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The 10 Best PS3 Action Adventure Games

Updated on July 13, 2017
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Michael Kismet is a freelance writer and a commited gamer. Odds are, he'll keel over one day with a video game controller in his hands.

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What Are the Best Action Adventure Games on PS3?

Sony's PlayStation 3 has some of the most popular and entertaining action-adventure titles ever created. Here are ten action-adventure games that rise above the rest for me, and games I still enjoy every now and then, with great re-play value. If you have any suggestions for this list, please let me know, I'd appreciate any feedback.

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#1 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the sequel game to 2007's critically praised Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, the PS3 exclusive Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a continuation of adventurer Nathan Drake, a treasure-hunter with a questionable reputation and a shady past.

In my humble opinion, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is one the best PS3 titles, let alone just under the action-adventure genre. My heart pounds during the action packed journey, it's truly an amazing feat of creation and creativity. I'm not sure how to describe how superb this game really is, words escape me.

This game intertwines anything and everything one could ever want in an amazing entertainment experience. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has fantastic characters, mind-blowing story, and some of the best animation acting I've ever seen. There some great games on the PS3, best game on the PS3? I don't think I could or should, but I can say it's definitely among the best of the best.

#2 Journey

Journey is an indie video game produced by "Thatgamecompany". It debuted on March 2012, over the PlayStation Network. In this emotionally moving game, you control a robed figure in an expansive desert, traveling towards a mountain, that is far distant. There are other players, and two players can meet and help each other, but they cannot speak or text and cannot see each others names. They can only communicate through musical chimes.

It's difficult to state what exactly makes Journey such an endearing and special game. I have never before been so moved and captivated while playing a video game. This achievement is even more remarkable when you keep in mind that Journey contains no dialogue, no speech of any kind and flips on it's head many of the standards that gaming relies upon today.

Journey employs an orchestral soundtrack that is truly unique, and syncs with the game seamlessly. The visuals are equally spellbinding, and they become more and more breathtaking as your journey continues on. Screen shots don't do Journey justice, a masterpiece of innovation.

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#3 Assassin's Creed 2

Assassin's Creed II is an open world, sneak about, stealth game published by Ubisoft and develpoed by Ubisoft Montreal. It is the second installment in the Assassin's Creed series and is the direct sequel to Assassin's Creed.

The game allows you to explore Tuscany, Florence, and Venice as you guide Ezio during the 16th century on a quest to avenge his family tracking down the culprits responsible for betraying his family. Assassin's Creed 2 has few modifications. The combat is a lot of fun and simple to pick up. There's an added currency system in the game. You can steal money from citizens or search downed enemies for money, or earn money by doing errands and missions.

The money can be spent on upgrading items, or purchasing new armor and weapons. For me, It makes the game much more interactive and satisfying. Assassin's Creed 2 is much better than it's predecessor. Those who enjoyed Assassins Creed should pick this one up, I doubt anyone can be disappointed.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

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#4 Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a must-play game developed by Ninja Theory and published by Namco Games. The story is from "Journey to the West" written by Wu Cheng'en. The storyline is set 150 years in the future on a post-apocalyptic planet following a world war.

The story revolves around the main protagonist "Monkey", a sturdy loner who is bound by Tripitaka, a young woman with technological savvy. He has a headband connected to her, if she dies, Monkey will share that fate. You embark on an epic journey that you will get lost in, and will undoubtedly become obsessed with. One of the most highly underrated games of all time if you ask me.

Not many people know about this title and it did not really make awards or headlines, but this is a wonderful game that may have slipped through the cracks. I really enjoyed the interactions between the characters and there are plenty moments of laugh out loud humor. If you like to be pleasantly surprised, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is for you.

#5 God Of War III

God of War III is a third-person game developed by Santa Monica Studio and distubuted by Sony Computer Entertainment. Released on March 2010, the game is the fifth installment in the God of War series. The game's location is based in ancient Greece, and revolves around Greek mythology. You control Kratos, the former God Of War who was betrayed by his Father, Zeus.

One can tell many hours of work was put into molding the game to look flawless. I was floored at the realism of Kratos physical features. Some people may not approve of the fixed camera, but this lets the directors give you mind-blowing views and show off all the effort they put into making this one of the most visually complete experience in a video game you will ever have.

