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Feature: Games of the Generation - Your Five Favourites

Posted by Robert Ramsey

Wrapping things up

So here we are, at the end of a long journey that we've taken together. The PlayStation 4 launches tomorrow in North America, and we like to think that we've given a big old 'thank you' to the ageing PlayStation 3 by listing our Games of the Generation throughout the week. It took more effort than you might think to round up seven of our staff in order to pick their brains about the titles that they enjoyed most on Sony's system – but now it's your turn.

We want to hear from you – what were your five favourite games of this generation? Do you agree with Retro Editor Jamie O'Neill's popular The Last of Us pick? Or would you not even think twice about including Heavy Rain, a game that three of our staff included in their lists? Perhaps The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's early PS3 arrival inspired you like it did Ben Potter and Greg Giddens. You may even consider some relatively niche releases – this very author even found a way to slip Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 into his list.

Whatever your choices, remember that we're not necessarily looking for games that have garnered critical acclaim – but instead the titles that you list should be strictly your own personal favourites. This is evidenced by the fact that not one Push Square staff member mentioned Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – do you think that we're blasphemers for ignoring the seminal Naughty Dog hit?

Without further ado, it's time to take your cause to the comments section. List your five favourite PS3 games and share your admiration for a console that's been with us for almost a decade. We look forward to seeing if you're even crazier than we are.

User Comments (49)



Dodoo said:

Well I have many games still to play (Uncharted 3, MGS4, God of War 3 and Demon's Souls to name a few) but here's my list so far in no particular order...

Red Dead Redemption
The Last of Us
Batman: Arkham Asylum

I could easily add another 5 games that nearly made it... Honourable mentions go to Far Cry 3, Assassins Creed 2, LBP...



Strofan7 said:

1. Uncharted 2
2. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
3. The Last of Us
4. Dead Space
5. Heavy Rain

Honorable mentions to Journey, Modern Warfare 2 (sorry everyone), and MLB 10: The Show.



Epic said:

Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack In Time
Infamous 2
Borderlands 2
Sleeping Dogs



ztpayne7 said:

I'll do this in more detail on the forums later, but here they are:

1. Elder scrolls oblivion - while skyrim had better mechanics, this is the game that made me take the leap to the ps3. It was my only game for six months, actually - and I got a good 240 hours of it throughout the years. Never did beat it though. Haha.

2. Mass effect 3 - I started this series out on the second entry and just could not finish it. I didn't feel connected to the commander at all. But last year, I took a leap and bought the first one. While the mechanics were off, it gave me the sense of connection I needed. When I got to the third one, I couldn't put it down. It combined the best of the first 2 and I absolutely loved it.

3. Rock band. I know this will be a rare pick, but I absolutely loved this series. When I was at college, this was one of the number one games being played (music major - go figure). I'm disappointed that this series probably can't make the next gen jump, but it was worth the investment.

4. Infamous 2 - I really liked this series, and while the story was better in the first, I think almost everything else was improved. The ending decision is one of the few times I had to set my controller down and be blown away by what was happening.

5. Toss up between the last of us and uncharted 2, but I think I'm gonna go with uncharted. Not as much to say here. I think it's self explanatory.



charlesnarles said:

MGS4 - everything is amazing
Silent Hill: Homecoming - phuck-ed up, man
TES:IV Oblivion - extremely satisfying framerate
GT 5 - lots of cars, lots of tracks, lots of details
Silent Hill: Downpour - will give you a heart attack



CasuallyDressed said:

1. ICO & Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection - I never played these on PS2, so this is why they make the list; I experienced them for the first time on PS3 and they are incredible, incredible games that both jumped into my all-time Top 10.

2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
3. WipEout HD
4. Gran Turismo 5
5. LittleBigPlanet

Yeah, I'll be honest, I haven't made the most of my PS3. I played all the multiplats on 360 this gen, I haven't completed The Last of Us, and I thought Journey was pants. So yeah, that's my list...



ferrers405 said:

My Top 5:

Rayman Origins
Uncharted Drake's Fortune
Sound Shapes
Assassin's Creed 2

I haven't completed yet Ni No Kuni, Last of Us and Catherine, so it's this.



Bliquid said:

Dark Souls
Assassin's Creed 2
Dead Nation
Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Not in order and, boy, it was way tougher than i thought.
I'm still not sure i'd call it definitive.



