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The 24 Best PS3 Games: Slideshow

From action epics like God of War III to the masterfully told interactive thriller Heavy Rain, we count down the very best games ever released for the PlayStation 3.

The 24 Best PS3 Games

A comprehensive look at 24 of the greatest video games available on Sony's PlayStation 3.

This is a slideshow summary based on the original article The Best 24 PS3 Games originally published by GamePro, a content partner.

Number 24

Sports Champions: Where else can you play a game of Bocce but in Sports Champions? Call it the Wii Sports of the PlayStation Move, but that doesn't take away the fact that the ambitious Sports Champions offers a game-changing experience in the motion-controls market.

Number 23

Resident Evil 5: Capcom's fifth installment in their renowned zombie-slaying franchise may have placed a greater emphasis on action than your traditional "undead creatures lurking in dark alleys" approach to horror, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, is it?

Number 22

Super Street Fighter IV: A quick follow-up sequel to one of the best fighting games in years, Super Street Fighter IV is everything its predecessor was and more.

Number 21

Bayonetta: Bayonetta may be the sexiest video game heroine since Lara Croft debuted back in the day, but Sega and Team Little Angels put forth a stylish and action-packed product with this early 2010 release.

Number 20

Bioshock 2: Big Daddies in the first Bioshock were enough to send chills down a gamer's spine in the first Bioshock. Taking the role of Delta, an amnesiac prototype Big Daddy awoken in a Rapture that has decayed for over a decade, Bioshock 2 puts the power in your hands as you search for your missing Little Sister companion.

Number 19

Demon's Soul: Every once in while, there's a video game that just wants to kill you -- and Demon's Souls is incredibly ruthless. Set in a doomed mythical kingdom surrounded by a force known as the "Deep Fog," Demon's Souls illustrates a world that has been overrun by monsters and lost souls.

Number 18

Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Even if you consider it Electronic Arts' answer to Modern Warfare, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 still offers a lot more than the average war combat game. Pairing its trademark "capture the flag" gameplay with a variety of modes and campaigns, Bad Company 2 further separates itself from the pack with maps that emulate environments from the Panama Canal to the Alaskan Rockies to the dense jungles of South America.

Number 17

Heavy Rain: More interactive story than video game, Heavy Rain is a groundbreaking title from developer Quantic Dream that makes a strong argument for video games being the new standard in interactive fiction. Presented in the style of a dramatic noir thriller, Heavy Rain tells the story of four strangers hunting down a murderer known only as the Origami Killer.

Number 16

The Orange Box: Talk about bang for the buck: The Orange Box included five hit games from the FPS gurus at Valve Software, making this a must-have for any shooter fan. Not only do you get the award-winning Half-Life 2 and the follow-ups Episode One and Two, but you also get the butter-smooth online game Team Fortress 2. But the real jewel of this fantastic collection is Portal, a mind-bending puzzler that every gamer should experience at least once.

Number 15

God of War Collection: Kratos, the Ghost of Sparta, has been on one Hell of ride, and the God of War Collection is a valuable piece of history for gamers who haven't witnessed his tale of revenge. The GOW Collection is a bargain -- two discs, one price, and insanely sharp HD visuals on two of the best action games to ever hit a PlayStation.

Number 14

inFamous: Usually, when a game makes you choose between good and evil, the paths are so similar or uninspired that playing through a second time seems like a chore. inFamous turned this gameplay element on its head with the Karma System. If you're a hero, crowds love you, but if you're a jerk to random bystanders, they'll actually pelt you with rocks or run in terror.

Number 13

Dead Space: Visceral Games pretty much dethroned Capcom's longstanding undead-hunting horror franchise Resident Evil as the king of the survival-horror genre when they released their blood-curdling masterpiece in terror, Dead Space, which featured gruesome beasties reminiscent of those from John Carpenter's The Thing.

Number 12

LittleBigPlanet: Whether you choose to classify Media Molecule's delightful PlayStation 3-exclusive game as a user-generated content creator or just a platformer with some fresh ideas, LittleBigPlanet is still one of the most imaginative next-gen games out there. It's not often that modern games encourage the player to be creative, and LBP does a remarkable job of easing you into the creation process without overwhelming you.

