We already published the list of best PS3 games of all time, now it’s time to discover the best PS3 action-adventure games of all time.
With amazing titles like the GTA series, Uncharted series, and Assassin’s Creed series, the PS3 surely have a great collection of action-adventure games.
If you’re a fan of both PS3 and action-adventure games, I know that you want to know the best PS3 action-adventure games of all time.
Most of you will recognize (or even still playing) some of the games mentioned on this list.
#25. Hotline Miami
A full action adrenaline-inducing brutal top-down shooter game by Devolver Digital.
Taking place in 1989 Miami, an unnamed man goes on killing rampage, fulfilling command from a mysterious phone call.
I seriously recommend this game even though you’re not a 2D shooter fan like myself.
Amazing music, level design, and storyline wrapped up into a unique atmosphere of its own.
It’s aesthetic, It’s brutal, and it’s dark in its own way, making this game worth to play.
Developed by Sucker Punch game studio, inFamous tells you a story of Cole Macgrath, your average joe who gains superpowers from some mysterious ball.
Decide your destiny and moral compass, would you be using your power for the greater good or to fulfill your evil fantasy?
The first time I sit down and played this game, I immediately know that this game will worth every hour of gameplay, and I am proven right.
For a city exploration game, the city is alive.
Varied mission type, from pure combat to escorting mission completed by an engaging storyline.
Moreover, the karma system that gives you freedom and consequence for how you do things is an excellent feature in this game.
#23. Resident Evil 5
It is getting more intense in Resident Evil 5!
Continuing success formula from the previous series, Capcom produced a more action-oriented Resident Evil game.
Chris Redfield has been sent to Africa to investigate another biological weapon invented by a new threat.
Follow Chris and his compatriot, Sheva, as they uncover the truth behind the sinister evil plan.
Deviating from a classic horror game to action-oriented gameplay might be not so bad after all.
Resident Evil 5 comes fresh in its new shell, proofing that action and horror can come hand in hand.
Resident Evil 5 maybe not the best in terms of solo campaign, but RE:5 shine in the co-op gameplay where you and your friend sit down and blast zombies head while shouting at each other.
#22. Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider (2013) tells the origin of Lara Croft and Lara Croft’s turning point from a young inexperienced woman to a seasoned adventurer.
Stranded in a mysterious island, Lara must find a way to escape while unraveling the obscure mystery behind the strange forgotten island.
Action Adventure perfectly describes what this game all about.
A mysterious story that’ll keep you guessing till the end and stay at the edge of your seat.
The puzzle is challenging enough but not too hard to frustrate you.
Crafting is tons of fun, and combat mechanic forces you to be clever on your approach to kill enemies.
All in all an excellent choice to add to your collection.
10/10 would watch various ways Lara Croft die to her gruesome death.
#21. Ninja Gaiden Sigma
A remake to Ninja Gaiden Black in 2004, Ninja Gaiden Sigma narrates the story of Ryu Hasabusa, a ninja master on a mission to avenge his slaughtered clan member and reclaiming a stolen relic.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma is worth it if you are a fan of Ninja Gaiden series in general.
The main emphasis in Ninja Gaiden Sigma was always the hack andn slash combat and the boss fight and never was the story, if you are looking for a complex and engaging storyline you’ll pretty much be disappointed.
#20. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin Creed IV let you relieve historical moment in the history book as a trained assassin.
Travel way back to 1715, the golden era of the pirate as pirate rules over the sea.
Play as one of the pirates’ captains, Edward Kenway as he fights for gold and glory and becomes the most feared captain in the Caribbean.
Have you ever wanted to be a pirate raiding other ships as you sail along?
Assassin Creed IV: Black Flag has all that and much more than that.
It got one of the best soundtracks in a videogame and an amazing story based on some historical events (but don’t expect them to be historically accurate).
Besides the soundtrack and story, the game really shines in naval battle.
Board enemy ship and try to defeat all the legendaries ship, which is not an easy feat to do.
