Saturday, August 28, 2010

Coming Soon on PlayStation 3 (Winter 2010)

After May’s unrelenting pace of dishing out great new games for your PlayStation 3, it’s been good to get a break to catch up on some of the gems you might have missed. Now, looking to the future, with the PlayStation Move hitting your PS3 any day now; and another packed schedule heading this way, you’d be forgiven for forgetting one or two of the most anticipated titles of the season. But fear not, as PlayStation Future is here to put the best upcoming releases all in one place. Want more info on the latest PSN and PSP releases? Stay tuned for a follow-up article soon…

R.U.S.E. (UBISOFT) – 10th September

Another game with high hopes now – and that’s R.U.S.E. – a new real time strategy game set in World War II for PlayStation 3. The main thing about this game that you need to know is that it aims to make real time strategy games on consoles a lot less fiddly by introducing a better control scheme. You’ll also be able to manipulate the camera to view the battlefield as a whole, or to zoom in on individual soldiers. If that’s not enough, there’ll be full online multiplayer gameplay as well. Want to know more? Read our preview here.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (ACTIVISION) – 10th September

It’s safe to say that over the years, the endless stream of mediocre spider-man movie tie-in games has somewhat dampened the opinion of the franchise. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions aims to change that though, by creating a game separate from the movies, one that is already looking a lot better to play. You’ll be able to control four different ‘types’ of Spider-Man, each with a different fighting technique. Not only that, but the adventure will take you to places throughout time and space.
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X 2 (UBISOFT) – 7th September

Ubisoft’s next addition to the Tom Clancy series is a sequel to the generally well received H.A.W.X. This time you’ll be flying around the Middle East in several aircraft including F-16, F-22 Raptor, AC-130, F-35 Lightning II and Su-37 Terminator. You’ll now be able to take-off and land your plane whilst the AI and damage system have all had an update. A new multiplayer section will be making its way in too, with four player co-op and eight player competitive modes.

Sports Champions (SONY) – 15th September

One of a possible three titles coming out at launch with the PlayStation Move, Sports Champions is a bit like Wii Sports, but all in HD. The sports on offer are: Disc Golf, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Gladiator Duel, Archery and Bocce (no, me neither – apparently it’s like boules). There will be three modes available with each sport, Free Play (no surprises to see here), Challenge Mode (playing in competitive tournaments) and Champion Cup (an olympic like tournament). Sony have also promised that DLC will be on the way, although exactly what it will comprise of, we’ve yet to know.
Start the Party (SONY) – 15th September

Ok. So we’ve got the generic sports game for the Move. Now for the generic party game, full to the brim with oodles of mini-games to play with your friends and family. Your PlayStation Eye will be constantly capturing video footage of you and displaying it on the screen, with the Move controller being replaced by something else on-screen to make it look like you’re wielding a weapon or tool, such as a tennis racket or a hammer.

F1 2010 (CODEMASTERS) – 24th September

The PS3 hasn’t received an F1 game in yonks – with the last F1 title being F1: Championship Edition way back in 2006, however it seems that F1 2010 really is going to make up for that long wait with one of the most complete and accurate simulations of the motorsport yet. There will be all different types of weather and you’ll have to choose when to pit in order to gain an advantage over your competitors, then you’ll have to meet team targets in order to rise through the ranks and become world champion. F1 2010 looks to be the best F1 game we’ve seen on a console to date. Read Pepsicoke’s recent preview here.
The Shoot (SONY) – September

The last in the Move launch line-up, The Shoot well, involves a lot of shooting. You’ll be using your PlayStation Move controller to aim at the screen and shoot down various targets in five Hollywood-style locations including Western, Sci-Fi and Horror Themes. The story revolves around you helping Hollywood to make action movies, therefore if you’re ‘shot’ you lose a ‘take’ rather than a ‘life’. Special moves requiring you to aim the Move at particular places will also feature and allow you to take out all enemies on the screen at once or dodge their attacks.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (NAMCO) – 8th October

Enslaved is the first post-apocalyptic entry to be released this autumn, but this version of post-apocalyptia is much greener than say Bethesda’s look on things, with lush plants taking over the once great cities. Unfortunately the robots, which caused all of this mess in the first place, are still around to get in your way. Enslaved is a platforming adventure with great graphics, and from the looks of things solid gameplay. PlayStation Future has high hopes for this game…
Heavy Rain: Move Edition (SONY) – 8th October

Don’t worry current holders of Heavy Rain. You won’t have to go out and buy your game again just to get Move compatibility, Sony will release a patch available to download free of charge for all users. Heavy Rain is all about the lives of four characters, each with their own set of problems and all of them to do with the Origami Killer. The game follows these four characters and the events leading up to the Origami Killer’s demise (or not). With multiple paths through the story and the addition of new Move controls, the way you play is up to you…
Medal of Honor (EA) – 15th October

It’s safe to say that this title has already caused a lot of controversy in the UK, much like Modern Warfare 2 had done this time last year. The reason? Medal of Honor takes place in the Middle East, and is all about the war in Afghanistan which to this day is still going on. EA and DICE have focussed on making the game as realistic as possible by featuring objectives that you would find yourself completing were you a soldier in Afghanistan right now. The multiplayer side of the game will allow players to fight as several factions, including as the Taliban.