InsertNameHere said:

1. The Last of Us

2. Batman: Arkham City

3. Killzone 2

4. Puppeteer

5. Uncharted 3

Each game was very well done and time consuming. I was going to put Ni no Kuni in place of Uncharted 3, but I have played it enough.



Munkyknuts said:

1: Red Dead Redemption
2: Assassins Creed 2
3: Heavy Rain
4: Journey
5: Fallout 3

I chose the games that left a lasting impression on me....there could easily be more on the list like Bioshock or Batman Arkham Asylum.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Fallout new Vegas
Farcry 3
Siren blood curse
Saints row 2

I've not mentioned anything recent because I haven't played anything from the last six months yet. I think last of us and metro may have sneaked in. Ashamedly I haven't played infamous, uncharted or batman so far on the ps3 either.




1.WipEout HD
2.Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
4.Super Stardust HD
5.Heavy Rain

I base this on games I owned or at least played extensively and truly shocked, surprised, or left me in awe of their presentation.



WickedKnightAl said:

1. Valkyria Chronicles
2. The Last of Us
3. Rock Band 2
4. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
5. Assassin's Creed II



MadchesterManc said:

Yakuza 3 - Great graphics and refined gameplay all wrapped up in a superbly compelling narrative. There's little better.

Child of Eden - A short experience but one I'm glad I played through. Still have the game on my shelf to this day.

Beyond: Two Souls - A wonderful experience. Emotional rollercoaster of a journey with an unmatched technical proficiency on Ps3 and unique gameplay

Team Fortress 2 - The best multiplayer game I've probably played ever played which thankfully lives on as a F2P game on Steam.

Motorstorm: Pacific Rift - The first Ps3 exclusive that truly hooked me in. Still play it every now n again but it's a shame to see the series forgotten by Evolution.

@ShogunRok You not give Yakuza no love in your list?



RaymanFan2 said:

The Last Of Us (Undoubtedly no. 1)
The rest of the list is interchangeable:
Crack in Time
God of War III
Sonic Generations
Arkham Asylum



chazaroonie said:

@ztpayne7 I'm with you on rock band. I spent a fortune buying the Beatles guitars and loads of dlc. I was off work unwell for about a year when it was in its hayday and got pretty depressed. Rock Band and guitar hero really did help me cheer up. When you nail a difficult track you get a sense of achievement that I rarely feel when playing other genres. The whole family can join in too, there realy is nothing like playing local multiplayer with a full band. I don't care how god someone is, the fun of sharing the experience is magical.



MadchesterManc said:

@KALofKRYPTON Good to see I'm not the only one to have enjoyed it. Played through it in 3D which sealed it for me. Its surreal in 3D and the game I always use to show it off



CanisWolfred said:

This is going to be-

1. Ni no Kuni
2. 3D Dot Game Heroes
3. King of Fighters XIII
4. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
5. Valkyria Chronicles

...Easy. I haven't played enough PS3 games for me to agonize over a list like this. In fact, If anything, I had trouble finding 5 games I liked that much.



Solatorobo said:

Going for all no holds barred consoles (PC is always in it's own gen so I'll skip that)

1. Super Mario Galaxy: Simply the most fun I have had with a game all this time. Honestly I could not say a single real flaw with it.

2. Uncharted 2: Pretty much the same as Super Mario Galaxy: Unfortunately I hate aiming with analog sticks so it can't tie with SMG. I do realise ND couldn't really solve this problem being a part of Sony and all.

3. TESIV: Oblivion: I played the hell out of this game when it came out. I think Skyrim, while arguably has more common sense mechanics, lost much of that charm that Oblivion's quirky mechanics had (Yes I liked the level scaling thing even though no one else does.)

4. Rayman Legends: Came out at the tail end of the generation (Even being initially intended as an 8th gen exclusive) Rayman Legends is still a fantastic game that has a lot of variety and fun and even quite meaty for a 2D platformer.

5. Chrono Trigger (DS): Very bare bones port of a snes game but it counts as it's the first release of the game in Britain, a lot of fun with a great art style and an interesting story.

