Yes, I know. I work for PSX Extreme so "of course" I'd say this. I'm not even going to dignify that with an explanation, but let's just say that anyone who knows me realizes that after a quarter-century of gaming, I have little to no "brand loyalty." And by the way, I would've reversed this same title in favor of the 360 back in 2007 because it was just that obvious…just like this situation is equally obvious.

Let's be straight about this. When I walk into a game store, or when I survey the web every day for news, I keep an eye on anything related to either the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 'cuz I own both. I was one of the first to buy Gears of War 2 last year and I own all the Halo s. I also really want a sequel to Lost Odyssey and I will literally jump for joy like a pansy if it ever gets announced. But throughout 2009, all I've seen in terms of software is domination by the PlayStation 3. The Wii is essentially non-existent this year in terms of games (like that's anything new) and besides a few choice selections – me wants Alan Wake , for instance – I see nothing all that pressing for the 360. This year, Killzone 2 has already rocked my socks and inFamous is another fantastic addition to the PS3 exclusive lineup. Oh, and did you see all that new gameplay footage for Heavy Rain ? It may not be as impressive as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves , but it took my breath away in a whole different way…

Oh yes, Uncharted 2 is gonna blow you away, as will MAG . Then, I realize I've been complaining about the lack of RPGs on the PS3, but perhaps that time is over. Disregarding the FFs that are coming, there's also the recent announcements of Demon's Souls (coming to US; yay!), White Knight Chronicles and Last Rebellion , along with this week's release of Cross Edge . We also can't forget Gran Turismo 5 looming out there in the future, and we can pretty much guarantee that Insomniac is cooking up another winner in Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time . God of War III will just…you know…BLOW THE EFF UP. Then you've got whatever Kojima is working on, which is most likely another PS3 exclusive (just a guess) and at this point, can we come to any other conclusion? Seriously? I look for 360 games all the time. I really do. I look at the upcoming release list just about every day to see if I can spot something I really want. I see a few, but none come even close to the potential excellence of the titles I've just listed, and that's that.

The PS3 may be in the single best position it has ever been in, especially with rumors of a price drop and/or redesign on the way. And I'm well aware that all the 360 fans will just toss a horde of sales numbers in my face, but that's just because they know – deep down in their bitter, uncompromising hearts – that the PS3's current and future exclusive lineup vastly outstrips the competition. This is about software, and software will eventually push hardware sales when we're talking about exclusives. Bottom line? The PS3 is on a roll, and I just don't see the 360 doing much of anything. Such is, my friends. Such is.

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chicko1983
chicko1983
11 years ago

"Then you've got whatever Kojima is working on, which is most likely another PS3 exclusive (just a guess)"

the DLC for MGS4 will be exclusive, I dont think his next full game will be.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

And you based that on what?

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
11 years ago

Probably the same thing Ben based his prediction on, a guess.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Not really

Kojima has for more than decade talked 'bout how MGS fits best with the Playstation brand and how it's always the best move to have it under the PS.

That and him being a perfectionist/pushing the limits would not make sense to have it on that other console.

The only way it could happen is if Kojima himself doesn't work on MGS5

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

I believe that the next MGS game will not be PS3 exclusive too… if Kojima wont take part of it. That is until I read the Kotaku article about an interview that confirms Kojima taking charge of the next Metal Gear game. He definitely won't turn it multi-platform like Square-Enix and reduce the quality of the game.

wasim
wasim
11 years ago

Next MGS will be a PS3 exclusive

honestly x360 is just finished. It has no games and as soon as PS3 hits 299$ it will be all over for x360. even at 200$ x360 is teh least selling console in the world

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Add White Knight Chronicles to the jrpg department.

@E3 Sony will more than likely put forth more exclusives than Microsoft. That alone is a big thing when you think 'bout it.

And what 'bout Trico? That might come out early next year.

Playstation doesn't play around, at the end of the day they have they have the longest run, they stay in the game longer, and the deliver more.

SCEE has become such a powerhouse for Sony. You combine that with how amazing SCEA already is and then add what SCEJ is capable of and you really have force which will crush any other console.

