Ranking The Best Playstation 3 (PS3) Games Of All Time

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PS5 fever; it’s time to go back and look at the best PS3 games of all time!

The PS3 has some of the greatest games ever made. That’s not an opinion; it’s a cold hard fact. Many of the games in this list have been listed as ‘game of the year’ more times than I care to count, and thanks to the consoles powerful HD output, they still look amazing 15 years on.

Hold up; 15 years? Yeah, the PS3 came out in 2006. I bet you feel old now, don’t you!

With over 87 million sales, the PS3 is the seventh-best-selling console of all time. It’s still a huge player in the gaming world, and since the servers for pretty much all its games have shut down, it’s now officially a retro console!

We’ve listed 30 of our favourite titles, all of which are still in rotation in the PS3 at Retro Dodo Towers. Check them out below, and happy gaming!

1. The Last Of Us (2013)

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The Last Of Us is the best! It’s official; this game is a true tour ‘de force from start to finish and is so popular that it’s even spawned a TV series which is currently in the works!

Naughty Dog really pulled it off with this title. While half of the team worked on Drake’s Deception, the other created this absolute belter. It’s a game that the Retro Dodo team regularly go back to and one that we see something different in every single time!

Players take control of Joel and Ellie, a smuggler and a teenager moving across the barren wasteland of post-apocalyptic America. Both humans and gruesome mutants continually try to cut them off, making for pant-wittingly exciting gameplay.

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Everything about this game is perfect, from the listening mode to pick out enemies to the heart-busting moments while hiding from mutants prowling around. The struggle of Joel and Ellie’s bond through the game is more gripping than any novel, and the graphics are so good it feels as though you could step into the screen.

Sorry; I’ve got a lot of love for this game!

Upgrade weapons, traverse through richly textured landscapes, and play as both characters (don’t forget Ellie’s downloadable content) for a unique and riveting adventure that will definitely leave its mark on you for years to come!

2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)

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It was a close call, but Uncharted 2: Among Thieves takes the second spot!

I was sceptical about this game when I first bought it; was it really as good as everyone was saying? Within about 30 seconds I was hooked, and it stayed in my PS3 for about a month solid as I played it again and again… and again.

For anyone who hasn’t played an Uncharted game, I would describe them as being like a modern day Tomb Raider. The story follows Nathan Drake and his two companions as they try to uncover the secrets of Shambhala and a mysterious stone said to be lurking there.

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As with the other two Uncharted games, battling mercenaries in wild locations plays a big part of the gameplay. Thematic cutscenes help to drive the narrative along at full speed, and the graphics are phenomenal.

Wield all manner of weapons as Drake climbs, runs, and stealthily prowls through the various locations. He’s basically a self-made James Bond type who fears nothing. Sneak up on enemies to kill them Assassin’s Creed-style or go in all guns blazing and just pray that bullets miss you en-route.

I love the combination of adventure and shooting elements in Uncharted 2. Don’t get me wrong; I love first-person games, but controlling a character in a third-person view just feels more natural to me. This is one of the best games on the console without a doubt and a must-play title that gets the Dodo seal of approval!

3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes third place, and what a monster of a game it is!

Any Nintendo fans coming over to the world of the PS3 need to get this game in their lives. It’s like a more brutal version of The Legend of Zelda series and features lots of sword-slaying action in an incredible open-world adventure.

Travel through rolling hills, ancient cities, dark dungeons, desolate mountains, and many more epic locations. Wield magic, slay dragons, and be the gnarliest warrior alive in Bethesda’s fantastic, fantasy title.

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Listen, you might all be excited about the PS5, but the graphics on this game are fantastic The PS3 is still a mighty console, and Skyrim shows just what this mean machine can do.

Players control the Dragonborn (one dude with an awesome name) on a mission to kill a Goliath dragon. There are tonnes of side quests to tackle as you explore Skyrim, upgrading weaponry and improving all the skills needed to kill a humongous, scaly Wyrm.

Like Breath of the Wild, exploration is key and tasks can be completed in any order at any time. Heck, you can put off main elements of the story for weeks or months if you want to.

Take the game at your own pace and immerse yourself in the geekalicious world of The Elder scrolls.

