The PlayStation Network is still down, Sony can't yet provide any new update, and you're sick of reading all the articles and rumors online. You want to play .

Well, if you need any help, we're giving you the top 5 games to play when we don't have online access. Obviously, we're picking some of the best single-player experiences out there, so pay attention-

5. inFamous

It remains one of our favorite games of the generation, and let's not forget that the sequel arrives on June 7. This is a fantastic game to play when you're forced off the PSN; it's just endless fun, and playing the original (again or for the first time) will pump you up for inFamous 2 . An endlessly entertaining blend of superhero powers and a sandbox/GTA structure, Sucker Punch's original title is just a blast and a half.

4. Alan Wake

Yes, Xbox Live is fine but maybe you don't play the 360 much, or maybe your friends spend all their time on the PSN. So it's time to take a break from anything multiplayer-related and if that's the case, why not sample one of the most fulfilling thrillers of the generation? Incredibly well-written, awfully creepy, and boasting excellent performances, this was sadly overlooked when it released last year. Thankfully, though, we hear a sequel is in the works and if that's true, you'll need to be familiar with the first story. It's very well done.

3. Most anything from BioWare

Just pick one. Dragon Age: Origins , Dragon Age II , Mass Effect , Mass Effect 2 ; there has got to be something from these RPG masters you can enjoy. If you like a sci-fi setting, ME is for you; if you're more of an old-fashioned fantasy-type guy, go for Dragon Age . All of them offer sufficiently long campaigns and will undoubtedly see you through this no-PSN crisis. Plus, if you're new to RPGs, you might just discover a new-found love, and you'll cultivate it in the near future.

2. Portal 2

The campaign is plenty long enough and you'll continually test your problem-solving ability. Valve's ingeniously designed puzzler includes some of the best voice acting you've ever heard, unbelievable puzzle and level creation, and awesome balance and pacing. The critics are raving for a reason so if you need something new that will tide you over, Portal 2 is a no-brainer. Don't be intimidated; it's not that hard. It's just rewarding.

1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

As we look forward to Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception in November, we look back to what is widely considered to be the greatest game of the generation thus far. And unlike many other titles, its popularity was almost entirely due to its unparalleled single-player campaign. If you're looking for the definitive solo experience of the era, it's right here. So what if you've already played it? Play it again! You won't be sorry.

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maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

For me it's been SOCOM 4. I am having a lot of fun with the game's single-player component.

TheCrazyMerc
TheCrazyMerc
9 years ago

I dont get why they rate the SP bad, wuts wrong with it?

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

I'm about half way through the single player campaign. It is pretty fun, but you do see alot of the bugs that the reviewers were talking about (cutscenes and music that "skip" tend to stand out for me) but it is quite fun. Def not revolutionary but pretty solid so far. I want to be able to get online with my leveled up snipers though.

friction
friction
9 years ago

Omg I know wth the game is freakin fun] I beat the campaign, and have been working on custom missions, and I gotta say I freakin love it.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Merc – It's definitely lacking in the visuals, and there are a few minor bugs here and there.

It is much funner then any shooter out there currently due to the Weapon Mod system. It's a blast replaying the missions with different weapons.

The custom campaign is really good as well. My only complaint is the fact that there is only six maps, when there should have been 14 (the same number of single player levels).


Last edited by maxpontiac on 4/25/2011 3:53:44 PM

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

I think the story is bad. Fun to play but bad story.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Yeah shadow, the story is nothing to write home about, but I have sure seen worse (COD!!)

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

No for real it's not a very good story and COD has away better story then socom 4 in my opinion. SO far I think Black Ops really did justice with the story mode it felt like a movie to me same with World at War. Now with Infinity Ward, their story is decent but it could have been a lot better. Best thing about the COD series story is it's easy to follow, which brings in the sense that it could be corny to some people. Socom I just didn't fell it had a good introduction and story. That's all I saying.


