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The Best PS3 Games On PlayStation Now (April 2022)

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PS Now has an impressive selection of PlayStation 3 games, even if some are better than others. Here are the best PS3 titles on Sony's service.

p>PlayStation Now's PlayStation 3 selection is huge, with the catalog expanding well into the hundreds. Although it is frustrating that PlayStation 3 games can only be streamed on PS Now, so the experience can vary considerably from one internet connection to the next, there is truly something for everyone on Sony's service.

PS Now has some of the seventh generation's absolutely greatest titles, along with quite a few smaller indie games that people might have overlooked the first time around. Due to the service's massive library, it can be difficult to know where to start; therefore, here is a look at the best PS3 games on PS Now.

In March 2022, Sony announced plans to combine PS Plus and PS Now to form a new tiered subscription system that will launch in June 2022. From that point on, players will need to subscribe to PlayStation Plus Premium to gain access to PS3 games.

Batman: Arkham City

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Open-World Action
Developer Rocksteady Studios

Any of the Arkham games could have earned a spot on this list, and it is really a toss-up between Asylum and City. The former's contained setting allows for a more streamlined and intense journey, while the latter's expansive open-world delivers a beautiful but dark sandbox for Batman to explore.

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Arkham City refines Asylum's combat to near-perfection and features a story that maintains its momentum from beginning to end. It is truly a complete experience and one that should be played by everyone.

Devil May Cry 4

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Hack And Slash Action
Developer Capcom

Along with the Devil May Cry HD Collection, Capcom's fourth entry in the franchise is available through PS Now. Admittedly, playing this game through streaming is not ideal since executing combos requires precise button inputs, however, permitting there isn't too much lag, Devil May Cry 4 is a fantastic hack and slash title.

While the environments and story can get repetitive, the combat is tight, deep, and holds up well to repeat playthroughs. Nero and Dante also control very differently, and they are both a great deal of fun.

Yakuza 5

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 38 Hours
Genre Third-Person Action
Developer Sega

While popular during the PS3 era, Sega's Yakuza franchise didn't fully blow up until the PS4's Yakuza 0 came out in the West. PS Now only has the fourth and fifth entries in the series, making Sony's subscription service a far worse option than Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass for those looking to jump into this awesome property.

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Yakuza 5 is one of the strongest entries in the series, telling a captivating story that builds upon the hundreds of hours of previous material. The beat-'em-up combat is refined and varied thanks to the different characters, while the mini-games are as awesome as they always tend to be in this series.

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 11 Hours
Genre Third-Person Shooter
Developer Insomniac Games

PS Now gives players access to Ratchet & Clank's PS3 era, including spin-offs such as All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault. All of these titles have something of value to offer, but A Crack in Time provides the most complete Ratchet & Clank experience out of any of the games available through PS Now.

Marking the peak of the "Future Saga," A Crack in Time is a continuation of the brilliance established by the franchise's PS2 games, albeit with a slightly heavier focus on combat. Visually great for its time (and still pleasant on the eyes), A Crack in Time is a polished action-adventure title with awesome gameplay.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Third-Person Shooter
Developer Naughty Dog

All three of Naughty Dog's PS3 Uncharted games are available on PS Now, so there is a lot of Nathan Drake to enjoy on Sony's subscription service. While there is no such thing as a bad Uncharted game, Among Thieves hit a sweet spot that the franchise has struggled to replicate.

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A globe-trotting adventure reminiscent of Indiana Jones' greatest escapades, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a dazzling blockbuster packed with action, drama, humor, and even a hint of emotion. Naughty Dog produced four of the PS3's best games, and Uncharted 2 manages to stand out even in that elite group.

Red Dead Redemption

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 20 Hours
Genre Open-World Third-Person Shooter
Developer Rockstar San Diego

Rockstar's Western action-adventure game tells the story of John Marston, an outlaw turned family man who is presented with the opportunity to wipe the slate clean by bringing down his former gang. What ensues is a long and memorable journey filled with gunfights, drama, and human moments.

