Pre-E3 blowout day four: PS3

The dark horse

We've seen precious little of Lair - a detailed screenshot here, a quick glimpse of dragons-in-flight footage there - but given that this is the brainchild of the developer behind the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron games, we're expecting something awesome.

What we have seen gives the impression that Lair glues a pair of dragon wings onto Factor 5's already-stellar flight-combat expertise, with armored knights riding giant lizards into aerial battlefields. Will there be fire-breathing? Chomping? Midair jousting? Neither Sony nor Factor 5 will say. But if it's anything at all like Rogue Squadron, you can expect lots of swooping through arena-style battlefields and high-flying dogfights. The one screen we've seen suggests that you'll also be able to command a squad of the beasts during combat, ordering them to watch your back or form up in typical flight-simulator style.

As airtight a lid as Sony's kept on Lair so far, we do know it'll be in the PS3's launch lineup this November. So unless the game is seriously unfinished, we fully expect to spend some time taking dragons for a spin on the show floor. If nothing else, it'll be great to see Factor 5 finally do a game without a Hoth level. (We hope, anyway…)

There's always more...
We've heard a lot about what to expect from the PS3 this year, but so much is still shrouded in mystery, which is exactly the way Sony wants it. Still, questions abound; what will the final controller look like? How much will it cost? And will the next Killzone really look like it did in the blow-everyone-away trailer Sony showed last year? (Probably not, but we've got our fingers crossed.) 

With or without Killzone, Sony should have an impressive lineup this year. We know we'll see Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom (which hopefully plays a lot better than it looks), and if we're lucky, we'll find out what Jak & Daxter creators Naughty Dog are up to. More importantly, we're hoping to hear some official announcements on just how many of the games announced for "next-gen systems" are actually slated for the PS3. Whatever the case, Sony's kept anticipation running high, and whatever they decide to unveil at Monday's press conference should be impressive.

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