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PS3 2011 Preview: 20 Exclusive Games

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Jan 10, 2011 // Senior Manager, Social Media

As Jeff is fond of pointing out, nearly every major PlayStation series is making an appearance in 2011 — even Kratos is in on the action with his guest turn in the new Mortal Kombat. Add third-party publisher PS3 exclusives and upcoming PSN games and upcoming PlayStation Move games and you’ve got a 2011 that’s jam-packed with PS3-exclusive titles.

Here’s an updated list of 20 games you’ll only play on PS3 in 2011, using the latest publicly available information. Of course, schedules can shift and plans can change — as always, we’ll keep you posted. For the moment, though, this is where we stand for 2011.

Did we miss anything? What’s the number one game you’re dying to play? Let us know in the comments!

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Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel

Release date: March 2011
Developer: Gust
Publisher: NIS America
Long-awaited by fans of the Ar tonelico RPG series, and the first 3D entry in the series, Knell of Ar Ciel introduces a heavily revamped, real-time, action-based battle system. The series’ signature Song Magic will still be present, however, and will be influenced by the type of clothing you wear into battle. NIS America is promising some “kinky” special moves from this third and final chapter in the RPG series.

Hyperdimension Neptunia for PS3 Hyperdimension Neptunia for PS3

Hyperdimension Neptunia

Release date: February 2011
Developer: Idea Factory
Publisher: NIS America
Now here’s a creative premise: Hyperdimension Neptunia is a role-playing game loosely based on the video game industry, starring characters who are thinly veiled pastiches of the current crop of video game consoles. Your party of console goddesses is searching for a precious book called Histoire, and they’ll butt heads with the villainous Arfoire — an embodiment of all that’s wrong in videogaming — while busting heads with combat abilities like Skills Links, character swapping mid-combo, and the ability to summon images stored on your PS3’s hard drive to gain a competitive edge.

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The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection

Release date: Spring 2011
Developer: Team Ico
Special features: Stereoscopic 3D
Two of the most celebrated games of all time are being re-released on the PS3 in enhanced form. In the enigmatic Ico, you must help a young girl escape a mysterious castle haunted by spectral, shadow-like creatures and the dark influences of the Queen. In the avant-garde epic Shadow of the Colossus, you and your trusty steed embark on a quest to topple 16 giants and resurrect a young girl. Included on one Blu-ray disc, both games bring remastered graphics, stereoscopic 3D support, Trophies, and more.

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inFAMOUS 2

Release date: 2011
Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Venturing into the sinister streets of New Marais, messenger-turned-superhuman Cole McGrath tangles with a lethal race of mutants and an anti-mutant vigilante cabal while pursuing an unstoppable entity known as The Beast. While expanding his electricity-based super powers, Cole will continue to struggle against the most dangerous foe of all: himself. Expect to see some impressive action setpieces in inFAMOUS 2 — Sucker Punch is citing UNCHARTED 2 as a key inspiration.

Journey Journey

Journey*

Release date: 2011
Developer: thatgamecompany
The developers of the acclaimed (and award-winning) Flower and flOw return to the PS3 with Journey, a multiplayer game that eschews the traditional trappings of multiplayer games in favor of thought-provoking simplicity. As you explore the shifting sands of a lost civilization, you’re free to team up with another player or forge ahead by yourself — either way, you’ll never spot a matchmaking lobby because Journey’s multiplayer meetings happen purely by chance. You’ll float through the breeze and surf sand waves while deciphering the secrets of your enigmatic Journey.

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Killzone 3

Release date: February 22nd, 2011
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Special features: Stereoscopic 3D, PlayStation Move, sharpshooter
Following a devastating atomic blast on the surface of Helghan, ISA Sgt. Sev is left stranded on the homeworld of the Helghast — humanity’s sworn enemy. Outnumbered and outgunned, the ISA must elude a bitter civil war between warring Helghast factions, survive the inhospitable Helghan jungles, and harness high-tech firepower in order to take out the Helghast’s war machines. Robust 32-player multiplayer with upgradeable skills, two-player split-screen co-op, stereoscopic 3D, plus support for PlayStation Move (and sharpshooter) make Killzone 3 the definitive state-of-the-art PS3 shooter.

