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The Games of PS3
What PS3 games are coming out? What do we know about them? What do we expect from them?
July 12, 2004 - Despite all the hubbub, rumor, promise, hype, and unofficial "facts," PlayStation 3 is still as mysterious as systems get. While developers have been toying with emulated platforms and playing around with early specifications and tools for some time, consumers -- enthusiast and casual alike -- know virtually nothing of the system or its games. What is a games website to do?
To kickoff our ongoing push to deliver you as much PlayStation 3 info as is humanly possible prior to its unveiling next year, we're going to today roundup all the PlayStation 3 games we know of. This admittedly short list of titles will highlight those games confirmed to be in development, those that an inebriated developer or publisher let slip one fateful eve, and even some titles that are easy money bets (obviously we won't list every Electronic Arts sports game from 2006 onward as they're blatantly obvious additions to the eventual PS3 library).
Just because of the game-centric emphasis of this feature, we're not giving up on the hardware reports, mind you. We're currently working on indexing the ultimate compilation of PS3 data and are naturally assembling an easily referenced FAQ of all available information, but for today we've decided to focus on the games, since the games are of paramount importance to gamers. But, how the heck do we go about doing this?
While we might know of the existence of a few titles, it's uncharacteristically hard to acquire any real details about them. Developers are very tight-lipped when it comes to PS3 specifics, so what little data we have managed to wrangle out of the zipped mouths of those in the know, we've had to augment with a bit of speculation and a touch of hopeful optimism. As such, please enjoy the list but understand that it is not official and is in no way supposed to represent a PS3 launch lineup or the current or final states of any of the games mentioned.
Pub: TBA | Dev: Digital Extremes | Release: TBA Originally a PC title, Dark Sector was to be a hybrid space combat / first-person shooter set within a persistent online world (sort of a cross between UT, Rogue Leader, and EQ). This was the original idea, anyway. The game dropped off the radar in February of 2000 only to resurface just prior to E3 2004, where it was unveiled in video format.
Exact details still remain sketchy, but DS is apparently a stealth / action title, something analogous to a futuristic Splinter Cell with a tad more shooting. It seems to also boast stylized, dynamically lit, normal-mapped environments and characters, lending more credibility to the assertion of developers at this year's Games Developers Conference that such tricks (those same tricks that make Unreal 3.0 look so wonderful) are PS3 norms.
Given Digital Extreme's track record (UT 2K3 and Unreal Championship), we expect great things from Dark Sector.
Pub:Vivendi | Dev: Valve | Release: TBA
At the 2003 ECTS Valve's Director of Marketing, Doug Lombardi, confirmed that Half-Life 2 would appear on next-generation consoles. Valve also only recently announced that a release candidate of the highly anticipated PC first-person shooter would be sent off this August. This is real, kids.
The game boasts gameplay-centric physics used in puzzles and everyday combat. It also touts what's supposed to be one of the most advanced artificial intelligence schemes of any action title. Moreover, its multiplayer component (still under close guard) is supposedly just as good if better than the singleplayer game.
It's a package PS3 should no doubt be able to handle. But, will we be getting a straight port, some graphical upgrades, or perhaps even new content (like the PS2 version of Half-Life the original)? Time will tell.
MEDAL OF HONOR
Pub: Electronic Arts | Dev: EALA | Release: TBA Before Rising Sun was released, a prominent Electronic Arts bigwig accidentally spilled a few details about Medal of Honor PS3 to us. According to him, the game had been in the preproduction for some time.
Like all Medal of Honor titles, the game will focus heavily on scripted sequences and tight action to give the title that much wanted "movie-like" feel. However, this one is reportedly highly interactive -- more akin to Pacific Assault (the next PC Medal of Honor title). Of course, we don't know in what theater the game will take place, so there's no telling what kind of specific action to expect or what vehicles, if any, will be included.
While no release date has been announced, sources indicated that the game was intended to be ready for PS3 launch, but that information came many months ago, and much could have changed since then.
NEED FOR SPEED
Pub: Electronic Arts | Dev: Black Box (?) | Release: TBA So we know absolutely nothing about this one. All we know is that there is a Need for Speed title in development and that it will be for PS3. What is there to know, you ask? Well, is it going to be Hot Pursuit or Underground style? Will it be an open-ended world or a variety of preset tracks? Will it have licensed cars and parts? Will the vehicles be destructible? Will there be online play? When's it coming out? Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
The several month old rumor mill says it's Hot Pursuit 3, but we find this a bit hard to believe considering Underground's success and the current custom car street racing fad that's sweeping the nation. We're hoping for a combination of the two games mainly because we want to race on dry tracks during daytime.
Pub: Activision | Dev: Treyarch (?) | Release: May, 2007 Shortly after Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 in preproduction announcement, Activision announced that two new Spider-Man games were in development, one being this next-gen adaptation of the new film.
While getting any preliminary information on a title this far away from completion is near impossible, we do a know a few things. Like Spidey 2, the game will follow the Hollywood exploits of Peter Parker, but will take liberties when necessary. Furthermore, Activision and Treyarch are very happy with the GTA-like precedent set by Spidey 2, and the open-world trend is expected to continue.
Treyarch has a solid history of listening to feedback and improving their wares accordingly. A serious gripe of Spider-Man the first was a lacking swinging mechanism and a rather constricted game world -- both problems were fixed with Spider-Man 2. The third should then incorporate more invigorating boss battles and more diverse random missions.
Easy Money PS3 Games
FIFA *Fight Night *Final Fantasy *Gran Turismo *Grand Theft Auto *
Lord of the Rings Game X *Madden *Metal Gear *NBA Live *NCAA *NHL *
Rainbow Six *Splinter Cell *SSX *Star Wars Game X *Tekken *Tiger Woods *WWE
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