Thursday, January 6, 2011

Don't Own A PS3? Get One. Right Now. Before It's Too Late!

With all of the top quality PS3 games (most exclusive to the PS3) planned for 2011, you no longer have an excuse not to have a PS3 sitting in your living room. You will be laughed at and/or punched in the face if you let these excellent PS3 titles pass you by as the new year rolls on. Seriously, I'll laugh and it could get violent.

It's pretty amazing to see how far the Playstation 3 has come since 2006, especially when you take a look at the exclusive games that launched back when the system was struggling. There were a few gems, but overall I mostly used my system to play PS2 games that I missed during the previous console generation. PS3 games like Haze and Lair fell very flat, but the original Resistance, Uncharted, and Heavenly Sword garnered great reviews, and a couple of those games are still going strong today with a couple sequels.

Little Big Planet 2

So far, LBP2 has received an epic 93% review rating on If anyone was worried that this was only going to be a step-up above the original game, there's absolutely no reason to think that anymore. There are so many new additions to the series and it's resulted in some extremely creative work by the beta testers. LBP2 is going to be a game that gamers all around the world will remember for a very long time. It fully bridges the gap between developer and gamer.

Infamous 2

I'm really not sure there is quite enough hype out there for this sequel. Maybe it's just me, I'm not hearing much. Infamous 2 is being heavily overshadowed by the likes of Little Big Planet, Killzone, and Uncharted. However, there is still a lot of mystery behind Infamous 2 and what the gameplay will consist of. Sucker Punch has revealed that some popular questions will be answered this year.

"What will Cole’s powers be? How will your choices affect the game? What lies unseen in the city of New Marais? Your questions will be answered in 2011."

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

What could I possibly say to hype up a new Uncharted game more than it already is? Developer Naughty Dog took a huge leap over the original Uncharted with it's sequel, Uncharted 2: Among Theives. I'm sure we can expect the exact same thing with this third entry in the series. Just check out these videos! Here, and here.

Motorstorm: Apocalypse

So you got your new 3DTV, eh? Now what? Well you should consider picking up Motorstorm: Apocalypse this coming spring because it will fully support stereoscopic 3D. Even if you're not completely up to date with the 3D technology-ness, Evolution Studios have release all kinds of juicy info on the game so far. This adrenaline-fueled racer will be supported with plenty of DLC, a free demo, avatars, dynamic themes, full racer customization in the form of perks, Playstation Plus content, a photo mode, and new taunts and gestures. Here's a trailer for you to sink your teeth into.

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 is a sci-fi, action-rpg from Bioware, creators of Dragon Age. I'm still a bit curious to see how well this series will be received on the Playstation platform. ME2 released about a year ago for the XBox and personally, I did not expect that we'd ever see this popular franchise come over to Sony's end of the pool. But here we are, less than a couple weeks away from it's launch. This version of ME2 will contain all of the DLC released so far, as well as slightly enhanced visuals and some gameplay tweaks. The Official Playstation Magazine gave the game a perfect score, 10/10. So it seems the game was transferred brilliantly to the PS3.

Killzone 3

In Killzone 3, players once again take up the role of an ISA soldier and face the hostile Helghast army. I played quite a bit of Killzone 2 and the main thing that I found that sets it apart from the other shooters that I've played is how I don't feel like I'm a floating gun. I genuinely feel like I'm running, climbing, and - of course- shooting my way through the stages. With the sway of the gun and the camera, I really feel like I have a certain weight to my character. I know there were a lot of complainers out there that didn't particularly enjoy that aspect of the controls and camera, but personally, that's the number one reason why I enjoyed it so much. I really hope this type of realism sticks around for Killzone 3. So far, it looks stunningly beautiful. We've seen snow, water, giant mechs, jetpacks, and so much more.

DC Universe Online

I've already said so much about DCUO on this site already, I'm sure there isn't anything I forgot to mention. The beta had a few technical hiccups here and there, but most of them were sorted out very quickly, within a couple weeks. Therefore, I have extremely high hopes for this blend of action game and MMORPG. With it's large environments, instanced areas, role customization, visual appearance customization, enough collectibles to boggle the mind, and just about every DC super-hero you can think of, it better be awesome and is well supported!

Twisted Metal

David Jaffe, the brilliant mind behind the God of War series, gets behind the wheel of another one of his baby's, Twisted Metal. One of my favorite games of the PS1 era, this extreme car-combat series is finally getting a next-gen upgrade for the PS3. Recently, just before Christmas, David Jaffe answered some fan questions about this new Twisted Metal game. Check it out right here.

Team ICO HD Collection

It wasn't that long ago when forums were erupting with pleas for this HD collection to be made. Now, it's a reality and no longer a distant rumor. It's also being put together by the same group of developers that handled the creation of the God of War HD Collection, Blueprint. For the extreme gamers with those fancy 3DTV's, you're in luck. You'll be able to experience Shadow of the Colossus and Ico in full 3-dimensionalistic awesome. Yes spell-check, I realize that's not a word.

