PS3 Games You Can No Longer Play

Tea PS3 launched with a slew of problems, not the least of which was the extremely high price, but a few years into its life Sony was able to steer the ship in the right direction. Unfortunately, consoles with online capabilities run into problems after their production stops because of games requiring a connection to the Internet.

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The console is now about 15 years old, so many games are becoming impossible to play. The titles listed below are either multiplayer-only and their servers are shut down, or they have been delisted and physical copies are hard to come by. At least there are still ways to play many of these titles on other platforms.

9 MAG

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MAG stands for Massive Action Game. At its largest, the game allowed for 256 players to battle it out on a single map. It all worked and the game definitely had its fans, but it apparently was not enough to sustain the title for long.

MAG launched in 2010 and shut down only four years later in 2014. The PS4 was out by this point, but the PS3 was still in use by many, so it seems like the game was shut down prematurely.

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Metal Gear Solid has always been about the story, but Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence introduced an online competitive mode. This was expanded upon for the PS3 with Metal Gear Onlinewhich came with Metal Gear Solid 4 but was also sold separately in certain territories.

These servers only lasted from 2008 to 2012. Fortunately, fans can still play Metal Gear Solid competitively through Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.


7 Grand Theft Auto Online (As Of December 21, 2021)

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Grand Theft Auto V’s online component has become a major beast within the gaming industry. It didn’t start off that way, however. Grand Theft Auto Online was rough in its early days. Players had trouble connecting and joining games and it was filled with bugs.

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GTA Online eventually made its way to PS4 and Xbox One, where new improvements and updates made it a fun and engaging way to pass the time with friends. Rockstar recently announced that the servers for GTA Online would go offline on December 21st, 2021. PS3 owners can still enjoy the fantastic single-player campaign for as long as the system and copies of the game exist, however.


6 Dynasty Warriors Online

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Dynasty Warriors has been chugging along since the debut entry on the PS1. The second game turned it into the series fans know and love today. It received an MMO for computers and consoles in 2010.

Unfortunately for anyone in the west interested in this game, the servers in North America have been down since 2015. At least there are no shortages of other Dynasty Warriors games to play. Additionally, developer Omega Force has made spin-offs of other franchises in the same style, most notably Hyrule Warriors.

5 Playstation Home

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Maybe it is not right to call Playstation Home a game, but it was a service PS3 owners could use to walk around and interact with a virtual world.

The service launched in 2008 and closed down in 2015. It was not the most warmly received application, but it definitely had a wealth of features. Plenty of developers made content for the service and there were often big tie-in events with upcoming PlayStation 3 games.

4 Dust 514

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Dust 514 was a pretty ambitious idea. The first-person multiplayer shooter took place in the EVE Online universe and events in one would affect the other. It was also free for PS3 owners. Early impressions from the beta were promising, but the final release received mixed reviews.

It came out in May, 2013, several months before the PS4’s release, and the servers shut down in 2016. A PS4 version never came out, which could be one reason for its demise. Why play an online PS3 shooter when the PS4 is pumping out games at a rapid pace?


3 Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game

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This beat ’em up is based on the cult classic movie Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. It was well received and the graphics are in the style of the original graphic novel series.

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The game came out in 2010 and was delisted just four years later, making it impossible to play unless players already bought the game. Fortunately, the retro-influenced cooperative fighter was re-released in 2021 for modern consoles. It was appropriate, because the film recently had its tenth anniversary.

2 DC Universe Online

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DC Universe Online came out in 2011 and has been moving along smoothly ever since. There have been a wealth of updates and story content to keep those interested engaged. Critical reception has been average, but fans of the DC universe have kept the game alive.

It originally came out on PS3 and Windows, though the version for the former has been unplayable since 2018. Fortunately, players on the older Sony console can pick up right where they left off on PS4.

1 Final Fantasy 14

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Final Fantasy 14 had a rough history at the start. Its original incarnation was on a different engine and was lambasted by both critics and fans for numerous reasons.

Square eventually went back to the drawing board and came out with Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, which is currently one of the most celebrated currently active MMORPGs. PS3 owners could play the game up until 2017 when the servers were shut down forever alongside the release of the Stormblood expansion. Fortunately, any PS3 player could upgrade to the PS4 version for free.

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