Last edited by thj_1980 on 4/25/2011 6:32:56 PM

___________
___________
9 years ago

you can finish it in 5 hours, theres bugs galore, the graphics are dated, the gameplays as repetitive as hell, the AI is dumb as bat sh*t, its less of a tactical shooter more of a take cover and clear the area shooter, controls are really sluggish, why do i have to hold L2 then select a grenade before i can throw it? why cant it be like every other game and just assign a button to a grenade? surprisingly for a DTS game it sounds CRAP!
i could go on for days!
if anything the games lucky it got the scores it did, if it only had SP no MP, or if the MP was crap, id be surprised to see this hit a 6!
sooooooooooo disappointed!
another playstation staple franchise down the sh*tter!

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

shadow – Truth be told, I have yet to see a story in any shooter be something to talk about or another rinse and repeat.

"______" – What shooter isn't repetitive? Plus, since when is the cover and clear mechanic a bad thing? Gears of War is heralded for that very thing?

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

… And Dragon Age 2 has, surprisingly early to me at least, dropped in price now and is available for £17.99. And that *is* a bargain indeed.

I'd also like to expand that list to include Crysis2, the single player campaign is darn cool imo. At least if you like a sci-fi setting to your games.


Last edited by Beamboom on 4/25/2011 12:32:59 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Yeah, Crysis 2 is highly recommended.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

crysis 2 is a great multiplat title. it starts slow but improves as you go plus it has a lengthy campign.

fallout3, and mass effect 2 are also great single player games.

one game that i think gets overlooked is CASTLEVANNIA LOS. i absolutely loved that game. it's a beautiful game with gorgeous expansive vistas. it also has a lot of depth and a lengthy campign. i loved the story and it has a kick ass ending with a cool twist. i actually regard it more highly than gow3.

i'm also a big metal gear solid fan so mgs4 has to get a mention as well.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Exactly, Excel. Most games of this genre is usually a string of cliff hangers in an almost hysterical tempo.
One of the main reasons I love Crysis 2 is that it has self confidence enough to let things stay low key for a while to give the story room to develop. it rewards patience. Let you get familiar with the game and mechanics.

At first I didn't pay much attention to the story at all. Then at a certain point I started going "hmmm… Now what's this?" and now I am at a level where I really pay attention to the cut scenes. Masterly done.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
9 years ago

Castlevania LoS is a fantastic game. Completely loved it and bought the Reverie as well. Looking forward to Resurrection. I want to plat it but will wait until later on this year to go through it again. Totally underrated game!
Finishing up Portal 2 and will be hitting Mortal Kombat next.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

i just got through the game on supersoldier, anyone can get that with a maxed out super suit. most levels i just walked passed everyone and carried a HMG, LMG, and a sniper rifle or a microwave gun just in case i run into aliens, humans were easy. online is pretty fun too, just gotta get past the fact that everyone is using cloaking online. once you know how to move around and how to use your armor/stealth, its a great multiplayer game.

Robochic
Robochic
9 years ago

Great list. Since the outage I've actually been playing Ps2 games believe it or not LOL KH's, and Fatal frame 🙂

Cavan1
Cavan1
9 years ago

for me its been story mode of Mortal Kombat, just beat Shao Khan, so starting the tower now.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

I am on Tower # 52. Its a long way to 300. Good Luck.


Last edited by FatherSun on 4/25/2011 12:50:35 PM

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

I've been playing Mortal Kombat non stop just to get better..

Ben, keep telling people about Alan Wake! I'm almost done with it. People are sleep on this game. Nothing like blinding a few people of the night with flash bangs


Last edited by slugga_status on 4/25/2011 12:43:22 PM

wiiplay
wiiplay
9 years ago

After reading the first paragraph, I literally screamed "HECK YES" out loud.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, GTA4, Yes GTA4. I have about 50 trophies just waiting to update when we go live again!

