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Retrospective: Best-looking Playstation 3 exclusive games prior to 2011

God_of_War_IIIThe Playstation 3 was notoriously hard to develop for. Therefore, it took some time before developers could push out great-looking videogames on the next-gen system. Fortunately, a lot of these showcases came out prior to the start of 2011. This is very evident when it comes to Playstation 3 exclusive games. We compiled a list of the best looking exclusives that only came out for the system as of the end of 2010.

5. Flower

So many games in the HD era, including some of the titles on this list, use a grey or brown color filter in an attempt to convey realism. This is not the case with Flower. The Playstation Network exclusive game features vibrant colors that look absolutely stunning when you soar through the grass and flower petals. So, despite Flower being a downloadable title, it still managed to become one of the most impressive looking Playstation 3 exclusive games as of 2010.

4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Although it may be the oldest game on the list, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots still holds up quite well even by today’s standards. For example, the character models in the game are still some of the best seen on the Playstation 3. The top-notch cinematic presentation also outshines other titles. While you may find a few blurry textures that stick out like a sore thumb, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is as impressive looking as it was two years ago when it launched.

3. Killzone 2

There was a big controversy regarding the graphics of Killzone 2 because of its impressive-looking debut trailer that eventually ended up being revealed as computer-generated footage. Even so, the Playstation 3 exclusive impressed many gamers when it launched thanks to the realistic special effects in addition to the uncanny animations. Killzone 2 was easy the most impressive looking first-person shooter on the Playstation 3 back in 2010.

2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

The first game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, was still is one of the most impressive looking games on the system. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was able to push the Playstation 3 even further with the incredibly detailed (not to mention diverse) environments to go along with the ultra smooth context-sensitive animations. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves will make you lose your breath with ever new scene even if you are playing it today.

1. God of War III

The developer for God of War II was well known for pushing the Playstation 2 to its limits. So it should come at no surprise to see God of War III working its magic on the Playstation 3. The insane-looking environmental and character details in the Playstation 3 exclusive are further amplified by the realistic effects and grand scale. Your jaw will drop more times than not when you are playing God of War III. There wasn’t a more impressive looking exclusive title on the Playstation 3 as of the end of 2010.

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