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3D Dot Game Heroes Action/Adventure Designed to evoke nostalgia for 8- and 16-bit adventures, with a basic save-the-world plot and overhead Zelda-style gameplay, elemental dungeons included. (The Fire Temple is notoriously infuriating.) You can increase your sword's size to a ridiculous degree as a main way to deal damage. The entire gameworld is made of voxels ("3D pixels"), adding to its retro appeal, in addition to tons of other sly references to classic games. You can also construct your own character, voxel by voxel. 150px
Afrika Sim A rare and mostly forgotten safari simulation game, where you are a photographer in the African savannah trying to get the best pictures of the wildlife. The graphics and orchestral soundtrack craft a pleasant gameworld where success requires patience, strategy, observation, and not getting tackled by a rhinoceros. Very interesting, but its deliberately slow pace isn't for everyone. 150px
Alice: Madness Returns Action/Adventure/Platforming Ignore the mediocre reviews that critics gave to this game. This is a combination of the old school 3D platformers from the N64/PS1 days, with hack and slash combat and weapon leveling a la Devil May Cry. The art direction and atmosphere are amazing, there's shitloads of stuff to collect and the combat requires actual thought rather than just mashing the attack button. Only downsides are occasional graphical glitches and only one boss battle in the entire game. Also, Alice is mah psychotic waifu.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Aquanaut's Holiday: Hidden Memories Adventure The culmination of the Aquanaut's Holiday underwater exploration series, heavy on atmosphere and lacking in specific goals. Has the best graphics yet and an actual story with characters, along with the series' esoteric elements, like communicating with certain fish. A beautiful world to explore to your heart's content, but this game is very hard to find. 150px
Arcana Heart 3 Fighting What are you, some kind of insecure faggot? Get this shit it's awesome. Another game that takes inspiration from Guilty Gear, (those are rare) since the homing button acts essentially like Dust + Roman Cancels with its ability to cancel any move you make to immediately follow up on the opponent. Also gives you the ability to select another special function to use for the Arcana button, but that system is far too deep to go into detail.

Only on PSN for NA, but if you're in the UK you can get it on both 360 and PS3, on disk.

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Armored Core 4 TPS/Action/MECHASEXUAL Mech combat game, very complex and not for everybody. Build your "Core" and take part in the mech combat. Online multiplayer worldwide. Steep learning curve for somebody who has never played a game like this before, they don't ease you into the game at all; you really have to be willing to bear with it until you figure things out.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Armored Core: For Answer TPS/Action/MECHASEXUAL Better than AC4, although not by much. It's basically the same game gameplay-wise, but with quite a bit of additional content, which includes more parts to use and new OTT special moves, like the "Air blast" you see on the cinematic trailer. Oh, there's more than one ending too, like in Last Raven. The only reason to buy AC4 over this would be for the plot, which I doubt anyone even cares about. Got some shit because the devs advertised off-line Bro-op before release, but that was never implemented. Online community is pretty much dead.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Armored Core V TPS/Action/MECHASEXUAL More mech action. Tries to go back to its old roots and is also pretty much focused on multiplayer this time. The singleplayer is awfully short, so don't buy it expecting a lengthy campaign (though knowing From Software, there will likely be a campaign-oriented "sequel" in the near future).


Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Assassin's Creed Action/Adventure/Stealth You play as Thomas Anderson Desmond Miles, who is forced to re-live as his ancestor who's an assassin in the middle east during the Third Crusade. Blend in with the crowd to get closer to your target seconds from killing him.
The main complaints about the game usually relate to the repetitive nature of the game. If you don't care about the story, go ahead and skip to the sequel. It trades the more methodical sandbox 'investigation' structure for a more linear but also more engaging variety of missions. On the easy side, and when you have to fight, combat can be repetitive and drawn out.
Also available on Xbox 360 and PC.
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Assassin's Creed Ezio Trilogy Action/Adventure/Stealth A collection of the three main series Assassin's Creed games that feature Ezio. Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin's Creed: Revelations all on one disc. The collection also includes the Bonfire of the Vanities and Battle of Forli DLC for Assassin's Creed II.

In Assassin's Creed II, you're an assassin back in 15th Century Italy who takes the gig because your family got murdered. A great improvement over the first game, showing that Ubisoft actually paid attention to complaints. The repetitiveness of its predecessor was done away with, combining stealth, action, and platforming very well, while managing to be visually beautiful.

Brotherhood is essentially Assassin's Creed 2.5, but confined to the large city of Rome. Introduces a new multiplayer aspect that plays surprisingly well.

Revelations takes Ezio to the Ottoman Empire of Constantinople, with few changes from the previous installments.

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Asura's Wrath Action/Pressing R2 to Burst This is not an action game. It is dubbed "Interactive Anime." You as Asura, the japenese Kratos, fighting to get back your daughter in a world that is inspired by both Hindu mythology and Sci Fi. Gameplay is mostly quick time events, with some shoot 'em up segments and sub-par beat 'em up segments. The ending ends on a cliffhanger unless you purchase ending DLC.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition Action/Adventure/Stealth You play as the Goddamn Batman. That's reason enough to play it. Besides, it's fucking awesome. It's so awesome that it's already got an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records (no, seriously, go look it up).

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC; however, the PS3 version contains additional content.

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Game Of The Year Edition: 10 Out Of 10: Batman: Batman: Arkham City Action/Adventure/Stealth/BEING THE GODDAMMNED BATMAN/10/10 You play as the goddamn Batman in a bigger, more open environment. If you enjoyed Arkham Asylum, but really wished you could grapple to buildings and shit, go for it.

Game of the Year Edition is out now, comes with every piece of DLC, including preorder outfits. Also includes the just released Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC. Best bang for your buck. Eat ma Period.


Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Battlefield: Bad Company FPS The game is primarily a squad-based online first person shooter similar to Call of Duty in many ways (if you like CoD you'll probably enjoy this). Lacking compared to the PC exclusives in the series, this installment offers improved graphics and destructible environments.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Battle Fantasia 2D Fighting An overlooked title by Arc System Works (Guilty Gear) that uses toon-shaded graphics and an anime-fantasy cast. There is an unusual focus on story for a fighter, with light RPG elements as well. Implements a system similar to Street Fighter 3's parrying. Cute and whimsical.

Only available via download in NA; also available (on disc) for X360.

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Bayonetta Action/Adventure Hectic action game by Hideki Kamiya in the style of Devil May Cry, starring an immortal witch with utterly ridiculous powers. The fighting is more focused on dodging than DMC, but the formula is similar in general, with droves of challening enemies and insane boss battles. Everything about this game is turned up to eleven, including the story, set pieces and fan service. Beautiful baroque decoration on everything. Quite a bit of optional content. PS3 version suffered bad loading times and slowdown but that has been fixed (somewhat) with a patch.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 Compilation A treat for those who only buy physical copies, Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 includes the titles When Vikings Attack!, Sound Shapes, Fat Princess, and the very cool Tokyo Jungle, all on one disc.

Unfortunately, the DLC for these games is not present in the bundle.

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Binary Domain TPS A squad-based third-person shooter by the team behind Yakuza; you can order your varied group of teammates, with their own personalities, strengths and weaknesses, to help out in battle. How you treat them throughout the game determines their feelings towards you; there's a strong focus on relationship-building. The setting is futuristic in a clean, shiny way with amazingly realistic robot enemies and some notable boss battles, but gameplay gets stale outside of them. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for something unusual.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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BioShock Ultimate Rapture Edition FPS Contains BioShock 1 & 2 on disc, and includes over $40 worth of bonus content.

BioShock is the spiritual successor to the System Shock series, an FPS set in a destroyed objectivist underwater utopia. Focuses on plasmids (basically magic, such as lightning) as much as guns. Noted for its fantastic atmosphere.

In BioShock 2 you play as a prototype Big Daddy on a quest to rescue his little sister. While the setting may not feel as new as it did in BioShock, the gameplay has seen noticeable improvement. Combat is fun, hacking is streamlined and the game has a terrific story with a fantastic ending. Multiplayer can be surprisingly fun.

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Birds of Steel Flight Simulation Basically IL-2 with much improved graphics, a smaller plane roster, god-like enemy AI, more pacific maps,and an actual campaign. The campaign takes place on both the American and Japanese sides, with missions including you bombing Pearl Harbor, carriers, and fighting off invaders at Wake Island. Has real footage and good cutscenes, but is a little short and doesn't cover the entire Pacific war. There is also a decal system, with pinup girls, kill marks, squadron emblems, and commonly used decorations like lightning and shark jaws. Also includes good multiplayer, custom schemes from famous squadrons from all sides besides Japan, and a custom mission setup. Works incredibly well with a standard controller, and has 100% custom mapping

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend Fighting BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is the sequel to Calamity Trigger, the story being set a few days after its predecessor. The gameplay mechanics have been changed and new modes have been added. There are a few versions of Continuum Shift, but Extend is the latest, adding Relius as a playable character (bringing the total roster to 19), and story modes for some of the DLC characters from previous versions.Continuum Shift Extend contains a more linear recap of the events in Calamity Trigger, making Calamity Trigger passable if you don't care a whole lot about the story. The next installment in the BlazBlue series, Chrono Phantasma, has hit the arcades in Japan and is expected to release on consoles some time in the future.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Blur Arcade Racer Blur is a new-age cart racer for the mature masses. If Mario and his pals raced in the real world, it'd be Blur. Many different tracks, tons of cars, awesome powerups, online multiplayer and a challenging objective based single player make for a great racing title.

Also available on Xbox 360 and PC.

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Boku no Natsuyasumi 3: Hokkoku Hen: Chiisana Boku no Dai Sougen Sim/Slice of Life Japanese only Animal Crossing-esque game where you play a Japanese boy in the 1970's enjoying summer vacation. You do stuff like bug catching, hill sliding, swimming, BEETLE SUMO, and childhood games. The most endearing part is arguably the diary, complete with crayon drawings. This game is text heavy with no trophies and no English, so you'd have to know moonspeak to even consider playing. That said, it is oddly interesting. Check these two pages boku-no-natsuyasumi-3-mini-review boku-no-natsuyasume-3-day-6 for more insight. The Best re-release of this game goes for cheaper. 150px
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway FPS/Squad-Based Brothers in Arms makes a leap to the next generation. It takes the squad to Hell's Highway, site of one of the biggest military failures in WWII history. Considered by many fans to be the weakest link in the series so far, and inferior to the countless other military shooters out there, but you might be intrigued despite that.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Brütal Legend Action-Adventure with RTS elements (single player)

Action-RTS (multiplayer)

Action-RTS game set in a world inspired by heavy metal album covers, in which you slay demons, drive hot rods, and gather the downtrodden humans into an army to take on a tour of destruction across the land.

It's a bit disjointed in that the single player is basically Heavy Metal Zelda with simplified versions of the multiplayer battles standing in for dungeons, whereas the multiplayer is much deeper and more strategic. In either mode though, it doesn't work if you try to play it like a traditional top-down RTS, you need to get in the battle alongside your troops and put your combat moves, solos and double teams to use.

Multiplayer community is somewhat dead on PS3, unfortunately. {C}{C

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Burnout Paradise Racing Offering a whole new city, Burnout Paradise ditches its traditional roots. It feels like Burnout meets Need for Speed. Love it or hate it, the series has changed. Online multiplayer, DLC.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood FPS Remember the original Call of Juarez? Neither do I. Anyways, this is a fucking awesome Cowboy FPS where you play as a couple of brothers who have to fight their way through good ol' Mexico. Best played with a bro in bro-op. It came out 11 months before Red Dead Redemption, but no one played this because everyone was waiting for RDR and thus they missed out. You can get it for fucking cheap too nowadays.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Action-Adventure The latest Castlevania title and a reboot of the franchise. It borrows quite a bit of its mechanics from other games (a little God of War and a little Shadow of the Colossus to name a couple) but does so in a very good way. Overall it's a very good action game with beautiful graphics, polished gameplay and a good story. Oh, and did we mention Patrick Stewart narrates the entire game and voices one of the main characters?

