The sad truth is, you're right. There are going to be many people who walk in and say, "I know it'll have Halo, and it has the Gears of War game. What choo got, Sony?" Or this one has this cool controller, and these games I can use it with. And that's literally the sole basis for their decision. First impression and immediate satisfaction. I'm not expecting the launch of PS3 to rock the world. I'm patient; I've witnessed the ps1 evolve, and the ps2 as well. Too many people approach gaming on a superficial, instant gratification basis, which is silly for me to say, since video gaming is usually about superficial, instantly gratifying games. I'm investing early, yet giving the devs time. And many of the devs for Sony games are, in my opinion of course, the best out there. They've released games that you literally can't find or experience else-where.
First, the games I don't like
Metal Gear Solid
Grand Theft Auto (no longer timed release, I know)
RPGs in general
I'd say that those are usually touted as the system's strong points; the reason any "true gamer" would want one. I personally can't stand playing any of them, but I have no doubt that they will, in their own way, move systems.
Now, what I do
: Viewtiful Joe 1 and 2 (also available on GC, but was ported to ps2 due to poor sales), Okami
, and God Hand
. Those will undoubtedly be three (VF1, Okami, and GH) of the most memorable experiences, not only on the ps2, but in gaming, for a long while. Whatever PS3 game they decide to bring out, I can't wait to experience.
: Crash Bandicoot series, to the Jak and Daxter series; you either love it, or hate it, depending on your gaming preference. Beautiful
game, and one of the first I can remember that was complete immersive in the sense that there were no load times, and no CG; everything was streamed and in-engine. They know how to push a series, and their "Untitled"
game looks like it could do the same next gen (none of that is CG). Plus, the head hancho left the company to create his own new dream-project. We'll see.
: Ratchet and Clank = a lot of fun. And deadlocked sported some pretty impressive online play, for a free, non-LIVE game. Resistance looks to be the trendsetter for PS3 come launch, and a potential franchise.
: Like Viewtiful Joe, they brought back the old-school of a genre that had been straying from its roots, and did it right. Whether they stick with Sly, or go for something new, they've earned respect.
And now, the heavy sellers (for me, of course)
Fighters. Virtua Fighter and Soul Calibour are THE BEST fighting franchises. Hand to hand combat, and weapon combat; it's a great balance. I will rarely take such an unwavering "this is how it is" stance to anything, but this is one that I refuse to back down about
Also, PSP is getting a Powerstone game, I believe. If they ever remake that for PS3 . . .
Devil May Cry 4 and God of War 3 (most likely). I own 3 and 1, and love them dearly. No game is perfect, but they come so close. DMC is just a flat out mindless blast to play, and one of the more stylish games you'll come across. GoW is just such an amazing cinematic experience, and fun to boot.
Music games*. This one gets an asterisk, because there has been no real way to gauge yet whether the PS always gets music games because it had such a deep user-base, or whether it's because the owners of other systems didn't want it. Regardless, I've gone through Music Maker, Gitaroo Man, Mad Maestro, Frequency, Guitar Hero (have GH2 reserved), DDR Extreme 2, Rez (amazing game), and every single MTV Music Generator out there. You can keep going further
back and toss in Parappa, Um Jammer Lammy, and Bust a Groove (which will hopefully be downloadable).
Quantic Dreams. They made Indigo Prophecy. Needless to say, it was an amazing, refreshing game, and the greatest immersion into story-telling, and feeling like "you are the character," that I've ever experienced. Heavy Rain
is the next game they're working on, and it's coming to PS3. It takes a great first outing for me to say that I'll spend $60 on a game blindly. But their next game is one such property.
And the biggest selling point (for me, of course): There's this game called Ico, and this game called Shadow of the Colossus. They're both 1st party games. If they make anything for the next generation, I'll probably cry tears of joy. Each of those games had the most amazing feel
to them, that I don't think you'll find elsewhere; especially Shadow. I don't know how anyone can play that game without either gazing slack-jawed, or grinning like a fool when you've figured out what you need to do.
If you encompass aaaaaall
of that, I feel that there's enough joy there for me to warrant getting the system at launch. Besides Resistance, there will be Heavenly Sword and LAIR soon following, which I hope will be as fun as they look. Then there's Assassin's Creed, which is now multiplatform, but still is my most anticipated announced-game, thus far.
So, that's why I
want one. Plus I'll be able to stream content to and from my pc wirelessly, I'll be able to watch hi-def movies, download
movies, and possibly download and play old, PS1 games (If they let me play Tomba! 2, Silent Bomber, or Brave Fencer Musashi, I'll have a coranary). Online play (which I'm not yet a big fan of) is free. You can stick any size HDD in there you want, which would mean that I could either store my anime on there, or possibly stream it off of an external hard drive or from my computer. I've got 162 gigs of the stuff that I'm forced to watch on my PC monitor, or waste burning onto DVDs. There was a rumor a little while ago that it could potentially function as a DVR. That one I'm doubtful of, but were it to come true, I'd think that another bonus indeed. I have a Tivo that I absolutely adore, and use just as often to stream music and photos from my computer and listen to internet radio as I do wot watch the tv it's recorded.
Ok, I'm rambling. All of the first part explains why I'd prefer the PS3 over all the other consoles, and why I'm willing to pay an extra $100 for what may or may not be better looking games. That stuff directly above is why I'm willing to pay another $100 on top of that
, for what I consider to be the most useful model for me. I know that not everyone thinks like me. I know that not everyone can afford one, or would spend that much if they could. That's why I don't expect PS3 to roll out the gates setting sales records. I also know that iPods sell like hot-cakes, and mine, costing $399, was one of the last in stock from the local Best Buy. I know that nearly every kid has a cell phone, mp3 player, digital camera, etc. I know that the gamers who bought a ps2 six years ago are now six years older; the gaming population, as always, is aging and expanding. It's no longer just "how many moms will stick this under the Christmas tree?" There's not going to the the massive gap in market percentage. But I still think that, in the end, it will be market leader. If not, oh well. That doesn't change the fact that I'll still have the one I want most