The Best PS3 Adventure Games

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The PlayStation 3, released in 2006, was the much-anticipated successor to the wildly successful PlayStation 2. The PS3 boasted amazing graphical capabilities, awesome sound, and internet play built right in. This console also supported Blu-Ray discs, allowing the PS3 to act as a high-quality media player, giving it a distinct advantage over rivals. The PlayStation 3 was also capable of being played remotely by Sony’s line of handheld consoles and featured new social features that connected the PlayStation community. This entry into the home console market may not have been as successful as the previous, but the PlayStation 3 is still beloved by fans today and shows off some of the best games of its generation.

Adventure games have always been a part of gaming culture. From all the way back to the Atari 2600’s Adventure to now, games of this class have come a long way with new takes on the genre with each new title. Fans of adventure games have always been a fan of Sony’s PlayStation 3 which showed off some of the best narrative driven titles and some of the best gameplay that the genre has ever seen. The PlayStation 3 was an awesome console for fans of this genre and some of the series that first hit the PlayStation 3 are still continuing to this day.

The Last of Us

Naughty Dog comes back with their story-heavy adventure titles with one of the best adventure games to date. Taking place in a grim world, barren of hope and most life, Joel and Ellie must fight to survive against swarms of undead, fungus riddled monstrosities with one thing on their mind, blood.

This title is an awesome atmospheric adventure somewhat reminiscent of The Road which will leave players feeling the effects of this game weeks after they have put the controller down. This is a landmark title and is still enjoyed today with a new sequel and a remake. If players have not experienced this game yet, now is the time.


The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series

Telltale games have been bringing players amazing stories and difficult choices throughout this generation of consoles and this title is no exception. This entry takes place in the world of the hit comic book and TV series of the Walking Dead.

While the point-and-click style of games was though to be long dead, Telltale games revived the genre with an awesome title that brings the unique gameplay of point-and-click to a new generation. Follow Lee and Clementine as they travel from safe-house to safe-house and make tough decisions along the way. Be careful though, a decision made at the beginning can affect the game forever.


Steins;Gate

This time-warping adventure is a classic among fans. Technology has been developed that allows people to send messages to the past, but they are inadvertently affecting their future. This title is more of a visual novel, where the player spends the majority of the time reading story and dialogue delivered by characters and makes choices based upon prompts.

While this style of adventure game may not appeal to most western audiences, Steins;Gate should not be overlooked. This game has an amazing story which has been adapted into a manga, anime, and a movie in Japan which have been localized in English. This is an awesome title and a good starting point for fans of visual novels.


Red Dead Redemption

After the launch of Red Dead Redemption II, most players are probably aware of this series. While the sequel was a commercial and critical success, the original was also a fantastic game when it was released in 2010. Play as John Marston, an outlaw during the wild west as he escapes Johnny Law with his fistful of dollars. Hogtie random citizens, hold up banks, and terrorize the local saloon while still saving the girl tied to the railroad tracks and killing bands of marauders.

If you are a fan of old spaghetti westerns and open-world free roaming action, then Red Dead Redemption is a dream come true. There is even a zombie-themed expansion as well.


L.A. Noire

Have you ever wanted to be Humphrey Bogart as he solved strange murders in spectacular 1940’s style? L.A. Noire is just the game for you. The game drops the player in as Cole Phelps, a patrolman who must investigate grisly murders throughout Los Angeles. Take control of Phelps as he explores 1940’s Los Angeles and solve cases in third person interrogations where your choices matter.

This game is especially notable for its fantastic story-telling and its amazing motion-capture scenes where the game almost seems to come to life. This is an awesome return to the long-overlooked Noir style that will leave fans engaged as they solve mysteries.


Lara Croft and the Guardian of the Light

A departure from most Tomb Raider games, Lara Croft and the Guardian of the Light makes a much heavier emphasis on cooperative gameplay. Play as the famous tomb raider Lara Croft, or the 2,000-year-old Mayan warrior Totec, as they try to stop an evil spirit all while retrieving a precious artifact in classic Tomb Raider style.

Unlike most entries in the Tomb Raider series, this game takes camera control away from the player and fixes it so that the player has a more isometric view of the level. The game is nonlinear and is much more of an arcade game – while it’s different from other games in the series, this is not an entry to be overlooked. Lara Croft and the Guardian of the Light is an excellent title with plenty of new adventures.


Heavy Rain

One of the most detailed and atmospheric games to ever be released, Heavy Rain puts the player in a gripping narrative that will keep them on the edge of their seats. The player takes control of five characters as they each try to catch the “Origami Killer”, and stop more murders from happening.

This game is very open-ended, ensuring that each playthrough will be different from the last. Since Heavy Rain is very narrative driven, the game mostly consists of quicktime events in which the player must react based on the context. This is an excellent tile with an amazing story that everyone should play once.


The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

One of the most influential point-and-click adventure games of its era hit the PlayStation 3 back in 2010. The Secret of Monkey Island is one of the funniest and quirkiest adventures to ever hit the screen. The special edition contains both the first and second adventures and brings the humor and silliness to a whole new generation. Play as Guybrush Threepwood, a wannabe pirate who must go through increasingly ridiculous trials in order to achieve his goal. Meet wacky characters and explore the world of Melee Island as Guybrush attempts to complete his quest. This is an awesome, classic adventure that every gamer should try.


Minecraft

It was only a matter of time for this indie PC phenomenon to hit the console market, and it finally came in 2013. Unless you have been living in a cave for the last ten years, you have probably at least heard about this earth-shattering game.

In Minecraft, players take control of their character to survive, gather resources, and build the coolest base in an infinitely generating world. While some players may not be a fan of the survival aspect of the game, Minecraft also includes a creative mode in which players can sit back, relax, and build as they please. In multiplayer, players can team up or face off against their friends to collect the best items, armor, and base to survive in this ruthless world. There is something for everyone in Minecraft.


Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse

Return to the goofy world of two freelance detectives as they solve a series of mysteries in this episodic adventure. Max has been bestowed with new psychic abilities in which he can solve mysteries in new and fascinating ways with the help of his friend Sam.

Now the player can also control both characters in more of a console-suited fashion. Players are able to interact with characters and the environment in order to solve plenty of mysteries as well as meet some goofy characters along the way. This is a stellar title for fans of mystery or point-and-click adventures that will leave players coming back for more quirkiness.


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  • Updated September 3, 2020
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