A fantastic first-party lineup gives the PS3 a great start for 2010.By 1UP Staff

Sony had a pretty rocking 2009 with games like Killzone 2Uncharted 2, and inFamous, and 2010 already looks like another great year for first-party and/or exclusive PS3 titles (in addition to the solid multiplatform titles like BioShock 2). Anyone who complains that the PS3 doesn’t have enough games to justify its existence needs only to look at God of War 3, Heavy Rain, The Last Guardian, Gran Turismo 5, and even 3D Dot Game Heroes to see the error of their ways. We haven’t even touched on what possible surprises Sony and its friends might reveal later at E3 or somesuch. And again, if this list could be a little bigger, then we’d fit in games like Red Dead RedemptionMafia II, and MAG.

FINAL FANTASY XIII

Dev: Square Enix | Pub: Square Enix

Currently locked in mortal combat with Mass Effect 2 for the title of “Biggest RPG of 2010,” the thirteenth numbered Final Fantasy looks very much like a return to the fan-favorite elements found in FFVII and FFX: Beautiful people with fashionable clothes engaged in a melodramatic story and lots of turn-based menu-driven combat. Even gamers who are growing a little weary of the Final Fantasy style are interested, just because the whole thing is so pretty. March is gonna be huge, but FFXIII is so big that it simply eclipses everything else that month.

GOD OF WAR 3

If you finished God of War 2, you know exactly how God of War 3 begins — with you as Kratos climbing Gaia’s back on his way to getting revenge on the gods. Between letting players fight on the backs of giant Titans, attack with new weapons like the gauntlet-like Cestus, and use new abilities like the ability to fly vertically in wind tunnels, God of War 3 looks to push the series forward in many ways, but for many the appeal here is to see how it finishes off the trilogy from a story perspective.

HEAVY RAIN

3D DOT GAME HEROES

A tribute/homage/rip-off/parody of 8-bit action adventures (and then some), 3D Dot Game Heroes tells the story of a 2D kingdom thrust into 3D by their king, but the main plot centers around the hero taking down a malevolent bishop. This action RPG is filled with references to the good ol’ days of console adventuring, starting with a much-too-faithful feel of the original Zelda games, continuing with a cameo by the 8-bit hero ofSpelunker, and of course, the very beep-and-boopy music. There’s also a nifty character editor if you want to 3D-ify your own pixel people (or another game’s!).

THE LAST GUARDIAN

Team Ico and Fumito Ueda have a well-deserved reputation for making games that almost instantly spur an, “Are games art?” discussion whenever they’re brought up. So it’s hard not to be excited for their next big project, The Last Guardian. All we know so far is that you have to take care of a huge griffin-like monster, and it at least looks a lot like Ico andShadow of the Colossus. But will it be a stand-alone title? Will it tie those other esoteric stories together? Will it make us cry by killing off our giant, “sea eagle” pet in the end? We can’t wait to find out!

GRAN TURISMO 5

After holding our breaths for so long while waiting for Polyphony Digital’s long awaited “driving simulator,” we can finally start looking forward to exhaling as Gran Turismo 5 is slated to release in early 2010. In standard GT fashion, the PS3 racer comes packed to the brim with an abundance of features including 1,000 cars, 60 tracks, and fully modeled car cockpits. A first in the series, Gran Turismo 5 also features car damage — adding to the already keen attention to detail that keeps gearheads and videogame fans alike returning for more. With the usual world circuit series rounded out by fully fleshed out rally and NASCAR modes, GT5 is a title no car nut can afford to miss.

BIOSHOCK 2

Though it no longer carries the subtitle “Sea of Dreams,” one gets the feeling that this sequel to 2K’s smash-hit shooter will still deal in utopian/dystopian themes and ultimately corruption. A bit of the story has been revealed, and here’s a quick rundown of we know so far: It’s 10 years after the first game; you play as the first Big Daddy (complete with new weapons and plasmid powers); new splicer types and Big Sisters attack you; and a cult-like society run by one Sophia Lamb (and her crazy butterfly imagery) is the new Big Bad. You can see why we’re eager to figure out how it all fits together when the game releases in February.

Though it no longer carries the subtitle “Sea of Dreams,” one gets the feeling that this sequel to 2K’s smash-hit shooter will still deal in utopian/dystopian themes and ultimately corruption. A bit of the story has been revealed, and here’s a quick rundown of we know so far: It’s 10 years after the first game; you play as the first Big Daddy (complete with new weapons and plasmid powers); new splicer types and Big Sisters attack you; and a cult-like society run by one Sophia Lamb (and her crazy butterfly imagery) is the new Big Bad. You can see why we’re eager to figure out how it all fits together when the game releases in February.

JUST CAUSE 2

We loved sky diving, car surfing, and airplane hijacking the first time around, and the sequel looks to be focusing on spending as much time as possible performing some combination of those things. Not many other games allow for a ridiculous series of events such as using a grappling hook to slam two guys into each other while standing on top of the roof of a moving car. If there’s anything in the world more important than pulling off ridiculous aerial stunts like that with the aid of a grappling hook, we haven’t heard of it yet.

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40THE DAY

When the first Army of Two fell into our hands, we weren’t sure if it was an odd celebration of man and friendship, or if it was just borderline homosexual (fist pumps included). And now with the prospects of another bro-venture among the list of next year’s releases, we can’t help but gasp with excitement. Whether that emotion is related to having a solid co-op experience (which is nice for the PS3, since there’s no Gears of War), or laughing at the game’s antics, depends on which person you talk to. The most interesting part to us about The 40th Day, is that once per chapter, Salem and Rios will come across a very specific situation with a clear, “good/bad” choice. What will you do broseph?

MLB 10: THE SHOW

The previous incarnation is quite possibly the best baseball videogame ever, so ’10 has to impress us with the little things while keeping the original mechanics in-place: calling pitches as a catcher, introducing the Futures Game, and having small stadium animations like a working splash counter at AT&T Park are a nice start. If they can fix the online play (and those loading times) this year, ’10 is likely to take the mantle from ’09 as the best baseball game ever. Spring can’t get here soon enough.

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