May 18, 2008 // 2:16 pm
- Last year you'll have no arguments that Microsoft's better games line up prevailed over Sony's. You could forgiven Sony and its developers for not having enough time to get used to the new hardware or it could have been that Microsoft just crammed all their five star quality titles into a few months.
Whatever the reason, it leaves 2008 to be more important. With now both Sony and Microsoft preparing great looking line ups for the end of the year. We take a look to find out who's line up looks better on paper.
Sony's heavy hitters are Killzone 2, Resistance 2 & Little Big Planet and to be honest that sounds like enough to fight off anything Microsoft have as Sony are releasing what should be 3 fantastic games.
Although Microsoft will be serving up some Gears of War 2, Fable 2 & Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise to combat Sony's onslaught. At the recent industry press events we got a truck load of information about what both company's will be offering come Christmas time.
Microsoft don't exactly have the massive line up they've had in previous years but come with a few hotly anticipated games. Gears of War 2 is already looking like a suitable follow up to, arguably 2006's Game of the Year. While titles like Viva Pinata & Banjo Kazooie are aimed at a younger demographic they do have their niche fans, admittedly Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise does look as fun as the original.
Fable 2 still looks interesting but it has for the last few years although if Molyneux can deliver on the promise then we will have something very special indeed. It would be great for Microsoft if this is the game that delivers because to be honest, they need it. Microsoft has a few quality tiles but its nothing compared to years past.
On the other side of the fence, Sony and you can't argue with Killzone 2, Resistance 2 & Little Big Planet. Killzone 2 might not be able to live up to the hype it setup in the trailer but if it gets even half way there you've still got a great game. Meanwhile Resistance 2 comes packing with its large scale multiplayer and epic multiplayer options. For those you don't like FPS' then Little Big Planet will offer something for everyone. From its creative level building to it's physics based platform elements, Little Big Planet can't fail to deliver.
Maybe, these three titles aren't enough on their own but together you have a system selling line up and thats without mentioning Motorstorm 2, SOCOM Confrontation or 'Buzz!'.
With E3 rapidly approaching, you would expect a few more game announcements and we are yet to hear about titles like Halo Wars or APB. Talking of game announcements Microsoft need some for their side as they have the foundations but lack the quantity of heavy hitters that Sony are releasing this year. You have to give it to Sony this year for pulling out all the stops, this is starting to seem like the year of the Playstation 3 with each and every press release.
Most importantly both consoles are starting to offer different things, instead of being all so similar. Thus making it harder for the consumer to make a purchase, maybe a one-console future wouldn't be a bad thing?