4. BioShock (2007)

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BioShock may have won the top spot in our list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time, but it’s falling short of picking up a medal today.

For any readers not aware off BioShock, it’s the first title in an epic series that would go on to collect more awards and positive reviews than any other game going. The gloomy underwater world captures the Art Deco movement perfectly, and the whole thing feels like a mutant version of The Shape Of Water…

…no, you won’t have sex with a fish person in a shower, don’t worry.

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We’ve covered a lot of first person shooters in this list, and possibly with the exclusion of Fallout: New Vegas, this is one of the most insane yet.

Players move through the crazy world of Rapture, which is basically like an underwater hell with less flames but just as many demons. Mutants are everywhere and enemies lurk around every corner.

This is another thinking game, but one that also sees players making gadgets to destroy evil cretins. Working with your surroundings is key, and players can also decide whether to send Rapture into further chaos or clean the streets up for good.

We’ve played both ways, and playing as a villain is always more fun!

5. Fallout: New Vegas (2010)

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Fallout: New Vegas is post apocalyptic gameplay at its finest. Many of you have probably played a Fallout game over the years, but New Vegas has to be my favourite of them all.

Sometimes spin-offs just end up being better!

How many games do you know of that are set in 2281 after a nuclear apocalypse destroyed the Earth? America has been ravaged to within an inch of its life, and bandits have once more taken to the streets to prey on pretty much everyone and everything.

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Gamers control a lone courier taking a parcel from the desert to New Vegas. He’s ambushed and left for dead, but in true video game style, he survives and hunts down the people who attacked him.

Don’t be fooled by the pic above; this is very much an RPG title. I’d best describe the gameplay style as a mixture of Skyrim and and Red Dead Redemption for people who haven’t played it before, with hordes of freaky mutant enemies to destroy.

Like so many of the games in this list, New Vegas won a bucket full of awards and still has a loyal following of fans, despite new PS4 and PS5 games coming out all the time.

If the maps and the brutal bosses don’t draw you in, then the storyline is sure to grab you like a hungry zombie.

6. Red Dead Redemption (2010)

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Red Dead Redemption takes the 6th spot in this compendium of the finest and PS3 games ever made. It’s the second Rockstar title in this list and another epic, lawless adventure.

I’m starting to see a bit of a pattern here with Rockstar. I guess they live up to their name!

Fans of Red Dead Revolver need this sequel in their games collection. Just check out the graphics in the still below; no other game takes you back to the Wild West like this.

Whoever thought that an outlaw-ravaged town could look beautiful!

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Take John Marston across the wild American Frontier. That’s not the main premise of the game, but I can guarantee that you’ll spend so much time just exploring the wilderness on horseback looking for bad guys to battle with.

Marston is an ex-outlaw, and he’s learning to adjust to new life in a world where lawlessness is still set into the hearts and minds of the people. The action is unpredictable and immersive, and the amount of detail that has gone into replicating the harsh reality of the American wilderness is staggering.

Though, with a reported production cost of $100 million, you wouldn’t really expect anything else!

7. Deadpool (2013)

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Can you remember the first time that you played as the Merc with the Mouth? I was hooked from the moment I first slotted the disc in, instantly caught by the crazy behaviour and laugh out loud humour from the get go.

I mean, the chit-chat with Wolverine. Rogue, and Cable is perfect, and the plot line still makes me crease.

Deadpool breaking the Fourth Wall and jumping out to talk to the people who made his own game about the level he’s currently in is pure genius, and he also mentions Zelda which instantly makes him my favourite comic book character.

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Whether firing pistols or using Wade’s swords to cut enemies in half, racking up combos is the key to getting better points, aptly titled ‘Deadpool Points.

Teleport behind enemies and regenerate health when not under fire. Seriously, Deadpool is the coolest!

I think we can all agree with the decision to label him the best Marvel PS3 game; I wouldn’t want to be the one to tell him we’d put him in second… would you?

8. Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 (2011)

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Hadoukens it’s way into 8th place, mixing two of my favourite ever franchises together once again.

How can anyone ever get bored of seeing Ryu and Storm facing off, or Viewtiful Joe vs Deadpool? I’ve played this game so many times and it still beats any other Marvel fighting game.

