Many of us owned a PlayStation 3 back in the days solely to play shooter games. From the Call Of Duty titles to the Uncharted series, the PlayStation 3 was home to some huge games that are still considered classics to this day, even some of the online servers are still alive and kicking to this day, how crazy is that!
With a lot of options to choose from, there was no insufficiency of games. From first-party exclusive titles made from scratch only for the console to non-exclusive and third-party games, there is a lot to discover for every type of shooter fan.
Our list features the best PlayStation 3 First Person, Third Person, and Shoot ’em Ups Shooter games available, not only the popular ones, but we also allowed ourselves to slide some of the more obscure and hidden gems.
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Bulletstorm is a brilliant First Person Shooter game that unfortunately didn’t get the love it deserves upon its release. You take control of Grayson Hunt a young soldier who is part of a black ops team called Dead Echo, under the command of General Victor Sarrano, the team takes on a mission to assassinate a certain individual, but to their surprise, the target was innocent.
After discovering the General’s corruption, the team fled to a mysterious planet running from Sarrano’s soldiers and plotting an act of revenge. In my opinion, the gameplay is one of the strongest aspects of the game, in addition to the traditional shooting mechanics, you have a leach on the other hand where you can grab and smash your enemies onto different objects, this feature allows you to make some crazy, fun, and creative kills. This game was a nice surprise for me and it certainly will be for you.
Far Cry Blood Dragon is a futuristic First Person Shooter, the game is a love letter to the 80’s era featuring cheesy retro cutscenes and hilarious yet awesome dialogue. The game is set in a futuristic apocalyptic era where nuclear wars have destroyed most of the population, you play as Sergent Rex a cyborg soldier who is trying to take down a rogue Colonel named Sloan.
Just like the main game and the previous games on the series, every mission objective can be approached in any way you like, for instance, you can go full stealth and do it without getting detected, or you can do it the loud way and kill every enemy in your way. The game is fun the jokes are witty and creative. I can’t hide how much i love this game, still my favorite Far Cry game to date.
Call Of Duty World At War is a World War First Person Shooter game, World At War marks the fifth game on the Call Of Duty franchise. The story takes place in several locations during the World War II era, the game story is based on several historical battles involving Americans, the Japanese empire, German Nazis, and the soviet union.
World At War generally plays just like its previous predecessors but the art direction was showing more of a realistic view of the brutal WWII era, showing some of the goriest and most brutal scenes on a shooter game to date. Honestly, if you want more of a mature shooter experience World At War is definitely worth a try.
Singularity is an underrated dark first-person shooter, you take control of Captain Nathaniel Renko, while taking a special ops operation on a mysterious island known as Katorga 12 the Captain gets in a tight situation that will lead him to a huge adventure. After discovering some shocking news on this island, Captain Nate is forced to warp back in time to 1955 and discover when it all went wrong.
The game plays just like any other fps game in addition to some slightly additional horror elements. What makes this game different is the time manipulation device, the device gives you the ability to age abjects, control gravity, and stop time. You can also send an electric pulse to knock back your enemies, weapon wise the game has some crazy and creative weapons to toy with varying from a weapon that allows you to control bullets to an explosive spikes projectile weapon and many more to explore.
Bioshock is a dark first-person shooter with some RPG and stealth elements. You take control of Jack, after getting on an airplane accident Jack finds himself in a mysterious underwater city called Rapture, further up Jack discovers the shocking past of the city, this situation compels him to fight for his and search for a way to return to the surface.
After crushing Jack starts discovering the island and its mysterious past, all while fighting the city inhabitant who went crazy. You have an arsenal of weapons to choose from and buy as the game progress, as well as many superhuman powers such as telekinesis, flames, ice, electricity, and so many more. Therefore the game combines brilliant storytelling, a dark atmosphere, and an enjoyable combat system.
Killzone 2 is a futuristic first-person shooter game, this marks the second main game on the well-known PlayStation exclusive Killzone series. Similar to the previous game, Killzone 2 takes place in the far future, the war flame is burning between two human factions, the Helghast and the Vektans. You take control of Tomas Senvchenko, as he and his comrade take on a mission to invade the Hellghans main planet in order to take down the capital and eventually capture the emperor.
