When there's an obvious drought, it always helps to have multiple gaming platforms. Therefore, while we push forward through a typically lackluster summer, we take a look at the top 5 games not available on the PlayStation 3; titles PS3-only gamers really wish they had.

5. Mass Effect 2

I struggled to get into it but there's little doubt the game is top-quality. There's always talk about BioWare bringing the third title to the PS3 (what with Dragon Age being multiplatform) but in the meantime, most role-playing aficionados were really missing out if they only stuck to Sony's machine. Lauded by many as one of the best of the generation, and certainly featuring a great story, ME2 remains one of those "you just gotta try it" games. Like I said, I never liked it but it's easy enough to recognize the inherent goodness.

4. Starcraft II

It took a very long time before this sequel finally graced store shelves, but as far as most fans of the original are concerned, Starcraft II is worth the wait. You'll be hard-pressed to find a review that doesn't sing the game's praises and in a gaming world now dominated by action, it's nice to see an in-depth strategy title make a big splash. Early sales estimates say that it managed to sell around 750,000 copies in only the first day at market, and that's pretty damn impressive. You can really lose yourself in this one if you're into this type of experience.

3. Super Mario Galaxy 2

I could go on a rant about how it simply doesn't feel like a current-gen title to me, and that I will absolutely never put it in the same category as a game like Uncharted 2 , but that's beside the point. Few games show such a dedication to freshness throughout the adventure; you will be continually entertained – and impressed – with each and every fascinating new world. There's no professional voice acting or deep storyline or character development but then again, there doesn't need to be. If you can't kick back and have fun with Mario, you're almost disqualified for life.

2. Gears of War 2

I imagine that when Gears 3 arrives, it could very well take over this spot, or even the top spot. As for this sequel, despite the bugs (game crashed when I beat the final boss and froze up a few other times), this visceral, satisfying experience never seems to stop being fun. Next to the Uncharted series, it's the definitive third-person shooter franchise, and you just gotta love those humans-turned-military superheroes (a lot of that is the suit, I'm sure). There's very little wrong with this game, and I'm hoping for more greatness next year…

1. Alan Wake

I'm nearing the end of this one and of course, I'm a little biased towards really artistic titles with excellent stories. One can say the gameplay is a little repetitive but you really need to appreciate the amount of effort involved concerning plot, characters, and perhaps above all else, atmosphere creation. This is one game you might not want to play at 2 a.m. with all the lights off, and that's a very good thing. It's not really fair to compare it to Heavy RainAlan Wake is more of a survival/horror adventure – but it might appeal to the same type of fans. Do I believe they could've made it a little better had it been exclusive to the PS3? Yeah. Do I believe that should stop anyone from playing it? Hell no.

So there you have it. If you've got a few of your own, feel free to name 'em. Bear in mind I'm only talking about games I've seen and played in this list; there may be others that deserve a spot that I haven't been able to try. But my only real goal is play all the best stuff available, so I don't think I missed too much. I the end, I think it's clear the PS3 has by far the best selection of exclusive games, and those games often set the bar for quality and innovation this generation, but that's no reason to limit ourselves. 🙂

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gangan19
gangan19
10 years ago

I never wished for this.

Wissam
Wissam
10 years ago

Me too.

TheCrazyMerc
TheCrazyMerc
10 years ago

1. Remade FFVII
2. Socom 2 HD
3. Starcraft 2

Well those are my ideas of ps3 titles i want lol.

Jut420
Jut420
10 years ago

Socom II HD Remake is at the top of my list. Greatest Multiplayer game ever made! I'm excited for Socom 4, but I don't think any game will ever have better MP than SII. IMO, the maps are still the best designed maps to this day. Also it had the best community ever. Almost everyone was always respectful to each other.

P.S. last time I checked around 250 people still play, but that was months ago. Might actually hop on and check it out sometime today.

Superman915
Superman915
10 years ago

5. Nah. I dont really like space operas.
4. See above. Don't like strategy games either. Wouldn't mind the original Warcraft re-released in HD though.
3. I never even finished the 1st one.
2. I guess it looks fun. But not quite enough to make me buy a 360 yet. Besides, I heard besides Halo, its the 360 meeting ground for racists, douchebags, and high pitched children (sometimes all in one).
1. Looks interesting I guess. Would be cool with Move.

