Posted on Saturday, December 28 @ 12:00:00 PST by GR_Staff
15. Killzone 2
Guerrilla Games set itself up big time with Killzone 2. After showcasing a target render that was originally believed to be gameplay, the hype for this PS3-exclusive shot through the roof. Somehow the team managed to deliver a visual experience that was nearly on par with that debut trailer, blowing away gamers still growing accustomed to the HD era. The slower speed and character weight may be a polarizing topic among shooter fans, but it gave the game an identity, which is really saying something considering the massive influx of first-person shooters at the time.
14. Portal 2
I hardly consider myself a fan of puzzle games, but Valve's Portal 2 managed to win me over like few games have. Not only are the puzzles downright brilliant, but the game bleeds charm thanks to its excellent writing. The original Portal felt a lot like a tech demo, but the sequel takes that foundation and transforms it into one of the most engaging and memorable experiences you'll have on the PlayStation 3. And don't even get me started on the co-op…
13. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
The PlayStation 3 was sadly home to very few standout classic JRPGs. Fortunately, Level-5 managed to deliver one during the console's final years that not only pays tribute to the mainstays of the genre, but also pushes it forward. With a gorgeous soundtrack and visual style, the world of Ni No Kuni is absolutely dripping with charm. It's got a great story, a unique combat system that features creature collecting, and a vast world to explore. It's the very definition of enchanting.
12. Grand Theft Auto V
Talk about pushing aging hardware to its limits. Rockstar Games accomplished a technical feat by building a fully-realized take on Los Angeles and getting it to run on eight-year-old hardware. With a gargantuan map to explore, countless activities to get lost in, and a revolutionary three-protagonist system that allows you to swap between characters on the fly, GTA V is more than just an amazing game—it's a crowning achievement in game design.
11. Valkyria Chronicles
If you're growing sick of all the redundancy that plagues this industry, you'll undoubtedly find Valkyria Chronicles to be a breath of fresh air. This turn-based strategy game boasts some beautiful, inspired art that has few equals. It's a successful blend of third-person shooting, role-playing, and tactical action that yields a product that is like nothing else you've ever played. If that wasn't enough, Valkyria Chronicles tells an engaging story with memorable characters that you won't likely soon forget. This title is the very definition of an underrated gem.