The PlayStation 4 is set to be released tomorrow in North America so to celebrate that we here at VGU have decided to compile the top 10 PlayStation IPs. These are games that are either exclusive to Sony’s consoles or got their start on the PlayStation.
10. Heavy Rain
Quantic Dream’s first PlayStation 3 title takes the idea that your choices and actions matter to a whole new level as the story changes based on how you play the game. You take the roles of several different characters whose stories all intertwine with the abduction of a young boy named Shaun. You play as Shaun’s father, a woman named Madison, an FBI agent named Norman, and a private investigator named Scott.
The story takes several twists and turns and can end in a very happy or a very sad way depening on how you choose to play the game. Several characters will either live or die based on your actions and that makes the experience gripping and emotional. David Cage’s brilliant storytelling and characterization are put on display here and Heavy Rain is one of the best PlayStation 3 games on the market.
Sony had a rough launch in 2006 with the PlayStation 3. There weren’t many games for it at launch aside from annualized games like Madden, NBA, and Call of Duty. What it did have, was a science fiction game by Insomniac who had developed the Ratchet & Clank games on the PlayStation 2. This new game was titled “Resistance: Fall of Man” and was an alternate history action shooter. This game like Fallout diverged from the historical timeline after World War II. In 1949 an alien race: the Chimera had invaded the planet and began its spread in Russia. Unlike other aliens, the Chimera didn’t just kill their enemies, they mutated their captives turning them into Chimera-Human hybrids that would join the fast growing army of aliens that aimed to conquer the entire planet.
Taking place in Great Britain, you are placed into the boots of Sergeant Nathan Hale who arrives with a large US task force to help those who haven’t been captured retrieve their secret weapon that can take out the Chimeran forces in exchange for much needed supplies. Upon arrival the task force is ambushed and obliterated by the Chimeran forces who then send insect-like creatures to infect the soldiers and add them to their side.
However, there is one soldier who survives the infection: Nathan Hale. He awakes with all the benefits of the Chimera but still has control of his mind. After the equivalent of a summer action movie, you then switch to Hale’s squad member Joseph Capelli as the primary protagonist of the game as a result of the ending of Resistance 2. While the first two Resistance games had a militaristic feeling to it, Resistance 3 is more of a post-apocalyptic trip to New York. The gameplay had elements that made things much more realistic and made you feel like a regular human being and not a super-soldier like Hale had been. It was this realistic setting and tone that made Resistance 3 a great bookend for the series giving a sense of closure.
8. Kingdom Hearts
The Kingdom Hearts series may have been mainly on Nintendo’s 3DS for a while but fans of the series know that it began as two phenomenal PlayStation 2 titles. The series revolves around Sora, a young boy who leaves his island home to track down his missing friends and winds up meeting some of the most iconic Disney characters from Goofy to Tarzan on his quest.
The first two games in the series set up the main threat (a villain known as the Heartless) and the trio of heroes who take on the baddies (Sora, Donald, and Goofy). The series has suffered a bit of stagnation story wise but the basic premise and the iconic characters that the games utilize make it truly memorable.
Kingdom Hearts 3 was revealed at E3 2013 but no release date has been confirmed. Kingdom Hearts 3 will be the first non-handheld release in the series since 2005 and will be the first to be featured on more than one console at launch but the series will always be remembered for its roots with PlayStation and that’s why it is number eight on our list.
7. Jak and Daxter
The best PlayStation IPs would not be complete if developer Naughty Dog didn’t feature. Naughty Dog has created several unique PlayStation IPs and one of there best was introduced in 2001 – Jak and Daxter.
The series centers on the character Jak and his side-kick ottsel (half otter, half weasel) Daxter. This was the title that offered endless hours of entertainment and served as an incredible introduction in the PlayStation franchise. Some would dare to call it the “spiritual successor” for the Crash Bandicoot series.
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy marked its arrival in 2001 on the PlayStation 2. The title introduced people to one of the most memorable and entertaining titles for the generation. The story focused upon Jak and Daxter’s quest in stepping Gol and Maia from flooding the plant in Dark Eco. Players would spend several hours chasing down the Precursor Orbs – allowing them to obtain power cells – which could be used to progress further into the story. This allowed for a number of amusing, easy and hard missions to be completed.
The series has a truly enduring legacy on the PlayStation and it’s hard to come across someone who isn’t familiar with it. The series had a number of sequels and spin-off PSP title for Jak’s sidekick – Daxter. The Jak and Daxter Collection came to the PS3 in 2012; bringing the original trilogy back to life in HD.
After the release of Halo on the Xbox everyone was waiting for Killzone which was being touted as the “Halo killer.” After the game finally came out it was an extreme disappointment with some reviewers giving it lower scores due to the delays. A couple of years later at the Sony E3 2005 press conference, the PlayStation 3 was announced and along with it Killzone 2. A tech demo of the game showed unprecedented graphics and gameplay, this led to controversy with people believing it was an actual tech demo and not a CG movie.
At E3 2007 actual gameplay of Killzone 2 was shown and while it didn’t look like the tech demo, it looked pretty darn close. The game eventually got delayed to 2009 but it was worth it. The two factions of the game: the ISA and the Helghast were all set to collide with the ISA leading the attack this time instead of the previous game. Perhaps the best way to summarize Killzone 2 is “a series of unfortunate events”. This whole thing can be seen in the character of Rico who does more harm than care. When in a situation that should’ve goaded Killzone 2 and 3 protagonist Sev, it is Rico that causes sheer devastation.
By the time Killzone 3 starts (which is literally at the end of Killzone 2) it is the ISA that are outnumbered by a seemingly endless amount of Helghast ships which were believed to be destroyed earlier in Killzone 2‘s storyline. Now that they are outnumbered on a large scale, Killzone 3 makes the transformation from two armies throwing what they have against each other, to making lightning strikes while operating as a Guerilla unit. The graphics for Killzone 3 were and still are, extremely beautiful as we move towards the next-generation of gaming. Although Killzone 3 ended on an ambiguous event, it is one hell of a game.
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