A lot of gamers thought 2008 was THE year for the PS3. Sony released everything from Metal Gear 4, Resistance 2, Fallout 3, to Little Big Planet last year. They got murdered in shipped units however; not by Microsoft, but by the Wii, which is another can of worms for another day (if ever). I discovered a few WordPress Gamer pages this morning which are discussing the big, BIG titles being released for the PS3 in 2009. One of which, cited these games as examples (I’m not going to link anyone to this site however, because these assholes have the balls to ask people for “donations”. That’s right, they want your fucking money so they can tell you about video-games):
- God of War III. Of course this game’s getting all the attention. It’s on the verge of becoming the FRANCHISE exclusive for the Playstation brand. No doubt it will kick a whole lot of ass. Many people stake the “God of War II= the best PS2 game ever” claim still; I disagree. The first was better. We’ll see if III can live up to 1. Typically “no”: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Prince of Persia, even the Nolan Bat-Films (I’m guessing obviously).
- Killzone 2. I’d give this more of a “meh”. The first Killzone was cool, I’m not gonna lie. But as far as MMO-Shooters go in 2009, I’d be more on the lookout for a game like MAG, which promises to be one of the grandest undertakings in online gaming history. 50 bucks says they fuck up the programming and interface though. They’ll still release it, then a patch, then an upgrade, then they’ll charge us for new maps.
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. The original Uncharted game delivered a punch to the gut of anyone who doubted the PS3′s sheer power compared to the 360. For a launch title, that game was one of the best there was at pushing a brand new, uncharted, beta, system to its very limits. Not to mention the game had a super sweet story and overall ambiance which flipped it from the “Industrial Light & Magic digital effects fest” side to the “holy shit these guys take game making very seriously” side.
- Gran Turismo 5. What else could possibly be said about the Gran Turismo brand. This is the top of the line, the bar, for all realistic driving games out there. Me personally, I’d chose Wipe-Out before this in a heartbeat. I don’t like having to get my permits and license all over again in a virtual world. However, I’ve played lots of Gran Turismo in the past and will in the future. This will be perhaps the most realistic looking game ever when it’s released.
All these titles have three things in common: they’re all sequels of some sort, they all slip into the “been done before” file, and none of them really seem to be taking any chances. Now, this unnamed WordPress Page DID include a 5th “most anticipated 2009″ PS3 game in its list; one that surpasses all four of these titles in imagination, ambiance (which oddly reminds me of the German film “M”), risk-taking, story, and originality. The game is called HEAVY RAIN. It’s made by a French studio called Quantic Dream. This will be QD’s 3rd title after Omnikron: The Nomad Soul and Farenhiet. Little is known about the game, but creator David Cage has been quoted as saying “[it] will be a very dark film noir thriller with mature themes”. One very interesting little tidbit to the game is that it will supposedly feature NO super-natural elements at all. Themes, places, people, nothing. This is very interesting considering the game’s trailer. OK- wow, just read that the game’s trailer, below, is NOT a part of the game and is only a demo to provide a preview into the game’s content, visuals, and gameplay. Here are some Heavy Rain links:
Developers still are trying to produce the one game that breaks the barrier between just playing a story and actually experiencing it. Later this year, Sony plans to release “Heavy Rain” for the PlayStation 3, a murder mystery that touts detailed facial animation for characters. Also eagerly anticipated by gamers is “Alan Wake” (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360), an adventure game about a man who visits a new town that some are comparing to the TV series “Twin Peaks,” in the way that series created a mysterious place. “It’s just going to evolve. It’s getting better,” Dille said.
And here’s the 2008 E3 Trailer for Heavy Rain I referred to: