As a gamer, I can't possibly stick to only a few genres. In fact, I really don't like to play two games from the same genre in a row. At the same time, these days, I really only have time for the best of the best. Now, because so many of the best titles of this generation just so happen to be platform exclusives (and not just for the PS3), I've realized that these exclusive titles really need to be diverse. Quality is great, but who wants to be bored?

See, it kinda works for most all platforms. Look at the Xbox 360: I was able to play Lost Odyssey (by far my favorite RPG of the generation), Halo 3 (and ODST ), the Gears of War games and soon, Splinter Cell: Conviction and Alan Wake . In my opinion, nothing tops the PS3 exclusive lineup but again, it's not only about the quality; it's about the diversity. Look at what we've been able to play over the past few years-

Then you can toss in the PSN exclusives like Flower , Wipeout HD and Shatter , plus what's coming: God of War III , Gran Turismo 5 , The Last Guardian , etc. The point is, do you see how many different genres are represented here? Even if I only stuck to exclusives for both the PS3 and 360, I'd not only be playing the best stuff out there, I'd also be having a lot of different experiences. I don't want to do that, of course (I ain't missing out on Grand Theft Auto , Assassin's Creed , Bioshock , Dragon Age , Final Fantasy , etc.), but you know what I mean. Last year, I sort of started with Killzone 2 and ended with Uncharted 2 – with the treat that was inFamous in between – and those are very, very different.

If I had to pick my favorite games of the generation, I'd go with MGS4, Uncharted 2 , Heavy Rain , Killzone 2 , Lost Odyssey , inFamous , Dragon Age: Origins , Resistance 2 , Gears of War 2 , and Flower . The only multiplats that get in there are ACII, GTAIV, Bioshock 2 , and maybe a few more. But these are just my choices; if you use the entire PS3 exclusive list, you've got third-person action (like Heavenly Sword and God of War III ), third-person shooters (like Uncharted ), RPGs, FPSs, racers, platformers, and unique/original titles like Heavy Rain and Flower . The Last Guardian and Gran Turismo 5 will punctuate that variety a bit more. Really, we should appreciate this amount of diversity.

In the end, we want the best stuff. And everyone basically agrees that exclusive games tend to lead the pack; the elite of the elite, if you will. But man, I'm just glad we're not fixating on only one or two genres…I'm never bored with the PS3's exclusive lineup.

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LittleBigMidget
LittleBigMidget
10 years ago

……… PS3 still has no games….*Continues playing ODST*

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago

haha Thank God I don't have to read that comment much anymore.

DeathOfChaos
DeathOfChaos
10 years ago

That's because you're too busy messing with the same damn game remade over and over again, lol. Halo is just remade over and over, truly is.

laxpro2001
laxpro2001
10 years ago

If I had to pick my favorite games of the generation, I'd go with Uncharted 2, Eternal Sonata, Warhawk, inFamous, DemonSouls, and Flower.

Honestly the biggest surprise for me was flower… thought I would enjoy it but I didn't think I would be touched by it nearly as much as I was. So simple, yet so great!

Alienange
Alienange
10 years ago

Everyone on here who's ever played inFamous is always ranting and raving about it.

Picked it up.

It rules.

newchef
newchef
10 years ago

am i the only person who actually prefered prototype to inFamous? i do admit that it was an amazing game but once i played through once on evil nd my bro played thro on good i didnt feel like i needed to play anymore, i personally didnt like that once you cleared the zones that there was nothing worth going back for and if you finished the zones and the game without all the powers you were more or less s o l

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
10 years ago

I really want eternal sonata but its so hard to find it anywhere.

laxpro2001
laxpro2001
10 years ago

@SnipeySnake
Just type Eternal Sonata into amazon and the ps3 version should be first thing on the page.

you can pick it up for $25 + $8 shipping and handling which is an excellent deal in my opinion. Trying to find it in store will be a challenge.

EXTREME EDIT: I can't believe it but I forgot to include Valkyria Chronicles in my favorite exclusives. Didn't get to finish it before I went abroad but a very cool game thus far.


Last edited by laxpro2001 on 2/25/2010 11:07:56 PM

FullmetalX10
FullmetalX10
10 years ago

Flower is indeed fckn awesome. It's just so beautiful *sobs*

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

You are the only one Chef, I couldn't finish Prototype, it was trash compared to inFamous.