Fallout: New Vegas (BETHESDA) – 22nd October

Fallout: New Vegas is the second post-apocalyptic title to be released this autumn, and we’ve moved on from the Capital Wasteland that featured so heavily in the brilliant Fallout 3. This semi-sequel to the game is set in Las Vegas, and is developed by Obsidian (the developers behind the original Fallout); you’ll be able to gamble at the tables, and there’s going to be a few extra additions to the game including extra modes. Sadly the graphics don’t seem to have updated too much from Fallout 3, but it’s the gameplay that counts, right?
EyePet: Move Edition (SONY) – October

Gone are the days of having to use that stupid pad to control your lovable ball of fur, or at least they will be soon when you’ll be able to use your Move controller to do everything you could before, without the burden of a ‘detection’ pad. As with Heavy Rain, current owners of the game have no reason to fret as the game will be updated at no cost to give it all of the features found in the Move edition. EyePet is all about having your own virtual pet and completing various tasks throughout the day in order to train, groom and make friends with your new pet.
Gran Turismo 5 (SONY) – 3rd November

And I thought that F1 2010 was a long time in the making! Gran Turismo 5 seems to have been in unending development over the past five years, but the guys at Polyphony Digital are finally ready to reveal the fruits of their excruciatingly detailed labour. Gran Turismo 5 will ship with around 1000 cars in its stock, with 70 different tracks to race them around and a physical and mechanical damage system to boot. All we can hope is that this one really will be worth the wait.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (ACTIVISION) – 9th November

With the Infinity Ward crisis earlier this year, Treyarch has been given the burden of keeping the hugely successful Call of Duty series alive and kicking. This instalment in the series takes place during the Cold War with a few extra unique weapons such as the crossbow. The multiplayer element will remain relatively unchanged from previous instalments of the series (retaining the XP and Reward systems) with the addition of the ability to video capture and a new four-player multiplayer mode.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (UBISOFT) – 19th November

It’s only been a year since Assassin’s Creed II wowed us on the PS3, but the game is already getting a sequel. No, this won’t continue the main storyline, but it is back with Ezio Auditore da Firenze, only this time you’ll be in Rome. Expect an adventure on a bigger scale in this instalment of the series, with bigger maps, bigger missions, and the addition of online gameplay. Just make sure you enjoy it all while it lasts, as rumour has it that Assassin’s Creed III won’t hit our consoles until 2012.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (EA) – 19th November

I think I speak for everyone when I say that the Need for Speed series has gone downhill in recent years. That’s why EA tasked Criterion Games (the developers of the highly successful Burnout series) to revamp the series, and this is what they came up with. Criterion have decided to allow you to play both as cops and ‘robbers’, with each faction having its own special weapons to gain a competitive edge. Criterion have also been hard at work on the online component of the game, which is said to include a feature likened to Facebook but for what your friends have been up to in NFS Online.
LittleBigPlanet 2 (SONY) – November

The sequel to the critically acclaimed LittleBigPlanet is just around the corner, and the series that changed the way we look at gaming is going to be bigger and better than ever before. LittleBigPlanet 2′s focus this time is about making whole new games rather than whole new levels. Feel like making a shooter? No problem. What about a cool puzzle? Knock yourself out. Even make an RPG? By all means. Not only that, but you can make your own music, add voice acting, even create chains of levels and make proper cutscenes. LittleBigPlanet 2 really is looking to be the best sequel to a game ever made.
The Sly Collection (SONY) – November

Created by the developers that made 2009′s smash-hit inFamous, Sly Cooper was a brilliant trilogy that appeared on the PS2 a few years back. Wait a minute, you wish you could play all three of those classics in HD? Well now you can with the Sly Collection! All three games have been ‘digitally remastered’ in HD for your pleasure, and there are even some extra mini-games made exclusively for use with the Move, top it all off with 3D capabilities and not one, not two, but three shiny Platinum trophies and I think it’s safe to say that we’re on to a winner here.

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