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Catherine Puzzle/Action Atlus' first next gen game is a puzzle game with a storyline. Cheat on your girlfriend, chill with your bros at the local bar and climb towers straight out of hell at night. Don't let this stop you from at least trying the demo. It's quite fun actually. It's also one of the very few games that you can actually play one handed. If you dislike puzzle games and anime art in general, then it might not be your thing. Plus, it's rather story-heavy.

Also available on the Xbox 360, with an alternate cover featuring Katherine.

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Child of Eden Rhythm/Rail shooter

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Spiritual sequel to Rez, stylistic graphics and music. A great reason to own the Move and almost makes a 3DTV worth owning.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Condemned 2: Bloodshot FPS/Horror A sequel to Condemned: Criminal Origins, a first person action thriller on the Xbox 360 and PC. Although considered inferior to its predecessor, it keeps some of the good, but loses a lot of it in favor of a horrible story choice. You fight a bear. North America and Europe.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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The Darkness FPS A sweet and unique FPS that debuted fairly early in the current gen. Made by the creators of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, and has a very similar feel/game-engine. Play as a 1950's mobster who gets abandoned by his family and discovers he has the power to control two snake-like demons from his back and summon little Overlord style demons from underground. Based off cult comic. You can find it for 7 bucks used now.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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The Darkness II FPS

Jackie's back, motherfuckers! This time, haunted by the memories of past, he's targeted by weird cult, which tries to siphon titular Darkness fom him. Plot gets preety crazy and fun later and dialogues, especially from Powell, are hilarious. Gameplay was updated and pumped up (you can use tendrils and dual wield weapons at once) and you get the kickass Darkling as a oneliner-m8-accent-spewing sidekick. Graphics got nice cell-shaded feel, though not everyone likes it. If you'll get bored with main plot, you can access Vendettas missions (connected with main story, but selectable from main menu) where you choose one of the four characters and blow the shit up with Darkness-infused weapons. Must have for fans of first one and worth of checking out for breety gud shootan fans.

Also available on PC and Xbox360.

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Darksiders Action/Adventure

If Devil May Cry, God of War and Zelda had a baby, that baby would be Darksiders. You play as War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and fight angels and demons in order to restore humanity and regain your lost dignity. Not all that visually impressive but fun as hell.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Darksiders II Action/Adventure This time, you play as War's brother, Death, before War begins his quest to investigate who began the apocalypse. Darksiders II is a sequel done right - everything from the first game is improved upon. You can now equip different weapons and armor that you find, much like a Diablo game. This of course opens up more options for combat, which feels more rounded out than the first game, but nowhere near as deep as a Devil May Cry game. 150px
Dark Souls Action RPG Spiritual Successor to Demon Souls, and arguably harder. It improves over every aspect of its predecessor, being at least twice as big and featuring a fully streamlined world, scarcer resources (no more carrying 99 of each grass). The tendency system gave way to a new faction system, with each of the 9 covenants having it's own mission and thus expanding a lot the way the multiplayer system works. A world of both frustrating and rewarding challenges awaits as you fight your way through tons of incredibly atmospheric dungeons. And you will die in every one of them, multiple times. And you will like it. A lot.

Also availabe on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Darkstalkers Resurrection Fighting A compilation of both Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge and Darkstalkers 3, updated in HD with online multiplayer, spectator mode, and new unlockables.

Only available as a download on PSN for the US and Europe.

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Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate 3D Fighting Newest entry in the DOA series. New characters, new stages, revamped move lists, revamped frame data, and all that you'd expect from a sequel in FG. It's vastly superior to DOA4 on pretty much every aspect, but specially gameplay wise. Why is that? Well, this isn't a hold fest anymore (they got nerfed). Now you can play a more traditional 3D FG with guaranteed setups, working sidesteps, wall game, ground game and stuff. The game itself is accessible, fun and flashy for newcomers; and for veterans it has to offer a deep and solid fighting game. Also, Amazing visuals. 150px
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut Survival Horror

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Pretty much Twin Peaks - The Game. A Survival Horror game, with some sandbox elements, set in a small rural American town, where a gruesome murder has just occurred. Opens with the main character talking to himself about how Tom and Jerry are an analogy for abusive homosexual relationships. Very silly in a way, but still fun and interesting. Might not be the nicest looking game out there, but still absolutely worth your time if you like a good story.

Also available on the Xbox 360 without the added features of the Director's Cut. A PC Version has also been Greenlit and will be released on Steam on Halloween

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Dead Rising 2 Action/Adventure/Horror Set in the fictional Fortune City which is modeled after Las Vegas. This installment includes co-op, a satirical multiplayer mode, and a dramatically increased number of zombies (roughly around 7,000 according to Joystiq). You can combine items to form crazy weapons (like a lawnmower+sweeper that sucks in the body parts it chops up). Don't worry if you haven't played the first one, just start with this since it's the same but more fun. "Off the Record", an unusual alternate version of this game is also available. The role of Chuck is replaced by Frank West and there are a bunch of gameplay improvements. If you haven't played this, get that.

Also available on Xbox 360 and PC.

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Dead Space TPS/Horror Action-heavy survival horror 3rd person shooter that actually manages to be scary at times. A few jumps and a fantastic atmosphere, doesn't hold back on on it's gore or brutality, but doesn't overdo it either. Has an immersive user interface as well. There is DLC for stronger weapons and suits that make the game a lot easier on any difficulty.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Dead Space 2 TPS/Horror Issac's back, and this time he has a face and a personality. This time the game takes place in a Bioshock-esque abandoned and ruined civilization. Just as good if not better than the first one as an action game. Due to the constant action, there is very little tension or suspense and as such the only horror moments are shock horror. The PS3 version comes packaged with a port of the Wii Rail Shooter Dead Space: Extraction in glorious 1080p.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Demon's Souls Action RPG A dark fantasy with a dreary atmosphere, Demon's Souls allows you to create your character based on various classes and then sets you free in a world riddled with traps, monsters and sudden deaths. A very difficult game for those who are up to the challenge. Its online multi-player system is amazingly forward-thinking and involves both cooperation and backstabbing. Dying in the game will come often, and usually as the result of an oversight on your part, but will mean you will need to run through the level from the beginning again. (Although some levels provide small shortcuts.) If that, and the subsequent triumph of overcoming the challenge it presents, doesn't seem like much fun to you, the game might not be for you. If it does, though, it is quite rewarding. 150px
Deus Ex: Human Revolution FPS/WRPG/Yellow Prequel to the first Deus Ex. Everything you could ask for is in it. FPS/RPG action, multiple ways to complete and objective, hacking, stealthing, conspiracy theories, take downs, incredible detail, etc. Slightly more linear then the original, but definitely worthy of the Deus Ex title.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Devil May Cry 4 Action/Hack 'n' Slash It's DMC, but now you play as new protagonist, Nero, and unlock Dante later. A solid combat system that can be used to rack up frankly insane combos (if you're good enough [spoiler]spam Devil Bringer with Nero, FIGHT LIKE A MAN with Dante with all 5 styles at once![/spoiler]), hilariously cheesy cutscenes and dialogue (as is standard in DMC) and a fair bit of replayability.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Devil May Cry HD Collection Action/Hack 'n' Slash Contains the first three games (special edition for DMC3) upgraded in high definition. If you've never played a Devil May Cry game before, this collection is definitely worth picking up. Trophy support included.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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DiRT 2 Racing The best rally racing experience of this generation. It has a fuck ton of cars and tracks, plus the style and music make this one impressive package. Also its pretty cheap now that its been out for a year or so. And if you enjoyed this, definitely get DiRT 3 as well, it's a whole new world.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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DiRT 3: Complete Edition Racing Improves on DiRT 2 by adding weather conditions (snow, rain, fog, wet track) and also night racing. That, and the Gymkhana, which is a very fun event where you do crazy stuff such as spins and jumps in a closed parking-lot style arena. Has tons of cars, including old-time legends such as the Audi Quattro Pikes Peak and lots of cars from the 60s, 70s and 90s. Every location in the game is different from DiRT 2, which makes this a very fresh experience (meaning 100% less deserts and jungles, and 100% more mountains and savannas). Actually almost every bit of content in this game is new so it's worth to keep your DiRT 2 copy and get one of this as well since they both have great exclusive tracks and cars, so this sequel doesn't kill its predecessor in any way.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice SRPG A strategy RPG with an incredible amount of content. Has a goofy story that makes fun of itself, but nothing to write home about. Maximum experience level is 9999, but to finish the game you don't even need to make to level 500. Has tons of jobs, weapons, monsters, and other crap to earn. The graphics are pretty bad (indistinguishable from PS2 and PSP installments), but it doesn't stop the game from being fun.

Also available on the PS Vita.

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Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten SRPG Arguably the best Disgaea in terms of gameplay, MC, and extras. This one has a brand new HD animation system and everything, which looks awesome. Also has a level editor mode, but it's been gimped in the NTSC-U and PAL versions to avoid "naughty" maps or some shit. 150px
Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition WRPG The story is pretty generic by WRPG standards, the graphics are somewhat muddy, and the controls aren't the greatest, especially considering that it's designed for the PC. But, hey, it's got some decent interactive storytelling, and while the characters can be kind of annoying at points, they're not terrible. If you want WRPGs on the PS3, you don't have a whole lot of options, and Dragon Age: Origins is decent, if a bit average. Stay away from the sequel though, and be sure to get the Ultimate Edition so you don't have to deal with the game telling you to buy its DLC.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Dragon Ball: Raging Blast Fighting What Burst Limit shared to Budokai, Rainging Blast shared to budokai tenkaichi. This game is cool and has characters a plenty in a large environment and wide world.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 Fighting The sequel to the 1st Raging Blast, this time around the game has more characters, a better developed story mode, and that new red dude? (not Janemba) Well aparantly BANDAI is now bringing out everything Dragon Ball with this because this dude is from some DBZ movie in Japan.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit Fighting Basically this is like if they remade Budokai but made its story better and more expansive with crisp graphics. The fighting is finally on par with the speed of the fighting in the show, and its got a fair number of characters to play as. Also features the over 9000 scene so now there's no reason not to buy this game.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Dragon's Crown Beat 'em Up/RPG 2D beat'em up by Vanillaware. Multiple classes that can spec into different roles and have their own unique play-style, witty dialogue, multiple campgain routes, online multiplayer that requires teamwork, skill, and in-depth knowledge of the game to win, classic beat'em up gameplay and crisp visuals make for a must-have for any fan of beat'em ups. Controls are quite jarring at first, but you get used to it after a while.

Also on the Vita

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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Action RPG Action RPG complete with customization, questing, and terrific combat. The story revolves around a fearsome dragon who invades your happy village, then proceeds to literally rip your heart out and eat it, as you are the chosen one and bad shit must happen to you.

You'll venture throughout the land, slaying mounting a myriad of mythical beast and invading dungeons. The customization is complete with body-types, facial appearances and pawns. Pawns are your fellow peers who will assist you in fights as an AI, providing you with helpful information and a hand. Aside from your own main pawn, you'll hire pawns from other players all over the globe. Combat consist of a variety of special moves that are specific based on your class. Some of these skills can be carried over to different classes, making it worthwhile to invest in multiple classes.