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
10 years ago

Beat both, and I like them both for their differences, and not for their similarities.

Prototype is literally a meat-grinder. No real thought behind it, just kill…everything, preferably quickly. Good, Bad, I'm the guy with the big effin arm blade.

InFamous is slower, more methodical, isn't nearly as hack-n-slash as Prototype, and has it's own little details and design touches that make it great.

Either way, both were great buys (Prototype for PC), and really thoroughly enjoyed the hell outta them.

dragonx_HD
dragonx_HD
10 years ago

No kidding. Glad Im not monogamas to one genre. The diversity is staggering.

Alienange
Alienange
10 years ago

Oh Ben, you just kill me. The "coming soon" section of this article (if you will ) is just hilarious. I don't think 2010 will find me going down the Xbox aisle of Best Buy. What is up with the piss poor selection of exclusives on the 360?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

That system has no games.

Alienange
Alienange
10 years ago

That's not true. It has tons of games. I see them piled high in the bargain bins all the time.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Well, I think the day of the 360 is past. It has enough exclusives to make me keep the machine, but I think it's clear that PS3 exclusives continue to set the raise the bar.

Kr3sn1k
Kr3sn1k
10 years ago

now all we have to do is get more people on the PS3 to buy more of these games. I mean uncharted two came out and it sold about 3.5 million to date, while mass effect 2 came out and it sold 2 million in the first week. Us PS3 owner have to buy more games rather than just braging about them. I personally bought every game on that list besides warhawk and Valkyria Chronicles, all i have to do is save my lunch money everyday lol. Meanwhile my friend only has about 4 games, but he's always hyping games like heavy rain, which he never ends up buying.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

Yesterday I was at Best Buy. No PS3's. Zero. They had about 70 Xbox's. Two rows worth. 20 of them were Tekken 6 bundles. Xbox is done.

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago

My favorite games of this generation are Lost Odyssey(I need to finish it), Heavy Rain, Heavenly Sword, Uncharted 1/2, and MGS4.

geovanwitdakick
geovanwitdakick
10 years ago

I think that the diversity also can be found with great campaigns, as well as great multiplayer components found on other (and sometimes in the same) games. I also must point out that the PS3's diversity is larger than that of the 360.

I would've thought you'd put Demon Souls on that list Ben.


Last edited by geovanwitdakick on 2/25/2010 10:15:05 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Best TPS: Uncharted 2
Best FPS: Killzone 2
Best Strategy: Valkyria Chronicles
Best Racer: Well, it WILL be GT5
Best Sandbox: inFamous
Best Action: GOWIII demo, (yup the game will take the cake, but just the demo beats any xbox exclusive action title)
Best RPG: *sigh* the box might have us beat there till Versus comes out.

But that's a damn good track record, what is clear is that while xbox appeals to one or two types of people, Playstation goes out of its way to appeal to everyone. How much can you beat the living hell out of Halo, really?


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 2/25/2010 10:23:29 PM

Alienange
Alienange
10 years ago

VC is another one I got recently. Friggin' WalMart had it for $20 so I just had to grab it. Anyway, just to say, yeah, it's the best strategy game by FAR.

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago

I grabbed Valkyria Chronicles at GameStop for $20(one of the rare times I step foot in the store). I haven't opened it up yet but I plan to at some point in the next couple months.

johnld
johnld
10 years ago

@alienange
sure its best strategy, but to me the visuals and story are the best part along side its gameplay.

ed_winchester
ed_winchester
10 years ago

@ johnld
not to forget, VC Is also one of the best games this gen for the voice acting, imo anyway

Alienange
Alienange
10 years ago

@ johnld – You're absolutely right. When it comes to strategy, VC is top notch. That's not to say the graphics and story and something to scoff at. The game is fantastic all around and I'm thrilled to have grabbed it at the price I did. I really thought the map view would drive me nuts as it did in the demo, but the game is fast paced and quite engrossing.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

Let's throw in a few more shall we.

MotorStorm 1 & 2

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (why not it has as much game as Forza 2).

