The Playstation 3 hits its stride in 2008 with several impressive games like LittleBigPlanet and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Sony hopes to continue the momentum with several high profile games expected in 2009. Here are the top five most anticipated Playstation 3 games that will be released in 2009 (keep in mind that Gran Turismo 5 and God of War III are questionable on release dates).
5. Heavy Rain
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment, Developer: Quantic Dream, Release Date: Unknown
One area that video games never really excelled in is storytelling. Heavy Rain for the Playstation 3 is looking to change that by creating an experience that will put story telling at the forefront. Sporting some of the greatest looking character models in the gaming industry, Heavy Rain will take a lot of radical risks that will separate it from any other video games in 2009.
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment, Developer: Sucker Punch Productions, Release Date: Spring
While the idea might not be all that original (a superhero game taking place in an open world), inFamous is developed by the great minds behind the underrated Sly Cooper series. The game puts you into a huge and scaleable city where you can mess around with your electrical powers. Along the way, you get to fight numerous bad guys with their own special powers. inFamous may be the Playstation 3 sleeper hit of 2009.
3. Street Fighter IV
Publisher: Capcom, Developer: Capcom, Release Date: February 17
After the made-for-hardcore Street Fighter III, Capcom went back to the drawing board for the next main sequel. Street Fighter IV brings the series back to its popular roots by building off the foundations set by Street Fighter II. As a result, you get an incredible fighting game for both hardcore and mainstream gamers. When it is released in early 2009, Street Fighter IV may be the biggest fighting game in recent years.
2. Killzone 2
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment, Developer: Guerrilla Games, Release Date: February 27
It was quite a journey for Killzone 2. After being heavily criticized for the computer generated trailer in 2005, the game managed to silence critics with its ultra impressive real-time footage in 2007. Aside to being one of the best looking games ever created, Killzone 2 also includes one ultra addicting multiplayer modes that will keep you playing for hours. As a result, don’t be surprised if Killzone 2 ends up being the best selling Playstation 3 game of 2009.
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment, Developer: Naughty Dog, Release Date: Fall
In 2007, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune showed off the power of the Playstation 3 by providing stirring visuals in addition to solid gameplay. Two years later in 2009, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is shaping to be bigger and better than the already impressive original game. The sequel is more open with new climbing mechanics and stealth gameplay. In a year of big first-party Playstation 3 exclusives, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the cream of the crop.