10 PS3 games to still be excited about
In all the excitement of Sony’s PlayStation 4 reveal two weeks ago, it’s easy to forget that we still have several months’ worth of PS3 games to look forward to! We’ve already seen the likes of DmC: Devil May Cry, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Tomb Raider (to name a few!) this year, but those games were merely the tip of the iceberg of what’s still to come.
Beyond: Two Souls
Release date: 8th October
Three years on, Heavy Rain remains one of the most creative and unique experiences on PS3, despite its notable flaws; arguably the biggest of which was the sporadically weak acting. This is extremely unlikely to be an issue in Quantic Dream’s second PS3 game Beyond: Two Souls though, which features performances by Hollywood actors Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.
Release date: 26th March
If we’re honest, there have been times when we’ve been ever so slightly worried about BioShock Infinite… but then we re-watch the E3 2011 footage and immediately feel much better. There’s no doubt the upcoming game has the potential to be even bigger than the original BioShock, but we’ll have to wait until the end of the month to see if it can match the hype.
Release date: TBA 2013
This PS3-exclusive free-to-play FPS from CCP Games is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious videogame projects ever attempted. Plenty of games interact with another, but not to the extent that Dust 514 connects to MMORPG Eve Online. For example, all battles in Dust 514 take place on Eve Online planets in real-time, and Dust players can even be hired as mercenaries by Eve players.
God of War: Ascension
Release date: 12th March
OK, we’re willing to admit that Ascension looks an awful lot like previous God of War games, but do you know what? We really couldn’t care less. It’s not like Sony churns them out every year (hi, Assassin’s Creed), so we’re long overdue a holiday in Ancient Greece. From what we’ve played, the online multiplayer is surprisingly fun, and the time-freezing mechanic is simply awesome!
Grand Theft Auto V
Release date: 17th September
Can you say ‘biggest launch of the year’? By the time Grand Theft Auto V arrives, GTAIV will be getting on for five and a half years old; this is by far the longest gap between any of the main games in the series. GTA games always sell like hotcakes so, given the extended wait, Rockstar’s return to Los Santos is surely destined to become one of the biggest videogame launches of all time.
The Last of Us
Release date: 14th June
On the surface, The Last of Us is a story we’ve seen dozens of times before in videogames; a deadly virus spreads across the world, until only a handful of survivors are left battling the infected mutants. Despite this (and, let’s be honest, a few other gaming clichés), Naughty Dog’s upcoming survival horror is still one of our most anticipated games of the year.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Release date: TBA 2013
The words ‘Final Fantasy XIII’ have become a bit of a dirty phrase in the videogame industry, but we’re still big fans of the Fabula Nova Crystallis series. As the name suggests, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII sees Lightning, er, return as the playable character. There’s no doubt Square Enix is listening to fan feedback, with a vast open-world and more gameplay variety than ever.
Release date: September
Originally intended as a Wii U exclusive, Rayman Legends was recently stripped of its exclusivity and delayed until September; a move that angered many Wii U players. However, bad news for Nintendo is great news for Sony, as it means the game is now heading to PS3 too. Rayman Origins is the best 2D platformer we’ve played for years, and we’re sure its sequel won’t disappoint.
Release date: 4th June
Occasionally a game is announced completely out of nowhere and surprises everyone with its high production values and innovative gameplay ideas. The first title by Dontnod Entertainment, Remember Me is an action/adventure game with a difference; the playable character, Nilin, can enter and change people’s memories to manipulate how they remember them.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Release date: 20th August
The last Splinter Cell game, Conviction, was absolutely awesome but unfortunately never made it onto the PS3. The story, presentation and gameplay all blended perfectly to create an incredibly polished experience. As the first original game in the series to release on PS3, the arrival of Splinter Cell: Blacklist later this year should prove to be particularly sweet for PlayStation fans.
And that’s without even mentioning the likes of Dark Souls II, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Metro: Last Light, and not forgetting the PS3 versions of upcoming PS4 titles such as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Destiny, Diablo III and Watch Dogs.
It was only when we began to compile this list that we realised just how many games PS3 users still have to look forward to. To be honest the lack of backwards compatibility on PS4 means we’ll likely still be playing on our PS3s well into the next generation!