I mean, who needs Yoga Fire when you can just throw out Wolverine’s claws?

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Pick your ultimate team with characters from each franchise, and then get ready to see Dante take on The Hulk… what a match!

If you’ve played one of the old Street Fighter titles before, then the premise is exactly the same bar swapping characters in and out in teams of 3.

Reduce health bars, fight in best of three fights, and try not to look at the scenery too much when someone is about to lay the smackdown on you!

9. Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)

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Batman: Arkham Asylum takes the 9th spot in this list.

Everyone’s favourite caped crusader is back to lay the smackdown on the inmates of Arkham.

Is there any rivalry more tense than the one between the Batman and the Joker? Bruce Wayne battles his arch-nemesis at every turn through this game as the Joker plans to lock Batman inside Arkham Asylum.

One dude inside a penitentiary filled with people that said dude put there in the first place. That’s never going to be a nice ‘day out’ is it?

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Mark Hamill voices the joker; Luke Skywalker playing one of the weirdest villains of all time. It’s a sci-fi nerds dream come true!

Arkham Asylum has over 240 collectibles for players to gather as they move through the various levels kicking ass and taking names. Pull out classic items like the Batarang and glide through the Asylum like some moody harbinger of justice.

This could well be the ultimate comic book game. Forget the Spider Man titles or Lego Avengers; Arkham Asylum is so good that it sparked a whole series and brought comic books, movies, and other games to the table.

10. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

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Grand Theft Auto V is officially the second best selling video game in existence. It sold 140-million copies across multiple platforms, which means a large proportion of the 85-million PS3 users in the world have probably got a copy stowed away somewhere in their collection or up in the attic.

Rockstar’s most controversial game series proves that we’re all sick little villains at heart.

Ok, so games like Cyberpunk 2077 have taken things to a-whole-nother-level, but the adult content and shocking themes in GTA V still cut to the core today.

The aim of the game is to basically go on a gun-toting bender through San Andreas. Play as three different characters that treat the law as more of a weak and overrated guide to life.

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Anything is possible and nowhere is out of bounds in this massive open world game. You can play as kind or as ruthlessly as you like while pulling off heists and shooting anyone that stands in your way…

… you can shoot people that aren’t standing in your way too, or people that aren’t even standing, for that matter!

If you’re after an immersive adventures that made $1 billion in its first 3 days, then look no further. It’s lewd, it’s crude, but it’s absolutely awesome!

11. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)

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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots brings us near the halfway point in this compendium ever to grace the gaming world.

Guns of the Patriots is a sequel to Sons of Liberty (they all have such cool titles) and sees players controlling Solid Snake in his older years. While other oldies are hanging out in retirement villages, ‘Old Snake’ is still kicking ass and giving one last attempt to take out Liquid Snake.

Liquid Snake is probably eating his foods as liquids now…

On the contrary, Liquid Snake is now ‘Liquid Ocelot’ and controls a gang of fighters that Old Snake must defeat along the way. There’s plenty of life in both of these old dogs yet.

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You know, it’s nice to see a game where the main character isn’t someone in the prime of their youth or brimming with more muscles than a cloud in a steroid factory. This game is a work of art and a must have for fans of the series as a whole.

New players can easily get to grips with the game too, as many who made up the title’s 6 million sales undoubtedly did. Patriots is another PS3 game that’s often cited with pushing console sales and remains one of the most influential titles of our lives.

If I had my way, every one of these games would be at Number 1, but Brandon said that would make a rubbish article, so it’s got to stay at Number 10!

12. Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)

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Call of Duty: Black Ops is one title in this list certainly doesn’t need an introduction. The Call of Duty series is probably one of the most famous franchises of all time and the cause of truancy and impromptu sick days the world over.

Hey, we’ve all done it!

Selling 5.6 million copies in its first 24 hours alone and racking up over $1 billion in its first week, Black Ops still holds the accolade of being the 29th best-selling game of all time!

If that doesn’t make it a worthy title for this list, then I don’t know what does!

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For those of you that have managed to avoid any knowledge of Call of Duty for the past 18 years, then here’s a brief explanation about the most famous first-person war game on the planet.

