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PS3 turns five years old - Has Sony's console lived up to expectations?

Remembering the best and worst on PS3's birthday

Hurray! The PlayStation 3 is five years old!

On March 23 2007, minds awash with Ken Kutaragi's breathless promises of unequalled power, talk of quantum leaps to lead the industry into the digital decade and - of course - visions of giant enemy crabs and almost certainly doctored footage of Killzone 2, thousands of eager gaming beavers lined up and forked over close to five hundred quid to get their hands on Sony's behemoth.

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Mind-boggling asking price aside, Sony's PlayStation 3 came out of the gate strong with a robust, exciting launch line-up. People splashing out on the machine at launch could grab impressive third-party titles including Call of Duty 3, Fight Night Round 3, Marvel Ultimate Alliance and FIFA 07.

Sony's own offerings included fresh IPs like Motorstorm and Resistance: Fall of Man, both of which have gone on to become PlayStation 3 stalwarts. Oh, and there was also Genji: Days of the Blade as well, but we'll try and ignore that shall we?

Five years later and Sony's console has come a long way, along with a slick and slim reinvention it's got a rather impressive back-catalogue of exclusive games, not the least of which include the Uncharted series, LittleBigPlanet, Metal Gear Solid 4, Heavy Rain and countless others.

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While Sony's online architecture might not be the most user-friendly out there, when it comes to games the PS3 has some of the most interesting digitally delivered titles of the generation. A recent example is thatgamecompany's Journey, which in our review say is a "three hour odyssey unlike anything you'll play this year."

On paper it's hard to complain about the five years we've had with the PS3, although admittedly we are glossing over its more tumultuous periods, but we'd like to know what you think of the time you've spent with Sony's console, what are you best and worst memories, and do are you satisfied with it?

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