9. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
There's a sense that Blood Dragon is one big massive running joke built on the foundations of retro cinema and the engine powering the superb Far Cry 3. There's no connection between it and the Lord Of The Flies riff of Far Cry 3. Instead, Blood Dragon puts the player in the boots of a guy called Rex Colt - voiced by Michael Biehn from Terminator and Aliens - chucks them some hi-tech weapons and then puts an onus on them to dish out as much flesh-shredding damage as (in)humanly possible. Though Blood Dragon is hyper violent - and encourages the player to be creative in their blood-letting - it piles on as many gags as it does gun battles. This is a neon-encrusted jewel of a game - barmy, funny and satisfyingly brutal.
10. Tomb Raider
In this orgin story, the most iconic female character in gaming finds herself cast adrift on an island in the South China sea that just happens to be filled with gun-toting marauders. After escaping their clutches, Lara Croft makes her way through the island, searching for a way for her and her friends to escape without ending up as fishfood. Tomb Raider is darker in tone than its predecessors and contains some scenes of absolutely eye-watering violence. But, Lara Croft may have taken a page out of James Bond's handbook on gritty re-boots - see: Casino Royale, see also: SkyFall - but the main draw here is wrapped up in exploring the island environment, collecting salvage, solving plaform puzzles and exchanging fire with bad guys. You know, all the stuff the best adventure games are made of.
The spiritual successor to Warhawk, Starhawk mixes Third-Person shooter action with RTS structure and equipment drops and asset management. Its Space Western sci-fi campaign is a lightweight, if entertaining way to spend an afternoon, but its multiplayer is organised chaos at its best. One of the PS3's best titles this year, hands down.
12. Okami HD
One of the most visually stunning action-adventure games ever created receives its PS3 debut. Okami HD shows off not just the original's timeless artistic style, but also its fantastic gameplay - as one would expect from a title devised by DMC/Bayonetta developer Hideki Kamiya. Players also have the option of using the PS Move to recreate the 'brush-stroke' gameplay from the Wii port.
13. Ratchet & Clank Trilogy
One of the finest pair of mascots in gaming finally get their long-overdue HD makeover. Ratchet & Clank Trilogy ropes in Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal - all three excellent and inventive shooters - along with (amazingly) the multiplayer from of Up Your Arsenal. A timely reminder of the duo's classic status and a time when not every shooter on the market was covered in blood and gore!
14. Twisted Metal
This PS3 road-thrash fragfest works best in the multiplayer, where players don't have to contend with its 'go-nowhere' storyline and its rock-hard AI. It takes a while to learn its fiddly controls and layered combat system, but once you do, you can quickly become the scourge of the online highway. A deep, dark beauty, for those gamers who are prepared to invest in it.
15. LittleBigPlanet Karting
This is a fantastic and fun little Kart racer whose longevity is ensured through its fantastic track editor. Filled with inspired options and an absolute doddle to use, LBP Karting’s creative element gives players a means to share their roadworks online, as well as enjoy the creations of others. Essential rambunctious fun.