With pretty high stakes all around for the platform holders, it can be easy to over-look the actual core of the event in anticipation of megaton announcements and new hardware — that's the games. As we continue our E3 build-up, we list our five most anticipated PlayStation games of the show. In order to appear on this list, the game must have been formally announced prior to the event. No rumoured appearances here.
The Last Guardian (Team Ico, Sony) - alongside an announcement for some kind of Team ICO HD Collection, we're expecting further details from Fumito Ueda's The Last Guardian. Last year's trailer revealed a stunning concept for a game design only the minds of Team ICO could do justice. This year we're expecting to see some gameplay and, hopefully, news of a release date. The Last Guardian's almost certainly our most anticipated game of the show.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (in-house, Capcom) - early screenshots of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 hint that Capcom has every chance of recapturing the 2D beat 'em up space all over again. With Street Fighter IV already proving a major success, the first gameplay reveal of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will surely be one of the highlights of the show, underlining Capcom's direction as they attempt to recapture the 2D fighting-space for a third time in just as many years.
Gran Turismo 5 (Polyphony Digital, Sony) - being the butt of an industry joke by snarky video games journalists is perhaps not what Kazunori Yamauchi had in mind when he began work on Gran Turismo 5. This year's E3 blowout, along with a long overdue release date, will need to truly push the boat out in order to win over those who believe the game's ship has already sailed. Solid online integration, and a slew of industry leading features coupled with Gran Turismo's stunning physics engine and class-leading visuals could change perception on Gran Turismo 5, and by the very nature of its importance, earn it a place on our list.
Metal Gear Solid: Rising (Kojima Productions, Konami) - announced last year during Microsoft's E3 press conference, we're hoping Kojima doesn't do the dirty twice over and details the next home-console entry in the Metal Gear franchise with Sony. Details are pretty scarce about Rising, so we're looking forward to clarification if nothing else. Will we be playing as Raiden? Will the gameplay be God Of War-like? All questions that need answering.
Dead Space 2 (Visceral Games, EA) - Visceral's had us worried with all this talk of vocal protagonists and Call Of Duty-esque set-pieces, but at the end of the day, it's only going to take one gameplay demo of Dead Space 2 to win us over. The original game was a serious break-out hit, so the stakes are high for the sequel. We expect Visceral Games to deliver.
PlayStation Move Library (various, Sony) - with GDC being the event at which Sony revealed their base-line PlayStation Move experience, we're expecting E3 to go a little deeper with the game announcements. Sony will probably be looking to unveil Move's killer-app — be it something akin to an Ape Escape, or the survival horror title that's consistently shown up in sizzle-reels. Whatever it is, don't expect Move to dominate Sony's E3 press conference; instead expect one or two stand-out titles that will form the middle-prong of Sony's motion control attack.
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