Best Playstation 3 Games For Showing Off Your New HDTV

Just got your hands on a brand new HDTV and Playstation 3, and can’t wait to be swept away into a world of HD goodness? Well, not so fast buddy, as not all that glitters is gold, and not all HD games really showcase how amazing playing games in HD can be. Fear not, however, as we’ve compiled a brief list of some of the most beautiful Playstation 3 games out there, that really show off not only what the system can do technically, but also showcase your new HDTV. Please note that these games are in no particular order, and all five are truly recommended, not just for their visual prowess, but for their excellent gameplay as well. We also included a few runner-ups that represent HD fantastically, and some PSN titles for HDTV owners on a budget as well.
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5) Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction – Supported HD Output: 480p, 720p- A lot of talk has been said over the years about games that purport to feature “Pixar like visuals,” but the only game I’ve seen this generation that has come close has been Insomniac’s gorgeous Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Bright colors, excellent animations, and draw distances to die for, spread across a large variety of locations and planets, R&C is a living, interactive cartoon.

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4) Little Big Planet – Supported HD Output: 720p- Looking past Little Big Planet’s adorable Sackboy star lies a visual feast of sharp textures, fun animations, and detailed objects. A lot of care was put into the games hundreds of objects, and each one really looks like the material it is mimicking. From felt, to metal, to glass, and brick, each object is showcased with amazingingly sharp texture work. You can practically count the stiches on Sackboy’s face! It’s family friendly gameplay makes it near impossible to resist LBP’s many charms.

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3) Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – Supported HD Output: 720p- The richly detailed, lush and colorful jungle backdrop are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is offering visually. Character animations are some of the best in the industry, with lead character Nathan Drake showcasing hundreds of unique animations and facial expressions based on his current predicament. Even enemies, who generally receive the short end of the stick when it comes to animations feature plenty of unique reactions to our protagonist. Locales in the game are varied, and dense with detailed objects. The water effects in this game are also, hands down, the best this generation by far. The “Indiana Jones-esque” story and excellent characters are just icing on the cake of this visual feast.

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2) Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Supported HD Output: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p- Hideo Kojima and his team have never failed to push the limits of Playstation consoles, and they don’t stop with the latest industry in the classic Metal Gear series. Character and environment detail are fantastic, with amazing animations, varied and detailed locations, with setpieces that would have been cutscenes in other games. Speaking of cutscenes, this game features a large number of them, with many of them being quite lengthy, but the sheer mastery of the Playstation 3 hardware, as well as a keen eye for cinematic flair means that you, whoever’s watching you play, and your HDTV will be too busy picking your jaws up off of the floor to complain.

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1) Killzone 2 – Supported HD Output: 720p, 1080i- Killzone 2’s visuals have been shrouded in controversy ever since the original CGI target rendered showcased at E3 2006 set incredibly high standards. Standards that many thought would be impossible for the Playstation 3 to reach. The end result however, is hands down the most visually impressive console game released to date. The environment of the planet Helghan is packed with detail and atmosphere. You can almost feel the mist in the air, or smell the ozone wafting through your nostrils while battling across the hostile planet. Lighting effects are the best in the industry, debris floats across the landscape, texture work is rock solid, and the character models and animations are so realistic you have to look away from the screen to remind yourself that you are indeed in your living room, and not on the wartorn planet of Helghan, battling legions of Helghast soldiers. Killzone 2 is hands down one of the best representations of what the Playstation 3 can do in terms of visuals, gameplay, and showing off your HDTV.

Runner Ups – Heavenly Sword, Valkyria Chronicles, Folklore, inFAMOUS

Beauty on a Budget

Games on disc aren’t cheap this generation, that’s for sure. Costing $60 or more makes building up a substantial HD library on Blu Ray disc costly. Don’t fret though, because, thankfully, the Playstation 3 doesn’t just pack it’s best visuals on Blu Ray discs, as the Playstation Network also has a large number of games that look as equally stunning on an HDTV as a full disc title. Here are another 5 titles available on the Playstation Network that will also showcase your HDTV, and do so at roughly the cost of a single $59.99 (USD) retail game.