Rereleased as Dark Arisen with new enemies (including a new final boss), equipment, enhancments, augments, character customization options and an option for moonspeak. Please note that there is no upgrade option for the original game.

Also on the Xbox 360.

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Driver San Francisco Racing/Driving/being a badass

After a couple of not-so-great games, the Driver series is finally back with a great game. Gone are the horrible on-foot mechanics that almost ruined the series (thank God). Also, it has a crazy-ass premise: Tanner is in a coma, but he doesn't know it. He does however notice that he has a new ability called Shift; he can FLY INTO THE AIR AND JUMP INTO ANOTHER CAR NEARBY whenever he wants. It sounds dumb but it totally works. There's also so much to do from various challenges, races, multiplayer modes and unlockable movie chases that you get to re-enact: Bullitt, The Blues Brothers, The French Connection, Vanishing Point and much more. Also, for the first time in the series: 130+ official licensed cars, including the Dodge Charger and Challenger, Ford Mustang, Bentley Continental GT, Fiat 500 and the Delorean DMC-12.

Also available on 360, PC and Wii. However, the PC version is only kinda decent and the Wii version is a different game which is probably pretty good too has crappy controls.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara Beat 'em Up/Action RPG Compilation of two of Capcom's arcade classics, Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom, and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara. Includes online multiplayer, a new loot hunting feature, and online leaderboards. Only available as a download for North America and Europe.

Also on Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC.

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Dynasty Warriors 7 / Xtreme Legends Action The best Dynasty Warriors experience in years, The amount of battles and content is disturbing, and it will keep you busy for a long time. It goes without saying, if you like Dynasty Warriors, GET THIS GAME.

Xtreme Legends adds extra content, such as new characters, weapons, and modes, however, save data from the original release of Dynasty Warriors 7 is required to access the Story Mode (which features two player co-op) and Conquest mode.

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Dynasty Warriors Gundam Action Basically the average Koei game but with a Gundam theme. Become a Gundam pilot from the series and nostalgia all over your TV screen out of the fun this game has with Gundams in general. Some people like it, some hate it, but try it for yourself man. Mainly for fans of the show since it was based off of an anime. Gundam knowledge is not required but it helps.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 Action More gundams, more stuff, basically what a sequel is supposed to be in general.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PS2 shockingly.

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Dynasty Warriors: Gundams 3 Action Again, moar gundam, moar gaem. Not much else to say; if you liked the ones before it you'll probably like this one too.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Eternal Sonata JRPG Traditional JRPG, featuring Chopin as a character, along with some of his work. The unique battle system is like a cross between Tales/Star Ocean and Grandia. Lots of Chopin's music accompanied by a great original soundtrack. Quite linear, and not very deep.

Also available on the Xbox 360; however, the PS3 version contains additional content (specifically, two more playable characters).

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Far Cry 3 FPS Good gameplay mechanics. Gunplay feels realtistic enough to be challenging and arcadey enough to be fun. While the game tries to bloat playstyles, it mostly comes down to either going balls out or being stealthy. Still is pretty fun otherwise. Missions are your typical open-world type with races, hunting, assainations, etc. The story has a good concept, but is bogged down by being overtly-pretentious and unnescerailly surreal at times. Characters are irriating, with the most intresting character Vass getting little screentime. 150px
F.E.A.R. FPS/Horror FPS/Horror hybrid. A few horror elements will make those less experienced in the genre jump. Online multiplayer.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage Action/Beat 'Em Up It's fucking Fist of the North Star! A spin-off to publisher Koei's Warrior series, although some say it isn't as good as the Dynasty Warrior games.

Also available on the Xbox 360.
ps: Akagi pls go

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Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 Action/Beat 'Em Up

So basically the first game but with more stuff included. More features, characters, and BADASSERY. Available as a disc in Europe, while in America is available only as a direct download.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and Wii U.

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Folklore Action RPG An action-RPG where you unravel a murder mystery while fighting through various unique worlds alongside numerous monsters that you capture. Features colorful, vibrant graphics and sixaxis controls that actually work - and work well. Though you play as two different characters, you go through the same areas as each one, so it can get repetitive. 150px
Formula One Championship Edition Racing This is a pretty good/decent racing game. The multiplayer is close to barren, but isn't bad if you can get a match going. I wouldn't suggest it to anyone but people who really like racing games. 150px
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Action Bust ghosts with the original bustas as the newest member of the team. Funny story that was actually written by Ramis and Aykroyd. Even better, everyone is voiced by the actors who played them in the old movies! This is the ultimate fanservice for fans.

Also available on pretty much everything, but the 360/PS3 versions are the best.

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Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Modern Tactical TPS/Squad Based The story mode takes place not even 24 hours after the first one ended. Still Clancy crap though. Combat has been vastly improved, and the AIs are even better. A fuck ton of people still play this online as of September 2010. Get this version over the original if you can find it, the story is easy to catch on to.

Note: GRAW1 never came out on the PS3, so if you want to play it you'll have to get the 360, PS2, or PC.

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Gran Turismo 5 Racing It took a longass time, but the latest GT is finally out. Insane amounts of hours to be put into the verbose car tweakan. Online modes are pretty boss. For those unfamiliar, this game focuses more on being a driving similator, and less on being an arcade-ish game like Need For Speed. 150px
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition Sandbox Arguably one of the best second best of the GTA franchise. If you're playing missions, you're doing it wrong. Prepared to laugh like a dingus when Roman calls you for the 400th time asking to see "BEEG AMERECAHN TEETEEZ"

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Gundam Extreme Vs. 2vs2 Arena Fighter Gundam themed two on two arena fighter, was the top hit in Japanese arcades. Has a large cast, and is rather fast paced compared to the other Gundam games out. Surprisingly, the amount of suits doesn't completely break the game as each suit requries a in-depth knowledge of it in order to be good. Also the game relies heavily on teamwork, so even two powerful suits can get wrecked by two grunt suits if they had better chemistry. Game is rather fun, but there are two problems: Import-only (unless you're Japanese) and is likely to get a disc upgrade December 2013-Early 2014 since the new version is out in arcades. 150px
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F Rhythm The popular fictional diva finally gets an American release with Project Diva F. The game contains 30+ songs, each with their own background videos, unlockables, and character customization. A fun rhythm game even if you're not a big fan of vocaloids. Released both digitally and physically in North America, though the physical release is pretty hard to find. Europe only got it digital. 150px
Heavenly Sword Action/Adventure Goddess of War - err I mean Heavenly Sword, is short but delivers a high-quality experience the entire time it lasts. It goes for around $20 new now, though it's short enough that you will probably just want to rent it. This game set a bench mark for mocap acting in video games (the guy who did Gollum in LOTR directed the acting and played the final boss). The only real complaints about this game are its length (which isn't an issue if you rent it) and its similarity to God of War (which isn't an issue if you like God of War). 150px
House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut

Light Gun

Being A Badass

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A port of the Wii version with Move support and two additional chapters. House of the Dead takes on a 70's pulp Grindhouse cinema feel. Corny dialogue/acting, lots of MOTHERFUCKIN' swearing and tits, and plenty of blood. A combo system makes scoring high a test of pure skill, and there are a variety of different weapons to splatter zombies with. Hell, if you unlock DUAL GUN MODE, you can play by yourself dual wielding guns, or with four people on two teams. The best House of the Dead game EVER! Set a world record for most f-bombs (which was beaten by Mafia 2). 150px
The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection Action/Adventure

A port of the two PS2 games that are always used in "video games are art" arguments, with updated framerate, HD textures, anti-aliasing, trophies, better lighting, etc...

In Ico, you control a boy named Ico, and have to solve architectural puzzles to aid Princess Yorda in your joint escape, with occasional, shallow combat sections. The game's atmosphere is a big part of its critical appeal and timelessness. Plays very different from SotC.

In Shadow of the Colossus you play as Wander, and must seek out, climb, and slay sixteen Colossi. These long, awesome, puzzle-like battles form the bulk of the game, and are the only enemies. Very atmospheric.

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Idolm@ster 2 Simulation/Rhytm The only game Japan bought a 360 for is finally on the PS3. (Now you won't need to buy a Japanese 360 for your weeaboo needs!) As the producer, you'll have to use your management skills to make your idols the TOP AIDORU! This is also the closest you AKB48/SNSD fans fags will get to an idol management game (unless you count that shitty flash game). Features some PS3 exclusive content, like Hatsune Miku DLC.

Also available on the Xbox 360, but who the fuck owns a Japanese Xbox 360.

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inFAMOUS Collection

Action/Adventure

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Contains inFAMOUS and inFAMOUS 2, as well as the downloadable Festival of Blood. Sandbox game where you play as a man with lightning powers. Many of the powers are very satisfying to use. Features a cool story with comic book-esque cut-scences. The game boasts about it's moral choice system, which allows for some replay ability, though it's ultimately pretty uninteresting; Gameplay wise, it's pointless to not be either completely good or evil, as it's the only way to get the alignment exclusive abilities, which aren't very different from each other. Story wise, it feels pretty good to be a good guy, and is canon. The sequel has many many improvements over its already awesome predecessor. More awesome free roaming with some COOL HOT new abilities makes inFAMOUS 2 one COOL HEATED PARTY (He gets fire and ice powers). Festival of Blood is a fun little spin-off about Cole becoming a vampire. 150px
Initial D Extreme Stage Racing / Fangasm This is a very 'arcadey' touge racing game, definitely not for everyone (Touge = downhill/uphill one-on-one races in those windy mountain roads in Japan). In fact, chances are that only fans of the series can actually enjoy this. Basically, you create your driver and get to face each and every racer ever to appear in the series, while listening to eurobeat music (although sadly this game has the worst OST selection of all Initial D games). Some of those races are piss easy but there are some almost ridiculously impossible ones, that demand surgical precision and reflexes to take on those turns. For those unfamiliar with Initial D: it doesn't have that many cars, physics are weird, gameplay is clunky and every track looks about the same, but the fans knows what to expect (meaning every car and location featured in the series will be there, plus a few more, and all that DORIFUTO through the hairpins). 150px
Injustice: Gods Among Us Fighting Injustice: Gods Among Us - MK9 but with a DC mod. While it does have some cool gimmicks, (stage transitions, clashes, interactive objects, charge attacks, etc.) the core gameplay is the same. If you like MK9 and/or DC, then it's a no brainer. Otherwise it's worth a rent to see if you like it. As a side note, the female character models are still ugly as fuck. 150px
Jak and Daxter Collection Compilation HELL YEAH MOTHERFUCKER. Jak and Daxter are back! Well, sort of. Not exactly the Jak 4 we wanted, but an awesome love letter to the fans. Includes the whole Jak PS2 trilogy on the PS3 for the first time ever in HD, similar to the Sly Collection. The games featured are also buyable via the PS3 store but separately at most; this route is probably cheaper. 150px
JoJo's Bizzare Adventure All-Star Battle 2.5D Fi-ORAORAORAORA

MANLIEST GAME EVER , FUCK YOU.

That aside, this game is fucking beautful, created by the same bunch of people who made the equally beautifuly looking Naruto Storm games and Asura's Wrath, its basically a fighting game featuring a fuckton of JoJo characters (yes even Dio, I know you want to play as Dio) as they just battle it out and shit like every other fighter out there.  Confirmed for western release, so now nobody is safe!

