Economy Meltdown Special: PS3 Attitude Predicts The Next Platinum Range
At a time when the term "bail-out" is more likely to refer to a struggling bank, spiralling into fiscal oblivion than a stricken army chopper - PS3 Attitude presents its predictions of the next titles to grace the Platinum range for those people now watching those purse strings a little bit closer.
Let's start off with a reminder of what has already made the initial budget roll call back in August of this year.
- Assassin's Creed
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition
- FIFA 08
- Formula One Championship Edition
- Genji: Days of the Blade
- Heavenly Sword
- Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
- Resistance: Fall of Man
- Ridge Racer 7
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
- Virtua Tennis 3
- WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008
Before we get into the list: here comes the science bit*. A game is eligible for Platinum status if it has been out more than a year and has sold more than 400,000 units, specifically in the PAL region. US readers looking for a prediction of the next batch of Greatest Hits titles can wait for Danny_D to provide his insight. On with the wild speculation!
Kane & Lynch : Dead Men
A game more famous for its score (and the backlash the industry experienced because of it) it sold well despite the aforementioned bad press and genuine gameplay detractions. At three quarters of a million units shifted and a release date of nearly 12 months ago, this title is our sure-fire bet to make the next Platinum series.
Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare
It's sold buckets (3.6 million), similar to Kane & Lynch is just under a year old and, let's face it, is one of the best loved games on the PS3 at the moment despite its relative age. Considering three PS2 Call of Dutys have made Platinum status in the past we're quietly confident our beloved COD is next up for promotion. We just hope it's the Game of the Year edition with the extra maps. It's also mildly interesting to note that COD3 also qualifies for the bump as it has sold over a half a million copies. Might we suggest a Platinum bundle with the two games together? Sure, it's unlikely, but if you don't ask ...
Need for Speed ProStreet
The racer has enjoyed impressive sales and in the interest of "balance" to the next batch, while PES safely covers the sports category, NFS: ProStreet comfortably clicks the speed freak box. Also coming up to a year in longevity we're also seeing another pattern emerge. Might the next Platinum bundle of titles appear at the end of November?
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
When it comes to soccer there are those who support FIFA and there are those that follow PES. Either way, with FIFA already making the starting eleven (ok, it's fifteen - bear with me) it makes sense for Konami's footie game to drop in price and charm more with its mazy skills. It has the sales (1.74 million) and it's old enough (in fact, it's a year old this month) but with the perennial nature of these titles it might not be worth the effort of adorning it with Platinum status at this late stage. We think this one needs more time in the reserves before we're willing to risk it on the main stage but it makes the list nonetheless.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 : Vegas
Sure, the sequel might have sold more but it's only been out six months. Somewhat of a stab in the dark, we like this game's chances purely because it's a shooter but brings a different flavour to the genre than COD. And Mr. Clancy is no stranger to his games going Plat - though the others did always feature a certain Sam Fisher. With name recognition and favourable scores we think a trip to the strip is a dark horse.
That's our list. All figures are taken from www.vgchatz.com so if you have any issue with them - take your gripes over there. Do let us know what you think of the above predictions. All worthy contenders to the range? Or would they pale in comparison to the first batch? Do you think there is a chance another game might get the call before any of the above? (The Simpson's Game for example would be our outside bet).
Let us know in the comments.
*Just like regular science, nothing is really certain. Lair for example still hasn't sold 400,000 copies but has already been classified Platinum. After the mediocre sales figures (and the subsequent patch which improved some of the control woes) we're thinking it was given a pass.