Enjoy our round-up of the 24 essential PlayStation 3 games you can't live without

Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) is one of the best games consoles of the moment... and, indeed, ever.

The PS3 has got a number of totally awe-inspiring games to choose from. If you're stumped for choice about what to get your teeth into next, fear not. We've rounded up the 24 games that every owner should have in their collection.

24: skate

We all owe a debt to Tony Hawk for helping to popularise video skateboarding games but truth be told, the Tony Hawk series has gotten a little long in the tooth.

What started out as a fun and enjoyable simulation of skateboarding has now become a cartoonish caricature with increasingly over-the-top scenarios and moves. That's why Skate was such a breath of fresh air: it put the emphasis on realism with an innovative control scheme that brought a sense of physicality missing from the Tony Hawk series.

It also put the focus on actually skating and setting up lines; that meant you couldn't just jump around and pull of 30-trick combos anymore. The learning curve was definitely steep but it helped reinvigorate the skateboarding genre and hopefully forced the developers of the Tony Hawk series to up their game.

23: Heavenly Sword

Call it Goddess of War if you like but Heavenly Sword has a flair all its own. Chronicling the adventure of the deadly but beautiful Nariko and a cursed blade, Heavenly Sword was one of the earliest hits for the PS3, an action packed title that helped demonstrate what the hardware was capable of.

With superb character animation work by WETA Digital (the same folks who worked on The Lord of The Rings) Heavenly Sword was an impressive sign of things to come and laid a solid foundation for future titles like God of War III to build upon.

22: MLB 08: The Show

Back in the early PS1 days, Sony's sports games gave EA and other sports developers a run for their money.

For roughly the past decade, however, it's been a much different story, with Sony even shedding two of its sports franchises (NHL FaceOff and NFL GameDay).

Thankfully, the more focused approach paid off in the form of MLB 08: The Show, which included a slew of welcome additions to the steadily improving gameplay, like a more natural slumping/streaking system as well as a more refined Road to the Show mode. This is a show for all ages.

21: Battlefield: Bad Company

There's nothing funny about war - but when you're grouped with the renegade, rag-tag bunch of soldiers that make up Bad Company, you have to find something to laugh about.

Featuring squad-mates filled with personality and witty one-liners, Bad Company stood apart from other war titles as you went behind enemy lines in search of wealth and revenge. With a simply stellar single player mode and all of the classic Battlefield multiplayer modes available for play, Bad Company was a unique title with an interesting twist on the first person shooter war genre.

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20: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2

What happens in Vegas usually doesn't consist of men with guns rappelling down the side of the MGM Grand, tossing smoke grenades as they blindfire terrorists, but thankfully we can live out that fantasy again and again with Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2.

With unprecedented squad-based tactics and adrenaline fueled action from the moment you pick up the controller, you'll never quite look at Sin City in the same light.

19: Rock Band

Picking between the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Rock Band is pretty much a toss-up. The 360 has a better online structure, with downloadable content available days (and sometimes weeks) earlier, as well as a larger pool of opponents to battle against, but those benefits are dwarfed by the PS3's packed-in wireless guitar.

You may be able to buy wireless guitars for the 360, but the wired one that came with the game will always haunt you. So do yourself a favour and pick up the PS3 version to avoid all that.

18: Burnout Paradise

Criterion Games continually churns out excellent PlayStation products, and it's the same with Burnout Paradise on the PS3.

Lighting-fast auto racing lets you speed through the twists and turns of Paradise City in a flash, and smashing up your precious ride is once again part of the fun. And this time there are no boundaries. Plus, downloadable updates have added to the destruction, dropping in motorcycles and other updates. And rumour has it planes are next!

17: Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Ninja Gaiden II was pretty stinky. Now it seems more clear that Team Ninja's finest work was the PS3's updated, upgraded, and unparalleled version of Ninja Gaiden.

You really can't go wrong with the intense action of the Xbox classic and the amazing new visuals put forth by the PS3. Normally, we're not fans of developers rehashing old titles, but when this is the end result, we're willing to let it go.

16: PixelJunk Monsters

This quirky 'tower defence' game first appeared on the PlayStation Network with a few raised eyebrows. Don't let the cartoonish art style of PixelJunk Monsters fool you, though - beneath the unique and innovative hand drawn art laid an extremely addictive real-time strategy game that to this day, still has us going back to research, build, and upgrade our bases.

15: Everyday Shooter

All three consoles' game-download services are packed to the rafters with shoot-em-ups, to the point where many great games get lost in the glut. If you've got a PS3, we implore you to not let that happen to Everyday Shooter. Part shmup, part rhythm game, part puzzle game, Everyday Shooter is an amazingly unique and distinctly stylish title that should be one of the first PlayStation Network downloads you make.

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14: Gran Turismo 5: Prologue

When you take into account the fact this racing sim's intensity, stellar graphics and amazing gameplay, you might just start wishing more games would have Prologues before the final release.

In Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, you can drive any of over 50 customisable cars from various worldwide manufacturers, including famed car companies Audi, Ford and Ferrari. Also, GT Online returns via the PS3's PlayStation Network, so with the console's built in wi-fi adapter, you can challenge your friends anywhere, any time!

13: Warhawk

Players world-wide were skeptical about the Playstation 3's SixAxis controller and what it was capable of, and upon the release of aerial combat simulation WarHawk, the white-knuckled dog-fights and adrenaline-pumping action more than wiped out their fears.

Once you've blazed through the skies with the task of protecting your nation from the oncoming Chernovan hordes, gatling guns blazing, there's no going back to Microsoft Flight Simulator.

