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5 Games To Make Us Proud Of Our Industry

I'm only including future titles in this little rundown here, because I think we all are aware of the recent games that have made us very proud to be gamers. Titles like Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Gears of War, LittleBigPlanet and many others have really given us the urge to drag random people in off the street, point to the screen and say triumphantly, "look at that!"

Well, here are five games that should have this very effect on us, and represent both the grown-up nature of video games today and the technical and artistic quality that make them special.

Heavy Rain

We've been excited about this one for almost a year now, and every time we see new media and information, our excitement level goes up yet another notch. This past week, we saw the latest "For Love" trailer and our jaws dropped yet again; we gave you both the video and commentary directly after the show, and most of you agree: this one is gonna be impressive. We've also pondered the possibility of a whole new genre for this title; something we'd like to call the "intellectual genre." It should represent another step forward in storytelling and CGI, and we're already proud of Quantic Dream based on what we've seen.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Everyone knows this game will be great, but the important thing to realize is that this really represents one of the first true cross-overs between movies and games. We have the professional voice acting that we need, we have the requisite action, but perhaps more importantly, we have the little things that might fool the uninitiated into thinking this is a theatrical movie. Here's a good example: check out this Chloe Trailer that popped up at GamesCom 2009, and watch Chloe's face from about halfway through; it's the facial reactions of a real woman with real emotions. We see that in Drake in other videos as well (watch the other Fortune Favors trailer) and this is only one "for-instance" of how far games have come...

Brutal Legend

Tim Schafer can do no wrong. That's all you need to know. He will invariably deliver a unique, entertaining experience that really can't be compared to any other title on store shelves. Brutal Legend will be yet another example of amusing originality that you won't find anywhere else; all you metalheads out there really ought to be intrigued. And even if you're not a fan of that music genre, you should still be respectful and appreciative of the idea and premise. It's something new and a damn good reason to be proud to be a gamer. For more info, feel free to check out the latest Developer Commentary and just try not to smile. The more we see projects like this, the more interested we are in looking down the road and into the future.

Gran Turismo 5

When it comes to realism and authenticity, there really is no equal. Forza 3 can try and I wish it the best of luck (I love great simulators), but I'm fairly confident it simply won't be on the same level as Polyphony's masterpiece. This is one game that will drop your jaw and make your palms sweat, both at the same time; it's all about becoming immersed in an interactive event that feels amazingly real. If it manages to come out this year, it'll give a guaranteed boost to the PS3 (although I'm not sure it needs it now) and make our eyes gleam with excitement. There's a reason why amateur and professional drivers use iterations of GT to train in the off-season and why there's simply no better option for car enthusiasts and gearheads everywhere.

The Last Guardian

There is a small but very vocal group of gamers who continually ask for more titles like ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. Well, they're finally going to get their wish next year, when we'll receive The Last Guardian, which looks downright fantastic from every angle. You can check out the latest trailer and how it stacks up to the early vid that got leaked; it's clear that some work has been done to the boy. This is going to be another singular experience; it's drenched with artistic beauty and it should feature what we'll assume is an engaging form of gameplay. It might even remind us of the good ol' days of Adventure games, as the aforementioned titles from Team ICO managed to do... Gotta love this.

The 6th Man Award: Whatever thatgamecompany's new project is

We don't yet know what Jenova Chen and the rest of the thatgamecompany team is working on, but we will bet our very last dollar that it'll be both innovative and oddly attractive in a variety of ways. After flOw and Flower, we've been sufficiently impressed with Chen and Co., and we've heard that this new project is "something we've never seen before." ...how come we're not surprised? Whatever this is, we'll be one of the first to buy it 'cuz we're absolutely convinced it'll be worth our time and money.

8/21/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (85 posts)

Robochic
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 10:01:41 PM
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I would also say Demons souls, WKC.
Heavy rain looks amazing the more and more I see and hear about this game the more I want it.
The last Guardian haven't heard much about this game, but will check the trailer out.

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Jalex
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 10:09:11 PM
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Definitely agree with 'Heavy Rain', 'Among Thieves', 'Gran Turismo 5', and 'The Last Guardian.' All look stellar and are at least fairly unique.
As for 'Brutal Legend', I'm sure it will make a lot of people happy, though I personally find no appeal. Substitute that title with 'Mafia II', and you'd have my list.

