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How Many Of The PS3’s 20 Exclusives Do We Care About?

How Many Of The PS3’s 20 Exclusives Do We Care About?

While we’re delighted that Sony has chosen to laud its broad list of exclusives arriving this calendar year, we couldn’t help but feel that there was an important question that needed asking. How many of these exclusives do we really care about? That may strike you as a harsh, perhaps even confrontational question, but we hope this intense spotlight of inquiry will help bring the truly important games to the fore. Not all games were created equal and we care about some more than others.


Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel

Expected: March
This Japanese RPG is described by Sony as, “Long-awaited,” but we have to confess our ignorance of the series. The key issue is probably that it this series started to arrive on the PS2 at a time when we were far more concerned with the PS3. As such its sumptuous 2D battle system passed us by. Now on PS3 and in 3D it’s look very nice.
But Do We Care? – No


Hyperdimension Neptunia

Expected: February
Another Japanese RPG, but this time without the heritage. What Hyperdimension Neptunia can boast though is a bunch of characters who would appear to be referencing various videogame consoles. Strange. It will also feature a bunch of characters from old Sega games, perhaps thanks to the publisher acting as distributor. It’s completely mad and we look forward to playing it.
But Do We Care? – No


The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection

Expected: Spring
Two legendary PS2 games on one disc, in HD and playable in 3D. Sounds like a pretty good combination to us. We were skeptical at first about the whole HD re-releasing thing (particularly given the backwards compatibility issue), but the quality of the final products (God Of War, Prince Of Persia, Sly Cooper) has shown that they work. This should be the same.
But Do We Care? – Yes


inFamous 2
Expected: Spring
We were lucky enough to be among the first to see Sucker Punch’s sequel before it was formally announced at E3 and while there has been a lot of noise being made about the appearance of the lead character and some of the new features we remain as hopeful as we did on our first viewing. Plus we’re sure there’s more info to come.
But Do We Care? – Yes


Journey

Expected: TBA
Should downloadable titles count in a list of exclusives? Certainly. With the growing importance on online titles it seems only right and regardless Journey is one of the most interesting and unique games coming to any platform in 2011. It stood out from the crowd at Gamescom and it could wow everyone this year
But Do We Care? – Yes


Killzone 3

Expected: February
There are high hopes for the return of Killzone on a number of fronts. Sony wants it to push 3D and Move, Killzone fans want it to push the limits of sight, sound and AI and FPS fans want it to ‘finally deliver’ on its potential. Having spent a great deal of time with the game we feel confident on most of these fronts.
But Do We Care? – Yes


The Last Guardian

Expected: Late 2011
Hopefully no longer than six months or so after the release of the Ico/Shadow Of The Colossus collection, The Last Guardian is exactly the kind of game that we buy PlayStation consoles to experience. Cutting edge. Innovative. Unique. Bizarre. Engaging in ways we didn’t think possible. It has a lot to live up to.
But Do We Care? – Yes


LittleBigPlanet 2

Expected: January
As sequels go they don’t come much more comprehensive than LBP2. The new levels, the new tools, the new possibilities. It’s so big we have a great deal of trouble getting our heads around it. Simply put this is a game that could last us a lifetime is we wanted it to. And it wouldn’t stop being fun either.
But Do We Care? – Yes


MLB 11 The Show

Expected: March
Baseball games tend to be pretty good. They don’t always enjoy great success on our little island, but they can often be a lot of fun. MLB The Show comes with a good reputation, a strong developer, but not a great deal of hype. Could be a sleeper hit, but we’re not sure it will set the world alight.
But Do We Care? – No


MotorStorm Apocalypse

Expected: Spring
Evolution Studios is ripping up the MotorStorm rule book (to use an over-indulged and cliched metaphor). Apocalypse is far and away the most exciting racing game coming to PS3 this year and while that may not say a lot, it would have been one of the most exciting last year too.
But Do We Care? – Yes


No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise

Expected: Late 2011
Made by the famed Killer 7 creator Suda 51 we’re naturally very interested to see how this Wii hit will translate to the PS3 and PlayStation Move. Our initial feeling is that it will translate very well indeed, but it may have dated. It is unfortunately hard to get very excited about a game that’s been around for so long.
But Do We Care? – No


