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Could we have lived without the PS3?

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In a word: yes. Sure, I’ve enjoyed Uncharted, Resistance and the relentlessly hard MotorStorm to the same extent as everyone else, but I could easily have gone without them. This may sound like I have no faith in the machine I write about, but that’s not really the case; I just think Sony should have tried a lot harder in the past one-and-a-half years.

First of all, they should’ve worked harder to secure decent exclusives. Haze? Poorly conceived, with an indulgent development window. Heavenly Sword? An unproven developer, with a massive budget. Metal Gear Solid 4? Great, but pretty much a given. Microsoft, on the other hand, secured BioShock (on a timed exclusive), Mass Effect and Gears Of War, not to mention the heaps of other games that are currently in development, like Alan Wake, Too Human, Hydrophobia and Gears Of War 2.

I know they had a year of extra time, but the PS3’s second Christmas is only going to bring us Resistance 2, LittleBigPlanet and MotorStorm 2. Two of those games are sequels to launch games; where are the new IPs? Aside from LittleBigPlanet, I don’t think Sony have given us anywhere near enough reasons to be excited about the PS3.

Still, at least we get BioShock, this year. We nearly missed out on that one.