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PS3Blog’s 2007 Year in Review | PS3Blog.net

2007 is now almost over so it’s time for us to look back over a year that saw the PS3 finally hit PAL regions but which struggled in many departments for most of the year.

2008 is set to be a massive year for both Sony and the PS3 so it’s time for us to muse over what went right and wrong in 2007 and what’s to come in 2008 for PS3 owners:

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF 2007:

Gary: Far too many multi-platform games that came to the PS3 were inferior to what were available to 360/PC owners. The most recent example is Half Life 2: The Orange Box.

A lot is made of the PS3 being a difficult system to develop for but when Infinity Ward can do a top notch job of Call of Duty 4, it just makes it all the more galling that other devs aren’t willing to put the extra effort in to do a better than decent job.

You could argue that devs shouldn’t need to put the extra effort in to get the best out of the system but hey, life isn’t always easy. You’d think devs would want to do the best job they possibly can, you know, taking pride in their work. πŸ˜•

Henning: Those of you who know me won’t be surprised by this. I have to say the continued trend towards relying on online to fulfill gamers’ multiplayer needs. There’s nothing better than getting together with your friends to play video games. Witness the whole Rock Band phenomenon. Being physically in the same space to play a game is unmatched by any online method of getting together. So the fact that fewer and fewer games are supporting split screen or local multi-play in some form is quite disappointing.

Tosh: I was disappointed to hear some of the PS3 ports not getting the polish it needed. Call of Duty 4 looks and plays great on the PS3 though, great job Infinity Ward! πŸ™‚ I’m glad they take pride in there work, which ever console they are working on. I was also disappointed to hear that Home got pushed back until Spring 2008. Hopefully they’ll still be a open beta this year. And it’s to bad the Dual Shock 3 wasn’t released outside of Japan in 2007. That would have been a huge hit for the holidays.

Darrin: The continued negativity surrounding the PS3 in 2007. Also dropping PS2 BC on newer SKUs is a big disappointment. And why is there still no PS3 native dance-mat game?

I don’t see the multi-platform quality problem that you guys do. I’ve read about inferior PS3 versions of Orange Box and Madden, but those are just a few bad apples (and games that I’m not interested in). All of my favorite multi-platform titles such as Rock Band, Kane & Lynch, and the games I’m really looking forward to such as CoD4 and Burnout Paradise are great on PS3.

BIGGEST HIGHLIGHT OF 2007:

Gary: This may sound corny but I’ve met some great people online via my PS3. I’ve had a lot of fun playing games (Resistance, CoD4, Calling All Cars etc), taking part in crazy videos and just generally having a good chat via forums and the XMB.

To save them from embarrassment I won’t mention their names but you all know who you are. πŸ˜› I’ve had a great time getting to know you guys and have had a lot of fun playing online with you all. Bring on 2008!!

Henning: There’s nothing that really sticks out as one thing that really impressed me this year. There are so many ingredients that together made for a good year. (I can’t honestly call it “great”.) I really enjoy CoD4. I think some of the firmware updates were pretty cool, like the PSP Remote Play. I hope that Remote Play will be supported by more PS3 titles (supposedly PixelJunk Monsters will support it). I joined a clan for the first time in my life (TWW). I’ve been really enjoying watching Blu-ray movies on my PS3. Stick all that together, mix in some other great games like Super Stardust HD, and you can have my highlight baked together in a yummy cookie.

Tosh: Getting a chance to beta test Warhawk was a blast. Global Remote Play, and remote start was a great addition. I had a lot of fun with the games this year: Call of Duty 4, Tekken DR Online, Uncharted Drakes Fortune, Warhawk, Heavenly Sword, Calling All Cars, Super Stardust HD, Flow, Time Crisis 4, Motorstorm, playing all the demos on the PSN, making and downloading themes for the PS3 XMB. Watching Blu-ray movies. Making movies with the PlayStation Eye using the Eye Create software.

Darrin: The flood of PS3 games and features in October-November.

WHICH PS3 GAME/S HAVE GIVEN YOU THE MOST ENJOYMENT DURING 2007?

Gary: This is going to surprise a few people but I’d have to say Resistance: Fall of Man. It’s the only game where I’ve put in more hours than Oblivion, which is saying something.

At it’s best online, it’s fantastic fun with some epic battles against the right opponents (not spawn killers, LAARK whoring glitchers!). I’ve had some memorable matches and some great memories playing with my clan mates.

