Game Of The Year Battle: All PS3 Exclusives?
As we exit summer and roll on towards the holidays, there are plenty of big-name titles scheduled, several of which should be legitimate Game of the Year contenders. But in looking at the entire year as a whole, is it possible that the three front-runners will all be exclusive to the PlayStation 3...?
Last year, it was all about Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots but this year, it might be a closer race, what with arguments for both exclusives and top-notch multiplatform games. There's no doubt that stuff like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Guitar Hero 5, Street Fighter IV, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Assassin's Creed II have a chance at taking many top honors around the Internet, but unless Halo 3: ODST really wows the crowds and critics alike, it's tough to ignore what the PS3 has to offer in 2009. First is Killzone 2, which is arguably the best FPS of the generation and undeniably a fantastic game; it had both innovation and a tremendous amount of polish, and although it has the unfortunate distinction of releasing way back in February (gamers have poor memories when it comes to this), it's still worthy of consideration.
Then comes Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, which - if you hadn't already noticed - is dragging down insanely high (almost perfect) review scores everywhere. This one is almost a given. And finally, the wild card: Gran Turismo 5. I can almost guarantee you it's coming this year and if it does, I think we have our Top 3. If not, we probably shouldn't forget about Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time; it's bound to be a gem as most all entries in that franchise are, and we're plenty excited. And for the record, inFamous should qualify, too; I actually liked it more than Killzone 2 (not in terms of overall quality but in terms of personal preference). Lastly, looking into 2010, I see God of War III and Heavy Rain jumping out at me, so...
Yeah, I could be wrong. And if people want to propose other games that might climb into the Top 3 for this year, feel free. We all only want to play the best of the best, right? So bring 'em on!
9/18/2009 Ben Dutka