We’re on to you. We’ve noticed you casting a roving eye over recent announcements of price cuts, seen you ogle the unveiling of lithe younger models. Yes, even you, 360 fanboy, the one who said the PS3 had no games. We caught you looking longingly at LittleBigPlanet’s Sackboy, imagining the things you would do to him if only you could get him online. And you there, PS3 fanboy, the one that wrote ‘Killzon 2 iz teh sex, Halo iz teh suxxor!!2!’ on forums. We’ve seen you watching Halo 3 multiplayer matches on YouTube late at night, pretending it was you holding that plasma pistol, firing shot after shot at the red team.
Yes, you’re filthy. You’re nasty. You’re one of us. Y’see luckily for you, we’re corrupt-minded libertines, who’ve spent our lives jumping from one console to the next, sometimes without even washing our hands. So we’ve done you a favour – we’ve prepared every salacious, scandalous detail about the console you said you’d never turn to. Go on, it’s all right to look – eyeball those exclusive games as we analyse what’s hot and what’s not about each of the major platforms. We won’t tell anyone…
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The Key Exclusives
Sure, your relationship with your Xbox 360 has delivered Halo 3 and Gears 2, but any true shooter fan won’t be satisfied until they’ve played the best out there. This is one of them. Why it’s worth straying for: Gorgeous, labyrinthine maps and a 32-player cap make Killzone 2 multiplayer unlike anything the 360 offers.
Xbox 360 owners can claim to have an answer for every PS3 title. Not this plucky little platformer. LittleBigPlanet oozes charm and encourages creativity in a way that no 360 exclusive can compare to. Why it’s worth straying for: In short, the limitless, level-moulding potential of this landmark title. If you and your friends ever tire of it, you’re tired of life.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
The capstone in Hideo Kojima’s epic espionage series, MGS4 is an incredible technical achievement, and reason enough for millions to purchase a PS3 upon the game’s release. Why it’s worth straying for: The story. MGS4 isn’t just the best-written game of the series – bringing Snake’s story to a sweeping, satisfying conclusion – the quality of characterization, dialogue and story are unmatched by anything this generation.
Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Insomniac’s long serving cartoon duo return in their ultimate adventure. It’s a sprawling quest that combines open-galaxy exploration, blasting and some brain-bending puzzles. Why it’s worth straying for: This time Ratchet and Clank are divided – it’s a brave move that allows the gameplay’s component parts to develop beautifully. Magnificent.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
If you want to experience the pinnacle of quality for third-person action adventures, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the place to go. Why it’s worth straying for: As an amalgamation of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, It may not be the last word in innovation or original ideas, but for visually stunning blockbuster gaming, Nathan Drake’s mission to Shangri-La is top drawer.
God of War III (Apr 1, 2010)
The baldest badass in Sparta returns, this time in glorious hi-def – featuring new weapons, new Greek gods to dismember, and an on-screen enemy count upped from a once-worrying 15 to a terrifying 50.
Heavy Rain (Feb 16, 2010)
The work of the folk behind the underrated PS2 classic Fahrenheit, Heavy Rain promises uncanny character animation and a dark, complex plot that weaves in the narratives of four distinct characters.
The Last Guardian (TBA 2010)
The next offering from the talented developers behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian is similar in tone to both, featuring a boy and his griffin pal, whom you have to get to do your bidding in order to solve puzzles. We think this could be something special.
MAG (Jan 26, 2010)
Currently in beta testing, all you need know about MAG is that it’s a multiplayer first-person shooter that caters for up to a hitherto-unprecedented 256 players per battle, features paradrops, gigantic maps and a CoD4-style levelling system.
White Knight Chronicles (Feb 16, 2010)
The first PS3 title from the brains behind Professor Layton and Dark Cloud, White Knight Chronicles is a long-delayed dark fantasy RPG that blends single-player and multiplayer questing with highly kinetic combat.