Black Ops occurs during the ’60s, though there’s no flower power to be found here. It’s set in the Cold War and follows CIA operative Alex Mason. He has to stop chemical weapons from being unleashed across America, though his lack of memories might make it difficult for him…

Travel from Vietnam to the Soviet Union in the games many missions. Customise characters and weapons and blast your mates to pieces in the multiplayer mode.

Seriously, if you loved the Goldeneye Deathmatches, then youll be all over the sniper-shot madness in Black Ops. The 14 multiplayer maps are filled with epic places to lie in wait to pick off your opponents!

13. God of War III (2010)

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God of War III brings all the lore of Greek Mythology to your living room with fierce battles and epic weapons that will leave you speechless.

Thank every Greek god I didn’t play this game before writing this article, otherwise it would have been pretty light on words!

Fans of the previous God of War titles will know all about Kratos, the former God of War. He’s the main anti-hero protagonist in this game and is on a mission to defeat his father Zeus and stop the gods from reigning.

Talk about a weird father-son bond, right?

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I’m a huge fan of games dripping with Greek Mythology; It’s why God of War made our list of the best PSP games too, a title I played while listening to Stephen Fry’s Mythos. Yes, I’m a proper nerd!

Kratos wields a variety of epic weapons on his mission to find Pandora, including the legendary Blades of Exile. With magical powers at his disposal, Kratos must battle humongous titans and mythical beasts on his quest, stopping every now and again to solve puzzles.

It’s a true PlayStation platform game and one that fans of Immortals Fenyx Rising should definitely check out.

14. LEGO Marvel Avengers (2016)

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LEGO Marvel Avengers is one of the best Marvel PS3 games going. It serves as a collection of some of my favourite Marvel Movies, covering Captain America, Avengers Assemble, Age Of Ultron, Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and some tasty DLC levels too!

And let’s not forget the trademark humour that make the LEGO games so damn amazing!

I could just spend hours moving around the world hubs on this game, a little LEGO Avenger moving around Asgard while picking a level… what’s not to love?

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The comedy elements in these games just couldn’t appear in one of the Marvel films… except maybe Taika Waititi’s Thor films!

Complete missions, collect gold bricks, and unlock new miniature Marvel heroes as you progress through the levels.

In a cool little twist, there’s actual voice acting from the film with new recordings mixed in. You can pick the new from the old while moving through free-play mode or completing every game mission by mission!

15. Portal 2 (2011)

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Portal 2, it’s one of the most widely loved games of all time and marries light enemy combat with brain-melting portal puzzlers that are super addictive!

Imagine Metroid Prime with less firepower and portals to move between rooms at will, and you’ll get the idea.

Many areas and rooms can only be accessed by creating corresponding portals using the portal gun. Dropping down into a hole by your feet may end up sending you flying vertically from a horizontal wall onto a previously unaccessible surface.

It’s all pretty hi-tech stuff but so cool once you get the hang of it.

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The main heroine of the game is Chell. For once, this is lady who isn’t sexualised like a Virtua Fighter character, a fact that critics and gamers praised wholeheartedly. Women don’t need to be naked to be kick ass, just for any developers reading out there!

While Chell is a silent character, Stephen Merchant provides light relief and comedic quips in the form of a little flying robot. I won’t say too much about this little personality drone right now, but he plays a huge part in the game!

If games that make you think are high up on your wish list, then you can’t go wrong with Portal 2. It’s won more awards than a decorated war veteran and is our go-to game when we want to exercise our brains.

16. Resident Evil 5 (2009)

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Resident Evil 5 crawls into 16th place in this list, a terrifying title featuring Chris Redfield, the over-shoulder protagonist of Resident Evil 4.

Like R.E 4, the Las Plagas parasite is burrowing into innocent bystanders brains and turning them into maniacal undead monsters. Back with the over-shoulder camera angle and with Sheva, Chris’s sidekick fighting alongside him, players must work together to fight for survival in a world where everyone literally wants to destroy and then eat them.

Talk about the odds being high!

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If you already know your zombie games, then the chances are you’ll know all about the co-op mode in both Resi 5 and 6. Work together on split screen (now the servers have all been shut down), enjoying creepy locations that still look slick on the PS3.

