Sony's Uncharted 3
With Sony ( SNE) pouring a lot of money into its own 3-D televisions, the pressure on it to make sales-driving 3-D content for its other products, including the PlayStation 3, was intense.

Its Gran Turismo 5 racing game looked lovely and cost roughly $80 million to produce, but didn't get a lot of traction out of its 3-D features. Its MLB 11: The Show was not only yet another disposable cog in a long-standing sports franchise, but its 3-D "functionality" was akin to drawing a 3-D comic book. Killzone 3 looked great at CES, but wasn't adding much to a game that had 7-Eleven sponsorship and was going to sell scads of copies regardless.

Sony's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, meanwhile, hasn't been released and is already making the fanboys weep with joy. Archeology, violence, cooperative game play -- that's all kid's stuff. This ridiculously cinematic release may be the first video game that makes gamers consider buying a 3-D television just to play it instead of making gamers who own a 3-D television buy it just because it's 3-D.

"With a core focus on cinematic story and action, Uncharted 3 is the prime candidate to convince the naysayers that 3-D belongs in video games -- it certainly has convinced me," says Jesse Divinich, vice president of capital analysis for video game analytics firm EEDAR. " Uncharted 3 could do for 3-D gaming what Avatar did for 3-D movies."

It might just help to already have a 3-D screen handy, however, as the $60 it'll cost to pick up Uncharted 3 later this year is a far preferable entry fee to the $1,000 to $3,000 you'll spend on a TV and glasses.

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