Today marks the 10th anniversary of the PlayStation 3's release in Japan, and while Sony might have flubbed the debut with a startling price and smug overconfidence, the console ended up in the homes of some 80 million happy players.
More importantly, it served as the go-to destination for many of the best games during that console generation, as Sony's studios delivered a stack of fantastic originals, third-parties built killer franchises, and indies picked the PS3 to host loads of quirky experiences.
The PS3's day in the sun has faded, and the last-gen console might not still be sitting under your telly these days – but if you have a PS4 or the new PS4 Pro, you can still tap into hundreds of the best games from the last decade. Some have been ported or remastered for PS4, while loads can be streamed via Sony's PlayStation Now service, which is available on PS4, PS3, PC and even many Sony and Samsung smart TVs.
We've tried to provide a wide mix of titles here based on age, genre, and how each series has progressed onto PS4, so your list might look different to ours – but these are the 10 games we think you ought to revisit this weekend as a mark of respect to the PS3.
Wondering how to get started with PlayStation Now? The PlayStation Blog has everything you need to know.
1) The Last of Us (2013)
Ok, we're opening this list with a pretty obvious entry, but The Last of Us is just too amazing to ignore. In fact, we ranked it the #1 PlayStation game of all time back in 2014 – and yes, that's every PlayStation.
This grim journey of a couple survivors trekking across the United States after a viral epidemic is stunning and heartbreaking, yet also action-packed and thoroughly intense. It's an absolute must-play, and we recommend grabbing the great Remastered edition on PS4, although the original version is available on PlayStation Now.
2) Braid (2009)
Braid is considered one of the first big games of the modern indie movement, but it's notable as much more than simply a landmark – it's also a shockingly emotional experience dressed up as a Super Mario homage.
There's a lot more than meets the eye here: while the platform mechanics might seem familiar, the game really revolves around the ability to rewind time, which plays both into the puzzle-solving mechanics and also the narrative. You'll find this little gem on PlayStation Now.
3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
By now, you've probably blasted through Nathan Drake's final adventure in the masterful Uncharted 4: A Thief's End – but for our money, the brilliant action series' best moments still come with Uncharted 2 on PS3.
We still vividly recall all of Drake's myriad near-death experiences through one of the greatest action games of all time, and you can relive the campaign with shinier graphics (alongside Uncharted and Uncharted 3) in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, or you can play the PS3 versions via PlayStation Now. Can't lose either way.