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Highlander
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 10:21:55 PM
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Wow, a good list, I'll be getting all but Brutal Legend. Odd that the four of them are PS3 exclusive...

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Victor321
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 10:39:26 PM

It's not surprising, and pretty easy, knowing what the PS3's up against ^.^

By the way, your avatar's cute XD

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Highlander
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 12:45:02 AM

It's KOS-MOS from Xenosaga - on her day off....

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Victor321
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 1:45:11 AM

Lol....Day off you say =)....

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KingRed
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 2:16:38 PM

awwww KOS-MOS.

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Danny007
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 10:27:30 PM
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Does anyone know what game, that was supposed to only xbox 360 that is coming to the PS3?

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 10:47:21 PM

It was XBLA game, I don't remember what it was called actually but it's supposed to be pretty good.

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kevinater321
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 11:24:53 PM

Castle Crashers? And isn't Trine coming to ps3 too? i think so.

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DFogz
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 11:32:01 PM

Castle Crashers, and Braid are supposed to hit the PSN sometime soon. Both are very good games.

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TEG3SH
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 8:01:27 AM

castle crashers and/or braid

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kevinater321
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 8:19:01 AM

Sorry i got mixed up with braid and trine.

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556pineapple
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 10:31:08 PM
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I'm looking forward to most of those games, and I'm sure all of them will be great. Although, I'm not sure I'll grab a random person off the street to show them. That sorta thing can get you arrested.

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mk ultra
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 10:37:02 PM
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Can't wait for Heavy Rain and The Last Guardian. With all these great exclusives and the price drop I've already convinced 3 people on the fence to get a PS3. But this is only in my circle of friends, I feel a huge sale surge for the PS3 coming on.

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kevinater321
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 11:26:23 PM

Same with me and 2 people xD. He had the xbox and was bragging about it like 2 years ago, now he says he wants ps3. Good news for so though!

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Victor321
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 11:51:17 PM

"Good news for so though"

Sony right Kevinater ;)?

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eLLeJuss
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 11:04:15 PM
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I can see whats next for Chen and co.

Fl0w

Flowers

BUBBLES!! XD

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Banky A
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 12:36:27 AM

Or..

Fly / Fli

lol

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bebestorm
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 11:13:52 PM
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Heavy Rain and The Last Guardian truly stand out from the crowd imo. Brutal Legend will be blast. Uncharted 2 looks like it will be much better than the first. I love Flower hopefully the wait won't be long on the their next project.

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Highlander
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 12:42:15 AM

Considering how very, very good Drake's Fortune was, you must be expecting Uncharted 2 to be true GOTY material.

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bebestorm
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 12:08:39 PM

Yes it was good but among thieves seems like it will be absolutely awesome! Way more action, additional characters and the plot is very intriguing! Of course it will be goty contender...

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Ricochet
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 5:58:48 PM

Fooled my folks into thinking it was a new "movie" trailer.

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Kiryu
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 11:16:02 PM
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Most of them are PS3 Exclusives!

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Ricochet
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 5:59:45 PM

Because they try to make games beyond the typical demographics of "Halo" and "Gears of War".

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kevinater321
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 11:32:47 PM
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I deffinitly agree with uncharted 2 and Heavy rain. But i'm not sure I agree with brutal legends, The Last Guardian or Garb Turismo 5. For brutal legands, well i don't think that it will be something i will show some random person off the street. As for The Last Guardian, well i just don't have enouph information to really judge it. and for gt5, i have no doubt it will be an amazing game, but racing games isn't my thing. So don't go hating on me cuz i don't think gt5 should be on the list because it isn't my type of game.

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Jawknee
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 11:52:16 PM

The Last Guardian is going to be sweeeeeeeeeeeeet.

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kevinater321
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 8:20:50 AM

I bet it will. But I havn't seen enough gamplay and information to really know what is going on.

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Jawknee
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 9:23:44 AM

Go play Shadow of the Colossus. I'm playing it right now. It will give you an idea of what to expect from The Last Guardian.