And if you thought the zombies in the R.E 4 were tough, then get a lot of these guys.

Not only will they throw projectiles at you, but they’ll also shoot weapons at you and get right up in your face. Chris can fight them close-combat style, but it’s definitely more advisable to shoot them from as far away as possible.

Just aim for the head and you’ll be fine.

17. Gran Turismo 5 (2010)

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In an trippy turn of events, Gran Turismo 5 is actually the 6th GT game in the series. That’s not important right now though; what is important that it’s one of the greatest racing games of all time!

I mean, with over 1,000 super cars to play with and 20 tracks to do it on, that’s 20,000 different ways to play before you’ve truly completed that game.

And, for the first time in Gran Turismo history, players could actually race in real brands of car. This was the first time I realised I would never ever drive a Bugatti or a Ferrari!

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The endurance levels were where I spent hours honing my skills, basking in the glory of the stunning levels that the PS3 brought to life.

Just look at that still above; the shadows, the sunlight, the texture of the tarmac. GT5 was pure perfection and the game that acted as the baseline for other racing games to come.

This is the first GT game to see players taking on damage in real time too. If you crash in this game, then it makes a serious affect on how your car drives.

You’ll spend hours tuning up your car for both day and night races too, proving once again that Gran Turismo is the greatest driving simulator of all time!

18. Dishonored (2012)

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Dishonored is an altogether different take on the classic stealth game. It boasts RPG features such as power collecting and NPC interaction, and a chaos engine that changes both character dialogue and the way people react to you completely.

What’s more, the game can be completed without even harming another NPC. That includes bosses too!

Still, most people will just want to go in all guns blazing; it’s a shooting game where the player is out for revenge, for crying out loud!

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Violent activities and needless killing modify the world around you, however, including changing the game ending and which missions become available as the game goes ahead.

But why would our masked protagonist want to kill people in the first place? Well, he’s on the run for a murder that he didn’t commit. Forced into the life of an assassin, he’s trying to track down the people who killed his beloved Empress.

It’s got an all-star voice acting cast too, with Carrie Fisher, Lena Headey, and lots other famous names taking to the mics to bring life to the game’s characters!

19. God Of War: Ascension (2013)

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God of War: Ascension sits at 19th position.

It’s a prequel in the God of War series, but you should probably check out our all God of War games in order article for more info! 

Kratos has a lot of lore behind him. I mean, he is a part of Greek Mythology after all. I don’t even think Melkor/Morgoth got this kind of coverage in the Silmarillion!

In this God of War tale, Kratos is on a vendetta against Aries after Aries tricked Kratos into murdering his family. It’s like a soap opera plot line just 100 times more brutal!

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Don’t think that this is just the same-old God of War game repackaged though. There’s a whole new weapons system with more items to use as well as the main Blades of Chaos.

You can even play as a shadow too, which has got to help if you’re trying to get out of sticky situations!

The online servers don’t exist anymore, but those multiplayer days were so so good! I buried my friends faster than Kratos buries literally everyone he comes across!

20. Infamous (2009)

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I can still remember the first time I saw the Infamous trailer on TV. It blew my mind, and I still get that same feeling every time I drop it into my PS3 today.

For anyone new to this ‘electrifying’ title (that will be funny in a minute, I promise), Cole MacGrath is a bike courier that develops super powers after being caught in an explosion.

With electricity literally coursing through his veins, Cole must save his city or send it hurtling into more chaos.

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Like Fable, Infamous has a morality engine where players can follow a path of good or evil. For instance, recharging Coles powers can be done by using electricity pylons or by sucking energy from living humans.

Spoiler alert; the second one will make people hate you pretty quickly.

Cole has seventeen electrical abilities to collect over the course of the game, ranging from simple bolt shots to all out electrical explosions that almost consume him. It’s an apocalyptic open world title where anything is possible, and while Infamous 2 might be more polished.

21. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (2011)

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Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception takes the 21st spot in this list of the best PS3 games of all time.

With its realistic graphics, stunning levels, and fantastic gameplay, it’s one of the most exciting games I’ve ever played.

And I’ve put it at Number 21; just imagine how good the games below are going to be!