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Journey Collector's Edition Compilation Journey, flOw, and Flower, three critically acclaimed downloadable titles now bundled together on one disc. Great for those who enjoy owning physical copies of their games. Also comes with a one month trial of PlayStation Plus. 150px
Just Cause 2 Sandbox First game was famous for having infinite potential that it didn't live up to. This one comes much close to that potential. Run around a hugeass tropical island as a Latino Batman Spiderman while doing insane stunts with your mechanical wire and blowing shit up, just 'cause you can. Pretty good Sandbox shooter with a massive world, the biggest flaw of the game is the god-awful, hilarious voice acting.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC (PC version has a small modding community).

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Katamari Forever Ball Rollan A self-serving tribute to the Katamari Damacy series, much of its content is recycled from previous games, but now in 1080p and sporting several visual filters. It has loads of content, an all-new story and a great remixed soundtrack that picks up the best of previous games. There's nothing like the original Katamari Damacy, but if you're a big series fan, this is Namco's treat to you. 150px
Killzone Trilogy FPSFile:Move compatible.png The Killzone trilogy contains the original Killzone updated in HD, Killzone 2, and Killzone 3 all on-disc. Multiplayer packs for 2 and 3 are included.

Decent story mode featuring British space-nazis, great online play. Even if you're not interested in another online FPS, you should still play for the story, which has some cool bosses.

Optionally utilizes the move controller to much success.

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King of Fighters XIII, The Fighting Thanks to community feedback, SNK fixed problems from the previous title. With faster action, over six different play modes, clearer and vibrant backgrounds. repaired and improved online, NEOMAX supers, and rebalanced move lists, this is vastly improved from 12. Several fan faves like Yuri, King, Kula, K’, Maxima (NOBODY REAL MEN LIKE MAXIMA), and Mai also return. Gorgeous animations, and some fun fanservice (both meanings) alternate color-schemes/costumes. Of all the companies, this is being brought over by... ATLUS?! Yeah, I'm shocked, too. They even have a cool bonus edition set like they often do. 150px
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Action RPG North America and PAL regions finally get their hands on a translated version of Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix. Also includes Re: Chain of Memories and scenes from 358/2 Days.  The only problem with this is that Kingdom Hearts 1 has a few sound cutoffs and such and its noticiable, but its not enough to ruin the whole game for you. 150px
The Last of Us TPS/Adventure/Survival Horror Despite what you might have heard, this is very much a game, and a very good one. The shitstorm surrounding it is because it's console-exclusive and critically acclaimed on top of it. Travel across post-apocalyptic USA with a fourteen year old girl, getting into trouble with a ton of people, infected or otherwise. Has all the marks of a Naughty Dog game: Solid gameplay, great cutscenes and story, and it's one of the best looking console games in 2013. 150px
LittleBigPlanet 2 PlatformerFile:Move compatible.png The sequel to LittleBigPlanet, but with a butt load more content then ever before and you are able to customize your own story. There's pretty much no reason not to get this over the first one. 150px
Lollipop Chainsaw Action/Adventure SUDA 51 and James Gunn brings you a pretty decent action game, about a cheerleader killing zombies while her boyfriend's head is strapped to her belt. Gameplay is built around knocking zombies out with your pom poms, dropkicks and whatnot and then finishing them off with your chainsaw. (Or you could just abuse armadillo spin.) Very short, but lots of replay value with online leaderboards and loads of unlockables like new costumes, moves, songs and art. If you're the kind of person who plays through games once and that's it, you might be disappointed.
Also available on the Xbox 360.
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Lost Planet: Extreme Condition TPS Fight giant bugs and monsters on foot or in in mechs. The biggest complaint about this game is the thermal energy index, which pretty much serves as a time limit.

Superior "Colonies Edition" available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Lost Planet 2 TPS Like the first but way better. First off, the world isn't frozen any more so your thermal energy doesn't constantly run out (no more time limit). Second off, campaign is up to 4 player co-op, including 2 person split-screen, however split-screen doesn't utilize the full screen, similar to other capcom games. Competitive multiplayer is nothing special.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom Action/Adventure/Platformer

Good game with a lot of heart. The graphics are nice, 3D platforming is decent, and has an old school puzzling charm about it. Somewhere between Ico, Zelda, and Castlevania. Recommended if you can get over the fact it has some of the most FUCKAWFUL VOICE ACTING.

Created by Game Republic (creators of Folklore, Genji) before they imploded into nonexistence.

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Max Payne 3 TPS Best gunplay in the series, however the comic book panel storytelling method has been replaced by unkippable cutscenes and many criticize it for "not being Max Payne" because of the new cover and "last stand" mechanics, as well as not being "noir" enough. Still a solid game overall and worth it to find out how much more of a fuck up Max can be. 150px
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Action/Adventure Only available in Japan, but there is an Oversea's Edition, that comes bundled with the Anime from 1985, completely with English Dub. It is somewhat a hybrid of adventure game as well as command-based mecha combat simulator. In this title, players will interact with the many characters from the series and control robots by choosing attack commands from a window. 150px
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Hack 'n' Slash/Cyborg Ninja Simulator The closest thing to Devil May Cry 5 that you will ever play. Follows the exciting adventures of Raiden, the weird dude from the fourth game who was using his cybernetic enhancements to have fight-sex with that vampire guy.

Made by Platinum games, who made other kick-ass games such as Bayonetta and Vanquish. Naturally, the story and dialogue are extremely silly, even for Metal Gear standards.

The story mode only lasts about 5 hours, so most of the time spent playing will be for getting 100% completion with collectibles and the 20 (+40 DLC) VR Missions. Other story DLC available where you get to play as different characters.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection Tactical Espionage Action The entire main series of Metal Gear Solid in the palms of your hands. Contains Metal Gear 1 & 2 (part of the Metal Gear Solid 3 bonus content), downloadable vouchers for Metal Gear Solid and the VR Missions, as well as discs for both Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

The HD Collection includes Sons of Liberty, Snake Eater and Peace Walker in one package with improved resolution and widescreen presentation. Most of the Substance and Subsistence extras are present, except the skateboard mode and Snake VS Monkey mode. If you're a Metal Gear fan, especially if you dont own a PSP, you need this.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots takes the rapidly-aging Solid Snake on his final mission. The game has many new faces and attempts to resolve the stories of practically everyone in the series, making for lots and lots of exposition. It is somewhat more action-oriented, but higher difficulties will demand expert stealth. Holds a Guiness World Record for longest cutscene (the end of the game is 71 minutes long).

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Mirror's Edge First-Person Running First person action/platformer focused on parkour. If you can get a hang of the controls and keep your cool whenever you mess up, it can be an amazing experience. Almost hospital-like sterile graphics (motherfucking 3 colours, but done with CLASS) and the big city atmoshpere make it absolutely a must-have if you're searching kind of gamer. Not for the ADD gamer. Beautiful music.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition Fighting FINISH HIM! This entry abandons the Soul Calibur-style 3D formula of Deadly Alliance and the other PS2-gen titles, and goes back to the 2D formula of the classic titles (with modern additions and 3D graphics). The gore has been stepped up to a never before seen level. Has 4 DLC characters out: Rain, Kenshi, Skarlet, and Freddy Krueger.

Also available on the Xbox 360, but the PS3 version includes Kratos as a character.

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Motor Storm Racing Hailed as the first "next-gen" racer. Lacks splitscreen multiplayer, unfortunately. Also lacks trophies, due to being released before the PS3 had them. Race jeeps, trucks, motorcycles, and other shit all at once. Controls may seem tough at first. 150px
Motor Storm: Pacific Rift Racing A lot better than the first. Has splitscreen and trophies now. 150px
Motorstorm: Apocalypse Racing A bigger, better, badder Motorstorm. Alright single-player and absolutely incredible multiplayer (online and off). Unfortunately, many feel that it doesn't live up to the Motorstorm name. 150px
Musou Orochi Z Action If you like the Dynasty Warriors games, this is as good as it gets. That is, so long as you understand moonspeak; there's no English version. 150px
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations Fighting Basically has more of the Shippuden story along with the characters from the original series mixed in there as well. Also has some new anime content made just for the game itself. Like every other one, it's recommended for fans of the show mostly, but it's still a good fighting game to check out nonetheless.  Has a sequel called Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 but is considered worse because of various reasons (Cut side combos for ALL characters, less modes, Pre-time skip characters in, Only 12 new characters, online still unbalanced.) Stick with Generations till CC2 gets their shit together.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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NIER [JP: NIER Gestalt] Action-RPG

Sequel to ending E of the PS2 game Drakengard, NIER is a game set in a dying world where a father does everything and more to provide for his sick daughter. Has an unusual cast of characters and a layered story, which isn't afraid to ask the Big Questions. Cold and hazy environments reminiscent of Shadow of the Colossus; combat could really use a lock-on system, and is otherwise it's biggest weakness. Excellent soundtrack. A very solid and distinctive game that will satisfy everyone looking for a short RPG or a good story.

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch JRPG A beautifully done JRPG that has tons of things to do in it. As Oliver, you're sent to save an alternate universe so that your mom can be brought back to life in your world (it makes more sense when you play it). The game's combat can be played out in many ways; Oliver can go into battle as a mage and wreck shit with his spells (be sure to have LOADS of MP though), or send out a familiar to fight the battle in a more traditional turn-based, melee approach. The familiars are pretty cool, and are basically an updated revision of Pokemanz, in the sense that they can evolve, learn new moves, and also cast special magic. This is a great game, and a good entry-level JRPG for someone who isn't afraid to grind occasionally. Many of the environments have a filter over them that gives them the look of being painted, which is very nice. As with Studio Ghibli movies, expect really nicely animated cutscenes (that are a bit few and far between), and the typical off the wall humor. Another great thing about this game is the fact that there are many different variations of enemies within the game, with each specific area having a set type of wildlife. Plenty of side quests, too. 150px
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Action

A beautiful remake of the original Xbox's Ninja Gaiden, now in glorious 1080p. Contains SHIT FUCKING TONS of additional content. Also, prepare to die a lot, as it's still hard as balls like the original.

Also on Vita.

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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Action

The sequel to Ninja Gaiden Sigma and the PS3's refined version of Ninja Gaiden II for the Xbox360. This is obviously supposed to be the improved edition of the Xbox 360 one, and pretty much everything about it is better, except for two things: toned down violence and reduced difficulty. WHAAAAAT!? Get over it though, because this version has shit tons more content and is visually superior.

Also on Vita, but the port runs much slower.

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No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise Beat 'Em Up

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A hilarious, violent, and over the top beat-em-up which is a port of the Wii version (Move support included). You play as Travis Touchdown, a would be #1 killer, who also does various side jobs to make pay for entry fees and pumping up his gear and body. The characters and voice acting are fantastic. The boss battles in particular are quite cleverly designed. Only the western versions contain gore. Also includes some of the bosses from NMH2 and a gallery mode DLC (1$), featuring fan service ready Sylvia for your right arm's delight. 150px
Ōkami HD Action/Adventure

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Okami, now in glorious 1080p. Be a wolf goddess in medieval Japan, run around doing inane things for villagers, and be a part of a beautifully realized parody of Japanese mythology and culture. The game is fairly easy, so if you want a challenge, sell exorcism slips when you get them--you'll want the yen anyway. Very long, with some rather tedious cutscenes, but the graphics are more beautiful than ever (just be sure to turn the rice paper filter up.) The full credits are back, but sadly without the Reset song that the Wii/PS2 versions had. Comes with Move compatibility if you want to waggle. No physical release in the west, HOWEVER, the Hong Kong version comes with fully compatible English. Otherwise, get off the PSN store. 150px
Persona 4 Arena Fighting

The popular RPG franchise gets a fighting game! While it did get some flak for being the first PS3 region locked game (doesn't help they keep on delaying it for Europe), it's definitely worth the time. Great netcode, story lasts around 30-40 hours, and is faster paced than Blazblue. Pretty good for getting into fighting games in general too.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

Protip: This is important, if you want to reduce lag in online matches, please do not skip the match intros.