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Ricochet
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 6:02:28 PM

@kevinater321:


From my understanding, Shadow of the Colossus and ICO did no pre-rendered CGI cut-scenes. Taking that into account we can "try" to say that what we saw in The Last Guardian could be the gameplay in itself.

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kevinater321
Sunday, August 23, 2009 @ 9:14:15 PM

Yes, it could be gameplay. But i still have no idea what was going on in that trailer. I just need more information on the game. I have not shunned it from my list yet, but i will need to see more info becofe it can be a part of it.

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Ricochet
Sunday, August 23, 2009 @ 10:44:50 PM

Maybe that's the whole idea. It doesn't look like gameplay at all. That's just a whole new level of gaming....

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Bo0mKiiD
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 11:38:27 PM
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Wow at Brutal Legend...

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sunspider13
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 11:39:16 PM
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Looking forward to HR maybe it'll have a Chinatown sort of feel to it.

U2AT is a day one buy for me, hearing Claudia Black's voice in that E3 trailer made up my mind right then and there. Plus it's the Indy game we should have.

Tim Schafer's Psyconauts was awesome, however I'll be passing on BL. Can't stand Jack Black.

GT5...what more do i need to say? Nothing I tell you!

The Last Guardian and U2AT are the two games that I'm looking forward to. After playing Ico and Shadow of the Colossus these people can do no wrong.

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Alienange
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 11:34:15 PM

Amen to the Jack Black hate. It's put me off that game as well.

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Jawknee
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 11:55:40 PM
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Gears of War? Meh....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 12:01:08 AM
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*Shows off new avatar for FFVII fans*

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Jawknee
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 9:13:50 AM

Love me some Tifa.

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tes37
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 9:47:15 AM

Much better avatar ..... I must say.

* I'm not dogging the other ones though *

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 11:03:14 AM

someone thumbs downed Tifa, that someone fails so hard it hurts them

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newchef
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 12:33:10 AM
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wtf!?! no God of War III?

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Banky A
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 12:37:14 AM

Holyyyyyyyyyyyy Cow (Lv 99 white magic)

You're right!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 10:07:38 AM

I considered it but while it will RULE (no doubt about that), I don't think it's something that fits this particular list.

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Alienange
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 11:44:33 PM

Well I guess I don't know what kind of pride you're referring to Ben. When I played the first level of the first GoW I was definitely out in the street pulling people in to show them the greatness that was this game. GoWIII is going to be epic to the extreme degree. It will make me VERY proud to be a gamer and will have me out on the street once again.

How you gave it thought and came up with Brutal Legend over GoWIII is completely beyond me.

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Banky A
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 12:40:18 AM
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Gran Turismo 5!

But Ben, supposedly Forza 3 is very realistic too and Le Mans drivers has given it praise.

I'm kind of worried, coz' FM3 does look good. People like the look of it's customization and vehicle damage + roll overs.

o_O

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Highlander
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 12:44:31 AM

GT5 has damage. Gt5 has customization out the wazoo. GT has always delivered more customization than all but the most dedicated tuning freaks could demand. Methinks you're playing Devil's Advocate.

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Banky A
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 5:09:41 AM

I pretty much was lol ;)

I meant that Forza had big (kind of arcady') destruction physics so more non-hardcore people would like that for fun.
And there's those guys who love to put decals and paint jobs on their cars, which GT has never done but I hope they don't.

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Jawknee
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 9:11:24 AM

Forza 3 only has 400 cars. GT5 has 1000 and GT PSP has 800. Forza 3 looks like crapola.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 10:07:04 AM

Don't be worried. GT5 will be superior; that much I guarantee.

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Ricochet
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 6:05:31 PM

Wasn't there an interview that GT5 will have "interior" damage or was it the cockpit view damage that will affect your car. If what he says is true, then the video showed nothing of it, possibly a revamped GT5: Prologue at GamesCom.

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Kai200X
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 1:45:06 AM
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To be honest, I don't know if I will buy Brutal Legend or not(since it's multi-platform), but you can bet your money that I will buy the other 4 titles (all PS3 exclusive!!!!)