It’s still got the best online infrastructure of any online PS3 game (including CoD4 and Warhawk), but I’ve moved on to CoD4 for my FPS online shenanigans. I just hope other games can take the best bits that made Resistance so great, I’m looking at you CoD4 with your lack of squads, mute options and unstable party system.

Henning: Call of Duty 4. This game is so much fun, anyone who enjoys shooters should buy this game. While my skills in this game are not equal to most of those I play with, I still have a good time. I rarely get a kill in Search & Destroy (which is what my clan seems to be playing recently), but I often place near the top in Headquarters. Go figure.

Tosh: Call of Duty 4. It’s so fun to play. Whenever I have a few minutes to play I usually pick up that game to play. I’m having so much fun online I haven’t even finished the single player yet. Tekken DR online, because I’m a Tekken fan πŸ™‚ Uncharted: Drakes fortune and Warhawk are great too!

Darrin: Definitely Rock Band: playing with my girlfriend and step-daughter is a ton of fun. Ratchet, Folklore, and Kane & Lynch were also great, and two PSN titles really stood out: LocoRocco Cocorecho and Everyday Shooter. There are also a few titles that look great, but I haven’t had a chance to try: Uncharted, UT3, and CoD4.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST FROM 2008?

Gary: Games, games and erm games! Devil May Cry 4, Metal Gear Solid 4,MGS 4 Online, GTA IV, LBP, Killzone 2, Gran Turismo 5, Resistance 2, Haze, Burnout Paradise, FFXIII, FFXIII Versus, Yakuza 3, Dynasty Warriors 6 and Resident Evil 5 are just some of the games off the top of my head that should hit the PS3 during 2008.

Some may slip back to 2009 but it’s still set to be a fantastic year for high profile games. Then there’s the games we don’t even know about!

Henning: I’m looking forward to some good firmware upgrades (see my answer below). I’m also looking forward to some good games like LittleBigPlanet and Killzone 2. I hope that they don’t disappoint. I’m also hoping that developers start to give the PS3 its due and give us games that match the 360 versions in quality.

Tosh: 2008 is the year of games for the PS3! Metal Gear Solid 4, MGS 4 Online, Killzone 2, Resistance 2, Burnout Paradise, FFXIII Versus, Tekken 6. I’m curious to see what features will be added to the PS3 firmware in 2008. I’m hoping that PlayStation Home will be a huge hit. It has the potential to be. But a lot of that rests on the game developers shoulders. I’m excited to try it out. And I want more PlayStation Eye games πŸ™‚

Darrin: I’m most excited about the wild cards: will The Agency really succeed and deliver something new? Will Sucker Punch’s Infamous really excel? Will the new PS Eye games push the envelope? Will Insomniac, Naughty Dog, Harmonix, or NCSoft ship a big ’08 title? There are too many unknowns. In terms of safe-bet blockbusters: GTA4 definitely tops my list. MGS4 (particularly the online component) looks great, GT5, and Mercs 2.

WHAT NEW FEATURES DO YOU WANT TO SEE ADDED TO THE PS3 NEXT YEAR?

Gary: I don’t want full in-game XMB access, I just want to be able to send and read messages when I’m in a game.

I’d also like to see games make more use of customisable soundtracks. Super Stardust: HD is a start but games like Burnout Paradise and Skate would be awesome with that option.

Henning: Like almost everyone else with a PS3, I want in-game access to messages. It would also be great if the PS3 supported system-wide voice chat so I could talk to my friends no matter what game they’re in. This would also be handy if they’re in the same game and they’re the only person I want to chat with. That way I wouldn’t have to listen to the garbage all those foul-mouthed kids spew forth.

Tosh: In-game XMB access would be nice, full access isn’t needed. I just want access to message my friends and talk with them. Access the web browser, and some of the settings. Also the web browser needs to be improved. It’s slow, doesn’t even pull up some web pages. Firefox running on Linux on the PS3 works better than the PS3 web browser. I want to be able to choose my own photo for my PSN online icon. More PlayStation Eye support.

Darrin: My top wish is a DRM-free, SACD quality online music store. Other than that, Home looks awesome and the video store will be great, and I can’t wait to see all the other stuff that Sony thinks of.

Gary: Do you agree/disagree with our views? Share your views by posting in the comments!

  • Darrin, just because the multi-platform games that you liked were fine on PS3, doesn’t hide the fact that too many other multi-platform games were inferior on the PS3.

    Skate, Madden 08, Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, The Orange Box, Rainbow Six Vegas, Blacksite, etc, were all inferior versions on PS3. The first two I still bought, the latter ones I didn’t because of how bad they were on the PS3 compared to the 360.

