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PSXE's Top 5 Most Anticipated Holiday Titles For PlayStation 3

The PlayStation 3 is already having one helluva year, and it's going to get a whole lot better before 2008 is over. 2009 looks great, too, with the likes of Killzone 2, God of War 3, Heavy Rain, and Infamous leading the way, but for now, let's take a look at PSXE's most anticipated holiday PS3 games.

5. Far Cry 2

When it comes to shooters, there are always plenty to choose from. But we can't possibly ignore this hotly anticipated sequel, as everything we've seen - news, screens, videos, etc. - has ramped up our expectations. For those of you who played and enjoyed the original, be prepared for more top-notch FPS entertainment, except this time, they're takin' you out to the wide-open plains where danger lurks around every corner... One of the reasons this game makes our list is simply because it's offering a completely new environment; what we have here is very far removed from the tropical paradise we explored in the original. Besides, given the interesting features and guaranteed-to-be-solid gameplay mechanics, is it any surprise that so many gamers out there want Far Cry 2? Scheduled to arrive in October (it's a jam-packed month!), we can't wait to give it a try.

4. Dead Space

As soon as we heard someone describe this game as "Resident Evil in outer space," our interest level shot through the roof. But at the same time, we're expecting something more dynamic and diverse than RE or Silent Hill; there appears to be more of an action focus in Dead Space. Furthermore, we've seen plenty of footage already, and each trailer and video has shown some very intense and creepy gameplay. It may not have a recognizable title and it may get lost amidst a sea of sequels, but we have to pull for IPs that show promise. Besides, Resident Evil 5 is still a ways off, and 2008 can really use a dose of survival/horror fun. Provided EA does what we think they're capable of doing, and provided all that awesome footage makes the final experience appropriately creepy and engaging, we figure Dead Space should be a big winner.

3. Bioshock

Yeah, the Xbox 360 and PC fans will tell you PS3 owners get this a year late, but we can't ignore the fact that it's still an unbelievable title. Having adored the 360 version in 2007, we see no reason the PS3 version in 2008 should be any less revered. There's little doubt it'll be the superior version, what with all that extra downloadable content, and even though the competition is stiffer, Bioshock still kicks ass. The simple fact of the matter is that PS3 owners will get one of the best games of the generation, and there's absolutely no excuse if you pass on it this time around. It's one of the most thrilling, absorbing, an atmospheric shooters we've ever experienced, and although the pacing of the story seems iffy, we have no other major complaints. This holiday season, 2K's massive accomplishment will shine once again; it's a PSXE guarantee.

2. LittleBigPlanet

Innovative, revolutionary, addictive. We're hoping all three words apply to Media Molecule's ambitious cooperative-based platformer, and if it does, it'll be the massive release Sony wants it to be. You can't deny its inherent appeal to a wide variety of gamers, and given the downright insane level of customization and user freedom, LittleBigPlanet looks fantastic. This may be the very first game in history that really taps into our imagination and creative abilities, and we can put that ability on display! The PlayStation Network community will expand greatly when this game releases, you can be sure of that, and it's a great lead-in for PlayStation Home. How many different variations of SackBoy are there? How many completely unique levels can be created? How many hours can be spent devising something entirely new from scratch? The answer to all of these question is, of course- N/A. Or, better yet- an unlimited number.

1. Resistance 2

Until we saw several new videos that first popped up at E3, we weren't sure if our most anticipated PS3 holiday release would be LittleBigPlanet or Insomniac's wildly anticipated sequel. But over the past couple of months, we have seen such amazing pieces of Resistance 2 footage, that we can't help but make this #1 on our list. It goes well beyond the much-publicized 60-player online capability, and it's not all about the massive enemies we've seen in those videos; it's more about the overall package. We're expecting better everything: better visuals, better story, better gameplay, better depth, better presentation, better sound, etc, etc, etc. The developers are clearly working hard to fully embrace the philosophy that a sequel should be "bigger and better," and we love the current direction they're taking. The beta is right around the corner, and we get the feeling that Resistance 2 will stick firmly at #1 after sampling the fine-tuned FPS goodness.

