2008 SCE PlayStation Lineup Dated, Detailed

Sony Computer Entertainment America just sent over a timeline for the next nine months of SCE-published games on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP.

The schedule confirms that many of the dates provided by SCE Europe apply to North America, such as LittleBigPlanet (PS3) in October and Killzone 2 (PS3) next February.

Here's a summary of the notable PlayStation 3 releases:

  • PlayStation Store Downloads:
    • wipEout HD - Summer 2008
    • Elefunk - Summer 2008
    • PixelJunk Eden - Summer 2008
    • SIREN: Blood Curse - Summer 2008
  • SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Confrontation - September 16, 2008
  • LittleBigPlanet - October 2008
  • MotorStorm: Pacific Rift - Fall 2008
  • Resistance 2 - Fall 2008
  • Killzone 2 - February 2009

Read on for more dates, as well as official descriptions.

PlayStation 3

  • wipEout HD (PSN) - Summer 2008
    One of the most beloved PlayStation franchises of all time returns with wipeout HD for PS3. Available exclusively for download on PlayStation Store, players race at blazing speeds and experience adrenaline-filled, anti-gravity racing action in full-1080p High Definition (HD) running at a breathtaking 60-frames-per-second. Featuring a selection of the best tracks from previous versions of the wipEout franchise meticulously reworked for PS3, wipEout HD supports up to eight player online multiplayer racing in addition to various other race modes like Tournament, Time Trial and Speed Lap. Featuring a new Pilot Assist option to help players navigate tracks at blazing speeds, wipEout HD also includes a Photo Mode, support for the SIXAXIS wireless controller's motion sensing controls, and a bumping soundtrack with Dolby 5.1 surround.

  • Elefunk (PSN) - Summer 2008
    Elefunk is a PS3 construction puzzle game exclusively for download on PLAYSTATION Network. In Elefunk, players are tasked with building bridges and structures capable of supporting elephants as they stroll across treacherous ravines, rivers, fire pits and swamps. Using various materials with real world physics applied to them -- ranging from metal to wood and rope -- players must select the proper materials and pieces to build a structure that will hold up the crossing elephants. With single and multi-player gameplay both on and offline, Elefunk delivers simple and fun gameplay for the casual fan, with leaderboards and challenging modes for the more competitive gamer.

  • PixelJunk Eden (PSN) - Summer 2008
    PixelJunk Eden is the third PSN title from the addictive PixelJunk series by Japanese developer Q-Games. In this stunning platform game, the player feels like a small insect seeing a garden for the first time. Within this constantly evolving and vibrant 2D plant environment, the player leaps and swings between lush plants, smashing into approaching enemies and navigating around the undergrowth to gather treasures. Through various levels, the player is treated to stylish 1080p graphics, a dynamic soundtrack and addictive gameplay. PixelJunk Eden supports both single and co-op play.

  • SIREN: Blood Curse (PSN) - Summer 2008
    Released in twelve downloadable episodes, SIREN: Blood Curse delivers a haunting and horrifying story exclusively to PS3. Set in the Japanese village of Hanuda, an American TV crew has arrived to research and film an expose on the legend of a "vanished village." Controlling seven different playable characters, the player must discover the mystery behind the curse that grips the eerie village of Hanuda. The unique "sight jack" system allows the player to see from the point of view of the Shibito, or living dead, to avoid their detection or watch as they close in on the crew. Intense graphics, realistic character animation, and a gritty film-like graphical presentation add to the horror of SIREN: Blood Curse.

  • SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Confrontation - September 16, 2008
    With the power of PS3, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation will deliver the most intense and authentic high definition modern combat action. Delivering a global-scale combat experience that has been refined over four generations of the SOCOM franchise, SOCOM Confrontation gives players the opportunity to battle against the best and brightest from the U.S., Europe and Asia. Players will be able to modify their appearance through facial and physical customization and battle across seven North African environments, including a 32-player version of the most popular SOCOM map of all time "Crossroads." Additional themed packs containing new Special Forces, weapons, maps and features will be made available for download via the PLAYSTATIONStore.

  • LittleBigPlanet - October 2008
    Developed by Media Molecule, LittleBigPlanet is a new and hugely innovative PS3 title that establishes a new genre called "creative gaming." LittleBigPlanet allows players to Play, Create and Share inside a glued-together and hand-stitched 3D landscape. Players customize and control their burlap Sackboy (or Sackgirl) character and can PLAY alone or with up to three others, exploring a variety of developer-created levels. Also, using a simple tool system, players can CREATE their own objects and even full levels. Players can then SHARE these creations with their friends or with the world through the online PLAYSTATION Network community.

