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For weeks now, we've been taking part in online Resistance matches. Insomniac games PS3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man provided a superb, flagship title for the release of PS3. Less than a year after the US launch of PS3, Insomniac hope to release some of their better known heros on the machine, Ratchet and Clank. If the game can improve on Ratchet and Clank 3, not just visually but in terms of gameplay, story, weapons, interactivity and all the things that PS3 has the capacity for then this could be absolutely stunning.

Ratchet and Clank Future

Ratchet and Clank is a game that really has the potential to something quite special. There are plenty of gritty, realistic, predominantly first person shooter based action games around on next generation consoles, but Ratchet and Clank is unlikely to follow that route. Whilst every effort will no doubt be put into making the game look absolutely stunning with characters and environments that will knock the socks of previous Ratchet and Clank games, what I really want to see is the multi-tasking power of Playstation 3 put to good use. I don't care if Ratchet isn't the most realistic lombax I'll ever see (well, likely anyway) if the whole world is brought to life via thriving cities and massively interactive landscapes with parts that move just because they can and not simply because you have to push a switch there to progress.

Insomniac already had the right idea with Resistance - on several levels there are Chimaeran machines moving in the background that have nothing to do with what the player is doing, but simply bring home the fact that the Chimaeran war machine is in motion with human processing working full time. Where the Star Wars movies didn't benefit from silly CG additions, Ratchet and Clank really could. The humour and existing style of the games would ideally suit the sort of touches like the new CG robot in A New Hope on Tatooine that smashes a flying robot out of the air. A comedy moment a irrelevant side note that didn't fit in Star Wars, but would be brilliant to see throughout the next Rathcet and Clank. Given Insomniac's track record so far though, I am confident this game will not let buyers down. It's perhaps my most highly anticipated game on PS3 right now.

Naughty Dog

A contender for platforming glory on Playstation 2, along with Ratchet and Clank, was the Jak and Daxter series (which actually hit the scene first). Naughty Dog are making the move to Playstation 3, but it looks like they're going for a more realistic approach this time, focussing on a jungle setting with what looks to be an Indiana Jones-style adventure, entitled Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Not a huge amount is known yet, but it looks like it could be absolutely stunning.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Other big hitters

Whilst I've singled out two games that I'm particularly curious about, there is a massive range of titles that could make a real splash later this year. The next Call of Duty game is under development by previous masters Infinity Ward (responsible for the award winning Call of Duty 2), and then there's the rather fine looking Assassin's Creed due for release too. On top of that, Army of Two and Burnout Paradise shouldn't be far away (though they may only release in 2008), providing PS3 with an exciting line-up around Christmas time.

For now, there's plenty to be getting on with on PS3 with Resistance: Fall of Man, Motorstorm and the imminent release of Oblivion. The next few months will be tided over through the release of a few old X-box titles like Rainbow Six: Vegas before things really kick off in September with the big names mentioned above and more. There's plenty to look forward to on PS3 and if the price of the console is cut near the end of the year, leading to an even larger userbase, the future of PS3 is looking extremely secure.

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