9/10/2008 Ben Dutka

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fatchad420
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 11:29:47 PM
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For me it's:
1. Resistance 2
2. Dead Space
3. Project Origin
4. Left four dead (PC)
5. Fall out 3

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taus90
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 11:58:44 PM
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i think ill take MotorStorm: PR instead of Bio Shock

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WaR_HaWk
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 10:14:37 AM

me 2

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AntDC
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 12:10:06 AM
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I'm looking forward to

Silent Hill V
LittleBigPlanet
Far Cry 2

The map editor for FarCry 2 looks incredible. I'll be dissapointed if it isn't 2-player split screen though.

Last edited by AntDC on 9/11/2008 12:11:10 AM

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Qubex
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 12:10:51 AM
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Difficult! A lot to choose from... I have to say though, how does one find the time to go through all of these titles, unless you are a retired "rich kid"... I would like to be one of those, and just make game playing central to everything... is Life a Game?

Q!

"aLL RoAds LeAd ToO HoMe"

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NuCl3aR32
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 12:23:32 AM
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5. resistance 2
4. silent hill 5
3.project origin
2.COD 5
1. Farcry 2

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NuCl3aR32
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 12:24:59 AM
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Im a FPS junkie, and the ps3's got me covered, more than 360 :D

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Skatejimmy5
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 12:29:57 AM
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Here's my list:

5. Mirror's Edge
4. Far Cry 2
3. LittleBigPlanet
2. Bioshock
1. Guitar Hero World Tour

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AceTatsujin
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 12:53:40 AM
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Yea I don't know about Far Cry 2 or BioShock .. those two are out of my list. And honestly ... I don't know about Dead Space either. I'm trying to stay away from 3rd party developers that created games on a different platform than the PS3 cu'z some of them seriously don't know how to put pressure to stablize or bring out the full power of CELL specifically for their game.

My list for 2008 are as follows:-

7. Mirror's Edge -- extra ...
6. Fallout 3 -- extra
5. MotorStorm: Pacific Rift
4. Midnight Club 4
3. Valkyria Profile
2. Little Big Planet
1. Resistance 2

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 12:54:03 AM
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so holiday titles meaning...like...anything from fall on? or what? lol cuz my games are
1. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm
2. LittleBigPlanet
3. Resistance 2
4. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
5. Far-Cry 2

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AceTatsujin
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 1:13:13 AM
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Oh wow I totally forgot about Naruto! Hell yea that game is definitely going on my list

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Scarecrow
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 1:44:57 AM
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What a horrible list...
So many godan FPSs and PC bullsh*t on that list.

Sorry for the rant

For me it's:
-LBP
-Resistance 2
-Motorstor: Pacific Rift
-Street Fighter II HD
-White Knight Chronicles(Japanese)

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 1:51:19 AM
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Why is Silent Hill: Homecoming never mentioned on this site?

for me it's:
I. Silent Hill: Homecoming
II. Resistance 2
III. Bioshock

....... thats about it really

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OhYessss
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 1:59:56 AM
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For me it's:

1. LittleBigPlanet
2. Resistance 2
3. Motorstorm: Pacific Rict (man!)
4. Fallout 3
5. More littleBIGplanet

To be honest I think Far Cry might be another 'Haze' moment... But that might just be me.

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Tim Speed24
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 9:40:43 AM

Dead Space will probably more of a Haze game than Far Cry. Have you watched any of the video content from Far Cry 2....it's looks out of control.

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Alienange
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 7:38:12 AM
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1. Resistance 2 (Day 1 baby!)
2. Bioshock (Have never played it)
3. LittleBigPlanet (Better be good...)
4. Fallout 3 (Can this top Oblivion?)
5. Motorstorm Pacific Rift (First one is awesome)

Is Valkyria Profile coming this year?

