It's been a long journey, but the finish line is in sight. With your help - PSU readers, community members, and the PlayStation Nation at large - we've arrived at the Championship Round. 32 of the very best games on PlayStation 3 have been whittled down to only two, and these two games will compete tomorrow for your vote.
What's on the line? A free PS3 game for the contest entrant with the most points. The title of Best PS3 Game Ever. It has been an intense competition, but this one's for all the marbles - the final decision to give meaning to everything that has come before. And we can hardly think of two more deserving games.
GOD OF WAR III VS. HEAVY RAIN
In one corner, we have the third outing of Kratos, a violent force of nature whose quest for vengeance has been dubbed "simply one of the best games of all time." Fitting, because God of War III is an ultra-polished tough-as-nails thrill ride from start to finish. Never has a game so masterfully combined the art of fluid combat and puzzle-solving with a story so epic in scope and ambition. PSU's own Adam Dolge called it "the best entry in the series, hands down, and one of the best action-adventure games of this generation." As visceral as it is weighted with emotion, God of War III is a worthy contender for the title and Sony Santa Monica's finest achievement.
In the other corner, the sophomore effort of French studio Quantic Dream stands proud as a wholly unique experience and the only game of its kind on PS3. Heavy Rain is an interactive drama, and its quest to spur emotion has introduced us to some of the greatest characters and storytelling in PlayStation history. More immersive than Skyrim, more engaging than Portal 2 - Heavy Rain is second-to-none in its ability to make gamers feel and is incredibly rewarding for doing so. The white-knuckle fight scenes, the difficult moral choices, and the frantic race to save your dying son are memorable highlights in a game whose only flaw was not receiving more post-launch content. We didn't want this journey to end, but now that it has, we know Quantic Dream will never lead us astray.
Only one of these games can earn your vote. Only one can be named the Greatest PS3 Game of All Time. The choice is yours, but choose wisely - only one vote may be cast. So join the debate in our official polling thread; voting will end at approximately 9 AM ET on Friday, August 10.
FINAL FOUR WINNERS:
GOD OF WAR III VS. UNCHARTED 2
WINNER: GOD OF WAR III, 77 votes, 53.47%
Uncharted 2, 67 votes, 46.53%
HEAVY RAIN VS. METAL GEAR SOLID 4
WINNER: HEAVY RAIN, 68 votes, 52.31%
Metal Gear Solid 4, 62 votes, 47.69%