The Playstation 3 has been in homes and on retail shelves for six years now, and Sony is still looking at new game experiences, not new add-on hardware, to set it apart from its console competition. Here’s a list of 5 titles, some of them pretty groundbreaking original titles, and at least one way you can see all of your favorite characters in a way you’ve never seen before.
Here we go!
1. Beyond: Two Souls
Created by Quantic Dream, developer of Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls is another venture into the world of interactive drama. It’s a paranormal thriller that follows Jodie Holmes (voiced by Ellen Page) across 15 years of her life, dealing with concepts such as life after death. The script for this game was roughly 4 times longer than a traditional Hollywood script.
The disembodied are the central role in this one. Jodie has a spirit attached to her soul and he serves as the games second playable character, Aiden. Jodie is running from the law in at least part of the game, so having that extra hand is probably going to be useful.
Quantic Dream is using a new type of motion capture called performance capture to record the body, face, and eye movements of actors simultaneously along with their voice work while they act on a soundstage. The results we’ve seen so far are nothing short of astonishing, further blurring the line between film and game. Although it’s not expected out until some time in 2013, Beyond: Two Souls is an ambitious, original title that I’m stoked to see more from.
This game should be released in 2013.
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2. The Last Of Us
Set in a futuristic United States where a fungal infection has wiped out a majority of the population, The Last Of Us is the latest spawn from Naughty Dog, creator of the Uncharted series.
You’re cast as Joel, one of the few surviving population. who is joined by Ellie, a young girl born after the apocalypse struck. You’re encouraged to avoid combat whenever possible, mixing exploration, survival, stealth, and supremely realistic gore. You’ll fight infected humans, wild animals, and other survivors in your struggle to survive.
This game should be released in 2013.
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3. Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time
Switching gears completely, let’s look at something more family friendly. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is the fourth installment of this stealth-heavy platforming series, which debuted on the PlayStation 2. However, after a six-year hiatus, Sly is back.
This time, its all about time, where Sly and his animal camaraderie head back in time to recover the Thievius Raccoonus, a book containing all the thieving knowledge amassed by the Cooper clan. You’ll take control of Sly, as well as his buddies, with various abilities, encounters with ancestors, even playing as a ninja and a knight.
Great addition to the series! It will not only be on PS3 but on the PlayStation Vita and a one-to-one version of the console game.
This game should be released holiday 2012.
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4. God Of War: Ascension
Back to the gory side of things. Sony’s dedication to providing players with mature experiences on the PS3 continues with the latest game in the God of War series. God of War: Ascension actually serves as a prequel to the past console installments, taking place only a matter of weeks after its anti-hero, Kratos, killed his family and swore allegiance to Ares, the Greek god of war.
Like God of War III before it, this game looks to push the PS3’s visual capabilities to the limit to deliver an action game that’s as graphically impressive as it is graphically violent. Those who brave its hard M rating will find revamped combat that will incorporate the ability for Kratos to grab and use any weapon, as well as a multiplayer mode — a first for the franchise.
Rather than have you play through the story cooperatively, the online multiplayer mode pits teams of human opponents against one another, incorporating many of the weapons and powers of the gods found in the single-player experience. We’ll see how it fares when God of War: Ascension launches on March 12, 2013.
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5. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Now I know what you’re thinking: “Look at this Super Smash Brothers rip off!” and I get that. But fighting games are a dime a dozen. And never, ever, has a game starring all of these characters, some of which are PlayStation exclusives.
Since the days of the original PlayStation, fans of Sony’s gaming universe have longed for a fighting game starring the characters who inhabit it. With PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, they’re finally getting just that.
Featuring four-player brawls in arenas based on popular PlayStation franchises such as Ratchet & Clank and LittleBigPlanet, the game lets you play as favorite characters including Kratos, Sly Cooper, Sweet Tooth, Nathan Drake and PaRappa the Rapper.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is due out later this year on the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita. As part of a growing trend with titles released on both platforms, you’ll be able to play matches against friends on the PS3 if you’re on the PS Vita and vice versa.
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