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Talking Point: Could 2013 Be the PlayStation 3's Biggest Year Yet?

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It hasn’t exactly been a banner year for the PlayStation 3. The system’s trundled along, there’s no doubt about that – but from a first-party perspective, the past twelve months have been all about treading water. A quick glance at the console’s upcoming release schedule evidences as much. Indeed, while 2012 delivered a smorgasbord of solid exclusive software, the coming couple of quarters are in a completely different league.

Sony may not have intended for the schedule to work out in the way that it has – we suspect that it secretly wanted to release The Last of Us this Christmas – but it gives us a lot to look forward to in the New Year. Blockbusters such as Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, God of War: Ascension, and the aforementioned survival horror are all due out within the opening half of 2013. For comparative purposes, the same period this year had little more to offer in the first-party department than Twisted Metal and Starhawk.

That’s certainly not a slight against either of the games – both Eat Sleep Play and Lightbox Interactive released top-notch titles – but we doubt many would disagree with the notion that the PS3’s pending exclusive line-up stomps all over what’s already been. Not only does the company have big brand power to bank on, but it also has the lure of innovative new experiences from groundbreaking developers such as Quantic Dream. That’s all in addition to a scorching third-party offering including the likes of BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, and a little game called Grand Theft Auto V.

With rumours of the next generation looming, it seems like a bad time for the home console to be hitting its stride – but on further reflection, we suppose there’s never been a more perfect period. With the system’s install base growing by the day – 30 million units in Europe as per a press release earlier this week – there’s an enormous audience simply itching for more content to play. Factor in the hardware’s low price point, and the diverse line-up of Wonderbook games on the way – including entries from the BBC and Disney – and that figure’s only going to increase.

Indeed, there may be new hardware on the horizon, but there’s also still plenty of life left in the PS3. Sony has finally conquered its early generation jitters, and it looks ready to ride out rest of the system’s lifespan in style. We can't wait to find out what else the future holds.

What are your most anticipated PlayStation 3 titles? How do you think the platform's going to fare in 2013? Let us know in the comments section below.

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User Comments (25)

Splat

#1

Splat said:

I just got done playing the God of War: Ascension multiplayer beta and thought it was awesome. That is coming from someone that got upset when I found out GOW was getting online play.

I'm sure I will still end up enjoying the SP more but multiplayer looks like it's going to be a nice bonus.

JayMiller1988

#4

JayMiller1988 said:

I think the PS3 will continue to sell well. As for titles I'm looking forward to, Dead Space 3 takes the cake, but also the new DmC.

Zombie_Barioth

#5

Zombie_Barioth said:

I think the PS3's strength when compared to the competition is going to be it's strong library of budget friendly (i.e. old,cheap) games and the healthy amount of new upcoming ones.

With money being tight people are going to want a lot of bang for their buck, the next gen consoles will be a fair bit stronger but start-up costs ($300-$400+ console+$60 a pop games) will be a lot less attractive compared to the PS3 ($250 console+$10-$60 for games). Thats not even considering sales, and is one of the reasons I got mine.

NathanUC

#6

NathanUC said:

I felt like 2011 was it's best year. This year has a few good titles but overall, nothing REALLY impressed me. The only title I'm really looking forward to is Beyond. I'm guessing 2013 will be very similar to 2012.

rastamadeus

#7

rastamadeus said:

Agree with everything in this article except the bit about Sly Cooper being a big release. Dreadful character, awful series and the new one looks hideous. Anyone who buys it should be considered dangerous to society and be locked up in a padded room.

NathanUC

#9

NathanUC said:

@get2sammyb For some reason I just can't really get hyped about it yet. I think it's because I've not seen enough gameplay yet to understand the style. Heavy Rain is on of my favorite 'games' of all time so it's easy to get hyped about Beyond I guess.

As for God of War, I'm excited about this one, just nervousness about how adding multiplayer will effect it. I think my brain over analyses most games to keep me sane and my wallet under control.

FuzzyYellowBalls

#12

FuzzyYellowBalls said:

I can't imagine Sly Cooper ever selling a PS3 in the States; people here just don't care much about that franchise... That is, if they even know what it is. I imagine Sly will be forever lurking in the bargain bins. I personally am not for or against it. That's just how it is.

God of War - This franchise is on the way out with most people I know. Button mashing just doesn't have the same appeal as it used to.

BioShock Infinite is for frat boys. No interest whatsoever.

