Will PS3 Exclusives Dominate GoY Genre Awards In 2009?
Well, forgive us if we make a prediction. Everyone else is allowed to do it every now and then, so why shouldn't we be able to issue an opinion on what we consider to be the painfully obvious?
In 2008, the trio of PS3 exclusives made a significant impact, as Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, LittleBigPlanet, and Resistance 2 represented big boosts to the system's library. Everyone continually talks about exclusive titles these days, even though in this generation, most exclusives have gone the way of the dodo and 2D console side-scrollers. But perhaps it's not so much about power or even top-quality software; perhaps it's also about variety. After seeing the results of the Video Game Awards yesterday, I was left wondering: could PS3 exclusives completely dominate the genre/category awards in 2009? Think about it.
Killzone 2 clearly has the most potential for Best FPS of the year, although there are sure to be plenty of competitors. This is the game that has absolutely everyone talking, and after spending time with the beta and single-player campaign, we have told you that Guerilla's blockbuster will live up to the admittedly monumental hype. We're hardly the only publication that says so.
God of War III and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves will likely have to do battle with Gears of War 3 next year, but either of those PS3 exclusives have a legitimate shot at a Best Action/Adventure award. At this point, it's hard to doubt the magnificence of GoWIII, and based on the evidence - the original Uncharted - few are expecting anything less than a fantastic experience from the sequel.
White Knight Chronicles technically releases this year (December 25) in Japan, but of course, it won't be available until 2009 for North America. It's already shaping up to be a huge RPG; easily the most anticipated of the generation except for Final Fantasy XIII at this point. And remember, the rumor is that if it does well, Level 5 will sign on to develop games exclusively for Sony. Will 2009 be the first year where the PS3 finally has an exclusive RPG of the Year contender?
Heavy Rain should be a cinematic adventure experience that could be entirely unparalleled. You know all those separate awards like Best Graphics, Best Original Score, Studio of the Year, etc.? Well, Quantic Dream could make a similar statement in 2009 as Media Molecule did with LittleBigPlanet this year, and provided they come through on their claims, Heavy Rain could easily be one of the best of the generation.
Gran Turismo 5 will likely release towards the end of the year - Yamauchi has already laughed off the possibility of a 2010 launch - and if that's the case, you may as well give it any and all Best Racing Game awards right now. It could easily be in the running for Best Graphics, too, although it's more likely that one of the aforementioned titles takes that honor home. We already saw the potential in Prologue...just imagine what the final product will be like.
Really, the diversity amongst the PS3 exclusives next year is actually quite impressive. I find it difficult to find enough 360 exclusives to even begin to compare with the preceding list, and in the end, there could be a whole lot more reasons for gamers to purchase a PS3 next year...
12/15/2008 Ben Dutka