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Jut in case anyone’s wondering, this game isn’t about the rapper Drake; players control Nathan Drake. He’s the main character of the Uncharted series, and this time he’s teaming up with his mentor to discover a hidden city.

A gang of mercenaries are also trying to find the city, but Drake is pretty used to taking out bad guys by now. With a range of firearms and explosives at his disposal, he’s one explorer that I wouldn’t want to cross!

Drake’s Deception carries the top-notch voice acting on from the previous games. This series boasts superb storylines and crystal clear graphs; sometimes it feels more like you’re playing an interactive movie!

In terms of sales, this is the fifth best selling PS3 game of all time. It’s got the fans and critics seal of approval, and the desert-warfare feel is one that will leave you ducking and diving in and out of bus stops and behind bollards on your way to the office.

22. The Walking Dead: Season Two (2013)

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The Walking Dead: Season Two is a game that so many of you will probably already have tackled. It’s based on the comics that have already drawn so many people in over the years and spawned the epic TV show.

Weirdly, even though the game says ‘Season Two’, it’s one episode of a 5 part series.

And unlike many of the other Zombie games for the PS3, you need to work alongside other characters while concentrating solely on staying alive rather than all out attacking.

Basically, just don’t die.

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If you’re looking for a game where choice plays a big part and moral dilemmas occur on a regular basis, then look no further.

Some wrong choices result in a character dying for good, and if you import your save file from the first game, one of our best zombie games Xbox 360, then those choices will carry on into the sequel.

Think Heavy Rain with undead killers, and you’re right on the money.

23. LittleBigPlanet 2 (2011)

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If I had a pound coin for every hour I spent playing on LittleBigPlanet 2, I’d be filthy rich.

It’s not unusual to see games where users create more interesting levels than the designers, and LBP2 provided a platform for budding designers to show off their skills.

The first LBP title was a phenomenal success, and all of the 3-million plus user-created levels carried over to the new game with even more customisable features.

Ever fancied making your own cutscenes to go with games? Well, thanks to an in-built animation recording and a soundstage function, players can create their own customised title from scratch with ease!

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The game even has items and controller functions that can be customised to a players specifications. Choose your own projectiles and actions, as well as customising your own Sackboy (or Sackgirl) character.

Oh, and Stephen Fry narrates this title too. Fans of the Harry Potter audiobooks will know how much of a big deal this is, and it’s another factor as to why this game made our list!

Don’t worry if you’re not into level creation; the game comes with plenty of pre-built stages to play through, and you can easily just take advantage of everyone else’s creations!

24. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time (2009)

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Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time takes the 24th spot in this list of the best PS3 games of all time!

You might have recently seen this title in our list of the best Ratchet and Clank games ever made. These two just keep racking up the Retro Dodo awards, don’t they!

A Crack In Time makes up part of the ‘Future’ series and comes right after the Quest for Booty. Clank is still a prisoner of the Zonis, Ratchet is still loved up with his lady, and Dr Nefarious is still up to no good.

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Players get two adventures for the price of one in this game. Ratchet and Clank both have separate scenarios to play out as the game progresses, with both characters learning about where they came from and their destinies.

Oh, and Clank finally finds out who made him. Pretty deep, right?

A Crack in Time is one of the meatiest Ratchet and Clank games going. There’s so much for fans to sink their teeth into that they’ll hardly want to put their controller down. Plus, the formula is familiar while still being fresh enough to make this feel like an original game.

Give it a try; we didn’t list it as the best R&C game for nothing!

25. Dark Souls (2011)

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Dark Souls had genuinely caused my mate Josh to chew most of his game cases in anticipation while watching loading screens. It’s also the cause of many of his broken controllers.

While Josh obviously needs to start drinking some strong herbal tea, it proves how tense and gut-wrenchingly addictive Dark Souls is. It’s also one of the hardest games in existence, especially when all your controllers are broken to smithereens.

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Serving as the second title in the ‘Souls’ series, Dark Souls is considered by many one of the best. I had a hard time not putting it further down the list, but there are just so many other games that I love and not enough room in this article!

