Frost the cake, wrap the presents and book the creepy party clown who smells of cigarettes and Wild Turkey: today marks the PlayStation 3's first birthday. It's been a tumultuous 12 months for Sony's new pride and joy. PS3 sales remain lodged in third place behind the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360, several top-tier titles have been hit with delays and there are ongoing rumblings from some game programmers that the system is a beast to work on.
But the chunky toddler seems to be finally finding his feet. Sales are on the uptick, thanks in part to a new $399 PS3 model, while improvements to the console's system software have added some nifty features.
And most importantly, the killer games are finally starting to arrive, heralded by a pointy-eared alien and his robot life partner. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction is the first game since the year-old launch title Resistance: Fall of Man (also by Ratchet creators Insomnicac Games) that could truly convince some fence-sitters to take the next-gen PlayStation plunge: