The Grass is Getting Greener on Sony’s Side

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If this console generation has taught us anything, it’s that third-party exclusives are quickly becoming a thing of the past. In the past we learned it from games like Grand Theft Auto IV and Final Fantasy XIII, and today we learned it from Mass Effect 2.

While those first two were setbacks for Sony’s platform, losing Mass Effect 2 is much more damaging to the Xbox 360. Let me explain.

To begin, ME2 was the 360’s top-rated exclusive, above high-profile first-party games like Gears of War, Halo 3, Forza 3, and Fable II, no small feat considering how well-regarded each of those games is. In fact, the only game that outranks it overall is the multiplatform GTA IV.

Of course, the loss of true third-party exclusives means that it’s become more and more important to create interesting new properties and develop in-house talent. Unfortunately for Microsoft, they fall well short in this department. While they’re stacking up this holday season with Halo: Reach and Fable III, and we know that Gears of War 3 will be coming next April, it’s slim pickings after that.

Quite frankly, that’s just about the entirety of their first-party lineup. Forza and Crackdown have already released games earlier this year/late last year, but they didn’t exactly post door-busting sales figures.

Sony, on the other hand, has an enormous lineup of first-party games that cater to a variety of audiences that will be releasing this holiday season and throughout all of 2011. Just this year we’ll be seeing Gran Turismo 5, LittleBigPlanet 2, and the Sly Cooper Collection. Next year we can expect a new Twisted Metal, InFamous 2, Killzone 3, SOCOM 4, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, and Resistance 3.

Need more? The Uncharted series continually sets benchmarks in game design and cinematic storytelling. MLB: The Show is the top-rated baseball sim year in and year out. Heavy Rain stuck it’s neck out to deliver an experience unlike any other — a risk that was rewarded nicely. Finally, few games are as emotionally affecting as Team Ico’s, and The Last Guardian looks to be no different.

Coupled with affordable hardware via the PS3 Slim, Sony’s never been sitting prettier. If you’ve got the cash to buy either a PS3 or 360 and are sitting on the fence, the choice is becoming easier by the day.

Readers Comments (10)

  1. Microsoft put so much faith into third-party studios, a plan that is ultimately failing. What’s worse is that they have quite a few first-party studios, but most of those studio are developing Kinect titles. This includes Rare, which, as we all know, is just bursting with potential.

  2. GTA4 sucksssss!!! that game is overrated with horrible controls and pacing.

  3. GTA4 got so boring I quit with about 75% complete

  4. PS3 Exclusives> XBOX Timed Exclusives

  5. Shotgun Junior August 18, 2010 @ 04:43

    GTA 4 might be overrated but it’s still a great game in my opinion. I enjoy it a lot and I might get episodes of Liberty city some day, it’s that good. But let’s not make this into a ‘which game is better fight’, instead lets rejoice. Choosing the PS3 over the 360 was obviously good. Microsoft is out of cards to play while Sony still has a full hand.

  6. Someone give me a virtual High-five xD

  7. GTAIV=one of the most boring games of all time!

  8. That’s nice to see ME2 on the PS3. I kind of figured something like that would happen after playing it, somehow the whole game felt like it’s own thing rather than a sequel. The whole save game thing from the first didn’t make that big of a deal to me in the second. I would recomend playing the first one to those who didn’t only just because it is awesome but you don’t really need it in order to play the second. I pretty much think they had this planned from the start and I’m quite sure the game is already done waiting for the release date, actually I think it was developed at the same time as the 360 and PC versions was. I’ll get the PS3 version as well since I didn’t like the disc changing everytime and I hope the PS3 version is a single BD disc.

  9. I have to agree i have own both consoles since they came out and i can count on one hand the number of games that i have bough for the xbox. There are no games that i want for the xbox on the other hand i have tons of PlayStation 3 games. I want KillZOne3, Resistance 3, Grand Turismo 5, LBP2, Uncharted 3, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, The Last Guardian. It was only this year that i played Gears of War 1 and 2 and that is the only game i will actually buy for xbox. Xbox just doesn’t have the games for me.

  10. how was mass effect 2 exclusive if it was released on multiple platforms?
    unles i was playing the 360 version all along,
    wow i gues that means my pc supots 360 games,
    nice, im a start buying halo3, viva piniata and other 360 games to play on pc
    lol xD

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