PS3: The Ones to Watch

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Apart from the usual stupidly-fast sense of speed and ultra-destructive crash sequences the PS3's technical muscle is being used to create Burnout Paradise's fully free-roaming, unseen in other racers, open world, which is enough to give any racing fan palpitations.

It's still promised for the end of 2007 as well.

Rev your engine here.



Gamers often say that graphics are far less important than gameplay. True, but Lair is one example of how fantastic visuals and sound can have a massive impact on your gaming experience.

Factor 5 clearly still knows how to get a console's chips ticking; this is most technically impressive PS3 game we've played to date, with thousands of enemies on screen and massive, rolling environments with tons of detail. It could also (finally) be a great demonstration for how to properly implement SixAxis controls.

Take flight here.


Unreal Tournament III

The most stupidly-gorgeous shooter of the year is exclusive to PlayStation 3 - and it's packing full mouse and keyboard support as well. Still planning to spend £400 upgrading your PC?

On top of the tride and tested deathmatch formular, this time around UTIII is packing a full-on single-player campaign as well. We're not expecting anything like Gears of War, but online play alone guarantees this'll be the top-tier PS3 shooter.

Prep your rockets on the UT3 game page.



Another promising shooter is PS3 exclusive this year; Free Radical's long-coming amber FPS Haze. The game puts you in the role of Jake Carpenter, a soldier who works for the Mantel Corporation, which means he has access to high-tech vehicles, kick-ass weapons and performance enhancing bio-medical support. Excellent.

There's also a proper four-player co-op mode in there, so it's looking to be quite an impressive shooter package from the TimeSplitters boys - and certainly one to watch.

Find out more on the Haze page.

This is an updated version of a feature we ran at the start of the year.

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