2013 was a great year for video games, but 2014 looks like it will be even better.
The next-gen of consoles has officially arrived, but a slew of awesome games are still being offered to owners of the previous last-gen consoles. Sony’s PS3 is one of those consoles that’s still going strong with great releases that keeps Sony’s 3rd PlayStation alive and well. We’re here to list all of the incredible games that hit the PS3 in 2014 so you only purchase and play the best of the best.
1. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
The Saiyan warriors and alien villains that they’ve battled for years have all been compiled in a surprisingly enjoyable multiplayer fighting game. Battle of Z features a wide array of iconic Z Warrior and more in a game that featured wide open expansive stages, huge boss battles and explosive battles.
The return of Strider was a welcome one. This 2.5D action platformer gives Capcom’s ninja a new lease on life as he runs back into battle against Grandmaster Meio and his ever growing army/ Do yourself a favor and play this rejuvenated reboot on Strider’s return to modern gaming.
2. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
We finally got the chance to play with the infamous Dracula, the Lord of Darkness. This next installment in the Lords of Shadow 2 series brings a definitive, action-packed and blood-fueled conclusion to Dracula’s crusade against an in-game Satan and his demons.
In 2014, a PC gaming icon made his return on next-gen and current-gen consoles. Master thief Garrett heads back into the shadows with improved graphics, an even darker hub world and refined stealth gameplay mechanics that make this whole package one to keep. Garrett’s comeback is a welcome one.
4. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
The first two chapters in the Final Fantasy XIII series weren’t exactly home runs, but at least Lightning’s solo journey was a respectable addition. The presence of costume/stat swapping and fun battles combines with a confusing but still enjoyable tale for Lightning Returns.
5. Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
Namco Bandai’s premier RPG series became a huge hit here in the States after Tales of Symphonia landed on the Nintendo Gamecube. Hardcore followers of this incredible RPG received an HD remaster of the game itself along with it’s sequel Dawn of a New World. This remastered project is a bundle worth owning.
1. South Park: The Stick of Truth
The wild and expletive filled neighborhood of South Park is home to a group of children who get their kicks from medieval fantasy games. This long-running animated series finally received a video game worth playing in the form of a hilarious RPG. Everyone from this lil’ town is on hand for some fun battles filled with farts fueled by flames and even more over-the-top occurrences.
2. Dark Souls 2
This game probably kicked your butt as soon as you started it up, but we’re pretty sure that you didn’t stop playing after dying the umpteenth time. Dark Souls 2 returns players to a world filled with dangerous creatures, traps and even more methods of killing. The experience here may be frustrating, but getting to the promised land of a safe bonfire and killing a tough boss makes everything worth it.
3. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
Square Enix went ahead and adopted the HD remastering route for two of it’s finest RPG’s – Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. Revisiting the adventures of Tidus and Yuna or getting introduced to them for the 1st time makes this PS3 collection a worthy pick-up. The remastered visuals and extra content makes this a welcome return for oldies/newbies.
4. Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes
This prelude to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain gets players acquainted with the next mission given to the legendary Big Boss. It may be an entirely too short experience, but it’s still a quality stealth action/adventure that’s full of engaging gameplay. As far as previews go, this is the best one we’ve ever gotten the pleasure to watch and play.
5. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
The BlazBlue anime fighting game series has been stretched out over several different iterations that added new characters and system updates. Chrono Phantasma features even more incredible characters, a brand new story campaign, more unlockables and better refinements to this tried-and-true fighting game. 2D fighting games don’t get any better than this (well, until Guilty Gear Xrd launches). We’re glad Ragna and Jin are back!