The Best of 2013: Tom’s Top 10 PS3 games of the year – Retail EditionWritten by: / / 13 Comments
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Here is Tom’s list of the top ten PlayStation 3 games of 2013.
It’s been a fantastic year for PlayStation 3 owners as Sony and various third-party studios have showered us with quality exclusives and some excellent PlayStation Network titles have kept us busy in-between blockbuster releases such as The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto V. The PS3 has played host to more exclusives than any other home console this year, as evidenced by the fact that seven of my top ten games of the year can only be found on PlayStation platforms.
Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite are two obvious omissions from this list but since I still need to play them I can’t be sure that they’re among the very best PS3 games of the year.
Here are my top ten retail PS3 games of 2013:
10.) Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX
It’s been a long time since a Kingdom Hearts game was released for a home console so Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is a dream come true for many PS3 fans. This compilation features HD remasters of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Re:Chain of Memories (previously unavailable in Europe) along with all the cut-scenes from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, making for an incredibly content rich package.
Join Sora, Donald and Goofy as they adventure to a variety of wonderfully realised Disney worlds and meet up with characters such as Aladdin and Pinocchio along with some of the stars from Final Fantasy VII, VIII and X.
Few games this year have been as artistically accomplished as Japan Studio’s new intellectual property, Puppeteer. The game is dripping in detail and its lavish sets inspired by Kabuki theatre are some of the most unique-looking levels ever to appear in a 2D platformer.
The game’s protagonist is a young boy called Kutaro who not only wields a magical pair of scissors but can also don different heads that grant him special powers – abilities he’ll need to overcome the trials standing between him and the evil Moon Bear King.
8.) Dragon’s Crown
There have been plenty of games released this year that demonstrate that 2D visuals and gameplay can be just as effective as their 3D counterparts. One of these titles is Vanillaware’s beautiful action RPG, Dragon’s Crown, which pays homage to the side-scrolling beat ‘em ups of yesteryear by offering an excellent co-op experience set against the backdrop of castles, caverns and underground laboratories.
Although the game doesn’t support Cross-Buy, you can transfer your saves between the PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game and team up with friends no matter which console they’re playing on.
7.) Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
I had never played a Sly Cooper game before Thieves in Time but had high hopes given the pedigree of the series. Although the game’s voice acting and humour are hit and miss, there’s plenty to see and do and new gameplay mechanics are constantly being introduced which keeps Thieves in Time feeling fresh throughout your first playthrough.
Special mention must be given to the game’s exceptional cel-shaded graphics and animation that not only look great but also run at a smooth sixty frames per second.
6.) Beyond: Two Souls
Beyond: Two Souls clearly isn’t for everyone but if you enjoy cutting-edge graphics, cinematic presentation and games driven by player choice then this is the PS3 game for you. Featuring the likenesses and talents of Hollywood stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, Beyond’s narrative spans fifteen years and sees protagonist Jodie Holmes in a variety of predicaments as she progresses from childhood to adulthood and learns to harness a powerful, supernatural entity named Aiden.
5.) Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
You’d think after five Assassin’s Creed games Ubisoft would have run out of ideas but Black Flag proves that there’s life in the series yet. By building on the naval gameplay of Assassin’s Creed III and adding new gameplay mechanics such as underwater exploration, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag emphasises the ‘open’ in the open-world genre and allows players to experience the thrilling but perilous life of a pirate plundering the Caribbean Sea during the early 18th century.
4.) Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
If you’ve got some time to spare over the holidays and have a soft spot for JRPGs then Ni no Kuni should definitely be at the top of your ‘must play’ list. This collaboration between Level-5 and legendary Japanese film makers Studio Ghibli features one of the best stories of the year and is a treat for the senses thanks to its beautiful cel-shaded visuals and epic score by longtime Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi.
3.) Rayman Legends
While it’s true that there’s been no shortage of quality 2D platformers released during 2013, Rayman Legends towers over its rivals thanks to its zany art style and ingenious gameplay. Whether you play it in short bursts or stay glued to your screen for hours, Rayman Legends offers a satisfying combination of responsive controls and constantly evolving challenges.
Nothing beats inviting three friends over and hurtling through the game’s massive assortment of levels as a collective!
2.) Grand Theft Auto V
The release of a new GTA game is always an event and GTA V doesn’t disappoint with its phenomenal production values and innovative character-switching mechanic that breathes new life into the established GTA formula. Rockstar North knows how to make a compelling playground for players to vent their frustrations or satiate their curiosity, and GTA V boasts more side activities and ways to get around than ever before. Add the constantly evolving GTA Online to the mix and you have one monster game at your fingertips.
1.) The Last of Us
Naughty Dog’s fourth game for the PS3 represents a culmination of all the lessons learned over the past seven years, both from a hardware perspective and from player feedback to the Uncharted series. The Last of Us’ gripping tale of two survivors battling a fungal outbreak, the elements, as well as their own inner demons is one that will be talked about for a long time to come.
Featuring some of the best graphics you’ll ever see on the PS3 along with a unique blend of gameplay inspired by the survival horror and third-person shooter genres, The Last of Us is an experience like no other and will undoubtedly join the ranks of titles such as Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy VII as the most popular PlayStation game of all time.
What do you think of Tom’s top ten list of PS3 games for 2013? Which PS3 games would make it into your list?