @iglevine
Current project: BioShock Infinite


  • God of War III - I’m just like Kratos, if you discount the muscles, the courage, and the ability to bed seven wenches at once.
  • UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves - I’m still working on UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception, so I’m gonna go with UNCHARTED 2. Let’s face it: unless your first name is Indiana, you kinda wanna be Nathan Drake. Don’t lie. You know it’s true.
  • Joe Danger - I love this game. It’s like Excitebike, but I’m playing it in a nice house rather than the crappy studio apartment I had in 1989.

Patrick Liu
Producer, DICE - @pottan - Current project: Battlefield 3


  • Shatter – This breath of fresh air for the puzzle genre could be described as Arkanoid on steroids. The best part: its amazing soundtrack!
  • Siren Blood Curse – My favorite Japanese horror game features uncompromising design and an atmosphere that I really savor. Creepiest game ever.
  • Wipeout HD Fury - The series has been one of my favorites since PSOne, and this version encompasses that feeling with the smooth framerate and controls. And again, the music here is excellent. Do I unconsciously judge games by their music?

Jonathan Mak
Creator, Everyday Shooter – @queasy00 – Current Project: Sound Shapes


  • PixelJunk Racers - Back in 2007, I was at my first E3 I happened to be paired up in the same kiosk with PixelJunk Racers. I didn’t know anything about the game but offered to help demo it.  At first I didn’t think much of it, but as I played more and more I realized how similar the game was to a shooter where basically all the cars are bullets and you must avoid them. Of course there were certain situations where you actually want to bump into the cars, but that’s even so for shooters (bullet-eaters, shields, …). It’s pretty interesting how two completely different genres can share such similarity.
  • Flower - I only played this a short amount of time but it’s a game that is permanently implanted in my head. There are days where I still see flashes of Flower in my minds eye, and whenever I think of video games, this one pops up in my head. I don’t really know what it means in the grand scheme of things and I don’t know why it’s so stuck in my head, but it is.  Maybe it’s simply because it’s so damned beautiful.
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Raised the bar of what a AAA game is in my opinion. The amount of variety in interaction and the density of distinct content was and to this day, continues to be unmatched in the big-budget game world. Sometimes I can’t control the way my broken brain works and I end up drawing parallels with Eric Chahi’s Another World. Both games stuck to its respective genre and yet explored so many possibilities within it.

Yoshinori Ono
Producer, Capcom - @Yoshi_OnoChin
Current project: Street Fighter X Tekken 

  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - The first of the new Ratchet & Clank series, I remember thinking excitedly, “what kind of adventure will I be experiencing today?” as I set the disc into my PS3. I also have fond (and sometimes frustrating) memories of trying to control those Zoni creatures.
  • inFAMOUS - I loved being able to choose between good and evil in this game. Your choices would affect not only your play style, but the missions in the game. Considering you got two different experiences for the price of one game, it was definitely worth it. I really appreciated the seamless level technology, as well as the sheer amount of strategies.
  • PixelJunk Eden - It was a blast exploring the Eden world, while clearing objectives here and there. A great casual game, I feel it really set the bar for PSN downloadable titles. When you first play it, all you can think is “Huh?” but that thought gradually turns into an “Oh!” It really is a remarkable game.

Steve Papoutsis
Vice President and Executive Producer, Visceral Games EA - @leveluptime

 

 

  • UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves – it’s like being thrown into the middle of a great movie with characters you find interesting and fun to be around. Incredible epic moments and acting make for a very memorable game.
  • MLB 11: The Show – Hands-down my favorite MLB game. It features an incredibly deep career mode, plus great-looking graphics and animations. I look forward to this game every single year.
  • Heavy Rain – One of my favorite games from this generation. It proved you could create a story that both pulled you in and made you care about the outcome and characters.  I tell all my friends to give it a try, really, really enjoyed it.

