10 PS3 Games With The Best Replay Value
From wholly original driving games to dense and sprawling western epics, the PS3 has some of the most replayable games in PlayStation’s history.
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The PlayStation 3 is now two generations removed from Sony’s current console, but that in no way means that the console’s games are dated. In fact, many gamers are still playing some of the system’s most replayable video games both online and offline.
The PS3 was the first Sony console to fully commit to online gaming and embrace it as the future of the medium, and sandbox open-world games were taken to another level. From wholly original driving games to dense and sprawling western epics, the PS3 has some of the most replayable games in PlayStation’s history.
10 Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
Fans are still waiting for GTA6, but it’s easy to remain patient when there’s so much replay value with Grand Theft Auto V. Between the three different playable characters, the seemingly boundless amount of side-missions, and simply soaking in the vast open world, the game is almost unending. Plus, with player mods and GTA Online, there’s really no reason to quit playing.
GTA V isn’t just one of the most replayable games for the PlayStation 3, but for the PS4 and even the PS5 too. The game has been remasted for every new console since its initial release in 2013. What makes it more replayable is that the PS4 version included the ability for players to play in first-person mode for the first time in the series, giving gamers an excuse to play through the 20+ hour career mode yet another time.
9 Burnout Paradise
The Burnout series had a great run on the PlayStation 2, and, out of all of the arcade racers on the platform, Burnout was far and away the most beloved. It was different from other racing games in that it dropped any sense of realism and it had the signature Crash mode which tasked players with causing as much chaos as possible. The destruction went to even more extreme lengths on the Playstation 3 with the release of Burnout Paradise.
The game is open-world, and, though that’s an overdone concept these days, Paradise remains one of the most exciting free-roaming games of the 21st century. The open-world approach didn’t come at the expense of any of the unique game modes, either, making it endlessly replayable for both its sandbox city and one-of-a-kind game modes.
8 Red Dead Redemption
Ironically, the popularity of western movies died off decades ago, but Red Dead Redemption is one of the most popular PS3 games of all time, and it’s one that gamers return to over and over again. It’s hard to get through the main story of the game because there are too many distractions and side missions around every corner.
Many players have wasted dozens of hours simply playing poker inside one of the taverns or on a terrace. Red Dead’s replayability is aided by the fact that it comes with an expansion pack, Undead Nightmare, which changed the tone of the game entirely by taking place in a zombie apocalypse.
7 Stuntman: Ignition
Stuntman: Ignition is a massively overlooked and unique game that was released on the PS3, and it’s a rare breed of action-based driving game. Following the PS2’s great Stuntman, the next-gen follow-up sees players control a stuntman who must perfect stunts on movie sets in an array of different vehicles.
Whether it’s driving missile-bearing trucks in military action thrillers or the Nightmobile in the parody level of Tim Burton’s Batman, it’s the most original driving game on the PS3. What makes it so replayable is that, on top of the fact that the game is so unfairly difficult, it took the original’s barebones Stunt Constructor and gave it much more depth.
6 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
All of the Uncharted games are replayable, especially as there are so many collectibles hidden around the huge jungles and deserts. However, it’s Among Thieves that has fans coming back time and again more than 12 years after its release.
It has some of the best Uncharted locations, the most epic set pieces, and the storytelling is unrivaled in video games. Even simply idly traversing through the jungle brings fans back, as it’s full of fascinating dialogue between Elena, Sully, and whichever other supporting character is with Drake at the time.
Like Stuntman: Ignition, Split/Second is another severely overlooked driving game. What’s significant about the game and makes it stand out from the rest is that players can drastically change the race track by shooting rockets at major landmarks.
The game is set in a dystopian future and setpieces include airplanes, cranes, and other giant mechanical objects, making it one of the most ambitious racing games ever. Even the game’s biggest fans may not have found all of the secret shortcuts yet, as there are quite a few per level.
4 The Orange Box
The Orange Box isn’t just one game, but a collection of three games including Half-Life 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. There’s a ton of content in the box, and it doesn’t sacrifice quality for the sake of quantity.
In fact, the puzzle game Portal, which was more of an experiment for Valve than anything, has dozens of levels and went on to have its own universally acclaimed sequel. As Half-Life 2 has a narrative better than most movies and is full of mysteries that fans probably won’t ever get answers to, it’s still being combed over for clues to this day.
Motorstorm was part of the launch line-up of PlayStation 3 games all the way back in 2007. Launch games have a history of not holding up because they often feel like glorified tech demos, and developers haven’t figured out the full potential of the current generation console.
However, Motorstorm is one of the few that massively surpassed expectations. Off-road racers generally have clunky mechanics, but Motorstorm perfected the racing genre, as the sense of speed on ATVs, buggies, and even racing trucks felt refreshing. As there’s no other off-road game like it, it’s perpetually replayable.
2 Far Cry 3
Ubisoft’sopen-world games have become formulaic, as, regardless of the series, they all have open worlds and feature radio towers that players must climb to unlock more of the map. But, before they became so similar, Far Cry 3 took the most advantage of the formula.
It’s easy to lose hours of the day exploring the fictional Rook Islands, which are surprisingly detailed. On top of that, The jungle terrain was fairly original at the time save for the Just Cause series, and the customization of the arsenal was way denser than it ever needed to be. Nothing is more satisfying than sneaking into and taking over an enemy outpost with zebra-patterned pink and yellow machine guns.
1 Batman: Arkham City
While its predecessor, Arkham Asylum, had more of a gothic aesthetic and felt more like a smaller experience, Arkham City is the ultimate Batman game. The game is epic in scope, as players can explore a full city as the caped crusader at their leisure.
100% completing the game is an almost impossible task, as the copious amount of side missions, collectibles, and Riddler riddles is an average gamer’s lifetime worth of content. But, more than anything, it’s just addictive picking off groups of thugs in the darkness.
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