Tomb Raider looks fantastic. Hopefully it's a proper reboot.

GTA5 - Appears to be just like the previous 3 & 4 - We want another Red Dead-esque game, RockStar!

The Last Of Us looks amazing. This is the only exclusive title for PS3 that I'm truly interested in for next year. A boundary pusher.

shingi_70

#13

shingi_70 said:

@Zombie_Barioth

Its rumored that microsoft is going to be selling a subsidized version of the nextgen xbox for $99-$199.

Also Sly Cooper is a great reason to buy a ps3.

hydeks

#14

hydeks said:

Sly Cooper is awesome! I would buy a PS3 for sly cooper :P

I think 2013 will be an awesome year for the PS3. As a former Nintendo fan, I have no excitement with the Wii U at all, but Sony is delivering alot of AAA titles, just within the first two months of next year!

shinobi88

#15

shinobi88 said:

2013 will be an AMAZING year for Vita. Aside from Killzone Mercenary, Sly Cooper, Tearaway, and Dragon's Crown, we've got a new Metal Gear Solid game to look forward too.

Don't know what I'm talking about? Guess you haven't heard of the Phantom Pain, the game revealed at the VGA's this year. Behind the title at the end of the trailer you can see the words "Metal Gear Solid V". Sounds like Metal Gear Solid 5 for PS3 or PS4, right? Not a chance. You'd have to be dumber than a box of rocks to think the title of games in the Metal Gear Solid series goes MGS 1, MGS 2, MGS 3, MGS 4, MGS V. Why the sudden change to Roman Numerals? It's not Roman Numerals, it's a V...as in Vita. Plus, Kojima actually said when Fox engine was revealed that they would make a Vita version to go along with every new major console MGS game. Though, it was still being called NGP back when he made those comments

Galvatron

#16

Galvatron said:

GTA5, Bioshock Infinate and The Last of Us are the titles I'll be keeping tabs on. I'm a lone voice on Heavy Rain & Beyond 2 Souls - they are visual novels a la Vita's Virtue's Last Reward to me - and actually believe a lot of people are seriously underestimating just how awesome Crysis 3 will be next year. Better than Far Cry 3, no doubt.

The lifespan of PS3 is an interesting one; lots of bloggers, podcasters and writers pontificate on the 'necessity' of next-gen systems asap, yet none of them 'fess up to being the same voices who lauded Sony back in 2007 for releasing a hardware with a 10 year cycle. That was fine back then and good for the consumer.

Well, given there's a recession on globally and games a la Hitman Absolution and Dishonoured are under £20 everywhere now, let's think a little bit more about proper representation before assuming we all want Orbis or PS4 NOW.

Because having bought PS Vita under a year ago and thoroughly enjoying recent PS3 titles for half price, I want more games on these platforms BEFORE next-gen requires another £400 outlay.

Metal Gear Solid looks to have a great swansong on PS3 with Ground Zeroes and if the rumours are true and Vita has a new iteration also then that game will absolutely rock. I'm still LOVING Snake Eater on the portable - seriously cool fighting The End on an OLED screen!

So for me let's enjoy some cracking games on PS3 & Vita next year before March 2014 renders our wallets lighter. We owe it to ourselves to maximise value and send the right message to Sony, irrespective of inconsistent, unrepresentative baffoons who will end up criticising the Japanese giant in either scenario in any case.

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year guys :-)

Zombie_Barioth

#17

Zombie_Barioth said:

@Sony_70 I know about that but thats all it is, a rumor. At first glance that would beat out any other offer, but assuming it comes with 2 years of live like most phone deals thats still $200-$300+the cost of games. If you actually want xbox+live thats a great deal but otherwise it'd be wise to shop around.

The good news is that it seems this time around console choice will be more about what works best for you.

Gamer83

#18

Gamer83 said:

God of War: Ascension, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, The Last of Us and the underappreciated MLB The Show is a fantastic showing for first party stuff in the early to middle part of next year, throw in heavy hitting third party games like Injustice, Dead Space 3 and GTA V and PS3 has easily the most well-rounded lineup so far for 2013. If it is going to the last year before the next PS home console hits, it's a nice way to go out.

ThreadShadow

#19

ThreadShadow said:

So looking forward to The Last Guardian release in 2013. And surprisingly looking forward to FF Versus XIII. It actually has me excited the way the old PSone installments and XII did. Some third party titles I'm just not sure what system I'll be getting them for. As for TR, the more info I read/see, the more iffy it becomes. I mention that because it's the only one mentioned that I'm interested in. I think I'll get StarHawk.

