Best of 2010 Awards: PS3 Exclusive

PS3 Exclusive: God of War 3 We've followed Kratos from lowly soldier to the god of war. F

PS3 Exclusive: God of War 3

We've followed Kratos from lowly soldier to the god of war. From the highest peaks of Mount Olympus to the shallow depths of Hades. We've followed him everywhere and it's been a prime example of supreme badassery from start to finish.

God of War 3 throws Kratos into a world of ultimate action, featuring huge and beautiful environments and combat that can be as senseless or precise as you prefer. It's a story about the an intense warrior who cannot let go of his past and, because of the mostly self-inflicted evils that haunt him, is willing to risk his future.

It's the definition of a blockbuster action game, making it easy to name God of War 3 the best PS3 game of 2010.

Runner-up: Heavy Rain

There is a level of ambition and attention to detail featured in Heavy Rain that is rarely seen in video games. The game has the ability to make players feel physically uncomfortable at moments where it makes sense, also forcing players to make very quick decisions that have major repercussions. There's an argument to be made that the game should only be played once; preserving the experience in the same "once chance" way, evident in the real world. However, as beautiful as Heavy Rain is and the way we all strive to perfect each situation to save the entire cast, it's hard not to press start once more. And again and again.

Nominees: Yakuza 3, Gran Turismo 5, and ModNation Racers.

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From The Chatty
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    December 29, 2010 2:47 PM

    I'm going to make this appeal to Shack users: tell me that I'm wrong about Heavy Rain. I played for about an hour, got to where I had my son at my house and was doing things like asking him about homework and eating dinner. I was really bored playing this HD Sims thing. Is that how much of the game is? Do you have to enjoy the menial tasks as well as the more interesting story elements to get through this game?

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      December 29, 2010 3:08 PM

      One of my favorite games of all time. I almost sent it back 90 minutes in. You have to wait until the end of the prologue, about 75 - 100 minutes of play time. Once that gets setup you will start to see the players coming in and then hold on to your ass.

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      December 29, 2010 3:27 PM

      it gets a little more interesting after you lose the kid. but the story is terrible.

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      December 29, 2010 4:22 PM

      It's boring at first, but just a little while after that sequence, things get interesting. I thought the same thing in that first part and then I realized that they have to get you to build a connection, even if a very boring, "menial" one with the digital boy before what you are forced (and choose) to do later can really "resonate."

      Loved Heavy Rain. Definitely the best Sony exclusive. God of War 3 actually disappointed, mostly because of how short it wound up being and how scattershot the story became.

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