When the PlayStation 3 launched in November of 2006, some gamers wondered whether Sony's system would be able to catch up to the Xbox 360's one-year head start. However, even at a higher price point, the PS3 gained traction. Years later, it even overtook the 360 in worldwide sales. Of course, a console is nothing without great games, and the PlayStation 3's success can be attributed to a healthy portfolio of multiplatform hits alongside a broad selection of fun and innovative exclusives. We sorted through the entire library and picked the top 25 games on the PS3.
We've already covered the top 25 Wii games and the top 25 Xbox 360 games. As with our 360 list, we elected to choose only one game from a series for the PS3. Not filling up the list with Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty titles leaves more room to recognize other outstanding franchises and standalone games. Even then, the competition was fierce, and cutting the list down to only 25 entries caused plenty of arguments in the Game Informer office.
You'll probably disagree with some of our choices, too. But that's all part of the fun.
25. LittleBigPlanet 2 (2011)

On one hand, LittleBigPlanet 2 is a charming and lighthearted platformer. On the other hand, it’s a robust creation tool that transcends genre boundaries. Media Molecule's ability to bring these facets together allows players to enjoy a wide array experiences. With great out-of-the-box levels and user-made ones – plus the ability to create your own stages and games – LittleBigPlanet 2 is the complete package.
(Read our full review here)
24. Far Cry 3 (2012)

Filling an open world with worthwhile content isn’t easy. Ubisoft packed Far Cry 3 with tons of activities that ensure players always have something fun to do, like taking down outposts, crafting new items, and hunting animals around the island. Aside from fun missions and satisfying gunplay, Far Cry 3 also introduced us to Vaas Montenegro – a violent and compelling villain.
(Read our full review here)
23. Dark Souls II (2014)

Old-school difficulty came roaring back in the last generation with the Souls series, and Dark Souls II captures everything that is great about an unforgiving game. Monsters kill you in a single hit, other players invade your world, and danger lurks around every corner. For those with the patience for demanding combat and precise timing, RPGs don’t get more satisfying than this.
(Read our full review here)
22. The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2012)

Changing the way we viewed episodic and story-driven experiences, Telltale’s take on The Walking Dead franchise captivated players. Instead of focusing on traditional gameplay mechanics, this adventure game puts difficult choices and interesting characters in the spotlight. Even with some action sequences, the real draw is seeing how your decisions affect your companions through all five chapters.
(Read our full review of the final installment here)
21. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)

With a vast open world, tons of interesting quests, and great character progression, Skyrim has an overwhelming amount of quality content. Whether you’re finishing guild missions or systematically collecting words of power, you always have something awesome to do. As a whole, Skyrim is the best RPG of the generation – but PlayStation 3 owners received a significantly diminished experience. Lag, bugs, and other performance issues made the game difficult to enjoy. Several patches later, the dust has settled, and Skyrim is a great addition to the PS3 library…but the PC and 360 versions still have the edge.
(Read our full review here)