Check out Gametrailers and one might find some links to gameplay footage from actual PS3 games. While Lair (due in July) seems to be the earliest release most of the other games are targeted for the holiday (except maybe Warhawk) and, I can taste the bile in my mouth as I say this, actually look good. I am particularly intrigued by three titles: 1.) “Drake: Uncharted Territory” which looks like some sort of delicious fusion between Tomb Raider and Beyond Good and Evil, 2.) “Folklore,” and action rpg with stylized graphics (ooohhh pretty colors!) that someone how involves ripping the souls or spirits out of enemies, and 3.) “Eye of Judgement,” which is a card battling system for the PS3. You read that right, you use a specialized mat and lay down cards (ala some sort of CCG deck thing) to someone spells, monsters, etc. to battle your opponent. My inner geek shivers in glee at this thought….my outer geek too.
I know what you’re saying: “But Mike $600!?” To which I would respond that with developers like Ubisoft (amongst others) calling for a price drop and the rapidly dropping sales figures since launch and Sony, come November, may be forced to take action. Or as a friend, and gamestop employee, informed the price of used PC dropped to $500. I haven’t confirmed this yet, niether websites for EB or Gamestop have listings for used PS3s, but even a used PS3 at, say $550 is worth considering. Why? Enter the B&N and its 15% discount. Sure it doesn’t work on new consoles but it does work on used ones. A used PS3 at the $500 pricepoint turns into a more palpatable $425 and even at say $550 still comes down to aroun $470, prices that are extraordinarily competitive with the $475 X-Box 360 7337 system.
Right now, thanks to its game library, the 360 has my vote. A vote that is solidly locked thanks to the Microsoft exclusive Bioware games. But, if the PS3 somehow manages to draw more developers (their current lineup is like a ghost town) and gets a competive price point that may change. It was easy, post-December, to feel like the opening shots of the “next-gen” console war were a bit a of bust. However I think this December will be the real make or break decider for the M$ (does using linux let me use that?) and Sony. Notice I don’t include Nintendo in that. I love Nintendo, I love the Wii, but it isn’t competing in the “next-gen” race….at least was we have known it (graphics and processing versus how we think and play). Nintendo’s biggest enemy at this point is Nintendo. Alright, enough rambling. Go check out some PS3 vids, and if someone is actually reading, post some comments.