Randy Pitchford
President and CEO, Gearbox Software - @duvalmagic
Current project: Aliens: Colonial Marines, Borderlands 2

  • Valkyria Chronicles - UNCHARTED and LittleBigPlanet are going to get plenty of play, so I want to call out great games that haven’t gotten as much love as they deserve. Valkyria Chronicles is one of those games: great art direction and appealing characters wrapped around an awesome turn-based tactical RPG! Such a rarely represented genre is so beautifully realized. Anyone who has ever enjoyed a turn-based tactical game owes it to themselves to check this game out.
  • Demon’s Souls - Difficulty aside, these guys really did a great job in bringing some new experiences to the world. I hope their successor game Dark Souls gets even more traction and recognition because there are some good ideas in the “souls” games that we all can learn from. I think it’s important for gamers and game makers to spend time with this game and understand why it’s so rare and special.
  • Resistance 3 - I’m a big fan of anything Insomniac, but Resistance 3 motivated me to get the PlayStation Move set up with the sharp shooter controller, and it’s a great way to play this great game. It’s always difficult to be able to rationalize custom development effort for sub-sets of customers on a platform, but the experience I had with Resistance 3 and the sharp shooter makes me want to see something special done with that interface in our games.

Matt Southern
Studio Game Director, Evolution Studios - @mrsuv

 

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood - History beats fantasy and sci-fi for me, I wish there were more historical games. And as his name suggests, Ezio Auditore da Firenze is the coolest videogame hero of the 21st century.
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Modesty prevents me from naming one of the three racers that are better than this thrilling mix of Burnout and Chase HQ :) A focused, polished game from two world-class developers.
  • Red Dead Redemption - An obvious choice, but all the Rockstar open world games on PS3 have been astonishing, and this one is the best. Absolutely breathtaking ambition.

Jordan Thomas
Creative Director, 2K Marin

 

  • UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves - I’m not a platformer guy. On average, I enjoy them to the precise sum of zero, as I have a troubled relationship with gravity on my best day. I’m also not a huge fan of handsome box-art protagonists with grafted-on personality for me to chafe against – as I watch them make decisions that just ain’t remotely me. UNCHARTED 2 won me over despite my biases, seducing me into caring about Nate Drake & his struggle to grow the eff up – then stealing my breath with the finest “playable cutscene” set-piece challenges I’ve ever faced.
  • L.A. Noire - Another in the list of games that blithely reduced my preconceptions to ash, I was quickly won over by Noire’s contract with the player – it’s going to be about attention, comprehension, observation, and memory. In
    other words, it willfully invites you to *think* like a detective, to actually use that atrophied head-meat that has gone slack after so many shooters. I had forgotten how thrilling that can be in the right frame. In real life, while searching for my wallet or keys, I still occasionally pick up inane household items, rotate them left and right, and mutter “optimistic, Thomas.”
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - I really didn’t think a console sequel to Deus Ex, so many years later could be done. Suffice it to say, the original was one of three games that convinced me to do this for a living. And the team at EIDOS Montreal, in my opinion, pulled off a post-human miracle with this baby. They’ve managed to streamline the experience I loved so dearly on the PC  – and improve its presentation a thousand-fold – without neutering it. Also, cyber-arms: still cool. Who knew?

Evan Wells
Co-President, Naughty Dog - @evan_wells
Current project: UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception

  • Flower - I love this game for its simplicity and its beauty. That Game Company is like none other; it took a concept that nobody else would dare attempt and created an experience that engages your eyes, your ears, and your heart.
  • Portal 2 - The first one was great but left you wanting more, and Portal 2 delivered just that. The writing was top notch and the puzzle design so amazingly good that just when you’re ready to give up, you have that “Aha!” moment that makes you feel like a genius.
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition DX - Who knew a concept three decades old could be reinvented in such a fresh and addictive way? I’ve never been big on leaderboards, but there’s something about this game that makes you want to get in there and shave a second off your time or pump your score up another 100K. And is there anything more satisfying than eating 100 ghosts in a row?

PlayStation.Blog Staff Picks

Jeff Rubenstein
Senior Manager, PlayStation.Blog - @jeffrubenstein

 

  • Valkyria Chronicles - A strategy RPG with innovative third-person shooter controls and brilliant visuals that tells an engrossing tale featuring memorable characters. This is a true masterpiece.
  • UNCHARTED series - Perhaps the finest crafted games ever made, with undoubtedly the most lifelike cast ever featured in this medium. In my mind, Drake, Sully, and Elena are real people…maybe even friends.
  • Street Fighter IV - This reinvention of the Street Fighter series tapped into a competitive hunger that had laid dormant since my early teens – except that this time I was actually pretty good. A career highlight: Challenging and defeating Hiphopgamer with Guile in front of a raucous crowd at GDC 2009.
  • Other favorites: Rock Band, Batman: Arkham City, inFAMOUS 2, Catherine, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed II

