Here’s a look back at my favorite games from the console generation we’re now leaving behind. They’re in no particular order, and there are no Xbox exclusives here to be found (but only because I wasn’t persuaded by the exclusives enough to invest in that system). I would also add that this list is apt to change over the next few years, especially with regard to the PS3. I’ve a giant backlog of games left to play for that system. And the console itself is far from going extinct. So I hope this helps persuade a few buyers to give these games a shot!
My Top 50 PS3 Games:
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
A fantastic sandbox shooter with a perfect soundtrack. It’s excellent for online co-op.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
While I never quite mastered the combat system; the stealth, collecting and storyline elements here are unbeatable.
Take a dystopian fantasy shooter, give it RPG addictiveness, then allow friends to journey with you, and you get this amazing adventure game.
Jack Black stars in the most epic tale of rock and roll ever devised; filled with unique charm and the most metal musical playlist of all time.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
This is the pinnacle of accessible and streamlined online shooters. It also has a campaign that is completely under-appreciated.
There's nothing realistic about this racer. But all of its control mechanics are winners, in addition to being original. Mario Kart should be taking notes.
Here you'll find a Halloween-related turn-based game with a lighthearted nature and an immense amount of appeal. Fun for all ages.
Crysis manages something that few other stealth shooters ever could, by giving you more than just multiple approaches. It gives you the added freedom of a super-suit!
On the surface, a wicked puzzler. But the level creation tools kept this one eating up many hours of my time beyond its already substantial depth.
Dead Space 2
How else can I put it? This is the most frightening game I've ever played.
In a generation which saw music games on the decline, this one managed to stand out. The 2nd offers a few new mechanics, but the music is better on the 1st.
Dungeon Hunter: Alliance
It's a 4-player dungeon crawler, with a top-down perspective. All you need to know.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Not even the best online shooters of this generation saw as much playtime from me as Skyrim did. Quite possibly my favorite video game of all time.
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse
Though discounted by many critics, this game is both fun and hilarious. Its sandbox nature allows for tons of good times, poking fun at modern shooters with friends.
Most games offer up the stress of a hectic environment. This game offers the exact opposite. When it isn't relaxing you into a deep sleep, it's a sublime experience.
Goldeneye 007: Reloaded
The N64-era 007 gets a facelift, alongside some new modes, weapons, and other goodies. It is still best-enjoyed with a few funloving friends.
Guitar Hero 5
Personally, I love this genre of game; and this series in particular. 5 offers song importing from numerous other games and character creation, to name only a few of its many perks.
If you love clever combat mechanics, great storytelling, and beautiful settings, then you should own this game.
The first inFamous outing is a marvel of open-world gaming with the added premise of superpowers.
One of my favorite campaigns of this generation by far, which just happens to be built for 2 players! And the online component resembles a darker take on Team Fortress 2.
Mega Man 10
Taking the blue bomber back to his roots, this entry also gave newcomers an easier difficulty setting.
Here's a game which almost never comes up in gaming conversations. But once you've gotten lost in its puzzles, its difficult to understand why.
Admittedly, this game looks childish, though it isn't built for children. But that can be a nice change of pace. It doesn't take itself too seriously, except for when it comes to controlling.
There really is nothing else like this one. But that's not the only reason it's here. An awesome first person rooftop platformer, which somewhat discourages confrontation? Yes, please!
Monsters vs Aliens
It's a licensed game. It also isn't doing anything too original. But it takes elements of things like Ratchet & Clank, and even Tony Hawk, then manages a very enjoyable game for any age of gamer.
This reboot of a classic series, grown stale, did much more than meet expectations. It is brutal, controls amazingly, offers challenges, many multiplayer modes, and a great campaign.
NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
Another reboot which gets everything right; NBA Jam is arcade-style fun for up to 4 players.
The Orange Box
This one has a bit of content from the previous generation. But I still included it because of Portal and Team Fortress 2. The latter is a cartoonish, but wickedly good online multiplayer game.
While this game is not unique to the PS3 generation, the title fits perfectly on a casual gamer's console. All it lacks is a solid multiplayer component.
Greatest puzzle game of all time? This gamer says yes. It's also funny as all hell, and will teach players how to control their character well in 3D environments, without the added pressure of having to endlessly land shots on enemy targets at the same time.
Rainbow Six: Vegas
This tactical shooter is best-enjoyed with a handful of other players. One of the few games to find players strategizing with one another in order to make it from one room to the next.
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
Honestly, I love every R&C game of this gen; including the HD re-release of the first 3 games from the PS2 era. But what I hated playing by myself with All 4 One became pure magic when played with friends.
This game reminds me of what Sonic games have always been marketed as being; solid and fluid platforming, which encourage speed, collecting, and wicked timing. The musical elements and art direction are also big winners.
Red Dead Redemption
Many obsessed over GTA 4, while I was finding it difficult to put Rockstar's other gem down. The amount of content in this open-world third-person shooter is still hard to fully wrap my head around.
Red Faction: Guerrilla
The only downside to this game was how lonely it began feeling after extended play. It's an open-world third-person game based on Mars. And almost everything is destructible. I like!
