Sony showed off a number of games for the PlayStation3 console and its Move system, including quite a few exclusives. These are the ones I can’t wait to get my hands on.
Topping the list is The Last of Us. Built by Naughty Dog, this game looks to share many similarities with the extolled Uncharted series. However, The Last of Us appears to be aiming for a more mature audience, and more of a balance between the shoot-em-up action of Uncharted and scavenge-oriented survival games like Bethesda’s Fallout titles. Drawing inspiration from a number of highly-praised stories, the game’s developers improve upon their already-stellar cinematic, emotionally-engaging presentation, saying that they want to set an example for the rest of the industry when it comes to narrative. Count me as first-in-line for this post-apocalyptic action adventure.
A very close second place is Beyond: Two Souls. This psychological thriller is being developed by Quantic Dream (the studio behind smash hit Heavy Rain), where head developer David Cage has garnered acclaim for his focus on incredible storytelling and gameplay innovation. Combine that with stunning graphics and the talents of actress Ellen Page, and this game is another must-have.
The third game on my wish list is PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale. The only game on the list available for both PS3 and PlayStation Vita, this game is essentially a Super Smash Bros. clone using famous Sony characters. Having an all-out, arcade-style brawl between Kratos, Sly Cooper, Sweet Tooth, Parappa, and many other Sony legends should provide a nice break from more hardcore, story-driven games.
The fourth “game” on the list isn’t exactly a game. It’s called Wonderbooks. Using the PlayStation Move system, Wonderbooks is really more of an interactive storytelling experience. I’ll admit that as an adult, I’m personally not really interested in “playing” it, but I really like the innovative way Move is being used here, and I think Wonderbooks has the potential be very valuable as a tool that’s both fun and educational, as well as to pave the way for more innovative uses of motion controls in the future.
Rounding out the top five is God of War: Ascension. This game doesn’t look to deviate much from the first three in the series, so if you enjoy the epic fantasy and Tarantino-esque violence and gore of earlier God of War games, this should appeal to you. There is one intriguing new feature, though: in Ascension, Kratos is able to rewind time.