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Our annual update of the PS3 games you have to play. By Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty

Each and every year, IGN sits down and hashes out the 25 PlayStation 3 games you have to play, and 2012 is no different. Below, you'll find the 25 PS3 games IGN's PlayStation Team - IGN Loudmouth Greg Miller and He Only Does Everything Colin Moriarty -personally think are the games every PlayStation owner needs to play. Here's how we made the list.

Spec Ops’ bro shooter-like name does the game no justice at all, because behind its generic title rests one of the most disturbing, story-driven shooters of the entire generation. Set in a future version of Dubai obliterated by rampant sandstorms, Spec Ops: The Line puts you in the role of Captain Martin Walker. Traveling with two other soldiers that you control only cursorily, Walker and his crew are charged with investigating reports of survivors left stranded in the desolated city. But as you find out, not all is as it seems in Dubai - or with Captain Walker himself - flipping the script on players as they realize that they’re in for a ride they never wanted to witness in the first place.

There are few franchises more synonymous with the PlayStation brand than Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank series. The most recent entry into the saga on PlayStation 3 was A Crack in Time, a great game that not only takes full advantage of PS3's tech, but keeps the series' beloved characters, humor and weapons intact as well. A Crack in Time is a standout action-platformer that's both challenging and accessible, one of the hallmarks of Ratchet & Clank since the PlayStation 2 days and the singular reason why Ratchet & Clank games have such broad appeal.

Dead Space 2 takes everything that was awesome about the original Dead Space - the tight corridors, the horrible monsters, the weapons - and amplifies it. But that isn't what makes Dead Space 2 so good. It's the internal struggle of protagonist Isaac Clarke. Whereas Nathan Drake can wipe out 3, 000 pirates and crack off a one-liner in the next game, Isaac begins the game wrecked. The horrors he saw in Dead Space have broken him, and while the sequel is all about dismembering monsters, it's also about piecing this guy's mind back together. Heavy stuff for a game that tries to scare you with spider-aliens exploding from a fat guy's gut.

You could make the case for Valkyria Chronicles being hard to describe - it's a turn-based strategy role-playing game mixed with anime and some third-person shooter mechanics - but we think that's a cop out. Call it "great" and move on. Lead your troops through an alternate 1930s Europe, fight for freedom, and build your squad as you see fit. Beautiful art and award-winning gameplay combine for something every PS3 player should try. Now, SEGA, patch it with Trophies.

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