Resistance: Fall of Man
I'm still upset that this title hasn't received a trophy patch (along with many other games I love). But there's no denying that this shooter was one of my best experiences this generation.
The original Rocksmith was neat, but a little unrefined and not very user friendly. This updated edition offers loads of new songs, mini games, and tools, in addition to fixing what once was wrong.
Saints Row: The Third
Grand Theft Auto, eat your heart out! I love the aforementioned series, but this outing of Saints Row gave me more than any GTA game ever has; ridiculous amounts of over the top fun.
Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time
Sly and his pals return in true form. If you liked the first 3 games, you'll adore this one. I'm still baffled that this series isn't every bit as popular as Ratchet & Clank.
Say what you will about this choice. But it is going to remain on the list. I am a MASSIVE fan of the originals. Still, while I understand the fan hatred of this title, I find myself wanting to replay it even after having obtained the platinum.
I think this title has slowly gained the following it deserves. The typical bells and whistles of online shooters are lacking. But something about this outing is just too good to ignore. I have 2 go-to games for online multiplayer, and this is one of them.
Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars
When you're done laughing at the name, go ahead and spend the few dollars this game will cost you. It's soccer meets destruction derby. Brilliant, and always asked for in group settings.
Much like Socom 4, this entry in the series deviates from some of the root mechanics and doesn't always succeed. But it's still an amazing experience, in spite of a few minor flaws.
Tony Hawk’s Pro-Skater HD
Sure, it's just a new coat of paint on some classic material. It even lacks the editing tools and additional perks we've grown used to. But that doesn't mean you'll be able to put it down.
Toy Story 3
This is, plainly put, an excellent game in all respects. It can seem overwhelming at first, but only at first. In no time at all, yourself and a friend will be having a blast with it.
Transformers: War For Cybertron
This is the best of the available Transformers games. So, if you like Transformers, there's no sense in avoiding this one; unless you just hate shooters.
Yet another reboot. But… after replaying every Twisted Metal game ever released, I'm convinced that this is the best yet.
Take a third-person sandbox shooter, then add treasure hunting elements with exquisite platforming. AND there's some great online play! You have officially spelled success.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
The real appeal here is some simple, but addictive multiplayer fun. Still, the campaign held its own as well. For whatever reason, it's a standout when one thinks of online gaming.
Speaking of online gaming, here's another unique contender. It's reminiscent of sandbox shooters from the N64 era. But it's so damn good, whether played on foot, in vehicles, or (as I recommend) in the skies.
My Top 15 Wii Games:
A Boy and His Blob
Most people missed this somewhat dark yet still adorable puzzle platformer about a boy who makes friends with an alien blob that changes shape to help you when given certain jelly beans.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
If you loved the originals, then this is a no-brainer. The title offers some stellar gameplay, looks great, and gives you reasons to keep playing long after it's beaten.
House of the Dead: Overkill
I know this is out for other systems now, and even has additional content on those other systems. But this game still feels better suited to the Wii and it's controller. Buy some cheap gun accessories to go with it!
Kirby’s Epic Yarn
One of two great Kirby games released for the Wii. And, even though it can be beaten by very young children, it presents a decent challenge for completionist gamers. Plus, it's a gorgeous game.
Who wasn’t surprised that one of the most violent games of the generation was on the Wii? This one has an art style reminiscent of the ‘Sin City’ film, and continues to have no competition in its own unique category of gameplay.
Mario Kart Wii
At first, I wasn't sold on this game. It was certainly the best looking of the franchise. But I wasn't digging the controls. Then I plugged in a classic controller and all was well. There are 3 possible control schemes, and everyone should find their best match.
New Super Mario Bros.
There aren't many left who haven't played this, so you should already know why this is here. Collecting everything and making it to the bonus stages felt fantastic.
I've played tons of mini game collections on the Wii. This is one of the best in terms of uniqueness and controlling. It takes some opening up, and looks childish. But the few games it offers are loads of fun.
My childhood brain has fond memories of Sonic games. And I really got into Sonic Heroes on the Gamecube. But this is easily the best Sonic game ever made. Not to be missed.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
An example of what Nintendo can do with a game when they're at their best; Galaxy 2 may just top Mario 64 for my favorite Mario game of all time. The first is right up there as well.
Super Paper Mario
This series has always been brilliant to begin with. Throw in the ability to easily switch between a 2D world and a 3D one though, and you’ve suddenly created a new breed of monster altogether.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
This game is massive. In fact, I'm still casually working my way through story mode. The real winner here is multiplayer though. And it doesn't disappoint. It is the best of the best.
Wario Land: Shake It!
My only complaint about this game was its short length. And I'm normally the guy who thinks games are too long. In essence, this handles like a 2D Sonic meets Mario game. Short, but impressive nonetheless.
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
This one isn't perfect. But it's pretty damn close to being everything I want a Christmas game to be. There are others out there, but nothing that even comes close to this one.
Wii Sports Resort
Thank you Nintendo for confusing plenty of consumers into thinking they didn't need this if they already owned Wii Sports (sarcasm). This is the epitome of motion-control gaming. Own it.