Discover the 40 best PS3 games!

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If you want to know or remember which were the best PS3 games, we've put together a complete list! We bring you the 40 best, for you to miss this one that was one of the Sony consoles where the best franchises in history were born!

1.The Last of Us

The father of all games on the PlayStation 3 could not be another. The Last of Us has received numerous awards for its high-quality storytelling and the depth of relationships developed by the characters. Speaking of which, it's impossible not to be moved by Joel's and Ellie's dialogues.



Regarding the gameplay, the footprint is perfect for a post-apocalyptic game. The slow walk, with almost no ammo and with an almost obligation to act stealthily, causes enormous tension. The scares and moments of danger are constant. It is difficult to walk many meters without being injured or even dying.

The Last of Us is one of the best PS3 games and one of the most acclaimed in history. It is a success as much as a survival, as a shooter and even as a horror game. In short: it is a unique experience that all gamers must have.

2. GTA V

More than 110 million units sold later, GTA V remains an absurd success. Of course, the remaster for PS4 and Xbox One helped, but on PS3 this game broke records. The map is huge, with lots of details, several easter eggs and a hundred different things to do.

We can't forget about the main characters of the campaign: Franklin, Michael and Trevor. For the first time in the franchise, you can control three characters at the same time. The missions of each culminate in a bombastic end to the game, in an almost cinematic crescendo.



3. Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption contains all the important elements of a Western. Plenty of gunfire, nervous cowboys, untamed horses and a desert land to explore. Rockstar has done an exemplary job on this title, with a grand open world and a complex and interesting protagonist.

John Marston is the typical antihero that all gamers like. He stars in one of the most brilliant narratives in the gaming world, in an unpredictable plot that won over many players.

Not only that, Red Dead Redemption received a version with zombies. It adds dozens of missions and new game modes, which practically create a game of their own. The game's sequel, released for PS4 and Xbox One, shows that the success was really high.

4. God of War 3

Kratos is back to finish off his first trilogy with a lot of death and blood. In this title, we follow the outcome of the epic narrative of the Ghost of Sparta, as he seeks to complete his revenge against Olympus. With jaw-dropping graphics, fine-tuned gameplay and exciting gameplay, it's one of the great PS3 games.

Everything that worked well in the first two games in the franchise is improved in GoW 3. At the same time, though, it's a game that doesn't invent. The mechanics of combat and evolution of the Spartan's weapons and powers are the same: easy and intuitive. What wasn't easy was seeing the end of the game and not knowing what Kratos' fate would be.


5. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of Patriots

Guns of Patriots received several awards the year it was released, including the best game of the year. It brought many improvements over Snake Eater, with a strong focus on deepening players' stealth experience.


Now Snake can become stressed during the game, especially when taking damage, which can make it difficult for the character to respond effectively. Each Boss is unique, requiring a unique strategy, and the graphics and sound environment bring absurd realism to the game!

6. Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 is among the best FPS games on PS3. It has the player take control of a tourist named Jason Brody, who got lost on a trip with friends and ended up on an island. Now the mission is to survive the pirates who live there and escape this place alive.

With a good RPG element, Far Cry 3 allows the creation of weapons and the creation of attack strategies. Different approaches can be adopted in this game. Mainly because the map is huge. In this sense, this game is great for those who like to explore land.

But of course we couldn't fail to mention the Big Boss from Far Cry 3. Vaas Montenegro is sickly, cold and calculating, being a scary and unpredictable enemy. Even today, there are those who see him as the best villain in the series.

7. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

According to many critics, Uncharted 2 is among the best games ever made. Nathan Drake's second adventure takes the treasure hunter to different parts of the world in search of Xangri-La. To do so, you must defeat enemies, solve various puzzles and collect relics, weapons and other items.


Among Thieves was highly praised for several qualities. The graphics used the power of the PlayStation 3 very well, providing a super detailed look. The gameplay, combat and movement mechanics, and narrative were other points that were highly acclaimed by players and critics.


8. Batman: Arkhan City

All games in the Arkham series are amazing, no one denies that. But Arkham City enters the list because it represents a new direction and a great evolution from the previous title. On PlayStation 3 at least, it's considered the best of all Batman games.

This is due to the fact that the City map is huge. The missions lack that linear character of Asylum, allowing players to literally feel the freedom of being Batman. The main campaign lasts about 40 hours, not counting the plots and side tasks, such as Riddler's.

Numerous characters from the Dark Knight comics are present in this game. It's perfect for anyone who loves superhero games and anyone who wants to spend a long time defending Gotham City.

9. Gran Turismo 5

It's no use: talking about PlayStation always means talking about Gran Turismo. After all, this game is one of the great representatives of Sony's consoles. And GT5 was very well received on PlayStation 3. First of all for the 1063 cars players can collect. Then for the dozens of tracks and the gameplay overhauls.

