Popular duo Ratchet and Clank made their PS3 debut with Tools of Destruction, which kicked off the Future sub-series. With the usual enjoyable shooting, platforming, and tools to utilise, Tools of Destruction is still considered one of the best entries in the franchise to date.
Bethesda handed RPG veterans Obsidian Entertainment the Fallout licence after Todd Howard and the gang were done with Fallout 3, and Fallout New Vegas is the result. It's somehow even more technically questionable than its predecessor, but New Vegas makes up for the bugs with a much heavier emphasis on role-playing. The open world title boasts loads of branching questlines, forcing you to bet on distinctly unique factions, all of whom are warring over the Mojave wasteland. At its best, New Vegas is a truly engrossing RPG.
38. Fallout 3 (PS3)
Fallout 3 is a buggy but often brilliantly entertaining, post-apocalyptic RPG. Bethesda's first crack at the series transformed the property into a juggernaut franchise, peppered with player choice and intriguing questlines. In Fallout 3, you play as a young man or woman fresh from Vault 101 — thrown out into the Capital Wasteland in search of your runaway father. The gunplay's beyond janky (thank god for V.A.T.S!) and the dialogue can feel a bit stunted, but Bethesda's engaging open world design and focus on character progression makes Fallout 3 an incredibly addictive adventure.
37. inFAMOUS 2 (PS3)
After the series got off to a promising start, inFAMOUS 2 is one of those sequels that improves basically everything, taking the franchise to the next level. Cole MacGrath is charged with stopping an almighty force from wiping out the country, and to do that, he'll need the help of some friends (and maybe enemies too). The morality system is still present, and you'll unlock brand new superpowers depending on the path you choose, giving Cole much more variety — and he even gets better melee combat to boot. With better gameplay, a more interesting setting, improved visuals, and an engaging story, it's a pitch-perfect sequel.
The Wolf Among Us sees Telltale Games bring the cult hit comic book series Fables to life with a memorable prequel story. Playing as Bigby — the Big Bad Wolf — the story focuses on a string of murders in Fabletown, where characters from fairytales and folklore reside. As with The Walking Dead, this adventure game uses your choices to progress the storyline across five episodes. It's another much-loved game from the studio, and arguably its best.
Following the re-release of God of War 1 and 2 on PS3, Sony brought the duology of PSP games across to its home console too. The pair of games are excellent entries in the franchise, recounting some of the events prior to the original God of War and exploring Kratos' past. Comprising God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta, this collection presents the pair of action titles with bumped-up resolution and stereoscopic 3D.
Originally released for the GameCube, but later ported to the PS3 and practically every other platform on the planet, Resident Evil 4 is one of those landmark releases that changed the industry forever. Veteran director Shinji Mikami completely transformed the traditional survival horror gameplay loop, transforming it into a tense and taut third-person shooter which would go on to influence series like Uncharted and many more. This all-time classic set in rural Spain starts strong with a famous cabin encounter, and just gets better from there. An utterly essential title.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch brings together the RPG expertise of Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's unmistakeable aesthetic. The resulting game is a fantastic, colourful adventure that'll pull at your heartstrings. Young boy Oliver must journey through an unfamiliar world to save his mother, accompanied by Drippy and a group of creatures that do battle for him. Full of imagination and heart, it's no wonder why this is such a well-liked title.
Skyrim launched in a rocky state on PS3, but despite that, would go on to be one of the most enduring and popular western RPGs ever. Starring your custom character as the legendary Dragonborn, you're dropped into an enormous open world full of possibilities. You can take on quests and follow the war-torn story, join nefarious societies, or pick fights with mammoths and giants. Whatever you do, you'll slowly gain strength and power as you explore. It's big, engrossing, and yes, a little wonky — but that hasn't stopped Bethesda from porting it to every possible platform in the intervening years. A modern classic.
Bigger, better, and more bad ass was EA’s approach to survival horror sequel Dead Space 2, but despite fast-forwarding the action and upping the ante, it didn’t compromise on atmosphere. Isaac Clarke, still recovering from his encounters in the original game, is suffering from the onset of dementia, leading to all sorts of dramatic and unnerving psychological developments. In a sign of the times, Visceral also paired the core single player campaign with an asymmetrical multiplayer mode, where players rotated between human and Necromorph teams.