Year of the... No, better not go there. But next year the PlayStation 3 is set to have a huge year in North America, thanks to the arrival of God of War III, Final Fantasy XIII and better-than-ever third-party support.
Granted, 2009 will be hard to top, let alone match, thanks to the arrival of games like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Killzone 2, Demon's Souls, Infamous and some strong multiplatform contributions. It was the year that the PlayStation 3 reached a more consumer palatable price point and got a whittled down redesign. But PS3 owners are getting two Final Fantasy games next year, alongside original efforts like MAG, White Knight Chronicles, Heavy Rain and—fortune willing—The Last Guardian. And PS3 owners are getting their own motion controller, the PlayStation Eye enabled magic wand that may be known as the PlayStation Gem, plus some games to go along with it.
Third parties appear to be on board more than ever before, with more PlayStation 3 games expected day and date with their Xbox 360 counterparts. (We're looking at you, sequels to former Xbox 360 "exclusives," Dead Rising 2, BioShock 2 and Lost Planet 2!)
Let's take a look at the PlayStation 3's announced and expected 2010 line up, minus a few titles—we're talking about you, Metal Gear Solid: Rising—that we just don't think will make it here before 2011. Let's begin.
God of War III
The third installment in Sony's epic God of War franchise makes the leap to the PS3, adding to the list of mega-blockbusters in Q1 2010. Word on the street is it's nifty.
Gran Turismo 5
Polyphony Digital's car sim is finally here. No more HD demos, no more Prologues. This is the real deal.
Heavy Rain
This story driven investigative mystery asks the question, "How far will you go to save someone you love?" And how far will the unique, graphically impressive Heavy Rain go in winning over PS3 owners?
The Last Guardian
Hate to say it, but The Last Guardian feels like something of a long shot for 2010. But we hope that Team ICO, creators of two of the PlayStation 2's finest adventures, can impress us with their first PS3 outing next year.
White Knight Chronicles
Level 5's traditional role-playing game finally makes it stateside.
Yakuza 3
Sega gives North American and European PlayStation owners one more chance to recognize the beat 'em up gangster greatness that is Toshihiro Nagoshi's Yakuza series. The Japanese action adventure game joins a crowded Q1, but offers something unique.
Zipper Interactive, famous for its SOCOM shooter franchise, goes that much more massive with MAG, the 200-plus person multiplayer shooter. Will SOCOM fans follow?
This fuzzy virtual pet, a cute monkey-dog thing, is already being enjoyed by PAL PlayStation 3 gamers, but North America gets EyePet next year. Hopefully, that means some extra time to tweak the PlayStation Eye sensitivity of the pet sim.
Final Fantasy XIII
Square Enix's long-promised, gorgeous role-playing game is finally here. Already out in Japan, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game is the first multi-console release in the series, the first for Sony's current gen console.
Final Fantasy XIV Online
The sequel of sorts to Square Enix's first Final Fantasy MMO, Final Fantasy XIV Online gives the PlayStation 3 double the fantasy.
Army of Two: The 40th Day
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
BioShock 2
Dark Void
Dead Rising 2
Dead Space 2
Dante's Inferno
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
Lost Planet 2
Mafia II
Max Payne 3
Aliens Vs. Predator
Fallout: New Vegas
EA Sports MMA
UFC Undisputed 2010
Alpha Protocol

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