June 22, 2007 - PS3 owners weren't as overcome with software as they thought they'd be this past spring, but the summer is a totally different story. With a number of high profile and potentially excellent videogames headed our way over the next few months, the awaited "must own" PlayStation 3 era may finally be upon us. Highlighted below are most of the season's biggest titles, so be sure to look for them at your local retailer between the dual-21sts of June and September.
[Register or Login to view links] Developer: Midway Studios Austin Publisher: Midway Games Release Date: September 2007 Genre: Shooter
What to Expect: Moral choices and multiple story paths are all the rage in videogames these days, and those two concepts are at the core of Midway's alien sequel, Area 51. But what you do and how you do it isn't all there is to it. Blacksite also loves to flaunt its epic boss battles (which include enemies so big they dwarf entire military bases) and "Massive D" environmental destructibility that puts previous shooters to shame. Sure it may not have the brand recognition of a Killzone or a Halo, but don't underestimate it -- Area 51 could be one of this summer's brightest.
[Register or Login to view links] Developer: Starbreeze Studios Publisher: 2K Games Release Date: June 2007 Genre: Shooter
What to Expect: Following the acclaim of Chronicles of Riddick is a tall order, but the guys at Starbreeze Studios are attempting to do it with their comic book adaptation of The Darkness. Thrusting players into the mind of Jackie Estacado, 2K's anticipated shooter brings several cool things to the table. Non-linear storytelling, destructible environments, and several multiplayer options join the already-neat ability to control Darklings with a variety of powers. As an added bonus, PlayStation 3 owners get specialized Blu-ray content and Sixaxis controller support!
[Register or Login to view links] Developer: Codemasters Publisher: Codemasters Release Date: September 2007 Genre: Action
What to Expect: In a review penned earlier this month, our colleagues on the Xbox Team called Codemasters' DiRT, "One of the coolest racing games they ever laid their hands on..." which sounds like a pretty damn good endorsement to us. In other words, the latest installment of the highly-popular Colin McRae racing series skids to the PS3 track with a multitude of off-road racing disciplines including buggies and up-hill climbs; let's not forget the traditional rally racing, rally raids, multi-car courses and 4X4 competitions either. Of course, on the Xbox 360, the game looked absolutely stunning and the good news is that our early PS3 looks at the game point in that same direction. The physics system and replay modes are awesome too.
Heavenly Sword Developer: Ninja Theory Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Release Date: September 2007 Genre: Action
What to Expect: Nariko is all about kicking some evil ass! Armed with her deadly and magical "Heavenly Sword," the venomous vixen is poised to unleash holy hell on her opponents before the season is over. Sporting excellent animations, strong production values, and three completely unique fighting stances, Ninja Theory's highly anticipated cinematic actioner is one of the hottest PS3 exclusives of the year. More importantly, it's been a lot of fun in the instances that we've played it thus far, and hopefully the death-dealing darling can keep that momentum going into her release.