5 PS3 Era Games That Deserve A Remake (And 5 Best Left Untouched)
The PS3 was released in 2007 to mixed reception. Its price was considerably high and the PS2 left it with big boots to fill. It competed with the Xbox 360 and had its work cut out for it.
Gamers have become familiar with the PS3 over time as its powerful hardware capabilities have shone through time. It was a future-ready console, and the games available when they were released barely made use of its capabilities.
Towards the end of its life, however, new games with outstanding gameplay and graphics unleashed the potential of the PS3 and helped Sony retain its strong position in the market.
This article takes a look at some of the titles from that era that are worth remaking for the next generation of gamers and some timeless ones that are best enjoyed as is.
Games from the PS3 era that deserve a remake
Based on the American Wild West period, this amazing open-world game from Rockstar was one of the first games to capitalize on every player’s love for a good western. Released in 2010, the game is set at the turn of the 20th century, when the era of brigands and outlaws was slowly coming to an end as government influence spread.
Although Arthur Morgan and RDR2 are more famous, John Marston’s story came first and set the stage for the success of the sequel. Rockstar did an amazing job with the story. He touched on sensitive topics such as racism, immigration and personal rights vis-à-vis government control while revealing that these issues have been around for a long time.
4) Deus Ex: Human Revolution
The third installment in a struggling franchise, Deus Ex Revolution, had very low expectations but exceeded all predictions and delivered a solid gameplay experience. Set in the future, the game feels like an amalgamation of Robo-Cop and Blade Runner in a cyberpunk world where scientific breakthroughs widen the gap between haves and have-nots.
Players step into the shoes of Adam Jensen, who is transformed into a cyborg and must unravel the plot behind it. With plenty of room to play stealth or use guns, Edios Montreal has made this game something for everyone to enjoy.
3) Portal 2
The original Portal was released in 2007 and was named “Game of the Year” by several publications. Released for the PS3 in 2011, Portal 2 was built on mind-bending puzzle elements, which worked so well and successfully improved on a large scale. Gameplay mostly revolves around using your portal gun to solve challenges and requires considerable thinking and quick reflexes.
Valve does a great job of presenting you with the required clues instead of just making it obvious which way to go and many of the levels are quite complicated and would leave players confused.
Portal 2 has all the ingredients for a successful remake with a well fleshed out story, expansive lore, genuinely funny characters, and perfectly polished two-player co-op.
Considered by many to be one of the most defining AAA games of the previous generation, Bioshock was released in 2008 and was unlike anything that had come before it. It set industry standards for storytelling, world depth, and gameplay variety that many others struggle to match.
Set in the underwater city of Rapture, you play as an outsider who discovers that all social order has collapsed and the streets are littered with corpses. This compulsive, ever-escalating RPG shooter immerses players in a cohesive, well-made world where your choices and relationship with NPCs impact your gameplay.
It had the best graphics available at the time of release and a moving background score, which set the tone for the exhilarating yet thoughtful action the game was all about. A remake of this PS3-era classic would be a sure hit.
1) The Last of Us
Often considered the best game on the PS3, The Last of Us was released towards the end of its era in 2013.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world where society has rapidly broken down, the game doesn’t focus on what caused it, but on the characters’ backstories. With plenty of hopelessness and desperation surrounding your actions and choices, the game does a fantastic job of painting the difficult situations you find yourself in.
The game instills a sense of struggle to survive encounters with the basic tools needed instead of giving you enough power to fight back. With an emotionally impactful, mature style of storytelling and an industry-defining gameplay-driven narrative, the game immerses players in a beautifully nuanced and immensely believable nightmarish world.
A remake of such a masterpiece would require extreme care not to spoil the perfect formula.
PS3 Era Games Best Left Untouched
1) Dark Souls
The game is synonymous with a punishing difficulty level, released on PS3 in 2011. It wasn’t that the game was impossible to beat. It was that he fed you nothing and punished you heavily for your mistakes. It forced players to be careful with their actions and decisions, and inconsistent play was rewarded with a quick and bloody death.
No matter how impossible the odds might seem, the ingenious level design and deceptively simple combat mechanics ensured there was always a way to win. You just had to play by the tough rules. The game wants you to win and provides you with the tools to do so, but how to use them is up to the player.
Although the franchise took off and is the inspiration behind important games today, Dark Souls is not expected to be remade. It was an original masterpiece and was the testing ground for a generation of gamers and game developers. A remaster to update clunky menus serves well enough.
2) Batman Arkham City
Sequel to 2009’s highly successful Batman Arkham Asylum, Arkham City sets you free on the crime-infested streets of North Gotham. Escaped convicts from Arkham took over the entire neighborhood and were cordoned off.
Rocksteady’s piece of quarantined Gotham is one of the most striking, touching, and purposeful environments to honor the entire generation of open-world gaming, as it prioritizes fidelity, personality, and meaningful design in relation to scale.
The game doesn’t mess around with the herd’s proven formula of cleverly crafted stealth thinning before an intense and explosive finale. The game’s story is quite dramatic and easily one of the darkest stories in the franchise, making it a satisfying adventure for any Batman fan.
3) Xcom Unknown Enemy
Xcom: Enemy Unknown was released in 2012 and the turn-based strategy genre has never been the same since. Aliens have attacked Earth and players must fill the shoes of the commander in charge of the resistance.
Such a big role with big implications is usually portrayed as getting better and better in other games, but not here. The harsh realities of scarce resources and limited choices define every decision. Unexpected incidents in the field could cost you considerably in terms of manpower. The grim aspect of dealing with the deaths of comrades while continuing your resistance touches on emotions close to real-world situations.
The basics of the game are easy to understand and can also be learned by a novice in strategy. Decision making is what takes a few runs to get used to. Xcom2 took the proven formula to greater heights and set the industry standards of the genre we enjoy today.
4) Wolfenstein New Order
The franchise has never been all about subtlety and stealth. The New Oder is no different. The game sticks to its roots of explosive action and intense shootouts with anything from robot dogs to laser-shooting tanks coming at the player.
Set in an alternate timeline where the Nazis have won World War II and now rule the world, the game’s protagonist, BJ Blazcowicz, is the only thing that can stop the Nazi war machine, even if it means going to the moon to kill some. .
Released in 2014 for the PS3, the game’s graphics were outstanding for its time and still hold up today. Attention to detail during cutscenes and the world around you sets this shooter apart from most of its contemporaries.
The draw for most players was the variety of loud and weird weapons, but in the end, people kept coming back for the branching narrative and well-fleshed out characters.
5) Hotline Miami
Don’t be fooled by the top view and retro graphics. Hotline Miami is one of the most violent games ever released. Most gamers don’t realize that this PS3 game came out at a time when, being politically correct and sanitized, no-frills art was the “IN” thing.
Depicting humans as animals of different types, the game managed to circumvent some tricky aspects. This allowed him to justify the mass murders committed by the players with soaring club music in the background. The game got them thinking on their feet, adopting a shot first and asking questions later.
It almost felt like a drug-induced state where violence is your favorite state, and the ending of it made players realize the horrific crimes they’ve committed.
Almost all good games end with deep, usually positive emotion. Hotline Miami’s ending left players shocked at their actions, with the only relief that none of their crimes were real. This feeling, dark as it is, is a work of art and should not be attempted again.
Disclaimer: This article reflects the views of the author.
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