Posted on Friday, December 28 @ 11:16:21 PST by Alex_Osborn
10. 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, 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…
9. Batman: Arkham City
I can count on one hand the number of superhero games that are worth your time, and Batman: Arkham City is number one on that list. Rocksteady took the excellent combat established in Arkham Asylum and built and incredible open world around it. If you're a fan of Batman, the sheer number of iconic characters and villains is reason enough to give this game a look. Plus, soaring over the city never gets old.
8. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
While not quite as revolutionary as Uncharted 2, the third installment in Naughty Dog's popular treasure-hunting franchise was an incredible thrill ride from start to finish. Visually, Drake's Deception is easily one of the most gorgeous games on the PlayStation 3. With a cast of incredible characters—that Catherine Marlowe still haunts me to this day—and an array of gorgeous set pieces, there's so much to love about Drake's latest sand-filled journey. Speaking of which...
Those who claim that video games aren't art clearly haven't played thatgamecompany's PlayStation Network title Journey. As technology has progressed over the years, games have gotten over-explanatory and unnecessarily complicated. However, Journey goes against the grain, providing an experience that requires the player to explore and discover things on their own. It's the very definition of elegant simplicity in game form. The very fact that a two-hour downloadable title can leave such a lasting impact is a testament to the artistic skills of Jenova Chen and the rest of his team at TGC.
Irrational Games' BioShock tells the story of a stranded individual trapped within a freakishly twisted underwater city. It's completely horrifying, yet eerily intriguing at the same time. The level of detail around every corner is downright astonishing and speaks volumes about the team's developing prowess. The various Big Daddies that stomp through the halls and the creepily adorable Little Sisters that hang by their side perfectly meld within the universe and add a nice wrinkle to the gameplay. If that weren't enough, the astounding plot twist that precedes the game's conclusion is one of the most memorable moments in gaming.