Believe it or not, I don't have a heck of a lot of time. And if anyone thinks reviewing crap games is always "fun," they obviously haven't done it for an extended period of time. Furthermore, with the ever-increasing average age of the gamer these days, avid players have less and less time to spend with their favorite hobby. Hence, we have to be even more selective with the games we purchase…well, I've always been far more selective than most, but I'm starting to notice a trend.

I really don't care about the platform or the developer or publisher; I only want to play the best of the best. I only have time for the best of the best. But over the past year or so, I've started to realize that my "must-have" list or my "most-anticipated" list consists of an increasing number of exclusives for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. What were my favorite titles last year? Uncharted 2: Among Thieves , Killzone 2 , inFamous , Flower , Assassin's Creed II , and Dragon Age: Origins . I should also mention that although I didn't like it as much as others, Demon's Souls was indeed a fantastic game and one of the best of 2009, and although it was obviously nothing more than an expansion (meaning it felt insanely dated), I completed Halo 3: ODST . Outside of ACII and Origins , the trend is obvious.

And what about 2010? By far my favorite of the year thus far is Heavy Rain and I'm assuming God of War III will quickly be right at or near the top of the list very soon. Then there's Gran Turismo 5 , Alan Wake , MLB 10: The Show , Splinter Cell: Conviction , SOCOM 4 , and Halo Reach . Yes, I'll be plenty interested in Red Dead Redemption and Bioshock 2 was fantastic but the further we go in this generation, the more I'm starting to leave multiplats behind. Now, of course there are great multiplatform games. There's Battlefield: Bad Company 2 , Final Fantasy XIII , and at some point, Grand Theft Auto V . But for the most part, I don't have time for them all and the elite games all tend to be exclusive to either the PS3 or 360. The former has most of the best exclusives available – yeah, just accept it – but the point is, I only have so much time in any given week.

I suppose the question is, do you find yourself playing more exclusives? If you have a time issue or if you had to prioritize for another reason, don't exclusives often end up at the top of your list? I mean, Uncharted 3 and Gears of War 3 ? Yeah, mine. Immediately. Game of the Year nominees and winners at most major sources in 2009 and probably in 2010? Lots of exclusives, no? And I'd also like to add that it seems more than a little likely that for the third year in a row, the overall Game of the Year will almost undeniably be a PS3 exclusive: MGS4 in 2008, Uncharted 2 in 2009, and God of War III in 2010? I'd also lobby for Heavy Rain and Gran Turismo 5 , and my hopes for Alan Wake are super high, but I think GoWIII is the obvious choice right now.

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CH1N00K
CH1N00K
10 years ago

I know how you feel. Looking at my PS3 game collection now, it is considerably smaller then what my PS2 collection was within the same amount of time I owned each system. In the PS2 days, I bought and played anything and everything. Now, I only focus on games I'm sure to play over again until the next "great" game comes along.

If I do buy a game I'm not sure about, it's only until the price is low enough that no matter what, I know I won't feel ripped off for having shelled out the money for it.

WolfCrimson
WolfCrimson
10 years ago

I could say the same. But the big difference is that I bought fake pirated games on the PS2, so they were very very cheap compared to PS3 games.

P.S. Now that I have had the joy of buying originals (non-fakes, non-pirated), I have seen the error in my ways, and have repented 😛


Last edited by WolfCrimson on 3/6/2010 1:49:33 AM

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
10 years ago

Uncharted 2, not 3, in the top of your last paragraph 😉

I do find myself playing more exclusives too. Its just natural that developers can make a better game when they dont have to write the game for two completely different consoles, even if one is just a port of the other. Less time/money spent on getting the game engine up and running means more time/money available to refine that engine and make it sing. Thats more time for the storyboard guys to get everything laid out and polished, more time for the sound guys to perfect the music and sfx, more time for beta testing, etc…

The only multi-platform game i bought last year was ACII, and i've not been sitting around waiting for good exclusives to roll in, it seems like a AAA exclusive pops up every month now. This generation of consoles is really taking off. This year and next are going to be very exciting.


Last edited by NoSmokingBandit on 3/5/2010 9:48:52 PM

michiganfan1983
michiganfan1983
10 years ago

I am pretty sure Ben means that when Uncharted 3 and Gears of War 3 come out they will be his, day one, no questions asked.

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
10 years ago

Lol, i read Gears of War as God of War… Stupid similar names. Now it makes sense.

michiganfan1983
michiganfan1983
10 years ago

It's cool, I figured it was a simple misread. 🙂

LittleBigMidget
LittleBigMidget
10 years ago

I have noticed this. Haven't played a multiplat in a while.