The 360 is entering Dreamcast status, where it ran out of life early. The 360 just like the Dreamcast was something that amazed gamers early on, it was like the first console to make the jump. 360 does have a better start than the Dreamcast, but the situation's the same.

Dreamcast was really a beefed up Nintendo 64
Just like 360 is a beefed up Xbox

b3mike
b3mike
11 years ago

Cosmetically speaking, the 360 is a ripoff of the Sega Dreamcast. Just look at the controller!

Anyhow,

Dreamcast>Xbox

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Sheesh…how could I forget WKC?

Added. 🙂

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

Don't compare the revolutionary Dreamcast to the cheap N64; you're insulting a system that can do most of what the wii can do now.As for the 360 it really is a beefed up xbox if you take a look at what the 360 and xbox can do it's basically the same.

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
11 years ago

Sorry, JD…I may own a PS3 and refuse to give M$ any of my money, but the 360 is a FAR better machine than the original Xbox was…not just a somewhat souped up one.

I also wish Ben would quit complaining about flamewars when the article titles often seem driven to incite them.

Be a fan, but don't be a mindless 'fanboy.'

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

The article titles are my own and only serve the purpose of the article. I have no control over what people will do with them, nor do I care.

I really, REALLY don't care.

ace_boon_coon
ace_boon_coon
11 years ago

onluy problem is dreamcast had way more kick ass games than the 360

AnonymousPoster
AnonymousPoster
11 years ago

Most people talking about the Dreamcast really have no idea why it failed. The prime reasons were 1) Constant new hardware releases from Sega (32X, CD, Saturn) with little software support made people wary of the brand, and 2) PlayStation was such a player at the time that people would rather have nothing and wait for a PS2 than go with another console. Sega couldn't give them away by the end, and they actually did try that.

The Dreamcast itself was an extremely solid console, with Sega getting serious after years of flopping around, but they had dug their own grave at that point, and the timing next to PS2 didn't help anything.

Neither 360 or PS3 are comparable to the Dreamcast's situation.

b3mike
b3mike
11 years ago

The tables have turned on the Xbots, now they are the ones who "have no games"

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

*victory rpg dance*

wasim
wasim
11 years ago

well x360 is also the least selling console in the world
April global sales
PS3 – 235k (127k in US and 108k in Japan)
X360 – 202k (175k in US and 27k in Japan)

x360 is finished fully when PS3 hits 299$

Turbey
Turbey
11 years ago

You really don`t like MS or the Xbots do you? 😛 Haha! Neither do I really…

faraga
faraga
11 years ago

wasim, US + Japan =/= the world, you forgot Europe, and some other countries like Australia, but anyways, the order will be about the same


Last edited by faraga on 5/28/2009 11:51:46 AM

SarahPalinMILF
SarahPalinMILF
11 years ago

Ben, what are your thoughts on the rumors that COD7 will be set in Vietnam…just wondering

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Fine by me. I think we can always use a different environment, and Vietnam is an oft-ignored setting.

karneli lll
karneli lll
11 years ago

They need a new engine though, have you seen mordern warfare 2 trailers? same script, different cast.That's something i'd expect from epic

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
11 years ago

Vietnam can be a bit of a hard sell for some. Although I would love a game done like Apocalypse now, Platoon or Full Metal Jacket.
(Or more recently, Tunnel Rats)

That and you're key market will be to North America, as that war was mostly the States against Vietnam. And from the marketing side of things, selling a game about a war that the states lost? It's a bit of a gamble. Most of us won't really care as long as it's a solid game, but for some..it's still a hard pill to swallow and that could affect sales.

migabyte
migabyte
11 years ago

Ben you say the wii isn't doing anything. I don't own a wii, but when I look at metacritic it is looking stronger than ever lately. Punchout, bloomblox (or whatever it's called), a a few others. Kind makes me want one, but I won't get one.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Fair enough.