The one that stands out the most is that there is damage to the cars when they crash. They were minimal, but they brought a little more reality to the experience. In addition to them, we can mention circuits that had climate variation. There weren't many, but the ones that had it were a lot of fun.

10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

We started with a heavy name in every way. Modern Warfare 2 was tasked with being better than its predecessor. Many thought this was impossible, but the mission was successfully accomplished. This is without a doubt the best war game on the PlayStation 3.

The game is frenetic from start to finish. In it you take on two fronts, one being a group of counter-terrorists, while the other is a group of Rangers. You go through several missions in the Campaign, which put you in Afghanistan, Washington, the heat of Rio de Janeiro and the cold of Siberia.

At the time, this Call of Duty was impressive precisely because it had missions set in our country's slums. That alone won thousands of fans, who certainly never stopped following the other games in the franchise.

11. Journey

Journey does not have a common or standard proposal. It was successful on PlayStation 3 precisely because it offers unique gameplay. You have no idea what the narrative is, much less what the point is. Basically it's exploring different scenarios, in search of reaching the top of a mountain.

Controlling a hooded and nameless creature, we have to solve puzzles and find ways to follow the character's path of self-knowledge. It is possible to find other players on this path, being able to complete the journey together, if they want.

Journey won several Game of the Year awards. It's a contemplative adventure that deserves all the attention and recognition.

12. Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain is a pretty iconic game. It follows four characters, in a complex plot, which involves a serial killer who drowns his victims on rainy days. To play, the player must perform movements with the joystick and hit the sequences of buttons.

The game has different endings, as the player's decisions can kill all the characters, affecting the narrative. The game was a critical success at the time, even giving rise to a remastered version for the consoles of the latest generations.

13. Far Cry 4

Following the success of its predecessor, Far Cry 4 invests in RPG elements and maintains a first-person perspective. An interesting addition to this title is the importance of wildlife in gameplay. In addition to being able to hunt animals, the player can be bitten by them, which can lead to death in Hardcore mode. Dying from hypothermia is also a possibility.

The game isn't as impactful as Far Cry 3, mainly because the Big Boss, Pagan Min, isn't as visceral as Vaas Montenegro. Still, this is one of the great games of its kind on PS3. It brings a Karma system, which gives points or takes them away according to the player's behavior.

14. Fallout 3

Fallout 3 was a success both in sales and in terms of critics. As is usual in the games of the series, the player takes on a character in an apocalyptic world, in a post-nuclear war. In the specific case of this title, you are the resident of a nuclear shelter, whose mission is to find your father.

You can play both in first and third person. There is a character building system, as well as it is possible to evolve attributes, acquire weapons and armor. With a total of 5 DLCs, Fallout 3 is also known for allowing more than one ending to its Campaign.

15. Dark souls

Dark Souls is a medieval themed game that was very successful on PlayStation 3. Third-person gameplay, with strategic combat and difficulty curve, make this a game for more hardcore players. After all, not everyone can reach the end of the game and beat it without going through a lot of hardship.

That's why Dark Souls has joined the group of most complicated games of all time. It is punitive and even forces players to think of the best attitude for each enemy. At least it's possible to get help from friends and other players online throughout the campaign.

16. Little Big Planet

Little Big Planet looks like a game made for kids, but teenagers and adults certainly had a lot of fun playing it on PS3. Players control the character known as Sackboy. The game is fun because we can customize Sackboy in many different ways, with clothes, designs and other possibilities.

At the time of its release in 2008, Little Big Planet was successful because it was challenging. The simple, childish story was just a backdrop for absurdly complicated stages to get through. Apart from those built by the players themselves. Nor can we forget that the fact of being able to play with a friend was also a positive point.

17. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim was one of the last PS3 games and therefore one of the best in terms of graphics quality. But that wasn't enough, the open world is immense, with hundreds of missions.

Dragonborn's narrative is well built, and the expansions make the game even more fantastic. And, of course, facing legendary dragons is an intense experience.

18. Call of Duty Black Ops

Black Ops is one of the best Call of Duty games. The campaign is of enormous quality, allowing players to control multiple characters from different perspectives.

Multiplayer is great, putting two teams in one scenario. Modes vary, having classic Deathmatch and Capture the Flag.

19. Person 5

Persona 5 brings you back to school, playing the Joker, in a modern, well-depicted Tokyo.

This title is a great mix between RPG, social simulation and dungeon exploration, with exciting battles!

20. BioShock

BioShock has it all: survival, RPG, first-person shooter, moral choices, stealth, and a clever plot. It brings a dystopia and complex characters, in addition to good doses of terror.

