THREAD: What does 2010 have in store for PS3 owners?
  1. 01-22-2010, 06:16 PM
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    After a successful 2009, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming twelve months for PS3 owners. Last year saw big-hitting exclusives Killzone 2, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Infamous turn up the heat on the Xbox 360 and Wii, with some truly stunning graphical feats and adventures that are sure to last long in the memory. Nearly three weeks into the new year, there’s an awful lot to get excited about already. Below we take a look at the biggest releases that have already been confirmed for a 2010 release, and make a few predictions as to what might turn up along the way.

    God Of War III

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    After our hands-on with Kratos’ final adventure back in November, many of you will have had a chance to tackle the same section via the God of War III demo. Not looking to rewrite the genre, the slick and gruesome combat we’ve come to love over the years is definitely back in full swing. As the demo sums up, this is going to be a fast-paced and ultra violent finale to a series that has been single-handedly carrying the flag for hack ‘n slash titles since it first landed on the PS2 in 2005. Already its clear this title is looking to pit gamers against fiercer enemies that are all begging to meet a QTE based end. If our experience is anything to go by, God of War III is going to be bigger, tougher and bloodier than ever before. If ripping Helios’ head straight from his neck is in the demo, we can only imagine what the full quest has in store.

    Final Fantasy XIII

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    Although already released in Japan, for many of us the first time Final Fantasy XIII will land in our consoles is March 9th. Announcing the release date at the end of last year has only served to build excitement for this monster release, as the realisation that the next instalment is only weeks away is swamping internet forums and discussion boards with unmatched excitement. Final Fantasy XIII couldn’t be more important, as it’s the first time an entire generation will get hands on with the influential series. As reports spill out from Japan that the title isn’t quite matching up to it’s billing (and trailing behind Dragon Quest XI), the arrival of Final Fantasy XIII in the West is surely going to be significant when deeming the title a success or a disappointment.

    Heavy Rain

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    Another title we previewed in November, Heavy Rain is full of originality and moral choice. The game’s graphical prowess may have worn off since the first trailer was released, but it’s destined to be far more than a visual splendour. Making players accountable for their own actions, Heavy Rain brings a sense of humanity to a console scene that is full of over-the-top gun battles and alien threat. From what we’ve seen, decisions need to be engaged within seconds, meaning you’re forced to think on your feet and adapt accordingly. Heavy Rain is no doubt going to get gamers talking about their experiences, as already, we have stumbled across journalists who’ve had hugely varying results on the same stages as us. Just like Fahrenheit, Heavy Rain is destined to be applauded for it’s inventive approach to story-telling.

    The Last Guardian

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    For many PS3 owners, the next project from Team Ico is the main reason to own Sony’s console. After the breathtaking Ico and Shadow of Collosus, the release of The Last Guardian’s first trailer had the internet in raptures. Immensely creative, the trailer already hints at a story of heart-warming companionship and loyalty. There’s sure to be heartbreak involved, as the relationship between man and beast stretches, but that is part of the intrigue. If you haven’t seen the trailer, I urge you to go watch it now. It’s already full of elegant animation and beautifully designed ruins that the team are known for. Somewhat sinisterly, we can tell this is going to tug at the heartstrings, as the guardian’s bond with the child (who we presume is the playable character), is going to be Team Ico’s third stab at pushing a gamer’s relationship with their companion into increasingly emotional grounds.

    Gran Turismo 5

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    Last year the Xbox 360 received a sterling effort from Turn 10 in Forza Motorsport 3, so 2010 is a big year for the GT franchise. If you’ve played the demo or even sampled GT Prologue, it’s fair to say the series isn’t pushing any boundaries, but that won’t stop it being a huge success. It’s achingly beautiful, full of opportunities to customize and tune your car to perfection, and is sure to give the 360’s big-hitter more than a run for its money. GT5 has been a hell of a long time coming, with tech demos and trailers aplenty, but 2010 is the year it finally stops talking and starts purring.