Left 4 Dead is honestly the only 360 game I REALLY want, and I think Valve's Steam may one day provide it for me. So for now, no 360.


Last edited by Superman915 on 8/13/2010 9:45:22 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Hated L4D.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
10 years ago

L4D is the only one I really want to play also. Don't care so much for the story mode, but the MP is where it seems to be!

DeathOfChaos
DeathOfChaos
10 years ago

Agreed with the whole Left4Dead ordeal here. This game had a chance to be good, but it's like it took everything that would make it good and left it stranded. I love games with Zombies (LOVED Age of Zombies!!) but L4D is a let down from the day it was born.

dlte
dlte
10 years ago

I totally agree about Left 4 Dead. It kicks ass. Never played 2 tho.

Gimmedat
Gimmedat
10 years ago

@superman My god you are so right about the degenerates on halo and gears.I cant make it to 5 rounds in either without getting called the n-word or 40 year old n-word.Iam only 34 by the way and a gamer for life.


Last edited by Gimmedat on 8/14/2010 4:17:48 PM

Luiscosmo2
Luiscosmo2
10 years ago

I feel like trying Halo I think its looks good but its overated…

And maybe Left 4 Dead 2 since sum ppl i know says it great.

Oxvial
Oxvial
10 years ago

What's doing Alan Wake on the first place? in the poll it only has 8% .

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

That's the poll. This is MY list.

RadioHeader
RadioHeader
10 years ago

"Top 5 Titles PS3 Fans Wish They Had"

Luiscosmo2
Luiscosmo2
10 years ago

Radio has a point..Your tittle is misleading…

booze925
booze925
10 years ago

next time, name ur article
"Bens Top 5 Games he wishes was on Ps3"
you don't speak 4 all of us

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
10 years ago

The Last Story

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

The First Story.

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
10 years ago

The Last Story is a Wii game being made by Mistwalker and I must say it's looking pretty good so far.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

He may as well have just called it "Phinal Phantasy"

Victor321
Victor321
10 years ago

Fortunately, I have all 3 consoles, so I'm very glad that I was able to play 80% of these games =)

I'm glad for not limiting myself to only a certain type of games, so thanks for the reminder Ben ^.^, and let this be a good lesson to all of us; games come in all different forms, and all give different experiences. The one thing they have in common is that they are all good experiences, memorable ones.

Even though most of us may like games that revel us in the ability to have choices, or games that are so abundant in story that gives us a real, breathing world to immerse ourselves in (Heavy Rain, Mass Effect, Dragon Age: Origins), we shouldn't forget that there are other games that don't strive or excel in that, that offer other things that make them equally good as well, such as a focus on atmosphere (like Alan Wake as Ben mentioned), or just the essence of having fun, with wonderfully tight gameplay mechanics(Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a fine example, and of course, as Ben mentioned =P).

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Well, they aren't "all" good.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

Victor321,
With 20 consoles & handhelds(no Wii yet), I agree.

If I like the game, I don't care what console it's exclusive on(although I prefer my PS3).

And I don't hate the 360, just hate the immoral scumbag of a company that puts it out.

DeathOfChaos
DeathOfChaos
10 years ago

Every game is good? Lol, play ET on the Atari or the Halo games. xD

Victor321
Victor321
10 years ago

Bikersaint,

I 100% agree ^.^

Victor321
Victor321
10 years ago

I do, and they're enjoyable, but I get the feeling that you're associating me with the people that play games like Halo 3, Call of Duty, and Gears of War 2 a lot, and I hope you aren't.

booze925
booze925
10 years ago

it funny… i don't care about a single game that was listed.
i think it should go
4.) halo reach
3.) super smash brothers brawl
2.) left 4 dead (1 and 2)
1.) gears of war 2
thats it

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

…k. Halo: Reach isn't out and Gears 2 is sitting right there at #2.

gangan19
gangan19
10 years ago

I kinda like that Attitude Ben, very nice, people should try to be themselves all the time.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

…what?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Double what?

gangan19
gangan19
10 years ago

lol…I clicked on the wrong comment sorry, my comment here is for your comment way above where you said, "That's the poll. This is MY list".

