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Best PS3 Games On PS Plus Premium

Sony has launched its PlayStation Plus tiers system in North America, combining the older iteration of this service with PS Now. Console owners can subscribe to three PS Plus tiers – Essential, Extra, and Premium – to gain access to a range of benefits, including an expansive library of games for the final two levels.

If someone wants to play PlayStation 3 games, they will need to subscribe to PlayStation Plus Premium to gain access to the library’s Classics collection. There are hundreds of titles available, but which are the best PS3 games on PS Plus Premium?

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PS4 remasters of PS3 games will be included, and these versions can be downloaded and installed on Sony’s consoles. However, native PS3 games can only be streamed through PS Plus.

Batman: Arkham City (Return To Arkham)

PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 13 Hours
Genre Action
Developer Rocksteady Studios

Rocksteady revitalized superhero games with their Arkham trilogy, all of which are available on PS Plus Premium. Batman: Arkham City greatly expands upon the ideas of its predecessor, Arkham Asylum, by dropping the Caped Crusader in an immaculately designed world filled with secondary content. The sequel also delivers a tight main storyline that builds towards a satisfying conclusion; along the way, DC fans get to face off against some of Batman’s most iconic villains.

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Arkham City‘s combat system has aged like fine wine; it is fast-paced, intuitive, aggressive, and demands someone’s full attention at all times. While the Return to Arkham remasters are not a slam dunk, they at least allow PS Plus subscribers to download rather than stream these games.

Devil May Cry 4

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Hack And Slash
Developer Capcom

Along with the Devil May Cry HD Collection, Capcom’s fourth entry in the franchise is available through PS Plus Premium. Admittedly, playing this game through streaming is not ideal since executing combos requires precise button inputs, however, permitting there isn’t too much lag, Devil May Cry 4 is a fantastic hack and slash title.

While the environments and story can get repetitive, the combat is tight, deep, and holds up well to repeat playthroughs. Nero and Dante also control very differently, and they are both a great deal of fun in their own right. Although the character is somewhat polarizing, Nero is an absolute blast to control, and he is also quite accessible. As the franchise’s most iconic character, Dante needs no introduction, and outside of Devil May Cry 5, he is at his best in DMC4.

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 11 Hours
Genre Third-Person Shooter
Developer Insomniac Games

PS Plus Premium gives players access to Ratchet & Clank‘s PS3 era, including spin-offs such as All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault. All of these titles have something of value to offer, but A Crack in Time provides the most complete Ratchet & Clank experience out of the games available through the subscription service.

Marking the peak of the “Future Saga,” A Crack in Time is a continuation of the brilliance established by the franchise’s PS2 games, albeit with a slightly heavier focus on combat. Visually great for its time (and still pleasant on the eyes), A Crack in Time is a polished action-adventure title with awesome gameplay.


Red Dead Redemption

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 20 Hours
Genre Open-World Third-Person Shooter
Developer Rockstar San Diego

Rockstar’s Western action-adventure game tells the story of John Marston, an outlaw turned family man who is presented with the opportunity to wipe the slate clean by bringing down his former gang. What ensues is a long and memorable journey filled with gunfights, drama, and human moments.

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When it comes to open-world sandbox titles, Rockstar is the standard-bearer. Red Dead Redemption moves at a slower pace than Grand Theft Auto, which only helps to further enhance the campaign’s impeccable storyline and tone.

Puppeteer

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 10 Hours
Genre Platformer
Developer SCE Japan Studio

A delightful platformer that has been slightly forgotten, Puppeteer oozes imagination, personality, and charm. Presented as a stage show, players control Kutaro, a puppet who can swap heads as he makes his way through 21 stages filled with souls to save and bosses to defeat.

Puppeteer‘s visual style is captivating, offering a fantastic mix of whimsy and nightmarish elements. The story is also entertaining, especially since the game mostly assumes a comedic tone. This platformer was a late release in the PS3’s life, so for those who missed it, Puppeteer is waiting for them on PS Plus Premium.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Hack And Slash
Developer Team Ninja

Similar to Devil May Cry 4, this Ninja Gaiden Sigma recommendation comes with the caveat that PS Plus Preium users need to have a stellar connection as this is one game that can’t be played with any significant lag. All of Team Ninja’s franchise is available on Sony’s subscription service, with 2007’s Ninja Gaiden Sigma being the best of the bunch.

As Ryu (and a number of other characters), players battle their way through grim streets and dark catacombs utilizing a vicious combat system that prioritizes precision and efficiency above showmanship. Ninja Gaiden Sigma is punishing, quite long, and a lot of fun.

BioShock (Remastered)

PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre FPS
Developer Irrational Games, 2K Australia

One of the greatest projects of all time, BioShock changed the perception of gaming for the better. The FPS takes place in Rapture, a splendidly realized fallen paradise dripping in environmental nuances that come together to create a holistic experience with precious few peers.

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BioShock weaves a captivating narrative that touches upon philosophical and ethical themes, all the while delivering reasonably fun gameplay courtesy of the plasmids. The remastered versions of the BioShock trilogy are on PS Plus Premium, and they are all great in their own ways.

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 30 Hours
Genre Open-World RPG
Developer Bethesda Game Studios, 4J Studios

The precursor to Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion compares favorably to its successor in various ways, particularly when it comes to its writing and story. While the 2006 game’s gameplay and visuals show their age, Oblivion‘s open-world still has the capacity to impress through the sheer scope of its ambitious nature. The RPG genre has developed quite a bit since the release of this title, but players fond of TES lore will have a blast revisiting this 2000s classic. The game is pretty difficult, rewards exploration, and has some fantastic side quests.

F.E.A.R.

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 10 Hours
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer Monolith Productions

F.E.A.R. is a rare example of an action horror game that manages to be a triumph in both areas. As a military shooter, F.E.A.R. is a more than enjoyable mid-2000s entry, one that balances responsive gunplay with complementary mechanics such as a system that slows down time.

As a horror title, F.E.A.R. builds suspense beautifully through its sense of mystery and the sporadic appearances of the unsettling Alma Wade. Each moment featuring the terrifying girl is intense, and they are paced perfectly throughout the campaign so that they remain impactful.

Resident Evil 4

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 15 Hours
Genre Action Horror
Developer Capcom Entertainment

For a long while, a new console couldn’t seem to exist without a Resident Evil 4 port. Capcom’s iconic horror game was released across three PlayStation generations, with the PS3 version landing on PS Plus Premium.

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Resident Evil 4 completed the franchise’s shift towards action-first gameplay, sparking a polarizing period for the series that eventually led to somewhat of a return to form with the seventh main entry. Regardless of what came out after Resident Evil 4, this entry’s brilliance is beyond question. Iconic in every sense of the word, RE4 has aged remarkably well.

inFAMOUS 2

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 12 Hours
Genre Action Open-World
Developer Sucker Punch Productions

If there is one franchise that Sony needs to revive, it is inFAMOUS. In the meantime, fans can play through most of the franchise on PS Plus Premium, with First Light being the only one missing. Newcomers to the series should start with the first game since it introduces Cole MacGrath and has a pretty decent story, however, its sequel improves the gameplay considerably.

The franchise’s biggest selling point is the Karma system that reflects Cole’s actions, allowing players to pursue a heroic or villainous lifestyle. Depending on the path taken, different moves are unlocked, greatly enhancing inFAMOUS 2‘s replayability.

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 8 Hours
Genre Third-Person Shooter
Developer Capcom

Capcom’s Lost Planet franchise was not long for this world, but all the games can be revisited through PS Plus Premium. This trilogy is an odd beast since each entry does its own thing. While Lost Planet 2 is an over-the-top action-fest revolving around multiplayer, Lost Planet 3 is a story-driven single-player game that takes itself far more seriously.

