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Will PS3 Stay on Top in 2010?

In 2008, PS3 really shined with the best exclusives of the year: LittleBigPlanet, Metal Gear Solid 4, Motorstorm Pacific Rift, Wipeout, etc.

In 2009, PS3 was on top by a wide margin. There really wasn’t even any competition. It had the mainstream game of the year with Uncharted 2, arguably the best RPG of the generation with Demon’s Souls, the best open world game with Infamous, and Killzone 2, Ratchet & Clank, and of course that’s just the exclusives. And it got an extremely competitive price drop, Netflix support, and day and date releases on all big multiplatform titles.

In 2010, will the PS3 stay on top with the best exclusives and best hardware? The Wii and the PC will keep delivering a few great titles, while the 360, after being largely absent in 2009, looks like it is back in the game with Mass Effect 2, Alan Wake, Crackdown 2, Halo Reach, Splinter Cell, and Natal.

Subjectively, I’d say absolutely yes. Just looking at the already announced and previewed exclusives:

Pre-Ordained AAA Blockbusters

Each one of these has very promising preview coverage, a reputable dev team, and none of these is just a regular annual or biannual release in a franchise. Each one of these is a pretty epic release and either aims to define a new gameplay experience in a new genre or dramatically raise the bar for an existing one.

  1. Heavy Rain
  2. God of War 3
  3. Gran Turismo 5
  4. The Last Guardian

Second Tier

  1. Yakuza 3
  2. White Knight Chronicles
  3. 3D Dot Heroes
  4. DC Universe Online (also PC)

Third Tier

  1. The Agency (also PC)
  2. MAG
  3. ModNation Racers


  1. Resistance 3: Semi-leaked. Not official, but this is a fairly safe bet for 2010.

Hardware Developments

  1. Motion Controller
  2. Stereo 3D Support

Many more exclusives will be revealed for 2010 over the year, plus there are some amazing multiplatform titles as well. But so far, this looks like an amazing year overall, and yes, the PS3 definitely looks like it will keeps it title as the best system to own with the best games.