With GTAIV breaking sales record the world over and Metal Gear Solid 4 about to do the same on PlayStation 3, I wonder if the status quo has actually changed on PlayStation?
For a time at the PS3's launch, and as recently as this Christmas, it was looking like Sony's next-gen machine was going to be home to a swathe of brave, interesting and technologically superior games, all dedicated to pulling every shred of power from Sony's new console. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Call Of Duty 4, Assassin's Creed and Resistance: Fall Of Man all had something to offer over and above past PlayStation games.
But they couldn't compete with what we know and love, the old aging heroes returning for one last assault on our games collections. January saw Dante's triumphant return in DMC4, then we had GTAIV and now MGS4 - we've finished and rated it in out next issue on sale 22 May. Us PlayStation 3 owners know what we like, and generally it turns out to be stuff we played on PS2.
But is this too cynical? Why kill off a major story arc, time line and franchise just (ahem, MGS4) just to satisfy a lust for 'something new'. In the next year to 18 months PS3 will have Resident Evil 5, Gran Turismo 5, Final Fantasy XIII, Tomb Raider: Underworld and Prince Of Persia 4, all big, traditional PlayStation series and all making swanky returns on PS3. I for one can't wait to see where Capcom is heading with Resi Evil, or how FFXIII will improve on FFXII. Even the promise of a return to the Mortal Kombat universe is getting my pad fingers tingling.
Is there room for great new IP like Prototype, Dead Space and LittleBigPlanet? Are we happy to let new, imaginative worlds concede ground to the returning old guard?