Ridge Racer 7
The game: The arcade-racer that launched the original Playstation is launching its latest entry alongside the third-generation Sony console. The expected arcade-controls and exaggerated drifting physics will make their return, but the real show will be the superb graphics and environments.
We think that…: The gaming industry has outgrown these crazy drifting physics. Casual gamers looking for a visual treat and easy controls will love this game, but others will do well to pass on this and wait until Gran Turismo HD shows up.
Sonic the Hedgehog
The game: Sonic the Hedgehog is back and celebrating his 15th anniversary in style. Interactive and expansive 3-D environments along with a tremendous amount of speed promises to push Sonic’s latest efforts ahead of the past few disappointments in recent years.
We think that…: Sonic should seriously consider retirement. Neither he nor his franchise has aged very well unfortunately, and this title doesn’t seem like it will be the saving grace it’s hoping for. A jerky camera and iffy controls will certainly spell doom for the blue blur if they aren’t rectified by release.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
The game: Tiger returns to form in 2006 after a disappointing showing on next-gen in 05. By introducing a new “True Aiming” scheme and providing a more realistic on-course experience EA provides the most compelling golfing experience available.
We think that…: EA should have come up with something a little cleverer in using the motion sensor controls. All that we get is spin control? Instead of tapping the X button and holding the analog, we instead can just hold the X button and tilt the controller in the desired direction. We love Tiger Woods golf around here, but this is a little disappointing.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
The game: Because the world needs a place to be rowdy and sinful, the Rainbow Six unit is sent to rescue Vegas from terrorists holding it hostage. Multiplayer will be a huge focus in the newest Rainbow Six with support for up to 16 players at one time.
We think that…: Rainbow Six fans will be pleased with this title regardless of what we think. Gamers looking for a little Clancy in their lives during this shopping season only have one place to turn on PS3. Not to fret, as everything points to a great multiplayer experience at the very least.
Tony Hawk’s Project 8
The game: Tony Hawk goes back to the basics as Project 8 dumps the Underground storyline in favor of unadulterated skateboarding. An advanced graphics engine and the new “Nail the Trick” mode ensure that the new Hawk looks as good as ever.
We think that…: We’ve seen more than enough Tony to know this will be a big hit. While the PS3 will lose online functionality, it will feature the most robust SIXAXIS controls available at launch. Just about everything can be controller with the motion sensor controller, though players will still have to use the face buttons for tricks.
Untold Legends Dark Kingdom
The game: Sony Online Entertainment is bringing hack-and-slash to the next-gen on PS3 with Untold Legends. Gamers will play as a member of an elite knight brigade that was betrayed by a corrupted king, on the run from forces that they used to fight beside.
We think that…: Untold Legends exemplifies the textbook “current-gen gameplay with next-gen graphics” scenario. Combat is very closely modeled after Champions of Norrath, though the character models and environments were stunning. Dark Kingdomalso promises to sport new content almost immediately after launch.
Whether you're lucky enough to get a PS3 at launch or if you have wait awhile, one thing is certain: the next generation of gaming has arrived on all fronts. While the PS3 launch is no different than any other launch, it should be noted that neither a strong nor weak launch lineup can make or break a system; It's all in how the games evolve during the next phase of development. Stay tuned as it's going to be a wild ride!