Top 10 underrated PS3 games that deserve more attention

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Over 2000 video games have graced the PlayStation 3 since Sony's game console released in 2006. Games like The Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption, Uncharted and Grand Theft Auto V have hogged the limelight for good reason.

However there's also been plenty of underrated gems that fell under the radar throughout the years that you may or may not have played. Let's turn our attention to 10 games on the PlayStation 3 that deserve more love.

10. Everybody's Golf: World Tour

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PlayStation 

If you want to play a mellow, fun golf game with relaxing music and a bright cartoony art style then look no further a well established Sony IP that appeals to both casual and hardcore golf fans in one swing.

It's humorous approach to the sport of golf feels arcadey, but there's still a great depth of difficulty that'll keep veteran players on their toes with each new golf course unlocked.

9. 50 Cent Blood on the Sand

Many rappers have lent their voice and likeness to videogames, though rapper turned business mogul 50 Cent took it one step further by starring in his own video game, twice. 

50 Cent's PS2 game was second-rate, but his PlayStation 3 outing was actually a decent third-person shooter, despite starring a celebrity rapper.

Blood on the Sand focuses on 50 Cent and his G-Unit crew in a fictional Middle East setting, who must retrieve their stolen concert payment in the form of a priceless relic from the local crime lord's gang.

8. Street Fighter X Tekken

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Capcom

Street Fighter X Tekken is a gimmicky yet fun crossover fighting game featuring Street Fighter and Tekken characters in a game centered around tag team combat. 

No one could've predicted that one of the most anticipated crossover fighting games of all time would fail miserably, however unnecessary gimmicky gameplay mechanics stacked on top of each other and wasted character slots led to a poor reception.

7. Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony

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Rockstar games

A Rockstar game that isn't talked about enough is the compilation spin-off to GTA IV, Grand Theft Auto Episodes from Liberty City which included The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Both games were top notch but the edge goes to The Ballad of Gay Tony which starred Luis Lopez, a part-time goon and full time assistant to lavish nightclub owner Tony Prince.

TBOGT was a light-hearted, weird yet cool and sometimes humorous gangster game which felt like a diluted throwback to the legendary Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

6. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

Sonic 4's episodic platformer series is like marmalade to Sonic fans, they either hate it or love it. As a glorified homage to the original Sonic Mega Drive games, Sonic 4 Episode 1 was criticized for it's physics and lack of originality.

While the first game was fed to the wolves, Episode II was praised for being a big improvement over it's predecessor with better physics and visuals, along with the addition of Tails. Though this wasn't enough for fans and the game was left in the dust.

5. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

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Bandai Namco

One of the most underrated RPG games in recent years is Ni No Kuni 1 which stars the young lad Oliver, who is whisked off to a magical kingdom in search of a way to revive his recently deceased mother. 

Ni No Kuni is a charming RPG that allows you explore a vast world filled with cosy towns and hollow dungeons, take on tameable monsters and play through a magical tale of dark vs light, where a young wizard is selflessly fixing broken-hearted people.

 If it's enchanting art style or heartfelt story doesn't hold your attention, then surely it's exciting battle system which imitates the style of Pok√©mon should pique your curiosity.

4. NBA Street: Homecourt 

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Electronic Arts

NBA Street Homecourt followed in the tradition of it's predecessors with nonsensical basketball moves, young NBA stars like Carmelo Anthony who graced the cover, famous basketball courts and more allusions to the game of streetball.

Compared to the other NBA Street games in the series, Homecourt never got the respect it deserved and ended up becoming a cult classic to nostalgic gamers.

3. Assassin's Creed Liberation HD

Ubisoft

The first Assassin Creed's game to feature a playable female character was Assassin's Creed Liberation, which starred Aveline De Grandpre. A creole woman hellbent on freeing enslaved people while eliminating Templar presence in New Orleans. 

Originally on PSP Vita, a fully remade version released on PlayStation 3 in 2014 with better visuals and heavily revamped gameplay mechanics. However compared to other games in the series, it never gained much fanfare.

2. Starhawk 

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PlayStation

Starhawk is a third person shooter set in the distant future which stars the futuristic mercenary Emmett Graves, whose job is to protect miners from humans mutated by direct exposure to Rift Energy. 

As a game with space western vibes that provided players with a fresh sci-fi experience and unique protagonist, compared to other Sony first party games Starhawk is quite obscure and barely made any noise.

1. PlayStation All Stars: Battle Royale 

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PlayStation

The most fun PS3 game to never receive it's flowers was Sony's crossover platform fighting game, which was created to rival Nintendo's Super Smash Bros series. Despite this, the game was much more than a Super Smash Bros clone.

While criticized for it's absence of several iconic characters and only being able to get kills by building up the super meter, PSABR had cool mechanics that set it apart from the competition. Besides what other game could you kill Kratos with Parappa The Rapper?

Sony's fighter may not have pleased critics but it was a hilarious and fun game which could've been much more had Sony given it a fighting chance. Besides it also featured one of the most entertaining and competitive 2v2 online modes of all time.

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