The Top 20 Highest Rated PSN Games by North American PS3 Users
Being able to rate content on the PlayStation Store was a feature added in firmware update v3.40. This new system will undoubtedly assist gamers in their quest to find the best games the PlayStation Network has to offer.
We compiled a list of the top 20 highest rated PSN games in North America. There are some pleasant surprises.
Here are the top 20 games on the PlayStation Network in North America:
1) Metal Gear Solid ($9.99) – 4.91 (1,000+ votes)
We meet again, Metal Gear Solid. This PSone classic was also the top rated game in Europe. Are you honestly that surprised? Metal Gear Solid was absolutely brilliant. The storytelling, the gameplay, the music, everything! Some of gaming’s most memorable moments come from this game alone. Who could forget Psycho Mantis reading our memory cards and moving our controllers with his mind? He could even read our movements unless we switched to controller port 2! How about Meryl’s codec frequency hidden on the back of the case? There is no such thing as the perfect game but Metal Gear Solid sure comes close. It’s also worth noting that Peace Walker is the highest rated PSP game on the PSN. Good to see that the series is as strong as ever.
2) Final Fantasy IX ($9.99) – 4.90 (1,800+ votes)
This might be the most hyped PSone Classic thanks to Square Enix’s twitter account. After asking fans if they wanted Final Fantasy IX re-released on the PSN, the response was an overwhelming ‘yes please, gimme now!’. We were then teased and led through each step of the development process until the game finally hit the PSN worldwide. While it’s not as popular as Final Fantasy VII, IX is still a remarkable RPG that many hold close to their hearts.
3) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night ($9.99) – 4.86 (1,000+ votes)
This is easily one of the greatest games ever made. It’s also the game that changed the Castlevania series forever. In Symphony of the Night you play as Alucard, the son of Dracula. The gameplay, which borrowed Super Metroid’s non-linear approach for the first time, featured equippable weapons, armor, and included RPG elements such as attributes and leveling up. This is a winning formula that is still used to this day. Remeber Richter’s epic confrontation with Dracula?
Richter: Your words are as empty as your soul! Mankind ill needs a savior such as you.
Dracula: What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets! But enough talk, have at you!
4) Resident Evil 2 ($5.99) – 4.81 (1,300+ votes)
For many, this is the best Resident Evil in the series. The zombie outbreak that plagued the mansion in the first game is back, but this time, the entire city has been infected. Resident Evil 2 features two new playable characters, Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Both offer different experiences for added replay value. Even better, completing the game with one character unlocks “Scenario B” for the other. You’ll immediately notice the difference as this is the scenario that has you being stalked by a trench coat wearing Tyrant.
5) Final Fantasy VII ($9.99) – 4.80 (3,200+ votes)
Final Fantasy VII is awesome. You know that, we know that. Square Enix’s best selling Final Fantasy has spawned a CG movie, a PSP prequel, and a crappy third-person shooter for the PS2. The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII hasn’t quite lived up the legacy set by the original. It probably never will. To many, FFVII is a masterpiece. Regardless of what you think, Final Fantasy VII’s influence on gaming is undeniable and its popularity is unrivaled. Gamers all over the world still cry for an HD remake, and Square Enix teasing fans with the infamous PS3 Tech Demo in 2005 didn’t help. If you haven’t played it yet, do yourself a favor and purchase this important piece of gaming history right now.
Final Fantasy VII currently has the most votes out of any title on the PSN.
6) Resident Evil 3: Nemesis ($5.99) – 4.78 (900+ votes)
In Resident Evil 3: Nemesis you play as Jill Valentine, one of the protagonists from the first Resident Evil. Jill learned some new moves since we last seen her, such as having the ability to dodge attacks and do a 180 turn. She’s also dressed inappropriately for the occasion, but that doesn’t matter too much. Resident Evil 3 takes place before and after the events of RE2. The Umbrella Corporation wants every member of the STARS team from the first game dead, fearing that they know too much. As a result, a Tyrant named Nemesis chases Jill all throughout the game. This trench coat wearing mutation is fast, can use weapons, and seemingly can’t die. His inclusion adds much intensity to the gameplay. As with the previous games in the series, RE3 features tons of unlockables and an additional gameplay mode called Mercenaries.