I was drinking too, so blame it on the beer, i blame it on the beer.

booze925
booze925
10 years ago

k ben, i realized that gears was at #2, and i forgot 2 acknowledge that… but reach is gunna come out, and its gunna b great.
and thank 4 not totally downing my opinion, ya jerk

Crabba
Crabba
10 years ago

and there we have it, the typical halo player :p lol

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

…right.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

lol @ crabba

Victor321
Victor321
10 years ago

He has an uncharted avatar…watch out, he's trying to be one of us :S!

Lol ^.^

booze925
booze925
10 years ago

hey, its not MY fault this site is more biased than fox news!
and i don't even have an xbox, im just stating my opinion… but i guess that ain't allowed here!
btw, resistance sukks. just played 2, and gave it bakk 🙂

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

This site? The one that just paid homage to all great games not on the PS3?

You're an effing genius. Now shut up.

StangMan80
StangMan80
10 years ago

I'm happy with just my PS3, I don't own a 360 because I can't afford to buy a new console every few months, I hate there controllers, and Halo is way overrated(the 360 has no good games). I sold my Wii because it just simply sucks.
The PS3 has everything, there is no reason to own another system, If I do get another It's going to be a second PS3.

Superman915
Superman915
10 years ago

i wouldnt mind a 2nd PS3 either. really need a blu ray player in the bedroom.

cLoudou
cLoudou
10 years ago

The 360 controller does suck, but the xbots will tell you otherwise.

I kind of disagree, the 360 does have some good games, just none that speaks to me, that's why I stick to the PS3. The only 360 games I want to play is Gears and Alan Wake and maybe some XBLA titles. Not enough to warrant a purchase.

Him
Him
10 years ago

I like the Xbox controller, it feels heavy and fits my hands nicely. It just feels natural and good quality. Just don't like the battery. Everything else about the xbox just sucks.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

My only problem with the 360 controller is that it feels like the buttons aren't anywhere near as sensitive as they are on the PS3 controller.

Maybe it's the games and not the controller, but I find myself pressing a button and watching as nothing happens…I've seen that in Alan Wake a few times.

Shams
Shams
10 years ago

To Ben:

I agree. Though, for the analog sticks, it feels like the other way around for certain games. The DS controller's sticks are very loose and have a lot of play-room, and I guess developers generally add a deadzone to keep it from being too wild. The buttons seem to be more pressure-sensitive, as you were saying, so when you go from using the DS3 to the 360 controller, you have to press the buttons harder or more deliberately. Sliding your finger or grazing the buttons, as you might do when doing combos, or hitting multiple buttons at the same time, is harder on the 360 controller. Then again, you don't nearly have the same kind of problem as you might have on the DS3, where say, you accidentally graze a button and waste a magic for instance.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Yeah, but that normally doesn't happen to me with the PS3 controller. The Sony controllers have always served me almost 100% faithfully (for the most part). I only notice that button sensitivity thing when I'm playing a 360 game.

booze925
booze925
10 years ago

of course you got 10 thumbs up 4 totally downing the 360 StangMan80. this is a ps3 website!
the 360 HAS good games, and it has a sturdy, reliable controller. the d-pad may not be the best, but its angled triggers got me wondering what the hell sony was thinking!
and the ps3 doesn't do everything. it doesn't do
custom soundtracks
flash player
reliable internet browsing
cross game chat
video and music playback in a chatroom
and it doesn't do gears.
those are my main gripes for the ps3

cLoudou
cLoudou
10 years ago

It(PS3) does have custom soundtracks, it's up to the devs to implement it. I'd rather hear the game's OST though, IMO.
Why doesn't the 360 have a browser? Seems like every 360 should come stock with IE since it's an MS brand.
XGC, I could live without.
And just because it doesn't have 1 game you shun it.

SirLoin of Beef
SirLoin of Beef
10 years ago

I'm rather fond of the 360 controller.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

booze: Gripe all you want. I play great games…and it just so happens the 360 gathers dust more often than not.