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Scarecrow
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 1:54:05 AM
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I completely disagree with Brutal Legends

Not everyone likes metal ( I love metal by the way ) And since its most important portion is the music I don't see it in this list as something everyone should be proud of

I'd replace that with littlebigplanet or something

EDIT: They took out Dio, wtf? Seriously, they failed the game right there for me.

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godsman
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 2:46:05 AM
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I haven't read up much info on Brutal Legend, but if it made the list, I think it's worth a bit of research time for me.

I think the list should include MAG. It's a game worth breaking the
barrier of online multiplayers.

Heavy Rain is definitely innovation to gaming. That 10 hours of gameplay can easily be replayed to see all possible outcomes of each route.

Uncharted is pushing the console graphics to the top. It's amazing how high quality the game is. It easily stole the prize as the best graphics at E3 09. That nailed shut everyone's mouth that PS3 is inferior to "other" consoles.

GT5, I don't think it's really pushing the PS3 engine potentials, just because the fact that it can so easily achieve 1080p and 60fps i the PS3 early ages, while other games struggle to run smoothly on 720p. Although I could be wrong, please explain if i'm wrong. But the shear content breaks all racing records and deserve a spot on the list.

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Random_Steve
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 4:28:00 AM
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you cant really include thatgamingcompany's new game when u dont even know what it is, also, the last guardian looks shockingly bad, i just dont get it..

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Fatcat3788
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 5:04:52 AM

In regards to the Last Guardian... If you played Ico or SotC you would know what you are in for. Just don't expect a FPS kinda story or gameplay...

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Banky A
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 5:12:00 AM

Shockingly bad?

I don't know what genre of games you like but Team Ico's stuff always have great art design.

^_^

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TEG3SH
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 8:04:58 AM

seriously man puff puff pass ;)

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Random_Steve
Sunday, August 23, 2009 @ 2:15:22 PM

i like pretty much all genres, but i hate games which are meant to have an emotional storyline, apart from MGS4. i mean, its about a flying dawk (dog and hawk) and a little kid, its stupid

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Banky A
Sunday, August 23, 2009 @ 11:07:23 PM

Okay so you like pretty much all genres apart from games that are built to tell a meaningful and sweet storyline, like SoTC & Ico. I kind of understand lol

But I'm sorry to hear that ;)

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___________
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 5:05:09 AM
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i wouldent even put recent games there.
if theres anything that the industry should be proud of its wolfenstein 3D the first FPS than doom the first horror FPS than half life the first FPS to raise the bar so high after 3D.
than mortal kombat, and metal gear solid with its in depth storyline and stealth gameplay.
i miss MGS1 where it was play or death.
that was a true stealth game none of this if your found who cares BS.
i want a true stealth game, revolving arround stealth and forcing you into stealth.
but sadly the 2 daddys of the genre have sold their soul.
MGS and now splinter cell conviction.
splinter cell use to be strictly run in kill everyone and leave with no one knowing you exist.
now its meh go in kill everyone how every you want, guns blazing no stealth required.
try that in chaos theroy see how long you last.
sure you can use it if you want, but the mechanics are not there anymore.
its no where near as stealth driven as it use to be

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bearbobby
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 8:08:43 AM

This list contains soon to be released games that Ben feels will give us that same pride that earlier game gems did. These are what he feels are the standouts of the near future releases.

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Naga
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 7:54:13 AM
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’I think we all are aware of the recent games that have made us very proud to be gamers. Titles like Gears of War'
You kid right?!

Uncharted 2 obviously looks like one of those titles that will be unmissable if the last game was great Uncharted 2 will go way beyond Uncharted.
Brutal Legend looks alright but it really depends how great the gameplay is hopefully it isn't like Dynasty Warriors

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 10:05:59 AM

No. Gears rules.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 11:09:34 AM

it does.

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Naga
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 3:17:29 PM

Warhawk is better LOL

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bearbobby
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 8:21:03 AM
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Of that list, Heavy Rain and The Last Guardian stand out the most as true, emotion-generating experiences. I'm definitely gonna check those two out.

