I have to admit, there aren’t all that many weeks that I can say this, but this week simply belongs to the PlayStation 3. By my count, there are two possible contenders for Game of the Year, one new edition of a casual success story, and a sequel to one of the most well-received of the PS3’s launch titles.
I can’t help but start with Fallout 3, which will of course also be appearing on the Xbox 360 and PC this week. I simply cannot remember when the anticipation for an RPG of any sort was as high as it is for Fallout 3. Perhaps this is a lesson in how withholding a sequel can heighten the anticipation for it. Specifically, we haven’t seen a new Fallout game since 1998, and the first two games in the series are held in such high regard that it will be nigh-impossible for the third to even approach the expectations that have been set for it. That said, the thing looks incredible—the sheer amount of detail in the environments has to be seen to be believed, and who doesn’t like Vault Boy?
The other one, the game that’s kept me on YouTube for hours on end looking for any footage that I haven’t yet seen, is Little Big Planet. Sackboy is destined to be an icon. It’s a brilliant step of marketing to make what may be the most recognizable character on the most high tech of the platforms a low-tech, burlap…thing called Sackboy. This is like the presidential candidate with nine houses across the United States convincing a good portion of the American population that he’s one of us! This is the sort of bold move that could fix the PS3’s image, the one that says that it’s a system that we want; it’s not an overloaded behemoth two or three years away from a true public embrace, it’s the only system taking advantage of the here and now. Or, maybe I’m just putting too much stock in a simple, charming platformer. Regardless, this may be the game that finally convinces me to drop the cash for a PS3.
f course, the new SingStar game and the new MotorStorm game (gosh, Sony certainly enjoys capital letters in the middle of their words, don’t they?) are going to get run over by those big ticket items, but there’s plenty going for both.
Elsewhere? The PC has Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, which continues the long-running strategy franchise with some big names adding cinema-style pizzazz. The DS has a little something coming out called Ninjatown that looks like it has no shortage in quirky, fun style. And those who like to download (and who doesn’t?) get the second edition of the Penny Arcade RPG this week as well.
What are you playing this week? Are you going to have to pull yourself away from Fallout to play SingStar? Are you going to have to pull yourself away from The Wonder Pets! to play Go, Diego, Go!? Let us know, and enjoy your Halloween!
(p.s…there’s a whole list of releases and a trailer for Fallout 3 after the jump!)