2015 Gaming In Review Part 1: <br/>What Were Our Best PlayStation 3 Games This Year?
2015 is almost over, so it’s already time for this epic question: “What were our best games this year”? We deliberated for a while and came up with a list that includes what we think are the best games of the year.
In this first post (out of three!), we’ll detail the best games we played in 2015 as well as some others we have yet to enjoy. Please keep in mind that we didn’t play all of this year’s releases and that we’ll focus on PlayStation 3 games for this post. We’re doing a second one featuring the best of the Vita games that will release tomorrow, and a third one detailing our best PS4 games that will go live on Wednesday.
After you’re done reading this list, we want you to tell us about your best games!
Now that the Playstation 4 is two years old, we saw a dramatic decline in games released for the PlayStation 3 in 2015. Even as reviewers, we didn’t really get a chance to review that many games on Sony’s previous home console. Anyway, here are our best PS3 games for this year!
I’m a huge fan of Metroidvania style games. When they are well put together, they create a unique world that’s super fun to explore. We got to see a bit of a resurgence in the genre this year, and one of my favorites was Teslagrad. The game is about a boy who takes down an evil empire. It has a beautiful art style that is distinct and draws you in, and the game tells the story visually without a single word being spoken. The game might only take a few hours to beat and an extra hour or two on top of that to get the Platinum trophy, but it’s a great trip.
Telsagrad was a fun game that really challenged me. I’m a huge fan of the genre (I recently finished Axiom Verge as well), and this was a good dose of “short and sweet” Metroidvania action. Even with a shorter campaign, it is definitely worth an investment to experience its story and explore its world. Did I already mention the very attainable Platinum trophy? Go get lost in the world of Teslagrad!
Protip: Pay attention throughout the game as there are easter eggs hidden throughout it for other games.
Tales from the Borderlands
I love Telltale games, and this year’s Tales from the Borderlands came up as my surprise hit on the PlayStation 3. I wasn’t too familiar with the Borderlands universe since I had only played the first one, but even basic knowledge about the Borderlands universe isn’t mandatory to enjoy this game to its fullest!
Spanning five action-packed episodes for a campaign of around 10 hours total, there is A LOT to love in this game, and you’ll likely laugh while playing since several of the dialog options are hilarious! I highly recommend this game to every player who even remotely likes either adventure games or Borderlands.
Honorable Mention: Trails of Cold Steel (PS3 and Vita)
I got this game for review (which is coming soon!) last week, and after several hours playing it, this is another seriously impressive RPG that would have been an easy contender for Game of the Year if it released earlier. It’s set to release tomorrow, and without spoiling my review, if you are into lengthy and polished RPGs, do yourself a favor and pick it up! This RPG is gorgeous, the soundtrack is cool and, the story is shaping up to be amazing!
I’m going with something different for my choice for best PlayStation 3 game of 2015, especially since during the year I was very much focused on playing a ton of PlayStation 4 and PS Vita releases for review, which is why when I got a review copy for Yakuza 5 (my full review goes live soon since I’m STILL playing this awesome game), I had to update my PS3 system’s firmware, I had to update the PSN firmware AND I had to delete a couple of games from my hard drive to make room for this massive 23 GB release!
I’ve never been much of a fan of the GTA games, and I have to be honest and say that I’ve never played any of the previous Yakuza releases either, but as I learned more and more about Yakuza 5, something clicked with me and made me want to review this game from SEGA… and boy, was I in for a treat! From the moment the initial cutscene starts to play the game grabs the player’s attention and never let’s go. There’s just so many things to do and so much to see in Yakuza 5 that I’ve been busy playing for a lot of time and I still haven’t even seen more than 20% of the game.
It’s atmosphere, tight gameplay and great graphics on the aging PS3 make this a must have for Yakuza fans and also for those of you new to the series as well. Yakuza 5 has made me a fan of the series, and I can’t wait to play the games in the series currently in development for the PlayStation 4.
Honorable Mention: Atelier Shallie: Alchemist of the Dusk Sea
I’m a huge fan of the Atelier RPG series, as you can probably tell from my reviews for Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk, Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland and Atelier Escha & Logy ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sky~, so it’s no surprise to see that I immediately jumped at the chance to review Atelier Shallie: Alchemist of the Dusk Sea.
With two main protagonists available for players, a huge and colorful world to explore, and very polished gameplay mechanics, Atelier Shallie: Alchemist of the Dusk Sea is the best game in the whole Atelier series. This game is even more important due to a huge change in how the game works. In previous Atelier releases, players had a set number of days per period to perform actions, explore locations and perform alchemy. This time around, there is no such time limit imposed on players and this makes for a more fast-paced and dynamic RPG were you don’t have to juggle a tight schedule when deciding what to do next.
As die-hard gamers, we don’t play only PlayStation games throughout the year. This year was particularly good for other systems, but we had a couple of games we wanted mention!
Super Mario Maker (Wii U)
When it was first announced, I thought that this game might be either the best or worst Super Mario game ever made. It released a few months ago, and after giving it a go with some friends, this game is definitively a blast! Featuring thousands of levels online made by the community (with more being uploaded every day!), and with the possibility to use your imagination to create your very own levels, Super Mario Maker might be the pinnacle of the franchise, and is reason enough to purchase a Wii U!
Undertale is a very unique release that recently DOMINATED Gamefaq’s ‘Best. Game. Ever.’ poll, and since it released only a few months ago, I figured we should give it the spotlight since it is an experience that shouldn’t be missed! This is an RPG where you can finish the game without ever having to kill anyone, a premise that is very interesting and unique!
Welcome to UNDERTALE. In this RPG, you control a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Now you must find your way out… or stay trapped forever.
Each one of you will have his/her own best games list. What were YOUR best PlayStation 3 games this year?
Can you try to discover what our best PSP/Vita or Playstation 4 games will be?
Let’s debate in the comments below!
And stay tuned to read Part 2 (PSP and Vita games), and Part 3 (PlayStation 4 games) both coming later this week!