…but compare any and all of those games to the games I listed above. 😉

Thrill Kill
Thrill Kill
11 years ago

this coming from a guy dressed up as a tellatubby

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
11 years ago

I got to admit when I saw the Punchout add, I was a little intrigued…I used to love that game on the original NES. But not intrigued enough to go buy it.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

My point exactly.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Gotta feel bad for the 360-only guys.

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

Ben, you are going to receive a lot of criticism for this article . Not from non PS3 owners but from us PS3 owners who are being enticed to start stealing . 🙂


Last edited by Sir Shak on 5/27/2009 11:51:32 PM

NonProphet
NonProphet
11 years ago

yeah, i have a 360 and ps3 and right now the only games I'm psyched for are for the PS3.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
11 years ago

My xbox1 gets more attention than my 360 which gathers dust in my closet,it makes horrible sounds.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

*sigh* poor PS3 owners… we will have such a hard time this holiday choosing between so many great games to buy. Xbox owners are so fortunate they don't have to deal with this headache, they only have a couple good games this year. They are so lucky.

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

This is the year that the PS3 will devastate my wallet, and next year I hope they do the same thing.

Xbox owners deserve better than what they're getting, hopefully they won't let Bill Gates trample on their loyalty too much longer.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Remember, if you are prepared to buy pre-owned games, ones that have been looked after, your wallet should be fine… you could get most of the new games 2-3 months after release for 25 to 35 dollars less; just wait a little.

Just beat the retail system at its own game… no pun intended!

Q!

"i am home"

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

Used can be good too, but only from individuals. I won't buy used from places like gamestop because they only offer like $10 or $20 for peoples games and turn around and sell them for $5 below brand new cost.

I bought 6 titles last month, each below $20 and new factory sealed. Games like inFamous are gonna always be day one purchases for me, though.


Last edited by tes37 on 5/28/2009 6:13:10 AM

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

@ Qubex

If you're willing to wait a few more months, they don't even have to be used games to get a discount.

That's what I do; for instance, I just started playing BioShock ($20) and I'll get Fallout 3 when the GOTY edition drops. Q: How does it diminish my play experience that I waited 9 months? A: Not at all.

Cheap bastards unite!

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

At least we PS3 owners will play all these big games coming out; Xbots buy all their big games and yet they spend more time making life miserable for Ben than playing them.

I'm still buying a Wii next month for the exclusive Nintendo games like Punch-Out!! but all the big games this year I'm pining for are on the PS3.

rezenu
rezenu
11 years ago

Sony is like freakin' Rambo. They're coming in packed, loaded, and ready to rumble. It's awesome being a PS3 owner and the haters need to put aside their hatred and play some games.

Fatcat3788
Fatcat3788
11 years ago

Well the prospect of going to go buy an Xbox has finally been buried in my case. I just built a computer which means I basically get any game that goes to the Xbox on the computer. The only exclusives I really want from Xbox anyway are Mass Effect 1 and 2 and I will be getting those when the 2nd one comes out. Hurray for Bioware!

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

2009, the year is yours, PS3!!!!!

"Lock & Load", you "big-game" hunter!

mastiffchild
mastiffchild
11 years ago

Of what's been announced it's very hard to argue about which console has the best 09/10 exclusive line up.

However, I think you might have to give MS and the 360 more credit post E3 and writng it's obit the week before E3 could bite you on the bum , Ben. MS could well announce exclusives from Rare(two), Epic(possibly two again -Nano Strike plus one), Lionhead, Valve and MW, no?

Add in ODST, AW and more and it doesn't look quite so shabby-Forza3 will likely beat GT5 to market as well. Itagaki has a 360 game to promote too, doesn't he?

I'm not saying that Sony haven't got EVEN more to tell us about(they will have- not even half of the Sony friendly/controlled studios have told us exactly what their projects are)and we might even see more of Trico or hear when/if the R* PS3 exclusive is coming. What I do think , though, is that ight now was a risky moment to be writing MS off considering that last year the world declared theirs the best E3 showing merely on the strength of hooking a mp version of FF13 alone.