Uncharted 2 will be a must buy, just hoping there's more exploring and platforming involved rather than the constant firefights from the first one. I don't mind shooting pirates or whatnot, but the sh** has to make sense. Why did I just solve that puzzle to empty a room full of water to get into a room that's been sealed off for years, only to find pirates waiting around the next corner? Did they have a backdoor? lol

GT5 will look stunning and I'm sure will handle very well, it should really deliver what Polyphony's fans are craving.

Brutal Legend is where I hesitate. I don't mind Jack Black, he has a certain charm, and Tenacious D will rock your f**kin' socks off! I appreciate Metal for it's very technical riffs, and I can see it being a big draw for this game. However, I've seen very little gameplay that didn't remind me of a normal hack n slash. Though I have no doubt the story will be fun and interesting, I need more info before I get on board. :)


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BlinkBoy
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 8:29:05 AM
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Yeah, I agree with this list. Will be buying all of them on release day.

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mick
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 8:42:53 AM
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I'm new to the PS3, just got it in addition to the 360. In addition to the top four in the list, I'm also looking forward to Alpha Protocol...hoping that it's not just a Mass Effect clone...ME was good, but AP needs to improve upon it to take that gamestyle forward.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 10:05:32 AM

If you want another cool RPG option, check out Demon's Souls; it's a PS3 exclusive and it landed IMMENSE praise when it launched in Japan. It'll be here about the same time as Alpha Protocol (which does look good).

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tes37
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 9:33:42 AM
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This list looks great. Brutal Legend will have to get some outstanding praise after it releases to convince me.
Ben, I would need a little help dragging random people off the street, they are rather fat in my neighborhood.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 10:04:33 AM

Heh...they're "rather fat" everywhere, unfortunately.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 11:07:59 AM

welcome to America old bean

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Alienange
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 11:48:45 PM

Ooooh! That's just mean! lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 11:09:02 AM
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Truth happens, i drag folks into my room and say c'mon look at this this and expect them to at least appreciate how badass it is. But we live with some fu**ing zombies these days.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 12:20:41 PM
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I dont agree wit Brutal Legend but the rest plausable.

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Ricochet
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 1:38:35 PM
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Hey Ben, news at N4G stated that Uncharted 2 wins again at ComicCon as "Best Console Game". How much more epic can that be?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 4:06:21 PM

I'm not talking about epic. I'm talking about games that make us proud of our industry...that involves a bit more than "epic."

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Ricochet
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 5:57:00 PM

Actually, I made that statement that hopefully made you create another topic about it. But going back to the subject, I think Scribblenauts should be there as they're pushing gaming interactivity to a new level.

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Squirreldriver
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 1:42:37 PM
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Sounds like you're in the minority around here Ben! I too wouldn't touch Brutal Legend with a ten-foot pole! I will however be buying every other game on that list day 1 or shortly thereafter. I'll definitely be standing in line at midnight for The Last Guardian!
I love that 5/6 are PS3 exclusives, this will be a good year indeed.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 4:05:41 PM

Most people here are too young to understand that Tim Schafer doesn't produce anything but original goodness.

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tlpn99
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 2:38:54 PM
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Dont forget the PS3 exclusive that the guys here cant mention that may also be in the running whatever it may be :)

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Kangasfwa
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 5:56:11 PM
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"Tim Schafer can do no wrong."

Schafer has the king-midas touch when it comes to games. Nice to (finally) see someone else who recognizes his talent.

And since Double Fine makes the opposite of what came before it, we're guaranteed another original, fun game next time around.

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Alienange
Sunday, August 23, 2009 @ 12:05:31 AM
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Brutal Legend is a Cheerio amongst diamond rings on that list. No chance you're going to pull someone off the street and say "Hey look at this game. I'm so proud of it!" and then have to explain that, despite the cruddy gameplay and horrible Jack Black one liners, the game is actually written by a funny man. Who's going to care? Their eyes will be rolling at the first glimpse of the "hard rock" setting. This game doesn't fill ME with pride. It fills me with embarrassment.

The other four games are bang on though. Any one of them is street person worthy. Big time.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, August 23, 2009 @ 10:18:46 PM

You're not really getting it. It's more about originality and unique artistry.

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maxpontiac
Sunday, August 23, 2009 @ 7:25:43 PM
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I like all of the list but Brutal Legend. It just seems out of place to me.

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