Games of the Year: PlayStation 3

Games of the Year: PlayStation 3

The best games of the year

Have you voted in the NZGamer.com Game of the Year 2013 Awards yet?  Make sure you vote before January 20th - it's your chance to decide which games earn the awards, plus you could with $1,000 worth of games thanks to Orcon!

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.

The Top 10 on Metacritic

  1. Grand Theft Auto V (97%)
  2. The Last of Us (95%)
  3. BioShock Infinite (94%)
  4. Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection (93%)
  5. Rayman Legends (91%)
  6. XCOM: Enemy Within (88%)
  7. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (88%)
  8. Tomb Raider (87%)
  9. MLB 13: The Show (87%)
  10. Hotline Miami (87%)

The Top 10 on NZGamer.com

In reverse order, for added drama…

7. FIFA 14

Score: 9

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."

7. Puppeteer

Score: 9

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."

7. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14

Score: 9

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."

7. Darkstalkers Resurrection

Score: 9

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."

6. MLB 13: The Show

Score: 9.2

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."

5. Beyond: Two Souls

Score: 9.4

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."

3. Dragon's Crown

Score: 9.5

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."

3. Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes

Score: 9.5

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."

1. Grand Theft Auto V

Score: 9.8

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."

1. The Last Of Us

Score: 9.8

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."




 

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Comments Comments (21)

 
Posted by scotteffone
On Tuesday 31 Dec 2013 4:00 PM
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Yay no Battlefield or COD lol! Other than sports and GTA (4 of the 10) there is a nice mix of other games there, hopefully the trend continues next year.
 
 
 
Posted by lax1
On Tuesday 31 Dec 2013 4:18 PM
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I am seriously so behind on playing these games - good news is the ps3 will keep me busy for some time!
 
 
 
Posted by Jakted
On Tuesday 31 Dec 2013 4:24 PM
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The Last Of Us was my game of the year for sure :) Big Naughty Dog fan cant wait for Uncharted 4!
 
 
 
Posted by ALK3MiST
On Tuesday 31 Dec 2013 4:26 PM
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im still yet to play last of us, but there is such a good mix there. i would only ask why bioshock wasn't there?
 
 
 
Posted by Coddfish
On Tuesday 31 Dec 2013 4:56 PM
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31 December 2013, 04:26 PM Reply to ALK3MiST
im still yet to play last of us, but there is such a good mix there. i would only ask why bioshock wasn't there?
It was reviewed on Xbox 360 and PC, not PS3 :)
 
 
 
Posted by Gadgetgamers
On Tuesday 31 Dec 2013 5:40 PM
1
Yes, BioShock Infinite got in I so love this game on PS3
 
 
 
fauzman
Posted by fauzman
On Tuesday 31 Dec 2013 5:42 PM
1
Some pretty sweet games there. I totally agree with the top two - both GTA5 and TLOU deserve it.
 
 
 
Posted by temungbean
On Tuesday 31 Dec 2013 7:44 PM
1
I missed out on most of those games this year. Mostly because I put all my money into getting a PS4. Bit of a win/lose situation. Good to see a different mix of games on this list though.
 
 
 
Posted by CloudAxel16
On Wednesday 1 Jan 2014 11:12 AM
1
One of the best years for PS3. I played so many games and still have a good backlog to go through.
 
 
 
Posted by Jas
On Wednesday 1 Jan 2014 11:58 AM
1
so many good games in 2013
 
 
 
Posted by x_potatoe_x
On Wednesday 1 Jan 2014 2:38 PM
2
Makes me wonder why I just shelled out on a ps4! I cant see me stopping using the ps3 especially given my gta5 addicition
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Thursday 2 Jan 2014 10:39 AM
1
Haven't played any of those games yet haha. The games that make me giddy and I absolutely have to get day-1 are different beasts :/
 
 
 
Posted by kiwibadboy
On Thursday 2 Jan 2014 9:45 PM
1
Love the PS3 <3 amazing games!
 
 
 
Posted by atipuss
On Friday 3 Jan 2014 7:33 AM
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Happy to have played top 2 games of 2013!! :D
 
 
 
Posted by Durty Driscoll
On Friday 3 Jan 2014 11:16 PM
1
Hopefully the last of us comes to ps4 as I prematurely sold my ps3
 
 
 
nzstew
Posted by nzstew
On Saturday 4 Jan 2014 12:36 PM
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For me 'The Last of Us' was easily the game of the year on PS3, although personally I also really enjoyed Tomb Raider (my number two). Not surprised by BioShock Infinite not being on the list. Great story but didn't really like the game mechanics.
 
 
 
Posted by Bappernz
On Tuesday 7 Jan 2014 8:49 AM
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great to see, no BF or COD on this list, makes you realize just how many great games there are for the platform
 
 
 
nFusion
Posted by nFusion
On Tuesday 7 Jan 2014 12:04 PM
1
I've played so much more of GTA V recently due to COD Ghosts being so terrible. Not surprised it didn't make it in haha. I think the developers have finally been caught out for regurgitating the same game year after year
 
 
 
leggylegskin
Posted by leggylegskin
On Friday 10 Jan 2014 10:02 AM
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This list is pretty spot on the only game I have doubts about is beyond two souls. I haven't played it yet so I wont make a judgement till I do but like heavy rain before it I feel I will be more a spectator watching it then I will be a gamer playing it.
 
 
 
tigerteeth33
Posted by tigerteeth33
On Thursday 30 Jan 2014 11:22 PM
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TLOU wins Game of the year hands down with its amazing way of how it mix gameplay and story altogether. Still, we should feel in awe on the GTA 5 massive, diverse world, who would have thought 5 years, we would get a game like that.
 
 
 
Posted by Jas
On Thursday 6 Feb 2014 6:32 PM
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The Last of Us and GTA5 two very good games and own them both :)