Ginkgo

#20

Ginkgo said:

The Last of Us and Beyond :Two Souls are the 2 games that will define the PS3 next year. Both look fantastic and also are games that point/hint toward the future of gaming.

There are many other good games coming out (Bioshock, Tomb Raider, GTA5 etc), but they are across multiple consoles, so they don't speak directly to the PS3. You could use them to argue that it will also be the 360's best year yet.

I am personally not convinced about God of War Ascension, because I agree that the button mashing combat style is largely passé. Fans of the series will love it, but it will not break new ground or win over a new generation of players.
Wonderbook may have potential, we'll see. I'm not convinced it will make a big splash.

As for NextGen. Bring it on, can't wait. The gap between PCs and the current gen is getting too big. They have to act (and I know they are).

Galvatron

#21

Galvatron said:

"the gap between PC's and the current gen is getting too big. They have to act (and I know they are)"........

I think we all know next-gen will arrive in 1-2 years, but as for gaps between PC and current gen getting too big, well that depends on most of the PC community sharing that view. Which really they don't as most can't keep up with the rip-off prices of latest graphics cards. Just as back in the day, it's the preserve of the few.

The quote disappoints me as a gamer, to be honest. Developers, publishers, even Sony or Microsoft, fine....but when gamers start wantonly stating this without aforementioned considerations it must be down to some child-like state of excitement. Minus reason, which I outlined in a previous post and won't repeat here.

The Last of Us and GTA5 demonstrate that current-gen is STILL being harnessed for graphical oomphs by developers, so I'm happy to wait a year for PS4, in fact ideally 2 years!

In the meantime PS3 will still bring fresh experiences this year which are actually standardised unlike PC gaming; and I'll invest heavily in my Vita too; Soul Sacrifice, Killzone: Mercenary, Persona 4 Golden, Urban Trials and more will happily keep me going until the PS4 hits the shelves.

When it does, I'll buy it day one as is my way - but let's not become pure economics to greedy corporations or mindless automatons by inept critics who historically demanded the Vita be released then took out a public injunction against it before butchering it regardless.

Just a few thoughts :-)

Slapshot

#22

Slapshot said:

Journey and Papo and Yo made this year one of the best on the PS3 for me.

I absolutely can't wait to get back into the world of BioShock next year and The Last of Us and Tomb Raider are both day one purchases as well. I'll grab God of War: Ascension at some point, but it's not a game I'm even excited to play at the moment - the gameplay is fun, but it's started to wear on me over the years. .

Ginkgo

#23

Ginkgo said:

@Galvatron "The quote disappoints me as a gamer, to be honest. Developers, publishers, even Sony or Microsoft, fine....but when gamers start wantonly stating this without aforementioned considerations it must be down to some child-like state of excitement. Minus reason, which I outlined in a previous post and won't repeat here."

You misunderstand me, it has nothing to do with child-like excitement or heaven forbid lack of reason. My most recent frustration has come from Far Cry 3, which is considerably better on PC (assuming your PC is powerful enough) than on console versions. For a game like this that bases its immersion on realism, the difference in graphics matters. You wait, Watch Dogs will be the same. The full experience only on PC.

More and more games are like this and the gap will continue to widen, because they are developed on PCs and then scaled down to fit on consoles. We are approaching a tipping point, where as more and more games are released better on PC, people (like me) will start investing in upgraded PC hardware rather than a new console.

I prefer the PS3 to PCs for many reasons, but the if experience is of a lower standard (and the gap widening), then at some point for key games, I'm going to jump ship.

NathanUC

#24

NathanUC said:

@Ginkgo I do not share the same outlook. Even with the graphical differences in Far Cry 3, I consider the PS3 version a far better game FOR ME. I very rarely get time to play non-Vita games so when I do, I just want to play them. I know that when I put a disc in my PS3 and turn on a controller, it will work the way I want it to and it will work that exact same way for everyone that I play with.

To me, what holds back pc gaming is constant issues that require troubleshooting, huge expenses, lack of consistency online, infuriating DRM, hackers, and too much tweaking. Until some/all of these issues are addressed, I'd gladly take a slightly less pretty looking game on a console vs PC. Considering the specs of a PS3 vs specs of a medium end PC... it really shows how poorly pc gaming is progressing.

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