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The Top 6 PS3 Games by Review
The Playstation 3 has been gaining steam, and is now considered by many to be the best gaming console available. There is a steady stream of great new games coming out for the Playstation 3. If you have a new Playstation 3, or if you have had a Playstation 3 for awhile but need some new games, read one. You'll find a round up of the six best games currently available for the Playstation 3.
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Assassin's Creed II
The original Assassin's Creed was a good game, but not a great one. It had a few annoying gameplay mechanics which made it difficult to fully appreciate the game, and the movement and assassinations just didn't feel quite as good as they should have.
In Assassin's Creed II follows the same basic formula. You're still an assassin who is going to be involved in various assassinations throughout history. However, the narrative is improved, the environments feel more substantial and involving, and the combat is both easier to get into and more challenging. It is really the perfect sequel - it stays true to the original concept but improves upon it. This may be one of the few cases where you're better off skipping the original game and going straight for the sequal.
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Although now several years old, Bioshock remains one of the most unique shooters available for the Playstation 3. The game casts you in the role of a silent protagonist who is involved in a plane crash. You find himself in oceans waters, and your only refuge is a strange island nearby. You'll soon find it is no refuge at all, however, but instead the world of Rapture, an fallen utopia filled with dangerous creatures.
The shooter mechanics of Bioshock are solid, but the real reason to buy and enjoy this game is the narrative. It is brilliantly told and well paced. You'll meet many strange and fascinating characters, some of whom are extremely creepy. If you like games which tell a story, Bioshock is a must-have.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 and 2
The Call of Duty series remains one of the most robust shooters on any platform. This is true of both Modern Warfare 1 and Modern Warfare 2.
The original Modern Warfare has a very strong campaign. It is arguably one of the best shooter campaigns in the last five years. The multi-player element is also very strong, but is now somewhat outdated because Modern Warfare 2 has been released and includes many changes and updates.
Modern Warfare 2 has a weaker campaign, but stronger multi-player. The Playstation 3 hasn't had its Halo, which is to say that there is still no ultra-popular Playstation 3 exclusive multi-player shooter. But you can play Modern Warfare 2 while you wait for it, and if you like fast-paced, unforgiving shooters you'll find Modern Warfare 2 preferable to a Halo style game anyway.
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Grand Theft Auto IV
The Grand Theft Auto series has always been one of the strongest titles on the Playstation consoles. Grand Theft Auto IV was not a Playstation 3 exclusive, but it is still a strong game for the system.
Rockstar, the developer of the GTA games, is great about evolving each new title in the franchise to meet player feedback and criticisms. As a result, GTA IV has a much stronger story and much better missions than any of the previous GTA games. You'll find that you actually care about the characters who accompany you in GTA IV, and you'll also find that the missions create much more tension.
In addition the improvements in story and mission, GTA IV also includes the most detailed game world in any GTA game yet. You can spend hundreds of hours exploring Liberty City and you still won't find all of its secrets.
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While the Playstation 3 is generally considered to be a "hardcore" console, there have been titles which challenge this notion. One of the most popular and most challenging is LittleBigPlanet, a physics-based platformer in which you control a sack-man who has to navigate all sorts of obstacles in order to complete levels.
As is always the case with platformers, the premise doesn't sound that interesting. There is no instantly engaging narrative here, and the mechanics are not as unique as LittleBigPlanet would like you to think. However, execution is everything, and the execution of LittleBigPlanet is brilliant. No matter if you're jumping between platforms or solving physics puzzles, it all feels well designed and complete.
LittleBigPlanet also has a comprehensive editor which makes it possible to create your own levels. You can also download levels from other players. This greatly extends the lifespan of LittleBigPlanet, making it a game you can come back to constantly and always find new things to do.
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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is another example of a sequel which is better than the original. Again, as with Assassin's Creed II, this doesn't mean that the original was bad - it simply means that the original had area where it could be improved. Specifically, Uncharted was dinged for repetitive combat sections, a lack-luster story and little sense of adventure.
Uncharted 2 answers all of those problems. Its greatest advancement is the way in which combat and adventuring is handled. While the first game felt like a fighting game with some adventuring overtones, there is an interesting and exciting adventure and exploration element to the sequel. However, the combat itself has also been improved. It is more fluid and more challenging than before. Anyone looking for a a console action-adventure game simply must pick up Uncharted 2.