Brawlers used to be more prevalent back in the arcade days of the 80s and 90s. They still exist today in small batches, but the genre also evolved into something flashier with the hack and slash genre. There are many examples of PS3 from God of War 3 to DmC: Devil May Cry.
Even a game like Diablo 3 is a hack and slash game, but with more emphasis on co-op. All three of these games differ in their design philosophy. Some have puzzles to break up the plot, and some are about loot. What about these hidden gems that PS3 fans may or may not remember?
8/8 Dragon’s crown
Dragon’s crown is one of the best modern brawler/hack and slash games of the last decade. It had its following when it was released on PS3 and PS Vita. It was like old school Caves and dragons arcade game where players could choose a class and go on missions alone or with friends via local or online co-op.
Dragon’s crown got a second chance on PS4 with a remaster, and was well reviewed, but it still wasn’t a breakout hit for everyone. Through the power of the PS5 emulation, it lives on, but is in the shadows, still waiting for its day in the sun.
7/8 Dungeon Siege 3
Dungeon Siege 3 was the first and only game in this series to be made after Square Enix bought the rights. It’s a top-down action RPG, which is similar Diablo in many ways. Co-op play was the best feature of the game, which was announced in a rather memorable ad campaign. It was rough around the edges graphically and the story wasn’t that memorable. It was a fun game to play with friends though. Sometimes bonding with friends over a game makes the game better overall and Dungeon Siege 3 is a perfect example.
6/8 Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 is like most in this series from Koei Tecmo. They are not deep action RPGs with robust combat systems. They can be repetitive on many levels from killing thousands of enemies dozens of times to hearing the same line of dialogue every time an enemy is defeated.
It’s another game with a lot of problems, technically, but it’s a very good one Gundam game. It has mechanisms across many timelines in this gigantic anime series. Hack and slash fans will enjoy it, especially with a friend in co-op, but Gundam fans will eat it up.
5/8 Heavenly Sword
Heavenly Sword apparently, Sony was trying to make another God of War series, but with a female warrior instead. The action was similar as players could control two giant blades on chains. It was mostly a hack and slash game, but there were other moments where stealth and range came into play with another character.
It was an early hit on the console that most people don’t remember now. There was never a sequel, or an attempt to remaster it, but it was an animated spinoff film.
4/8 Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was the first in what EA hoped would be a giant franchise. After this there were plans to make an MMO, but unfortunately sales did not meet expectations and these plans were cancelled. There was a reason anyway, but the story is a bit more complex.
The game got another chance with a remaster in 2020, so there is still hope for a sequel of some kind. It may not have gained more of a cult following, but even a new fan would be a plus. This is a vastly underrated action RPG with a large world to explore and deep combat mechanics.
3/8 Lollipop chainsaw
Lollipop chainsaw was a Suda51 action game helped along by James Gunn with his English translation. It was a unique blend between Hollywood and the Japanese gaming world. The result may not have lived up to any of them, but it was strange that a lot of it is true.
Players took on the role of a cheerleader who used a chainsaw to fight off waves of zombies. She also had her boyfriend’s head attached to her belt for moral support.
2/8 The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North may be the best game based on this beloved series. It was an action RPG that took place parallel to the events of the main trilogy. Players could become one of three characters, including a human, dwarf, and elf that had their own classes.
A player can solo the adventure with AI companions or cooperate with two others who follow. It was a tough game regardless of difficulty and was certainly rough around the edges, but it was still great.
1/8 X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is arguably better than the film it is based on. First, it was a bloodier experience than the movie. It didn’t reach the gore levels of Mortal Kombat but Wolverine was able to break free. The easiest game to compare it to would be god of war as Wolverine could hack and cut enemies apart with ease.
He also had some anger issues to deal with in the story as Kratos. It’s a shame that licensed games like this are harder to remaster because this deserves a second chance.
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