A couple of days ago Sony announced to the world that their next home console, the PlayStation 4 would be arriving this holiday season. Many of us threw our arms in the air (and whatever we were holding) and did a dance and a jig at the prospect of playing on some new hardware this Christmas.
While the future definitely looks bright, lets not forget about the present and what’s still on offer with the PlayStation 3.
The PlayStation 3 has been sitting under TV’s for the last 6 years now, and it looks set to remain there for a long time after the PlayStation 4 swoops in and wows us with dazzling visuals and new ways to play and share our gaming experiences. The fact is, there’s still a lot of life left in the old dog yet and we’d all do well to remember that it’s still got a stellar year ahead of it with some great new games being released, ranging from new intellectual properties (The Last of Us) and well-known franchises (Grand Theft Auto V,) as well as the plethora of indie games and downloadable titles.
The news that the PlayStation 4 won’t be supporting any of the retail or PlayStation Network purchases you make is definitely a blow, but it’s also a reason to keep hold of your trusty console that has seen you through the years with spectacular battles in God of War to wonderous adventures with Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series. They’re even more precious now then they once were, because don’t expect them to become available immediately with the launch of the PlayStation 4 and it’s cloud gaming facility made available by Sony-owned Gaikai.
These titles will most likely be unplayable via the service for a while, so as strong as the desire may be to sell on or trade in your PlayStation 3 to fund your new adventures with the PlayStation 4, it’s probably a good idea to keep the old boy safe for a little while longer.
In the mean time, you need to satisfy your gaming needs, that’s understandable, and even with the new console on the horizon, the flow of games from doesn’t seem to be drying up, you’ve got a lot to look forward to.
From Naughty Dog, the developers behind the breathtaking Uncharted series is back with a brand new game, The Last of Us. Set in a post apocalyptic world where humans have become infected and turned into man-eating psycho’s, you’ll be embarking on the biggest adventure yet thanks to the Naughty Dog team and their intimate knowledge of the magical Cell Processor that pumps out the goodies for the PlayStation 3.
Rockstar are providing more thrills, laughs and blood spills with their latest installment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise with Grand Theft Auto V. Featuring unique gameplay across a sprawling city created in stunning detail, Grand Theft Auto V is set to break all kinds of records when it takes over store shelves this September.
Right around the corner we have another sequel, but that’s not a bad thing. God of War: Ascension looks stunning and from the demo’s, it plays better than any other God of War title to date. Chuck in a multiplayer mode and boom, you’ve got yourself a game worthy of the Gods.
Lara Croft’s adventures have become somewhat stale in recent years, but this is set to change. With a gritty reboot (as is standard these days) you’ll be forced to scavenge and hunt to survive the wilderness in an origin story that looks to set us up for future Tomb Raider titles. The trailers look great and it’s coming from Square Enix, so it’s safe to say there’s still life left in Lara yet.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist comes from Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft. The 6th home console release in the series will put you in the goggles of Sam Fisher as you sneak around taking out the enemy from the shadows, or going on a full frontal assault with the new “Killing in Motion” gameplay. It’s another top-tier title that the PlayStation 3 will play host to, just a couple of months before the PlayStation 4 launches.
This is just a snippet of what’s to come for the PlayStation 3 in the next few months, with plenty more titles releasing over time and surely many more that haven’t been announced as of yet.
The point is, the PlayStation 3 is still going strong and deserves to play host to great titles for at least a few more years. It may not boast the graphical fidelity of its successor, but it’s done us all well over the last few years, it’d be a shame if we all abandoned it.
Remember, a PlayStation is for life, not just for Christmas. (So are all consoles for a matter of fact, so don’t you dare let me catch you chucking your Xbox or PlayStation into the river wrapped in blankets!)
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