If variety is the spice of life then PlayStation 3 and PSP owners are in for one mouth-watering year.
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) gave a sneak peak at its 2008 (and early ’09) lineup to select media members late last week in Hollywood and the key message the video game giants were delivering was diversity.
From social games like the quiz title Buzz! to premier shoot ‘em up games like Resistance 2, Killzone 2 and SOCOM: Confrontation to sporty titles like Motorstorm: Pacific Rift and Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 and the indescribable, yet adorable, LittleBigPlanet, SCEA looks to have something to satisfy every type of gamer.
“It’s important to have a wide variety of titles in the library because then you can appeal to everybody,” said Matt Levitan, marketing and PR manager for Sony Computer Entertainment Canada.
“We’re always going to have incredible shooters like Resistance and Killzone, but then you bring out a title like LittleBigPlanet that is so different than anything that we have and you can't really classify the PS3 as a machine that is only for the hardcore.”
Here’s a quick rundown of what’ll be hitting store shelves for the PS3 and PSP later this year:
Resistance 2 – PS3 (Fall 2008)
The sequel to the bestselling PS3 launch title promises more alien-blasting action with features like an eight-player online co-op mode and 60-player online multi-player games.
LittleBigPlanet – PS3 (October 2008)
Try your hand at a new genre called “creative gaming” as you play, build and share inside a 3D landscape filled with sock puppet-esque characters.
BUZZ! Quiz TV – PS3 (Fall 2008)
The popular quiz show franchise, makes its way for the first time to PS3 with over 5,000 music, movies & TV, sports, general knowledge and lifestyle questions, plus online quiz sharing.
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift – PS3 (Fall 2008)
The most brutal racing game around is back with new tracks, monster trucks and improved split-screen multi-player action.
Killzone 2 – PS3 (February 2009)
The most highly anticipated PS3 shooter offers stunning visuals and an intense storyline that promises to blow gamers away.
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Confrontation – PS3 (Sept. 16, 2008)
Get the intense feel of military action in huge multi-player maps with up to 32 gamers online.
Secret Agent Clank – PSP (June 17, 2008)
Take control of the robot half of Ratchet &… in a spy-themed action adventure.
Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 – PSP (June 3, 2008)
Hit the links on six challenging new courses in this handheld golf classic.
BUZZ! Master Quiz – PSP (Fall 2008)
All the trivia fun of BUZZ! in the palm of your hand.
SIREN: Blood Curse – PSN (Summer 2008)
Evade zombies as a member of an American news crew trapped in a haunted village in Japan.
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