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5) flOw – $5.99 (USD) – Supported HD Output: 720p, 1080i, 1080p- Calm, serene, and beautiful in it’s simplicity, flOw was one of the first PSN titles released when the Playstation 3 launched in November 2006, and it’s still a gorgeous work of art. From the calming music, to the simple gameplay, flOw proves that you don’t need high resolution textures and thousands of animations to produce a beautiful image.

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4) Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty – $14.99 (USD) – Supported HD Output: 720p- Building off of the excellent Tools of Destruction game engine, Quest for Booty is a downloadable extra chapter, continuing TOD’s story. The game features improved texture work on environments and characters, and an excellent lighting engine, which adds even more depth to the already CGI animation calibur visuals. The game doesn’t feature as many environments as the fully fledged Tools of Destruction, but they are no less gorgeous to behold, and will do your HDTV justice.

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3) Flower – $9.99 (USD) – Supported HD Output: 720p, 1080i, 1080p- From the same developers that brought you the serene flOw comes Flower, whose gameplay has players guiding a flower petal across gorgeously rendered fields and plains, replete with individually modeled leaves of grass that blow and sway in the wind. Colorful, peaceful, and exhillerating, Flower is a difficult game to describe, and simply must be experienced in all it’s HD beauty to truly be appreciated. A real gem.

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2) Super Stardust HD – $9.99 (USD) – Supported HD Output: 720p, 1080i, 1080p- Super Stardust HD is not only one of the best dual thumbstick shooters on the PS3, it is also stunningly gorgeous. Particle effects, explosions, backgrounds and planet surfaces simply astound while you blast away at wave after wave of incoming astroids and hostile enemy ships. An early release on the PSN, but also one of the best. Truly a beauty that lives up to the HD in it’s title.

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1) Wipeout HD – $19.99 (USD) – Supported HD Output: 720p, 1080i, 1080p- Wipeout has been the premiere sci fi racer for Playstation consoles since the Playstation 1 released back in 1995. Many fans were shocked when the latest entry in the series was announced as a downloadable only Playstation Network title, and were afraid that the quality of the title would suffer. The end result is one of the most feature packed, beautiful titles on the network. The game is truly a full fledged Wipeout title, with all the gameplay, tracks, modes, and vehicles fans expect from a Wipeout title, and to top it all off, it features truly stunning, jawdropping visuals. For $20, it is quite possibly the best deal on the Playstation Network to date. Wipeout HD is a title that truly drives home the notion that a downloadable title doesn’t have to skimp on quality or features simply because it’s not sitting on a retail shelf somewhere.

Runner Ups – Pixel Junk Eden, Rag Doll Kung Fu, Pain, Gran Turismo: Prologue

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4 Responses to “Best Playstation 3 Games For Showing Off Your New HDTV”

  1. you should do one for psp. 🙂

    • that’s a good idea! i’m going to do one for the Xbox 360 on Monday, and i briefly toyed with the idea of doing one for the Wii, but i can’t think of a single Wii game here that looks good on an HDTV. 480p simply doesn’t cut it for me.

      the PSP does have some fantastic looking games, that’s for sure. i’ll definitely keep it in mind, and maybe post one for Wednesdays update!

  2. I can’t get over how good the Ratchet and Clank games are!
    I really like the Beauty on a Budget!

    • i was never a big Ratchet fan until Tools of Destruction, then i went back and played the first two, and i have to beat part three one of these days.

      it’s a great series. the PS3 series is pretty amazing though, and the new one looks awesome.

      i like the Beauty on a Budget too! lol. i realized that even though the games are generally smaller and downloadable, they still look fantastic on an HDTV, especially Wipeout HD, and Super Stardust HD.

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