Sony is currently celebrating the fifth anniversary of the PlayStation 3, and we figured it'd be a fitting homage to focus on that which the PS3 does best: exclusive software.
So after five years of the PS3, what are the top 5 exclusives in our estimation?
5. God of War III
A mammoth action achievement. Kratos is a stone-cold bad-ass and this new adventure from Sony Santa Monica Studios is epic, satisfying, and oh so gorgeous. Featuring fantastic art work and some cinematography that remains singularly impressive regardless of any new software, God of War III was one of the most accomplished games we've ever seen.
4. Gran Turismo 5
Some will bemoan its shortcomings. Others will staunchly defend it. We're in the latter group, as we've explained our position as car and racing enthusiasts. Polyphony Digital's authentic, realistic, and insanely in-depth driving simulator demanded much of the ardent fan, and the rewards were unmatched. If you're looking for the ultimate racing experience, you've always been able to turn to Gran Turismo .
3. Heavy Rain
It has left an indelible print on our minds; the one game that had such a profound emotional impact that we can't get it out of our heads. It was the combination of the cinematic storytelling, freedom of choice, and compelling, tension-filled gameplay that made our jaws drop. An undeniable work of art from start to finish and top to bottom, Quantic Dream showed what video games are capable of, and we're all very grateful.
2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Hideo Kojima is a genius and this effort might be his greatest ever. With a storyline that nobody will soon forget, a style of gameplay that benefited both the hardcore and those new to the franchise, and an artistic beauty that boggles the mind, MGS4 stands tall. You can release whatever you want this generation; nothing is going to significantly outpace this landmark achievement. Only Kojima can do it with MGS5.
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves/Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Okay, we cheated. We had to. There was just no way we were going to choose between these two masterpieces. And in truth, the reason why these two outstrip MGS4 is because…well, there are two Uncharted games that we consider to be elite productions. Thus far, there has been only one true Metal Gear Solid installment on the PS3, right?
Anyway, nobody will debate the insane quality found in Naughty Dog's Hollywood-like productions. This studio just seems to take the next step in every possible phase of development; they go above and beyond in terms of overall refinement and explosive appeal. Everything from the professional voice performances to the immensely well designed set pieces makes us all proud to be gamers. And that's what it's all about, really.