2009 was a staggering year for Sony and the PlayStation brand. The PS3 Slim, Killzone 2, Uncharted 2, inFamous, Vid Store, Vidzone, Flower and Critter Crunch are just a few of Sony’s ever-increasing amount of positives over the past 12 months and even though it hasn’t been officially released in Europe yet, I can not recommend and praise the God of War Collection highly enough. That’s not to say that the past 365 days haven’t been without fault; let’s not talk about the recent 4 week period whereby trophy syncing acted as smoothly as Mickey Rourke’s face! But will things carry on in this positive fashion in 2010?
Personally, I’m extremely optimistic. Even if Sony didn’t introduce new hardware, or improvements to the PSN, the list of exclusive titles coming to the PS3 next year is nothing short of mouth-watering. God of War 3, Heavy Rain, The Last Guardian, MAG, ModNation Racers and GT5 to name some of the confirmed games and there are plenty of rumblings about the back end of 2010 being filled with even more exclusives. Add to all of that the fact that next year will see Sony unleash their motion controlled technology and you have even more possibilities opening up. 2010 could even become the year when Sony begin to see a profit from the PS3 hardware.
But, as reported earlier, their plans aren’t stopping there. The PSN is set to become the focus of many new additions and tweaks and 3D gaming may even appear on our consoles. Sure, there are bound to be more complaints, errors and bugs that will make you want to pick up the black box, tie it to the back of a car and take it for a spin around the local countryside but hey, it wouldn’t be Sony without them.
Even when you look at the non-exclusives such as Dante’s Inferno, Red Dead Redemption, Bioshock 2, Brink, Just Cause 2, Dark Void, Final Fantasy XIII and I Am Alive, you get a sense that 2010 is going to be a really historic year for gaming in general.
In the fairness of impartiality it’s only right to say that Microsoft’s 2010 line-up isn’t exactly looking poor, either. Splinter Cell: Conviction, Mass Effect 2, Halo: Reach and Alan Wake are all looking like top titles and of course, Project Natal is looming. It’s unusual for me to be this optimistic about anything so in order to fuel the grumpy old man that lurks under the surface I will say that there are bound to be a few disappointments, there always is. But even if only half of all of the games listed above turn out to be as exciting as they promise then 2010 is going to be one hell of a year.
We’ll have much more on 2010 here on TSA very soon.