7) PixelJunk Shooter ($9.99) – 4.69 (1,600+ votes)
Finally, a game that isn’t a PSone Classic! PixelJunk Shooter is one of our favorite games on the PSN so it’s great to see it so high on the list. What’s interesting about the PixelJunk series is that each game is easy to pick up and play, yet they have enough depth to addict hardcore gamers. PixelJunk Shooter is no different. By taking control of a tiny ship, you must navigate through various caverns and rescue any survivors along the way. Of course, there’s interesting gameplay mechanics thrown into the mix, such as fluid water and lava dynamics that need to be cleverly used to solve puzzles. A sequel is currently in production for us PixelJunkies that want more. Here’s our review.
8 ) Final Fantasy VIII ($9.99) – 4.68 (1,700+ votes)
Final Fantasy VIII was a turning point for the series in terms of visuals. Realistic characters were used instead of the deformed freaks that we’ve all grown to love. FFVIII easily holds the title of having one of the best intros in gaming ever. Sure, some of the plot points didn’t make too much sense and junctioning was a tedious grind. And yes, the Guardian Force animations were lengthy. However, Final Fantasy VIII is an epic game with an epic soundtrack and a must have for fans of the genre.
9) Super Stardust HD ($9.99) – 4.68 (1,700+ votes)
Stardust was one of the very first ‘great’ downloadable titles on the PSN and it helped to pave the way for the games after it, giving a real example of just how fantastic DLC titles can be. Its dual-stick shooter design is simple enough but it remains one of the top games on the PSN, even today, over 3 years since its launch.
10) Flower ($9.99) – 4.66 (2,300+ votes)
Flower is currently one of the most rated titles on the PlayStation Network and it’s for a good reason. The game managed to captivate thousands of gamers worldwide with its gorgeous visuals, incredible soundtrack, and immersive gameplay. This is one game that you need to experience for yourself. You won’t regret it. To be honest, Flower deserves to be higher up on this list.
11) Burnout Paradise ($19.99) – 4.65 (900+ votes)
Just when the Burnout formula was getting old, Criterion Games throws us into Paradise. This open world racing game is a bit of a departure from the Burnout series, which is good. Paradise features seemless online play and a plethora of free content added through patches, including bikes, nighttime gameplay, new modes, and more. It’s interesting that this game is so high on the list and with so many votes. Burnout Paradise didn’t hit the PSN until late September 2008. That’s about 8 months after its original release on Blu-ray. That right there should mean something. This is a great racing game with a highly attractive price tag. Be sure to read our retro review.
12) Joe Danger ($14.99) – 4.61 (1200+ votes)
Joe Danger is a bright, colourful and extremely addictive stunt-racer from indie developers Hello Games. You play as an ex-stunt driver trying to get back in the business, guiding him across increasingly elaborate tracks and over spikes, mud, shark-pits and other obstacles in order to progress to the next race.
With stars and letters to collect, not to mention medals and an online high-score for each level as well as trophies, 2-player and a level editor, you’re certainly getting your money’s worth with this charming, stylish and most importantly, FUN PSN game.
13) Resident Evil: Director’s Cut ($9.99) – 4.58 (900+ votes)
Resident Evil is an extremely important game in PlayStation History. This is the game that introduced us to Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield, and Albert Wesker. Their original appearances are quite different from their RE5 counterparts. Most notably, Chris wasn’t on ‘roids yet. Resident Evil: Director’s Cut on the PSN is the Dual Shock edition. Unfortunately, this is the version that features a newly arranged soundtrack that just isn’t as good as the original. Regardless, this game is worth replaying just for the dialogue alone (and Barry). Mmmmm….Jill Sandwich….. *drools*
14) inFAMOUS ($29.99) – 4.54 (1,200+ votes)
The PlayStation 3 has been well known for creating great new IPs this gen, and inFAMOUS is a prime example of that. Although nothing amazing to look at, inFAMOUS contains some of the coolest and most fun gameplay we’ve seen to date. If you’re a fan of super-hero titles, or even just action/adventure games in general, this game simply can not be missed, especially if you’re planning on checking out its fantastic looking sequel next year. Here’s our electrifying review.
15) Shatter ($7.99) – 4.54 (800+ votes)
Shatter is Breakout on steroids with an amazing soundtrack. Unlike previous games in the genre, Shatter has you moving on the sides, in circles, and even allows you to manipulate the ball’s movement by firing sonic waves. With a good variety of challenging boss battles and special abilities (such as the shard storm) the only thing holding this title back is its lack of gameplay modes. Thankfully, an expansion is already on the way. Here’s our review.
16) Critter Crunch ($3.99) – 4.46 (800+ votes)
The overall rating of Critter Crunch very much pleases us here at PS3A. It’s one of those games that came out with some immediate stiff competition on the PlayStation Store and may have been overlooked by the masses. Its bright and unique art design are what stands out the most, but behind that cute little main character is a fantastic puzzle game that just begs to be played. When you’re done playing single-player, invite a friend for some of the fantastic multiplayer action it has to offer. Hey! What’s this? Oh! It’s a review!
17) Battlefield 1943 – 4.46 (1,700+ votes)
The online shooter Battlefield 1943 was released on the PlayStation Store last July, and it
quickly became the fastest selling download-only game of all time. Despite having only three
maps, three classes and a single mode (the series’ signature Conquest mode), the game
was infinitely rewarding and incredibly addictive. DICE once again proved themselves to be
the masters of online multiplayer and, judging by its PS Store rating, the Pacific islands of
Battlefield 1943 are still as much a popular holiday destination this summer as they were last
18) Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty ($14.99) – 4.44 (1200+ votes)
Insomniac’s long running franchise has obviously made a good impression on gamers. Quest for Booty takes place after the events of Tools of Destruction. The gameplay relies less on action and focuses more on the puzzle elements and platforming. The only negative about this game is its length. You’ll get about four hours out of this game and then that’s it. Still, there aren’t many games on the PSN as polished as Quest for Booty. It’s quite an achievement.
19) PixelJunk Monsters ($9.99) – 4.44 (1,200+ votes)
PixelJunk Monsters is one of the best games on the PSN. It’s also the best tower defense game this particular writer has ever played. In PixelJunk Monsters you control a little Tiki man that must protect Tiki babies from being killed by waves of monsters. The idea is simple but the execution is superb. It’s even better when you play with a friend. If you can’t get enough of Monsters there’s also an expansion pack that gives you more of what you love. We couldn’t recommend this game enough. We should probably review it, too.
20) Trine ($9.99) – 4.44 (1,000+ votes)
Once upon a time, a Thief, a Knight, and a Wizard were bound by an ancient artifact called Trine. The result is a magnificent and beautiful game that should be appreciated by all for its incredible visuals and fun gameplay. When playing solo, you need to constantly switch between the three characters to solve puzzles. There’s also offline co-op and this offers a very different experience. We highly recommend this title to anyone with a general interest in platformers. For more information check out our review.
And there you have it. We should note that games with less than 800 votes were excluded. Obviously, this list will be forever changing. Will Metal Gear Solid still reign supreme six months from now? We’ll have to wait and see.
Also, at the time of this writing, WipEout HD had less than 200 votes. A very large reason for that is because the game does not appear in the US PlayStation Store if you already purchased it. According to a direct message from the official @PlayStation twitter account, Sony is aware of the issue.
So what do you think? Were your favorite games included in the top 20? Were there any surprises? Let us know.