No matter what you say about PlayStation 3 (and its detractors say plenty) there's no denying it has some great looking games to look forward to. Providing it ever comes out in Europe (it's still March says Sony), 2007 will see the launch of a true next generation of gaming. And if PS3 really does finally come out next September, at least it can lay claim to the greatest ever launch line-up in Europe ever.
In fact, there are so many great games coming to PS3 that choosing our ten most wanted was far harder a task than we expected. When massive forthcoming games such as Devil May Cry 4, Haze, Mercenaries 2 and Pro Evolution Soccer 7 don't make the list (not to mention all those games planned for 2008, such as Resident Evil 5, Gran Turismo 5 and Final Fantasy XIII) you know you're looking at an avalanche of quality.
There's been a lot written and said about MotorStorm since it was first shown in "too good to be true" video form at E3 all those years ago, much of it poking fun at how it looks nothing like the pre-rendered concept footage. But of all the launch window titles we'll look back on MotorStorm as the best.
Why? Because while it might not reach the frankly unbelievable level of detail of Sony's early demonstration video, the finished result is a lot closer than we expected. But more importantly still, it's a great off-road racer with plenty of tracks, loads of different vehicles to fiddle with and some truly mind-blowing crashes. Mark our words: people will look back on this fondly.
Look out for our Motorstorm review in the next couple of days. But in the meantime check out tons movies and screens here.
Beautiful. That's the only way to describe this PS3-exclusive action adventure. A stunning combination of eye-popping visuals and sensual martial arts action, Heavenly Sword is the cinematic story of a doomed warrior princess on an almost hopeless mission of redemption.
Powerful stuff, but it's the incredible free-style combat system that proves to be the big draw, allowing you to dive into a crowd of bad guys and kick up all kinds of dust and broken bone hell. There are significant big screen links too: King Kong actor Andy Serkis not only appears in the game, he's also had a big hand in the plot development. Anything else we can add? Rumour has it that it takes a sixth of PS3's power to handle heroine Nariko's hair alone. Birds, eh?
More here. Because it's worth it.
Army of Two
Co-operative gameplay is coming back in a big way, and Army of Two looks like being the ultimate expression of two-player, collaborative gaming. Unusual for an Electronic Arts game (in the sense it's not a sequel), this third-person shooter sees two soldiers working together as a team against insurmountable odds.
Whether that's laying down covering fire, exchanging ammo or administering CPR in particularly dire circumstances (the aim being to stop your partner "entering the light"), Army of Two takes two-player games in a totally new, refreshing and much needed direction. Of course, everything hinges on the artificial intelligence of the second soldier when you're playing by yourself, but that's the kind of challenge PS3 will eat for breakfast, right?