Sid Shuman
Senior Specialist, PlayStation.Blog - @sidshuman

 

  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - They don’t make games like this anymore. Decried by some as an exercise in wretched excess, game director Hideo Kojima packed this stealth-action epic with enough material to make several feature-length films. The plot is at times incomprehensible, but that’s part of its charm. As usual, Kojima gets the last laugh.
  • PixelJunk Monsters - I’m absolutely shocked to not see this PSN classic pop up on every list, and I can only assume the omission is due to mass amnesia brought on by late nights with Skyrim. For me, Monsters represents the perfection of the tower defense genre. Its adorable visuals and twinkling soundtrack belie its deep strategy, while the compulsively playable co-op mode has as an effective gateway drug to ensnare countless girlfriends and boyfriends.
  • Heavy Rain - My favorite games tend to open my eyes to radically different experiences. I distinctly remember inserting this Blu-ray into my PS3 on launch day and being filled with doubt. Could Quantic Dream really achieve their insanely loft goal of an interactive film? Two hours later, I was sold.
  • Other favorites: BioShock, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Super Stardust HD (with Solo add-on pack for “Endless” mode), Dead Nation, Mortal Kombat

Rey Gutierrez
Senior Specialist, PlayStation.Blog - @r3yguti3rr3z

 

  • God of War III – Around the office, I’m known for singing the instantly recognizable God of War theme song with my own makeshift lyrics: “Kra-tos is so cool! Heee is red and white! KRAAATOS!” In some ways, it’s the highest honor I can bestow on my favorite PS3 game. In my mind, God of War defined the PlayStation brand on PS2, and what better way to introduce the power and technical achievement of PS3 than with God of War III?
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – The last hour of this game kept me on my feet as I guided Old Snake through to the gut-wrenching finale, only to be confronted with one of the most memorable boss fights in gaming history. This game reminded me of the time I first played the original Metal Gear Solid demo on my PlayStation Underground disc, which left me floored. Also: I have a huge crush on Laughing Octopus (yes, with the costume on).
  • Resistance 3 – This was one of the first PS3 titles I was passionately involved with as I worked closely with Insomniac and SCEA to create a series of developer diaries. To see the Resistance franchise truly find its voice and deliver such an enjoyable experience — especially when played in stereoscopic 3D with the PlayStation Move — made it a total blast to play!
  • Other favorites: Heavy Rain, Enslaved, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

//Add Your Own

174 Comments   16 Replies

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+ zzamaro on November 16th, 2011 at 9:14 pm said:

Hey, Sid.

What happened to the LittleBigPlanet 2 Special Edition Move Bundle? I’m asking becausef Amazon has sent it but only the game, they sent it again but only the game again. It seems they got their inventory wrong or something. And now, they want us to contact Sony? I don’t know how to contact Sony lol. Do you know anything about it? Did Amazon got the bundle or just the game?


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+ Talgron on November 16th, 2011 at 9:22 pm said:

My #1 has to be Nier. Nier deserved more attention then it got.
MGS4
Demon’s Souls
3D Dot Game Heroes
and FFXIII, although I wish I was saying Versus XIII instead.


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+ eduterminator on November 16th, 2011 at 9:33 pm said:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY five years ago I dont know what is PS3 and my videogame life was awfull. but this year I meet the mosts awesome console that give me a lot of fun and a long play time. LONG LIVE PLAY FRIENDS :D
1.Uncharted series
2. Call of duty black ops
3. DC universe online (Thank you playstation for give this game free and is funy to play :D)


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+ jrowand on November 16th, 2011 at 9:36 pm said:

1. Uncharted Trilogy
2. Heavy Rain
3. God of War 3

Hey Sony will ya’ll be having anything on sale tomorrow for the 5th year Anniversary?


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+ A104049 on November 16th, 2011 at 9:45 pm said:

My favorite games are
Any of the Rock Band titles
Assassins Creed series
LittleBigPlanet series
COD Black ops (Zombies)
The Impossible Game

And future favorite games
TWISTED METAL I love it now and its 90 days till release from when I wrote this


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+ Keeng on November 16th, 2011 at 9:55 pm said:

Happy fifth! I still tell the story about camping outside the mall for the only PS3 they had back on 11/17/06. All things considered (the lineup of great multiplatform titles and exclusive, PSone classics, features, unique PSN titles, the controller, the PSN itself) PS3 is the best game console of all time. It’s been a wonderful five years.


