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 Written by John Scalzo  on June 12, 2007

Special: New and improved! Now with more arguments!


Editor's Note: We have updated the exclusives list since this article was first written. The latest update can be found here.

The summer doldrums are here, but we at Gaming Target plan to chase away the blues with a new update (and fresh analysis) of our listing of exclusive games for each of the new generation of consoles. In this update, we've expanded the listings to include publishers with each title, Metascores for games already released and release dates for games yet to come. Let's get right to it.

The rules of The Exclusive Arms Race are very simple:

Eligibility Rules
1. These are ?console exclusives.? So, if a game appears on the PC and only one console, it is exclusive to that console. Also, because of the limitations of the DS, PSP and GBA, any game that appears on only one console and a handheld will be considered exclusive to that console.

2. Downloadable games and content packs will not be included. Downloadable games may be added in the future, but considering the number of ?exclusive? content pack deals flying around (i.e. Grand Theft Auto IV), the word doesn't end up meaning anything.

3. ?Next-Gen exclusives? will not be counted. So, we won't be counting games that appear on only one next-gen console but also on the PS2, Xbox or GC. So The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Burnout: Revenge and others are all out.

4. No ?fantasy games.? That means that these lists will only include games that have been formally announced by a publisher and have at least a working title. So that means games like ?Unannounced LucasArts/Day 1 Next-Gen Project? and ?Untitled Namco RPG? won't be included.

5. The list will focus mainly on games scheduled to release in North America. Import titles (including games released exclusively for one console only in Japan or Europe) will not be counted. Unreleased titles that are likely to come to America will be counted, but will be dropped from the list if a North American release date is not announced after the game is released in its home region.

Other Rules
1. While the list is still made up of "console exclusives," games that have been starred with an asterick (*) are titles that will also available on the PC. These games are then totaled up and displayed next to the total along with the percentage of the total these games take up.

2. We have also attempted to rank the exclusives by highlighting games in green that have earned an aggreagate score of 75 or better on MetaCritic. Again, the number and percentage of released games with a score of 75 or better is included next to the total.

3. We have also attempted to predict the future and all unreleased games that come from a "proven franchise" will also be highlighted in green and counted. A game is considered part of a proven franchise if the most recently released game in the series scored a 75 or better at MetaCritic.

3a. We will attempt to differentiate between main series games and spinoffs so, for example, Final Fantasy Versus XIII will be judged by Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and Halo Wars will be considered a new part of the Halo franchise and will not be marked as "green."

And an Important Note to everyone who's requested we create a list for PC exclusives: A list of "PC exclusives" is not in the plans for the Exclusive Arms Race series anytime soon. The truth of the matter is that the shear number of PC exclusives released in the last two years by all of the major publishers, minor publishers, foreign companies, indie developers and the casual market would dwarf all three of these lists combined. Compiling such a list would be a major undertaking.

In addition, the PC is not included as a separate list for the purposes of this comparison because of the simple fact there are plenty of console-only gamers who do not own a powerful enough PC to game or who chose not to game on their PC in favor of playing video games solely on their television sets. Everyone that owns a next generation system can play all of the games included in these lists. Gamers with a PC capable of playing the latest games will always be in the minority. That is just the current reality of the game industry.


So with the rules established, here's what the current totals look like. And like any good Cold War, they are in bar graph form for that whole ?I have more missiles than you and it's the end of the world as we know it? feel:


For those that wish to track the changes from our previous lists, they can be found here:
October 2006
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007

With all that out of the way, here is the full list of exclusives for each console. While it may not be a complete list, the lists are accurate as of the day this article was published.

Xbox 360 (91 [+3])
*Also On PC (33 [36%])
"Green" MetaScore + Proven Franchises (33 [36%])

Released (44)
"Green" MetaScore (21 [47%])
TitlePublisherMetascore
Amped 32K Games72
Battlestations: Midway*Eidos73
Bomberman: Act ZeroKonami34
Bullet WitchAtari55
Call of Duty 2*Activision90
Call of Juarez*Ubisoft71
ChromehoundsSega70
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars*EA82
Condemned: Criminal Origins*Sega81
CrackdownMicrosoft83
Dance Dance Revolution UniverseKonami75
Dead or Alive 4Tecmo85
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2Tecmo54
Dead RisingCapcom85
Earth Defense Force 2017D369
Forza Motorsport 2Microsoft90
Full AutoSega70
Fuzion Frenzy 2Microsoft48
Gears of WarMicrosoft94
Import Tuner ChallengeUbisoft53
Kameo: Elements of PowerMicrosoft79
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition*Capcom79
MotoGP 06*THQ80
Ninety-Nine NightsMicrosoft61
Over G FightersUbisoft49
Perfect Dark ZeroMicrosoft81
Prey*2K Games79
Project Gotham Racing 3Microsoft88
Quake 4*Activision74
Ridge Racer 6Namco Bandai74
Rumble Roses XXKonami62
Saints RowTHQ81
Shadowrun*Microsoft67
Star Trek: Legacy*Bethesda64
Table TennisRockstar81
Tenchu ZMicrosoftNA
Tetris EvolutionTHQ53
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles*Bethesda86
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle For Middle-earth II*EA79
The OutfitTHQ70
Top Spin 2*2K Games75
Viva Pi?ataMicrosoft84
WarTech: Senko No RondeUbisoft54
Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged Volume 1MicrosoftNA




Unreleased (47)
Proven Franchises (12 [26%])
TitlePublisherRelease Date
Ace Combat 6Namco Bandai2007
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures*TBA2008
Alan Wake*Microsoft2008
All Points Bulletin*Webzen2008
America's Army: True Soldiers *NEW*Ubisoft9/2007
Banjo-Kazooie 3Microsoft2007
BioShock*2K Games8/2007
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of World War IIUbisoft8/2007
Blue DragonMicrosoft8/2007
Castle Wolfenstein*Activision2008
Cry OnTBATBA
Culdcept SagaNamco Bandai10/2007
Dead or Alive Code: CronusTecmoTBA
Dungeon Hero* *NEW*Gamecock2009
Elveon*TBA2007
Eternal SonataNamco Bandai2007
Fable 2Microsoft2008
Far East of Eden ZiriaTBATBA
FlatOut: Ultimate CarnageTBA2007
GTR*TBATBA
Halo 3Microsoft9/2007
Halo WarsMicrosoft2008
Hour of VictoryMidway6/2007
Huxley*WebzenTBA
Infinite UndiscoveryTBATBA
Kengo: Legend of the 9 *NEW*MajescoQ4 2007
Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of DoomMicrosoft2007
Left 4 Dead*Valve11/2007
Lost OdysseyMicrosoft2008
Marvel Universe Online*MicrosoftTBA
Mass EffectMicrosoftTBA
Mobile Ops: The One Year WarNamco Bandai2007
MotoGP 07*THQ8/2007
Naruto: Rise of a NinjaUbisoft2007
Overlord*Codemasters6/2007
Postal III*TBA2008
Project Gotham Racing 4Microsoft2008
Project ProgressiveTecmoTBA
Project Sylpheed: Arc of DeceptionMicrosoft7/2007
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel*TBATBA
The Secret World*TBATBA
Theseis* *NEW*TBA2007
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: ConvictionUbisoftQ4 2007
Too HumanMicrosoft2007
Two Worlds*Southpeak7/2007
Universe At War: Earth Assault*Sega2008
Vampire RainMicrosoft7/2007


The PlayStation 3 list, the Wii list and some final analysis can be found on the next page.

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