This game is entirely played from a first-person perspective, additional to that a cover-based system was added, in terms of weapons, a lot of the previous game arsenal is here, and many more are new to the game. Graphic wise Killzone 2 might be one of the best looking games on the console to date, pushing the Playstation 3 to its limits. In conclusion, Killzone 2 offers both a challenging experience, a smart ai enemies, and gorgeous looking visuals.
Syndicate is a cyberpunk first person shooter video game, it works as a reboot of an old PC game with the same name. The game takes place in a dystopian alternate future where corporations are fighting for power and authority, you play as a soldier who finds himself stuck between these three big corporations. Now humans have the ability to equip chips that give them skills, information, and superhuman ability, you are equipped with one of these chips called Dart 6, giving you some super skills and making you a target by the three main corps.
Additional to the normal FPS elements you have the ability to jump, run on walls, hack devices and use them against the enemies, take control over their brains forcing them to turn over their comrade or commit suicide, slow down time, and even an x-ray vision. On the whole, you can get a very fun and enjoyable experience with so many ways and abilities to annihilate your enemies.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a unique first-person shooter, very different from the serious counterpart on the same series. The old Bad Company squad is back for another crazy adventure filled with action and humorous dialogue, this sequel takes everything good about the first game to make it even better.
The big selling point of the game aside from the witty dialogue is the destructible environment, allowing more fun and enjoyable experience, in addition, there is a wide range of locations to keep things heating varying from the hot desert to the cold snowy mountains and more…
Resistance 3 is a sci-fi post-apocalyptic first-person shooter, it acts as the third and final installment of the PlayStation 3 exclusive Resistance trilogy. You play as Joseph Capelli, a former soldier who has been discharged from the military due to the events of the previous game, after moving out to a new city joseph finds the love of his life and starts a new family. Unfortunately, the peace didn’t last for so long, as the chimera launched a new genocide on the surviving community leading to some new and surprising twists.
The gameplay is not very different from the previous games in the series, with a few additional tweaks here and there, the weapon and combat system are just plain fun, for example, using the secondary fire mode, you can change from a shotgun to a grenade launcher, tagging enemies to shoot them with auto-steering bullets, exploding bullets, freezing bullets and many more… Overall the game is the pinnacle of the series offering both great gameplay and a satisfying ending to the trilogy.
The Darkness II is a horror first-person shooter, the game acts as a sequel to the previous games with the same name. You take control of Jackie a mafia hitman who processes a mysterious power called the darkness, this power gives him the ability to use a pair of demonic arms.
The game is presented in a first-person perspective giving you the ability to wield up to two weapons alongside the Darkness arms, you can use the arms to grab and throw projectiles, rip enemies apart, and collect items. Some slight RPG elements are also available allowing you to unlock several skills using essence points, you can get these points by killing enemies, devouring them, and performing executions. In conclusion, this game is definitely worth it offering both a dark story that will keep you hooked and an interesting combat system.
Mafia II is an Open World Third-Person action shooter game, the game is a sequel to the classic 2002’s Mafia game. The game put you in the shoes of Vitto Scaleeta a young Sicilian-American army veteran, after getting back from the army Vitto finds himself stuck in the mob’s war on the city of Empire Bay.
The game is completely played from a third-person perspective, the world setting is open-world GTA style you can drive cars around the city and complete story and side missions along the course of the game, just like in the previous game you have a variety of weapons at your service. While the premise of the game seems simple 2K game perfected this game story-wise offering a near-masterpiece in my opinion, if you have never played a Mafia game this is your go-to as it was for me, and as they say better late than never.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is an action-adventure third-person shooter game, the game mark the second game in the Uncharted series. You play as Nathan Drake a hard-boiled treasure hunter who will do anything to reach his goals. Among thieves take place after two years of the events of the first game, Nathan is approached by an old friend in order to help him steal a Mongolian treasure connected to the famous explorer Marco Polo.
The gameplay consists of shooting and climbing in a third-person view, some slight puzzle elements are also there, but the main focus of the game is climbing and shooting. This combination creates a very exciting gameplay alongside the stunning visuals and the engaging story, among thieves is very close to perfection as it’s considered by many to be the best game in the series to date. If you missed this title, it’s never too late to play a great game.
Vanquish is a futuristic fast-paced action third-person shooter, the game was directed by the famous Shinji Mikami. You take the role of Sam an American agent working under the government research facility DARPA, equipped with a futuristic combat suit Sam must engage in a war against the Russians.
