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PS3 2010-11 Season Preview: The Title Contenders

PS3 2010-11 Season Preview: The Title Contenders

A new gaming season is almost upon us and the big hitters are spending all sorts of money to bring in the talent that will make their team the best. Sony is obviously looking to retain its title after its Naughty Dog outfit proved that the beautiful game can still be about style as well as substance. Will that philosophy win out again? Let’s consider this year’s contenders.

Call Of Duty (Activision) – Once again the publishing behemoth that is Activision will be looking to steamroller the opposition with its high-impact offensive game partnered with a strong defensive layout of high-end graphics, sound and presentation. Some fans are a little concerned that backroom infighting could upset this season’s form, but it doesn’t seem to have affected the players out on the field.

LittleBigPlanet 2 (Sony) – One of a number of outfits Sony is putting out this season, LittleBigPlanet 2 plays for the crowd with the kind of game that draws all its strength the fans. If the masses get behind it then LBP2 will rise to the occassion and give the bigger, brasher and harder titles out there a very good run for their money.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft) – After an excellent showing last season and awards as one of the most improved sides of the year, it’s interesting to see Ubisoft put out a similar side this season to take another stab at the title. A couple of new additions do appear to have added some depth to the squad though as multiplayer makes its debut this season. Fans have a lot of hope pinned on this one.

Gran Turismo 5 (Sony) – One of the all time great teams returns this season after many years out of the game. We’ve been expecting the return of Gran Turismo for some time, but with this team’s attention to detail and dedication to excellence it didn’t want to send out anything less than a title winning side. The only concern will be whether GT5’s brand of hardcore game will find favour with the modern, low-attention span masses.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Square Enix) – Another team that has been away for a long time, Deus Ex is returning with a brand of play we haven’t seen around these parts in a long time. Older fans still remember the glory days for this outfit, but those days are too far away now to have much bearing on this season’s success. Definitely a dark horse contender for the title.

Portal 2 (Valve) – A surprise into the league this year, but immediately staking a claim for top honours, Valve Portal 2 team wants to build on its previous accolades and get something more substantial. Where once it hung on the coat tails of the more established Half-Life 2 brand, it must now stand alone and prove it wasn’t just a one season wonder.

Killzone 3 (Sony) – Another team that has seen consistent improvement season after season, Sony will be looking for big things this year after plenty of investment. The new signings such as 3D and Move functionality will draw some wandering eyes, but those in the know will be looking at a broader approach to Killzone 3’s play, better control and the same fidelity of display when in full flow.

Join us later in the week for this season’s teams staring down the barrel of relegation.

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