Honourable mentions: Super Paper Mario, Halo 3, Assassin's Creed 2, Pokémon Black/White 2, Halo 3, Dangan Ronpa, Super Smash Bros Brawl



Scollurio said:

Im quite new to the party but I had the chance to catch up on some of the most awesome games I've ever played:

01 - The Last of Us
02 - GTA V
03 - Killzone 1-3 (+ Mercenary on Vita hehe)
04 - Mortal Kombat
05 - Infamous 2




Heshmagray said:

Ok so this is totally off the top of my head, and only PlayStation exclusives.

In no particular order:

Gran Turismo 5 - I love cars so this is easily one of my favourite games , awesome amount of cars, tracks etc and it's so fun especially with a wheel!

Metal Gear Solid 4 - I was hooked on this game from start to finish, just amazing. Love the story, gameplay, graphics and just the whole Metal Gear universe.

The Last Of Us - Honestly at first, I thought it was kind of slow but when it got going holy god! And the graphics were just immense! I need to play this through again when I have time.

Uncharted 2 - Without a doubt the best game in the series. I was totally blown away with just how good every aspect of it was.

inFamous - When this released I was completely addicted to say the least.



Sanquine said:

1. Ni no kuni
2. The last of us
3. God of war 3
4. Uncharted 3
5. The elder scrolls oblivion



Ginkgo said:

1. Elder Scrolls Skyrim
2. The Last Of Us
3. Mass Effect 2
4. Assassin Creed 2
5. Heavy Rain

But honorable mentions to Dead Red Redemption, Far Cry 3, GT5 and Uncharted 3.



w00kash said:

As far as exclusives go:
No No Kuni
The Last of Us
God of War III
and the swan song, Beyond



charlesnarles said:

@Ginkgo V over IV? What about the Arena fan? Or the GIANT ENEMY mudCRAB? Or the vampire glitch?...... or, oh yeah, the system overheating? (Smirk)



alphadrago5 said:

For me, In no specific order:
Mass Effect 2
Dead Space 2
Littlebigplanet 2
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Borderlands 2
Honorable mentions- Beyond: Two Souls, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Portal 2, Blue Dragon (Xbox 360 exclusive. Fantastic RPG IMO), Dragon Age 2, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution.



belmont said:

I have not played pure action titles but here it goes:

Metal Gear Solid 4: I really liked the end of this saga
Final Fantasy 13-2: Fast gameplay and time travel
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend: The only game I have played online more than a few minutes!
Silent Hill: Downpour: The series back to its roots
Injustice: The best fanservice in the history of gaming.

A top ten would be better. It was hard to choose only five games from the ton that PS3 has. I may have chosen Resident Evil 6, Atelier Totori, Tales of Graces, God of War Ascension and Batman Arkham City. In fact the last one was a close miss on the top five.



Cloud7794 said:

Mine (with a small desc.) would be...

Persona 4: Arena - An amazing fighting game that was super-accessible to both rookies and veterans. And it had Persona 4's cast, what's not to love?

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Huge battles and great teamplay. This game took up so many of my hours...

Little Big Planet 2 - So many options, this game really got me thinking creatively.

Hatsune Miku's Project Diva F - This game was an iffy "well my girlfriend likes it..." buy that grew on me very fast. One of the best rhythm games I've ever played.

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale - This game had crazy potential, and did little to nothing with it. That's not its fault though, as it was immensely enjoyable and quite a blast, but I blame mainly Superbot and SSM for not listening to fans more when making the roster; how do you make an "all-stars" game and completely leave the fans out of it? Regardless, it was one of the most fun multiplayer games of the generation (replaced Brawl for parties held at my house) and I feel that they may revisit the possibility of a sequel. As Parappa (my main) said: "You gotta BELIEVE!"

PSASBR rant over, sorry ._.

Super honorable mention to Catherine and Final Fantasy 13-2 though.



Ginkgo said:

@charlesnarles I must confess I have not played IV. Didn't have a PS3 back then and tend to pickup new releases rather than back catalog (there are just too many games). Still I spent over 200 hours on V and platinumed it, so yes it left a big impression on me.