The Last Guardian

The Last Guardian

Release date: Holiday 2011
Developer: Team ICO
A young boy, a gigantic griffin-like creature, and a strange, dreamlike environment collide in director Fumito Ueda eagerly awaited game and Team ICO’s first title designed solely for the PS3. The The Last Guardian will expand on Ueda’s reoccurring theme of unlikely partnerships: As the main character, the boy will need to tend to and escort the plus-sized Trico…not always an easy task, considering that the big lug has a mind of his own. In turn, Trico can defend the boy from other dangers lurking in the fortress-like game world.

LittleBigPlanet 2 for PS3

LittleBigPlanet 2

Release date: January 18th, 2011
Developer: Media Molecule
Sackboy moves from a platform game to a “platform for games” in this ambitious sequel that enables gamers to create their own dream game across a myriad of genres: arcade, sports, adventure, puzzle, party, first-person shooter and pretty much anything else you can dream up. LittleBigPlanet 2‘s Story mode is on a grander scale too, pitting Sackboy and friends against the creativity destroying Negativitron in an adventure that spans the Cosmos.

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MLB 11 The Show

Release date: March 8, 2011
Developer: SCE San Diego Studio
Special features: Stereoscopic 3D, PlayStation Move
Spring training gets a shot in the arm with MLB 11 The Show’s new co-op play mode, which lets two players team up online or offline. Then there’s the new analog stick-based control for hitting, pitching and throwing. Support for stereoscopic 3D and PlayStation Move — plus 30 free days of MLB.TV if you reserve and purchase the game — throw in a high-tech curveball.

MotorStorm Apocalypse for PS3: Skyline track

MotorStorm Apocalypse

Release date: Spring 2011
Developer: Evolution Studios
Special features: Stereoscopic 3D
Superbikes screeching across crumbling rooftops, monster trucks soaring between collapsing skyscrapers, muscle cars dodging incoming military bombardments — now this is off-road racing! Evolution Studios is digging deep with the third iteration of their flagship racing series, adding not only apocalyptic urban racetracks but customizeable vehicles, perks, and rowdy local factions who will try to put the kibosh on your fun. Other MotorStorm Apocalypse highlights include a robust new Photo Mode and new multiplayer options — expect a playable PSN demo in 2011.

No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise for PS3

No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise

Release date: Fall 2011
Developer: AQ Interactive Inc.
Publisher: Konami
Remastered HD graphics, PlayStation Move support, and a host of gameplay updates and extra content round out this enhanced, definitive version of No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise. As the loser-turned-killer Travis Touchdown, you’ll use your Beam Katana (and PlayStation Move or DualShock 3) to slice and dice the 10 greatest assassins in the world — assassins with names like Destroyman and Bad Girl. You’ll engage in odd jobs to pay for new weapons and combat training as you slash your way to the top of the United Assassins Association.

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PixelJunk Shooter 2*

Release date: 2011
Developer: Q-Games
The first sequel in PixelJunk history is more than a collection of new levels, challenges, and bosses. In addition to an all-new single-player campaign set in the belly of an enormous space beast, PixelJunk Shooter 2 introduces a fleshed-out Online Battle mode that plays like a game of cat and mouse — if the mouse had access to homing rockets. The series’ fluid-based gameplay also gets shake up thanks to the new organic surroundings. Just wait until you encounter stomach acid!

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PlayStation Move Heroes

Release date: Spring 2011
Developer: Nihilistic Software
Deadly bowling balls, grenade launchers, and fire whips barely scratch the surface of PlayStation Move Heroes’ hefty weapon arsenal, and all are based on the personalities of the game’s lead characters — Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper and Bentley, and Jak and Daxter. Being a PlayStation Move exclusive, the weapons and gameplay take full advantage of the motion controller functionality. That means you’ll be able to steer those bowling balls, fire those grenades, and whip away with 1:1 accuracy as you collect crystals and wreak havoc in environments inspired by all three game series.