HOODGE
HOODGE
11 years ago

Mastiffchild it is odd tho that Microsoft was thought of as having a better E3 last year when all they really had to gloat about was Gears of War 2 and FF which is multiplatform anyway. Oh they also had Lips (Yippee), and Your in the movies (Yawn) which were lame exclusives. Then they had Capcom on stage to discuss Resident Evil 5 which is multiplat. And last but not least they had announced the new Xbox Live Experience Dashboard which in my opinion being a 360 owner as well is a lag fest, freeze up pain in the butt. I liked the old dashboard performance better.

Now last E3 for Sony's side was way more entertaining. Way more meat on the bone.

They had LBP, and Resistance 2 for exclusives that eclipsed Gears 2 in my opinion. They showed off a bit of MAG to wet everyones appetite. Showed the massive online version of the upcoming DC Universe Online, etc, etc.

Really if you watched both of the companies Keynote addresses, Microsoft had not much to gloat about and Sony had the more robust conference in terms of stage, product, and length of presentation. And really I see another lackluster E3 year again for Microsoft compared to all the amazing list of exclusives Sony will have to show. Just God of War 3 by itself would blow away anything Microsoft had to show if that was all Sony had to show.

So I agree with Ben, that the well is drying up for Microsoft, whereas the well is flooding over for Sony.


Last edited by HOODGE on 5/28/2009 4:21:38 AM

mastiffchild
mastiffchild
11 years ago

I agree entirely that Sony were more impressive last year at E3-in real terms they had way more to show-that's part of my point though. Ben stands to get ridiculed if/when MS are JUDGED to have had another E3 "victory".

If all they needed was a game going multi last year for that to be the general media consensus(which is the one most prospective HD console owners will get to see/hear about)-then what if MS actually do roll out the games I mention plus more this year? I think you know what I mean.

For the general gaming press(western based at least) to loosen up on Sony they'll not only have to better what MS shows in terms of software-they'll have to give them the thing they crave most, a price cut and nothing less.

Us PS3 owners know the value but our console is still portrayed as the expensive alternative-and damn the out of the box features. Also , if Sony decide not to announce any of the games that we know must exist(but, again, lots of people not yet owning a current gen console won't have a clue)this E3 and concentrate on those already announced I doubt the wider opinion will be that Sony wowed at E3.

Mainly, though, (and away from the reality that Sony have to do way more than MS at E3 to be considered to have "won" there, or even competed)MS have kept their powder very dry and if there are big reveals from them I can see Ben being given a bit of stick. I own a 360 and a Wii besides my PS3(which is my preferred gaming machine)but , still, even if I didn't I'd want MS to compete as I strongly believe that when there's real competition between the exclusives on different platforms then the games we all get evolve far more quickly.

Would anyone really want the 360 to be done and dusted? If it's even part of the reason that KZ2 was made to shine so much(for E.G) then why should we?

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

I agree with the PS3 having way better exclusives, but all these articles are starting to read the same. It always starts off with Ben giving 1000 reasons why he's not a fanboy…

Blah.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

It's to prove a point. That no matter what is said, most people who don't normally visit here don't even read a word of the article; just the headline and the name of the site.

…the point is proven every single time.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Well maybe less articles about the same thing would be better, then maybe you wouldn't have to explain yourself every single time Ben.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Maybe if people would READ and realize it's never the "same thing every time," I wouldn't have to explain anything.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Ben, of course it's not the SAME thing every time. But it's very similar. Do we really need an article about why the PS3 is getting better than the 360 every week? You know exactly what I'm talking about.

I know any topic about the console war gets reads, so I guess that's why you keep doing it. But it just gets annoying reading the same paragraph every time.

I know I have the choice not to read the article, but I'm at work and pretty much check out everything because I enjoy the site. It's just something that is very obvious and maybe you should stop writing so many articles that are so similar.

It's okay to realize you're at fault here and there Ben. It just seems like every time someone gives you a bit of criticism you never accept any of it. But you use your skills as a writer to make the other person sound like they don't know what they are talking about.

Stay chill.


Last edited by n/a on 5/28/2009 2:58:01 PM

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
11 years ago

quit yer bitchin.
Ben is one of the most non-biased game reporters out there and he has every right to defend himself against the onslaught of labels and accusations.