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The 7 highest rated PS3 exclusives ever

The world's opinion on the best of PS3...

A few weeks ago we stuck up the worst exclusive titles of all time for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

But we didn't approach such an risky topic with a nonchalant sweep of the keyboard. Such an emotional and logistical mountain requires the proper due care and attention that only something like a database can provide.

Luckily GameRankings provides the scores of more or less every game under the sun, for better or worse, enabling us to put together a damning list of empirical objectivity.

Since we've named and shamed the worst the games industry has to offer, we think it's only fair to flag up what the world sees as Sony's system's shining beacons.

We've given you our personal list of favourites across the different platforms and genres and you've used your right to reply with gusto time and time again. But when games journalists are melted down into a thick critical paste, which titles come out as the best in the biz?

This time, we've used Metacritic to compile our rankings of the 7 Highest Rated PS3 Exclusives Ever. See if there are any that surprise you...

7. DEMON'S SOULS
Metacritic score: 89

The appeal of Demon's Souls may be niche but the critical acclaim for the cult Japanese title is pretty much universal.

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It really brings out the sadomasochists, though, since Demon's Souls is often congratulated for how punishing it dares to be. There's a fine line though and From Software managed to make an action RPG title that kicked your arse but somehow made you want to play more.

The fact that this game was actually already on the shelves of a lot of European PS3 players before it even reached European shores is testament to just how much it means to its solid fanbase.

Sure, it may be showing its age these days, but it's a great bit of ammunition for the thousands of gamers that standby the gameplay over graphics argument.

6. KILLZONE 2
Metacritic score: 91

Say what you like about Killzone's narrative capabilities or the level of craftsmanship when it comes to character creation, the second in the series burst on to next-gen with a visual spectacle more impressive than anything else seen on the bedroom boxes at the time.

It also brought a feel to the FPS genre that was pleasingly distinctive to big hitters like Call of Duty with those big ol' soldier boots feeling more weighty than any we've stepped into previously.

Especially considering the bad times PS3 fans tend to have when it comes to multi-platform first-person-shooters compared to their green gaming companions, Killzone 2 was something of a light at the end of the tunnel on the Sony machine and something that the PlayStation faithful could claim as their own in the FPS arena. It may not have innovated, but it did a lot of violent things really well and managed to look incredibly pretty while doing so.

4. LITTLEBIGPLANET 2
Metacritic score: 92

This is Media Molecule's carpet coated world with more character than Keith Richards. But if you've sampled the delights of LittleBigPlanet you'll know that it isn't necessarily the platforming core that makes it a game worth shouting about, it's those mind-blowingly deep creation features.

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