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Prototype Action/Sandbox You are virusman! All you need to know about this game is that you can do an elbow-drop off the top of the Empire State Building. The story is muddled but it centers around your character Alex being a giant dick face. It's silly to even consider him a hero at all, even though he's being characterized as one. Also your love interest is your sister? Graphics are shit, enemy AI is shit, and the controls are shit, but it's greater than the sum of it's parts.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Pure Racing High-intensity ATV racing. Awesome music, beautiful graphics, and sick stunts to perform in midair amidst an awesome guitar riff for no goddamn reason except for looking badass. All the more surprising is that it was published by Disney of all companies. Only setback is that it suffers from a nasty case of rubberbanding, which makes it artificially harder, but also makes winning extremely satisfying. A sequel was planned but got canceled due to low sales.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Rainbow Six Vegas Squad Based/Tactical It's Rainbow Six, but in Las Vegas. Leading a squad down the Vegas strip and through casinos filled with sounds of slot machines does not get old. Plenty of people still play this and its sequel online.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Squad Based/Tactical More awesome Rainbow Six Vegas action with better graphics and multiplayer. Story is on par with the first game but both are worth playing through. Also there's a new terrorist hunt mode where you go around with bros fighting the impressive AI enemies around the multiplayer maps. Much fun to be had. An all-around improvement on an already amazing game.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Ratchet and Clank Collection Platformer/TPS Three of the best PS2 games around and etc all packed into one big ol' collection thats more bang for your buck.  150px
Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Platformer/TPS The same gunning and platforming action you've come to love. Now with Pixar-esque graphics. Fucking hilarious cut-scenes and some great dialogue. Notably this has recently been re-released as a greatest hits title, dropping the price down to 29.99 and giving it one of those sweetass red cases. Now there's no reason not to own this. 150px
Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time Platformer/TPS The latest Ratchet and Clank installment, and the final game in the "Future" trilogy. Lengthy and full of moons/planets to explore. Weapon selection is a bit skimpy early on, in an otherwise fantastic sequel. It's everything you've come to expect of R&C on PS3. 150px
Rayman Origins Platformer

A really good game with a lot of beautifully stunning artwork much like the 1st Rayman game. Kinda like New Super Mario Bros. in which it has local 4-player consisting of Rayman, Globox, and two Teensie's. Also available on Xbox 360, Wii and PC.

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Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition Sandbox/Action/Being a Western Dickhead It's essentially Grand Theft Horse. Multiplayer leaves a lot to be desired, just like GTA, but it's still good for a laugh. There's also bear huntin'. Includes the Undead Nightmare DLC. You get to kill Zombies and saves towns and shit. You also get to kill MOTHERFUCKING BIGFOOT!

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Red Faction: Guerrilla TPS/Sandbox Open-world sandbox environment that's gameplay revolvs around it's destructible environments. Multiplayer is surprisingly refreshing. Campaign is fun though the music and story are weak. Difficulty gets easier as it goes on, except at the very end when almost every enemy has guass-rifles. The destruction element is the focus here, and it adds more to the fun than you would expect. DLC for more maps online and in wrecking crew mode available, story mode DLC also available.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC (PC version suffers from some porting issues but has a small modding community to make up for it).

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Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition TPS/Survival Horror File:Move compatible.png Plays like Resident Evil 4, looking and feeling far more like an action/adventure game than survival horror, making this a loved/hated game among RE fans. This time you play as Chris Redfield in sub-saharan Africa. Pretty good single player campaign, great if you play through with a second player, and any of the various other multi-player modes make for good fun too. Gold Edition has several added features including additional play modes and Move support.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC, though obviously without Move features (PC doesn't have the Gold Edition).

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Resistance: Fall of Man FPS A kickass launch FPS with a bunch of crazy guns (It's made by the Ratchet & Clank guys after all!). A weapons wheel gives the player a lot of freedom in how they want to dispatch enemies. Each weapon has gimmick and a secondary fire-mode, such as a gun that shoots out barriers. However an old health bar system, lack of ammo, and SPARSE checkpoints make the game PUNISHINGLY AWESOMELY difficult. Great multiplayer, too, but not many people play it anymore. 150px
Resistance 2 FPS Similar to the first but with massive bosses. Many things have been added and taken away, for example you can only carry 2 guns at a time now. The main story does not support co-op, but there is a co-op only mode that has a mission structure to it, and can be really fucking hard without 4 players (and even then). 60 person online competitive play. Sequel is out and plays more like the first. 150px
Resistance 3 FPS

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The Weapon wheel, absent from Resistance 2, makes its return, as does co-op campaign, and health packs. In fact, since you're playing Joe Capelli, you don't have the Chimera phlebotinum in you and there's no health regen. At all. Some weapons are new, others are merely enhanced, but all in all, it's a great game. 150px
Resonance of Fate JRPG Known as End of Eternity in Japan, this is a somewhat slow JRPG with a steep learning curve, complex battle mechanics, and an okay/decent story revolving around the climate wreaking havoc on humanity. The story takes a back seat to the actual gameplay. Characters are fairly generic JRPG characters (except for Vashyron, who is pimp as fuck and voiced by NOLAN NORTH) but the environments can be pretty cool looking.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Ridge Racer 7 Racing It's Ridge Racer.  RIIIIIIIIDGGEEE RAAACERRRRR (6.5)! An arcade racer with an emphasis on high speed and over-the-top drifting, to the point where the brake button is never used. Despite the name, most of the cars and tracks were rehashed from Ridge Racer 6 on the 360. Slipstreaming, extensive car customization and native 1080p support have been added. Custom soundtracks are gone, but you can buy songs from earlier games through PSN. It's one of the cheapest PS3 games around, so even if you already have 6 it's worth getting. 150px
Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny Action RPG File:Move compatible.png Inspired by Harvest Moon at it's base, like all titles in the Rune Factory series, Tides of Destiny takes us in a more action oriented direction. The combat is reasonably well done and all of your farming will be done by capturing and raising monsters. The world is much larger than other titles in the series and involves a great deal of roaming the oceans raising islands atop your enourmous golem servant. As always there's a host of bachelorettes to choose from (9 plus your childhood friend), however as you can choose to become a female character after completing the game there are also bachelors to chose from. The game is far better than Frontier, if you're a fan of this type of game you will enjoy it. 150px
R.U.S.E. RTS File:Move compatible.png Don't be turned away by the presence of a console RTS, R.U.S.E. is fun to play on any platform, and best of all the PS3 version supports the Move controller!

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Siren: Blood Curse Survival Horror Re-imagining of the original Siren/Forbidden Siren game for PS3. Horror story roughly in the style of Silent Hill. Contains elements of stealth and bashing the undead ("shibito" in the game) and is structured in tv-style episodes. The backstory and environment are incredibly interesting, the atmosphere is on par with Silent Hill (both series were created by the same guy) although it's definitely a lot more Japanese than that series (for starters, it's actually set in Japan and not Statesville, Americaland, and utilizes a lot of Japanese horror tropes). The camera is kinda terrible, but if you're into survival Horror then it's nothing you won't be able to handle. Incredibly underrated but definitely not recommended if you don't like horror games à la Silent Hill.
No box release in Murrika, so either import from Europe or get it off of PSN.
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Saints Row 2 Sandbox Basically Grand Theft Auto IV, except without the brown and seriousness. If you like any Grand Theft Auto before IV you'll probably like this. Also, it has an awesome character creator.

Also available on the Xbox 360. There is a PC port available, but it is the worst fucking PC port known to man.

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Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Battle Fighting Basically a true to the heart Saint Seiya game.  Nicely based off of the anime and all. If you have no idea what this shit is, then it's also called Knights of the Zodiac in regions like America.  Kinda has the Dynasty Warriors feel to it.  Altogether a pretty good game if your a fan of the show.  It's only been released in EU/JP with special territories like Brazil and Mexico on account of how much those countries love this series. 150px
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Hack n Slash A Dynasty Warriors-esque hack-n'-slash game made by our good friends at Capcom. It's actually the third game in the series, but the US only got the first one, which was called Devil Kings and was full of edits. Now you can enjoy all the over the top, VERY Japanese action translation of the Sengoku period of Japanese history. It may not be historically accurate, but it's still one of the most fun of the "slashing hundreds of soldiers" style action games.

Also available on the Wii.

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Shadows of the Damned Action/Third-Person Shooter killer7, Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill, and Devil May Cry had an orgy and this popped out. Gaming's crazy rapist uncle Suda51 (killer7, No More Heroes) teamed up with Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil, Vanquish, God Hand) and Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill) to bring us Shadows of the Damned. You play as Garcia Hotspur, demon hunter extraordinaire. Garcia's hot girlfriend is kidnapped by the Lord of the Underworld. Garcia follows the lord to hell in order to save her. With Johnson, his British former-demon sidekick who also serves as his gun/motorcycle/tourguide through hell, Garcia must save his girlfriend before satan fucks her. The game is full of sexual innuendo and plenty of other jokes. It plays like Resident Evil 4 and killer7, only better. It is worth a buy for sure. A word of warning however, it has a disturbingly low replay value, as the only unlockable is a "Hell" difficulty, but this game is obscenely fun.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution Turn-based strategy A wonderfully simplified console port of your average Civilization game. Online multiplayer is a blast. Matches can stretch for hours at a time. Plus it has a textbook's worth of historical info in the extras section.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Sleeping Dogs Action/Sandbox A sandbox game. You play as Wei Shen, undercover cop who has infiltrated a Hong Kong triad. The game takes place on a fictionalized version of the island. Solid story. The gameplay has quite some variety but none of the missions/activities really stand out as being particularly bad. The combat is pretty good. It takes elements from the recent Batman games like how the enemies attack you one at time and the and the counter system is overpowered. Has about 15 hours worth of story (10-12 if you have ever played a game before) and another 15 if you want to 100% the game. Makes references to some of the classic martial arts action flicks. Doesn't do anything really new or different aside from the setting, but it's still a lot of fun. 150px
The Sly Collection Platformer/Stealth/Furry

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Glorious HD re-release of the Sly Cooper trilogy. Not only is the collection presented in glorious redone HD graphics, but it also has 3D support and added minigames with Move support. Great fun and a must have if you love platformers. If you already own the PS2 versions, it's still a worthy investment. 150px
SOCOM: Confrontation TPS/Combat Third person military action fun with the ability to order your squad around with voice commands. 150px
Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed Racing Fucking really cool racing game that improves on the las game by adding the ability to transform into planes and boats in order to mix up the racing circuit.  Fun as hell game, but just don't listen to the fucking faggots who just like saying its a Mario Kart rip-off and have fun. 150px
Sonic Generations GOTTA GO FAST SIMULATOR Play as both the Sanec you know and love as well as retro Sanec. You play through some good ol' nostalgic levels in this one in a quest to save the world from The Time Eater. Basically did a good job of putting Sonic back in the charts in terms of gameplay, even if nostalgia was a major part of this game.

Also available on the Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS and PC.

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Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection Collection

Amazing collection of classic genesis titles for the PS3/360. Also features a few games great for couch co-op with friends like the Golden Axe games, and the Sonic games. STREETS OF RAGE 2!

Similar collections are available on almost every other console in various forms.

