What are the best PS3 games? Sony's console is now 15 years old (if you can believe it), and so we've made a list of its greatest software — as voted by you, the Push Square readers.

Looking back on it now, the PS3 took a couple of years to really hit its stride. A rocky launch (and an embarrassingly late one in Europe) scuppered the console's momentum right out of the gate, with Sony itself still riding the immense popularity of the PS2. It wasn't until late 2009 that the PS3 finally felt like the system that Sony had promised. It had become more affordable, and the blockbuster exclusives were beginning to pile up.

Indeed, the PS3's troubles have been well documented, but it's hard to ignore all of the amazing games that it gave us. As such, you'll find this list to be absolutely stuffed with modern classics — titles that defined Sony's toughest generation.

15. Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3)

Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3)Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Insomniac Games
Release Date: 29th Jun 2012 (UK/EU)

A hefty package that includes the original Ratchet & Clank PS2 trilogy remastered for PS3, the simply titled Ratchet & Clank Collection was a sure-fire hit with fans. With crazy intergalactic adventures spread across three surprisingly distinct games, this was a great way for players to catch up with the wisecracking duo ahead of their various PS3 escapades.

14. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (PS3)

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (PS3)Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (PS3)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Insomniac Games
Release Date: 27th Oct 2009 (USA) / 4th Nov 2009 (UK/EU)

Ratchet & Clank put in a solid shift on PS3 with multiple games garnering high praise, but Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time is considered by many to be the generational highpoint. Introducing a load of new gameplay mechanics — including the ability to fly Ratchet's ship between planets — and putting a strong emphasis on a wisecracking story, this was the quality watermark for Insomniac's series going forward.

13. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots (PS3)

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots (PS3)
Publisher: Konami / Developer: Kojima Productions
Release Date: 12th Jun 2008 (USA) / 12th Jun 2008 (UK/EU)

If you could get beyond its infamous PS3 install times, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots almost immediately felt like Hideo Kojima's most ambitious project. Some would argue that Old Snake's dramatic and often completely ridiculous mission is more movie than game, but there's simply no denying how memorable it all was. The optical camo, the absurd boss fights, the even more absurd cutscenes featuring Raiden, Vamp, and just about everyone else. Stuffed with fan service and countless references to what had come before, Metal Gear Solid 4 was a defining PS3 title.

12. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Naughty Dog
Release Date: 1st Nov 2011 (USA) / 4th Nov 2011 (UK/EU)

After the colossal success of Uncharted 2, the pressure was on Naughty Dog to deliver another absolutely stunning adventure — and for the most part, the studio delivered. It may not be quite as fondly remembered as its predecessor, but Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is still stuffed with incredible set pieces and brilliant character moments. While its story does feel a little slapdash at times, there's a barnstorming momentum to Uncharted 3 that's hard to top — and it all starts with that superb barfight.

11. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)

Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)
Publisher: Rockstar / Developer: Rockstar North
Release Date: 17th Sep 2013 (USA) / 17th Sep 2013 (UK/EU)

Given its ongoing popularity, it's so easy to forget that Grand Theft Auto V was originally a PS3 title — a PS3 title that had to top the bombast of San Andreas as well as the gritty storytelling of Grand Theft Auto IV. Rockstar's ambition was clear from the start, with GTAV boasting three different protagonists and the most detailed open world that the developer had ever made. The story does stutter in places, and a lot of the writing hasn't quite stood the test of time, but there's simply no denying the confidence and swagger of this stellar sandbox.

10. BioShock (PS3)

BioShock (PS3)BioShock (PS3)
Publisher: 2K Games / Developer: Irrational Games
Release Date: 21st Oct 2008 (USA) / 17th Oct 2008 (UK/EU)

BioShock is regarded by some as one of the greatest games ever made, and it's certainly hard to argue with the impact that it's had on this industry. One of gaming's most memorable settings hosts an engrossing adventure, topped off with tense Big Daddy encounters and unique gameplay mechanics. It's really the storytelling that solidified BioShock as a modern classic, though, boasting twists and turns that are still referenced today.

9. Dead Space (PS3)

Dead Space (PS3)Dead Space (PS3)
Publisher: EA Games / Developer: Visceral Games
Release Date: 13th Oct 2008 (USA) / 24th Oct 2008 (UK/EU)

Dead Space was a big deal when it released in 2008, but it was only in the following years that its expertly crafted take on sci-fi horror would be given the credit that it deserved. Now counted among the best horror games ever made, Dead Space is still dripping with atmosphere. The shadowed corridors of the Ishimura hide horrific creatures that must be dispatched with strategy — namely lopping off their limbs with a laser cutter. A terrifying magic that the series never managed to recapture.

