Sony's biggest PlayStation 3 exclusives are coming to the Eurogamer Expo this October. You're worth it. We know no game show is complete without a big platform-holder performance which, in Sony's case, involves a floor packed with living room-like pods sporting huge Bravia televisions - not to mention the games, which amount to a great line-up.
Why? Well, what about a chance to try out MAG, the enormous, 256-player online shooter? Set for spring 2010, the only way to try this at the moment is via an elusive online beta with limited spaces and play times. There's none of that at the EG Expo, although you may be savaged by a pack of hungry gamers for spending all day at the controls.
Still not convinced? Then consider actually playing God of War III, which only a few people in the world have done to date. This huge PS3 exclusive doesn't even arrive until next March. Series creator David Jaffe was "blown away" by Kratos' next-gen debut, and now it's your turn to be.
No? Try Heavy Rain for size, we've certainly banged on about it enough. That's because Quantic Dream's creation is important not only for PS3, but for videogames in general, as the public and critics struggle to take the medium seriously as a sophisticated storytelling device.
Yet maybe the most striking and fun of Sony's PS3 goodies will be Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time. There's no blood, no controversial content, no agenda, no chest-puffing - but since when was all that necessary? Tools of Destruction looked brilliant and packed fun and frantic gameplay. Insomniac's sticking to a well-trodden and winning formula with the sequel, and is a practiced hand and delivering outstanding PS3 experiences. Do not underestimate.
Last but by no means least is Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Naughty Dog's mouth-watering sequel oozes blockbuster charm, and is expected to land big honours in the coming months.
The Eurogamer Expo 2009 heads to Leeds and London this year, starting up north on 27th and 28th October, before heading to the capital on 30th and 31st October. Tickets are a paltry £6 a day and selling fast. Buy yours now from the EG Expo site, which has lots more information to absorb.
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