Special: We continue our regular look at the exclusive titles on each of the next-generation consoles.
As of this month, the gaming world has officially been a part of the "next-generation of consoles" for a year. Which means two things. One, I think it's high time everybody (journalists, fanboys and PR companies) should stop referring to anything PS3, Wii or Xbox 360-related as "next-gen." And two, it's the perfect time to once again examine the exclusive games situation among the three consoles.
Not much has changed since our last update in September. The Wii is still on top by a considerable margin, the Xbox 360 is in a respectable second and the PS3 once again has roughly half the number of exclusives as the second place console. To determine what is and is not an exclusive game, we have developed a set of rules and the rules of The Exclusive Arms Race are very simple:
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.
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 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 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".
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:
With all that out of the way, here is the full list of exclusives for each console. While we cannot guarantee it is a complete list, they are as accurate as possible as of the day this article was published.
Xbox 360 (100 [+3]
*Also On PC (39 [39%])
Games with a Metascore of 75 or Better
+ Proven Franchises (37 [37%])
Games with a Metascore of 75 or Better (28 [44%])
Proven Franchises (9 [24%])
|Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation||Namco Bandai||80|
|America's Army: True Soldiers||Ubisoft||NA|
|Amped 3||2K Games||72|
|Beautiful Katamari||Namco Bandai||74|
|Bomberman: Act Zero||Konami||34|
|Call of Duty 2*||Activision||90|
|Call of Juarez*||Ubisoft||72|
|Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars*||EA||82|
|Condemned: Criminal Origins*||Sega||81|
|Dance Dance Revolution Universe||Konami||74|
|Dead or Alive 4||Tecmo||85|
|Dead or Alive Xtreme 2||Tecmo||54|
|Earth Defense Force 2017||D3||69|
|Eternal Sonata||Namco Bandai||79|
|FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage||Empire||80|
|Forza Motorsport 2||Microsoft||90|
|Fuzion Frenzy 2||Microsoft||48|
|Gears of War*||Microsoft||94|
|Hour of Victory*||Midway||40|
|Import Tuner Challenge||Ubisoft||53|
|Kameo: Elements of Power||Microsoft||79|
|Kengo: Legend of the 9||Majesco||39|
|Naruto: Rise of a Ninja||Ubisoft||78|
|Over G Fighters||Ubisoft||49|
|Perfect Dark Zero||Microsoft||81|
|PopCap Arcade Volume 1||PopCap||NA|
|Project Gotham Racing 3||Microsoft||88|
|Project Gotham Racing 4||Microsoft||86|
|Project Sylpheed: Arc of Deception||Microsoft||69|
|Ridge Racer 6||Namco Bandai||74|
|Rumble Roses XX||Konami||62|
|Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action||Microsoft||72|
|Star Trek: Legacy*||Bethesda||64|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Battle For Middle-earth II*||EA||79|
|Top Spin 2*||2K Games||75|
|Viva Pi?ata: Party Animals||Microsoft||56|
|WarTech: Senko No Ronde||Ubisoft||58|
|Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged Volume 1||Microsoft||NA|
|Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures*||TBA||2008|
|All Points Bulletin*||Webzen||2008|
|Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath *NEW*||EA||2008|
|Culdcept Saga||Namco Bandai||2008|
|Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2||Konami||TBA|
|Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements*||Ubisoft||TBA|
|Dead or Alive Code: Cronus||Tecmo||TBA|
|Far East of Eden Ziria||TBA||TBA|
|Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom||Microsoft||2007|
|Left 4 Dead*||Valve||11/2007|
|Marvel Universe Online*||Microsoft||TBA|
|Mobile Ops: The One Year War||Namco Bandai||2007|
|Ninja Gaiden 2 *NEW*||Tecmo||2008|
|Operation Darkness *NEW*||Atlus||2008|
|Sacred 2: Fallen Angel*||TBA||TBA|
|Spectral Force 3 *NEW*||Atlus||2008|
|The Secret World*||TBA||TBA|
|Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction*||Ubisoft||Q4 2007|
|Universe At War: Earth Assault*||Sega||2008|
|Warhammer: Battle March*||Namco Bandai||2008|
|World in Conflict*||Sierra||2008|
The Wii list, the PlayStation 3 list and some final analysis can be found on the next two pages.