Which PlayStation Console Featured The Best Launch Lineup?
Launch lineups are always so important and yet, so many have been found wanting in the industry's history.
On the PlayStation side, which hardware iteration hit the market with the best array of launch titles? And do you think the PS4 will be able to compete in that category? If you include those massive third-party titles, maybe it's the winner...
The original PlayStation console came out with a few big highlights, including Ridge Racer, Battle Arena Toshinden, Rayman and the underrated Jumping Flash!. I still remember playing Ridge Racer for hours on end, and wondering if it was possible for video games to get any better. You think that's funny? A lot of people my age asked the same question when the NES arrived; we had only been exposed to Atari, Intellivision, Colecovision, etc. at that time.
The PS2 launched with more than double the number of games as compared to the PS1's launch lineup. This included Madden NFL 2001, SSX, DoA2: Hardcore, Smuggler's Run, TimeSplitters, Unreal Tournament, Tekken Tag Tournament, Ridge Racer V, Armored Core 2, Summoner, Eternal Ring and Midnight Club. Personally, I thought it was an amazing selection; you could play just the launch titles for months and feel totally satisfied. And I was satisfied for a long time.
Then came the PS3, with barely half the titles the PS2 launched with. The highlight was obviously the excellent Resistance: Fall of Man, but a few other games were pretty decent; NBA 2K7, Ridge Racer 7, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, for instance. The rest was really quite mediocre, unfortunately. Still, Resistance was so freakin' awesome in my mind that it almost made up for the rest of the lineup's lacking. When comparing it to the PS2, though, it definitely looks a little paltry.
The PS4 is an interesting case. It will have Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack (those two alone might put it ahead of the PS3 in my eyes), but it will also benefit from giant third-party games like Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Battlefield 4. Plus, there's Madden, FIFA, NBA 2K and a strong assortment of downloadable-only titles. Driveclub might've helped a little; Watch Dogs could've helped a lot.
So, which one takes the cake? I say it's the PS2.
10/21/2013 9:44:53 PM Ben Dutka