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Kiengo
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 9:15:00 AM

Oooh, Fallout 3 - nice. I really want to play this one for some reason.

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Troy Powers
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 7:59:02 AM
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Do wide open plains have corners to hide around?

Let's see, games I'm looking forward to before Christmas.

5. Pure - SSX on ATVs instead of snowboards
4. Resistance 2 - PLEASE let me into the beta.
3. Naruto! - If this isn't on your list, you haven't seen the gameplay clips.
2. Rock Band 2 - 'Nuff said.
1. Midnight Club: LA - MC has never let me down.

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snglbck26
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 9:32:03 AM
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I'm looking forward to:

1) Resistance 2
2) Need for Speed: Undercover
3) Call of Duty: WAW
4) Motor Storm:Pacific Rift
5) Fallout 3

The Resistance series is a classic. I think this is a must have for everyones game collection.

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Tim Speed24
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 9:38:22 AM
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1) Far Cry 2
2) Resistance 2
3) Fallout 3
4) Call of Duty WaW
5) Motorstorm PR

LBP looks interesting too.

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jlch777
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 10:05:18 AM
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1]Resistance 2
2]Motorstorm 2
3]Prince of Persia
4]NFS Undercover
5]LBP

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WaR_HaWk
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 10:16:52 AM
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my list
R2
MotorStorm PR
Far Cry
Dead Space
Mirrors EDGE
Fracture

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 10:33:05 AM
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No one is anticipating the new PoP?

Prince of Persia
Silent Hill V
Dead Space
Fallout 3
Mirrors Edge
Such an amazing holiday season!

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Roosveltboy
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 10:38:30 AM
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my list is
5.every
4.last
3.ps3
2.exclusive
1. =p lollss

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DcIronfist
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 11:01:47 AM
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I'll defiantly get the top three on the list. still waiting to populate the rest :)

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pavlovic
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 11:33:28 AM
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Ben, it calls my attention that you being such a RPG fan, are expecting FPS.
Mine are:

Socom
Resistance
Little Big Planet
Motorstorm
Rock Band 2

and for the 360 Gears Of War and that's it

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Scarecrow
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 10:27:49 PM

Yeah it's weird how many PFSs and PC games he has on that list.

Specially when he made an editorial talking 'bout how FPSs are not that great.

Not all are bad, but I only find a few ones interesting or worth my time. Can't tatke too much of that First-person camera.

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shreevin
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 12:15:26 PM
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Too many, just too many to pick from. LBP, Resistance 2, Bioshock, Mirror's Edge, Dead Space, Valkyria, Motorstorm PR, games coming to the PSN...the list goes on!

Thank God of War that you limited it to holiday releases!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 12:21:54 PM
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Just out of curiosity, where did the myth start that RPG fans can't like FPSs? ;)

Anyway, in response to some comments: I'm really hoping Mirror's Edge turns out to be great, but I have one too many reservations for the game to make the top 5. As for MotorStorm, we liked the original but weren't overly enamored with it, and the sequel just seems to add a bunch of stuff. Great for fans, I'm sure, but not worthy of a top 5, IMO.

Lastly, we don't have an official release date for Prince of Persia so I can't really add it until I know, and we simply don't know enough about Silent Hill. That's kinda how we stand with some of the games that have been mentioned here.

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tlpn99
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 12:53:19 PM
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For me it is in no particlular order other than a list as I cant decide what one I want most, thankfully they are all coming out more or less at different times.

1) Resistance 2
2) Fable 2 Xbox360
3) Gears Of War 2 Xbox360
4) Motorstorm 2
5) Killzone 2
6) Fallout 3
7) Bioshock (got it on 360 but want it on PS3)

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 2:13:23 PM
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Silent Hill Homecoming will be out on Sept 30, and PoP will be released on Nov 18. They have confirmed this date but as always dates are subject to change. Also with your reservation of PoP you get the collectors edition FREE. Seems pretty neat. Also I reserved my PoP at gamestop I don't know if any other gaming store honor this, I would assume so.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 3:18:58 PM

November 18 IS subject to change, but we're not prepared to report on that just yet. Trust me, I want PoP, but currently, I'm a little worried about that release date...