8. God of War III (PS3)

God of War III (PS3)God of War III (PS3)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: SCE Santa Monica Studio
Release Date: 16th Mar 2010 (USA) / 19th Mar 2010 (UK/EU)

God of War III felt like the title that Sony Santa Monica had always wanted to make, but couldn't because of hardware limitations. It takes everything that players loved about the first two games and cranks it all up to eleven. Massive boss battles steal the show — jaw-dropping at the time and still showstoppers now — while creative level design brings a real momentum to Kratos' blood-soaked adventure. Brilliant moments of brutality punctuate what is one of the PS3's finest.

7. The Orange Box (PS3)

The Orange Box (PS3)The Orange Box (PS3)
Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: Valve
Release Date: 11th Dec 2007 (USA) / 14th Dec 2007 (UK/EU)

A collection of Valve's greatest hits, The Orange Box arrived on PS3 a couple of months after its Xbox and PC release. In terms of pure value for money, this package could do no wrong, bundling Half-Life 2 with Portal and Team Fortress 2 — three of the era's most critically acclaimed games. Whether you enjoyed the timeless design of Half-Life, the cleverness of Portal, or the charm of Team Fortress, The Orange Box was an instant hit.

6. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PS3)

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PS3)Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PS3)
Publisher: Konami / Developer: Kojima Productions
Release Date: 8th Nov 2011 (USA) / 3rd Feb 2012 (UK/EU)

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection has to be one of the greatest video game compilations ever, right? Cramming Metal Gear Solid 2, 3, and Peace Walker into one absolutely stacked package, it was a deserved celebration of three games that many would consider all-time classics. Of course, Peace Walker was the icing on the cake — a superb PSP title that was playable on home consoles for the first time.

5. Red Dead Redemption (PS3)

Red Dead Redemption (PS3)Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
Publisher: Take Two / Developer: Rockstar San Diego
Release Date: 18th May 2010 (USA) / 21st May 2010 (UK/EU)

Rockstar's developed plenty of classics in its time, but Red Dead Redemption is one of the company's crown jewels. A gritty Western epic, ex-outlaw John Marston is tasked with hunting down his old comrades for the state. A dusty open world oozes atmosphere, while incredibly punchy gunplay underlines a masterful campaign. And all of this is topped off by story moments that will be remembered for generations to come.

4. Portal 2 (PS3)

Portal 2 (PS3)Portal 2 (PS3)
Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: Valve Corporation
Release Date: 19th Apr 2011 (USA) / 21st Apr 2011 (UK/EU)

When people think of puzzle games, there's a good chance that their minds immediately jump to Portal — and Portal 2 is pretty much a perfection of the formula. A witty, charming puzzler that never outstays its welcome, carried by expertly paced conundrums and an intriguing story. Many would argue that Portal 2 is a timeless masterpiece — and it's easy to see why.

3. Mass Effect 2 (PS3)

Mass Effect 2 (PS3)Mass Effect 2 (PS3)
Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: BioWare
Release Date: 18th Jan 2011 (USA) / 21st Jan 2011 (UK/EU)

We had to wait quite some time for Mass Effect to make its way to PlayStation, but it was well worth it in the end. EA first brought Mass Effect 2 to PS3 in 2011. Arguably Commander Shepard's finest outing, its almost episodic structure makes for an expertly paced sci-fi adventure. Beloved characters are at the forefront of this intergalactic epic — your relationships put to the test during the game's all-important suicide mission. One of BioWare's absolute best.

2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Naughty Dog
Release Date: 13th Oct 2009 (USA) / 16th Oct 2009 (UK/EU)

Uncharted 2 singlehandedly defined the PS3 back in 2009, when Sony's pricey console was struggling to resonate with a wider audience. Naughty Dog's stunning action-adventure kickstarted PlayStation's ongoing obsession with blockbuster exclusives, and it's still a game that wows with its awesome set pieces. Who could forget the helicopter chase through those collapsing buildings? The moving train scramble? A technical marvel at the time, and a landmark moment for modern PlayStation.

1. The Last of Us (PS3)

The Last of Us (PS3)The Last of Us (PS3)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Naughty Dog
Release Date: 14th Jun 2013 (USA) / 14th Jun 2013 (UK/EU)

Naughty Dog had already pushed the PS3 to its supposed limits with Uncharted 3 — but the industry-leading developer wasn't finished. The Last of Us destroyed all expectations — a console swansong that ended up becoming one of the most critically acclaimed games of the last three decades. A mastercraft in character development, encounter design, and world building, The Last of Us still stands as an utterly engrossing post-apocalyptic adventure.


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