The game is mainly a cover-based third-person shooter but the suit’s ability is where things get exciting, using the AR suit is so much fun you can enter a slow-motion mode at will or automatically when taking a lot of damage allowing the player to get out of bad situations and shoot enemies in slow motion, a booster is also there to help you slide on the floor avoiding enemies bullets, moving from a cover to another and shooting at the same time. In conclusion, Vanquish is a brilliant high octane game offering a hilarious and cheesy story yet a polished combat system.
Sniper Elite V2 is a third-person stealth shooter game, it acts as a remake of the previous game in the series. The game takes place in the WWII era, you take the role of Karl Faiburne a British german soldier who served in the British army. Karl is assigned to infiltrate Berlin during the last days of the WWII events.
Sniper Elite V2 mainly encourages the player to approach it stealth way, you have your sniper rifle to take down enemies from a safe distance watching the glorious x-ray kill cam, snipping can also be used to shoot the enemies grenade allowing a multi-kill approach, also at your arsenal you have wired bombs that can be used as a trap for incoming enemies, and of course your pistol and your automatic weapon to defend yourself if you mess up.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marin is a third-person shooter combined with some hack n slash elements, the game takes place in the well-known Warhammer universe. You play as Captain Titus a Space Marine captain who takes on a mission to save Graia from the Orc’s invasion.
Alright, the fun part is the gameplay this is a hybrid between TPS and hack n slash, the player can shoot orcs from a distance using a decent arsenal of weapons, also you have a variety of melee weapons to take your enemies apart in close-ranged combat. The game might be a little bit different from your typical cover-based TPS, as the player cant take cover in this game, instead, the player has an auto regenerating shield that drains when taking damage. Also, when the player’s health gets low, he can perform an execution on the enemies to regenerate his health. In a word, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marin is a joy to play if you can overcome the somewhat simple storytelling.
Max Payne 3 is a third-person action shooter game, it marks the third entry in the Max Payne series. After 9 years of the events of the second game, Max finds a job as private security under the command of the wealthy Branco family, months later Max finds himself trapped in a series of events that will lead to the kidnapping of Fabiana Branco, therefore leading to many thrilling events.
The game is completely played from a third-person perspective, just like the previous games in the series you have the ability to use the slow-motion shootouts in addition to a huge varieties of weapons. New to the Max Payne series is the ability to take cover which gives you the choice to play it safe, also at your disposal is the ability to use explosive weapons and even melee weapons. Fan of the previous titles on the series or not Max Payne is a stylish dark TPS that will appeal to all kinds of gamers.
James Bond 007: Blood Stone is an amazing third-person shooter game, in addition, there are elements of hand-to-hand combat, stealth, and even car chase sequences. The game offers a new story to tell aside from the movies, you take the role of James Bond as he investigates the disappearance of a scientist that specializes in biological engineering.
The gameplay consists of two parts, an on-foot sequence where you play the game just like any cover-based TPS shooter, sometimes the player will have the chance to engage in hand-to-hand combat, or even infiltrate levels stealth. The second part (my favorite) is the chasing sequences you’ll find yourself chasing bad guys on different vehicles, the chasing part offers a good change from the typical shooting sequences and add more to the table. In conclusion Blood Stone might be a licensed game but it has its charm, offering both a new story and great gameplay.
Resident Evil 4 is a horror third-person shooter action game, this game defined modern TPS shooter alongside the gear of wars series. Agent Leon is back for another adventure, now the president daughter is kidnapped and Leon has to investigate the incident leading him to Spain.
The player control Leon from a third-person perspective, the camera change when aiming to give a shoulder view which offers a whole new experience compared to the previous games. The gameplay focuses on action and shooting elements with additional survival horror features, you have an arsenal of weapons at your service varying from pistols, knives, explosives, and sniper rifles, in addition when aiming you have a laser pointer allowing precise shooting control. On the whole, Resident Evil 4 is considered by many the perfect form of TPS/horror combination, therefore a must-play on the PS3 system.
Army Of Two: The 40th Day is a third-person action shooter game, it acts as a sequel to the previous game in the series. Rios and Salem are back to fight a terrorist organization positioned in shanghai, with the help of their handler Alice Murray they must survive the harsh situation and get out alive.
