Best of 2009: Top 10 Games for PlayStation 3

The PlayStation 3 has sure come a long way.  Once the home of only a handful of great exclusive titles, the PlayStation 3 now houses some of the best games currently on the market.  The following is a list of the 10 best games on the PlayStation 3.  And while two of them are multiplatform titles, the rest are all exclusive to Sony’s little black box.

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
The Ratchet & Clank franchise has certainly reached a level of longevity at this point.  But after releasing so many successful titles, it looks like our buddies Ratchet and Clank will be sticking around for a while.  Seemingly the best Ratchet & Clank outing on the PlayStation 3, A Crack in Time delivers a compelling platforming quest but also includes great puzzles and simple but fun combat.

Batman: Arkham Asylum
This game may be on the PC and Xbox 360, but if you’re a PS3 owner, then you have to play this game.  One of the best games based on a comic book franchise, Batman: Arkham Asylum stars the Dark Knight as he takes on the villainous Joker.  A brooding atmosphere, great action gameplay, and amazing voice acting all make this one worth a play-through.

PixelJunk Shooter

This is one of the more recent releases for the PSN, but even then it’s an awesome addition to any PlayStation 3 owner’s collection.  This isn’t just a cheap attempt to cash in on the old-school shooter genre.  No, PixelJunk Shooter has crazy puzzles to solve, beautiful abstract visuals, nice music, and great controls in addition to its shoot ‘em up gameplay.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Keep this in mind: Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is not just a port of Ninja Gaiden 2 for the Xbox 360.  Sigma 2 is indeed a remake of that game, but it’s an enhanced remake that ends up being a lot better than the original thanks to some bonus content in the form of new bosses, co-op play, and more; and it’s exclusive to the PlayStation 3.  (Sorry, Xbox 360 owners.)

Demon’s Souls

Sometimes it’s hard to love a highly difficult video game.  But when that game is as good as Demon’s Souls, it’s hard to stay mad at the game for its punishing level of difficulty.  Demon’s Souls puts you in an awesomely dark environment and features great action role-playing gameplay and fun combat.  With qualities like that, it’s easy to overlook the game’s sadistic difficulty.

While initially hampered by online issues, Borderlands on the PlayStation 3 is by far one of the most engaging adventures on the platform.  So many good things have been said about Borderlands that it’s hard to elaborate at this point, but those who want an amazing FPS/RPG hybrid experience need look no further than Borderlands.

More an ethereal experience than an actual game, Flower is one of those rare games that come along that some people just won’t “get.”  Those who are willing to expand their imagination, however, will find a beautiful gem here.  It’s soothing, it’s pretty, and it’s a different kind of experience that is hard to rival.

The open-world game hardly gets any better than this.  inFamous features a gripping story, amazing action gameplay, and it has you choosing between right and wrong a lot of the time.  A powerful game for all of those reasons, inFamous deserves at least a try by even the most jaded gamers.

Killzone 2
Killzone 2 isn’t just pretty graphics (although we enjoy that too); it’s a hardcore action game that gives you a great campaign to play through and awesome online multiplayer.  Ultimately, the game is a memorable, rewarding FPS that will be hard to top whenever Sony and Guerrilla decided to release Killzone 3.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
The first Uncharted game was a huge success and gained a large following.  When word got out of a sequel, everyone was buzzing over it.  Uncharted 2: Drake’s Fortune was released, and not only was it better than it’s already great predecessor, but it proved to be better than most games on the PlayStation 3.  Platforming, shooting, and puzzle-solving all make Uncharted 2 one hell of an action-adventure title on the PlayStation 3.

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