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+ Street_Killaz on November 16th, 2011 at 9:58 pm said:

My favs are:

Rage
Fear
Killzone
Resistance
Uncharted
Majin and the forsken kingdom

can i go on!! to many

Happy Birthday PS3..Best console this gen HANDS DOWN…


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+ silentj001 on November 16th, 2011 at 9:58 pm said:

Keep up the good work PSN. Top favorites are the Uncharted series, the Killzone series, and the Resistance series. Others include the Need for Speed franchise and Heavenly Sword.


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+ Ethereal on November 16th, 2011 at 10:03 pm said:

Happy Birthday PS3! Thank you for all these wonderful years of game and more to come! I was sleeping on concrete at a Best Buy five years ago =) Love the choices on this post, mainly because I own and love all of them.


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+ ThreeLeggedFreak on November 16th, 2011 at 10:05 pm said:

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, CliffyB should not be here, he is an XBox guy and hasn’t developed a single game for the PS3. Let him develop a game and/or port Gears and then welcome him here.

Top 3 is tough, but

- COD4 – made me love FPS games
- Demon’s Souls – best JRPG ever. EVER.
- Bioshock 1 – What an awesome game, awesome atmosphere, awesome story

Honorable mentions: Uncharted series, Killzone series, rest of COD, Warhawk, GOW3, Dead Space 1, Oblivion, Portal 2, GTAIV, LA Noire, and probably others I’m forgetting. Games that would probably make the list like RDR, Batman, Heavy Rain etc have not been properly played yet.


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+ twistedfloyd on November 16th, 2011 at 10:23 pm said:

Happy B Day you glorious, wonderful machine! Great list of developers!

My favorite three games:

1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots- one of the most perfect experiences that has an immeasurable amount of depth in both story and gameplay that is one of the most emotionally powerful experiences in gaming. This game is one of the reasons I am studying to be a game designer.

2.Uncharted 2: Among Thieves- An immense single player adventure that makes Drake’s Fortune look like child’s play, and Indiana Jones look amateur. Great characters, amazing action, wonderful story, perfect pacing, amazing presentation, and the best multiplayer of this generation.

3.Heavy Rain- Second only to Kojima in terms of cinematic, this has to be one of the best stories told in gaming, which unique and intuitive gameplay, wonderful characters and amazing presentation and choices. A few plot holes are present, but overall Heavy Rain is bold, unique, original and simply a masterpiece.

Long Live Play.

Long Live the PS3.


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+ ccanfield1 on November 16th, 2011 at 10:26 pm said:

Happy Birthday PS3 ! A lot of great games mentioned. I especially like the love for Valkyria Chronicles. Awesome game ! One of the most underrated Playstation exclusives ever.


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+ XavierStar on November 16th, 2011 at 10:37 pm said:

It’s been 5 years already? I don’t even remember the time I got my PS3! Time goes by so fast ;(


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+ ccrogers15 on November 16th, 2011 at 10:49 pm said:

now that its 5, do something nice…

BRING APE ESCAPE TO PSONE CLASSICS, AND GIVE US A LIST OF UPCOMING PS2 CLASSICS!
AND FIX THE DAM* INTERNET BROWSER!!!


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+ DrPhiill on November 16th, 2011 at 10:52 pm said:

Happy birthday Playstation 3!! and congrats on keeping the flag high for all these years! lets keep it up there!


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+ ccrogers15 on November 16th, 2011 at 11:02 pm said:

my faves:

- Fallout 3- totally brilliant game
- GTA IV- Major step up in gaming
- Fallout NV- Awesome game
- Silent Hill Homecoming- Very scary game and very fun.
- Saints row 2- Fun and over the top action.
- Saints row 3- Same as for SR2.
- The Sims 3- Finally a REAL life simulator brought to ps3.
- Little big planet- The most creative and original game ive ever seen.
- Tomb Raider Underworld- Very fun exploration game.


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+ mixedkidbx on November 16th, 2011 at 11:03 pm said:

Yay PS3 turns 5 today!

