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Operation Anchorage
Posted on Thursday, January 29 2009 @ 20:16:28 Eastern

I could totally go for some bonus Fallout 3 right about now, but I can't because I'm a Sony boy.  I bought a PS3 for a couple of reasons.  Let's review:


1) MGS 4 - Sweet tactical espionage action, sweet knife-fighting cyborg-ninja vs. vampire action.  Incredibly bloated story.  I heart Solid Snake and this game, but could have done without all the Otacon tears... or Naomi.  With all its flaws, I would gladly play this game if it was exclusive to a platform whose controller was a sack of rattlesnakes and back massagers. 

2) Tekken 6 - Hasn't come out yet, but I was raised on this franchise and statistically there's an 85% chance I will want to marry it when it does.  I found out a while ago this is no longer a Sony-exclusive. 

3) Final Fantasy XIII - Got kinda hooked after 7 (who didn't?) and 8, then again on 10 and 12.  Also found out a bit ago that this willl no longer be Sony exclusive. 

4) Resident Evil 5 - I love suplexing creepy not-zombie monk heads off.  I love Wesker and thrust punching even more.  Maybe I prematurely jumped to a conclusion by expecting this to be a Sony exclusive, but since 4 never came out on Xbox it seemed to follow logically that Umbrella was strictly a Sony subordinate.  The demo release suggests it actually favors the 360. 


So these are the franchises that I go all gooey for.  PS3 has or will have all of them, so I'm happy.  Still, I was expecting only Sony to have them, which was my main incentive for picking up the pricy PS3.  I think it's great that so many games are multi-platform these days because why shouldn't everyone play everything?  I also think it's good that I bought a PS3 because it has all lthe games I want to play in the above franchises, as well as the backwards compatibility (at least on mine) so I can play the games of my fanboy past and try to remember some of the basics of CQC. 

What makes me want to spinning-demon-uppercut the folks at Sony is that it seems they're failing to respond by pulling anticipated Microsoft exclusives into the middle of the venn diagram.  I really appreciate that I got to play Bioshock (even if a year late), but I'd also like to see what all the fuss is about with Gears of War, Mass Effect, Left 4 Dead, and good lord would I ever love to try out my theories in that zombie-mall simulator Dead Rising. 

I don't want to see the PS3 fail.  I'm invested in it.  I also don't believe the PS3 will fail.  I'm sure Sony will continue to power through for quite a while if they have to, but obviously that's not the best business plan.  Maybe they're still riding the high of dominating Xbox, Dreamcast or N64, but judging by the mentioned exclusives and non-exclusives Sony doesn't seem to realize they're not king of the hill anymore.  My incentive for sticking with Sony was familiarity (meh), and a list of supposed exclusive games, only one of which turned out to actually be exclusive.  Between dropping exclusives and a not-dropping price, it seems that people like me are faced with less and less incentive to buy a PS3. 

I thought my stalwart fanboyism was an untouchable monument to Sony, but honestly I'm feeling a little touched knowing I can't play an Alaskan Chinese ninja-killer simulation when all of my friends can.  For Sony's sake, I really hope they don't lose Kratos. 

If anybody happens to read this and owns Fallout 3 for 360, please tell me if DLC is good.
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