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Pure Platinum: 7 PS3 classics for less than £100

Submitted by on Wednesday, 12 October 20113 Comments

Last year, PS3 Attitude brought you Pure Platinum, our guide to the best classic games on the PlayStation 3. In the PAL region, if a game sells at least 400,000 copies, then it qualifies for Sony’s Platinum range, giving it a swanky new case and, more importantly, a big price cut.

Since our first Pure Platinum feature, many more AAA games have joined the range, so, with December just around the corner, we thought it was about time we updated the list, in the hope of helping new PS3 owners sort out their Christmas lists.

Detailed below are PS3 Attitude’s picks for some of the best games of the last two years, all of which are now available in the bargain Platinum range. The R.R.P. of each title is an already low £19.99, but if you use our handy links, less than £100 will get you all seven of these classic PS3 titles.

Assassin’s Creed II – £9.91*

The first Assassin’s Creed game was good, but far too repetitive for many gamers’ tastes. Two years later, Ubisoft hit back with Assassin’s Creed II, which relocated the series to Renaissance Italy, and introduced players to a new protagonist, Ezio Auditore da Firenze.

The series boasts arguably the best free-running gameplay on PS3, with Ezio able to scale any building in the game. Of course, being an assassin, he is also armed with an entire arsenal of weapons to dispatch guards, many of which are designed by family friend, Leonardo da Vinci.

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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – £9.99*

Arriving just a year after Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood is a slightly smaller game than its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean it’s not as good. The title expands upon Ezio’s overarching role in the series, which will conclude this November in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.

Brotherhood also includes various online multiplayer modes, for the first time in an Assassin’s Creed title. The game’s focus on stealth makes for an incredibly unique experience, and silently taking down our targets is the most fun we’ve had online for a long time.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum – £13.85*

Two years ago, Batman: Arkham Asylum seemed to come out of nowhere, and anyone who played it was hooked within minutes. It was the first superhero game in years that actually made you feel like a superhero, with a plethora of gadgets and moves that are extremely satisfying to use.

In a story penned by Paul Dini, the Joker takes control of Arkham Asylum, and the caped crusader has one night to put an end to his enemy’s diabolical schemes. The Asylum itself looks fantastic, and is given further life by the superb cast, many of whom reprise their roles from the Animated Series.

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Gran Turismo 5 – £17.86*

In development for five years, Gran Turismo 5 was finally released at the end of last year, and it was definitely worth the wait. At its best, it looks absolutely stunning, and featuring over 1000 cars and 70 tracks, it includes enough content to last for months.

There are a huge number of quality arcade racers on PS3, but if you’re after realism then Gran Turismo 5 is the only game you’ll ever need. The title has also just received a massive 2.0 update, so there has never been a better time to jump into the driving seat.

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Heavy Rain – £17.86*

Heavy Rain is the most unique game on this list, and is like nothing else on PS3. Described as ‘interactive drama’, it plays a lot like a film, with the player responsible for the (occasionally fatal) actions of the four main characters, as they search for the infamous murderer, the Origami Killer.

It’s consequentially one of the most thrilling games we have ever played, and deserves to be experienced by everyone. It was also one of the first titles to be patched with PlayStation Move motion controls, bringing the player even further into the action.

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Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time – £13.85*

Due to its trademark humour and incredibly fun gameplay, Ratchet & Clank was one of the most popular series on the PlayStation 2, and the PS3 trilogy doesn’t lose any of the original games’ charm. A Crack in Time is the third R&C game on PS3, and it also happens to be the best.

Don’t be fooled by its colourful aesthetics, because adults will get just as much fun out of the game as children. The genuinely funny and engaging story is backed up by Pixar-quality visuals and the most diverse and entertaining gameplay the series has ever seen.

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – £14.86*

If you buy a PlayStation 3, videogame law states that you have to play Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Nathan Drake’s second outing shows just what is possible on Sony’s current home console, with jaw-dropping vistas and thrilling set-pieces being the norm.

Uncharted 2 is one of those rare titles in which the presentation, gameplay and story are all equally exceptional. Despite being two years old, it’s still the best-looking game on PS3 (at least until Uncharted 3 is released next month), and deserves to be played by all PS3 owners.

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Total – £98.18*

All prices correct at time of writing and subject to change.

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