As the world braces for the impact caused by Gran Turismo 5 this week, it's probably safe to assume that PlayStation 3 sales will see a nice little spike. In truth, this franchise has always been one of the top reasons to own a PlayStation console; I still remember how important Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec was to the early career of the PS2.
And of course, fans of both GT and PlayStation have been waiting for GT5 since the start of the generation. But now that we're exactly four years into the PS3's lifespan (from the North American viewpoint, at least), I'm wondering if the game in question is the very last system-seller. In other words, is it the last PS3 exclusive that finally pushes someone over the top and convinces them to buy Sony's console? Think about it- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was a legitimate console pusher and by now, the entire world should be aware of the greatness of the Uncharted franchise. Who the heck needs Uncharted 3 to prove they need a PS3? Then there were people lying in wait for Final Fantasy XIII but as that went to the 360, it wasn't exactly the system-seller one might've expected.
By now, the purchase of a PS3 for any serious gamer has long since been justified. The cost is half the price it was at launch, Blu-Ray is the one and only in the world of high definition, the Network is basically on par with Xbox Live (and surpasses it when it comes to exclusive downloadable games, in my eyes), the reliability has remained quite solid over the years, and the overall exclusive greatness is undeniable. In addition to the games listed above, there's inFamous , LittleBigPlanet , Killzone 2 (sequels for all slated for 2011), several stellar Ratchet & Clank installments, the quality Resistance series, God of War III finally came and rocked our worlds, Demon's Souls was a Godsend for hardcore role-players everywhere, and Heavy Rain was innovation personified and was received extremely well this year. And of course, Gran Turismo 5 hits this week.
Look, if you can't find a reason to own a PS3 now, you're A. not a big gamer, and B. likely won't be swayed by anything else in the future. GT5 might be the last big boost for the PS3; from now on, it will come down to more price reductions in the hardware and the growing library to convince a bunch of late adopters. I'm just not sure there's one single huge title on the horizon that can, this late in the day, be considered a "system seller." Really, if you can't find a reason yet…
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5