Feature: PS3 vs Xbox 360: The release calendar showdown

While the Nintendo Wii is off and running in a different direction (quite successfully), the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are left in a shootout for honor... and exclusive games. A few months ago, we began to notice a shift in the tides after Microsoft unloaded a volley of its biggest exclusive games: games like Halo 3, Mass Effect, and BioShock.

But now it's 2008, and Sony's poised to win the year with a huge list of compelling PlayStation 3 exclusives. Curious to see how the fight will pan out, we formulated a list of exclusive titles for the PS3 and Xbox 360 coming in 2008 and 2009. With Wikipedia and our own notes as sources, we've constructed the definitive release calendar comparison.

But first, a few ground rules. This list will not include multiplatform games, sports titles, or downloadable software; we're focused on exclusive retail games. That means Grand Theft Auto IV is not a factor on this list, so go read about it here.

The Games
Xbox 360 (All on this page):

1. Ninja Gaiden 2
2. Left 4 Dead
3. Too Human
4. Gears of War 2 (SYSTEM SELLER)
5. Fable 2 (SYSTEM SELLER)
6. Halo Wars
7. Splinter Cell Conviction
8. Alan Wake
9. Banjo Kazooie
10. Halo Chronicles


1. Gran Turismo 5 (SYSTEM SELLER)
2. Haze
3. Metal Gear Solid 4 (SYSTEM SELLER)
4. Metal Gear Online
5. Singstar
6. LittleBigPlanet
7. Resistance 2
8. Killzone 2
9. Motorstorm 2
10. SOCOM Confrontation
11. InFamous
12. The Agency
13. Final Fantasy XIII (SYSTEM SELLER)
14. God of War III (SYSTEM SELLER)
15. Tekken 6
16. Twisted Metal

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Breakfast3886d ago (Edited 3886d ago )

If God of War comes out this year ill be one happy man

Everyone disagree with me. Seriously. I wanna see how many disagrees N4G can muster up. I consider this a article thats gonna have alot of curious to see.

Edit: but i like God of War...

Ok...The PS3 Sucks, Two very average shooters that are only hyped by PS3 fans. Everyone knows its gonna blow. Ones riding on looks, the others riding on 60 player multi-player. By the way, none have the gameplay.

Fable 2 a sytem seller??? All that game does is destroy the name of Peter Molyneux, always a disappointment. It tries to reach for the stars but gets only as high as the toilet this game was made in. And Gears of War 2...The biggest piece of steroid garbage. With outdated graphics, a crappy meat model, and ass bad water physics that get out-trumped by Uncharted water any day of the week. Dont get me started on a million year old Too Human.


toughNAME3886d ago (Edited 3886d ago )

you need a comment that pisses off both sides...look for my comment below

EDIT - you and me will duke it out for most disagrees...and least bubbles :P
(assuming no one else is reading this comment and gets wise to my plan)

Truckasaurus3886d ago

GoW3 almost certainly is going to be March 2009.

Too many of the 360 games aren't really exclusives:

Left 4 Dead
Splinter Cell Conviction
Alan Wake

will all be on PCs.

Gears of War 2
Fable 2
and most likely one of the Halo games will come later to PCs.

And Ninja Gaiden 2 will certainly have a PS3 Ninja Gaiden 2 Sigma coming to the PS3 six months or so later. They already have their own PS3 engine written for the first Ninja Gaiden Sigma.

Microsoft in 2008 is really showing their tremendous first party developer weakness. Nintendo has about 2-3 times as many studios and Sony has about 5 times as many as Microsoft.

Truckasaurus3886d ago

They are missing for the PS3:

Team ICO's next game
The Getaway
L.A. Noire
Eight Days
White Knight Story

also, although PSN titles:

Wipeout HD

as notable exclusives.

Breakfast3886d ago

Keep listing title, you're impressing me. I might as well go throw my 360 in the garbage because you made me see the light. PS3 is my lord Jesus Christ

Peekay3886d ago

the Ps3 will smite thee

on a serious note - Final Fantasy XIII & God of War III will not come out this year. Huge questions marks over the release dates of Infamous and The Agency. In saying that I also reckon Resistance 2 and LBP will be system sellers.

sonarus3886d ago

lol wtf is going on. Why is everyone so bent on the number of agrees or disagrees they get. Speak your mind always. As long as you aren't bashing or trolling then its fine.

As for the games list. This basically confirms to me what i have been saying for a while. At least in my eyes ps3 has more titles worthy of my time. I still and probably will(by december, it will be 2yrs since i have had my 360 no rrod yet:)) have both consoles at least until the end of the yr. So i have the luxury of enjoying from both sides but its glad to know ps3 is stepping up to the plate.

Bill Gates3886d ago

I'm starting to suspect that Breakfast is "Power of Green" aka TheMart.

PS3 has the better line up.

360 just has halo, and more halo. oh and Banjo too. LOL

toughNAME3886d ago

It appears I have won this war of wars... 11 - 6

There have been some legends on this site in the past who's records will never be surpassed. But I'm averaging 10 disagree per comment :)

lol and it's even better when I'm the first to comment

Breakfast3886d ago (Edited 3886d ago )

LOL...thats exactly who i am. I am Power of Green and The Mart...Wow i cant believe you found me out. I was trying to be discrete, But Mr. Sherlock Holmes found me out.

sonarus3886d ago

lol i got my eye on you breakfast. You may look tasty but i still don't trust you. You could be the mart or pog disguised as a tasty meal. curse you

cmrbe3885d ago

2008 AND 2009 people. Not 2008 only

mikeslemonade3885d ago

The only reason why Gears 2 is going to be a system seller is because the 360 won't have a AAA shooter until November. Fable 2 is not a system seller since the people who were interested in these kind of games already bought the 360 for Oblivion or Mass Effect. Alan Wake would be considered more of a system seller.

socsca3885d ago

Neither you nor toughNAME knows how to piss people off. MGS4 is gonna suck ass, perhaps it wont be such a bad game, but whatever good game is there will be drowned in a retarded story aimed only to entertain those that have a fried brain (seriously, always retarded). GT5?!?! Looks nice but its BORING, yes BORING, you want something nice to look at go out and look at women, or guys if thats your thing. Want't to experience the closest thing to driving a car, drive a car...
I love God of War, but the voice work is horrible, honestly. Fable 2 is gonna be like fable 1, sh!t. Alan Wake is never coming out. Halo chronicles is gonna suck, just like everything else Bungie has done, ever. LBP is for children, and unless you are an immature dork with WAY too much time to fak around with it you'll get tired of it after about 5 minutes. Too Human? Hellgate: London anyone? Sucks...

Ninja Gaiden 2...? Will ASS-RAPE every other game on that list, especially highly probable crap like KZ 2 and Left 4 dead. Ryu FTW.


jessehaysfl3885d ago

R2 is a sleeper that will sell consoles and sorry bro but GOW3 is 03/09 sorry....

BrianC62343885d ago

I give you a disagree and disagree. I agree that Fable 2 is no system seller. I disagree with your comments on Resistance 2 and Killzone 2 though. Those will be huge. Fable wasn't much of a game so I don't see why they list Fable 2 as a system seller. Maybe because there isn't much else on the 360 list?

Richdad3885d ago

@Breakfast you are wise saying PS3 crap in first post and bashing 360 sometime and flaming the war both way I dont know how many people fall for this so guys get a life dont let him earn useless point for flamming war. The new is correct but you are flaming it.

toughNAME3885d ago

.....56 disagrees through 3 comments :D

The Killer3885d ago

to make things clear.

360 and xbox is not a console, its a PC that takes the form of a console!

thats it basically, but its better than average PC!!

INehalemEXI3885d ago (Edited 3885d ago )


LA Noire (Rockstar Project PS3)


Naruto PS3 Project

Blazblue PSN 2d fighter

NCsoft PS3 MMO Projects x2

Square Enix PS3/Vista MMO Project


Mass Effect 2


Age of Conan MMO

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Hagaf223886d ago

very nice list for the ps3, i would think with 60 player multiplayer, resistance 2 would be a (system seller)

masterg3885d ago (Edited 3885d ago )

Resistance 2 is actually written as a System Seller. They just forgot to add it in the first list.

LittleBigPlanet might be the biggest system seller of them all if you ask me. If the ball starts rolling and people see their friends playing it, it could be huge. I of course could be wrong.

Killzone 2 is also a system seller. The CG video probably sold some systems already. When the real thing hits some 360 fans (Who can't keep their hands off FPS) are going to pick up the silent black beast.

AceLuby3885d ago

This game is not going to be a system seller at first. At first it will be a somewhat niche game I think. But as time goes on I think more and more people are going to get it and I think it will be a 'future' system seller. A game that will continuously sell, not blow its wad the first week and sputter the rest out over 3 mos. Obviously IMO ;()

360sucks3886d ago (Edited 3886d ago )

Killzone 2 (SYSTEM SELLER)

wulan3886d ago

KZ2 /Resistance 2 will move atleast a million PS3 each worldwide.

Fable 2---system seller????

LOL i have yet to know anyone who even knows the name of Feeeble2

meatnormous3885d ago

Socom on the PS2 still has alot of people playing. I see confrontation selling systems as well cause I know at least 4 people who are waiting only for this game.

mikeslemonade3885d ago

Fable 2 is not a system seller since the people were interested in those games already bought the 360 for Oblivion or Mass Effect. Alan Wake would be considered more of a system seller.

Surfman3885d ago

LittleBigPlanet IS a system seller. That game is for all types of gamers and casuals, and all ages. I think it will attrack some kids and families.

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beast3886d ago (Edited 3886d ago )

White Knight Chronicles
8 days
Gateway 3
L.A. Noire

bubbles ?

4D3886d ago

It's pathetic to beg for bubbles. You want bubbles go take a bath.

You and your comments reek of PS3 fanboyism...

Besides this is N4G. Home of all the Sony Defence Force. They gather in search of 4D!!!

kevin11223886d ago

why are you begging for bubbles, you already have tons. we should give him disagrees for that lol, i should be the one begging.