I’ve already written about the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 titles that should be on PlayStation Now, the Gaikai-based video game streaming service that Sony will be launching in 2014. But since PS Now will also support PlayStation 3 games, I thought it would be a great idea to write a list with the ten PS3 that should be on the platform. It’s worth mentioning that when Sony showed PlayStation Now for the first time, there were demos for a few PS3 games (which include The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, Puppeteer and Beyond: Two Souls) and since those titles are probably coming to PlayStation Now when the service launches, I decided to omit them from the list. That was a long introduction, so without further ado, here are some of the PS3 games that should be on PlayStation Now.
10. Heavenly Sword
Developed by Ninja Theory as an exclusive PS3 game, Heavenly Sword is an amazing hack-and-slash game. Although Heavenly Sword lacks online capabilities and it’s quite short even by today’s standards, its best features are probably its visuals and combat system.
9. Heavy Rain
Like most of Quantic Dream’s titles, interactive drama Heavy Rain isn’t for everybody. But the select people who enjoy this type of QTE-heavy action-adventure games will absolutely adore Heavy Rain. In the noir thriller, players will be exposed to a convincing story, effective controls and an emotionally affecting experience. Also, remember to press X to Jason.
8. Resistance: Fall of Men
Although a first-person shooter, Resistance also includes elements from other genres, such as science fiction and horror. The result of such a unique concoction is one of the best launch titles ever released. The game, which is set in an alternate universe in 1951 puts you in the shoes of Sargent Nathan Hale as he tries to drive an alien force out of Britain.
7. Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
The first installment in the “Future” trilogy of Ratchet & Clank games also happens to be one of the best. The gameplay is probably one of Tool of Destruction’s best aspects, since it perfects all the mechanics that the series has been using since the PS2 era, but its story and visuals are also great.
6. Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
As far as tactical role-playing games go, it doesn’t get better than Disgaea. And the fourth installment offers pretty graphics, strategic combat, convoluted plot and more. Also, since Disgaea 4 is a tactical RPG, you can play it in almost any platform and with any control scheme.
5. Little Big Planet
Media Molecule’s Little Big Planet might be one of the most charming games ever made. Its adorable presentation, audio, visuals and gameplay are all so cohesive that you’ll believe that you actually live in Sackboy’s universe. Some mechanics are a little finicky and the controls don’t always work as intended, but Little Big Planet is a terrific puzzle platformer.
4. Burnout Paradise
For many, Burnout Paradise was the title that made them feel like the seventh generation of consoles had arrived. In a sense, Burnout Paradise takes the concept of the series and runs with it, adding some truly amazing features, including online play, challenges, an open-world setting and some creative gameplay elements. Burnout Paradise might not have been a PlayStation 3 exclusive, but the game is still worth playing after years of its release.
3. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Who needs Lara Croft? When developer Naughty Dog got bored of developing new mascots for the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, it started working on a bombastic action-adventure third person shooter. The result was the Uncharted series, which follows character Nathan Drake as he raids tombs and locates lost treasures in remote settings. If you want to play a Hollywood-esque video game, this is it.
2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Usually regarded as one of the best PlayStation 3 games ever made and the reason to own the console, Metal Gear Solid 4 is the conclusion to the long-running series that started in the original PlayStation. Instead of making a traditional description about the game, let me mention all the characteristics that have been praised over the years: visuals, controls, sound, sense of humor, world, mechanics, gameplay, storyline and characters.
1. Demon’s Souls
Also known as the precursor to Dark Souls, this action role-playing game from From Software is more than just difficult. Its dark fantasy art, varied combat options, outstanding visuals and online interactions make Demon’s Souls a one-of-a-kind game. Its successors might have brought improvements to the formula, but Demon’s Souls is still a terrific RPG.
Honorable Mention: Bioshock, Borderlands, Brutal Legend, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Bulletstorm, Catherine, inFamous, Mirror’s Edge, Dead Island, Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, Asura’s Wrath, Saints Row: The Third, God of War III, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and Bayonetta.