With the release of the PlayStation 4 coming up next month, it’s worth looking at the games that made the PlayStation 3 great. First Person Shooters (FPS) have undergone a huge renaissance since the early days of games like Doom. The PlayStation 3 heralded a great leap toward cinematic style gaming with improved graphics and levels of storytelling that eclipse some Hollywood movies. Here are three of the best FPS games ever released on the console or on any console for that matter.
The Last of Us
Naughty Dog’s violent but incredibly engaging The Last of Us is the gaming company’s flagship title and its most accomplished to date. A story of survival in a post apocalyptic world, the game is like a better, interactive version of the movie I Am Legend. The game sees cynical smuggler, Joel and his unlikely sidekick, a young girl called Ellie, fighting every day for their very survival against opportunistic survivors and zombies in a beautifully set abandoned and overgrown city. The Last Of Us is an intense game and not for the faint hearted, with its panic-inducing fight scenes and tension building cutaways. The game looks and plays even better than the Uncharted series, for which Naughty Dog made their name.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, known simply as COD4, was first released in 2007 and quickly became a record-breaking phenomenon. The game literally changed what people thought could be achieved with a FPS Game. The story was relevant to the global turmoil of the time and its war correspondent feel was unique with gamers able to battle it out as either a US Marine or UK Special Forces operative. The game is set in shady parts of the Middle East and Eastern Europe against entirely believable villains. The weapons arsenal available is a standout feature and the battle sequences are quite amazing in their scope. The game attracted a huge following on multi-player, which has died down now with players navigating to subsequent COD releases. The storyline version on these latter versions however, pale in comparison to COD4.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
The game that defined the PS3 more than any other was Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. A fabulous permutation of Indiana Jones and a FPS game, Drake’s Fortune keeps you engaged for the entire journey with its deft combination of a great story, treasure hunting, climbing, puzzle solving and combat. With even more visually stunning graphics, great dialogue and characters development, Uncharted 2 built on the winning formula and hit a home run with one of the best games ever released. The follow up, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception builds on the two earlier releases and has been met with outstanding reviews but most fans of the series will still hold up Uncharted 2 as the most enjoyable game of the series.