12: Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Online

As a series, Tekken has had its ups and downs. But Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Online is the pinnacle edition of Namco's fighter - it's the definitive version of the classic fighter available as an inexpensive PSN download. The massive 30+ character roster features a mix of characters old (Eddy Gordo, Marshall Law) and new (zombie/Communist Sergei Dragunov, the noob-friendly Lili). The 1080-enabled graphics look sharp, but where Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection really shines is in its new Online mode, which features a sleek matchmaking interface and a large community of active players.

Tekken 6 and Street Fighter IV are months away; for the moment, Tekken 5: DR Online reigns supreme as the king of the PlayStation 3 fighters.

11: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Game of the Year Edition

Massive isn't a big enough word for the fourth incarnation in the popular Elder Scrolls role-playing series. As you traversed the world of Cyrodil, you could truly create a life of your own - mine caverns, learn trade skills, fight bandits... the scope alone of what's possible in Oblivion is simply astonishing, and this amazing adventure is still unprecedented in both size and scale.

10: Super Stardust HD

Why it's great: Possibly the most compulsively playable title on Sony's PSN store, Super Stardust HD has much in common with Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved on Xbox Live Arcade.

Super Stardust HD is a top-down shooter where players twiddle both analog sticks to annihilate overwhelming swarms of enemies. But Super Stardust HD is even more intense than Geometry Wars, as players must destroy gigantic meteors, comets, and other galactic detritus in order to score big points and power-ups.

Unlike Geometry Wars, you'll have access to three different weapons (a Rock Crusher for rock asteroids, an Ice Splitter for ice asteroids, and a Gold Melter for Gold asteroids). Thanks to several expansion packs, Super Stardust HD has more modes, more multiplayer, and a more epic feel than Geometry Wars. If you haven't experienced this game, download it immediately!

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9: Assassin's Creed

Ubisoft knows awesome stealth (Splinter Cell). The company also knows amazing acrobatics (Prince of Persia).

Thankfully, that chocolate and peanut butter mixed together to make the delicious Assassin's Creed. With crazy parkour moves and devastating attacks, Altair has become one of gaming's most revered heroes in quite some time. We can't wait to see who he kills next.

8: Resistance: Fall of Man

Resistance stood out amongst an army of first person shooters by taking the tired World War II formula, and throwing an alien invasion into the mix. As US Army Ranger Sgt Nathan Hale, you were thrown into this inventive scenario with gun in hand, and a nation that needed saving.

With an extensive single-player mode, split-screen co-op, and a fantastically customisable online gameplay, Resistance proved that it wasn't just another launch title, but a whole new form of shooter.

7: MotorStorm

It's been over a year and a half since Motorstorm released, and the brutal slo-mo crashes are still the best-looking in all of gaming. It also doesn't hurt that the game has exceptional gameplay and a wide variety of courses and vehicles.

About the only thing that's missing is split-screen multiplayer, which the sequel should be adding. But for a bargain-basement ‘Greatest Hits' price, you can't go wrong with Motorstorm.

6: The Orange Box

The Orange Box included five hit games from the FPS gurus at Valve Software, making this a must-have for any shooter fan. Not only do you get the award-winning Half-Life 2 and the follow-ups Episode One and Two, you also get the butter-smooth online game Team Fortress 2.

But the real jewel of this fantastic collection is Portal, a mind-bending puzzler that every gamer should experience at least once. Armed with one of the coolest weapons ever devised in the Portal Gun, you run through a series of deviously designed levels while the omni-present voice of GlaDOS gently coaxes you onward. Filled with delicious humor and addictive gameplay, Portal is worth the purchase price alone but lucky for you, you have four other amazing games to keep you occupied long after you've discovered the secret of the cake (hint: it's a lie).

5: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 wasn't just another cut-and-dry shooter. In the fourth installment in the popular FPS franchise, the player was sucked into a larger than life story, allowing them to play as both a US Marine or a member of the British SAS while a global conflict ignited. With an astonishingly deep single player mode and an insanely addicting multiplayer mode, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was a turning point in the first person shooter genre.

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Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

The animated Lombax and Robot team gets back to its series roots with Tools of Destruction, axing multiplayer entirely in favour of a robust and beautifully designed single-player campaign. Like playing along with a Pixar movie, developer Insomniac Games drops you into a witty story, arming you with enough clever weapons to take on anything that comes your way. It's fun, gorgeous and worthy of PS3's best.

3: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Yes, Lara Croft did the treasure-hunting, action platforming thing first but have you played a Tomb Raider game lately?

The creative minds of Naughty Dog must have and thought: "We can do better than this."

And they certainly did by crafting the slick and enjoyable Unchartered, a title that featured interesting level designs, lush jungle scenery and the kind of swashbuckling action that would make Indiana Jones crack a grizzled smile.

It was also released early in the PS3's lifecycle, giving PS3 owners something to chew on as they waited for more high profile titles to be released. No matter how you cut it, Nathan Drake's adventure is one definitely worth undertaking.

2: Grand Theft Auto 4

Like Rock Band, deciding which versiou of GTA IV to play is a tossup. More opponents for online play is great, but we're big fans of better graphics, and the PS3 has an ever so slight edge in that department. Plus the install cuts down on loading screens, which gives us more time to ram firetrucks into dirtbikes.

1: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

This is the one. If you're planning to buy a PlayStation 3, or you already have one, Metal Gear Solid 4 should be at the top of your list. It's an epic stealth-shooter with jaw-dropping graphics and a massively detailed storyline.

Sure, the 20-minute cinema scenes can drag on a bit too long, but the game's quality shines through in every aspect of its production. Unlockable rewards, 70+ weapons, and a well-designed online mode will keep you playing months after you've completed the core single-player experience. If you've ever loved a shooter, a stealth game, or an action game, Metal Gear Solid 4 is a can't-miss game.

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