TOMBOY25 said:

My Top 5 of this generation
#1 Super mario galaxy
#2 The last of us
#3 uncharted 2
#4 infamous 2
#5 Naruto shippuden ultimate ninja storm 2



TobaJonss said:

Resistance Fall of Man
Uncharted 2
Killzone 2
Batman Arkum Asylum
Mass Effect 2

Too many to list, Bioshock, Fallout 3, call of duty 4, super stardust, ratchet and clank, motorstorm (any), Las Vegas poker, shadow of the collosus, unreal tournament...




Madd_Hatter401 said:

The Last of Us
Fallout 3
Call of Duty 4
God of War 3

Just some mentions of a few games I struggled not choosing lol: Yakuza 3, MLB the Show 13, Oblivion, Uncharted 1,2,3, and GTA 5 (story mode)
EDIT: how dare I leave off Far Cry 3 as a mention. Shame on me!



ShogunRok said:

@CanisWolfred @charlessnarles Compared to Skyrim, Oblivion was nothing when it came to bugs, glitches, and crashes. This was primarily because Oblivion was ported to PS3 by 4J studios - the team who are busy porting Minecraft to Sony's systems.

Subsequently, it ran better on PS3 than it did on Xbox 360 when it launched, although there were still some terrible bugs.



D3athBr1ng3r187 said:

Well hard to say but here my best for this PS3 Generation
1. Yakuza 3
2. Yakuza 4
3. Supposed to be Yakuza 5 but delayed so Sleeping Dogs to that place.
4. Initial D Extreme Stage (Import)
5. Saint Seiya Sanctuary Battle (Import)
Other Favorite titles for the PS3
One Piece Pirate Warriors
Fallout 3
Battlefield 1943
Infamous Series
Uncharted Series
Batman Series
Gundam Extreme VS (Import)
Gundam Battlefield Record (Import)
There's more but too many so I'll stop for now but damn it's good to be a variety gamer.



KelticDevil said:

Disclaimer: I have yet to play The Last Of Us or Skyrim (yes, I know how dumb that is & will, hopefully, be remedied soon). So take these 5 with a grain of salt. In order:

1. Oblivion

2. Bioshock

3. Mass Effect

4. Dead Space

5. Fallout 3

Honoable mentions: Uncharted 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, & Super Stardust HD.



Cowboysfan-22 said:

Fallout 3
Fallout New Vegas
COD Modern Warfare 2: the multiplayer levels have actual sniping areas.. And I love sniping
The Madden series
The Last of Us



Jacko11 said:

My personal games of the generation:
The Last Of Us
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception
Assassins Creed: Brotherhood
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

Honourable Mentions: Medal Of Honor, GTA V, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and LBP



Bliquid said:

I would be interested in seeing Pushsquare's writers top fives of all Playstation brand exclusives, from Ps One to PS 3 plus PSP and Vita.
What about it?



eliotgballade said:

in no particular order (except alphabetical) here's my picks

Athough I'm not a huge fan of driving games per se , the unique twist in this game was your ability to "shift"/teleport in to other drivers (thus taking control of their vehicle) . This is why it makes one of my top fives , oh - and blasting around the streets of SF in a 1970 Dodge Challenger !

Discarding my "arrers" in favour of a move controller , I remember stepping up to the oche , taking on "The Power" in the final of the worlds , and beating him ! All this and superb commentary provided by the late great Sid Waddell , this is a sports game like no other . It truly is "like spooning mine-strone!"

Fighters don't get much better than this ! Really enjoyed this fighting game that featured a stellar roster of playStation characters ,game themed arenas and more signature music, than you could shake a fist (or stick if you prefer) at . Toro Inoue vs Heihachi Mishima ? Bring it on !

"..have to admit it's getting better.." and it certainly did when I grabbed my authentic Rickenbacker (controller) , became the fifth Beatle and joined the lads from Liverpool on a Magical Mystery Tour . FAB !

This game is up there as one of my favourites of ANY console generation. The setting in Nazi occupied 1940's France , playing as hard as nails Irishman Sean Devlin ,this game served up action and adventure aplenty ! After playing this , I was saying (in my best Irish accent) "me name's Sean!" all the time (even though , of course , it isn't !) . Back in the day (2009) I don't recall it getting 4 pushSquares (pushSquares original review scoring system) , but what a great (and under-rated) game !



artemisthemp said:

1. Hyperdimension Neptunia
2. Soul Sacrifice
3. Gravity Rush
4. Hatsune Miku
5. Castlevania LoS

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