    MAG

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    If you were fortunate enough to get on the beta, you’ll already understand how tactical wizardry and efficient teamwork rules the day in MAG. 256 players online is not only a landmark for the console world, it also holds great potential with regards to team interactivity and planning. MAG simply isn’t a game where gung-ho antics are going to work, as the scale of the battlefield and toughness of objectives are far more pressing than the average shooter. More often than not, you’ll be assaulting an enemy base (or indeed, defending a base), and looking for cracks to appear in their human defence. Capturing bunkers pushes your opponents’ spawn points further towards their main fortress, and provides a chance to galvanize a full scale attack if proceedings are planned properly. MAG certainly is an important title for the future of large scale online multiplayers, as many other developers could be inspired to try their hands at battle involving over the standard 32 players if it’s successful. What’s for certain though, is that the clan scene is going to be big on this one, so get practising and fall in line if you want to be the best.

    Yakuza 3

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    It seems like we have waited an eternity for a confirmed release date outside of Japan, but rest assured, Yakuza 3 is hitting the US and Europe in March 2010. It’s predecessor arrived at the end of the PS2’s lifespan but still managed to gain rave reviews and commercial success, so the first current gen release is shaping up well. Yakuza’s brutal fist-fights and gripping narrative is going to be brought to a whole new generation who may not have given it much notice in the PS2 days. Often cited as Japan’s ‘Grand Theft Auto’, exploring the cities and cleaning the streets of rival gang control is going to look gloriously neon later this year.

    ModNation Racers


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    It’s never a surprise when a karting title generates so much hype, and ModNation Racers is no different. After it’s reveal at last year’s E3, there’s been a steady influx of interest for this chirpy title. Similar to LittleBigPlanet’s ethos of “Play, Create, Share”, ModNation Racers gives gamers full control of a world full of weird and wonderful characters. It’s insistent similarities to LBP’s charming graphical style is by no means a coincidence, as developers United Front Games employ the same engine that ran Sackboy’s adventures. ModNation’s most interesting aspect comes from the creativity it allows players to have. Just like in LBP, you’ll take full control of your avatar’s style and appearance, and also the world they participate in. Creating custom tracks has already proven to be simple from the US beta, meaning before long, the artistic flair of the gaming public will undoubtedly create some intelligent levels to race through. Expect famous movie scenes, tracks copied from other titles to perfection, and probably the odd game parody, as ModNation is looking to be an absolute blast.

    With seven of the eight aforementioned games exclusive to the PS3, there’s already a lot to look forward to. As ever, a host of multi-platform titles are also ready to dance in your console. Titles such as Bioshock 2, Max Payne 3, and Red Dead Redemption (providing Rockstar San Diego overcomes recent difficulty) look set to make this one of the biggest years in gaming.

    Of course, the release schedule for 2010 is subject to change, and we wouldn’t be surprised if a number of titles are pushed back towards the latter part stages of the year. With that said, there’s also an awful lot of room for announcements to be made. Microsoft plan to tackle the FPS market with the release of the much-anticipated Halo Reach, so the revelation that a PS3 exclusive series is getting a sequel may be on the cards. Right now, we would hazard a guess that Heavenly Sword 2 could be in the works, and possibly with Resistance 3 to back it up. If they fail to appear, then surely Nate Drake or the Helghast will be lined up for a 2011 release, with the first details arriving sometime this year.

    What’s for certain though, is that already, 2010 is shaping up to be an absolute corker.


    Couldn't have said it better myself. Get ready for 2010.

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  2. 01-23-2010, 09:22 AM
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    Awesome I cant wait for FF13 and GoW3 ... Heavy Rain is starting to also look better and better
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    god of war 3 is a must have
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    ive never played the God of War franchise, but i think it is going to be amazing. as for mag, its going to be laggy, and not that good of controls as of the beta..
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    FF13, GOW3 and mag for the win!