The 40th day put you in the shoes of one of the main protagonist, the game focus more on the co-op experience as you can play the whole campaign co-op online or split-screen locally. The gameplay is mainly your typical cover-based TPS shooter with some minor tweaks here and there, the player has the ability to upgrade his arsenal of weapons adding more to the table, if you want to enjoy some classic couch co-op experience the 40th day might be what you are looking for.
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a third-person shooter game, it marks the first game on a dilogy presented by Io Interactive. The player takes control of Kane a convicted criminal who is on his way to death row alongside another inmate Lynch, the truck delivering them is attacked by a mysterious organization, the gang takes them to a safe place and accuses Kane of stealing their money, therefore, they took his daughter and wife hostage, now Kane and lynch must race with time to bring the money back and save the two hostages.
The gameplay is entirely seen from a third-person perspective, you can use a variety of weapons as Kane has his own arsenal of weapons, but fear not as you can swap weapons with Lynch for a bigger selection, also you have the ability to take cover against walls and perform blind shooting, the game is very basic considering its mechanics but the thrilling story and dark atmosphere make this worth a try by my standards.
Sky Force Anniversary is an addicting vertical shoot ’em up game, the game was originally released on mobile and later ported to several major consoles. The player takes control of a battleship, at the first mission you will experience the fully upgraded ship but after being defeated by the main villain of the game, you have to start from scratch.
To be honest, the game is entirely based on grinding as your ship can be upgraded with coins collected from destroyed enemies, upgrades vary from strengthing your main canon, wing cannons, a magnet to collect the coins easier, and many more. In conclusion, this game is a joy to play if want a pickup and play game, on the bus or on lunch break this game doesn’t disappoint.
Under Defeat is a Japanese Arcade Shmup, the game originally came out on arcades and then ported to the Dreamcast and finally ported in HD for modern consoles. The game takes place in an alternate World War II setting, you control german pilots fighting against an English-speaking nation called The Union.
The game is a vertical shooter Shmup very similar to your typical vertical shooter games, a slight tweak is the ability to move sideways allowing a more wide range when shooting, you have the ability to use 2 different attacks form, the primary weapon the machine gun and the defensive weapon, the bomb. The HD version here on the PlayStation 3 has a few additional contents aside from the HD texture, a new gameplay mode is available where the aspect ratio is stretched to 16:9, and also a new optional twin-stick control mode.
Steredenn is an indie Shoot ’em Up Roguelike game, the game combines elements of old-school arcade shooter and 8-bit 2d art style with roguelike and almost Soul like difficulty.
At the beginning of each playthrough, you have the choice to choose between five types of ships each with its own advantage, each ship can hold up to two weapons with the option to change your arsenal over the course of the game. The whole premise of the game is to survive as long as you can, after beating a number of enemies ships you get a boss confrontation if you beat him you will have a random upgrade, and so on, getting your ship destroyed means starting all over again, yes it is punishing but never unfair.
Sine Mora is an exciting Side-Scrolling Bullet Hell shooter with some surprisingly great ideas. The story features two different plots at two different timelines, the first story involves a father on a quest to take revenge on the nation that murdered his beloved son, and the second story revolves around the last survivor of an ancient tribe seeking revenge on the empire that took everything from his people.
Aside from the typical gameplay mechanics, the game gives you the ability to slow down time allowing a more friendly and manageable difficulty for newcomers, but fear not as the difficulty can be tweaked for hardcore gamers to spice things up. Additional to the classic gameplay and crisp beautiful graphics, the player has the ability to upgrade his arsenal of weapons, and to my surprise, there is no health bar, the game force you to finish each level on a specific time limit, taking damage will shorten the time you have and can even cost you your level progress. Overall this game is a brilliant Shooter, combining some amazing ideas, pleasing both casual and hardcore gamers.
Raiden IV is a Japanese vertical Shoot ’em Up game, the game marks the fourth game on the well-know Raiden classic series of Shmup games. The plot is nothing new as the crystals are back again to endanger humanity’s existence, you take on your fighting jet to stop them once and for all.
The gameplay is almost similar to the previous game, you control your jet around the screen blowing the enemies’ ships, after destroying them they can drop collectibles varying from weapon upgrades to screen-clearing bombs. The game is very rewarding if you play it in a very reserved manner, every move count and just bear in mind that moving wildly around the screen will certainly get you wrecked. On the whole, Raiden IV doesn’t disappoint at all offering both a classic feel and a fresh modern look.