The best games of the year
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It's often said that the best games for a system come out at the end of the generation; is that true for the PlayStation 3? The fact that NZGamer.com's top-ten reviews on the platform are all rated 9 or above could certainly be considered an argument in favour of that suggestion…
According to Wikipedia, there are more than a thousand games (nearly eight hundred of which are available at retail) on Sony's once-marquee platform, and 220 of them are exclusive to the system. The fact that three of the best games available on PS3 (according to Metacritic) came out this year - the eighth the console's been on sale - seems to further underline the idea that the Sony's box of tricks has still got plenty up its sleeves.
To help remind you of the great games that came out this year, we're listing the best of the best (according to an aggregated Metacritic list, below) as well as the top ten of what we were sent to review on the platform.
In reverse order, for added drama…
From the review: "Following on from last year's effort, FIFA 14 continues to include real-time updates too - integrating your game experience with what's happening in the real world of football. FIFA 14 on the PS3 is brilliant. However, I can't help but feel that there is more coming to those looking at buying the next-gen consoles."
From the review: "The game was a pet project of Sony’s Japan Studio over a period of years, and it feels like it - a lot of love has been lavished on this title, and it clearly wasn’t rushed out the door before it was ready. Along with the slick visuals, the script is funny, engaging, and fast paced, the music catchy and atmospheric, and the voice acting flawless."
From the review: "So, in the end, what could have been a really fantastic sports title is now just a pretty good one thanks to EA. You probably didn’t need me to tell you that because, let’s face it, this is the internet. Look at it this way, it could be worse; at least you don’t have to be online to play it.
It's a solid sports title with minor flaws (and some excluded content that annoyed me), but otherwise an excellent way to spend an afternoon."
From the review: "If you’re a fan of Darkstalkers at all, waste no time in picking this up. If you haven’t played the series before, but have any interest in fighting games, you’d do well to consider this as well - this is the definitive Darkstalkers, and you may just find that something special that’s gripped the series’ cult of fans. And hey, every sale helps convince Capcom to greenlight Darkstalkers 4."
From the review: "The depth of gameplay is amazing. When you play in franchise mode (either for one season or in full mode) you have to manage everything from player scouting player to pitching rotations to a training regime for each individual player. [It's] so real you expect it to sell you hotdogs and beer."
From the review: "Story is everything in this game. Jodie is a shattered human and the story is constructed so you see her broken over and over and then attempting to rebuild. The beautiful graphics and facial expressions bond you to Jodie, and the raw emotion embodied by Aiden is conveyed not via gameplay but by sound design and the reactions of the supporting cast. By the end of the game you are as connected to Jodie as Aiden is."
From the review: "Overall, Dragon’s Crown is certainly the most enjoyable Vanillaware game yet. Being part of a larger party - where their previous hack 'n’ slashers had you go it alone - is definitely the difference maker."
From the review: "Clash of Heroes: Might and Magic has found the perfect balance between simple gameplay and addictive strategy and for this reason I both recommend it... and warn you away from it."
From the review: "Overall this is still an amazing game. The few small black spots on the record can’t eclipse the fact that this is, like Red Dead Redemption and LA Noire before it, an experience as much as a game. San Andreas is vast and sprawling and so much fun to explore. There are thousands of things to do and hundreds of missions, so this will not be a quick playthrough.
Don’t let your kids play this though. I mean seriously, it’s fun but some of the stuff in this game is pretty horrific and you don’t want to explain to your kids why you’re torturing a crying man."
From the review: "The Last of Us is a memorable gaming experience. One that makes me wonder how the PS3 console could be nearing the end of its life-cycle. The comparisons to Uncharted can’t be ignored and, while it might appear a ‘safe move’ by Naughty Dog on the surface, their new franchise undoubtedly pushes the boundaries in a welcome new direction."