Heavy Rain - PS3

Game Description:Heavy Rain: In this dark, atmospheric mystery game, players jump between four characters as they try to solve a case involving a serial killer known as the Origami Killer. Gameplay consists of guiding the characters through interactions and events by hitting corresponding letters that appear on screen at specific moments, making the experience more akin to an interactive movie than a traditional video game. Featuring stunning visuals, an engrossing story and unique gameplay, this is one storm you'll definitely want to be caught in.
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Top 2010 PS3 Games

Top 2010 PS3 Games

By Jake Gaskill - Posted Nov 19, 2010

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2010 has been a very interesting year for the PlayStation 3. The slate of games ranged from colossal threequels to ambitious original IPs to long, long, long awaited racing games that rhyme with Fran Burismo. No matter what your taste in games, there was definitely something for everyone this year, and to prove it, let’s take a look at our PS3 Holiday Gift Guide.

But first, let's take a look at X-Play's picks for games to pick up on the PlayStation 3 this holiday season. 

This Week's New Releases: God of War III, Dragon Age: Awakening, Metro 2033

God of War III

Kratos made his triumphant and brutal next-gen debut in Sony Santa Monica’s latest and greatest diety-slaying installment in its critically acclaimed, and oft imitated, action franchise. There is certainly nothing subtle about the God of War series; it’s big, brash, violent, and not stingy when it comes to glorifying the female anatomy. God of War III took the scope and action the series is known for and cranked them up to absurd levels. When it comes to pure adrenaline-fueled gaming, nothing does the job quite like GOWIII.

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain

Quantic Dream set out to create an experience unlike anything players (especially those who missed out on Fahrenheit) had ever seen. While it played more like an interactive movie, this moody and tense thriller managed to deliver some of the most memorable and talked about moments of the year. It certainly isn’t for all palates, but for those willing to give themselves over to it, Heavy Rain is one of those games that you will never forget.

Holiday Gift Guide: PS3

MLB 10: The Show

Hands down the greatest baseball game ever made, this year’s installment in Sony’s long running baseball franchise is a baseball lover’s dream come true. Not only does it feature the smoothest and most believable animations to be found in a baseball game, but it also has more depth than the Giants' bullpen. Also, the Road to the Show is one of the most satisfying and grueling experiences in any genre of game, let alone sports games. If you own a PS3 and you like baseball, you need to own this game.

ModNation Racers

ModNation Racers

It’s out of admiration and deep love that I continue to refer to United Front Games’ superb kart racing game as LittleBigPlanet on wheels, because it brings with it a true sense of passion on behalf of its developers. Everything from the art direction to the character and kart designs to the announcers’ hilarious banter just oozes care and attention. Throw in the ability to endlessly create and customize vehicles and tracks and you have a recipe for one unbeatable racing title.

E3 2010: The Sly Collection PS3 Screenshots

The Sly Collection

Sony keeps the HD remastered collection train rolling with this three-game pack that brings Sucker Punch Productions’ classic platforming titles to modern audiences in glorious HD and 3D for those so inclined. If you missed out on any of these beloved action-adventure titles, or if you just feel like revisiting them after all these years, you simply can’t go wrong with this nostalgia-filled collection.

Gran Turismo 5

Gran Turismo 5

Polyphony Digital’s perennial no-show of a racing title has finally, after just shy of a decade, landed on the PS3, and for racing fans, it marks the end of a painful era of delays and release date jokes and the beginning of an new era in racing games. Hundreds of gorgeously rendered cars, tons of events and challenges, absurdly deep career modes, and more are sure to keep racing fans busy for a long time (aka how long you'll have to wait for GT6).



Virtual warfare has never been quite as massive as it is in Zipper Interactive’s 256-player support multiplayer shooter MAG. Being able to engage in online battles of this scale is something no shooter fan should miss, and even though your enjoyment is tied directly to how your teammates behave, there’s big fun to be had here.

Sony Ships 1 Million PlayStation Move Units To North And Latin America

PlayStation Move

Sony’s HD answer to the Wii might not be as revolutionary as Nintendo’s motion controlled system, but the Move brings with it a certain level of precision and graphical quality not available on other consoles. While the Move library leaves a lot to be desired at this point, two clear standouts are the compilation title Sports Champions and the spatial puzzler Tumble. Both games do a good job of showing off the Move’s technical potential, and should provide enough enjoyment to hold you over until the second wave of titles start trickling out.