  • NBA 09 - Fall 2008
    Developed by SCEA San Diego, NBA 09 builds on the technology and features of NBA 08 with more advanced graphics and gameplay control to deliver an experience catering to hardcore basketball fans and casual gamers alike. For the first time, NBA 09 brings "The Life" mode to PS3, delivering gamers the most detailed and engaging NBA experience both on the court and behind the scenes. Additionally, NBA 09 will feature a full Franchise mode, where gamers can run their own virtual team on every level -- from determining salaries, to deciding playing time, to making trades. Progression mode, where players are rewarded experience and attributes during gameplay, returns with players now able to track "team progression" for all five characters. Extending playability, NBA 09 will bring back NBA Replay mode, where players will be able to re-enact highlight performances from the real NBA season to gain additional rewards. Other key features include expanded commentary, a variety of mini-games, and full online gameplay action.

  • About BUZZ! Quiz TV - Fall 2008
    This fall BUZZ!, the popular quiz show franchise, makes its way for the first time to PS3 with BUZZ! Quiz TV. BUZZ! Quiz TV comes stocked with five different channels of questions including Music, Movies & TV, Sports, Brainiac and Lifestyle, combining to deliver over 5,000 questions. Extending the quiz show network beyond the disc, up to four players from anywhere in the U.S. can team up for trivia showdowns in the online multiplayer mode, Sofa vs. Sofa, and new quiz packs to be available for download from the PLAYSTATIONNetwork. Also, for trivia fans wanting to see if they can trump others with their own vast library of knowledge, Mybuzzquiz.com will provide a global community for players to create and share their own quizzes online and make available to download on PS3.

  • MotorStorm Pacific Rift - Fall 2008
    The most brutal offroad racing festival is back, with players this time attempting to tackle the diversity and unpredictability of a remote Pacific island environment. Developed by Evolution Studios exclusively for PS3, MotorStorm Pacific Rift revisits the intense racing action introduced in last year's MotorStorm, this time allowing players to navigate a radically different tropical environment chock full of lush jungle, towering peaks, and crystal-clear water. Players will experience a greater selection of tracks and vehicles to choose, as well as extensive multiplayer options including four player split screen and races with up to 20 players online. Additionally players will be able to utilize a new photo mode to save images within the game and for the first time be able to take music from their PS3's HDD to create a customized soundtrack.

  • Resistance 2 - Fall 2008
    On the brink of annihilation, mankind resumes the fight against the unstoppable Chimera on the shores of the United States. Thus the stage is set for Resistance 2, the highly anticipated follow-up to Insomniac Games' best-selling PS3 launch title. Players will once again step into the war-torn boots of Sgt. Nathan Hale, who not only faces near impossible odds on the battlefield, but also struggles with the Chimera virus raging inside his own body. In addition to an epic single-player campaign, Resistance 2 will offer a truly unprecedented eight-player, class-based online co-op campaign and 60-player online competitive multiplayer built upon a 'massive battles, greater intimacy' mantra. Also, players can expect tightly integrated community support via MyResistance.net.

  • Killzone 2 - February 2009
    Developed by Guerilla Games, Killzone 2 is the highly anticipated first-person shooter created exclusively for PS3. Killzone 2 brings a highly detailed, ultra-realistic "theater of war", where players encounter lifelike and adaptable artificial intelligence (A.I.) from enemies as well as fellow soldiers, destructible environments, and stunningly detailed scenery. Set on the hostile enemy planet of Helghan, players will once again join the ranks of the ISA with a directive to battle through the harsh environment to capture the Helghast emperor and bring the enemy war machine to a halt. With an extensive single-player campaign and thrilling multi-player mode, Killzone 2 delivers a host of new weapons, vehicles, and gameplay elements all wrapped in an intense storyline.
  • Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 - June 3, 2008
    Developed by Clap Hanz, Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 introduces six challenging new courses, along with new characters to customize using hundreds of accessories. Robust Internet play allows players to challenge other Hot Shots across the globe in tournaments of up to 16 players. Players can tee-off locally with up to eight others via Ad Hoc mode, or engage in a number of single-player modes such as Challenge, Training, and Stroke Play. With the franchise's signature over-the-top visuals and pick-up-and-play action, fans of the series can once again look forward to hitting the links on the go with the most fun and wacky golf experience available.