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One [Gamescon 2010]

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One

Release date: Fall 2011
Developer: Insomniac Games
Fans have long requested a multiplayer Ratchet & Clank title, and Insomniac Games has seen fit to deliver in spades with Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. Ratchet, Clank, and Qwark team up with perennial villain Doctor Nefarious to escape a gigantic device called the Creature Collector. The co-op gameplay is put to good use against massive boss creatures and physics-based puzzles, and a streak of competitive play comes out as players scramble to collect as much currency as possible.

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Resistance 3

Release date: September 6th, 2011
Developer: Insomniac Games
Sentinel Sgt. Nathan Hale is dead, a victim of the Chimera’s vile contagion. Earth sags under the crushing weight of the invader’s armada. Defeat appears imminent; all hope is lost. Amidst a complete societal breakdown, surviving Sentinel Joseph Capelli begins a cross-country journey to his hometown of New York City and, perhaps, the secret to overcoming the Chimeran threat once and for all. Resistance 3 re-introduces the weapon wheel from Resistance: Fall of Man, a new arsenal of upgradeable weapons, and new multiplayer modes and options.

SOCOM 4 squad

SOCOM 4

Release date: 2011
Developer: Zipper Interactive
Special features: PlayStation Move, sharpshooter
Zipper Interactive returns to the series that made them famous. This squad-based tactical shooter pits Ops Commander Cullen Gray and a four-man team of NATO special forces soldiers against a terrorist threat in Southeast Asia. In addition to a harrowing single-player campaign set in a beseiged city, SOCOM 4 includes a robust 32-player multiplayer mode and support for PlayStation Move.

Sorcery for PS3 and PlayStation Move

Sorcery

Release date: 2011
Developer: The Workshop
This PlayStation Move exclusive had everyone talking after its debut at E3 2010. In this adventure based on Irish folklore, you play as a wand-waving wizard who battles creatures of darkness with magic spells and potions case using gestures from the PlayStation Move.

Twisted Metal for PS3

Twisted Metal

Release date: 2011
Developer: Eat Sleep Play
David Jaffe and Scott Campbell return to the car combat series that made them — and PlayStation — household names. On the PS3, Twisted Metal introduces massive-scale 16-player online battles, sprawling urban environments that crumble under explosions, more realistic weapons and combat, and customizeable vehicles — including, for the first time, helicopters. Eat Sleep Play is preparing some over-the-top multiplayer modes as well, including the aptly named “Nuke.”

UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception

UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception

Release date: November 1st, 2011
Developer: Naughty Dog Studios
Special features: Stereoscopic 3D
Globe-hopping treasure hunters Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan return in a search for the fabled Atlantis of the Sands — Iram of the Pillars — in an adventure that will taken them to the sun-baked deserts of the Arabian Peninsula. In addition to a sweeping new single-player adventure, UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception will introduce technological advancements (including realistic water, fire, and sand), a more maneuverable Drake, and enhanced online multiplayer.

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Yakuza 4

Release date: March 15, 2011
Developer: SEGA
Publisher: SEGA
Raise hell in an open-world Tokyo (fictional Kamurocho, Tokyo’s red light district, to be precise) with stylish mobsters, a serial killer on the loose, and 100 million yen gone missing. Yakuza 4 ups the ante on Yakuza 3 by introducing three new characters, each sporting a unique set of bone-crunching hand-to-hand attacks. Once the violence is over, you can unwind with mini-games – a popular element of any Yakuza game — including karaoke, pachinko, and ping pong. And yes, hostess clubs will make the cut in the US version this time. And I’m not talking about the snack cakes.

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+ Venom1976 on January 10th, 2011 at 2:03 pm said:

Sony needs a Ratchet & Clank trilogy HD remake on the PS2 games. Get on it, chop,chop !


