The PS3 is like a fine wine that has only gotten better with age, so it's no surprise we've already got 10 titles for our list of the Best PS3 Games of 2013. It has a solid stock of exclusives and not to mention some free internet! The PSN has become populated with many of the best indie games. 2013 has been a pretty good year for the PS3 and will surely make a good send off for the tired old console. With a couple of exclusives and some of the biggest games of the year released, the PS3 lineup for 2013 is well worth a look. Here are our picks for the Best PS3 Games of 2013.
When someone says Metal Gear, we normally think of sneaking around in a box, endless cutscenes, and stealthy action. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance tosses all preconceived notions about Metal Gear and slices and dices them into oblivion. Raiden has no time for being stealthy and instead prefers to run in, sword swinging, until the problem is solved. With his trusty sidekick robo-dog, Raiden easily becomes one of the most entertaining and enjoyable characters in recent memory. The gameplay is so far removed than the usual Metal Gear that people new to the franchise will have no trouble diving in and zandatsu cutting everything to pieces.
2013 seems to be a year for reboots. Devil May Cry may have been in need of a refresher and this new take on the franchise is a welcome experience who may have been getting tired of the same old thing. We get a Dante with new hair and somewhat emo attitude, but none of his charm is lost. The combat system is top notch and exactly what you’d expect from a franchise that basically invented the spectacle fighter. DMC is a short, but enjoyable game that keeps the awesome action coming and for that, it has sliced its way onto our list of the Best PS3 Games of 2013.
The fourth console entry in the long-running series, God of War: Ascension took Kratos back to his roots, and gave us a glimpse into the formative years of the Spartan's rage. Like its predecessors, God of War: Ascension once again managed to push the boundaries of the PlayStation hardware, giving us a truly outstanding visual spectacle. Coupled with more of the tried and true action-platforming gameplay you've come to expect and love, God of War: Ascension has more than earned its place as one of the Best PS3 Games of 2013.
Guacamole? No, Guacamelee! This 2D side scrolling luchadore beat-em-up is exactly what the doctor ordered for the PSN. Guacamelee is one of the most enjoyable games you can download for the PS3 right now. The art style looks spectacular on your largescreen TV and the controls will make you all nostalgic for childhood afternoons in front of the Super Nintendo. This is a freshly blended take on the old school formula and boy does it hit the spot, even if it does leave us a little hungry for tortilla chips.
Turn-based strategy games have always been a sleeper favorite and Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness is one of the best. It features all the favorite aspects of the older Disgaea games but adds a few of its own to compliment them nicely. You can mount monsters to combine them into a more powerful unit, and the game also uses the Evility system from Disgaea 3. Of course, it also retains a ridiculously high level cap that will keep you playing for hours on end.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is what RPG fans have been looking for in a PS3 exclusive. Not only does it have incredible cutscenes animated by the legendary Studio Ghibli, but a heartbreaking story about death and redemption that will make even the hardest Call of Duty player weep. You get to explore a beautiful other world populated by incredible creatures, people, and monsters. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has too much for us to even summarize in a few sentences. Just play it and report back in a year or so when you finish it. We promise you’ll love it.
Insomniac Games' daring duo returned once again this year to give the Ratchet and Clank Future series a proper send-off. While Into the Nexus may not have been as lengthy as Tools of Destruction or A Crack in Time, it was certainly a fun-filled, action-packed and humorous. Plus, you got to mess around with all those new weapons, too. Hopefully this won't be the end of Ratchet's and Clank's adventures, but as a final entry on the PS3, you couldn't ask for much more.
You can't deny that Grand Theft Auto V isn't one of the best games of 2013. In fact, it may well be one of the greatest games of this generation. If gives you unprecedented freedom, an engaging story, and an enormous world to explore. Pulling off a multi-segment mission like a heist is satisfying and you can spend your ill gotten goods on a new outfit and a round of golf. You can follow the stories of these three miscreants, or you can do what you damn well please. That's the fun of any Grand Theft Auto and this one delivers grins in droves.
Gran Turismo is back, and it's bigger and badder than ever. Before the series heads to the PS4, Playstation 3 players will have plenty to crow about with tons of cars, tracks, upgrades and player options. If you're a fan of the series, you owe it to yourself to pick up the best Gran Turismo to date.
The team at Irrational Games have done something special. They’ve created an almost transcendent game for this generation. Bioshock Infinite boldly encompasses so many powerful themes of love, loss, corruption, religion, and racism that it has to be applauded for elevating video games to a new level. It does all of that while also being a damn fine play. The controls are fun and the action and plot move along at a clip. The world of Columbia is as beautiful as it is horrifying. Bioshock Infinite is a game that should be played and enjoyed by anyone looking to expand their horizons up into the clouds. Bioshock Infinite definitely earns its place on our list of the Best PS3 Games of 2013.
The culmination of this generation has been a bit rocky, but the PS3 has one last exclusive to knock your brain around in your skull. The Last of Us is a game that you must play. It is the culmination of years of Uncharted games, and Naughty Dog has created something that highlights everything that they’ve learned, and how to weave an engaging story with skillful gameplay. It is the first of a new breed of next gen games, but it has arrived early. The journey of Joel and Ellie will stay with you long after you’ve completed the game.