  • Secret Agent Clank - June 17, 2008
    Ratchet, Clank, and Captain Qwark return to PSP this summer in Secret Agent Clank, an all new adventure where Clank takes the lead as the titular character. Taking cues from spy classics of the past, Secret Agent Clank presents the Ratchet and Clank universe with a spy themed twist, including Clank as the Galaxy's greatest undercover agent dressed in a tuxedo. Developed by High Impact Games, the studio that brought Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters to PSP, Secret Agent Clank brings the humor, quality gameplay and action that fans have come to expect from the franchise back to PSP.

  • NBA 09 - Fall 2008
    Developed by SCEA San Diego, NBA 09 for PSP brings fast, fluid gameplay and delivers the most engaging portable NBA experience available. Featuring a new Franchise mode, players will be able to draft and construct contracts while engaging in multi-season gameplay. The popular Conquest mode returns in a variety of formats, allowing players to take over the country in gameplay modes such as Dodgeball, Elimination, Fast Break, and Pick-Up games. Carnival mini-games return, including Pinball, Pop-a-Shot, and Skee-Ball, and cross platform compatibility allows players to use mini-game Carnival tickets earned to purchase items in NBA 09 PS3. Additional mini-games round out the experience including, Pick and Roll, Alley-Oop, Box Out, Give and Go, and 21.

  • BUZZ! Master Quiz - Fall 2008
    Coming this fall, the BUZZ! franchise puts trivia in the palm of your hand with BUZZ! Master Quiz PSP (PlayStationPortable). Packing over 3,000 questions on topics including music, celebrities, TV, sports, science, nature, movies and more, BUZZ! Master Quiz puts players' knowledge to the test at home or on the go. When gaming solo, players can enjoy a series of 15 different quiz challenges in single-player mode. Staying true to the franchise's social gaming roots, BUZZ! Master Quiz also offers three new multiplayer modes designed specifically for PSP.
PlayStation 2
  • NBA 09 - Fall 2008
    Developed by SCEA San Diego, NBA 09 for PS2 returns with the fourth installment of the critically acclaimed "The Life" mode. Within The Life, players will control storylines for three different characters, interacting with them on and off the court. In addition, a full Franchise mode will be featured, along with optimized gameplay and artificial intelligence (A.I.) to deliver a true basketball experience. Online roster updates will be available weekly, and NBA 09 will bring an expanded set of commentary featuring Kevin Calabro and Kenny "The Jet" Smith.
From The Chatty
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    May 16, 2008 7:53 AM

    There isn't one game on that list that says "Holy shit I need to get a PS3."

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      May 16, 2008 7:56 AM

      Ehh, I already have a PS3 and you're right, there is nothing that interests me on that list. Maybe KillZone will be cool? I have no idea.. there's nothing there that is "system seller" worthy. I would love to see a finished Gran Turismo though

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      May 16, 2008 7:56 AM

      Yeah. I see blu-ray as a reason "it could be nice to have a PS3," then any exclusive games as a bonus. I still might not get one any time soon though. I'm going to want to upgrade my PC too and I don't think I'll want to spend the money on both.

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      May 16, 2008 7:57 AM

      The 360 list really isn't that much better either.

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        May 16, 2008 8:13 AM

        Gears of War 2
        Ninja Gaiden 2
        Too Human
        Fable 2

        Just top of my head, I am sure there is alot more games coming for X0 this year.

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          May 16, 2008 8:18 AM

          Yes, I'm well aware of those games, but do any of those absolutely scream, "Holy shit I need to get a 360!"? I think it's roughly comparable to the PS3 list.

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          May 16, 2008 8:26 AM

          Anyone remotely interested in those titles will already have a 360. There isn't a single system seller on the list.

          I'm not saying Sony's list is much better though.

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            May 16, 2008 8:36 AM

            I'm guessing GoW2 will move some systems. That's a bit more of a AAA mainstream title than the others. Still plenty of late adopters out there that will be upgrading this Christmas.

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              May 16, 2008 8:59 AM

              Gears of War already moved those systems.

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                May 16, 2008 9:39 AM

                Exactly! This is the same reason why there was barely a hardware bump for Halo 3, which is was probably the biggest 360 title of year. People interested in Halo 3 had already bought a 360.

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            May 16, 2008 9:09 AM

            Hey, I am not saying they will sell systems, but neither will Sony's list. I just said that X0 has better list, that's it.

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              May 16, 2008 9:41 AM

              Ah, ok. The head of this thread was about games that move systems so...

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          May 16, 2008 8:40 AM

          Gears of war 2? First one was shite. Ninja Gaiden 2? looks ok but I will wait for Ninja Gaiden 2 sigma for the PS3. Too human? Meh!. Fable 2? First one didnt really impress me that much.

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            May 16, 2008 8:41 AM

            Right, Gears of War was shit. Right.

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              May 16, 2008 8:58 AM

              He is right.

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                May 16, 2008 9:16 AM

                And yet its better then any game available to date for the PS3. (and its not "shit", look how many people bought the game. It got a pc port and a sequel coming out, and I bet you've never even played it)

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                  May 16, 2008 9:21 AM

                  No, it's not. And yes, I've played it.

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                    May 16, 2008 9:24 AM

                    which game on the ps3 is better then gears of war, out of curiosity? If you say Pixel Junk Monsters, obviously GoW isn't the game for you. But that doesn't mean its a shit game. Its one of the first games to bring back co-op, and that alone made it awesome. If you played it for ten minutes by yourself then you'll think it sucks compared to playing it with some good friends over Live.

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                May 16, 2008 9:18 AM

                I also agree. Boring.

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                May 16, 2008 11:31 AM

                walker270 post

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                May 16, 2008 12:58 PM

                Eh, I thought it was a solid 8.6 game... when I played it on PC anyway. Uncharted gunplay is a refined version of Gears combat (more fun, perfectly designed for the controller, imo). It also has kind of fun jumping and climbing, and has decent characters so ~8.8-9.0 depending on how repetitive you find the gun fights (I was irritated in the early levels until my skill improved)

                From what I've seen of Gears 2 they are improving the level design (more cinematic); that said I don't own a 360. Ninja Gaiden 2 is almost good enough to convince me but I want to see a few more non-pc style games

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              May 16, 2008 11:24 AM

              Gears was great. It was pretty fresh at the time and it had the best graphics at the time and it'll have trouble doing that again, but one area I really think they could expand on is multiplayer - more players, BETTER BROWSER AND NET CODE, more interesting objective based game types. I think something like counterstrike would be awesome in the gears engine.

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          May 16, 2008 11:13 AM

          are those all being developed by Microsoft?

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      May 16, 2008 8:01 AM

      I personally can't wait for Resistance 2 and LittlebigPlanet.

      Those are only Sony developed games BTW.

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        May 16, 2008 8:05 AM

        Sony bought Evolution Studios, meaning that MotorStorm is Sony-developed as well. There is some other stuff too...

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        May 16, 2008 8:33 AM

        I'm excited about Resistance 2 but I thought the first was pretty awful...so I'm curious to see how it goes.

        SOCOM could be fun.

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          May 16, 2008 8:35 AM

          I didn't find it awful. It was good but nothing exceptional. The weapons were awesome and the gameplay was fast paced but the story was seriously lacking.

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      May 16, 2008 8:06 AM

      Also be sure to read "SCE published games" - as there are notible games that are coming out from 3rd party publishers that wouldn't show on this list - such as MGS4, Soul Calibur 4, The Grid, etc.

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        May 16, 2008 8:21 AM

        yeah, the article headline confused me, i kept skimming past SCE-published and thinking "why the hell isnt MGS4 on this list, and why is it so short?"

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      May 16, 2008 8:46 AM


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      May 16, 2008 10:28 AM

      Metal Gear Solid is going to own.

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      May 16, 2008 10:36 AM

      Why do people constantly look for ONE KILLER GAME instead of looking at the picture as a whole when it comes to consoles? I don't get this trend.. There may not be one singular game that makes you spend $500, but for a complete package, it's easily worth it.

      There's not one singular game on *any* platform that would make me buy it, but say Halo 3, GoW, and the Live service overall would entice me to get a 360. Little Big Planet, Wipeout HD, Socom, God of War, Twisted Metal, and the Bluray capabilities are enough to justify my PS3 purchase. And the Wii is a gimme as it's so cheap and has so many fun games on it. Not one singular game worth $250, no.. But as a package, easily worth $250.

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        May 16, 2008 11:49 AM

        Agreed. I caved and bought the 360 when there was about half a dozen games out that I wanted, and a bunch more coming.

        The PS3, I ended up buying because I wanted to play Persona 3 and didn't feel like buying another PS2, since I knew I'd want a PS3 eventually anyway.

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      May 16, 2008 12:48 PM

      I'm kind of interested in LittleBigPlanet

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