A game that is considered one of the best games of all time!

21. Dishonored

First-person stealth game. It focuses on an endeavor of revenge, in which the player controls an assassin with supernatural powers.

Each mission, in the best Hitman or Metal Gear style, can be completed in different ways. Stealth is just one option, and the endgame changes depending on your choices.

22.Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 is a first-person shooter that greatly expanded the world of Pandora, presented in the first game, focusing all missions and plot on telling a little more about the history of the place.

There are over 10 different sections of the map to explore, 4 new heroes and, believe it or not, endless weapon combinations. It still has good character and vehicle classes.

23. Resistance 3

Resistance 3 has a well-crafted science fiction theme, in which the player must travel through a wormhole to close it, fighting alien forces that threaten Earth.

24. Burnout Paradise

One of the best in the franchise, Burnout Paradise has an open world, in which the player chooses the missions he wants to do. In fact, if you want, you can just keep doing tricks on the streets.

There are races of the most diverse styles, as well as Crash Mode, in which you must destroy other vehicles.

25. Yakuza 5

Overall Yakuza 5 has the same footprint as the other games. The difference is that you can control up to 5 different characters, in 5 different locations in Japan.

26. Dead Space 2

Dead Space continues the adventures of Isaac Clarke, who is trapped in a human colony on one of Saturn's moons. In other words: a survival horror and action.

27. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Another good alien themed game. XCOM is a tactical war game, in which you control a team on the field, in which you must eliminate, in turns, other enemies.

Between battles, manage your base, weaponry and research alien technologies.

28. Wolfenstein: The New Order

Imagine if the Nazis had won the war. That's what the game brings, putting you in the shoes of a US soldier, who must stop the Nazis from controlling the world.

29. The Walking Dead

One of Telltale's best games, The Walking Dead is set in the same world as the comics, but the characters were created just for the game.

The choice system dictates the narrative and its actions. Even the fights are based on options, and everything you do interferes with the sequence of the chapters, until the end.

30. Mass Effect 2

RPG and first-person shooter define Mass Effect 2. You and two other team members travel through the Milky Way, visiting planets to gather resources.

Battles are physical or through biotic attacks, which resemble spells. You can position team members in the field to assist you.

31. Portal 2

Portal 2 is our old acquaintance from CaptainVideoGames! Both co-op and single-player mode make you have to go through portals to get to the next stage.

And this is only possible by solving intelligent puzzles created by the game!

32. Super Street Fighter IV

Super Street Fighter IV features 3D backgrounds and characters, but 2D gameplay, which creates the 2.5D effect. In addition, this version brings 10 more fighters compared to the base game.

Compared to SF III, it brought a lot of innovations in attack modes, leaving fights with greater combat options.

33. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Another magnificent game in the Elder Scrolls series. The pre-Skyrim edition focuses on fighting the forces of evil, the Daedra, including having to take a walk through the world of demons.

The end of the game is spectacular and gives an idea of ​​what we would find in the Dragonborn narrative!

34. Rock Band 2

One of the best music games ever made. Voice, guitar, drums and bass formed the dream band on famous songs, including artists like System of a Down and Nirvana.

It was very worthwhile to play with friends or to try a solo career on any of the above instruments or as a singer.

35. Assassin’s Creed 2

Some critics find this AC one of the best, as the plot is truly memorable. And, of course, it has Ezio de Firenze as the protagonist, one of the most charismatic protagonists of the franchise.

As usual, you will find historical personalities in the game, such as Leonardo da Vinci. It was the title that really popularized the series of games, being a base for all the others that came after.

36. Killzone 2

Killzone is a good quality FPS with a solid campaign and standard for the genre. The highlight is in the multiplayer, as you don't choose the game mode, but play them all in sequence.

The team with the most total wins wins.

37. Rayman legends

Rayman Legends follows its predecessor, in which players go through stages destroying scenarios, collecting items and defeating enemies.

In the end, it's a great platform game for those who like to collect and unlock secrets.

38. LIMBO

LIMBO is a very simple game. Basically you can move back and forth, pick up objects, jump and climb. All in a platform environment.

The mission is to solve puzzles and go through enemies and obstacles in a forest. Something that, we emphasize, is not easy at all.

39. LA Noire

LA Noire is a great investigation game. You will have access to a variety of crime cases, and the more you investigate, the more you unlock parts of the plot and new cases.

It's addictive to go after the criminals around Los Angeles, with that night and mysterious atmosphere of the crime genre movies.

40. Demon's Souls

Demon's Souls is from the Dark Souls and Bloodborne family. So it's hard not to die. Which is rewarded by good graphics, quality storyline and challenging mechanics.

Apart from the open endings, which are unlocked according to your choices and actions throughout the gameplay.

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