Top 10 The Best PS3 Exclusive Games We Want to See on PS5

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Michael Wendom

Michael Wendom

Last updated:  2022-12-07 18:00:07

PlayStation 3 is a complicated console for game development, but it still has a rich game library and fantastic features. While the Xbox 360 mostly received better multiplatform ports, PS3 has tons of exclusives! All these games on our list are still unavailable on other platforms, including PS5, as it's compatible only with PS4 titles. That should be the main reason to keep this system in your collection or buy one. Even though we're sure you know about most of the games on our top ten list, there are a few surprises! Also, we didn't include remasters, even though some are really good.

10. Formula One Championship Edition

Formula 1 Championship Edition PS3 game cover
Formula One Championship edition is a beautiful game

We always loved Sony's perspective on Formula One, and Formula One Championship Edition was their final entry in the series. This game is a forgotten racing classic based on the exhilarating 2006 season. Moreover, if you compare it with the Codemasters' F1 series, you'll realize how different it is.

Get back to one of the best Formula 1 seasons with Formula One Championship Edition

Although they aren't entirely realistic, the title also benefits from excellent controls. Yet, driving with all assists turned off is very challenging. Another reason why this game needs your attention is its unique career mode. Here you'll have to fight hard to earn a place in the lowest teams as a test driver before making the grid. Oh, and you'll be under constant pressure, as your results will be continually reviewed!

9. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time PS3 cover
All Ratchet & Clank games are worthy of your time

There are five exclusive Ratchet & Clank games for PlayStation 3, but A Crack in Time is the best! Like its predecessors, this is an action platformer with familiar gameplay. Nonetheless, many elements make it fresh, including new gadgets. Our hero can use these to fight off enemies or solve puzzles.

A Crack in Time is animated incredibly well

There's so much to do here, with many optional missions and new weapons offering modifications. This means that the gameplay will change regularly, and you'll be motivated to continue the adventure. Visually, the game stays attractive thanks to its excellent animation. Grab all Ratchet & Clank titles if you can (including Rift Apart), but play this one first!

8. Motorstorm: Pacific Rift

Motorstorm: Pacific Rift PS3 game cover
There's even a special edition Motorstorm: Pacific Rift supporting 3D

Motorstorm is the iconic arcade racer series for PS3, developed by the mighty Evolution Studios (Driveclub). While the first game was a fantastic showcase for the console, later titles have significantly evolved the formula. Motorstorm: Pacific Rift takes us to a tropical paradise and has some of the most beautiful tracks seen in the series. Still, you won't have much time to look around, as you'll have to fight hard to stay in the race.

We love lush environment of Motorstorm: Pacific Rift

However, the environments also play an essential role, as going through the water cools down the engine. With over 50 vehicles and 20 tracks, there's plenty to do here! While the multiplayer is long dead, you can still enjoy split-screen for up to four players. Finally, even though the soundtrack doesn't contain original material, the playlist includes David Bowie, Fatboy Slim, Pendulum, Slipknot, and many more.

7. God of War: Ascension

God of War Ascension PS3 game cover
God of War Ascension might be the worst God of War game, but it's still very fun

God of War: Ascension is the black sheep of the God of War series, but it's also the only part of the saga not available on other platforms. However, this doesn't mean it's a bad game. On the contrary, it still has all the best gameplay elements of its predecessors and excellent graphics. Moreover, this is the only game in the franchise that includes online multiplayer.

God of War Ascension is more of them same, but that isn't bad!

The worst thing about Ascension is that it doesn't bring many new additions to the formula. Luckily, the developers understood the message and gave us a terrific reboot for PlayStation 4. Nevertheless, if you haven't played older God of War games for a long time, you'll love this one.

6. Gran Turismo 6

Gran Turismo 6 PS3 game cover
Gran Turismo 6 is the best racing game on PS3

Many Gran Turismo games became obsolete, but you can't say that about Gran Turismo 6. This title appeared in stores after the launch of PlayStation 4 but was still insanely popular. GT 6 has the most extensive roster of cars in history, with over 1200 models, though many come from GT 4. Luckily, it also has tons of other stuff not present in Gran Turismo Sport or even Gran Turismo 7.

No other game competes against Gran Turismo when it comes to car number

Moreover, Polyphony Digital released free content, including new and unique modes, such as driving on the Moon! Finally, the game is one of the best graphical showcases for the console and has excellent 3D support. Even though the online portion and level editor functions have been shut down, Gran Turismo 6 is still one of the best single-player racing experiences. 

