Things really started heating up for Sony towards the end of 2009. The introduction of the PS3 Slim along with its $100 price cut made the PS3 a more attractive gaming device than ever. This coupled with a solid line up of games helped Sony gain long overdue market share, with the likes of Uncharted 2, Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed II and more really driving sales going into the Christmas season.
Sony does not look intent on applying the brakes anytime soon, and this year is shaping up to be the console’s best yet.
God of War III
The God of War franchise has become synonymous with the PlayStation brand, and the third iteration of the Sony exclusive is scheduled for release in late March. Early footage of the game has us chomping at the bit to get our hands on Kratos’ next adventure.
Quantic Dream’s adult themed psychological thriller is one of the games to watch in 2010, and looks set to bring a whole new level of personal emotional engagement to gaming when it’s released this month.
Gran Turismo 5
Another highly anticipated PS3 exclusive, Gran Turismo is set for a November 2010 release. The game is considered to represent the ultimate in racing simulation, and will feature close to 1000 unique cars and 70 tracks when it is released.
The last Guardian
Known in Japan as Hitokui no Ōwashi Trico – Trico, the Man-eating Sea Eagle– The Last Guardian is looking like one of the most unique and interesting games set to drop this year. The game is being developed by team Ico; the people that brought us the 2005 classic Shadow of the Colossus. The game revolves around the relationship between a boy and a giant “sea-eagle”; a creature which bears an uncanny resemblance to Falkor the Luckdragon from The Never Ending Story.
Billed as an action-adventure title with strong puzzle solving elements, The Last Guardian is expected out sometime this year, with a release time frame yet to be confirmed.
MAG- Massive Action Game
MAG has just hit European shelves, and is expected to become available locally on Feb 19. The multiplayer only FPS promises massive online games consisting of up to 256 players at any given time.
Final Fantasy XIII
Like God of War, the Final Fantasy franchise really has built its home on the PlayStation over the past few years. Final Fantasy XIII was released in Japan late last year, and is expected to hit the Western market in March.
Although not officially confirmed for 2010, The Official PlayStation Magazine wrote that Killzone 3 is one of its “secret games of 2010”, and it is not difficult to believe seeing as how well Killzone 2 was received by the PS3 community. The game is apparently well into development, and is expected for a late 2010 release.
Aliens vs Predator
Relic’s highly anticipated and long overdue follow up to the iconic AVP series is scheduled for release on Feb 26.
The sequel to 2K Games’ award winning FPS, Bioshock 2 promises more excellent plot-driven narrative, rich atmosphere and impressive character development when it gets released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 12.
Fallout: New Vegas
Very little is known about Fallout: New Vegas other than it is being developed by Obsidian Entertainment; a studio consisting largely of ex Black Isle Studios employees. Black Isle made the original Fallout as well as Fallout 2. For this reason Fallout: New Vegas is considered by many as the true successor to the Fallout franchise.
Other awesome games that probably also deserve a spot in the top ten
Max Payne 3, CoD7, Dante’s Inferno, Medal of Honour, Assassin’s Creed 3, Bayonetta, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Darksiders, Mafia II, Red Dead Redemption, Army of Two: The 40th Day, The Agency.
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