But hey, PoP made our first PSXE Spotlight, remember. :)

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 9/11/2008 3:19:30 PM

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Daedusian
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 2:37:45 PM
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I agree to most of it. Here's mine:

1)R2
2)LBP
3)Bio
4)Fallout 3
5)MS:PR

I'm not really excited for DS, it just doesn't interest me. It doesn't even qualify at all, even past 5. As for Far Cry 2, I never played the first so with the others out there I'd have to pass.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 3:10:58 PM
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D.S to me looks like a knock off of Bioshock, if it gets over a 9/10 i may consider it but for this fall Silent Hill: Homecoming & Bioshock will settle my horror needs nicely.

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Jizmack
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 3:59:46 PM
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Warning- Big List




MY most anticipated so far is

1-Resistance 2
2-FF13 Versus
3-Little Big Planet
4-Socom (i want the headset) =)
5-God of War 3

Others-In no certain order

Fallout 3
Motorstorm 2
Killzone 2
Heavy Rain
White knight Chronicles
Resident Evil 5
Prince of Persia
CoD-Waw
Fracture
FF13

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Jed
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 4:21:44 PM
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Damn there is so much coming out in the next few months, I dont think I can afford it all.
I'm looking foreward to:

1)Resistance 2
2)Little Big Planet
3)Fallout
4)Mirror's edge
5)Motorstorm

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flux equals rad
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 5:11:11 PM
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1)Bioshock
2)Resistance 2
3)Fallout 3
4)Dead Space
5)Tomb Raider Underworld

Late-2008 into mid-2009 looks laden with triple AAA titles. Perhaps many will end up being products of the marketing/hype machine, but I have my fingers crossed that this is a renaissance of sorts.

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LightShow
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 5:55:42 PM
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1)LBP
2)Mirrors Edge
3)WKC
4)PS3 Bluetooth Headset to replace the sub-par Jabra I almost refuse to use
5)getting the money to actually buy Mercs 2 on top of all this

those are my 5 gaming wants, and they more or less fall in the general area of the holiday season

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lolrrodlol
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 8:59:31 PM
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For me,

1. LBP
2. Resistance 2
3. Bioshock
4. Motorstorm PR
5. Fallout 3

Dead Space looks interesting, but it's a multiplat EA game so my expectations are low. Other than that, there aren't any other games I'm remotely interested in.

Also, I think Motorstorm PR could be one of the best games of the year. The original was good, but what really struck me about it was how much potential it had. The core gameplay is just so much fun. All it needs is some more polish and fine tuning. Hopefully they'll take care of business and give us the best racer on the market (excluding sims, which I don't care for).

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mk ultra
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 9:12:14 PM
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replace LBP with Fallout 3 and thats my list too

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eLLeJuss
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 9:45:19 PM
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hmmm

1. resistance 2
2. bioshock
3. little big planet

i guess thats it. i dont think i'll be playing alot.

for 2009

killzone 2
final fantasy 13
god of war 3
cod5

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Zubs
Friday, September 12, 2008 @ 4:12:56 AM
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Prince of Persia
Tomb Raider Under World
God Of War 3
Far Cry 2
Mirrors Edge

Btw Killzone 2 has been plagued by bad gameplay and camera angles apparently.

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Jeffrey
Friday, September 12, 2008 @ 11:06:32 AM
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LBP
Bioshock

those will be the titles im playing this holiday season. I wonder if we can make our sakboys like those crazy Armored weapons in Bioshock...that would be fun.

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Bottlecap
Sunday, September 14, 2008 @ 11:43:35 AM
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BOISHOCKK #1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1

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Draguss
Sunday, September 14, 2008 @ 12:08:33 PM
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I'd kick out Dead Space (don't feel like playing survival horror now), move Resistance 2 and LBP one space down, and put Fallout 3 on #1.

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