Buy a PlayStation 3

Join us over the next few days as we look at all of the leading games consoles and platforms out right now and try to convince you why you should spend your hard-earned cash. Today we're looking at the PS3, with Justin Haywald taking you through the highlights of Sony’s system.

The PlayStation 3 has come a long way, especially in the US. Sony’s console was the frontrunner in sales across Europe and Japan, but Microsoft always dominated the massive US market. However, those numbers have recently started to even out, and although Microsoft still has a lead in America, the PS3 and Xbox 360 are neck and neck worldwide with just over 80 million consoles sold in total.

But the reason for PlayStation’s comeback after a pretty tumultuous few years has everything to do with how they’ve improved their online capabilities, listened to their consumers, and started offering exclusive content that gamers really want.

The Library

The current PS3 library offers an almost unrivaled variety of content. Of course, the system is home to all of the big AAA games from last year: Tomb Raider, BioShock: Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Rocksmith, DmC: Devil May Cry, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons... Basically, if it was a multiplatform release, one of those platforms was PS3.

But Sony is able to round-out those offerings with a massive slate of exclusive titles from their own stable of studios.

  • Journey and Flower from thatgamecompany pushed the boundaries of what a game can be and how to tell a multi-part story without using any words at all.

You get the point. There's also Valkyria Chronicles, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, 3D Dot Game Heroes, God of War III, the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, Infamous, Katamari Forever, Kingdom Hearts HD, the Ratchet & Clank series, Killzone...just too many to list. The PS3 has something (exclusive) for pretty much every gaming taste.

Upcoming Games

It's safe to assume Sony is going to focus primarily on PlayStation 4 in 2014, but there’s still a lot of life left in the PS3. Most games are going to continue to get multiplatform releases:

And, of course, PS3 will still get the full slate of yearly sports titles, and Call of Duty and Battlefield’s regular outings will be sure to get some love on every platform. But the PS3 will be the only console that lets you revisit Final Fantasy X and Kingdom Hearts 2 in HD. And Persona fans will need a PS3 to get their fix; Persona 5 will be a PS3 exclusive.

Some games are up in the air: Will the PS3 get The Last Guardian or has that long-in-development title officially moved over to PS4? We’ll learn a lot more at this year’s E3, including a few final promising exclusives for Sony’s "last-gen" system.

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