The Art of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves/God of War III (Paper Back $65.00, Special Edition $129.00, Limited Folio Edition $300.00)

Ballistic Publishing has done an absolutely spectacular job of compiling tons of stunning pieces of artwork, concept art, 3D models, sketches, and more and presenting them in these two gorgeous collections. The art itself is stunning enough, but the fact that the Naughty Dog and Sony Santa Monica artists share their experiences, methodologies, and insights with regards to bringing their respective game worlds to life makes these books must owns for any aspiring game artist or avid lover of game art.

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Comments are Closed


    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm whats going on here????????????????????? Wheres 2011 games????????

    Posted: June 2, 2011 8:15 PM
  • pawsthecat


    Posted: May 5, 2011 11:10 PM
  • gjongsma52

    what about call of duty black ops?

    Posted: December 21, 2010 10:24 PM
  • just-jace

    mod nation racers is amusing

    Posted: December 16, 2010 9:11 PM
  • Joshua714

    Wow, 9 whole suggestions. Don't work too hard fellows.

    Posted: December 15, 2010 1:07 PM
  • Grayel

    Mod Nation racers, seriously? The load times killed it....

    Posted: December 13, 2010 11:37 AM
  • miva2

    got the god of war collection with the PS+ discount.
    not even 25 for both games

    Posted: December 13, 2010 8:12 AM
  • skillsthatkills

    Come to think of it PS3 didn't really have that great of a year, many games have been delayed to next year.
    2011 is the year for the PS3

    Posted: December 1, 2010 1:56 PM
  • razerheadx

    Heavy Rain was AMAZING... seriously, if more games took risks like that one, the more people would take games seriously as art. Sure, sometimes I just wanna run around shooting stuff, or blowing things up, but then sometimes I want a good story and something unique.
    Heavy Rain is the reason I finally bought the PS3, and it did not disappoint.

    Posted: November 28, 2010 5:06 AM
  • AngelsandDemons

    that's a great list for New PS3 owners....but a very poor list if you've owned a PS3 for a year already

    Posted: November 24, 2010 4:53 PM
  • GatsuBlackSword

    Where's Super Street Fighter IV?

    Posted: November 24, 2010 5:18 AM
  • Pillowman

    Horrible Fall for Playstation. Hopefully games meet their release dates and we have another good spring.

    Posted: November 24, 2010 12:55 AM
  • hoof_hearted4

    i dont have any, but ill get GoW3 sooner or later, idc about the others, MAG is still an interest of mine, but ill prolly never get it. maybe if they make a MAG2....

    Posted: November 23, 2010 7:09 PM
  • Conman.26

    What? No force Unleashed 2, and Darkvoid.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 6:52 PM
  • Conman.26

    What? No force Unleashed 2, and Darkvoid.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 6:51 PM
  • Indabud

    Since everything in this list is PS3 exclusive I'm guessing that is why Red Dead is missing.
    I only have God of War III and Heavy Rain from that list, and intend to pick up ModNation Racers soon enough. Not intrested in the others :)

    Posted: November 23, 2010 6:29 PM
  • tha_destroyer_86

    i guess since they say 2010 they didnt mention uncharted 2 or demons souls

    Posted: November 23, 2010 5:59 PM
  • ownag3

    PS3: "Heavy Rain" / "ModNation Racers" ... I'm gonna go buy 'em now (or at least one of these 2 games) and try one of them! :p think I'm gonna try "ModNation Racers!" ;-)

    Posted: November 22, 2010 11:41 PM
  • Xero_Wing

    i have 2 on this list already and plan to get a third

    Posted: November 22, 2010 10:19 PM
  • hoof_hearted4

    just before everyone complains about what they didnt add....they arent going to add every single game that came out for the PS3 this year, so if that means your favorite game didnt make it, im sorry. hell the games i played the most this year all came out at the end of last year (Demons Souls, Borderlands, Fallout 3 GOTY) though i did play BFBC2 and MoH for a while, but not as long as i did the afore mentioned.

    Posted: November 22, 2010 8:06 PM