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+ TheHakku on January 10th, 2011 at 2:06 pm said:

Oh wow. Cole looks like Cole again. Good.


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+ tacotaskforce on January 10th, 2011 at 2:06 pm said:

Are they working on fixing No More Heroes: Paradise for the North American release? The Japanese release that came out last year had hilariously terrible slowdown and loading times, not to mention frequent freezing. I hope all the time spent bringing it over is being spent on making it run at least as well as the Wii version and not just on adding features.


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+ gold5225 on January 10th, 2011 at 2:07 pm said:

You guys can just siphon money from my paycheck, Sony I’m probably going to invest over $1500 dollars just on your games and accessories this year anyway. This is before figuring out how much my 3D TV is going to cost haha. Oh and it wouldn’t be a big deal if I wasn’t a Senior in High School. I should probably focus on college. But I’d rather enjoy great games!


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+ Butters360 on January 10th, 2011 at 2:11 pm said:

It’s simply extortion.


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    + Sid Shuman on January 10th, 2011 at 2:51 pm said:

    ^_____^


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+ barnaclejoe on January 10th, 2011 at 2:19 pm said:

1.) LittleBigPlanet 2
2.) Pixeljunk Shooter 2
3.) The Last Guardian
4.) Journey
5.) Twisted Metal
6.) HD Ico + SOTC collection

AND.. maybe

7.) InFamous 2
8.) Move Heroes (does it need PlayStation in the name?)

For ME.. that is a TON of games. Last year I bought 2 or 3. Plus, I’m definitely getting Portal 2 as well, so wow.


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+ Zieglinde on January 10th, 2011 at 2:21 pm said:

SO excited for Ar Tonelico 3. Definitely picking up Neptunia and Yakuza 4 too

Did you forget White Knight Chronicles 2?
Atelier Totori may make it this year too


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+ DRBOBO69 on January 10th, 2011 at 2:22 pm said:

picking um most of these cant wait for my LBP 2 collectors next week been enjoying the beta the game is completly worth $60


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+ Chessy_08 on January 10th, 2011 at 2:24 pm said:

Zipper I really need Socom 5 right now get er done please so u can work on MAG 2. MAG being one of my favorite FPS games ever


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+ Tomm4118 on January 10th, 2011 at 2:25 pm said:

Still eagerly antisapating the Kevin Butler LBP2 comercial…. is it coming?


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+ judalation on January 10th, 2011 at 2:26 pm said:

PSYCOOOOOO!!!!


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+ Silent_Gig on January 10th, 2011 at 2:44 pm said:

SO I GUESS YOU GUYS DONT CARE ABOUT TRINITY:SOULS OF ZILLO?


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    + Sid Shuman on January 10th, 2011 at 2:52 pm said:

    It’s coming!


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+ digitalman123 on January 10th, 2011 at 2:52 pm said:

The exclusives on this list I’m looking forward to are…
-LittleBigPlanet 2
-Infamous 2
-Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One
-Killzone 3
-Playstation Move Heroes (you know, kinda)
-Uncharted 3
Probably more though…
LBP2 CE next week!


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+ Shane_O on January 10th, 2011 at 2:58 pm said:

A very impressive lineup for 2011. A bit overwhelming, really. That’s a lot of games to look forward to. Personally, I think I’d love to play at least 12 out of that list.


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+ Airwalkinman17 on January 10th, 2011 at 3:00 pm said:

in order of my anticipated:

Resistance 3
The Last Guardian
The Team Ico Collection
Twisted Metal
R&C All 4 One
inFamous 2
Killzone 3
LittleBigPlanet 2
Journey
Uncharted 3


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+ rokugatsu on January 10th, 2011 at 3:05 pm said:

What about White Knihght Chronicles 2, Disgaea 4 and Ni no kuni? Especially WKC2, I loved the first one and can’t wait to play 2nd part. Hope it will be released this year… :(


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+ Curtisio on January 10th, 2011 at 3:06 pm said:

I can’t say enough how excited I am with LBP2 coming out next week!