#19. L.A. Noire
Imagine Grand Theft Auto game but you are a detective, that is what L.A. Noire about.
Brought to you by Rockstar Games, L.A. Noire is a mystery crime-solving game with a splash of action.
Play as LAPD Detective, Cole Phelps, as he fights for justice and deep dive into the most corrupted part of L.A. underworld.
L.A. Noire is in contention for the top 3 games ever by Rockstar and I think it seriously needs a sequel.
Douse yourself into 1940 with a perfectly selected music and soundtrack.
The game stopped handholding and prompt you to figure out the case by yourself when you reach a certain level, so you feel like a real detective.
Rockstar successfully delivered another exceptional game in L.A. Noire.
#18. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is an expansion for original Red Dead Redemption taking place in an alternate timeline where wild west zombie nightmare become reality.
Another content and reason to play more Red Dead Redemption? Oh hell yes!
Cowboy vs. zombie scenario is always interesting and Red Dead Redemption takes the initiative.
Ride your undead horse, equip yourself with holy water it is time to blast zombie’s head.
In this immersive first-person game by Arkane Studios, you play as Corvo Attono, a royal bodyguard who framed for murder.
Set out on a mission to avenge those who conspire against you in the dark grim city of Dunwall.
Dishonored is one of the games where you’ll feel hollow and ask yourself, “Does it end here?” just as soon as you finished the game.
The stealth mechanic is arguably the best you’ll find in any stealthy game.
Really fun game with no major weakness, especially if you love the steampunk dystopian world.
#16. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
In this first edition of Uncharted, you play as Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter as he attempts to find the lost treasure of El Dorado.
Playing Uncharted feels like watching blockbuster Hollywood movies where you can control the character, that is how good it is.
Thrilling stories, epic music and gameplay full of entertainment, what more do you want?
#15. The Last of Us: Left Behind
Serving as DLC but now a standalone from the first game, The Last of Us: Left Behind directly continues the story from the original.
Fate brings Ellie together with Riley, her long lost friend who joined the militia and together they walk down the memory lane.
To be honest, The Last of Us: Left Behind feels a bit too short of a content for a DLC, let alone for a standalone game.
I am happy to be proven wrong as Naughty Dog succesfully adds sweet stories to tie into the original in the span of 2 to 3 hours.
It is an honest experience of humanity and the emotion surrounding us.
#14. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Produced by the critically acclaimed Square Enix, Adam Jensen, an Ex-SWAT veteran must find the truth behind his disastrous regular escort missions.
Adopting the theme of transhumanism, unveil the conspiracy and hidden truth behind the augmented mechanical weapon planted in your body.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution has a strong blade runner vibe on its core.
Approach any mission on how you see fit, go stealthy tiptoe-ing through the window or slam the door and gun-blazing your way tearing enemies apart.
A well-written dialogue with multiple choices incorporated in a diverse character.
#13. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Takes place in 16th century Rome, where Assassin and Templar fight for influence.
Play as Ezio Auditore and lead the legendary brotherhood to help restore the Assassin order in the city of Rome.
While the newest Assassin’s Creed series provide and upgrade in graphics and quality of life, AC: Brotherhood still holds on its own in terms of gameplay and immersive world.
Reunited with old friends from AC: II, and send your brotherhood on a mission to take down your target is quite satisfying.
AC: Brotherhood is a solid game with a compelling arc and memorable character.
#12. Okami HD
Immerse yourself and experience the eye-pleasing Japanese ink art in this action platformer meets puzzle game genre.
Control one of the Japanese Goddess, Amaterasu, in the quest to defeat wicked Orochi, planned to corrupt Nippon into a desolate barren.
Playing this game has been a trippy journey through Japanese folklore.
Every level has its own characteristics and feels distinctive.
The boss fight is both challenging and brilliant at the same time with a bit hint of emotional part.
I cannot recommend this game enough for everyone who never heard of Okami.
#11. Assassin’s Creed II
Follow Ezio Auditore in this epic story of family, pride, conspiracy, and loyalty in the backdrop of Renaissance Italy.