SvenMD
SvenMD
10 years ago

I think we've said it around here before, but exclusives are typically a much higher caliber of game. The devs have had alot of time dealing with the system, they are comfortable with it, and they can push it to the max without having to worry about how it will have to be changed or altered to work on a different console. It creates the best game for that system – which usually creates one amazing game.

Personally I definitely feel that my library is 2:1, exclusive to multiplat. Much for the same reason…the exclusives are simply amazing. Warhawk, Resitance 1&2, KZ2, MGS4, Uncharted 1&2, Heavy Rain, the GoW collection, and soon to be GoW III, (sorry, I still have to get inFamous). Everyone of these titles had something above and beyond the competition at the time they were released….and they are all fun as hell.

And if I had an Xbox360, then all I would get for it would be the exclusives…but really just Gears(since I've NEVER played it, and REALLY want to). Alan Wake looks like it will have a GREAT story, but other than that it really doesn't look like my cup o' tea with the whole flashlight thing, but a demo might change my mind.

Moral of the story, exclusives typically ROCK.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

It is indeed starting to go that way. Exclusives or little to nothing. When I look at our PS3 game collection I'm struck by just how many exclusives we have, they outnumber the multi-platform titles by quite a margin. Oddly enough the majority of the multi-platform games are games that my son plays, things like Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Star wars and Ice Age 3. The three notable multi-platform games I have are Soul Calibur 4, Burnout Paradise and Madden NFL 10. No one else makes anything like soul Calibur, Burnout Paradise was lead developed on PS3 and Sony doesn't make an NFL The Show, so I'm kinda stuck.

After that though, it's almost entirely exclusives. As you said, it looks set to stay that way, with Heavy Rain and GT5 among my known remaining purchases this year. I think that the trouble is that the multi-platform games so often disappoint. That said, I do think that there is a top tier of multi-platform game companies. This select group manages to turn out consistently good multi-platform games. Other than that, multi-platform is often a mess. We all know the reasons, only platform exclusives are truly optimized.

I do live in hope that more multi-platform gave developers work with Sony on their PS3 versions. Sony has a lot of information and experience available to developers who decide to take it onboard.

FullmetalX10
FullmetalX10
10 years ago

So that's why I think Burnout Paradise looks so fancy, thnx Highlander

Danny007
Danny007
10 years ago

Are you looking forward to Mafia II, Ben? After seeing the trailers and gameplay on GameTrailers.com I became psyched for the game. Check out the videos if you haven't already.

Superman915
Superman915
10 years ago

well, if you do, and your on a site devoted to the PS3, you sure chose the right system, so good day to you, sir.

Mamills
Mamills
10 years ago

exclusives are what i base my console of choice on.

i mean im a huge uncharted, killzone, FF, god of war and Metal gear fan. so i automatically go for playstation.

if u like HALO, Gears of war, or Fable you go 360.

at one point my games were only PS3 exclusives but recently ive added, Bad company 2 and Modern warefare 2 (Might be selling it soon).

i dunno multiplatform games i usually pass on. mainly because they just dont deliver. and because of the usual crappy ports by developers, can u blame me?

plus, SONY has the most exclusives of the big 2 Game console makers (notice i said 2, not 3. Nintendo has forgotten its hardcore crowd and no longer make good games, only workout programs.)

lol sorry, had to just take a shot at Nintendo there

SvenMD
SvenMD
10 years ago

I'm glad you said something about Fable. That was another game that I always wanted to play.

However, Nintendo has it's place. I love Mario Galaxy, and the Metroid Prime trilogy re-release was awesome. And Link is getting back to where he needs to be…a little less cell-shaded (I mean, WTF was that?)

But there are also some great multiplats out there. I still think Modern Warfare 1&2 and Assassins Creed 1&2 both delivered quite well on both systems.

Silent_J
Silent_J
10 years ago

Zelda is the only reason I bought the Wii and then I kept it for awhile to play Smash Bros. ,Metroid and Mario Galaxy then I gave the Wii to my little cousins.

AirplanePeanuts
AirplanePeanuts
10 years ago

It's a bit different for me, I'd say I chase mostly after games that are AAA. My favorite games last year were exclusives — Demon's Souls and Uncharted 2 — but after that there are a lot of multiplats like Street Fighter IV, Arkham Asylum, BlazBlue, Modern Warfare 2, and Resident Evil 5 (I know that last one is a bit of an outlier, but I played with a friend and really got in to it). In fact, if I were to make a personal list for 2009 the only other exclusives that would be considered would probably be Killzone 2 and New Super Mario Bros Wii. There's obviously tastes to be considered, but there are still plenty of multiplats that seem worthy of going toe to toe with exclusives.

But I do agree insofar that exclusives usually have a much better chance of being awesome. No big surprise there, since especially in the case of the 360 and PS3 exclusives are what really distinguish the platforms.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

White Knight is nothing to sneeze at either, sadly though for us RPG gamers most RPGs are coming in the multiplat format. But yeah, most of the time a guy might just want to wait around for the latest exclusive, or if you really only want the best of the best get a PS3 exclusive. Nevermind Halo: Reaching too far, just get Resistance 3 or KZ3.

I'd be surprised if Alan Wait releases this year.

Mamills
Mamills
10 years ago

man i really tried to give white knight a chance, but i find it soo boring. and the character graphics look like a PS2 game.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
10 years ago

Yeah, I can't wait to get WKC soon!

That game just sounds like a lot of old-school mixed with new school gameplay fun!

The characters also look well DESIGNED. Can't wait to get it!

Oh yeah! TOWNS! Something which every good jrpg must have.


Last edited by Scarecrow on 3/5/2010 10:27:43 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

It IS old school JRPG in many respects, the graphics aren't as poopy as a PS2 game for sure but aren't exactly up to Heavy Rain's quality either.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

Why does everyone ding WKC for it's graphics? The graphics are pretty darned good. Sure there are a few things that might qualify as issues, but really, they're quite good. the cut scenes are impressive enough, the 'worst' things for me is the facial modeling, but other than that I find the towns and landscapes very well done indeed.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I agree Highlander, whatever it lacks in a few departments it more than makes up for in others.

kraygen
kraygen
10 years ago

World you always get to it before me and thank you for being steadfast. I can't promote WKC enough. Old school jrpg it is for sure. I love it and haven't played anything else since it came out.

About the graphics, people get a grip, the game is beautiful and as for the characters not looking like heavy rain type graphics consider this,

1. When has jrpg ever gone for realistic look.
2. Game was released in 2008

It easily has graphics equal with the best of 2008.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
10 years ago

WKC is a blast. Its gameplay is FF12-lite but the online portion and the vast amount of items you can collect and create is addicting.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I love making epic combos and giving them sweet names 🙂

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
10 years ago

It's actually not a new trend

Most my of the best ps2 games were ps2 exclusives (GOW, DMC, GT, MGS, FF, Jak(Daxter), Ratchet, Silent Hill 2, 3, and 4, etc. etc.)

It's just more pronounced now since Microsoft now has a cheap popular box*

But yes, the games I play the most are all exclusives…

Littlebigplanet
Demon's Souls
Uncharted 2
etc.

I'll give it to Capcom though, Street Fighter IV is hands down the best fighter in a decade (but fighters have mostly always been multiplat anyway)

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

Except that the fighters always come from Japan and 9 out of 10 of them begin life on arcade machines that are Sony hardware. Soul Calibur 4 for example runs on arcade machines that are little more than special purpose PS3s in an arcade case with am HD screen. So in effect, these games begin life as PlayStation exclusives…

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

You know the things is that there are really, really good multi-platform titles out there.

Could this all be down to the quality of the developers? I mean Sony and MS will only choose the best for their in-house teams. Right?

Sony (for example) only ever choose the best of the best developers to become first party studios within Sony. A recent example being Media Molecule. So the stable of Sony exclusive games is phenomenal because the stable of in-house developers is equally phenomenal.

Now consider the best of the best in the Multi-platform developers. RockStar games, Criterion Games, Ubisoft (Montreal), Infinity Ward, there are a few others. These third party developers really work at the craft as well, and it shows.

I wonder whether this may be simply a question of quality? Perhaps it's no surprise that Sony has so many terrific exclusives, they have concentrated on purchasing great developers for years and years now. If third party publishers do the same, and create constructive partnerships with Sony and Microsoft, the results can only be beneficial for everyone. Microsoft has been less active in this way, and as a result has to pay third parties for exclusives. If third parties continue to play favorites based on slush fund dollars from one particular first party, ultimately it harms them, just as it harms everyone. Constructive partnerships rather than divisive exclusivity develops everyone.

I do think that multi-platform games can be the equal of first party exclusives. However for that to happen, third party developers have to stop playing favorites. Third party publishers also have to start behaving like Sony and supporting their developers instead of simply exploiting them. Activision should take note of this. Infinity Ward is no doubt an excellent third party development studio that will more than likely split from Activision as soon as they can. Hardly constructive for them. Perhaps IW will find a more accepting partner for the future.

But as I say, multi-platform games can match the first party exclusives. But while Sony continues to grow and nurture it's first party studios, it will remain a tough act to follow.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 3/5/2010 10:28:28 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

MS has in-house teams? 😛

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

::holds finger and thumb about a quarter inch apart::
Yeah, MS has about *this* many in-house teams.