Hot Shot's Golf Out of Bounds

Singstar

White Knight Chronicles.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

finally got WKC, I'll be checking it out tonight, yay!

newchef
newchef
10 years ago

ugh i love motorstorm so much, i really dont like racers and this game was so simple and fun that some1 like me could juss pick it up and play and have so much fun without it getting repititive

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

I forgot about MotorStorm and I LOVE Hot Shots. But I know most people don't consider the latter to be "elite."

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

I know! I can't figure out why HSG isn't considered a AAA title, if it was on a.n. other platform it would be.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Nah, I don't think it's the platform. It's just because it looks "kiddie," even though it's always one of the most accurate golf sims out there.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

Yeah but d00d, Jasmine is hot in her little anime inspired costume!

😉

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

I like Alex. 🙂

hehateme
hehateme
10 years ago

resistance 1 was amazing to me i loved it..

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
10 years ago

The reason i bought a ps3 was for the diversity (and im a huge insomniac fan). The Wii and 360 just dont have the variety of games like LPB all the way to Killzone and Heavy Rain. Theres really something for everyone and i'm enjoying all the different games coming out just this year so far.

More important than just variety is the fact that these games are always at the top of their genre. God of War is easily the best action game. Gran Turismo has always been a cut above any other racer. Uncharted is easily the best and most polished 3rd person shooter out there. Not only does Sony deliver diversity, they deliver top-notch quality and thats what keeps the gamers coming back (even if Sony is a little slow getting the ball rolling).


Last edited by NoSmokingBandit on 2/25/2010 11:13:43 PM

godsman
godsman
10 years ago

Don't forget MLB The Show. That is one exclusive that shows diversity, not on your list. Diversity is the exact reason I got a ps3. I realize I am opening up to many more genres ever since I joined the Sony family. If I got an xbox, I would be playing 90% Shooters.

cLoudou
cLoudou
10 years ago

90% of the games on the 360 are shooters. lol.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

Good one, it's about the only game that could get me into baseball sim, I just don't do well in first person sports sims.

Qubex
Qubex
10 years ago

You nailed it Ben, your list is my list, agree with everything there even though I don't have all of the titles yet, will pick them intermittently as I find them cheaper in the months to come…

Q!

"make.believe"

laxpro2001
laxpro2001
10 years ago

off topic:

did you change your sig becuase that other dude was stealing yours? Just wondering but I do like the new one a lot.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

Amen. i was just telling my Xbot that the reason i stuck with the PS3 and ditched the Xbox was because i was tired of shooting martians(besides the red ring too). Xbox is the shooter console for the most part.

Love me some diversity in gaming.

johnld
johnld
10 years ago

thats seems pretty obvious huh since they seemed to design their controller for FPS. At least thats what i heard from xbots, "360 controllers are best for FPS". Pure bull, i can kick ass in FPSs even if you give me a ps3 controller while they use 360 controllers. sometimes the 360 controller hold me back a bit because of its trigger button. i played modern warfare with its single shot m14 on 360 they tell me i can fire it pretty fast, same thing on ps3 and i get accused of using a turbo controller.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

I hate the triggers on the 360. Too stiff and low. Prefer L1 and R1 for my triggers.

Hestar
Hestar
10 years ago

lmaoo you're a joke..

Naztycuts
Naztycuts
10 years ago

Speaking of Bioshock2… when are you guys doing the review? I already bought it and I loved it, I just like to compare my personal review scores to you guys'
thanks

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

you like Bioshock 1 or 2 more?

i preferred 2.


Last edited by Jawknee on 2/26/2010 12:10:59 AM

___________
___________
10 years ago

2 by far.
i was actually not expecting it to be scary, but there are certainly some spots which make me well not scared but certainly tense.
not only the big sisters shriek, but some of the action scenes like where the lights blow out and you can hear something really big getting closer and closer and closer.
but nothings there, gets really creepy!

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

Yea there were some great suprises. I preferred Elanore and Subject Deltas story to Jacks as well.

___________
___________
10 years ago

story wise id have to go with bioshock 1 only because it had that shock and awe moment where bioshock 2 did not.
i love it when games come back and slap you in the face and leave you in disbelief like infamous did.
over all bioshock 2 had a better story, subject delta and Elenore are much more interesting subjects but it lacked the explosion.
all fizzle and no bang.