The Last Guardian

The Last Guardian is probably the head reason why we're even seeing a Team Ico HD Collection this year. They gotta get the new Sony fans up to date with how talented these developers really are. The Last Guardian looks to be about loyal companionship. A young boy is accompanied by a gryphon-like creature called Trico. These two seem to use teamwork in order to travel through atmospheric ruins while escaping enemy soldiers. That's pretty much all we know about the game so far. Not sure if I'm really hyped up for this one yet, but I'm sure once the release date begins closing in, my hype-o-meter will go up. I'm just dying to hear about all the gameplay details so I know what kind of game this is going to be.

Socom 4

Who doesn't like to shoot things? Socom has always been about the team tactics though, which is the best part of a real-to-life shooter, in my opinion. Socom 4 was delayed last year and it seems like that was the best thing for it. Socom 4 promises Move support, new characters with an all new storyline, and 32 player online (duh.) I'm not a huge FPS fan, but it's great to see the PS3 get so many high-quality exclusive shooters for the fans of Sony's machine. I've never been jealous of the Halo's, but it's finally nice to see the PS3 pumping out constantly great FPS titles that can go up against Microsoft's best.

Yakuza 4

I played a handful of hours into Yakuza 3 recently and can't wait to get back into it. There has just been so much going on with TV and gaming lately, I've had a hard time keeping up. I loved everything about Yakuza 3, and with Yakuza 4, from the trailers I've seen so far, we can expect some heavily enhanced visuals. Which is pretty much all the series needed in my opinion. Yakuza 4 looks to be awesome, it better get a western release date soon! It's always taken so long for the Yakuza games to get localized and finally release in the west. Here are a couple character specific trailers, here and here.

MLB: The Show 11 

Personally, I'm a National Hockey League fan. I love me some good hockey games. However, this PS3 exclusive is pretty popular for the baseball fans out there. MLB: The Show has always been an exception to the usual sports games routine of releasing a "new" and slightly enhanced iteration each and every year. The Metacritic review for last years game, MLB: The Show 10, is a kick-ass 90%. Seems like it was pretty awesome. If that is any indication of the quality and talent of the developer, SCEA San Diego Studios, then MLB: The Show 11 should be something very special indeed. 

Mortal Kombat

I remember getting the original Mortal Kombat for my SNES for Christmas one year, that's right, the version without all the blood. Within a couple months I had that game completely mastered. Memorized all the finishing moves and found all the secrets. I haven't played a Mortal Kombat game since but have been following the steady decline as it moved into the next-gen of gaming systems, again and again. What does this new version offer? Well... you can play as Kratos in the PS3 version. Here's a cinematic trailer. Certainly feels like the classic Mortal Kombat, doesn't it? Perhaps this is what the series needs to be popular again.

Marvel Vs Capcom 3

Staying with the fighting game theme on my list, here we have MvC3. I used to play MvC2 at a local convenience store when I was a teenager in high-school. Now I play it occasionally on my PS3 since MvC2 was released on the PSN Network last year. I'm not a huge fighting game fan, especially since games are so expensive nowadays. I just don't feel like they offer enough gameplay variety to justify a full-priced purchase. However, there are obviously a lot of fighting game fans out there. That new Street Fighter IV game did considerably well, Capcom even launched a rehash with new characters, which was cleverly renamed Super Street Fighter IV. There's definitely a big enough fan-base of fighter fans out there most likely aching for a new entry in the Marvel Vs Capcom series. The graphics look pretty, and the fighting looks flashy. I think we might have a winner on our hands. 

Playstation Move Heroes

Playstation Move Heroes features the likes of Jak, Daxter, Ratchet, Clank, Sly, and his sidekick Betley in what could potentially be the first must-have title specifically designed for the Playstation Move controller. This Move enabled platformer will play cooperatively as you take control of Sony's various Playstation mascots. Gameplay will focus on wielding five different weapon types - disc, whip, bowling, projectile and melee – all of which require unique Move motion controls to pull off.

Resistance 3

Resistance 3 takes place four long years after the conclusion of the last game. America has been completely lost to the alien race known as the Chimera, and it's up to you, Sentinel Joseph Capelli, to try and reclaim what is rightfully, well ...American. In addition to an epic single-player campaign, Resistance 3 will offer two-player online and split-screen co-op through the single-player campaign. The multiplayer experience will be progression based, like most shooters nowadays. Check out some official gameplay.

This list definitely was not an absolutely complete and perfect list, these are just some of the top-quality games that are on schedule to release within 2011. It's very likely that most - if not all - of these games will receive very high review scores. Making this year of 2011 a great and potentially epic year for PS3 owners everywhere. So go grab yourself one of those $299 PS3's before you come to realize that you just may have missed out on something very special here. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? It could bring down a rain of fiery disaster in the form of intense gamma radiation expelled from an exploding nearby star. So go nab yourself a new PS3 if you don't got one yet!