Deathb4Dishonor
Deathb4Dishonor
9 years ago

I'm actually playing the Killzone 3 campaign since i was always on the multiplayer part of it and neva had the chance to finish the campaign… I also just finished the GOW Collection, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, And Tekken 6… I almost forgot how fast i go through games since i'm always playing online… But it feels good to catch up on the games i haven't played

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

Good idea on the GOW Collection. I am like 5 trophies away from Platinum on both games. Getting on it later tonight.

leatherface
leatherface
9 years ago

Been playing the Sly Collection. Those games are fun!

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

I actually just fired up the GoW collection last night as well! I admittedly never finished the first GoW. Almost done with it. I kinda played the games backwards as I never played them on PS2 and GoW3 was my first PS3 game.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I'd like to add Metal Gear Solid 4, God of War III and Gran Turismo 5 to that list. 🙂

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

Sadly I haven't returned to GT5 since I lost all my data after 40% completion. I will go back soon though. I am waiting to save up for a wheel. Then I'll getting back in the drivers seat.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

I just wish the seasonal races in GT5 could be accessed while offline. That's a bummer.

NoOneSpecial
NoOneSpecial
9 years ago

I've been doing quite a lot in GT5. I deleted my game save for the hell of it and re did everything. It's actually a lot more fun because I am making even better decisions and getting a lot mmore money :3

Deathb4Dishonor
Deathb4Dishonor
9 years ago

I got Platinum on both… Now i'm gonna beat the first Uncharted again… Then move on to Mortal Kombat and Socom 4

Deathb4Dishonor
Deathb4Dishonor
9 years ago

I wish they would put trophies on MGS4 so i have another reason to beat it for the 4th time

matt99
matt99
9 years ago

Only the fourth time???

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

someone is slacking, lol.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Ha, Yea talk to me when you're on your 10th play through. 😉

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

We should petition Kojima for Trophy support. I know hes busy with MGS5 and his other projects but I would replay 4 anytime so… get to it Hideo.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I was so freaked I secretly bought an 360, Modern Warfare 2, payed for Live and registered the name "IamNotWorld"

heh… j/k

SvenMD
SvenMD
9 years ago

Did you have to send your 360 back for repairs yet?

😉

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I tried but they said a shotgun blast was not covered under warranty.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

Ok i'll add you on XBL.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Why'd you do that World? You know the thing does more than show commercials right?

matt99
matt99
9 years ago

I'm surprised Heavy Rain isn't on the list, guess it shows how many great single player games there are.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

It'd be on MY list, but it probably doesn't apply to the masses.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Also, at least for those with PS Plus, now is not the best time to play games with locked saves…which eliminates DA: O as well (why, Bioware, why?).

I just wish Heavy Rain would let me finish it. I get to the last scene and it crashes every time.

lucaaugustus
lucaaugustus
9 years ago

Comrads, can anyone help me out with this issue? It all started on Friday.

The game freezes on the Press Start screen on WWE All Stars and Mortal Kombat Ladder Mode. Had to turn off the console by its back switch. Now I only get a slow moving lava lamp look alike wave from the XMB boot up screen. Nothing is happening so I decide to do a reset. Now my system turns on with no picture and my HDD light is fully light and can't do anything. Does anyone know what does this mean?


Last edited by lucaaugustus on 4/25/2011 1:16:23 PM

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

It probably means your macine needs service 🙂

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

I'd reset the video settings and see if that at least gets you some picture. You do that by keeping the power button pressed until the second beep from the PS3…

If that doesn't get you some picture then I'd call Sony. They'll probably have you enter safe mode and clear some files..

lucaaugustus
lucaaugustus
9 years ago

Slugga I did do the video settings reset but I keep getting a black scren after that. I guess I will have to call Sony and trouble shoot my system.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

That sounds a lot like HDD corruption. Trye looking up the steps for running the recovery menu to fix the corruption. The PS3 has a chkdsk like utility that allows it to fix file system corruption (not disc surface corruption though). That may help. Also try disconnecting your PS3's network cable or disabling the wireless connection (if you're wireless), that may help with starting some games that perform certain online checks at start-up.

frostface
frostface
9 years ago

I'm leaving Assassins Creed Brotherhood and going back to New Vegas.