5. LittleBigPlanet 2

LittleBigPlanet 2 PS3 game cover
Unleash your creativity in LittleBigPlanet2

LittleBigPlanet series was not only about playing games but also creating them! Thanks to the included tools, anyone could become a designer, and in LBP2, you can make racing games, puzzlers, or even RPGs! You can even create music and sound effects or define the enemy AI's behavior. If you're not feeling imaginative, download millions of other people's work!

The gameplay is still fun as it was

Finally, the included story mode is enjoyable thanks to its beautifully designed, physics-based levels. Combine that with the official content packs, and you'll get an endlessly playable title… at least until the server shutdown.

4. Infamous 2

inFAMOUS 2 PS3 game cover
inFamous 2 is excellent, but so are other games in the series

Developed by Sucker Punch, Infamous was one of the beloved PS3 games that produced a sequel and a stand-alone expansion. We enjoyed this action adventure because it gave us the freedom to explore the environment. However, we were free to shape the story based on our actions. Like in the Fable series, you could use your powers to help others or embrace your dark side.

Make the city your playground in inFAMOUS 2

Infamous 2 gave us more of everything, and it helps that it looks and runs much better than the original. Looking at it today, the biggest problem could be the camera, which appears sluggish. Still, that shouldn't cause you too much trouble. While this is the best game in the series, you should also play the rest of it.

3. Resistance 2

Resistance 2 PS3 game cover
Resistance 2 is better than the original in every way

Resistance: Fall of Man was the introduction to PS3 for many, as it was a launch title. Surprisingly, it was also an excellent title, although its sequel easily tops it. Resistance 2 is the traditional first-person shooter set in the alternate past where you fight technologically advanced aliens. However, you can use their weapons against them to free the world.

Other game in the series are excellent, but Resistance 2 is the best

Like many games on this list, Resistance 2 was visually stunning, and it still has a certain appeal. Of course, the online component is long dead, but the campaign will engage you for at least ten hours. Even though this is the best title in the franchise, be sure to get the rest of it.

2. Killzone 2

Killzone 2 PS3 game cover
We would love to see Killzone 2 on PS5, as the multiplayer is long dead

Killzone 2 will forever be haunted by that E3 trailer showcasing the unbelievable graphics. As we later found out, they were prerendered since PS3 couldn't deliver something like that. Yet, Killzone 2 really did push the system, and it's still one of the best-looking FPSs for the console. Luckily, it also had other elements going for it.

We expected a lot from Killzone 2, and it delivered

What's quite unusual is that this cover shooter also allows you to pilot vehicles. The title will remind you that the PS3 controller has a motion sensor, as you'll use it for various actions. The worst part of Killzone 2 is the story and characters, as they can't compete against the Halo series. Still, that shouldn't stop you from playing it. You'll also enjoy Killzone 3 on the same platform if you like it.

1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PS3 game cover
It's a miracle that MGS4 is still a PS3 exclusive

Metal Gear Solid 4 became a myth even before it got released! This was the most talked-about title for years and was supposed to be the last game in the franchise. Moreover, it's also a critical PlayStation 3 exclusive that helped it finally catch up with the Xbox 360. Furthermore, many will say it's the best game for the platform.

Complex and detailed - Metal Gear Solild 4: Guns of the Patriots

While the messy online mode is long gone, you'll still spend tens of hours completing the campaign. As you can predict, this is a complex game with extraordinary attention to detail. It also helps that it's visually stunning and runs smoothly, unlike many PS3 games. Still, if you don't follow the franchise religiously, it may take you some time to figure out what's going on!

Many other PlayStation 3 exclusives make this console still relevant. These include Folklore, Wipeout HD, Tales of Xillia, Warhawk, Starhawk, Katamari Forever, 3D Dot Game Heroes, and others. As the games and the console are incredibly cheap, now is the perfect time to experience the best of the PS3!

Did you ever own a PS3, and do you have it now? What's your favorite PS3 exclusive in our top ten or outside of it?

Cover photo: Nikita Kostrykin/Unsplash


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Slayer938 Says:

PS3 will forever be the strangest PlayStation console, and maybe the last one that was so hard to develop for. I personally love it and I have most of the best exclusives.

August 12 at 02:52:23 PM

Lowry Says:

I still have my PS3 Slim and about 70 games - I hope I won't ever sell them. I have almost all of these exclusives, except for Ratchet and Clank.

July 25 at 01:18:06 PM

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