PS3 - GOW-style Fantasy Hack-n-Slash Action Adventure

A Listmania! list by Amazon Customer (Boulder, Colorado)
The list author says: "If you enjoy 'God of War' and similar swash-buckling, hack-n-slash, 3rd-person action in historic settings, here is a list of games similar in playstyle and setting (primarily the ancient Mediterranean crescent, Middle East, and the Far East).

In case your PS3 is backward compatible, I also included some great PS2 carry-overs that are still enjoyable. I'd love to see the Prince of Persia Sands of Time trilogy receive a similar HD remake given to the likes of GOW 1&2 and Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay."
God of War III - Playstation 3
1.  God of War III - Playstation 3 by Sony Computer Entertainment
The list author says:
  "2010.  PS3-exclusive.  It is God Of War."
$17.89   Used & New from: $2.72
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (876 customer reviews) | 144 customer discussions

Assassin's Creed II - Greatest Hits edition - Playstation 3
2.  Assassin's Creed II - Greatest Hits edition - Playstation 3 by UBI Soft
The list author says:
  "2009.  Improves on the potential of the original in every way.  The level design is better, the story elements more engaging, the collectibles more meaningful, and the supporting elements more humorous."
$15.60   Used & New from: $1.93
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (633 customer reviews) | 45 customer discussions

Darksiders Greatest Hits- Playstation 3
3.  Darksiders Greatest Hits- Playstation 3 by Nordic Games
The list author says:
  "2010.  A truly outstanding game in its own right that borrows inspiration from the best.  Mixes GOW-style combat, Zelda exploration, Prince of Persia wall-running, Maximo's demon guide, and bright comic book graphics."
$17.77   Used & New from: $5.25
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews) | 16 customer discussions

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PS3)
4.  Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PS3) by TechnoMarine
The list author says:
  "2009.

Metacritic = 83"
$44.99   Used & New from: $10.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Conan - Playstation 3
5.  Conan - Playstation 3 by THQ
The list author says:
  "2007. Similar to God of War, but a step short in polish, plot, & overall enjoyment especially toward the end.  Still a very worthy & enjoyable experience, especially for fans of Robert Howard's legendary anti-hero.  Great move-list variety between weapon types.  Requires skill.  Let's hope THQ continues this franchise and builds upon it.

Metacritic = 69."
$49.99   Used & New from: $5.45
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Heavenly Sword - Playstation 3
6.  Heavenly Sword - Playstation 3 by Sony Computer Entertainment
The list author says:
  "2007. PS3-exclusive. Inspired by God of War gameplay, HS is far more cinematic in presentation.

Interesting story and gorgeous cut-scenes.  I prefer the Conan interface and move list, but HS received universally better reviews.

Metacritic = 79."
$38.87   Used & New from: $5.45
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews) | 12 customer discussions

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - Playstation 3
7.  Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - Playstation 3 by UBI Soft
The list author says:
  "2010."
$14.24   Used & New from: $4.95
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews) | 11 customer discussions

Prince of Persia - Playstation 3
8.  Prince of Persia - Playstation 3 by UBI Soft
The list author says:
  "2008.  Outstanding dialogue between Elika and the Prince.  Spend time learning the combo system which dramatically improves the enjoyment of the combat.  If you enjoy platforming/parkour you'll enjoy this one."
$20.98   Used & New from: $1.85
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews) | 10 customer discussions

Ninja Gaiden Sigma - Playstation 3
9.  Ninja Gaiden Sigma - Playstation 3 by TechnoMarine
The list author says:
  "2007. PS3-exclusive. Universally praised by gamers and critics.

Metacritic = 88."
$24.49   Used & New from: $2.26
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Demon's Souls
10.  Demon's Souls by Atlus
The list author says:
  "2009.  PS3-exclusive.  Critically acclaimed but Extremely challenging.  It's difficulty should appeal more to fans of Ninja Gaiden then GOW.

MC = 89."
$19.23   Used & New from: $12.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (654 customer reviews) | 39 customer discussions

Dante's Inferno Divine Edition - Playstation 3
11.  Dante's Inferno Divine Edition - Playstation 3 by Electronic Arts
The list author says:
  "2010.  Shameless God of War clone."
$21.32   Used & New from: $5.92
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews) | 27 customer discussions

Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce - Playstation 3
12.  Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce - Playstation 3 by TechnoMarine
The list author says:
  "2010.  Breathes fresh air into a stale franchise and brings the Three Kingdoms era alive in a new way.  Includes outstanding online co-op. 

If you have ever been a casual fan of DW or any offshoot, you'll love this one. 

MC = 67."
$21.00   Used & New from: $4.42
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Assassin's Creed - Playstation 3
13.  Assassin's Creed - Playstation 3 by UBI Soft
The list author says:
  "2007.  One of the console's early break-out commercial hits with great visuals.

Metacritic = 80."
$15.60   Used & New from: $3.85
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (668 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Bayonetta - Playstation 3
14.  Bayonetta - Playstation 3 by Sega Of America, Inc.
The list author says:
  "2010.  A very different combat style and aesthetic, but still dealing with divine & infernal themes.  Fun and very challenging."
$18.99   Used & New from: $9.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

God of War: Collection - Playstation 3
15.  God of War: Collection - Playstation 3 by Sony Computer Entertainment
The list author says:
  "2009.  PS3-exclusive.  Hi-def re-release of the PS2 system-sellers.

Metacritic = 93-94"
$14.00   Used & New from: $3.95
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews) | 55 customer discussions

Rise of the Argonauts - Playstation 3
16.  Rise of the Argonauts - Playstation 3 by Codemasters
The list author says:
  "2009.  A lot of missed potential with this one."
$20.85   Used & New from: $1.99
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

God of War - PlayStation 2
17.  God of War - PlayStation 2 by Sony Computer Entertainment
The list author says:
  "2005.  GoW is one of the defining, must-own exclusive franchises for the PS2.

Metacritic = 94"
$32.65   Used & New from: $0.03
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (510 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

God of War 2 - PlayStation 2
18.  God of War 2 - PlayStation 2 by Sony Computer Entertainment
The list author says:
  "2007.  GoW is one of the defining, must-own exclusive franchises for the PS2.

Metacritic = 93"
$12.99   Used & New from: $0.65
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews) | 19 customer discussions

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - PlayStation 2
19.  Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - PlayStation 2 by UBI Soft
The list author says:
  "2003.  Metacritic = 92."
$13.98   Used & New from: $0.26
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Prince of Persia Warrior Within - PlayStation 2
20.  Prince of Persia Warrior Within - PlayStation 2 by UBI Soft
The list author says:
  "2004.  Metacritic = 83."
$14.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

Prince of Persia The Two Thrones - PlayStation 2
21.  Prince of Persia The Two Thrones - PlayStation 2 by UBI Soft
The list author says:
  "2005. Metacritic = 85."
$29.99   Used & New from: $0.49
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

Mark of Kri - PlayStation 2
22.  Mark of Kri - PlayStation 2 by Sony Computer Entertainment
The list author says:
  "2002. Innovative lock-on mechanic for effectively engaging multiple opponents simultaneously.  Evocative setting.  Several satisfying coup-de-grace moves.  Pre-dated God of War by 3 years and, along with Rygar (listed below), presaged great hack-n-slash action adventure games to follow.

Metacritic = 80"
$9.99   Used & New from: $0.89
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

Rise of Kasai - PlayStation 2
23.  Rise of Kasai - PlayStation 2 by Sony Computer Entertainment
The list author says:
  "2005. It disappoints as a sequel to Mark of Kri, but still entertaining.

Metacritic = 68"
$9.88   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Rygar: The Legendary Adventure
24.  Rygar: The Legendary Adventure by Tecmo
The list author says:
  "2002. Preceded 'God of War' by 3 years, this 3D update to an old Tecmo title for the NES, it shares much in common with GoW in setting and playstyle.

Metacritic = 83"
$16.94   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Shadow of Rome - PlayStation 2
25.  Shadow of Rome - PlayStation 2 by Capcom
The list author says:
  "2005.  Metacritic = 75."
$83.42   Used & New from: $5.50
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Spartan: Total Warrior - PlayStation 2
26.  Spartan: Total Warrior - PlayStation 2 by Sega Of America, Inc.
The list author says:
  "2004. This game mimics Koei's 'Dynasty Warriors' and 'Samurai Warriors' gameplay style with a setting and hero similar to Sony's 'God of War'.

Metacritic = 74"
$124.99   Used & New from: $2.88
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Maximo Ghosts To Glory - PlayStation 2
27.  Maximo Ghosts To Glory - PlayStation 2 by Capcom
The list author says:
  "2002. An outstanding 3D platform update to Tecmo's 2D arcade classic, 'Ghosts n Goblins'.  Maximo is typically considered a slightly more mature platformer, but it straddles the line between 3rd person action title.  Fun and funny. Metacritic = 84"
$61.48   Used & New from: $1.98
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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