With the UK launch of PlayStation 3 just around the corner, let's take a look at some of the biggest upcoming PS3 exclusive games we expect to see this year. While we're at it, we present an at-a-glance list of the confirmed PS3-exclusive games and a shortlist of the titles rumoured to be in development.
These games are confirmed to be in development for the PS3 and should be out by the end of the year.
Final Fantasy XIII
The acclaimed series returns in a new guise as you follow the adventures of a woman known as Lightning, in a high-tech, futuristic world. Battles are confirmed to take place in real time, with the mysterious lead character using a sword/firearm hybrid weapon resembling the gunblades of Final Fantasy VIII. Little is known about the story but it has been revealed that the lead character has been chosen to be the destroyer of the world.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Hideo Kojima's cinematic masterpiece returns to a future battlefield with an aging Snake fighting against the latest in high-tech mechanised weaponry. Set 10 years after Metal Gear Solid 2, MGS4 portrays a world run by private military contractors. The largest of these are all run by Outer Heaven, Big Boss's mercenary company from the beginning of the series. Snake is deployed to the Middle East to avert the impending crisis.
The familiar fighters return to do battle once again in the latest addition to the Tekken series. Joined by new characters, Zaffina and Leo, Tekken 6 looks like the most polished version of the franchise yet. It will be the biggest game in the series, boasting more characters than ever before and great attention to detail is evident in the trailers.
Ridge Racer 7
The latest incarnation of Ridge Racer combines updated graphics with new and updated cars and tracks in a true-to-formula update to the series. Players will be sliding round the track faster than ever before and in much greater style as they career sideways around sharp bends. The game was a launch title in the US and Japan.
In development, release date TBC
The following games are all in development in one form or another, but when (and if) they'll arrive on PS3 is anyone's guess. Some, like EyeDentify, are already well on the way as PS3 exclusive titles while others are still unknown.
5th Phantom Saga
Final Fantasy XIII Versus
Grand Turismo 5
Hot Shots Golf 5
Monster Hunter 3
Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
The Eye of Judgment (Working title)
Way of the Samurai 3
Here are the most prominent games whispered about on the internet. They may not exist officially (yet), but in the world of games rumours have a habit of coming true...
Final Fantasy VII
Officially, this game doesn't exist and hasn't been announced in any capacity by Square Enix. But the rumour mill started rolling when a remake of the opening movie from FFVII was used to showcase PlayStation 3 long before the console's release. Square Enix has yet to deny that the fabled remake will ever become a reality, so we can only wait and see what happens.
God of War 3
Kingdom Heart 3
Shadow of the Colossus 2
Zone of the Enders 3
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