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9 Best Exclusive PS3 Games To Download Before They're Gone

Considering how popular 90's style platformers are right now, Puppeteer would be a perfect game to reintroduce to modern consoles.

It's official folks, the PlayStation 3 digital store is closing down.

Just in case you missed it, Sony recently confirmed the rumors that they'd be shutting down the digital storefronts for their older consoles. In particular, the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Vita.

With the news now official, it might be a good idea to get your hands on the best exclusive PS3 games. Otherwise, obtaining these titles might become more difficult once the store closes later in July 2021.

Scroll down below to learn more about these said best exclusive PS3 games.

Suikoden 2

Suikoden 2 was not well-received at launch, but it's since become one of the most beloved JRPGs of all time.

Technically, Suikoden 2 is not a PS3 exclusive. The classic RPG title was originally released for the original PlayStation. However, it has since been made available for purchase on the PlayStation 3 digital store. There, Suikoden 2 costs just a fraction to purchase digitally compared to buying a genuine physical copy of the game.

With that said, we recommend adding it to your digital collection as soon as possible. Otherwise, you might lose a chance to own a piece of gaming history for a reasonable price.

Tokyo Jungle

Tokyo Jungle is a surprisingly fun game based on a very simple premise of letting animals run wild in a human-less world.

You'd be forgiven for not having heard of Tokyo Jungle before as the game only had a Japan-exclusive physical release. However, the game has since been made available for digital purchase. So, if you've got a PlayStation 3, you'll want to snatch up this unique survival title up before the store closes down indefinitely.

As a game, Tokyo Jungle is quite simple. It casts you in the role of an animal in a post-human Tokyo where you'll have to find shelter and food now that no one's around left to feed you.

Eventually, from a single Pomeranian, you'll end up taking control of an entire zoo's worth of animals as you try to find out what exactly happened why Tokyo ended up becoming a wasteland, and where all the humans went.

Puppeteer

Puppeteer was one of the last titles that Japan Studio made for the PlayStation 3.

When a game is released just months before a next-gen console comes out and it's not available for it, it's understandable that most people end up never hearing of its name. A good example of this is Puppeteer. It's a throwback to 90s-style platforms that should fit in perfectly with the ongoing resurgence of similar games.

Savage Moon

While it's more of a tower defense title, Savage Moon is arguably the closest we'll ever get to a video game adaptation of Starship Troopers.

How and why there isn't a proper video game set in the Starship Troopers universe is a question that we'll never get. The cult-classic franchise is prime video game material and with Aliens having already gotten a proper video game, it certainly seems like a Starship Troopers video game is long overdue. But, until then, we'll have to settle for games that look and play like it.

Savage Moon is one such game. It's not exactly Starship Troopers, but the hordes of giant alien insects look all too familiar for fans of the sci-fi films.

In the game, players will have to defend themselves against a constant wave of creepy crawlies as they mine valuable resources in an unnamed mood. The tower-defense title requires a lot of planning and strategy to clear with the option to see the action through any one of your towers, which helps up the immersion factor.

Trash Panic

Boss battles in Trash Panic feature a time limit and trashing objects like mobile phones.

No one really dreams of becoming a trash compactor, but Trash Panic delivers on something that a lot of people are probably curious about yet won't really ask anyone about it out loud. It's a game that literally has you cramming as much trash inside a bin. It goes from simple paper trash to harder stuff like gold bars and dumbbells with "boss items" that you'll have to smash within a given time frame.

It's surprising how a game that's literally about literal trash can be so addictive and it's a shame that you'll only be able to download it for a few months before it's all gone.

Resistance 3

If you're up for some over-the-top and campy but well-execution action sci-fi gameplay, then the Resistance franchise, especially Resistance 3, is right up your alley.

The Resistance series was one of Insomniac Games' lesser-known efforts. It's a first-person shooter set in an alien-filled alternate timeline. It seemed that every single mission was designed to be more over the top than the other. As a result, the entire adrenaline-filled affair makes for a spectacular time that ends on a high note.

Surprisingly enough, the story will tug at your heartstrings. Contrary to the sci-fi and fantasy elements of the gameplay, it also tells a more personal tale of protecting your own family.

With Insomniac Games busy for the next couple of years, it'll be a while before we see a follow-up or reboot to the Resistance franchise, so you best take this time to admire one of their more underrated yet best efforts.

Heavenly Sword

While it was a great game, Heavenly Sword suffered from being too similar to God of War to really take off.

Before there was the critically-acclaimed Senua's Sacrifice: Hellblade and the critically-reviled DmC: Devil May Cry reboot, Ninja Theory made a name for themselves with Heavenly Sword. Although it looks like a typical hack-and-slash game with a burlesque female protagonist, it was actually ahead of its time as it featured roguelike mechanics.

Another thing that made Heavenly Sword also unique was that it let players take control of different characters at various points.

Rain

Rain was a very underrated title that should've gained a lot more recognition for having a beautiful soundtrack and a unique metaphorical premise.

Rain is arguably the most creative title on our list. It's an experimental game that toys with the idea of using rain and water as central to gameplay. It features a boy who turns invisible whenever he steps into a puddle. The rain then creates a water silhouette of the protagonist as he struggles to find out what happened to him.

The entire game revolves around avoiding monsters that start chasing the protagonist and the girl that he's following with puzzles presented in front of you that you have to get around to survive being chased.

Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars

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Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars was Rocket League before it discovered its identity and it's a lot more fun to play than you'd think for a game that's over a decade old.

No. This isn't Rocket League. Rather, it's an earlier version of the hit arcade-style soccer game that's one of the most played games in the world right now. But, unlike Rocket League, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars is far more varied. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that it's a better game.

Just like how its name is longer than it should be, the game tries too hard to do everything. This probably explains Psyonix only struck the proverbial goal when they decided to focus on turning Rocket League into playing more like soccer.

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