Will PS3 Fans Be Jealous Of Halo 4?
This is a legitimate question as it applies to this year.
For just about every year this generation, PlayStation 3 owners could point to at least one exclusive that was bound to make a big splash. From Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots to God of War III to Heavy Rain to Gran Turismo 5 to either of the last two Uncharted, Killzone, and LittleBigPlanet titles, PS3 owners have typically been able to embrace something that might make Xbox 360 fans green with envy.
But this year, it almost seems as if PS3 owners only have a bevy of multiplatform titles to look forward to. The Last Of Us has a tentative placeholder date of December 31, which probably means it won't arrive in 2012, God of War IV (which will almost undoubtedly be revealed in a few days) may not launch until next year, and even Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch got pushed. Many of the biggest games are multi; i.e., Bioshock Infinite, Assassin's Creed III, Borderlands 2, Max Payne 3, Resident Evil 6, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (not official but probable), and maybe even Grand Theft Auto V.
Some will say the best PS3 exclusive of 2012 is actually already here; it's Thatgamecompany's masterful Journey. But we're not quite to the point where digital offerings, regardless of how amazing they are, will likely vie for the ultimate Game of the Year prize. And yeah, it's already out. So unless we're counting on some pretty incredible Vita software - which is decidedly possible - it makes sense to ask: Might PS3 fans be just a little jealous of Halo 4, which has now been confirmed for November 6? They usually have an exclusive (or two, or three) to compete but 2012 looks thin in terms of PS3-only software.
Yes, we'll get Starhawk, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, and we also already have Twisted Metal, but there's nothing to the level of Halo 4. Heck, if you look at Nielsen's poll of the most anticipated 2012 titles, all of the top 10 PS3 games are multiplatform! And that just isn't normal for Sony's platform, where exclusives often have a chance of ruling, if not the sales charts, the review charts, for any given year. So yeah, it's okay to admit a bit of jealousy...then again, if Halo 4 turns out like crap and only proves the gap between the 360 and PS3 has continued to widen, then even the admittedly jealous will change their tune.
4/17/2012 8:17:39 PM Ben Dutka