    There are a load of other titles that I could mention but you get the gist of what I’m saying.

    I know you’re not saying there wasn’t a problem with inferior ports, I just don’t want to see as many multi-platform games looking and playing worse on the PS3 next year.

  • mcloki

    Top wish. And it has been a wish since they announced the PS3. Apple iTunes Music Store. This would instantly make the PS3 “the” home media center.

    2. Better internet Browser.
    3. A Wiimote type controller. Hopefully announced at GDC. Face it the Wii graphics blow. But the remote adds plenty of gameplay options. And for another 49.99 I’ll buy another peripheral for new and interesting gameplay options. I’m willing to buy an eyetoy, and a drum kit. So a new 3mote would be a cool addition. And yes i just coined the term “3mote” Use it well.
    4. Better advertising. Stop the abstract stupidity. Sell the damn system. You’re number three, start advertising like your jobs depended on it. Chiat, Sony’s last agency didn’t, now they lost Sony’s account. They’re having a bad Christmas.
    5. Blu ray is great. Really start pushing it. And add more content to your disks. Stranglehold bluray movie pack in was a great idea. Let’s see more of that.
    6. Improve the download store. Really really improve the download store. Let’s make Japanese anime available. You’re on the internet. There is a market for your content.

  • Ryan(jpt)

    It’s been a great six months for me and my PS3. I’ve enjoyed many a game, met a load of new people and watched a fair few Blu Rays. Special mention goes to my new friends (‘hello all’) and Uncharted. I haven’t had as much fun playing a game in years!

  • I would also love Sony to fire whoever came up with the absolute terrible UK PS3 ads.

    They are terrible! Let the games do the talking and stop with the This Is Living crap and stop spouting nonsensical rubbish about “the power of Blu-ray” which is irrelevant to the game you’re trying to sell!

    The Ratchet & Clank and Uncharted ads are cringe worthy. If I was undecided about getting a PS3, those ads would convince me not to buy one.

  • Carl;)G

    Highlights – Me buying a PS3!!!;-P
    BIG DISAPPOINTMENT – Sony dropping PS2 B/C!!!
    (thats why i got a 60GB U.K PS3 now)
    +Shame the PS2 Ratchet&Clank(all four games)play badly on PS3 still πŸ™
    hope they fix that;)
    +Not many 4 player splitscreen off-line games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-/
    (i.e MotorStorm,Unreal) πŸ™
    For 2008 – HOME,LBP,KillZone2,GT5,HaZe… LOADS! of good stuff! ;-P
    +Full in-game XMB access(would be cool)
    Think 2008 will be a very good year for PS3!
    (Erm only if all the stuff comes out in 2008 that is!) πŸ˜‰

  • I have to say that I felt that 2007 was a year more of bad news than good news. I often felt that the PS3 was getting the short end of the stick. I hope that 2008 gives the PS3 better treatment.

  • I’m just hoping that the PS3 can shake off what remains of the “unfashionable” image that much of the games media have forced upon it. For some reason, it’s been touted as a machine with a number of ‘problems’, which is of course complete fantasy. Especially when given the ‘competition’ of a last-gen machine with a gimmicky controller, and a system with a failure rate approaching 25%.

    For me, 2007 has been a very good year. There was a barren spell for games after launch, but fortunately there were some outstanding launch titles which saw us all through that time. And with recent titles like Ratchet, Uncharted and CoD4 (in TRUE 720p :-p), PS3 is finding its feet and beginning to punch its weight.

    As PS3 games become larger and more complex, I think we’ll see it pull away from the competition in 2008. Beginning with titles like Killzone 2, I believe we’ll see more and more titles which simply cannot be achieved on other systems, PS3 will secure its place as the only true next-gen system, and many media types will be force-fed large amounts of humble pie.

  • Darrin

    Gary, Skate seemed fine to me (only played demo and watched comparison videos). And I played quite a bit of Rainbow Six and it was great (the lack of online lobby was weird but that was it). I just don’t see a large multiplatform deficiency.

    mcloki, great post. Except that I really like the recent U.S. ads. The Europe and japan ads look dumb, but I thought that’s just my American taste.

    Paranomia, I couldn’t agree more.

  • I like the North American ads too. Though I wonder what game the big gorilla is from.

  • I need to play COD4. I hear good things everywhere. Having not played it though, and having played both RFoM and Warhawk, I hafta say Warhawk is the best online game. It may not have in-game messaging and other cool stuff, but as a game, I think it may be better. Though I did put a TON of time into online Resistance as well. They both rock…