Befriend famous figures such as Leonardo Da Vinci while you learn to become master assassins swore to avenge your fallen family.
A game so revolutioner it made most of newer games follow its combat system.
It is okay to skip the first AC game and straight to Assassin’s Creed II, dramatically upgraded combat, parkour movement, and storyline.
Arguably the best Assassin’s Creed in the series if graphic advancement was out of the question.
#10. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Travel all around the exotic middle east’s desert, seeking clues for the lost city of Iram Pillars as Nathan Drake in this third series of Uncharted.
Uncharted blur the line between console games and action Hollywood movies with each series, with its tightly action-packed gameplay woven into a compelling story.
#9. Batman: Arkham Asylum
The world’s greatest detective, Batman, is back in this critically acclaimed Arkham series.
Fight Gotham’s greatest villain while exploring every nook and cranny of Arkham Asylum.
Restore Arkham Asylum’s order and put an end into Joker’s master plan to threaten Gotham City.
#8. God of War III
Driven by hatred and vengeance, play as Kratos as he scales every inch of Olympus to seek his revenge.
Challenge legendary greek mythology’s gods in the finale of the greek god of war saga and destroy the Olympus.
#7. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Tie up loose end to the epic finale of Solid Snake’s story.
Solid Snake now aged and set out to one last mission to kill his arch-foe/nemesis, Liquid Snake.
#6. Red Dead Redemption
Grand Theft Auto meets the wild wild west that is how you describe Red Dead Redemption.
The year is 1911, cowboy era is coming to an end, follow protagonist John Marston whose beloved son and wife have taken into hostage as he set out to bring his former colleague to justice.
#5. The Last of Us
The Last of Us is a story-driven action-survival game developed by Naughty Dog and released in 2013.
Play as Joel, a smuggler whose job is to escort Ellie, a teenage girl out of quarantine zone.
Set out on post-apocalyptic America, player must survive, not only from the mutated cannibalistic creature but also from another ruthless survivor.
#4. Batman: Arkham City
Built upon Batman: Arkham Asylum, this time the world’s greatest detective must confront Gotham notorious criminal in newly turned super-prison, Arkham City itself.
Presenting bigger maps and gameplay from the previous edition, take the role of Batman and deliver justice to the street of Gotham.
My favorite game from the Arkham series. Batman: Arkham City is a total massive improvement over its predecessor Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Better combat mechanic, tons of added new gadget, not to mention the vast open world.
Arkham City is a must-play and if you don’t utter “I’m Batman” while you play this game, I don’t know what will.
#3. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Treasure hunter Nathan Drake is back.
Sworn to leave the thieves and mercenary lifestyle behind, Nathan Drake found himself hunting for the legendary Shambala and Cintamani Stone with his trusted friend Chloe and Elena.
Nathan Drake must race through time while avoiding another like-minded ruthless criminal who aiming for more than fame and glory.
For anyone who not yet play the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves need to stop reading this review and start playing them.
Playing Uncharted 2 feels like a genuine adventure and perfectly paced campaign.
A complete game with its own fun multiplayer to keep you busy long after you finish the sensational solo campaign.
#2. Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V proposed the first GTA series with 3 main protagonists.
Play as Michael, Trevor and Franklin whose intertwined together by fate as they plunge into the dark side of Los Santos.
Plan and execute a series of dangerous heists in a city where you can trust nobody.
#1. Grand Theft Auto IV
Niko Bellic is looking to try his luck for a new start and opportunity in Liberty City.
Sadly Liberty City isn’t the best place to do so and by default, Niko must go through violent and least traveled roads to find what he’s looking for.
Another successful game from Rockstar, GTA IV delivers a solid storyline here, better than GTA V for sure.
Driving in this game is different from any GTA series, somehow it felt real?
I don’t understand why rockstar doesn’t continue this trend in GTA: V.
Overall a trustworthy game to pick up and 100% would bowling with Roman again.
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