::holds hands as far apart as they'll go::
Sony has *this* many…

Naztycuts
Naztycuts
10 years ago

@Highlander Nice post I enjoyed reading that, don't forget 2K Studios!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Any one else agree that you just can't get the kind of variety in multiplats that you can in exclusives? Multiplats seem to be only concerned with pawning off an okay game on the masses and fooling them into thinking it is top quality.

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago

I said this in the last poll article and I'll say it again; if I had to choose between a multiplat or an exclusive most likely I'm going to choose the exclusive. Exclusives are usually better all around.

michiganfan1983
michiganfan1983
10 years ago

I have noticed this trend start to happen. The games I am most interested in are the exclusives because they are the best. And most of my purchases over the last year have been exclusives; Killzone 2, Little Big Planet, InFamous, Demons Souls, God of War Collection, MAG, Uncharted 1&2 andResistance (haven't gotten to the second one yet). That's just the exclusives that I have bought. If I owned an Xbox 360, I am sure I would have only gotten their exclusives.

Man its a great time to be a gamer, if you have the time. Also I would just like to share that I have recently picked up a 55" LG 1080P tv and gaming has just going to a new level. I used to play on a 26" Sanyo 720P tv.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
10 years ago

I kinda know what he means but I know Battlefield Bad Company 2 will keep me busy for a long long time, I just got done playing some online a few minutes ago, this is like my third brake I've taken sense Wednesday. This is by far the best multiplayer experience I've ever had!

Temjin001
Temjin001
10 years ago

Unfortunately, for me, I don't have time to play all the best games. It's easy to pass on the less-than great games, but it's hard to pick between only great games. This year has nearly been defined for me, already. GoW3, GT5, and FF13 are at the top of my list. I hope to find enough time to get quality play out of just these three. And by way of exclusives. I lean more that way because devs tend to carry the added responsibility of tapping all the available resources from the one platform. It seems to me that neither platform owner gets the most out of their hardware when games aren't exclusive. I just don't like the idea of playing games where devs have to determine where two platforms intersect in resources before they can create their vision. Essentially, the resources will set the scope of the developers goals. And I am a firm believer that technology and processing can directly translate into richer experiences.

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
10 years ago

ive always been more into exclusives, not because its an exclusive but because the quality for the most part seems to be higher than multiplats, whether its on the 360 or the ps3.

Its the main reason i chose a ps3 over a 360. After beating God of War 2, i knew i had to have a ps3, then later on after seeing footage for the first Uncharted i knew it was set in stone. That was my first game

id like to think that no matter what system someone chooses, they do it for the exclusives hitting the system, not because it does a certain multiplat game a lil better

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
10 years ago

I can't help but ask, but what exclusive does the 360 have that is actually worth playing that came out this year? MS needs to step their game up because Sony is pushing ahead.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Alan Wake, I say. But that's about it, unless Halo Reach turns out to be something special.

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
10 years ago

that came out this year? well Mass Effect 2 is a biggie

www
www
10 years ago

I say, I want to get around to getting Mass Effect 2.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
10 years ago

Alan Wake comes out this summer, I'm pissed they canceled the PC version.

HaloReach is looking like Tribes (one of my favorite online games EVER).

___________
___________
10 years ago

dont forget crackdown 2.
as long as they have the open world exploration and the super human strength and allow us to leap around like a frog on steroids i cant wait to play it.
im thinking of getting a 360 just so i can play it, that way i can get alan wake and ME 2.

Mouse_101
Mouse_101
10 years ago

Wait! An xbox exclusive that will actually be exclusive to the console. That cannot be correct.

😛

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
10 years ago

Evidently the 1st Crackdown didn't get you to buy a 360, I don't see why the 2nd would.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

My count: 13 Exclusives
13 multiplats

Haha, my collection is dead even. But then there is the upcoming must haves like GOWIII and Last Guardian. FFXIII might as well be exclusive, the 360 version is getting dumped on all over the place.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/5/2010 11:21:52 PM

inkme101
inkme101
10 years ago

i know that nobody here cares for sport games that much but i am very very excited about ufc undisputed 2010 as far as multi plats go.

michiganfan1983
michiganfan1983
10 years ago

I am really considering this game, I enjoyed what little I have played of the 2009 version and I am sure 2010 will be that much better.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

lol, speaking of great multiplats did any early adopters punch in the their Dante's Inferno codes? The Disco Inferno outfit is a riot.

michiganfan1983
michiganfan1983
10 years ago

I have not looked at it yet, I will have to do that.