On the Rainslick Precipice of Purchase

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Like many of us, I will be securing a tidy sum from my tax returns this year. And with said money I will finally be purchasing a PS3. I've talked about it before, even had the thing in my hands at the checkout stand and every time I've changed my mind.

The cost is the greatest barrier to my purchase, obviously, More than that though, I've until recently, had trouble justifying the purchase with the game lineup to offer. It's always been my policy to not buy a console unless I can think of at least five games I absolutely must have. Until just this last year, I couldn't fill that list.

It's no fault of Sony or the console itself, they've just been unlucky. So far, only a handful of the games they offer really grab me, and most that do I already have for my 360. Those that are left however, are really great. Uncharted, Little Big Planet, Metal Gear Solid 4, Wipeout: Fusion and Warhawk are all games I have played and loved the dickens out of.

I don't think I'm the only one that was waiting for a great lineup to buy a PS3. A lot of people I know would love to own a PS3 but are waiting for this game or that game.

A few people out there have said that Killzone 2 is the game that will carry the PS3 through these troubled days. Honestly, I've been glad that so many of the really great PS3 games haven't been shooters. The market has such a glut of them these days, it's hard to tell where one space marine stops an another starts.

I didn't need Killzone 2 to get me through the door, I was already there, fumbling with the knob. Doubtlessly, in today's game market, shooters rule the day, and a solid exclusive shooter can take a console long way. It happened with Halo, and to a lesser extent with Gears of War for Microsoft. Maybe Killzone will do the same for Sony. At any rate, I'll be too busy building my LittleBigCthulhu to care.