The bummer thing about it all is how LBP2 will NOT have the LBP1 on disk levels. I remember this blog did say only the new GOTY version levels will not be included. I sold my copy of LBP1 and now have to rebuy the game.

I have found the game for $20 and with the 18 additional levels included with the GOTY version and some of the customes included (I didn’t buy them all), it might be worth it.


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+ StECnet on January 10th, 2011 at 3:07 pm said:

I am 100% sure I am buying 13 of those games listed! Looks like Sony will claim victory to another year of incredible games!

I don’t want to slag the competition but the 360′s only exclusives for 2011 are what… Gears of War 3, Star Wars Kinect and Forza Kinect?

Looks like the PS3 is getting all the love this year! :D


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+ Surfaced on January 10th, 2011 at 3:08 pm said:

http://img2.sankakustatic.com/wp-content/gallery/safe-ix/2011-games.jpg

That is a complete list. Granted some games like Ni No Kuni and Final Fantasy Versus XIII have yet to be confirmed for a North American release, everything else there is genuine.

And there are probably a few that Sid probably can’t talk about so I wouldn’t blame him if he didn’t list them here.


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+ Zinacef on January 10th, 2011 at 3:12 pm said:

You know, regarding ‘Infamous 2′ release, stating that its release in 2011 is a bit vague. How about attaching one of the seasons to that number?


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+ stlcardinal9 on January 10th, 2011 at 3:19 pm said:

Holy Crap my wife is not going to be happy after I buy 12 of these..hahahaahhahaha


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+ Ethereal on January 10th, 2011 at 3:20 pm said:

Theres a problem when I can count 11 titles as being day one purchases…my poor wallet. Keep em coming Sony!


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+ NotoriousGamer on January 10th, 2011 at 3:24 pm said:

100% guarantee that not all these games will see a Home public space.


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+ ihatereading369 on January 10th, 2011 at 3:27 pm said:

10 out of 20… Uncharted 3, and Killzone 3 top my list.


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+ ballagh on January 10th, 2011 at 3:30 pm said:

Thanks for the updates SID. Any idea on a launch date for Socom 4? Any news how Motorstorm looked at CES? Have you heard anything on Move support or 3D for Uncharted/Socom/Resistance? I know Socom will have Move support, and hoping they will all have 3D. Really digging COD and GT5 in 3D. Although I think there is some lag issues that need addressed for online 3D gaming. When in 3D mode I get smoked online COD BO, Seems like there is a split second bit of lag online, which I can see since is has another device/transmitter to go through.

Thanks for the info.


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+ footballrule on January 10th, 2011 at 3:40 pm said:

Uncharted 3, Infamous 2, Resistence 3, LittleBigPlanet 2, Killzone 3, and SOCOM 4 are all very great games i’m looking forward to. :)


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+ SpiritThief on January 10th, 2011 at 3:40 pm said:

Thank you NIS. Good things I see. I hope my wallet will thank you with slightly cheaper prices.

Looking forward to Ar tonelico Qoga Knell of Ar Ciel the most


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+ Dragun619 on January 10th, 2011 at 3:50 pm said:

hm, did my list help add to your list?

And I forgot to ask but, Do you know if Kmart will have any LBP2 Collector Editions? I hear Kmart will be offering $25 bonus credit for LBP2.


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    + Sid Shuman on January 10th, 2011 at 4:37 pm said:

    Everyone helped a lot! :) I’m just nailing down a few details and we’ll do a mass update to this. Consider this a living document that will grow over time…


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+ HeeroCobain on January 10th, 2011 at 3:52 pm said:

Looking forward to MLB with the new move support. If White Knight 2 comes out this year is there going to be a bundle to include the first game since the sequel is so reliant on it?

Oh, even though I know it’s never going to be released outside of Japan I’m heavily interested in BLEACH: SOUL IGNITION


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+ xxnike629xx on January 10th, 2011 at 4:00 pm said:

From this list..

