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20 PlayStation 3 Games You Should Play Part 1

/ Mar 4th, 2014 No Comments


Now that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are on store shelves (well, the Xbox One is), next gen has become the current gen. Unfortunately, neither system is backwards compatible, but new systems mean that procuring last-gen systems is cheaper and easier than before. The biggest benefit of grabbing an older system is that you can pick up many of the best games cheaply. For those picking up a PS3 for the first time, these are 20 games for the PlayStation 3 you should play. Unlike any previous console generation, the PS3 era saw the rise of downloadable games and digital distribution. Here are five amazing PS3 games available via the PlayStation Network that you should buy.




The titular Dive and Kick divekicking.

It is no secret that we here at Gaming Illustrated love Divekick. Okay, some of us love Divekick. All fighting games tend to be impenetrable to anyone not firmly entrenched in the genre. What Divekick does best is distill all the complicated moveset and mechanics of the average fighting game into simple, yet nuanced two-button moveset. There are two options, dive and kick, and one hit results in a KO. It sounds silly and it is. Yet every match in Divekick is like the most heart-pounding and exciting final moments of a heated match in a normal fighting game. Except in Divekick, that white knuckle feeling is every time you pick up the controller to fight against someone else.

Sound Shapes


Sound Shapes

Sound Shapes

Queasy Games’ Sound Shapes brings together distinctive and stylish art with groovy and addicting music to create a unique platformer. Sound Shapes is the perfect marriage of mechanics, art and music. As you move through the game’s five albums, you feel as if you’re composing music. While the art and music is the main draw, Sound Shapes has some interesting platforming mechanics. With great music from I Am Robot and Proud, Jim Guthrie, deadmau5 and Beck paired with gorgeous art from Capy’s Vic Nguyen, Superbrothers, Colin Mancer, PixelJam and Pyramid Attack, Sound Shapes is visually and sonically compelling. More than anything, Sony made a point to put out PS3 games that allowed gamers to express their own creativity. The editor in Sound Shapes gave gamers the power to compose their own musical masterpieces, and that might be its biggest accomplishment.





Life is hectic, stressful, and some might even call it crazy. Managing school, work, relationships, errands, pie-eating contests, and so much more takes its toll on your psyche. Who needs to come home and kill aliens with all that is going on in your life already? No, what you need to do after a hard day of jetsetting is to sit back and play flower. The cure for the ills of the world is enjoying the relaxing, soothing and placid feeling of floating through flower’s beautiful and majestic world. There is nothing quite like calmly riding the wind as a group of petals to restore fields of death and decay to their prior thriving glory. flower is a game that makes you feel serenity (and oddly enough might make you feel Serenity #rip).





Much like Divekick, Guacamelee is another game that made a huge impact on Gaming Illustrated last year. Guacamelee is an essential game for PS3 (and of course, PS Vita). Drinkbox Studios made a spectacular game that channels the Metroidvania style. Combat mixed with puzzle elements of switching between light and dark dimensions makes for compelling gameplay. Gameplay is complex, yet accessible with a satisfying difficulty. Guacamelee has a great visual style that is evocative of the Mexican culture. The game realizes a stylized vision of Mexico while telling a bittersweet love story.





Few games leave the same emotional and spiritual impact on the player in the way Journey does. Thatgamecompany is great at creating games that demand playing to understand why people won’t stop talking about them. The developer makes experience games. The modus operandi of experience games is Journey. It is a beautiful game in the most pure sense. Everything about the game exudes beauty. It is whimsical and moving. The spin on co-op and online play is clever and makes for a unique experience. By the end of game, you feel different than when you started. Finishing Journey is the definition of feeling some type of way.


Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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