When it comes to open-world sandbox titles, Rockstar is the standard-bearer. Red Dead Redemption moves at a slower pace than Grand Theft Auto, which only helps to further enhance the campaign's impeccable storyline and tone.

The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel 1 & 2

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 100+ Hours (Combined)
Genre JRPG
Developer Nihon Falcom

If a PS Now subscriber feels like jumping into a JRPG that will keep them busy for weeks or months, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is perfect. PS Now has the first two entries in this series, and they tell one continuous narrative. The games revolve around the Thors Military Academy's Class VII, a group that mixes students from both noble and ordinary families.

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Boasting an addictive turn-based battle system that places a heavy emphasis on team coordination, Trails of Cold Steel matches fun combat with strong character writing and world-building. Although never boring, the story is a bit slow to get going since it dedicates its earliest chapters to establishing the relationship between its rather large roster of characters.

Puppeteer

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 10 Hours
Genre Platformer
Developer SCE Japan Studio

A delightful platformer that has been slightly forgotten, Puppeteer oozes imagination, personality, and charm. Presented as a stage show, players control Kutaro, a puppet who can swap heads as he makes his way through 21 stages filled with souls to save and bosses to defeat.

Puppeteer's visual style is captivating, offering a fantastic mix of whimsy and nightmarish elements. The story is also entertaining, especially since the game mostly assumes a comedic tone. This platformer was a late release in the PS3's life, so for those who missed it, Puppeteer is waiting for them on PS Now.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – Ultimate Edition

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 7 Hours
Genre Hack and Slash
Developer PlatinumGames

Fast-paced hack and slash games are not exactly made for a streaming experience since they require precision; that said, if a PS Now user's internet service is strong enough to deliver an almost seamless connection, they should definitely check out Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. A Metal Gear Solid spin-off starring the much maligned Raiden, PlatinumGames' title delivers gloriously over-the-top action akin to some of the studio's other acclaimed releases such as Bayonetta.

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Along with giving Raiden a neat cyborg makeover, Revengeance is primarily beloved for its complex cutting mechanic that permits players to slice and dice their enemies. Challenging and addictive, this 2013 release is one of the best PS3 games on PS Now.

Spec Ops: The Line

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 6 Hours
Genre Third-Person Shooter
Developer Yager Development

Nowadays, Spec Ops: The Line's twist is quite well-known, which can lessen the game's impact. However, Yager's third-person shooter is nonetheless worth a playthrough, particularly for those who have yet to experience this campaign firsthand.

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To avoid spoiling the game for those who are not in the know, let's just say that Spec Ops follows a team of soldiers sent to Dubai to follow up on a missing unit. Please note that this third-person shooter features a number of heavy scenes that deal with the consequences of war.

Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 18 Hours
Genre Action
Developer MercurySteam, Kojima Productions

While not the first entry in Konami's storied franchise to embrace 3D, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was arguably the first to craft something special. Taking quite a few pages from God of War's playbook, Lords of Shadow places players in the shoes of Gabriel Belmont in his quest to take on the eponymous order.

Boasting an expansive combo system and a plethora of massive boss fights that feel suitably grandiose, Lords of Shadow is a highly entertaining action game, even if it lacks the explorative elements typically associated with Castlevania. Lords of Shadow 2 is also available on PS Now for those who want to complete the package.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Hack And Slash Action
Developer Team Ninja

Similar to Devil May Cry 4, this Ninja Gaiden Sigma recommendation comes with the caveat that PS Now users need to have a stellar connection as this is one game that can't be played with any significant lag. All of Team Ninja's franchise is available on Sony's subscription service, with 2007's Ninja Gaiden Sigma being the best of the bunch.

As Ryu (and a number of other characters), players battle their way through grim streets and dark catacombs utilizing a vicious combat system that prioritizes precision and efficiency above showmanship. Ninja Gaiden Sigma is punishing, quite long, and a lot of fun.

Killzone 2

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 8 Hours
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer Guerrilla Games

Killzone 2 is one of the best first-person shooters on the PS3, and that extends to the offerings on PS Now. As PS3 games can only be streamed through the subscription service, PS Now is not the ideal way to experience FPS titles since some input lag is unavoidable. Permitting the performance is passable, Killzone 2 delivers a thoroughly enjoyable single-player campaign.