Number 11

Fallout 3: Bethesda's Fallout 3 presented players with a truly unique concept: the ability to play the game more-or-less however they wanted, allowing for the game itself to play out in an almost infinite number of ways. Sure, this was done before with games like Grand Theft Auto, but never on this scale. You can play Fallout 3 conservatively, carrying out sidequests and trying your hardest to make the best decisions possible.

Number 10

Grand Theft Auto 4: Like Rock Band, Grand Theft Auto 4's a toss-up. More opponents for online play is great, but we're big fans of better graphics, and the PS3 has an ever so slight edge in that department. Plus, the install cuts down on loading screens, which gives us more time to ram firetrucks into dirtbikes.

Number 9

Batman: Arkham Asylum: No one expected Batman: Arkham Asylum to be this good. In fact, no one expected it to be one of the most impressive and thrilling action games to ever hit the PlayStation 3. Thankfully, Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros./DC Comics made the invaluable choice of enlisting help from the best talent possible, including big-ticket names like Paul Dini, Kevin Conroy, Arleen Sorkin, and of course, Mark Hamill.

Number 8

Killzone 2: Sure, the original Killzone may have failed to be the "Halo-killer" it was proclaimed to be, but after a painfully long time in development (the sequel was supposed to be a PS3 launch title), Guerilla Games finally delivered a first-person shooter that pushed its console to its boundaries, mostly in terms of graphics.

Number 7

Bioshock: Generally, gamers relish the ability to kill, maim and obliterate their enemies and obstacles, but BioShock changed the entire experience with solid, inventive gameplay and a new moral compass. This sleeper hit from 2K Games sold PS3s and unintentionally became a flagship title for the console with little buildup and a huge amount of positive press.

Number 6

Assassin's Creed 2: Ubisoft recreated the historic enviroment of 15th-century Italy with the same care and attention to detail that Leonardo da Vinci gave to The Last Supper. No matter how well you can build a city, you almost can't do better than Assassin's Creed 2. Taking the stylish and addictive motions of the previous game's protagonist, the near-superhuman Altair, Assassin's Creed 2 went further toward the present with Ezio, the new assassin on the block.

Number 5

Red Dead Redemption: Rockstar San Diego's Red Dead Redemption has everything that you'd expect from a traditional western: a gritty hero, nefarious bandits, and tales of honor and betrayal. But this title brings even more to the table with Rockstar's trademark brand of open-world gameplay. Whether you're roping cattle, tracking down bounties, stopping a robbery, or just playing a round of cards, Red Dead Redemption's open wilderness lies at your fingertips, just waiting for you to saddle up and get dirty.

Number 4

Modern Warfare 2: Gut-wrenching moments and fast-paced FPS action were the bread and butter of the first Modern Warfare. After taking the Normandy Invasion as far as it could go, Infinity Ward took their coveted franchise into the modern era with amazing results. Since then, Modern Warfare 2 has proved to be a more-than-worthy successor to 2007's Game of the Year.

Number 3

God of War 3: Bringing an end to the main story of Kratos and his quest for revenge against Mount Olympus, God of War 3 brings everything in the saga to a definite conclusion. As expected, the action in this gruesome and violent title doesn't slow down for a second, as Kratos goes from battling Zeus and Poseidon to tangling with Hades in the pits of Hell.

Number 2

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves: When you call any title the video game equivalent of Raiders of the Lost Ark, you know that the action has to be impressively over-the-top, the characters must evoke unmistakeable charm, and the experience has to rival everything else of its genre. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves does exactly that, bringing back a more flawed, more human Nathan Drake, who's in a bigger adventure than even he can handle.

Number 1

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: Gamers, this is the one. If you're planning to buy a PlayStation 3, or you already have one, Metal Gear Solid 4 should be at the top of your list. It's an epic stealth-shooter with jaw-dropping graphics and a massively detailed storyline. Sure, the 20-minute cinema scenes can drag on a bit too long, but the game's quality shines through in every aspect of its production.