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March 20, 2007
Full PS3 Preview & Release Schedule

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PLAYSTATION 3 LAUNCH GUIDE:
THE GAMES

THE GAMES
PS3 LAUNCH TITLES
Australian launch titles:
Blast Factor
Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII
Call of Duty 3
Def Jam: Icon
Enchanted Arms
Fight Night Round 3
Formula One Championship Edition
Full Auto 2: Battlelines
Genji: Days of the Blade
Gripshift
Lemmings
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Motorstorm
Need for Speed Carbon
NHL 2K7
Ridge Racer 7
Resistance: Fall of Man
Sonic The Hedgehog
Tekken: Dark Resurrection
Tiger Woods PGA Tour '07
Tony Hawk's Project 8
Virtua Fighter 5
Virtua Tennis 3
World Snooker Championship 2007
To the right here is a table of all the games which will be available at the PS3 launch this Friday. Sure, there may have been some last minute delays, however this list is accurate as of today and it's pretty impressive. As yet Sony Australia has not confirmed the titles that will be available for download this Friday. What we have done here is select the 5 games which we think are the big hitters at launch - the ones which you should consider adding to your collection - and also 5 other notable titles. This is not saying that these are the only games worth picking up, or necessarily the best on the system, - but they're the ones we want to get our hands on.

As we all know the games you buy in stores will ship on Blu-Ray discs. These discs are not only for storing HD movies but can also store massive amounts of data. Each disc holds up to 50GB of data - approximately six times the capacity of a DVD used in older gaming systems like PS2 and XBox 360. Downloadable titles will be under 1GB each, and will be a major component of Sony's Playstation Network. Sony Australia has confirmed that the games will sell for between $5 and $20. Some of them are real crackers too.

Finally there are a tonne of games that won't make the launch, but won't be too far off either. One week after launch on March 30 we should see NBA 2K7, Splinter Cell Double Agent and NBA Street Home Court to name a few while April will see FEAR and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Anyway onto the list...

Our Top 5 Picks for the PS3 Launch

1. Motorstorm
Quite possibly the single most important game at the Playstation 3 launch is Sony's Motorstorm. The game includes 8 large tracks which are split up into multiple pathways and levels - many of which are suited to one vehicle over another. With support for 12 people online this is not only a wonderful offline game, but also online. Oh, as far as the graphics go, they're quite possibly the best we've ever seen in a console game - of any generation. For many, and especially racing fans, this will be the one title to buy this Friday.

2. Resistance Fall of Man
Resistance: Fall of Man sees the U.S. and Britain band together in a last-ditch effort to save Europe and Asia from a horrific scourge. In mere decades, the Chimera – a species of unknown origin propagating a virus that converts other life forms into more Chimera – has overrun Russia and all of Europe. Humanity’s hope for survival is slim, and the tide of the battle rests on the shoulders of U.S. Army Ranger, Sgt. Nathan Hale. It's not just the story that impresses, but the entire presentation and more importantly the 40-player online action! Now that truly is next-generation.

3. Virtua Fighter 5
We love fighting games, and they don't come any bigger, or better then Sega's Virtua Fighter 5. This latest title promises to be the best in the series to date, and there's certainly no disputing the quality of the graphics in this one with superb character design and backgrounds. Equally impressive will be the deep gameplay which promises to make this one of the first genuine triple-A titles on Sony's uber console. While it isn't an exclusive, the Playstation 3 will be the only console to host the title for quite some time with the XBox 360 version still many months away.

4. Call of Duty 3
Activision's Call of Duty series has had its fair share of the limelight, and for good reason too. The series has well and truly taken over from Medal of Honor as the best World War II based shooter on the market. This game focuses on the battle for Chambois in France. In the battle you'll play the role of Polish, Canadian, American, and British troops fighting the German army. Interestinly the game will switch between the different nationalities during the one major battle to reach the one ultimate goal - to cut of the German Panzer division and elite forces.

5. Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
If you're a gamer then Tekken should need no introduction. Namco's brawler first appeared in the arcades over a decade ago and since then has been a regular on each of Sony's platforms. Having been released on the PSP last year the announcement that Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection was coming to the Playstation Network as a downloadable title was the biggest shot in the arm to the service - but for gamers it means will be paying under $AU20 for one of the best fighting games of all time - which now includes upgraded visuals to 1080p. Certainly the downloadable title to buy.

Our next 5 recommendations:
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance - We've seen this game on almost every other platform already, but this PS3 version looks like being the best yet. Comic book fans need to check this out.
Ridge Racer 7 - Namco's Ridge Racer series is on the PS3 with glorious 1080p graphics. The only question remains, can Namco make this series fresh again? Our bet is, if you like the previous games, you'll love this.
NHL 2K7 - We loved the PS2 version, but this PS3 game looks very much improved. The visuals are astounding but its the gameplay that promises to bring this to the next level.
Gripshift - Sidhe's PSP racer has been upgraded and improved substantially and will be downloadable for a budget price.
Virtua Tennis 3 - Sega's tennis series hits back with some glorious visuals, and updated roster and improved gameplay. If you're a tennis fan then this is one to add to your list.

Check back tomorrow for more details about the Playstation 3 launch including different TV connections you should consider.


Click here to check out PLAYSTATION 3 LAUNCH GUIDE: THE MOVIES
Click here to check out PLAYSTATION 3 LAUNCH GUIDE: THE VERDICT PART 1
Click here to check out PLAYSTATION 3 LAUNCH GUIDE: THE VERDICT PART 2