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Soul Calibur IV Fighting

The fourth Soulcalibur amps up the fanservice even more, now with more revealing outfits that fall apart during battle. Includes many new characters designed by notorious manga artists along with Star Wars characters. The combat system is fairly meh, but the character creation system alone is in-depth and flexible enough to be very fun. A pretty-looking diversion.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Soul Calibur V Fighting A neat entry in the series starring a few of the returning cast or their descendants. This one features Ezio Auditore in what looks to be his ACB style. Which is almost accurate by the time this game is placed in surprisingly (margin of error was by a century, oh well). This entry is pretty much entirely focused on the obsessively deep character creator and online play, which is only a bad thing if you were looking for a story mode and rofl who cares about story in fightan gaems.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions Action/Stealth Holy Tits, Batman! There are multiple Spider Guys? You bet your limp dick there are. And you (yes you, faggot) get to help them find rocksreassemble reality. Includes Spider Man 2099, The Amazing Spider Man, Spider Man Noire, and The Ultimate Spider Man. (Seriously, 2099 is fun as fuck)

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Split/Second Racing/Action An awesome title from Blackrock, the guys who made Pure. It's a racing game, but instead of trying to pass your opponents through driving skill, you can instead blow up the environment around them, destroying their car and knocking them out of the race momentarily. Amazing set pieces to alter the track you are racing on, made all the more amazing by its beautiful graphics engine. There are only eleven tracks, but no race is the same no matter now many times you race on it, so it's not an issue. Online multiplayer is also a blast (literally and figuratively).

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Street Fighter X Tekken Fighting/Cancer

Buy this if you like supporting the death of the industry REAL FIGHTIN'

But Remember, You are paying 60 dollars for a unfinished game which has 12 character that are locked on disc. when unlocked The game costs the buyer just a little bit over 100 dollars to get the full game.

so wait until the next version is released or wait until it goes down to 20 dollars and then buy the game so you can save some dosh

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Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Fighting The new, NEW addition to the Street Fighter Series, Includes New charcters Evil Ryu, Oni (shin akuma Essentially a new shoto character, not just an OP akuma),and Yun and Yang! Recommended over SSFIV, but no biggie if you got that version, because this is DLC as well for SSFIV and a game in itself! Getting the DLC seems better because it's only 15 bucks compared to the 35-40 dollar disc based game, so only get it if you completely missed SSFIV for some insane reason.

Also available on the Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, and on PC (as 'Arcade Edition).

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Tales of Graces F JRPG One of the few Team Destiny games to make it over since Tales of Eternia. A lot different than most other Tales games. Uses the Chain Capacity point system from Tales of Destiny. It's also the first localized Tales game for the PS3. 150px
Tales of Xillia JRPG A good Tales game. The story is excellent combined with Xillia 2, staying true to the Tales formula while introducing enough twists to keep the player intrested. The irriating characters from Graces are gone, and replaced with the best and most likeable cast since Vesperia. Combat, while no where near Graces' level, is still great and follows Vesperia's formula. Boss fights in this game are actually quite challenging requiring different strategies and actual timing instead of button mashing. Dungeons are less than stellar and are cluttered with repetitive grunts but the overall package is worth trying out. 150px
Tekken 6 Fighting Had somewhat laggy netcode in the beginning, but now it's as good as every other fighter out there. If you like Tekken, get this. The biggest complaint about this version is that juggling has gotten a little out of control. If you're a fan of previous titles, you'll fucking HAET new Rage system. And yes, you CAN'T turn it off. Also, if you like to play it alone, get ready for Azazel. This motherfucker is even worse than Jinpachi. MUCH WORSE. 150px
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Fighting Supperior limb based combat! Features the largest roster in any Tekken game to date (59 in total). Players now have the option to play either 2v2, 2v1, or 1v1, supporting up to four players in one match. Also includes various online modes, a new tutorial mode called "Fight Lab" in which you train as a Combot, and a stage gimmick system which can involve a player being knocked into a new area only to be pummeled by the opponent's partner.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and Wii U.

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Time Crisis: Razing Storm Light Gun/Rail Shooter

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A re-release of Time Crisis 4 that also includes Razing Storm, a Time Crisis spinoff where you're some dudes on steroids destroying everything. If two awesome Time Crisis games weren't enough, this ALSO includes Deadstorm Pirates, another pretty fun arcade shooter that is definitely on easy mode, as you are a pirate god and have unlimited bullets. Not only do you get three kickass arcade shooters, this works with BOTH the Guncon 3, if you have it, and the Playstation Move! If you enjoy arcade shooters, there is absolutely NO reason to get vanilla TC4 over this. 150px
Transformers:
War for Cybertron
TPS/Vehicle Combat

Do NOT mistake this for one of those HORRIBLE licensed Transformers games. This game does not tie in to any of the movies. It's a unique third person shooter, coded in the Unreal 3 Engine. Has online multiplayer. Received good reviews.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Transformers:
Fall of Cybertron
TPS/Vehicle Combat Direct sequel to the game above and likely one of the best games based off Hasbro's long-running franchise available. The core gameplay is far from being revolutionary, revolving around you navigating though rather linear stages while taking out enemies with a variety of long-range weapons. However, each mission is played as a different Autobot\Decepticon, which adds a few interesting twists to how the game is played: Optimus has to assign key targets to be taken down, Cliffjumper is a sneaky bastard, Grimlock FUCKS SHIT UP AS A MOTHERFUCKIN' T-REX and so on.

Basically, it's a good TPS for everybody, and a really solid title for any /m/an or fan of the franchise, ESPECIALLY because, again, this has no relation to the awful licensed games based on Bay's shit, and the team developing this actually did their homework, going as far as digging up the comics to come up with stuff such as the reimaginated origin for the Dinobots.

If all else fails to convince you, just watch this.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Twisted Metal Vehicle Combat A reboot to the Twisted Metal series. The game was praised for its multiplayer and gameplay, though criticisms include lack of characters in the main campaign (only four), sometimes difficult controls, and little DLC (no new vehicles or maps). May not be as good as Twisted Metal Black, but still worth a try. 150px
Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Fighting

IT'S ULTIMATE MAHVEL BAYBEE!!! 12 new characters, bringing up the roster to 48. Rebalanced (except Wesker), and a much, MUCH more playable online, and other stuff, like new stages and a mode where you play as Galactus. What's also new is "Heroes and Heralds" mode, which lets you collect cards of characters that give you insane abilities like Parry and Invisibility. (Coming Soon) PRINGLES AS FUCK.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Uncharted:
Drake's Fortune
Adventure/TPS An Indiana Jones-style adventure in which a handsome American archaeologist gets tangled up in Caribbean terrorism whilst destroying priceless archaeological ruins. The jungle environment brings out vividly-colored levels and shooting is dynamic and cover-based a la Gears of War. A very well-crafted adventure. 150px
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Game of the Year Edition Adventure/TPS/Movie Nathan Drake's next adventure takes him to the Himalayas. Uncharted 2 amplifies the formula established in the first game, but stunned critics with its astoundingly-crafted set pieces and wonderfully cinematic style; it really is like playing through an adventure movie. Some bland and unnecessary puzzles break up the action on occasion. Solid multiplayer. 96% rating on Metacritic. 150px
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Game of the Year Edition Adventure/TPS/Movie The third game in the Uncharted series holds up to its predecessors. This one follows Nathan Drake to the Arabian Desert. Story might not be as good as the second one but it's close, and the multiplayer is improved (minus microtransactions). Filled with crazy set peices as usual, including one particularly bad ass Arabian Nights horseback segment. 150px
Valkyria Chronicles SRPG/TPS

Mostly a strategy RPG a la Fire Emblem, but allows you to manually control each unit on their turn, in third-person shooter form. A very anime story that dips into drama, romance and comic relief with a pseudo-magical wartime backdrop. Every recruit has their own traits and personality. Pleasant watercolor-like visuals and sound effects. Definitely a successful genre experiment with somewhat unbalanced difficulty (leaning towards overly easy), worth a look for SRPG or RPG fans. Sequels on PSP, the 2nd is localized but the 3rd is not.

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Vanquish TPS A fast-paced, arcade-esque shooter by Shinji Mikami and developed by Platinum Games. A cheesy America vs. Russia story serves as the backdrop for this fun, visually stylish game that penalizes you for taking cover too often and is all about racking up points. Its power-sliding mechanic is already being copied by every important upcoming shooter. Its greatest shortcoming is probably its cumbersome ammo aquisition system, but it's still a total blast. The story is hard to follow, even harder to care about.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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Wangan Midnight Racing I LOVE MY WANGAN. Highway raecan based on the original manga/arcade games. 150px
Way of the Samurai 3 Action/Adventure

Continues the same gameplay and style as the first two (which are on the recommended list of PS2 games), but now has a stronger emphasis on 'good vs. evil' (unlike KotOR, the choices you make have long term effects), though here it's more 'honorable vs. greedy'. The only real flaw of the game is graphics; they're not bad by any means, but they could be much, much better for a seventh generation game. However, it is still highly recommended unless you disliked the first two.

Also available on the Xbox 360.

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White Knight Chronicles II MMO JRPG

A massive console role-playing game developed by Level-5. The story mode is single player, but you can take your story character and participate in multiplayer missions which add a lot to the game, including all the ultimate stuff. It initially received a large amount of hype prior to its Japanese release, but gained only lukewarm reception from critics. White Knight Chronicles has 100 hours worth of gameplay and several enemies are quite large in size. Story is fairly cheesy to start off with but improves. You will shit bricks when you realise Eldore is voiced by Charles Shaughnessy.

The sequel includes an updated version of the first game so picking up the original isn't necessary.

Note:As of 6/18/13, NA servers for both games will be shut down. Dayum shame, Jimmy.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-Based Strategy Official remake of the PC classic, XCOM is all about managing a worldwide secret project to combat a very nasty alien invasion wrecking Earth's shit. Basically, the game is split between actually organizing XCOM's base, which involves things like choosing when to hire new soldiers or construct facilities and fighting aliens with squads of 4 to 6 members in quite tactical battles. Each of the 14 countries backing up the XCOM project has a "Panic Gauge", which increases according to the aliens' actions and, if any of them hit level 5 by the end of the month, said country will stop supporting the whole thing. If that happens eight times, it's game over.

Also available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

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Yakuza 3 Beat 'Em Up/Being a Badass The Yakuza games are like a combination of Japanese soap opera and mob movie (in the best way possible), with action, romance, humor and betrayal. The series follows Kazuma Kiryu, a wrongly convicted ex-yakuza with the criminal underworld breathing down his neck. Includes summaries of the previous two games for the uninitiated. Works as a sandbox action-RPG with beat-'em-up fight sequences (much like Shenmue) and loads of side-content. The NA version had some content cut (hostess clubs and Japanese trivia). 150px
Yakuza 4 Beat 'Em Up/Being a Badass

The fourth game in the main series has four playable characters: kung-fu officer Tanimura, brawling loan shark Akiyama, hulking giant Saejima, and, of course, Kiryu. The fragmented story provides a wider scope of the chaos, excitement and romance of the city, but is less focused and a bit less memorable. Each character has his own lengthy side-quest, such as recruiting and training hostesses or solving police disputes. Even more side-content than before. As per usual, great voice acting and cinematic flair.