The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection
- never played the originals on PS2
The Last Guardian
- might as well get it to go along with the above game
MotorStorm Apocalypse
- maybe
- never played any, but this game looks like it’ll be fun
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
- do you even have to ask?
- obvious must buy for all ps3 owners


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+ clupula668 on January 10th, 2011 at 4:11 pm said:

No More Heroes doesn’t come out until Fall?!? Boo! I wants it now!


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+ onslaughtree on January 10th, 2011 at 4:15 pm said:

Next up , KILLZONE 3…..The countdown begins


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+ explosive78 on January 10th, 2011 at 4:18 pm said:

I’ve already prepared my wife last week. Im setting aside money now. Little big planet is when it all begins. I hope these playstation rewards program kick in soon, because im gonna deserve a reward from you guys when Im done!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ SavoyPrime on January 10th, 2011 at 4:19 pm said:

That’s certainly a good-looking lineup!


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+ XxT_I_K_IxX_PR on January 10th, 2011 at 4:20 pm said:

Killzone 3, Resistance 3 and Uncharted 3… Those are the ones I’m sure I’m gonna buy.


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+ TGzorox on January 10th, 2011 at 4:23 pm said:

Can’t we get better RPGs? Stuff like the Last Story and Lost Odyssey are a million times better than NIS crap.


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+ driver4_ on January 10th, 2011 at 4:28 pm said:

Very awesome line-up! But what one of those games I wish were going to be announced later for 2011 would be a new SIREN game, but any SIREN fan knows that it’s not gonna happen :(


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+ FreQaZoiD on January 10th, 2011 at 4:34 pm said:

I… cannot… wait! Going to be broke by Christmas!


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+ Dragoon-00 on January 10th, 2011 at 4:43 pm said:

can we get the release date for infamous 2?


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+ DNAgent on January 10th, 2011 at 4:43 pm said:

I’m assuming that the PSBlog has some type of character limit as there are a lot more than 20 exclusives coming out for the PS3 in 2011.


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+ rpgki on January 10th, 2011 at 4:46 pm said:

wow, amazing line-up and that’s only for the PS3, i want to see the PSP line-up, i will have to look for a job lool, to many good games for this 2011 and i need a PSp T-T.


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+ Thrasher20 on January 10th, 2011 at 4:47 pm said:

Damn you guys, I am going to be broke


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+ deathxrebirth on January 10th, 2011 at 4:48 pm said:

Hmmm, Hyperdimension Neptunia is due out in two months? I have not heard a single word about the game except for here once before. That and it isn’t even up on Amazon or other sites for preorder. What’s going on?


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+ jason3064 on January 10th, 2011 at 5:05 pm said:

IS SORCERY DEAD? i hope not


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+ Draven71 on January 10th, 2011 at 5:29 pm said:

There’s no mentione of Sly Cooper 4. I’d like to see that this year but I bet that will be a 2012 release.


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+ Weshzu on January 10th, 2011 at 5:30 pm said:

mmm uncharted 3, killzone 3, little big planet 2 and twisted metal you are mine!!


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+ Dragun619 on January 10th, 2011 at 5:33 pm said:

@ Sid

Awesome, I’m looking forward to seeing the new list! :D
Possibly with few new screen shots, if that’s cool, like for Socom IV. Really like to see if it the graphics have improved since the delay.


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+ demonyc-embyr on January 10th, 2011 at 5:42 pm said:

I don’t know about anybody else, but I like the idea of Uncharted 3, inFAMOUS 2, Killzone 3, Resistance 3. Has anybody heard about Metal Gear Solid: Rising? I thought it was coming out this year and especially PS exclusive.


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+ Ninja-KiLLR on January 10th, 2011 at 5:53 pm said:

why isnt the splinter cell collection on here? that is coming out for us and only us this march i thought


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+ Butters360 on January 10th, 2011 at 6:00 pm said:

Missing the Tomb Raider Collection that was just announced.


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