I’ll cut to the chase –2011 is Sony’s year as long as they manage to deliver on even half of the exclusive titles they have lined up. Boasting a more star-studded lineup than the PlayStation 3 has seen in its entire existence, this is Sony’s fight to lose. The Japanese gaming studio will face some pretty stiff competition along the way, sure, but with an overwhelming list of AAA exclusives backing it up, this could very well be the year that the PlayStation 3 capitalizes on its momentum, overtakes the competition and ushers in an era of gaming reminiscent of the Sony’s halcyon days circa 2000 – 2006.
“Little Big Planet 2” kicks off the party in January, “Killzone 3” keeps it going in February, and there’s a constant flow of must-buy PlayStation 3 exclusives scattered throughout the year to keep you occupied until “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” helps bring the year to a close in November. “InFamous 2”, “Motorstorm: Apocalypse”, “Resistance 3”, “Twisted Metal”, “Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One”, “Yakuza 4”, “SOCOM 4”, “MLB 11: The Show” – hell, I’m just spouting out random titles at this point and I’m already salivating with anticipation. Sony is cooking up a bountiful feast that’s just begging to be devoured, and honestly, you’d be a fool not to accept their invitation.
If you’ve been on the fence about buying a PlayStation 3 for a while now, there probably won’t be a more convincing reason to buy one than the massive incentive of over a dozen, awesome looking, exclusive video games that you won’t be able to play anywhere else.
Barring unforeseen circumstances (like massive delays or a deluge of surprise announcements), Sony should be able to walk away with its hand raised at the end of 2011. Nintendo will probably come in second, riding on the inevitable success of the Nintendo 3DS. Microsoft will do right by those who adopted the Xbox 360 Kinect, but its line up of traditional titles is depressingly slim. In fact, I would even give the PC an edge over the Xbox 360 at this point. It might be a slowly dying platform as more and more gamers and developers head for greener pastures, but at least its going down swinging.
Xbox 360 owners still have the luxury of being able to play a large majority of the best games of 2011, like “Crysis 2”, “Portal 2”, “Marvel vs Capcom 3”, “Bulletstorm”, “Dead Space 2”, etc., but its hard to ignore the fact that PlayStation 3 owners will be enjoying the same games and much, much more.
A few years ago, you could easily get by with owning a Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. In 2011, though, its become pretty clear that owning only two of three consoles isn’t a viable solution, certainly not if you intend on being able to experience the best games that the industry has to offer. You need to own all three. And a Nintendo 3DS. Perhaps a PC too. That might sound like a lot of money to part with, but knowing that you’re missing out on a ton of the games that will more than likely define 2011 will suck exponentially more than starving yourself for a couple months so you can afford them all. I guarantee it. Sort of.
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