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Yakuza 5 Beat 'Em Up/Idol Simulation Following Yakuza 4, Yakuza 5 brings us five playable characters: Kiryu, Saejima, Haruka, Akiyama and newcomer and former baseball player Shinoda. To top it off even further there's five cities this time: Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka. Notable changes to the game include the new fight engine which allows for much bigger fights and character specific uses of the heat gauge. Every character except for Akiyama also have their own unique "Another Drama" substory. This includes everything from taxi driving, street racing, hunting, baseball and becoming the toppu aidoru. As of now Yakuza 5 remains an import title, but it's more likely to come over to the west than Kenzan at least. 150px
Yakuza Kenzan Beat 'Em Up/Being a Yarou Look up to Yakuza. Okay, now replace "Japanese gangsters" with "Japanese gangster samurai from ancient Japan." And there ya go. Fantastic. Unfortunately, unlike Yakuza 3, this entry isn't likely to get a western release, but if you want to hold out from importing to wait and see what Sega will do, no one would blame you. 150px
Yakuza: Dead Souls Beat 'Em Up/TPS Yakuza with zombies. No seriously. A big focus on guns instead of brawling and features a pretty cool "heat sniper mode" that lets you perform various cool cinematic moves. You may be daunted by the non standard TPS controls, but they actually work rather well when you get used to it. Also features GORO MAJIMA KARAOKE!!!. 150px

PSN GamesEdit

32px PSOne recommendations you can get through the PSN service. (Note: Currently US only, but EU/PAL should be added soon.). Filtered PS2 Classics list, cross-check with our PS2 reccommendations.

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After Burner Climax Flight/Action/Shoot 'em Up Classic After Burner gameplay, updated graphics and controls. Incredibly addictive and has tons of "EX Options" to change up gameplay, as well as the option to swap out the J-rock soundtrack for After Burner 2's chiptunes. A direct port of the arcade version by Sega AM2. Also available on 360. 200px
Beyond Good and Evil HD Action/Adventure The cult classic from the makers of Rayman makes its way to PSN with an HD uplift. An action/adventure game with stealth elements, a good style, solid gameplay, and a surprisingly deep story involving a government conspiracy and the photographer bent on exposing it. Seriously, if you don't have a copy/haven't played it, buy it. Let them know that the sequel is wanted. 200px
Blast Factor: Advanced Research Shoot 'Em Up Pretty much Geometry Wars, but you fight against the ongoing infection in certain specimens. This one is less on survival and more on completion. Cleanse 8 cells and move on to the next specimen. Simple and fun. 200px
Braid Pretentious Puzzle Platformer Use some very well-done time manipulation powers to save the princess. Or maybe it's a girlfriend. Or candy. Or the atomic bomb. Don't pay attention to the hipster games-as-art bullshit "story", just pay attention to the myriad of time-powers (and the ending is pretty good too). Also on PC and 360. 200px
Burn, Zombie, Burn! Run 'N Gun A top-down mop-killing shooter where your job is to play as a Bruce Campbell rip-off and flamethrower as many zombies as you can. You get score multipliers for however many zombies are currently on fire. Pick this up if you wanna kill some time and zombies. Also on PC. 200px
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger FPS A great $15 downloadable game that has little to do with Call of Juarez. Cowboy shoot-the-bad-guys. Five to six hours of gameplay, no multiplayer, decent replay value. 200px
Castle Crashers Beat-'Em-Up/RPG One of the best couch multiplayer games this gen. Up to 4 players pick from different classes with different spells, weapons, and familiars, then tear the shit out of everything on screen. You also level up to learn new skills and power up your abilities. Has some of the craziest boss fights of recent gens. PSN version also includes extras and a new volleyball game mode. Also on Xbox Live. 200px
Comet Crash Tower Defence Standard tower defence Unique tower defence game where you can produce units, sort of making it an RTS/Tower Defense hybrid. Though definitely more on the tower defence side of things. Kill shit and get money, upgrade, repeat. 200px
Costume Quest Adventure/RPG

Note: Best played around Halloween. You play as a kid trying to rescue your sibling kidnapped by troll-like monsters. However, this game has a nostalgic childhood-like feel to it. The dialogue, the attitudes, along with the general humor and plot can really take you back. In dealing with obstacles, you find, build, and use costumes and their abilities to proceed, such as a light-up toy sword to scare away darkness phantoms. The battles are a little simple, but play well enough and are rather cute and silly, being hilariously exaggerated through imagination. The game is a little short, but the DLC expansion chapter rounds it out nicely.

Also available on the the Xbox Live Arcade and PC. The PC version comes with the DLC!

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Crash Commando Run 'N Gun/Shoot 'Em A multiplayer focused side scrolling dual-stick shooter in a similar style as Soldat for the PC. Players run around arenas using one of six default weapons or other discoverable weapons or vehicles blowing each other up. Good fun online, and supports bots online and offline. No split screen unfortunately. Has a decent amount of DLC. 200px
Critter Crunch Puzzle A surprisingly original "match three" style puzzle game with GORGEOUS 2D animation. You have a big row of critters of varying sizes and qualities, such as poison or exploding critters, and you have to grab smaller ones, feed them to bigger ones, destroy big sections of similar critters, eat the crystals, and repeat. The challenge and puzzle modes are really well thought out, too. Plus, it's like 6 bucks, goddamn. 200px
Crystal Defenders Tower Defence A Final Fantasy tower defence game where you place units in strategic areas and face against 300 waves of monsters in the span of three chapters. Also on Wii and iOS. 200px
Cuboid Puzzle Move the cube from point A to point B while fending against puzzling obstacles preventing your success. A pretty challenging and fun puzzle game. Has pretty good music too. 200px
Dark Mist Action Adventure A game very reminiscent to Legend of Zelda on the NES. An overhead dungeon crawler where you can gain hearts, diamonds, keys, and crescent moons. Master several dungeons and defeat bosses and you got yourself a nice lil' Zelda-like game. You even have a spin attack for fuck's sake. Not available in North America, Europe and Japan only. 200px
Daytona USA Arcade Racing DAAAAYYTONNNNNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

The arcade classic returns once again to home consoles. A perfect port of the arcade version, which holds up surprisingly well. Three courses, three difficulties, Logitech GT Driving Force steering wheel support (only one supported, God knows why) and a Karaoke mode. Not that you needed that to sing along to the fantastic music any way, with such classics as Let's Go Away and Sky High. Also on Xbox Live.

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DeathSpank Action RPG/Diablo-esque A goofy Action RPG by Ron Gilbert of Monkey Island fame. Do heroic deeds like stuffing annoying orphans in a bag, slaying stoopid chickens, hammering magical poop out of demons, and more as you quest for an ancient, powerful artifact: The Artifact. A bit short, but fun, easy to control and great humor. Gets better with the more weapons and skills you get. A pal can co-op in at anytime as SPARKLES THE WIZARD. He shares your health bar, but has handy magic like ranged damage and healing. Also on PC and Xbox Live. 200px
DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue Action RPG/Diablo-esque DeathSpank ventures to the war-torn land north of last game. Humor and quests are mostly the same, if not better; but now your arsenal is more impressive. Poison bazookas, ice grenades, laser monocles, earthquake shovels, etc. replace the medieval gear before (the new melee weapons act like the old ones, so no worries). The DLC is mostly for fun, but goes cheap anyways. Also on PC and Xbox Live. Note: Console versions may sometimes get bugged with a late-game quest, but Hothead is willing to help anyone who encounters it. 200px
Dead Nation Top Down 2 Stick Shooter Awesome co-op top down shooter. It doesn't sound original at all (you run through levels and kill hordes of zombies while purchasing upgrades for weapons and amor), but it's one of the most polished and fleshed out top down arcade games you'll play. 200px
Earthworm Jim HD Side-Scrolling/Run-'N-Gun/Platformer Rediscover the grooviest action game of all time in full hi-def glory with Earthworm Jim HD! For the first time, grab friends and combine your wormy powers in four-player co-op! If you never played Earthworm Jim back in the retro days now's the perfect chance to check it out. Also on Xbox Live. 200px
Echochrome Puzzle A very Escher-esque puzzle game in a minimalist style where the camera angle determines the shape of the level. Will hurt your mind after a while. Comes with level editor. 200px
Elefunk Puzzle A bridge making game that tests the bridges you make by withstanding the weight of the elephants that walk across it. NO, this doesn't make you an outstanding architect. Actually really easy. 200px
Fat Princess Strategy/Multiplayer A mix of strategy and cake-feeding action in this multiplayer oriented game. Up to 32 people compete in 2 teams to rescue their princess, while feeding the hostage princess to make her fatter and harder to rescue. Has classes, resource gathering, and more. The DLC addes even MORE stuff, but isn't mandatory. Also has a PSP spinoff that plays quite similarly. The biggest flaw of this game is that matches can sometimes turn into a never-ending tug-of-war. 200px
flOw Puzzle A short game that's the precursor to Flower, Flow takes place on a microscopic scale where you control plankton that must gobble up other plankton. With the expansion, there are six different plankton in all. Simple gameplay, but extremely soothing. 200px
Flower

Puzzle/Relaxation Simulator

You play as a gust of wind/flower petal that goes around and blooms other flowers, normally to complete an objective. Extremely beautiful and relaxing. Sixaxis controls and fun and don't feel gimicky. You might think this game is for pansies (HURR PUN) but if you just get over yourself and try it you might be suprised. Has stunning level designs and an actually interesting "story". 200px
Gravity Crash Shooter Pretty cool 2D shooter. 200px
Gunstar Heroes Run 'n Gun A goddamn classic. Check out the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive page here if you don't remember it. 200px
GTI Club + Rally Cote D'Azur Racing The classic GTI Club arcade game, now on the PS3 with improved graphics. 200px
Hard Corps: Uprising Action Shooter Made by Arc System Works of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue fame, this "spiritual successor" to Contra: Hard Corps is all you could ask for and then some. The game is beautiful, the soundtrack kicks ass, and you'll be in awe at how smooth the controls are. What are you waiting for, go and get what may possibly be the best Contra game of this gen! 200px
Journey Adventure/Multiplayer Explore beautiful landscapes and form a closer bond with a fellow player you never talk to than any other human being you've ever met, ever. Why can't I hold all these feels? 200px
The Last Guy Sim/Puzzle An absolutely bizarre game where you control a good zombie in a top-down view on city maps that look like satellite maps. You must rescue civilians trapped inside buildings while dodging bad zombies - it plays a little like the classic Snake game. 200px
Limbo Platformer

Beautiful, simplistic black-and-white puzzle platforming adventure with a fantastic atmosphere. Short, but well worth it. Incredibly moving soundtrack if you're into ambient music. Also on PC and Xbox Live.

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LocoRoco Cocoreccho Platform Similar to the PSP titles, except instead of tilting the world you guide the LocoRoco to the goal with a cursor. Sports unique colorful paper collage/mosaic-like graphics. 200px
Lumines Supernova Puzzle/Rhythm A semi-port of a kickass PSP game, Lumines is a puzzle game with rhythm elements - blocks fall from the top of the playing field and it's your job to create a 2x2 square of matching colors before the time line sweeps them away. It's like Tetris meets your local club DJ. Has free DLC and regular DLC. 200px
Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalker TCG Good MTG game, best for beginners to the game since decks are pre-made and while you unlock cards, you can't make custom decks. I might be in the minority, but this is what got this anon into the real card game. 200px
Marvel V.S. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes 2D Fighting/RIDE TAKAN

I'M GONNA TAKE YOU FOR A RIDE! This awesome game is now in DLC for on the PS3/360! Pretty much a port of the DC version but with modernized features (e.g., trophies and DLC), this port is worth getting not just because it's fucking MvC2 alone, but because IT HAS GREAT FUCKING ONLINE TOO! It's around 15 bucks so choose wisely...

