As a debut article, I’ll start with an obvious and somewhat cliché statement. We all love playing games, but what better than playing games which have been released for the sleek PS3? I hope you kids have your allowance saved up, and you old-fags sneak behind your wives back and avoid paying the mortgage, because 2011 is going to be an expensive year.
Do note that the following titles are of a personal opinion and not summed up from polls or other opinion-gathering activities.
To start off our list it’s our ever loving cuddly friend the “Sackboy” with his second instalment. If you like to lean towardsthe creative side of gaming, then LBP2 should be right up your alley. With new additions and a sackload of favourites from the first game, creating your own worlds and levels for your friends can’t seem any more enjoyable. If you enjoyed the first LBP, then who wouldn’t love the same game….WITH MORE FEATURES. Not only will you be able to create platforming levels, but shooter, puzzle and many other kinds of levels too.
Reasons to buy: Endless hours of create and play – if your a fan of the first instalment then no hesitation should be made to buy the second.
Dead Space 2
Developer: Visceral Games
The original Dead Space was full of surprises. Countless times I walked over (what I thought was) a dead Necromorph only for it to jump back up and inflict on me a can of whoop-ass. Even the thought of this game was full of win – no HUD offered a tremendous sized field of view which made it harder to be snuck up on. Also, the storyline was epic which – as I stated before – was full of surprises. But enough about the first instalment. Dead Space 2 re-introduces our good friend Isaac. This lone survivor of an alien infestation becomes a very popular man with un-wanted invaders, the government and flashbacks of a past loved one. Not only does Isaac come across new enemies but also a whole new arsenal of weaponry to dispatch them with.
Dead Space 2 will offer many tense moments that will keep you on edge and introduce you to gaming with one hand, as you will struggle to remove the second away from covering your eyes.
Reasons to buy: Another sequel to the new year following a successful new IP. If roaming about dark places scared stiff is your thing, then save your pennies for Dead Space 2. Also, what’s better then shooting fugly aliens in the face?
Killzone 3 occupies the top spot on my “Wish list” for 2011. A threequel to one of my most favourite series ever on the good ol’ Black Box. Killzone 2 ended with a bang with one of the most epic campaign’s I’ve ever had the pleasure to rage at (especially on Veteran), and if KZ3 can follow up on the previous story line we’re sure to be in for a dynamic and intense experience.
Killzone 3 also has to follow up on it’s strength in the department of Multiplayer. With a tight clan system and fully customisable game settings for both ranked and unranked servers from KZ2, it will be very difficult to top. If KZ3 can abide by the rule of thumb, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, then Multiplayer experience will be top notch and could easily put up a fight against the popularity of the illustrious Call of Duty series.
Reasons to buy: Nothing wrong with the previous games so this should be a hit if all goes well. I’m entrigued to see the Helghast revenge. Also, it’ll be a nice change from COD.
Release Date: 31/3/2011
A personal favourite series for most Playstation fanboys, Socom goes back to it’s roots as Zipper Interactive jumps back on board after their outing with M.A.G. Not only does Socom bring back it’s original developers, but Singleplayer returns as well, with the majority focus of the campaign based in South-East Asia. But as with most games, our focus is souly directed at what’s in store for the online Multiplayer.
With a massive 32 players in one lobby and the strong history of lag-less servers from Zipper, Socom 4 should be a cracker of a multiplayer experience. Socom 4 also supports the new “Move” so I for one can’t wait to get online and drop the opposition while standing in the middle of my room with two sticks in my hand – makes it much easier to perform my victory dance.
Reasons to buy: Classic PS title, Playstation Move capability, Mass SD6 involvement, and if Zipper can get 256 players into one game, making a title for 32 should be a piece of cake in comparison.
The next few titles unfortunately don’t have 100% confirmed release dates or are just late enough to be considered 2012 releases, but each of them shows promise and should occupy the other nine months of 2011.
- Twisted Metal – 31/12/2011
- Resistance 3 – TBA
- Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One – 3rd Quarter
- Motorstorm Apocalypse – TBA
- Infamous 2 – TBA
- The Last Guardian – 4th Quarter