Players take an undead warrior through a demon-infested kingdom, basically trying to stay alive from level to level. This game is HARD; we’re talking the kind of game that makes you shout at the TV until your throat is sore.

We’re going to go as far as to say that this is the hardest title in this list, so prepare for a struggle!

The levels are all open world and exploration with caution is the key to completing the game. The weapons are huge, but the enemies and bosses are bigger and 100% out for blood. Sometimes not fighting can be more beneficial, but where would the fun be in that!

Learn from your mistakes, take your time, and don’t break your controller.

26. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007)

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Uncharted: Drakes Fortune is the first of three Uncharted games that you’re going to see on this list. It’s also one of the best exclusives for the console too.

Players take a relative of intrepid explorer Sir Francis Drake, Nathan Drake, on a mission to find treasure.

I mean, if that’s not proof that he’s cut out for the job, then I don’t know what is!

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Fans of games like Splinter Cell will love the sneaky elements in this game. Going in all guns blazing isn’t an option either, especially as you only have one pistol and a limited amount of ammo.

I don’t know whether Francis Drake could fight like a demon, but Nathan certainly can. Pull off epic combos, ride jet skis, control gun turrets, and jump head first into a story that is so filmic you’ll be sat on the edge of your seat all the way through!

27. Killzone 2 (2009)

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Killzone 2 released five years after the first Killzone title, it boasts improved gameplay mechanics and graphics that suck players in from the very first moment.

Picture the scene; It’s the 24th century, and two human factions have declared a seemingly never-ending war on each other.

You control an army called the Vektans, and while fighting against the Helghast, you and your team must infiltrate the city of Helghan.

Any game with made up words and places always ranks highly with me!

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Like many of the other shooting games in this list, players take a character through a war-torn world in a first-person view. Play as Sev and team up with characters from the first Killzone game as you beat back enemy forces and generally blow stuff (and people) up.

Remember the ‘hide and peek’ thing from Time Crisis? Well, players and NPCs can duck down behind objects to avoid enemy fire, though peeping back over the top can cause your nerves to fly off the handle…

…that’s the players nerves, not the fighters!

When you’re bored with the main story (which will NEVER happen), there’s a gnarly multiplayer mode to check out. We’re kickstarting this list with bang… literally!

28. Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch (2011)

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch brings the iconic Studio Ghibli anime style to the PS3, and what a joy it is to play.

And with actual team members from Studio Ghibli working on the game to make sure that every aspect of the appearance from the design through to the cutscenes was top notch.

That’s the good stuff right there.

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Some of you might have first played this game on the DS. Well, the PS3 version is a direct remaster, utilising the power of the PS3 to fully do this game justice.

Explore the beautifully created overworld in search of creatures to battle. Jump into real-time combat with a familiar by your side and pull off epic moves to bring down big foes.

Wrath of the White Witch is definitely one of the most beautifully made games on the console, and it’s also one of our favourite anime games on PS3 too!

29. Dead Space (2008)

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If you’re looking for a scare-fest to add to your collection, then Dead Space will fill that horrible-shaped gap nicely.

This is one of the most edgy and downright harrowing survival horror titles I’ve ever played.

I mean, one of the main methods of defeating enemies is by ripping their limbs off and bludgeoning them to death with said appendage.

I think the word we’re all looking for is savage!

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There’s also plasma cutters and flamethrowers to wield along the way. Don’t worry, it’s not all dismemberment!

And, you can even float around in zero gravity too – how cool is that!

This is definitely one for the sci-fi fans amongst you – the main character Isaac Clarke is actually named after two of the best science fiction writers of all time too; Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke!

That’s a fact you can tell friends at parties… providing they’ve invited you back after the last pointless fact I told you to tell them.

30. Dragon Ball Xenoverse (2015)

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse takes the 30th spot in this list of the best PS3 games of all time!

If you love the thought of making your own Dragonball inspired character, open world exploration, and RPG elements, then today is going to feel like your Birthday!

Exploration and fighting go hand in hand in this game.

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I mean, it wouldn’t be part of the Dragonball canon without it, right?

One of the best bits in this game is having the chance to be trained by an actual Dragonball Character too.

Learn all your skills under the watchful eye of your master and immerse yourself in the world of Dragonball like never before!

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