To mark the occasion, after the whole day maintenance you will be required to do a firmware update which will take away all of the last remaining features on the PS3 that havn’t been taking away to this date.

It’s funny, we havnt seen any NEW features (things most people want [actual game/system features] & not just some crappy video/picture features) added to PS3 in a long time, but have seen several things removed.

Cross game chat has been confirmed it will not happen on PS3 because SONY was too dumb to realize they needed separate system ram & video ram, instead of shared.

I wonder how many features PS4 will have to start with, & then lose over the next several years after its release.


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+ Vidarcr on November 16th, 2011 at 11:06 pm said:

MGS4
Uncharted 2: among thieves & Drake’s Fortune
God of War 3
Batman Arkham Asylum
Gran Turismo 5
Little Big Planet
Fifa 12
Resistance games
Portal 2
Mortal Kombat
Flower
Bioshock
Ratchet & Clank
Battlefield Bad Company 2
WipeOut HD
inFamous

Today I’m getting Uncharted 3, Battlefied 3 and Batman Arkham City :D.

Happy B-Day PS3! :D


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+ ccrogers15 on November 16th, 2011 at 11:06 pm said:

@ mixedkidbx
i still dont understand why we have a really powerful system but a crappy year 2001 internet browser!


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+ OveReAction on November 16th, 2011 at 11:16 pm said:

PS-exclusive games:

LittleBigPlanet 2 – I love this sequel. Now I can create anything I want to. I’ve even created a level based from a PSN game.

Motorstorm Apocalypse – Racing is my 2nd name, while destruction is my 3rd. I’d love to see them crumbled to smithereens before my adrenaline eyes, while racing!

Wipeout HD – More than adrenaline! It’s super top speed will never get me bored at all!

Non PS-exclusive games:

Burnout CRASH! – Destruction ALL THE WAY! Yee-har!!!

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit – There’s nothing more fun than “BUSTING” people out of the road and the law.

Burnout Paradise – No doubt, Burnout is my most favorite racing game series I’ve ever played!


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+ OveReAction on November 16th, 2011 at 11:18 pm said:

(Continuation…)

HAPPY B-DAY PS3!!!! Well, seriously, why bother decrease game activation to 2 systems? It’s too little. Make it 3 and PS users will have nothing to have problems of it.


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+ Mr_Bipolar on November 16th, 2011 at 11:36 pm said:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PS3

No matter how much the system is going under maintenance today, you still bring fun to everyone who has the PS3 system.

PS3 give free stuff and some good items and the PlayStation Home. Nothing more could compare.

I hope you continue to evolved the PS3 to maximum quality!

Good to see a face with all these good games that are listed. Whom did what. Good article!


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+ Mr_Bipolar on November 16th, 2011 at 11:39 pm said:

Noted: Notice I have FATMAN as my avatar. My most favorite player character on MGS Sons Of Liberty And MGS Substance!

I own both on PS2. Metal Gear Solid is the best game yet I have ever collected on. And am waiting to get the combo pack on PS3 when it comes out after Xmas.

Metal Gear Solid FOR THE WIN!

Thanks for allowing us to have the avatars to place on our PS3 accounts. I wanted it and now we got it.

I hope to see some background for our PS3 as well. Wallpaper would be a killer! I bought all the MGS avatars.


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+ slydaniels on November 16th, 2011 at 11:55 pm said:

So I’ve been with you guys for 17 years now, and I was in 1994. Never owned an X-box or a WII, only Sony’s consoles.

Happy Birthday PS3!
1: inFAMOUS 2
2: Uncharted 3
3: Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time


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+ N9nE-9 on November 17th, 2011 at 12:11 am said:

Birthday wishes to the PS3! Five down so many more to go. There’s way too many great games to name anyone THE one, but to name some, Metal Gear Solid 4, the Uncharted Series, SOCOM: Confrontation, MAG, the inFamous series..so many hours on so many great games.


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+ Predestination on November 17th, 2011 at 12:25 am said:

Happy birthday PlayStation! I grew up a Nintendo kid, but the Wii made short work of that. Meanwhile the PS3 has treated me very well!

1 – Limbo
2 – Heavy Rain
3 – Flower

Here’s to the future!