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Mega Man 9 Jump'n'Run It's Mega Man, back to 8bit style, still hard as balls (although some claim it's still too easy, they're just trying to look hardcore, it's not working). If you liked the old games, you'll like this one. 200px
Mega Man 10 Jump'n'Run Same as 9, it continues the series in the lovely 8bit style. Easier than 9, especially if you play as Bass, but it can still kick your ass. This one has more variety in it, with creative mini-bosses (almost 1 per stage) and stages. Protoman and Bass are playable as well. 200px
The Secret of Monkey Island Adventure One of the most famous and successful adventure games ever made, this one is considered a cult classic by many. Help the "mighty pirate" Guybrush Threepwood defeat the evil ghost pirate LeChuck, win the love of the beautiful Elaine Marley and uncover the titular secret of Monkey Island. Exceptional writing and humor, this game is a mandatory play for everyone who loves adventures everyone. This is a remake with modern graphics and voice acting. The artstyle is generally agreed upon to be ugly and the controls are fucktarded, but you can also switch to the original graphics and interface easily. Also on PC and Xbox Live. 200px
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge Adventure Just like Monkey Island 1, but longer, funnier, and all around better. Get a job by tainting soup with a rat, kidnap two large animals for your twisted machinations, practice voodoo against your foes, and cause two huge explosions while stealing everything that's not nailed down. This is also has a remake with redone graphics and full voice acting. The remake art is better looking this time around, but you can still return to the original style at will. Also on PC and Xbox Live. 200px
Namco Museum Essentials Minigame Well, it's a collection of Namco games. Now with achievement-ish systems and other miscellaneous unlockables. Not bad for a nostalgia trip or for giving younger kids something easy to pick-up-and-play. Rev up your Solvalou and give this a go. 200px
Noby Noby Boy Sim/Sandbox/Being A Dickhead The entire point of Noby Noby Boy is to stretch your character boy. That's it. But it's really weird and inventive, and you can spend hours just fucking around and eating people, and seeing how much you make GIRL grow. Everyone who plays the game reports their points, and they all get tallied up. Each point grows GIRL a little longer. Collectively, we've gone past Jupiter in actual distance. That's actually a pretty fucking crazy achievement. It's only 5$ so there's no excuse not to support this gem of a mindfuck. Also, local multiplayer up to four players. 200px
Pain Physics You launch people out of a canon and try to hurt them as much as possible, while also trying to fuck up the environment as much as possible. You can also make the people you launch grab onto things, which opens the door to all sorts of crazy madness (grabbing onto a subway for example). Sounds simple but it can be pretty damn cool. 200px
Pixeljunk Eden Platformer A minimalist platformer where you control a 'grimp', a sort of bug that is able to jump and stick onto plants and rocks in the game, as well as create threads. You need to learn to extend your thread to swing and leap higher and higher. Uses heavily stylized graphics and a soundtrack guaranteed to blow your mind. 200px
PixelJunk Monsters Defense/Strategy An entertaining strategic tower defense game. Hoards of enemies attack your lives and you must build towers on the trees to protect them. Upgrades, nine types of towers, many different types of enemies to kill. Comes with Co-Op and Remote Play. There's also a PSP Ultimate edition. 200px
Pixeljunk Shooter/PixelJunk Shooter 2 Shooter/Puzzle Glide around, shoot things, save people, and enjoy that soundtrack. Just make sure your engine doesn't overheat. Getting a sequel soon. SEQUEL IS ALREADY OUT: supposedly not as great as the first one but still good. 200px
PixelJunk Sidescroller Shoot'em up A PixelJunk styled shmup, complete with real imitation arcade cabinet screen, high score leaderboards and various difficulties. It's rumoured that this game is actually being played by the crew on the spaceship in PixelJunk Shooter... 200px
Piyotama Puzzle Kind of like Tetris Attack, lining up four in a line, but you have to slide your rows all the way while maintaining some pieces outside the board. It's a new type of puzzle game for all who like Tetris Attack or Meteos. 200px
Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic 2D Fighting/Beat 'Em Up Sort of like super smash bros, but with it's own perks. It's 100% balanced for example, because all the characters are the same. You can shoot out energy balls and do rocket punches n shit. It's a lot more "flowing" than smash bros. Just try it. 200px
Rocket Knight Platformer/Shoot 'Em Up The new Rocket Knight game with Sparkster hacking and slashing and shooting and jetpacking through many levels. Is slightly difficult and lacks a little more variety, but it's still a fun ass Rocket Knight. 200px
Savage Moon Tower Defence A tower defence game so hard they actually had to release an easy-mode patch for it. A PSP sequel has been released that is much supperior to this game (except graphics). 200px
Scott Pilgrim VS. The World: The Game Beat 'Em Up

Even if you you're not a fan, this game stands on its own, despite paying tribute to old school beat em' ups like Final Fight and River City Ransom. You level up and obtain new moves, eat food to increase your stats and beat the SHIT out of everyone in an epic 4-player co-op while listening to some really awesome Anamanaguchi music. Only setback is no online services. For the fans, it stays faithful to the aspects of the comics and some stuff from the movie as well. If you love games like Castle Crashers and such then check this too.

Also on the Xbox Live Arcade.

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Shatter Shooter Breakout/Arkanoid clone with some fresh features and nice awesome music Also on PC with added features. 200px
The Simpsons Arcade Game Beat 'em Up

Regarded by many to be the best Simpsons game ever, and for good reason. A Konami side scrolling beat 'em up originally made in 1991, Maggie has been kidnapped by Smithers and you have to save her. Features 4 player online/offline co-op, bonus features and the option to chose between the American/Japanese version of the game (difference between the two is the scoring system and not much else).

Also on the Xbox Live Arcade.

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Skullgirls 2D Fighting Indie 2D fighting game partly made by a few members of the fighting game community. Skullgirls is a beautifully sprited and animated fighting game that takes inspiration from Capcom's older titles, while doing its own thing as well. Netcode is pretty good, and the story should at least last you a bit. While it has a limited roster, plans are to gradually update it with more characters with enough support.

Also on the Xbox Live Arcade, and atr> PC version is planned.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Platformer Very short, (like every 2D sonic HERP DERP) but REALLY FUN. Same fun 2D gameplay that even the couple of changes, such as lock-on, doesn't ruin it. A (finally) great Sonic game for what it is worth. Also on Live Arcade and WiiWare 200px
Space Invaders Infinity Gene Shoot-'Em-Up Space Invaders: Infinity Gene is a great evolution for the classic series and one of the best space shooters in recent years. If you like shoot 'em ups you'll like this, since it takes elements from all sorts of them. Originally an iOS game but the "port" to PS3 adds a ton of stuff. 200px
Stacking Adventure Double Fine's Industrial Age tale remixes traditional Point-And-Click with Stacking Dolls. As a tiny doll, the young lead Charlie can't do much alone, but he can stack within others and manipulate people using the status, prestige, and abilities of his disguises. This is a bit short, but there are actually multiple solutions for nearly every puzzle and the game encourages/entices you to find all of them in replays. The aesthetics are just delightful, recalling silent movies and plays, but filled with the color and technology seen in the era proper. Definitely try the demo if nothing more. 200px
Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars Sports/Minigame Wins the award for "Most Descriptive Title". You control small rocket-powered cars that can FUCKING FLY and you play soccer with them. Split-screen multiplayer is a blast, and the theme song is pure camp. 200px
Super Stardust HD Shoot 'Em Up One of the first titles released on the PSN, this dual stick shoot-em-up is one part Asteroids and one part Geometry Wars. Use three upgradeable weapons, bombs, and a booster to blast your way through 5 levels of asteroids, dangerous aliens and some pretty huge bosses. Features two player mode and several expansions that add a whole new host of fun extra modes. Great music and shiny graphics round out the package. 200px
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition 2D Fighting Port of one of the best and most beloved fighting games of all time, except this time, Capcom wow'd us with challenges, Online Gameplay, Dipswitches, Unlockables, and best of all, GGPO NETCODE! Thats some cool shit there, bro. 200px
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix 2D PAZZURU FAITING Just like below, Capcom re-released one of the best puzzle fighting games of all time (if that even is a real genre). you just sit back and watch the kawaii fly. But in all seriousness, a fuckawesome game that is now clear as fucking crystal and in HD. Online multiplayer also! 200px
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix 2D Fighting The last version of Street Fighter II (a game that has been continually updated/re-released since its first release in 1991, so 'last' should be interpreted loosely). It has all the characters. It is solid, balanced, the music has been remixed by OCRemix, and all the backgrounds/characters have be redrawn to support HD by UDON. Some character movelists have been expanded and tweaked to give the game not only more depth, but balance as well (for example Ryu can do a Hadouken fake, which sets you up for a combo). Online Multiplayer doesn't hurt either. 200px
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection 3D Fighting It's Tekken 5, downloadable, with extra features, such as online play. Do want. 200px
The Baconing Action RPG/Diablo-esque The 3rd chapter of the Death Spank games isn't even titled Death Spank, but the love is still there! Not as good as the other Death Spank games, but it's not really horrible either. 200px
Tokyo Jungle Survival Sandbox Humanity vanishes, and Japan is taken over by wild animals. You pick a species and attempt to eat, fuck, and survive in the ruins of Tokyo. Carnivores hunt and kill other animals for food, while herbivores try to avoid conflict and find plants. 50 different species, RPG mechanics, pet dress-up, and some reasonably priced DLC. 200px
Tori-Emaki Misc. Also known as "bird-picture scroll" it's an interactive picture scroll which is pretty nice. Utilizes the Playstation Eye. 200px
Trash Panic Puzzle An insanely tough puzzler where you need to compact trash into a garbage can by smashing and breaking it up. Think Tetris but with actual shit. 6 stages on normal mode that get progressively crazier. 200px
Trine Platformer Beautiful physics-based platformer set in a colorful world where you switch between three different characters to use their unique abilities to defeat skeletons, collect hidden treasures and build platforms to climb on. Also has local co-op where you and two friends pick a character each and play together. Has a sequel coming soon on PC/Mac with online co-op, and is possibly coming to PSN too.

Also available on PC/Mac.

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Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown 3D Fighting The second update to VF5 includes new characters from VF5R and further improvements to animations etc. Only available via download. 200px
Wipeout HD Fury Racing/Action Very fast futuristic racer with great graphics and a fantastic soundtrack where you shoot at the other racers and what not, sort of like a (much) more hardcore Mario Kart. Runs in 1080p at a fluid 60 fps, and 3D. Includes 8 tracks (you can also listen to music off of your hard-drive), 8 ships (with several skins) and 4 game modes. Wipeout HD Fury adds 12 new tracks, 13 new skins, 3 new game modes (Including the fan-favorite eliminator! Think Twisted Metal on an actual racetrack at several hundred MPH.) and some new music, and is also available as a Blu-Ray game in Europe, if you prefer a tangible variant. Supports online and split-screen. 200px
World Gone Sour Platformer A game that takes some elements from Donkey Kong Country and Pikmin, You control a Sour Patch Kid trying to control and murder others, and you get AWARDED FOR IT. It's pretty decent, actually. 200px
Worms 2: Armageddon Turn-Based/Side-Scrolling/Physics/Shooter Worms 2: Armageddon is the most fully-featured Worms game ever. With four player online and offline multiplayer, voice support, a raft of new weapons (including the return of some iconic weapons from the past), all-new high-definition landscape themes, new play modes, hats, skins, speech-banks, loads of other customization and to top it all off, a highly-involving single player experience with tutorials, deathmatches, races, fort games, and puzzles. It's a package as high on fun as it is destruction.

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ZEN Pinball Pinball Simulation Have you ever noticed how a lot of pinball games are floaty and weird and have completely unrealistic physics? Don't you just hate that? Yeah, apparently so did Zen Studios: This isn't a video pinball game so much as a physics simulator with pinball rules bolted on. If you're a pin veteran frustrated by how you can't use any of your usual ball control in video games, play this. Comes with four tables, and the DLC tables are $2.50 each, but are totally worth it. 200px

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