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Visually, the game is still stunning all these years later, while the gunplay has aged well enough to not feel too outdated compared to more recent shooters. Killzone 3 is also great.

The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 30 Hours
Genre Open-World RPG
Developer Bethesda Game Studios, 4J Studios

The precursor to Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion compares favorably to its successor in various ways, particularly when it comes to its writing and story. While the 2006 game's gameplay and visuals show their age, Oblivion's open-world still has the capacity to impress through the sheer scope of its ambitious nature. The RPG genre has developed quite a bit since the release of this title, but players fond of TES lore will have a blast revisiting this 2000s classic. The game is pretty difficult, rewards exploration, and has some fantastic side quests.

F.E.A.R.

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 10 Hours
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer Monolith Productions

F.E.A.R. is a rare example of an action horror game that manages to be a triumph in both areas. As a military shooter, F.E.A.R. is a more than enjoyable mid-2000s entry, one that balances responsive gunplay with complementary mechanics such as a system that slows down time.

As a horror title, F.E.A.R. builds suspense beautifully through its sense of mystery and the sporadic appearances of the unsettling Alma Wade. Each moment featuring the terrifying girl is intense, and they are paced perfectly throughout the campaign so that they remain impactful.

Resident Evil 4

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 15 Hours
Genre Action Horror
Developer Capcom Entertainment

For a long while, a new console couldn't seem to exist without a Resident Evil 4 port. Capcom's iconic horror game was released across three PlayStation generations, with the PS3 version landing on PS Now.

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Resident Evil 4 completed the franchise's shift towards action-first gameplay, sparking a polarizing period for the series that eventually led to somewhat of a return to form with the seventh main entry. Regardless of what came out after Resident Evil 4, this entry's brilliance is beyond question. Iconic in every sense of the word, RE4 has aged remarkably well.

inFAMOUS 2

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Action Open-World
Developer Sucker Punch Productions

If there is one franchise that Sony needs to revive, it is inFAMOUS. In the meantime, fans can play through most of the franchise on PS Now, with First Light being the only one missing. Newcomers to the series should start with the first game since it introduces Cole MacGrath and has a pretty decent story, however, its sequel improves the gameplay considerably.

The franchise's biggest selling point is the Karma system that reflects Cole's actions, allowing players to pursue a heroic or villainous lifestyle. Depending on the path taken, different moves are unlocked, greatly enhancing inFAMOUS 2's replayability.

Majin And The Forsaken Kingdom

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 15 Hours
Genre Adventure
Developer Game Republic

Services like PS Now and Xbox Game Pass preserve lesser-known games that would otherwise fall by the wayside, making them available to a wider audience than they might be able to attract on their own. Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is one such PS3 game on PS Now, and it is perfect for those looking for something in the vein of The Last Guardian.

Players control a thief, Tepeu, who teams up with a beast called Majin as they go on a journey to defeat the "Darkness." Although Tepeu can fight, he is generally weak and requires the help of Majin to defeat enemies and also complete puzzles. Even with a few rough edges, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is still a charming adventure and a PS3 gem.

The Last Of Us

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 15 Hours
Genre Action Horror
Developer Naughty Dog

The Last of Us needs no introduction. Naughty Dog's masterpiece was released to a standing ovation from critics and players. In a post-apocalyptic world filled with clickers, the bitter Joel has to guide a young girl named Ellie to a group of Fireflies hiding in Massachusetts, a trek that leads them across the United States. Ellie happens to be immune to the virus that turns everyone into (essentially) zombies, which makes her humanity's best hope for survival.

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The Last of Us takes a conventional premise and delivers a deep character study filled with moments that refuse to be forgotten. The gameplay is hard-hitting and intense, as Joel is far from an action hero.

Journey

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 2 Hours
Genre Adventure
Developer Thatgamecompany

Frequently cited as one of the best indie games of all time, Journey lives up to its title. Dropped into a lavish but overwhelming desert, players guide their unnamed traveler towards a distant mountain, completing puzzles and challenges along the way.

Although largely a solitary experience, players can stumble upon another traveler along the way; interaction between players is limited, but there is a comfort in knowing that there is someone else out there. Journey can be completed in a few hours, and it makes every second count.

The Wolf Among Us

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 8 Hours
Genre Adventure
Developer Telltale Games

A contender for Telltale's best game, The Wolf Among Us takes inspiration from Bill Willingham's Fables comic. The story follows Bigby Wolf, a sheriff in Fabletown who gets dragged into a string of cases that prove to be well above his pay grade. Essentially a neo-noir, The Wolf Among Us boasts a strong narrative packed with fleshed-out characters and convincing performances.

Like most of Telltale's releases, the gameplay is sparse in The Wolf Among Us, but the narrative is more than strong enough to pick up the slack. This is also one of the better options for PS3 games on PS Now since quick reflexes are not really all that important, outside of a few choices Bigby has to make.

The Darkness Games

Approximate Game Lengths (Main Story)
  • The Darkness: 9 Hours
  • The Darkness 2: 6 Hours
Genre First-Person Action
Developers
  • The Darkness: Starbreeze Studios
  • The Darkness 2: Digital Extremes

Debuting in 1996's Witchblade #10 comic, Jackie Estacado eventually made his way to the gaming industry, starring in two underappreciated gems that carefully blend story and combat. The Darkness follows a made man empowered with a demonic force that manifests as tentacles; when his girlfriend is kidnaped, Jackie sets out to take down his uncle. The sequel finds Jackie as the Don of the Franchetti family, and involves a trip to hell.

The Darkness games are both awesome, albeit for different reasons. 2007's release tells a gripping story that expertly combines the mafia and horror genres, all the while delivering serviceable gameplay. Comparatively, 2012's sequel falls short in the narrative department, although it is hardly terrible. However, The Darkness 2 has vastly improved combat.

Dishonored

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre First-Person Action
Developer Arkane Studios

For those looking to experience Dishonored in its entirety, Xbox Game Pass is the service they need to check out. However, the franchise is not completely absent from PS Now as Arkane Studios' 2012 release is available on Sony's service.

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Dishonored is a first-person action game that presents players with plenty of freedom on how they want to tackle scenarios; stealth, guns blazing, or non-lethal are all viable, even if some are more reliable than others. Set in London and featuring satisfying gameplay that Arkane would later explore in releases like Deathloop, Dishonored is one of the best PS3 games of all time, let alone on PS Now.

Resistance 3

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 9 Hours
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer Insomniac Games

Somewhat surprisingly, PS Now only has the third entry in this PlayStation exclusive series. Resistance saw its time in the sun come to an end in one generation, but all three main games are above-average shooters. Resistance 3 doesn't re-invent the wheel, opting to offer a familiar experience that is elevated by a cinematic presentation.

Resistance 3 has a bit more of a stand-alone, personal storyline than the previous two entries in the franchise. As such, newcomers should not feel too lost playing through its campaign.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 45 Hours
Genre JRPG
Developer Level-5

In terms of JRPGs, the PS3 was a noticeable step down from its predecessors, both in terms of quantity and overall quality. Fortunately, a handful of absolutely fantastic titles saved the generation from being a complete wash. Level-5's Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is not only from one of the genre's most accomplished studios but also features animated scenes by Studio Ghibli. That is some pedigree.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is whimsical, heartfelt, and gorgeous. While the combat is serviceable but not the best, everything else is brilliant.

God Of War 2 HD

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Action
Developer Santa Monica Studio, Bluepoint Games

Kratos is synonymous with Sony's PlayStation brand, and PS Now reflects that. God of War chronicles Kratos' vicious demolition of the Greek pantheon, a path soaked in blood, tragedy, and chaos. Unapologetically violent and instantly gratifying, God of War's pre-2018 era produced multiple fantastic cinematic action games, with the second entry marking a high point in the series.

Originally released on the PS2, God of War 2 HD is epic in both scope and presentation, and features a well-paced storyline with a unique protagonist who's spiraling out of control.

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