Amy
Journey
Silent Hill HD Collection


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+ shades909 on November 17th, 2011 at 12:32 am said:

The only thing that bother me with theses list is that most of them name good game released in the last years or 2.
It’s like for everyone the PS3 didn’t got any good games during the first 3 years.


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+ halfkimchi on November 17th, 2011 at 1:04 am said:

Rain
Arkham Asylum
Dark Souls


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+ BigK_1888 on November 17th, 2011 at 1:18 am said:

HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY PS3 AND MANY MANY MANY MORE YEARS TO COME.

My Top 5 Games are:

Battlefield 3
Tekken6
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
Infamous
All the Final Fantasy games from ps1 ps2 and 2. lol


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+ Basindo on November 17th, 2011 at 1:19 am said:

I typed a long thing but lost it (don’t know how to do angry face hahaha)

1- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

2- tie between Uncharted 1, 2, and 3.

3- tie between Infamous 2 and Killzone 2

Have to keep going, Infamous 1 is 4th, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and God of War 3 is 5th and 6th.

I’m angry, I wrote a lot (angry face!!!)


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+ matt11707 on November 17th, 2011 at 1:20 am said:

Pac Man Champioship Edition DX
Uncharted 2 and 3
Driver:San Francisco
Mortal Kombat
Battlefield 3
Call of duty 4 and last but least
inFAMOUS 2


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+ Gogo_ZvC on November 17th, 2011 at 1:25 am said:

Here are the top 3 games I had fun with since I got my PS3:

Socom: CONFRONTATION
+ Once you got a clan you could play all day long and regret nothing. Aside from having many technical issues and a huge lack of support, this is the best Socom experience on the PS3. I played this for countless hours and still go back sometimes when my buddies are online.

Kane & Lynch 2 – Dog Days
+ Everyone hated it, I loved it. The gritty camera work, two main characters who actually work well together, it was an awesome in your face experience. I played and beat it with my buddy on co-op and it was a great time. Teamwork gets the job done well! Too bad not many people picked this up and the online community is at like 15 people (I’m being generous here). More people should pick this gem up!

Deus Ex Human Revolution
+ Honestly this game made me a kid again. I just got instantly immersed in this world. Felt like I was connected to The World from .hack every time I booted up the system and launched the game. The characters, the music, and the game-play all helped craft this gem. This is easily my GOTY pick. Adam Jensen never asked for this.


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+ Gogo_ZvC on November 17th, 2011 at 1:26 am said:

Currently I’m playing Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3 multi-player, so add me if anyone wants to party up sometime! I’m definitely going to pick up the MGS HD Collection as well. Can’t wait to play Snake Eater again, it’s easily the best PS2 game. The boss fight with The End is just brilliant!


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+ loadstone007 on November 17th, 2011 at 2:14 am said:

My top games are:
Uncharted 2 & 3
God of War 3
Batman Arkham Asylum & City

Looking forward to a bright PlayStation future!


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+ Rocstarr on November 17th, 2011 at 2:15 am said:

fun


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+ Surfaced on November 17th, 2011 at 2:17 am said:

wish I had the balls to pick a top 3. Sorry guys, just too many favorites!


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+ voodooIady on November 17th, 2011 at 2:36 am said:

WARHAWK
STARHAWK
Uncharted 2


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+ darthelghast on November 17th, 2011 at 3:58 am said:

Mass Effect 2
Demon’s Souls
Red Dead Redemption


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+ shawnkrft on November 17th, 2011 at 4:31 am said:

Happy B-Day
god of war 3
gran turismo 5
Mag ……for the massive FPS of 256 people on one map


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+ bldudas on November 17th, 2011 at 4:43 am said:

My favorite games for my PS3? Let’s see:

Littlebigplanet (1 and 2)
Killzone (2 and 3)
Resistance (1, 2, and 3)
Infamous (1 and 2)
Fallout (3 and New Vegas)

Disgaea 4
Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel
Plenty of other JRPGs


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+ bldudas on November 17th, 2011 at 4:44 am said:

Oh, and of course, Happy fifth Birthday PS3!


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+ jkuc75sj on November 17th, 2011 at 5:17 am said:

Great, now I wanna see Jeff play Street Fighter!

