There’s no doubt that 2009 has been a spectacular year for the PlayStation 3. With a much needed price-cut and a new slimmer model to entice more people to the platform, the console has finally shaken off its early problems to become the PlayStation people were banking on. Add in a host of spectacular exclusives; emphasised by Metacritic declaring the platform as having the most 90%+ games this year, not to mention Uncharted 2 – a PS3 exclusive – winning more Game of the Year Awards than any other title, and we’re going to call 2009 PlayStation 3’s year and be done with it.
But what lies ahead in 2010? Well, all signs point to things just getting better. With some repeatedly delayed exclusive AAA titles like Gran Turismo 5, God of War III and Heavy Rain finally coming home to roost, we also have new technology such as Sony’s Motion Controller, 3D becoming more widespread and an even better PSN (whether we’ll be paying for it or not) to look forward to.
But, let’s face it, we’re all about great games. We are therefore happy to present the first of ten daily articles showcasing 100 PS3 games that should surface in 2010.
We should mention that, obviously, there will undoubtedly be a lot more than 100 titles released on the PS3 next year. Hence, consider this a mere glimpse or snapshot of some of the games we here at the The Sixth Axis are looking forward to on Sony’s platform. If a certain game isn’t mentioned it’s probably not because we forgot about it (truth be told, we culled a number of titles from the list in an effort to keep it at a nice round number), but feel free to mention a particular title in the comment section below – we’re happy for it to be brought up for further discussion.
Before you berate us for missing something (and, the fact is, we’re going to miss a few), do note that we’ve left off certain games for numerous reasons. Such as:
- A lot of games that currently have not been officially confirmed for the PS3. So, APB and InFamous 2 – though likely – are intentionally absent. We also won’t be poking the timed exclusive bugbear. Feel free to mention titles that may or may not make an appearance on the PS3 in 2010 despite studios/publishers/the guy down the pub saying otherwise.
- Certain well-established Japanese titles already available to importers and about to finally make an appearance on Western shores next year. White Knight Chronicles and Yakuza 3, we’re looking at you.
- The perennially updated sports titles. FIFA, PES, NHL, NBA, Tiger Woods, MLB: The Show 2, etc. We all know they’re coming (well, maybe not Tiger Woods!), and we know they’ll have the obligatory tweaks and updates as part of their annual spring-clean. It’s not that we’re prejudiced against sports titles. Far from it in fact. However, harking on about them would be like telling you the sky is still blue.
- A wealth of obscure Japanese titles. Trust us, you’re not missing much.
- A lot of PSN and Minis games. We’ll cover some but, let’s face it, there’s going to be hundreds of them popping up over the course of the year. Hence we’ve kept the list focused (we hope) on the main contenders.
- Speculative titles. Will Q-Games release a new PixelJunk title next year? Likely. Will it be mentioned here on this list? No.
- Games we know about but can’t discuss. Don’t ask. Our hands are tied.
So, how will you know if a particular game was “overlooked”? Well, in an attempt to be as impartial and pragmatic as possible (while also not wishing to pit upcoming titles against one another), we’re going to chronicle the 100 titles alphabetically. If a certain title doesn’t surface where it would likely have appeared, check the above conditions. If it still qualifies, then we missed it. Oops! As mentioned, feel free to bring it to our attention below.
Enough chatter, let’s get this ball rolling …
3D Dot Game Heroes – Developer: Silicon Studio | Publisher: Atlus (NA) | Out: May 11th (NA)
Already breaking our rules with the very first entry (as 3D Dot Game Heroes is already out in Japan), Silicon Studio’s quirky block themed title makes the list for two simple reasons. First, it’s just out in Japan, and second, it’s an unofficial homage to The Legend of Zelda. Nuff said. Essentially a dungeon-crawler with block characters, the game is a pastiche to the 8-bit retro genre with a wonderful twist: you can create your own 2D sprite characters to play within the 3D world. A European release is not confirmed (there goes another rule) but we get the feeling importation won’t be required as someone this side of the Atlantic is bound to pick it up.
Agent – Developer: Rockstar North | Publisher: Rockstar Games | Out: TBC
One of the few announcements not already leaked on the run-up to Sony Big Cheese Jack Tretton’s speech at this year’s E3, the prospect of a new Rockstar game exclusively on the PS3 is enough to make most Sony fans froth at the mouth. Despite being in stealth development for over two years, little is actually known about Agent other than the fact that it’s set in the 70s and will focus on the murky underbelly of the deadly espionage world. Needless to say, it will be big. It will also likely be the subject of the predictable “It’s coming to the 360, too” rumours for the next five years. Yay! Can’t wait for that.
Alien Breed: Evolution – Developer: Team17 | Publisher: Team17 | Out: Q2 2010
You have to go back to the early 90s to get an insight into just how long Alien Breed: Evolution has been in development. Since then, its troubled gestation smacks of a Duke Nukem Forever-esque fiasco with false-starts, publishers going bankrupt and a game that has changed direction more times than a startled deer on meth. With its climactic release on XBL this very week, thankfully it’s a happy ending for Team17 and their sci-fi top-down shooter/exploration title. Released episodically, due to their screw-you-publishers-who-either-fold-or-pass-on-our-game stance and how self-publishing inherently takes longer, PS3 fans will have to wait until 2010’s second quarter to get their hands on the first of three planned chapters.
Aliens Vs. Predator – Developer: Rebellion Developments | Publisher: Sega | Out: February 19th
Aliens Vs. Predator on the PC was one of the first games to severely put the willies up gamers when it was released back in 1999. Claustrophobic, feral and exceedingly deadly (especially if you were a marine), developer Rebellion are returning to the franchise that put them on the map (we’re not forgetting the Jaguar version) with a new imagining/remake for next-gen consoles. Recent footage showcasing alien, predator and cannonfodder colonial marine gameplay suggests an FPS with more than a few fresh elements in what has become a somewhat overcrowded and stale genre. The game also appears to be more violent than The Joker after losing his car keys. Something our friends Down Under originally had an issue with.
Aliens: Colonial Marines – Developer: Gearbox Software | Publisher: Sega | Out: TBC
At one point Sega had three Aliens games in development at the same time. Ultimately, with an in-built fanbase and a series of films to assist with its promotion, Aliens Vs. Predator was given the nod while Obsidian’s untitled Aliens RPG was cancelled. Aliens: Colonial Marines was an unknown factor during this culling period with many people convinced the subsequent layoffs at Gearbox was a death knell for the squad-based Aliens based FPS. Thankfully Sega have since reaffirmed that it’s not “Game Over!” for Aliens: Colonial Marines with the title expected to make an appearance after AvP next year. Written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, a scriptwriting duo best known for their work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Battlestar Galactica and, oh my, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, watch for an acerbic, hard-as-nails colonial marine pulling off his shades and stating the blindingly obvious. Yeeeaaaaah!
Alive and Undead – Developer: ShortFuse Games | Publisher: ShortFuse Games | Out: Q3 2010
A PSN exclusive from Sweden’s ShortFuse Games, Alive and Undead is a 2D side-shooter vampire hunter. Yes, you read that right. It also promises online co-op and protagonists that go by the names of Smith and Welson on a quest to kill Death himself. Interestingly, the studio are considering making Alive and Undead a community funded game. In fact, if you have some spare cash and fancy investing in a game, check out their website for further details. We’re not sure what such an entrepreneurial venture suggests with regard the likelihood of this game ever seeing the light of day but, we have high hopes.
Alpha Protocol – Developer: Obsidian Entertainment | Publisher: Sega | Out: Q2 2010
Combining two popular genres – the RPG and the spy arena – Obsidian’s Alpha Protocol will attempt to deliver something a lot us have always dreamed of: the thrill of being caught up in the covert and action-filled world of espionage. Without, you know, getting jabbed with a poisoned umbrella tip in the process. Published footage of the game in action shows a complex yet intuitive game mechanic as a backdrop to a truly intriguing story. Players take on the role of Michael Thorton, a spy who quickly finds himself on the wrong side of the secret intelligence fence. With a realistic dialogue system and some Bourne-like action, Alpha Protocol is definitely one to watch.
American McGee’s Alice – Developer: Spicy Horse | Publisher: EA | Out: TBC
The twisted fairy-tale jury is still out on whether or not we’ll actually get to see American McGee’s Alice on consoles next year. If we do, expect another macabre take on the classic Alice in Wonderland story populated with neurotic versions of The Mad Hatter et. al. Developed by the team behind another of designer American McGee’s properties, Grimm, there’s every chance this game might already be a victim of EA’s recent declaration regarding how the publishing giant plan to publish fewer games in 2010 than in recent years. We’ll keep an eye out nonetheless.
Anarchy: Rush Hour – Developer: Gaijin Entertainment | Publisher: TBC | Out: Q1 2010
Not much is known about Moscow developer Gaijin Entertainment’s new racer Anarchy: Rush Hour. We do know that it’s set in Russia’s capital so there’s a good chance the streets will bare some resemblance to the actual city considering the studio’s location. Other than that – watch this space.
Army of Two : 40th Day – Developer: EA Montréal | Publisher: EA | Out: January 8th
The return of everyone’s favourite socially-inept fist-bumpers, Army of Two’s second outing takes the budding bromance to Shanghai. And then blows it up. Expect Tyson Rios and Elliot Salem, mercs extraordinaire, to sport new moves (they can now sprint for example) as co-op is taken to the next level with the likes of feigning death and utilising a co-op “playbook”. The first Army of Two fell a little flat with critics and players alike. We have a feeling its sequel will have learned from its predecessor’s shortcomings and could really deliver the biscuits.
Check back tomorrow for the next ten when a whole host of freaks turn up. A guy that dresses up as a bat (again?) and a woman covered in magical hair? What will they think of next? A Western game produced by Hideo Kojima?