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Sony E3 2009 press conference shows strong PS3 lineup

The Sony E3 2009 press conference ensured PS3 owners of a very solid lineup of exclusive video games.

While Sony didn't necessarily dazzle us with unannounced exclusive titles, the company definitely cemented the console's beefy lineup with a handful of live demos. Kicking it right off was gameplay footage of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, expected this holiday season. What some call the "male Tomb Raider," Uncharted 2 was quite possibly the best-looking game of the conference.


Next up was MAG, a game teased at last year's E3 promising 256 online players at once. We were treated to a live demo that accomplished the feat featuring players from all over the world. MAG is expect this fall.

Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton then briefly mentioned Rockstar Games' Agent, claiming the title could only be possible on a PlayStation 3. Unfortunately no footage or release date was given. Two developers from Ubisoft then showed off Assassin's Creed 2, though the game will not be a PS3 exclusive. It will be available this holiday season.


While we all knew Final Fantasy XIII was coming to both Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles in 2010, we had no idea that Final Fantasy XIV was in development, let alone an exclusive PS3 title. A trailer for the game noted the next chapter in the story would take players online as well.

Sticking with the theme of "play, create, share," Modnation Racers will allow users to customize racetracks, cars, and racers very much in the vein of LittleBigPlanet. Gamers can also design their very own tracks to share and play with other PS3 owners--a demo that made us immediately think of Sim City.

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Wrapping up the conference was a trailer for Gran Turismo 5, the hard-core racing simulator that has been in development for what seems like a decade. We also got to see an official trailer for the third game from Fumito Ueda, the creator behind ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. The Last Guardian looks to be just as ambitious and imaginative as the previous two titles, but unfortunately no release date was set.

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Finally, it was up to Kratos for the grand finale, as we witnessed a solid chunk of game play from God of War III. The title will finally end the story of Kratos and the gods and looks to be as brutal as ever. We're expecting God of War III in March 2010.