1. Metal gear Solid 4
2. Uncharted 3
3. Super Street Fighter IV


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+ Infemeth on November 17th, 2011 at 5:23 am said:

Happy birthday PS3. You’re awesome. <3


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+ cuterena on November 17th, 2011 at 5:38 am said:

I have to say I am so excited to see Heavy Rain in the top three as often as any other PS3 exclusives. It makes me hopeful that the next Quantic Dream game will also be exclusive to PS3. I know I would hate to see how much the game would have been affected by cross-platform porting.

My top 3:

Heavy Rain
Nier
Uncharted 2

Though I must admit, the remastered games that PS3 has produced are simply amazing. I was so happy to be sitting and playing Ico and Shadow of the Colossus again. :)


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+ ptuck874 on November 17th, 2011 at 5:39 am said:

Resistance 1 (made me get the ps3 in the first place)
Warhawk (never spent over 600 hours in a game before)
Uncharted series (mp is fun, but the single player is like watching a movie you control)
and way too many others to list….
Happy Birthday!!!


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+ FoxMan250 on November 17th, 2011 at 5:59 am said:

I like the diversity in everyone’s choices. Truly shows how widespread a lot of the PS3 exclusives titles are.

My top 3:

- Resistance 1: I didnt get a PS3 till 2008 and this was the first game I got. Blew my mind! The crazy weapons, the creepiest aliens, and the whole historic alternate reality. To find out that this game was also made by the developers of Spyro just made it all that much sweeter.

- Uncharted 2: Up until this, Resistance 1 was my only game…then I played the U2 beta. I spent my nights after baseball practice skipping out on studying for this. Then I bought it. MY GOD! The voice acting, graphics, animations, the story… I was blown away. This game brought me back into the gaming world of where I now read playstation blogs and visit gaming websites. It was a life changer.

- ModNation Racers: Infamous and Infamous 2 were great… but ModNation Racers is a game that many fail to notice. Unlimited maps, cars, and characters in a Mario Kart meets Little Big Planet?! AWESOME! ModNation is the game that I could sit down with friends, family, gf and just play splitscreen for hours, never on the same map.

Happy Birthday PS3!


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+ ZalAamir on November 17th, 2011 at 6:20 am said:

1.MGS4
And in no particular order:
2.MAG3.
inFAMOUS

MGS4 above all others because it’s a stealth game,action game,adventure game,quirky game,Easter eggs galore,robot action game,fighting game…the list goes on and on…everything in one game, and they WORK!
AMAZING.

Split between MAG & inFAMOUS because on one hand, MAG breathed new life into the FPS(IMO). even after Battlefield 3 & COD MW3, MAG’s Multiplayer still feels like Chess to COD MW3′s checkers..and it still feels like Battlefield 3 is stuck somewhere in the middle.

As for inFAMOUS, i bought GTA4 awhile back, but about an hour in, I ditched the story in favor of running around blowing stuff up.tbh, it got stale really quick.InFAMOUS on the other hand, never once got boring.Great game from beginning to end.

Honourable mentions: 
Split/Second
Great racer but unfortunately the explosions aren’t dynamic(most of the time) you can pretty much predict what’s going to explode and when once you’ve played it a few times.

Batman Arkham City
A damn good superhero game, but if you’ve seen Batman Begins, the story’s kind of predictable..was hoping for a huge shocker,but meh..


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+ thebgj on November 17th, 2011 at 7:48 am said:

I remember my First ps3 in 2006. It was the last 20GB in the store. I bought it and tried like 2-3 games, there was only like a handful of games out at the time. And they sucked (my opinion) but here i am 5 years later with my 4th or 5th ps3. I returned the original one after a week or two because of the lack of games. And then 2 more had Hard Drive failure. And now i have a 120GB and still love it.

Thanks Sony, Happy 5th


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+ mixedkidbx on November 17th, 2011 at 8:16 am said:

@ccrogers15

everyone is wondering why they have never updated the browser. In fact the thing i find the most funny about it is that even some of SONY’s own websites cant even be shown on the ps3 because the crappy browser lol


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+ TwinDad on November 17th, 2011 at 9:01 am said:

Valkyria Chronicles – Perfection. Story, Graphics and game play.

Demon’s Souls – The game made you think. Use the wrong technique and you died.

Death Spank – I really like loot games. The humor made it over the top. I still laugh in the baconing when he goes to remove the thongs and jerks them up instead of taking them off.


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