With the release of the PS4 imminent, I look back at my time spend with the PS3, there were plenty of fond memories (Uncharted 2, God of War 3, Valkyria Chronicles and MGS5!) and there was bad memories of the rough early days when it really was questionable if Sony would sink or swim.
Overall, I feel that the PS3 was a nice product, in some ways ahead of its times but also woefully berhind in others, with Sony playing desperate catchup to achieve parity with its prime competitor the Xbox.
In the end though they did it, they swam to shore, took and deep breath and shouted to the heaven. Sony delivered on the games.
This will be the last year were Sony focus its worldwide studio on the PS3, but with strong support from Japan and the indie scene, this also looks to be one of if not the best year of releases for the PS3. So good in fact, that I'm finding it hard to convince myself this is a console on the decline and about to be replace by a much lauded successor.
I mean just have a look at the release schedule for retail PS3 exclusive!
|Ni No Kuni – Wrath of the White Witch||Jan-13|
|Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time||Feb-13|
|Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk||Mar-13|
|God of War: Ascension||Mar-13|
|Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory||Mar-13|
|MLB 13: The Show||Mar-13|
|The Last Of Us||Jun-13|
|Metal Gear Solid The Legacy||Jul-13|
|Time and & Eternity||Jul-13|
|One Piece Pirate Warriors 2||Aug-13|
|Tales of Xillia||Aug-13|
|Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX||Sep-13|
|Beyond Two Souls||Oct-13|
|The Guided Fate Paradox||Q3 13|
|Disgaea D2 A Brighter Darkness||Q4 13|
|Gran Turismo 6||Q4 13|
|The Witch And The Hundred Knights||TBA 13|
|Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD||TBA 13|
Now thats a fine line-up, and it doesn't even include the plethora of indies and downloadable games we've been getting, I feel spoiled!
And honestly, this list appeal to me (look at'em JRPG!) more than any list presented for the next gen consoles. So PS3 owners, do look forward to next gen... but if you don't want to upgrade just yet, don't fret, the PS3 is in its golden year, this IS the year of the PS3... and we have some fine games to enjoy.
What a way to end a console cycle.