The PlayStation 3 released in 2006 and took the Sony console to an entirely new level. It was the first to include the PlayStation Network and brought social gaming to PlayStation owners, something it needed to compete with the growing threat of the Microsoft developed Xbox 360.
Since its release, the PlayStation 3 sold 87.4 million units, and many people still have one today due to the lack of backward compatibility with the PlayStation 4. The system launched with 14 titles and by the time that its final title, FIFA 19, hit stores in 2018, there were over 1,441 PS3 games, with these 10 being the best of the best.
10 METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS
Released in 2008 for the PlayStation 3, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots takes Solid Snake and turns him into a very tired and older warrior in the future. His body isn't what it used to be, but players get to equip him in the OctoCamo high-tech suit. The game also delivers one of the franchise's best stories.
Based on Metacritic reviews, which averaged the game out to a 94, the flaws existing in previous iterations were cleaned up here. The mixture of cinematic scenes and the great gameplay made this a PS3 game that provided an excellent finale for Solid Snake.
9 CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 1 AND 2
When it comes to online console gaming, the game that changed everything and ruled the Playstation 3 for years was Call of Duty. The first Modern Warfare game was the fourth Call of Duty game and ended up winning the 2007 PS3 Game of the Year award from Metacritic.
Reviews on the site call the multiplayer action the best since Warhawk, providing an incredible value for the price of the game. The second Modern Warfare game equaled the score of the first, both hitting an impressive 94 from Metacritic reviews.
8 BIOSHOCK INFINITE
Bioshock Infinite has an interesting premise with some challenging gameplay action. Released in 2013, the game focuses on a city in Columbia that disappeared into the clouds. Booker DeWitt sets out to find the city and rescue a girl held captive there. He then has to battle enemies as the city falls to get her back to safety.
Ranked at a 94 on Metacritic, reviews called it a "staggeringly impressive achievement" that exceeds expectations when stacked up against big-budget videogame releases. PlayStation LifeStyle calls it a "near-perfect" game that can't be missed.
7 PORTAL 2
Portal was one of the best games of 2007, named the Game of the Year by over 30 different publications. In 2011, Portal 2 showed up on the PlayStation 3 and became one of the best games in PS3 history, based on Metacritic reviews. With the PlayStation Network, Portal 2 added the multiplayer co-op game modes and ended up with a winner.
Ranked at a 95 on Metacritic, reviews said it is the next best thing to the original Portal and presents a more memorable experience than almost any other game released that year. It was called an "instant classic" with "mind-expanding puzzles" and "perfect pacing."
6 THE LAST OF US
Horror games are nothing new for PlayStation. From Resident Evil to Silent Hill, console gamers had scary games for years. However, with The Last of Us, PS3 gamers got something unexpected and quite brilliant. Forget about demons, zombies, and gore. The Last of Us is straight-up about fear.
Twenty years after a pandemic destroyed civilization, the worst in human traits arose and people killed for sustenance and weapons. The game focuses on Joel, a survivor, who is hired to smuggle out a 14-year-old girl and the two fight for survival as they race across the country. The game is a horror masterpiece.
5 RED DEAD REDEMPTION
One of the most successful games in this history of the PlayStation 3 was, shockingly, a game based in the Wild West. Red Dead Redemption is the follow-up to the 2004 game Red Dead Revolver and ended up with a high rating of 95 based on Metacritic reviews.
The game follows a former outlaw named John Marston on an adventure across the American frontier as the industrial revolution starts to strip away the Wild West little by little. With the open-world environment, the game offers hours upon hours of gameplay with beautiful and breathtaking set pieces.
Before Minecraft, the PlayStation 3 had its own world-building game in LITTLEBIGPLANET. Just like in Minecraft, gamers explored, played, and created their own worlds. Thanks to the PlayStation Network, introduced on the PS3, they could share these worlds with other gamers. This game was the type that Sony created the PlayStation Network to support.
Early reviews for the game, released in 2008, said this game could mark a new era in gaming and the "birth of a revolution." With the advent of things like Minecraft, that prediction proved to be very accurate. While the levels were prebuilt here, it is clearly the genesis of Minecraft.
3 BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY
Who would have believed that the third best-rated game for the PlayStation 3 would end up based on a DC Comics superhero? The idea that superhero games were cheesy releases died with the next-generation consoles. These complex and challenging games arrived, taking the genre to the next level as well.
Batman: Arkham City continued the story from Arkham Asylum and sent players into the streets of Gotham City to battle criminals, thugs, and gangsters in an open-world format. The reviews praised the game's story, variety of missions, and fun side quests, calling this a masterfully executed action-adventure game.
2 UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES
The second game in the Uncharted series finds itself sitting on top of the list of the most critically beloved PlayStation 3 video games based on the reviews at Metacritic. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves takes fortune hunter Nathan Drake and returns him into the underground world of thieves and hunters.
This game is a third-person action-adventure shooter that puts Drake into a life-or-death race with a fugitive war criminal searching for a lost city of riches. Metacritic named Uncharted 2: Among Thieves as the best PS3 game of 2009.
1 GRAND THEFT AUTO IV AND V
When it comes to the PlayStation 3, the games that ruled over all others were in the Grand Theft Auto series. Both Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V ranked as the best of the best on the PS3 based on Metacritic reviews. The fifth game was rated at 97 and the fourth at an almost perfect 98.
The third game followed Niko Belic, fresh off the boat from Europe trying to escape his past in Liberty City. The fifth game moved the action to Los Santos and followed ex-con, Michael. Both games are called great sandbox games with a single-player game that provides endless fun.