PixelJunk Shooter 2

Expected: TBA
More PSN love from the exclusives list and who wouldn’t want to give some love to the PixelJunk team. As far as downloadable titles go Q-Games has been setting the bar very high time and again giving us really cool and interesting titles we couldn’t imagine anywhere else… but does this sequel truly excite?
But Do We Care? – No


PlayStation Move Heroes

Expected: Spring
Brought to you by the team that made Conan and featuring all of the furry platforming heroes of the last generation PlayStation Move Heroes (previously known as Heroes On The Move) feels like a game that should have been made years ago. The question is do we care that it’s here now?
But Do We Care? – No


Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One

Expected: Late 2011
This four player Ratchet & Clank is staying firmly within the grasp of long-time developer Insomniac and that should mean a very high quality product and yet another hit for the studio. Having said that was anyone screaming out for a co-op Ratchet game? Anyone? Oh you guys over there… well, congrats.
But Do We Care? – No


Resistance 3

Expected: September
We’re liking the way Resistance 3 is shaping up, but we understand if there’s a lot of doubt out there. The series has hardly lived up to expectation so far and has dropped the ball on a few occasions, but this streamlined sequel with a new hero looks to fit the bill. We have high hopes indeed.
But Do We Care? – Yes


SOCOM 4

Expected: TBA
SOCOM could well be the Marmite of the PS3. You’re either into it or you’re not. If you like your multiplayer shooters massive and tactical then this has all the depth you could ask. If however you’re a keen COD player and like its short, sharp gameplay you may want to steer clear. It’s a tough call.
But Do We Care? – Maybe


Sorcery

Expected: TBA
Since its reveal at E3 last year we’ve been keeping an eye on Sorcery to see if it can deliver the kind of PlayStation Move experience that would help sell the hardware. While it looks like a lot of fun in places we’ve yet to be convinced its the killer app we’re waiting for.
But Do We Care? – No


Twisted Metal

Expected: TBA
We may be the only ones in the UK, but the Play team are big fans of the Twisted Metal series. It never seems to do much business outside of the US, but it’s hard to explain exactly why. There’s already a lot of critics out there giving this outing a hard time, but we would love to see more of it soon.
But Do We Care? – Yes


UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception

Expected: November
The biggest game coming in 2011? It’s hard to argue otherwise. For all that we’re excited by LBP2 and Killzone 3 as well as all the non-exclusive titles coming in the year, the return of Nathan Drake is the one game we really, really want to play. Having said all that it should be easy to guess if we’re excited or not.
But Do We Care? – Yes


Yakuza 4

Expected: March
The time difference between the releases of Yakuza in Japan and in the West is something of a problem. Just as we’re about to get a new one, the next installment is being shown off in Japan and steals its thunder. So it is with Yakuza 4, which we’ve already played and we’re more interested in the zombie apocalypse of Yakuza: Of The End.
But Do We Care? – No

Final Score: 10-9 to the Yeses with one Maybe. By anyone’s measurement, that’s a good year.




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  • Stonyk

    Admittedly it’s opinion relevant, but those 10 amazing looking games will cost a normal person over £500 in the year. Not even including multi plat! Thank god for lovefilm!

  • Garan

    Ah,but heres a better question DO WE really care about what you are caring about?

  • And do we really care about what we care about… I’m not even sure myself anymore

  • Garan

    Whoa….mind explosion…Readers may also notice its late and wonder why I’m awake so late/early.Well thats because my sleeping patterns have being disturbed,so now,to me,day is night and night is day.Its really annoying as my friends sleep at night.Why am I telling you this,because I’m bored and if you have read this far I assume you are to.

  • Beever

    Is the new elder scrolls not comin out this year because if it is and sony hasnt but it on that list somethings wrong. And i tought FFXIV was coming this spring?

  • Sean

    @ Beever
    The two games you speak of not PS3 exclusives, they’re multi plat.

  • Reece

    Why Isnt Batman Arkham City On There, Thats Going To Be One Off The Biggest Games Of 2011 Espicialy With Multiplayer

  • The key word is “Exclusives”. Arkham City, while a fine game, is not an exclusive. Thanks for getting involved though.