The first consoles to try out HD gaming were the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. So, when you compare games from that generation to games from this generation, you might be surprised at how well they still hold up.
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Even though it wasn’t always the main platform for making games, the PlayStation 3 had some beautiful games. The system’s first-party games are still some of the best-looking games ever made, and several of them are getting remastered. With the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, the next generation of consoles, it’s always interesting to look back at the last generation to see how well it held up.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Released in 2011, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine isn’t a PlayStation 3 exclusive but it was easily one of the best looking titles of a generation. It was also one of the most forgotten hack-and-slash action games of its time.
The character designs and visuals did a great job of bringing to life the world of Game Workshop’s 40K. The Space Marines are like the characters in the Gears of War series in terms of how big they are and how much power they have. It’s horrible, violent, and bloody, and the animations do a great job of showing how fast-paced the action is.
Heavy Rain, an interactive drama by Quantic Dream that came out in 2010, is still one of the best-looking games on the PlayStation 3. It’s a game that lets players feel like they’re in charge of their own TV show or movie, just like Fahrenheit did.
The way the story is told can be hit or miss for some gamers, but the plot still has enough twists and turns to keep most people interested. By using great lighting and motion capture, the developers at Quantic Dream seem to be experts at getting the most out of the hardware to make some amazing visuals and effects.
Persona 5 is widely thought to be one of the best games for the PlayStation 4, so it’s easy to forget that it was also available for the PlayStation 3. Persona 5’s beauty doesn’t come from its cutting-edge graphics or visuals. Instead, it’s all about the way it looks and how it’s put together.
The best part about the anime-style graphics and amazing menu design is that the graphics never look old or worn out. As technology changes, photorealistic graphics tend to look very old very quickly, but a beautiful art design will always look good.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, which came out in 2008, is one of the best console games ever made, and it still holds its own against many of the best games of today. The lighting, character models, and environments still look great.
MGS 4’s only problem might be that it uses too many yellows and browns, a style that many games after Gears of War used on last-gen systems.
Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy XIII was a game that split fans and critics when it came out in 2010. Some people liked the characters and the way they fought, but others thought it was too linear and had too much story.
But fans can’t argue about how beautiful the graphics are, which still look great today. Square Enix is known for spending a lot of money on the Final Fantasy series, so it’s no surprise that FFXIII has beautiful environments, stunning character models, and Hollywood-style cutscenes that still look great today.
Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time came out in 2013. It is the fourth game in a series of platform-based stealth games that started on the PlayStation 2. Like Persona 5, Sly Cooper used an art style that looked like a cartoon and still looks and feels the same today.
The character designs and level layouts look like Saturday morning cartoons from the 1990s, which means they still look great today. A modern remaster on the high-powered PlayStation 5 wouldn’t look out of place today, and it would fix the only thing that was bad about the game when it came out, which was that it took too long to load. But now that Facebook owns the developers Sanzaru, no one knows what will happen to the series. Sony still owns the IP, though, so it’s not impossible that another studio could take over.
God Of War III
Fans thought God of War III was the best game in the series until the fourth main game came out for the PlayStation 4 in 2018. The game is as cinematic as it gets, right from the first scenes where Kratos fights Poseidon.
Even by today’s standards, boss fights with huge and powerful enemies like Cronos and Zeus are in a league of their own. Kratos’s character model still looks great and gives the impression that he is athletic and strong, which is exactly what players want from a game like this.
Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus
One could say that the graphics in all Ratchet & Clank games are some of the best on the PlayStation 3. But the series’ graphics were at their best in Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus and stayed that way until the 2016 PS4 reboot.
Even though the story wasn’t quite as good as its predecessors, Into the Nexus’ gameplay, stunning graphics, and effects make players feel like they are interacting with and playing in a Pixar movie that has come to life.
Grand Theft Auto V
Many people still think that Grand Theft Auto V is the best open-world action game with a modern setting, even though it came out in 2013. The world of Los Santos is so different and has been through so much that it really feels like it is alive.
Rarely does a game make the player feel like a small part of a much bigger world. Even without the next-gen upgrades that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions got, Grand Theft Auto V is a long game with a lot of things to do and an amazing accomplishment.
With the thousands of articles and YouTube videos about the famous game Dark Souls by FromSoftware, there’s not much more to say about it. The aesthetics of a game are often overlooked in favour of its story, bosses, and level design. Even though it didn’t have as big a budget as some of the other games on this list, FromSoftware made one of the most visually impressive PS3 games, with environments that helped tell the game’s story or at least made it more interesting.
The most famous amazing sight is definitely being carried over Anor Londo’s huge walls to see the area for the first time.