Sunday 1 November 2020

Top 10 PS3 Hidden Gems

10. Dragon’s Crown

Offering four-player cooperative onscreen action, Dragon’s Crown thrusts you into a fantastical medieval world packed with dungeons to explore, monstrosities to smite and endless adventure. With fluid hand-drawn animation, blazing special effects and a haunting soundtrack, this underrated modern classic may look like a lesser Diablo but don’t be fooled - it could go toe-to-toe with that more popular franchise any day of the week. 

9. Singularity

This interesting spin on the first-person shooter puts you in control of not just three but four dimensions, and your TMD (time manipulation device) is the most important part of your arsenal. With the ability to turn back time, freeze enemies and age objects, the game presents you with many ingenious puzzles that you solve with time. A solid shooter adventure that holds up today as one of the most unique FPS titles on the console.

8. Naughty Bear

Become gaming’s most unlikely serial killer as you take control of the unhinged and brutal Naughty Bear in this truly bizarre title. As you progress through the game, more and more weapons and traps become available and by the end, you will be truly shocked by just how sadistic and over-the-top this game is – and then you will laugh as you remind yourself it’s just teddy bears. There are truly no other games like Naughty Bear.

7. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

This cinematic action/adventure co-written by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation) drops you into a beautiful, eerie world of war-ravaged cityscapes as you battle perilous environmental and deadly enemy obstacles throughout your journey. With a dynamic combat system and engaging story, the inventive and spectacular Enslaved is an underrated masterpiece that truly deserves your time.

6. Soul Calibur V

Boasting exhilarating fighting mechanics, stunning visuals and a whole roster of new characters, Soul Calibur V picks up 17 years after its predecessor with new heroes and returning warriors clashing in an epic showdown between good and evil. With refined battle mechanics and some of the strongest visuals you’ll find in a PS3 Soul Calibur title, this fifth entry in the beloved franchise stands up as one of the series’ best.

5. Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands

This passionate update of the Prince of Persia series is more than a nostalgia-fest, instead reinventing the classic gameplay and pushing the Prince’s abilities to unseen levels. Wielding powers of nature and time, your powers of the environment and enemies are staggering and the combat system is incredibly dynamic as a result. This is a truly underrated gem that deserves a spot on this list.

4. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

Offering a standalone story that also delves into the expansive lore that has become synonymous with the acclaimed series, this detailed and highly nuanced title refines the previous entries’ combat and magic systems, offering a more accessible and streamlined experience for newcomers. With tactical turn-based combat and rich customisation of each character in your party, this thrilling RPG deserves a lot more love.

3. Stranglehold

Presented by the iconic John Woo, this incredible title provides the most authentic Hong Kong action thriller in gaming, allowing players to dive through the air, swing on chandeliers and leap onto moving objects all without interrupting the intense gunplay. With massive amounts of environment interaction and destructibility, this dynamic shooter is an absolute masterpiece of modern gaming and a must for action fans. 

2. Puppeteer

This game is pure magic. One of the most original and captivating games on the console, Puppeteer takes place in a puppeteer’s theatre and introduces players to a strange and fantastic world, where amazing atmosphere and unforgettable character design work together to create one of the most beautiful and childlike experiences in modern gaming. This is simply one of the most unique and innovative games on the PS3.

1. Nier

With unique and memorable characters, explosive magic and intense action-packed battles, this richly immersive adventure thrusts the player into an intricate, engrossing storyline set in an incredibly realised world. Combining RPG-style gameplay with explosive action-focused swordplay and combat, Nier is an absolute masterpiece that deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as Skyrim and The Witcher.

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