If ever you’ve wanted to know the sure-fire sign that it’s a slow news day or there’s a need to fill some space with cheap content, you need only look for a Top ____ List. Top 10, Top 100, Top Boobies, Top Explosions… Yes, they’re sometimes (okay, often — okay, usually) pointless bits of fluff, but this one is different. Why? Because… uh… well, because it has lots of pretty pictures! Also, despite the title, it’s not really Top anything, it’s just our ramblings about what makes us giggle like schoolgirls with excitement.
No, in all seriousness, it’s important because for the past year and half-plus, the PlayStation 3 has been the industry whipping boy and only most of it is self-generated. Thing is, every Sony system takes about two years to get its shiznite in gear and start properly rocking. The only difference this time is that Sony has competition from two different sides and both are doing some things better. So how do they turn things around? Simple: G-A-M-E-S. Software is the key to providing initial attraction and maintaining it into the long term.
Surprisingly, though, both of the other systems either haven’t really talked about what they have coming for this year beyond a select few titles or simply don’t have much right now to show. Sony, on the other hand, is poised to rock a serious block o’ awesome throughout most of this year. Sure, some of these games might slip, but at least as a value proposition, this is what gives the PS3 some serious rallying power.
Were this a popularity list, all ten entries would be GTA IV. It’s that big. There will not be a more significant game than this one, be it because of the inevitable controversy, the sheer amount of awesomeness burned onto the disc or the fact that people will likely be sharing their experiences with the game for years to come. The only game that will top GTA IV in raw hype will be whatever follow-up Rockstar ends up making. Speaking of hype…
Again, if we’re just talking hype here, MGS4 could probably claim its own list. The fact that every person we’ve talked to that has finished the game talk about it in a kind of hushed reverence should say a thing. Will be it amazing? Oh yes — the only question is how amazing?
8. WipEout HD
Who would’ve thought the MotorStorm a modified version of the Formula One CE Engine was this flexible. Not only does WipEout HD look amazing (especially the new living equalizer that is Zones Mode), it also runs like a dream in bullet point-friendly 1080p/60fps. Just like WipEout games should. The fact that we’re capitalizing that E should show just how big a fan of the series we are, but don’t worry. After playing the bestest HD anti-grav racer ever, you will too, just watch.
Ahaaa, but the PS3 isn’t quite done with kicking out the brown straight to your peepers just yet. No, there’s still trrrstststsss to kill In the Name of Freedom with SOCOM Confrontation. Sure, the single-player part of the series may have hit a peak a while back, but the online is still one of the franchise’s biggest draws. With Confrontation, all that pesky offline stuff is ditched for a pure multiplayer experience that’s… well, considering we only got a peek almost a year ago, we’re gonna go ahead and say with a bit of faith that it’s going to be fun.
Laugh all you want, buddy; Home is more than just a Second Life clone. Sure, there’s all the chatting/customization crap, but this is also the portal to 3D representations of your Accomplishments in games. Yes, virtual trophies are our reason for looking forward to a graphical chat room. But hey, it worked for Gamerscores, right?
5. Resistance 2
You might notice there’s no link to a game page with tons of screens and movies here like there is in the titles of all the other games. Why? Because Insomniac Games hasn’t been kind to gift us with pretty, pretty pictures of their new epic yet. So why is it on the list, you may ask? Because, silly person, the first game was rad-tastic and with the promise of 60-player online multiplayer, a completely separate 8-person co-op campaign, a full single-player game and all the crazy ass advancements that Insomniac has been making to their core engine, it would take a miracle for the game to not blow us away. So there.
4. MotorStorm 2
Oh, hey, another game without pictures? All these words are starting to get in the way, we know. Here’s the difference, though: we’ve got video of this one. G’head, click the title of the game there and check out the teaser trailer under the Movies link. See if that doesn’t just make your pants just a liiittle bit tighter. Don’t worry, it’s probably just the end of the trailer. Probably.
3. Killzone 2
Words can’t properly describe how technically impressive Killzone 2 is. Not even still pictures can illustrate just how close Guerilla Games came to the infamous CG trailer (yeah, that one). Luckily, we have a trailer of it just for you, at the link just above. Honestly, we don’t even care if the game turns out good (okay, we care, we do), those visuals are going to justify HDTVs all over the place.
Truly, there may never be a more “awwwwww”-worthy game on the PS3 in its entire lifespan. Not only is LittleBigPlanet contender for Game of the Year already (and we’ve only played like an hour of it so far), but it represents a grab-the-bull-by-the-horns approach to embracing and channeling user-driven content like few games ever can. The charm is undeniable. The freedom is incredible. The creation of giant levels filled with blocky penis-like shapes will be unstoppable.
1. How to Destroy Your Credit in One Year: The Game
Ah, the most gripping and visceral of them all. The one game on this list that will stand head and shoulders above all else. Yes, kids, it’s The Game… of Life. This list, Sony-development-heavy though it may be, really only represents a sliver of what the PlayStation 3 is going to get that already registers as a 7.8 or higher on the Awesome-O-Meter. There is a ton of incredible content not only on the PS3, but on just about every system out there this year, which means that the greatest battle of all will be on our poor, defenseless bank accounts.
They will be drained, oh yes. They will be drained.
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