All three projects have something to offer, but Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is arguably the strongest of the bunch. This third-person shooter has impressive visuals, fun gameplay, and a fascinating setting. Even though it is a bit rough around the edges, this game’s high points are pretty high.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 8 Hours
Genre Hack and Slash
Developer LucasArts

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was a huge deal when it came out. Starkiller’s debut game tapped into the Star Wars mythos by delivering a story that stood well on its own while still bringing in beloved characters that felt true to their movie counterparts. Released in a post-God of War world, The Force Unleashed features a streamlined campaign that is primarily driven by accessible but flashy combat that utilizes both melee attacks and Force powers.


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The Force Unleashed allows players to pick the Light or Dark side, making choices that determine the story’s outcome. The game’s strongest point is its story, and while Starkiller might not be the most captivating protagonist ever, his journey is one worth taking. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 is also on PS Plus Premium.

Saints Row 2

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 20 Hours
Genre Open-World
Developer Volition, Inc.

PS Plus has every Saints Row title except for the 2006 original, but the only one that is part of the Classics catalog is Saints Row 2. Generally regarded as the best entry in the series, the 2008 game is considerably more “grounded” than its sequels and plays out like a comedic version of a pre-2010 Grand Theft Auto project. Set in Stilwater, Saints Row 2 tasks players with reforming the Saints as they set out to take back the streets they once dominated.

Although the story and characters are entertaining and well-written, Saints Row 2 is all about its sandbox and the freedom it provides players. Even if the weapons are not as silly as some other entries in the franchise, unfiltered chaos is still the name of the game.

The Last Of Us (Remastered)

PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 15 Hours
Genre Action Horror
Developer Naughty Dog

The Last of Us needs no introduction. Naughty Dog’s masterpiece was released to a standing ovation from critics and players. In a post-apocalyptic world filled with clickers, the bitter Joel has to guide a young girl named Ellie to a group of Fireflies hiding in Massachusetts, a trek that leads them across the United States. Ellie happens to be immune to the virus that turns everyone into (essentially) zombies, which makes her humanity’s best hope for survival.

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The Last of Us takes a conventional premise and delivers a deep character study filled with moments that refuse to be forgotten. The gameplay is hard-hitting and intense, as Joel is far from an action hero.

Demon’s Souls

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 30 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer FromSoftware

PS Plus Premium subscribers can pick between 2009’s Demon’s Souls and 2020’s PS5 remake, and the availability of the latter makes revisiting the former a bit unappealing. To be clear, FromSoftware’s version is one of the best PS3 games on PS Plus Premium, but it is antiquated in quite a few ways. The game’s combat system can be particularly off-putting, especially for those who have only experienced Bloodborne or Dark Souls 3.


Nevertheless, Demon’s Souls is a landmark release in gaming and deserves recognition. It can also be fun to compare and contrast the vanilla version with the remake.

Fallout: New Vegas

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 27 Hours
Genre RPG
Developer Obsidian Entertainment

Given Bethesda’s association with Microsoft, there are a surprising number of Fallout games on PS Plus. Out of all the ones available with Premium, New Vegas is the strongest RPG and comes closest to replicating the magic of the earlier isometric entries in the series.

Fallout: New Vegas has fantastic storytelling, an immersive world, and a wide selection of unforgettable quests. This spin-off is just as good as any mainline entry in the series.

The Darkness Games

Approximate Game Lengths (Main Story)
  • The Darkness: 9 Hours
  • The Darkness 2: 6 Hours
Genre First-Person Action
Developers
  • The Darkness: Starbreeze Studios
  • The Darkness 2: Digital Extremes

Debuting in 1996’s Witchblade #10 comic, Jackie Estacado eventually made his way to the gaming industry, starring in two underappreciated gems that carefully blend story and combat. The Darkness follows a made man empowered with a demonic force that manifests as tentacles; when his girlfriend is kidnaped, Jackie sets out to take down his uncle. The sequel finds Jackie as the Don of the Franchetti family and involves a trip to hell.


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The Darkness games are both awesome, albeit for different reasons. 2007’s release tells a gripping story that expertly combines the mafia and horror genres, all the while delivering serviceable gameplay. Comparatively, 2012’s sequel falls short in the narrative department, although it is hardly terrible. However, The Darkness 2 has vastly improved combat.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Nathan Drake Collection)

PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 11 Hours
Genre Action-Adventure
Developer Naughty Dog

The Nathan Drake Collection contains remasters of Naughty Dog’s PS3 trilogy, while PS Plus Premium also has Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy. Combined, these games should keep someone busy for roughly 60 hours, and the journey is filled with high points.

Uncharted 2 is right up there with the best PS3 games, and it represents everything great about Naughty Dog’s type of projects. It is ambitious, filled with lovable or memorable characters, and barely has a dull moment.

Enslaved: Odyssey To The West

PS4 Version No
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 9 Hours
Genre Action-Adventure
Developer Ninja Theory

While Heavenly Sword is not on PS Plus Premium, Sony’s streaming service has Ninja Theory’s follow-up project, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. Featuring great performances and a well-told story centering around a lovable odd couple, this 2010 game is an epic in every sense of the word. As Monkey, players crash-land on a post-apocalyptic Earth overrun with machines. Due to an explosive headband, Monkey is forced to accompany Trip on a voyage across the United States, a journey that proves to be quite emotionally satisfying.


Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is ambitious and holds up well in a number of key areas, mainly its plot, characters, and environments. The combat was never that great, but it does not hinder the game either.

Asura’s Wrath

PS4 Version No
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 7 Hours
Genre Action
Developer CyberConnect2

Asura’s Wrath tells the epic story of a demigod who is betrayed by his peers, spends a few thousand years in something akin to a prison, and then comes back with a vengeance. Published by Capcom, CyberConnect 2’s title plays out like an anime, with its story being split into episodes. These long cutscenes are intercut with gameplay sections that largely focus on beat ’em up-style combat.

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As a game, Asura’s Wrath is nothing special and quite bare bones; however, as an experience, this title is a highly entertaining ride packed to the brim with gloriously over-the-top sequences. That said, this release is a better anime than it is a game.

Heavy Rain

PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 10 Hours
Genre Adventure
Developer Quantic Dream

Quantic Dream specializes in a specific type of project: interactive dramas. Essentially movies that occasionally permit the audience to press a button or make a choice that impacts the narrative, these games are an acquired taste, but they can be addictive when they hit the mark with a player.


Heavy Rain was the release that really put Quantic Dream on the map, and while the 2010 title was surpassed by some of the studio’s subsequent projects, its high points are nevertheless impressive. Even if the gameplay leaves something to be desired, the story of the Origami Killer makes Heavy Rain one of the best PlayStation 3 games on PS Plus Premium​​​​​​.

Resistance 3

Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 9 Hours
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer Insomniac Games

Somewhat surprisingly, PS Plus Premium only has the third entry in this PlayStation exclusive series. Resistance saw its time in the sun come to an end in one generation, but all three main games are above-average shooters. Resistance 3 doesn’t re-invent the wheel, opting to offer a familiar experience that is elevated by a cinematic presentation.

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Resistance 3 has a bit more of a stand-alone, personal storyline than the previous two entries in the franchise. As such, newcomers should not feel too lost playing through its campaign.

God Of War 3 (Remastered)

PS4 Version Yes
Approximate Game Length (Main Story) 10 Hours
Genre Action
Developer Santa Monica Studio

God of War 3 marked the end of an era for Kratos. Fueled by pure hatred, the Spartan finally gets his hands on the main Olympian gods, spilling rivers of blood as a result. God of War 3 feels major in every conceivable way; the boss fights are vicious, the visuals are stunning, and the combat system is addictive.


This is one of the defining games of the PlayStation 3 era, and none of its brilliance is lost in the remaster. PS Plus Premium subscribers can play through all the franchise’s console games.

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