With amazing visuals, pulse pumping action, God of War 3 is an incredible title almost from top to bottom. However I would be remiss not to mention that the storyline leaves much to be desired. But this small blemish does not take away how entertaining this game was for me.

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#6 Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain is a gripping psychological thriller filled with countless plot twists, where even the most minute of actions and decisions can cause dire and dramatic consequences. It is an evolving and dynamic thriller from Quantic Dream, the producers behind the critically acclaimed Fahrenheit.

The story follows the manhunt for the Origami Killer, named after his custom of leaving folded paper creations on his victims. There are four personalities, each with their own reasons, all taking part in a collective attempt to stop the Oragami Killer from claiming another victim.

The graphics are gorgeous and the storyline is very emotionally gripping. It's like you're watching a movie you're taking part in, and it's a phenomenal feeling. Heavy Rain is such an interactive PlayStation 3 game that's unique as it's game mechanics. The story is slow-paced at the beginning, but quickly intensifies into one of the most captivating games you'll play on the PS3.

#7 DmC: Devil May Cry

DmC: Devil May Cry is an action-packed, hack and slash epic published by Capcom and developed by Ninja Theory. There were many doubters that thought a foreign company like Ninja Theory could not deliver, but they did and then some. Our protagonist, Dante is caught between two truculent worlds, the world of man and the world of demons.

After being tormented by demons his whole life, Dante is a man with no respect for authority as he slices through his journey in limbo. After hearing that the current DMC standard was being abandoned, I was utterly devastated, I felt betrayed by Capcom, who were cutting short a story in which I had invested so much time and emotion.

However, Ninja Theory did seem to be listening to what the fans were suggesting and with the release of the first footage, my mind began to change from frustration and hatred of the game to feeling that maybe it would not be so bad. Then I rented it and gave it whirl. I could not have asked for a better re-boot. Great addition to a great series.

#8 Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider is a game published by Square Enix, and revolves around our lone female protagonist, Lara Croft. Tomb Raider features a blend of stealth, survival skills, and a mix of ranged and melee combat. Lara Croft is forced to push herself beyond her known limits to survive and unravel the dark mystery of a forsaken island.

The storyline is wonderfully odd as some of the earlier in the series, possessing unpredictable twists and some supernatural elements. The story is very compelling, you can almost feel what Lara is feeling as you guide her through a gauntlet of survival and self-discovery.

Tomb Raider has an expansive and fully interactive environment. The cut scenes are very cool and deeply engaging. In a lot of them you have to make quick decisions that will either get you in or out of trouble. Loved the game, I highly recommend it to any fan of the Tomb Raider series.

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Top PlayStation 3 action adventure games | Source

#9 Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption is an open world, western themed game published by Rockstar Games and produced by Rockstar San Diego. It is set in the year 1911, follows John Marston, an ex-outlaw whose young son and wife were taken hostage by the government in blackmail ransom for his skillset as a bounty hunter. Marston is forced to bring the three members of his past gang to justice.

There are moments in Red Dead Redemption that are quite comical. When I first got the chance to play it, I was stunned and very impressed by it's graphics. The missions are substantially original and highly entertaining. I have replayed it many times and eventually will again.

Red Dead Redemption is basically GTA western style and the quality is no less an achievement than Rockstar's other original and creative games. I immensely enjoyed this game and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a clever western shooter, action adventure.

#10 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a game from the Castlevania series published by Konami. and developed by MercurySteam and Kojima. The game is set in Europe during the Dark Ages. The storyline follows Gabriel Belmont and his quest to destroy a malevolent sect known as the Lords of Shadow, so that he can revive and save his beloved wife.

You control Gabriel in an encompassing 3D environment as he utilizes his attack skills to defeat enemies and figure out intricate puzzles to move on in the game. Such a great story line, visually beautiful in every single detail. The only hiccup for me is the lack of expression on the faces of all the characters.

I'm sure you have read many reviews about this game, but let me state that I'm very proud to have this in my glorious game collection, the entire game is quite lengthy, the game play is spectacular, overall it's a very finely crafted game. Although you might miss the usual conventions of previous titles of the Castlevania series, this one is a beast of it's own.

Thank you for taking the time to read my article, I would be deeply humbled for any comments or opinions on this list, maybe share your top 10 action-adventure titles. (update) I recently played The Last of Us on the PS3, and feel it deserves to be in the #1 spot, one of the best action-adventure games on the PlayStation 3!

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