During early days, indoor games were all about chess, checkers and carom. But with advancements of technology in all fields, the definition of indoor games has changed. We hardly see anyone playing checkers today. PC Games, Play station games, Motion Sensing games are the trend today. PS3 games are the most advanced and sophisticated version of this trend. Play Station 3 is a home video game console developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. Once you have got this console, you will obviously want the best games to make your gaming experience amazing. Here, we list the Top 10 Best PS3 Games of 2013. We also discuss the pros and cons of the games with respect to graphics, gameplay and sound effects. We also give you a glimpse about the sales and market these games had/have so that you can pick the best.
10. Need for Speed Most Wanted
NFS Most Wanted is a racing video game developed by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts. It is the Nineteenth edition of the NFS series and was released on 30th October, 2012. This game has a nonlinear gameplay (presents the player with challenges that can be completed in any preferred sequence). This game allows a player to select a car and compete against other racers in three types of events: Sprint Races, Circuit Races and Speed Runs. Ambush races are also there which start off with the player surrounded by cops and the player’s task is to evade the pursuit as soon as possible. Cops are also deployed in racing events and are assigned the task of blocking the speeding cars and arresting the drivers. They employ various tactics like having road blocks and having SUV cop vehicles at strategic locations to track and get hold of speeding cars. The action happens in the city of Fairhaven. Destructible Fences, billboards and drive through repair garages make this game look more realistic. The Autolog feature helps players to compete with their friends online. Marketing and Promotion of this game were also on a large scale. Promotion activities included a contest where Facebook users could ‘like’ a picture and get a chance to win a kit which included an iPhone 4S, an iPad 3, a pair of converse shoes, a Get Wanted Cap and a copy of the game. It was well received by people of all genres including the critics. It won the award for being the Best Racing Game. It received 86.46% on the GameRankings and also made lots of bucks from its 5 million copies sold throughout the world.
9. Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 is a shooter video game developed and launched by Ubisoft for PS3. The game was released in the year 2012 and is set on an island. The theme of this game goes about like this: The protagonist Jason is on a mission of saving his friends from the clutches of pirates and escape from the island unhindered. Its elements include experience points, skill trees and a crafting system. The player can also hide himself behind trees or bushes to break himself from enemy’s line of sight. It has a map mode wherein players can survey and plan out their attacks. Completion of Missions unlocks new skills and new side quests. The cinematic showing at the beginning of the game is terrific and garners applause. It has a good story line which gives you the feel of being in a real time forest. Eurogamer gave it a rating of 10/10 and its characters, story and the environment were praised by everybody. It had recorded sales of 5.5 million copies by the end of March, 2013.
8. Hitman: Absolution
Hitman: Absolution is an Action – Adventure Video game developed by IO Interactive and runs on IOs Glacier 2 Game Engine. It was released on 20th November, 2012. The game takes place in a developer built town named Hope near Chicago and is all about enemy patrol, missions and shooting. The story line of this game goes about like this; Diana, Agent 47s handler suddenly loses mind, carries on a catastrophic sabotage and leaks the agency’s secrets publicly. Now, the agency under Travis is assigned the task to kill Diana and get back the kidnapped child Victoria. But, 47 doesn’t execute this mission and comforts Diana who is about to die due to an ailment. Diana dies leaving Victoria to 47. Agent 47 hides Victoria and soon gets to know that one Dexter has plans to kidnap Victoria. 47 soon gets to know that Victoria has a necklace which gives her superpowers. He also gets to know that Dexter is behind Victoria for the sake of her Necklace. The game is filled with an action packed battle between Dexter and 47 where 47’s mission is to fight out Dexter and save Victoria. The player gets to take the role of agent 47 in this game. Hitman books and accessories were launched pre-release to the game as a part of the team’s marketing strategy. This game is described as remarkable with extraordinary screenplay and graphics by the gaming world. It did have sales of more than 5 million copies. It had technical issues which were taken care off quite efficiently.
7. Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider is an action packed video game developed by Crystal Dynamics. It was released on 5th March, 2013 and is set on an island named Yamatai. The lead character here is Lara Croft whose mission is to save her friends and escape from the island. She is hunted by a rebel group. The game is all about exploring the island and tombs there, survive and ultimately escape out with her acquaintances. After much hype and anticipation, the game was released and was applauded for its gameplay, its terrific graphics and story line. It is also available in the multiplayer mode. The game also involves RPG elements which help the player earn points by performing certain stunts and actions. These points can be used to gain Health and Ammunition. Lara Croft’s animated model remains the center of attraction of this game. The use of Performance Capture Technology makes this model look original. It also has extended features and maps which can be downloaded from the internet. It received the GamesMaster Gold Award and was described as amazing and refreshing by the gaming world. It also had commercial success with more than 4 million copies being sold in a short span of time after its release. It holds the additional record of sales in a short span of time (1 million copies in 48 hours).
6. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Splinter Cell is an action game again released for PS3 by Ubisoft. It was released on 20th August, 2013 and introduces a new gameplay mechanic called Killing in Motion. This mechanic helps the player to eliminate objects quickly by highlighting them. It is set on a third person perspective; so the protagonist and other objects are visible. This game is all about wars, bombings, terrorists and killings. It is related to the American troops and rebel groups. The player may take the role of Commander or any related characters. The multiplayer mode of this game is also possible and use of words/noise/sound to distract the enemies can be done if a Kinect is employed. It did have a stormy pre-release when some of its voice actors were not well received by its fans. So, censoring had to be done pre-release and the game reached the market after editions. Post release, it received positive reviews, received GameRatings of 86% and was appreciated for its gameplay, mechanics and story. It did have a few technical issues which are being sorted out at the moment. So a few days down the line, we can expect all the technical glitches removed.
5. FIFA Soccer 13
Fifa 13 was developed by EA Canada and was released in late 2012. Pre release, the demo game itself created a mark by recording huge number of online downloads. It now has a new Kinect Feature with PS3 which enable precise shooting. World’s Best Football leagues are included in this game which comes to 30 teams in number. It also includes all the national teams and Rest of the world. The modes include career, seasons and ultimate mode. There are 26 stadia which resemble the true ones. The Scoreboard is similar to the one shown in ESPN Sports channel. All these factors make the game look amazingly real. The Cover Page for this game features Lionel Messi which itself is a selling factor. This game was referred to as revolutionary in the field of EA soccer arena, earned a score of 8/10 from the Gaming World. However, it was criticized for its unnatural collision effects. It was a blockbuster recording 14 million plus sales across the globe.
4. BioShock Infinite
BioShock Infinite is a shooter Video Game developed by Irrational Games. It was released on 26th March, 2013 and is an inspiration from the Historical Events of the 20th Century. The game is all about one Booker who is in search of Elizabeth who supposedly has been made captive by miscreants. Finally he rescues her, but now the real issue begins with city’s factions making warnings to them asking them to leave the city. Meanwhile, Booker comes to know that Elizabeth possesses super natural powers. This game is all about the protagonist’s fight against hostile forces. Elizabeth’s support is a pro for Booker. It is set in the city of Colombia. It is all about weapons, gear, psychokinetic powers, war and destruction. The mind games are always there. The employed Unreal Engine 3 is technically well advanced and gives needed inputs to the game. The backgrounds, environment and buildings are perfectly portrayed. The trailers were innovative enough to create the required anxiety among gamers. The attractive covers, media tie ups were all a part of marketing. It won various awards starting from Best Original Game to Best Adventure Game to Best Graphics. It won 89 editorial awards apart from the 4 million plus sales it had worldwide. It did face rough weather with some parts of it hitting controversy (Racism, Extreme Religion). However, it was able to convert this controversy for its good (helped to increase game anxiety).
3. The Walking Dead: The Game – Episode 5: No Time Left
The Walking Dead is a Graphic Adventure (Episodic) based on a book series. It was developed by Telltale Games and was released for PS3 in the year 2012. It focuses on events occurring shortly after Zombie Apocalypse in Georgia. The central character is a university professor who is convicted of murder charges. His task is to rescue a young girl and ultimately care for her. It is strictly a story oriented game and dialogues of characters are quite important here unlike other games. It does include downloadable content. Its marketing strategies were unique as it postponed itself so that it could ride on the popularity of then running TV show: The Walking Dead. This marketing strategy did this game a lot of goods. It won over 80 gaming awards (Game of the year awards), had more than 8.5 million copies sold and lots of online extensions downloaded.
2. Rayman Legends
Rayman Legends was developed by Ubisoft for PS3 and involves a graphic avatar carrying on the tasks. It was launched on 29th August, 2013. It is a game where four players can simultaneously make their way through various levels. It is all about collecting Lums by touching them, by defeating enemies or by freeing captured Teensies. There are 4 characters in total (3 male and 1 female) that the player can take. It includes 120 levels with each level getting unlocked one after the other. It received various accolades with the gaming world referring to its levels as natural. The gameplay is amazing and every time you think you can relax, a new enemy appears. GameSpot rated this game as 9/10. The only anti of this game is its online version. There is no online multiplayer version for this game and we believe this minute defect will soon be rectified.
1. The Last of Us
The Last of Us is an Adventure-Horror Video Game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment exclusively for PS3. It was released on 14th June, 2013. The player gets to play the character of Joel who is trekking across USA along with Elllie, whom he is escorting to a resistance group who believe Ellie is the key to find cures and remedies to all the diseases that have struck the world post Zombie Era. Joel has to defend himself and Ellie from Zombies, Fungus, Bandits and Cannibals making use of fire arms, guns and stealth. The health and medicine criterion is always there. It received acclaim for its story, theme, art design, level design and characterization. It is referred to as a Seventh Generation game by the gaming world. It made its mark by having more than 4 million copies sold in the span of 4 weeks and Tops our list.