The PlayStation 3 launch is going to be really bad in the U.S., it seems. The news coming out of Japan has not been very heartwarming.
I am going to try my damnedest to get a PS3 at launch. Not really because I want one, but because I will want one down the line. About the only thing that interests me (right now) is Resistance and their downloadable games.
But with the estimated 400,000 units for U.S., Canada, and Mexico for this Friday's launch, it is going to be near impossible to get one. More units were available at the PS2 launch. Does anyone remember how hard it was to get a PS2 at first?
I thought the 360 launch was bad, with the delayed software, and small number of units. But at least Microsoft had second shipments of 360s very soon after launch day. Will we see the same movement of units after Day 1 from Sony?
The list of 360/Microsoft exclusives is getting pretty big. Gears of War could not have shipped at a better time.
Looking at the impending launch of the Nintendo Wii, it has a large number of exclusives as well, partly because of the controller, but also because a lot of developers are just enthused about the prospect of something new — the Wii Remote.
Even EA is getting the shakes, canceling NBA Live 07, even after their huge demo at the Sony presser at E3 this year, which focused on NBA Live 07!
Following is a list of games that have been canned for the PS3, some pretty big names that would/could help the platform.
NBA Live 07
Condemned: Criminal Origins
Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Dark RPG (working title)
Black Blade (working title)
Note that a lot of those games are going to be on the 360, or are on the 360 right now. So far the biggest 360 game to get the axe is Frame City Killer.
The PS3 also just saw some delays making their launch that much less enticing. Oblivion and Sonic the Hedgehog were pushed back until 2007. The Nights of the Nine expansion for Oblivion will hit both 360 and PC before it is even out for the PS3. So much for that surprise launch RPG, and its exclusive content.
The PS3 launch list looks like this:
Call of Duty 3
Fight Night Round 3
Genji: Days of the Blade
Madden NFL 2007
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire
Need for Speed: Carbon
Resistance: Fall of Man
Ridge Racer 7
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
Tony Hawk's Project 8
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom