Exclusivity: Bad for Tomb Raider, but great for gaming

People really aren't happy about Rise of the Tomb Raider's Xbox exclusivity and justifiably so. As unfortunate as that may be, lets not throw the whole concept of exclusives under the bus. After all, exclusives have produced some of the best games ever made. As MWEB GameZone writes: "Exclusivity? Exclusivity is great."

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The_Infected979d ago (Edited 979d ago )

Yea it's great for gaming. All the fans outside of Xbox want get to enjoy the game.

ThatOneRiggaNob979d ago

It's timed exclusive so everyone will get to enjoy the game...

The_Infected979d ago (Edited 979d ago )

Yea fans will get to enjoy it but who knows how long of a wait it will be. Tomb Raider has a huge fan base and limiting that to Xbox One is wrong especially when the last Tomb Raider experience was better on PS4.

HanCilliers979d ago

I agree, peopel should just calm down

CobraKai979d ago

I remember being pissed when Shenmue 2 became an Xbox exclusive here in the states over Dreamcast (THE SYSTEM IT WAS CREATED FOR!!)

I do wonder though, how many people are not going to buy the PS4 version anymore, due to feeling burned by MS and Squeenix.

I personally will still buy this on ps4. And I do feel like with the ps360 era exclusives drove developers to create better games.

colonel179979d ago

Am I the only one who thinks that the game being cross-gen is a bigger disappointment than it being exclusive or timed exclusive?

starchild979d ago (Edited 979d ago )

"After all, exclusives have produced some of the best games ever made."

Yeah, and some of the best games ever made have been multiplatform games as well. How does that have anything to do with Tomb Raider exclusivity on XB1?

The game was already being made. How is it suddenly going to be a better game just because it is an exclusive? Enough with the exclusives worship! Some are fantastic, others good, and still others mediocre or poor. The same as with multiplats.

The fact is, Rise of the Tomb Raider is an entry in a longtime multiplatform series. It is the sequel to a multiplat title from last year that many of us loved. It was announced as a multiplatform game. For it to suddenly get switched to an exclusive is simply terrible. Being exclusive isn't going to magically make it a better game.

iamnsuperman979d ago

It will/should have a better preformance since the developers can concentrate on that specific hardware and optimise the game for it (so let's no kid ourself about that). Depends on the developers really but that is usually the rule.

But switching a long and established series is sad. This is usually what happens to franchises that are dying

lord zaid979d ago

Again... no one said the Tomb Raider thing is good thing. Just that we shouldn't be cracking down on exclusives, as a concept, because this was a shitty deal.

iamnsuperman979d ago (Edited 979d ago )

It's isn't really better for gaming but better for One owners. They should get a better preforming game out of it. This is still not necessarily good for gamers or gaming in general (since it is an old franchise going, timed, exclusive to a less popular console)

lord zaid979d ago

I think perhaps you may be missing the point. The Tomb Raider thing is not an ideal situation, but exclusives as a general rule have given us tons of amazing games.

We should celebrate that.

Eonjay979d ago

Yeah no. And some of the best games I have ever played have been multiplatform titles.

iamnsuperman979d ago

That isn't really the rule. The rule is down to the developers not being exclusive or not. There have been some terrible exclusives. Where exclusives excel is in first party studios as it is hard to sell your console if your developers are crap (hence the standard being higher). Third party exclusives tend to be a mix bag of things

donthate979d ago (Edited 979d ago )

I remember when the very same people now clamoring that multiplatform game aren't worth it, beause it doesn't take advantage of the console, is the very same people saying exclusives are now bad, because they can't play it!


HeWhoWalks979d ago (Edited 979d ago )

I also remember some Xbox fans saying exclusives should go multiplatform because: "everyone should have a chance to play it" (see MGS4, FFXIII, Tekken 6, etc, etc.....).

Hypocrites indeed. Goes both ways.

Thatguy-310979d ago

Tomb raider isn't building itself from the ground up on the Xbox one. Heck it's still coming to the 360. The game won't utilize next Gen to the it's potential.

iamnsuperman979d ago (Edited 979d ago )

Aren't worth it? I have never said that. Anyone who said that is an idiot. Then again I doubt any has actually said that

jetlian979d ago (Edited 979d ago )

hewhowalks when was this and who was it that said that?

I like mgs and tekken and both of those versions you listed were weaker games. mgs4 is the weakest mgs game and tekken 6 is the 2nd weakest after tekken 4.

Also only mgs4 on your list is exclusive the rest did go MP.

iamsuperman last gen ps3 owers loved saying MP "arent worth it, i'll take exclusives" Thats all they said for 8 years and if your account is that old i bet i can find you saying it.

HeWhoWalks979d ago

@ jetlian: You should ask the same question of the original poster. Again, consistency. Who said these things? In my case, plenty of folks. It happens. Let's not pretend only "a certain fanbase" behaves like that,

And your opinion of those games is irrelevant. Has nothing to do with the point.

madjedi979d ago

For anyone screaming you hypocrites, look in a fucking mirror because we are all guilty of it at some point.

@jetlian that is funny because i remember xbox fans last gen going from it's all about the exclusives to it's all about that superior multiplatform performance.

After sony started releasing exclusive after exclusive and ms's lineup dried up to halo, gears, forza and fable.

We can continue this bullshit from the last gen if you want. Both sides have stated one thing while their system was either top dog or the underdog and changed their tune when the positions switched.

jetlian979d ago (Edited 979d ago )

madjedi your memory is off when ps3 first came out 360 had both exclusives and Mp games. After UC and HS hit(07) sony fans started talking exclusive is the reason why they went sony and mp didnt matter.

which is what youaresalty is saying. 360 fans only went further and said we also got better mp on top of EXCLUSIVES.

In 07 sony fans were at war with eveybody and yall forgot.blaming journalist for the average scores of ps3 exclusives and attacking game devs for betraying you lol.

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SaveFerris979d ago

I agree, and if it were locked to Xbox then I don't think the franchise would survive for long because of the smaller install base (luckily it is only timed).

zsquaresoff979d ago

How idiotic. How is making a beloved franchise available only on one system great for gaming?

Especially since there are more people who could enjoy this game on Ps4 and Pc because of the larger fan base.

lord zaid979d ago

Did you read the article? The Tomb Raider situation isn't a good thing, but we shouldn't be throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

There have been some really great exclusive games throughout gaming history and none of them were damaging to gaming as a whole.

Done right, exclusives are a positive force.

starchild979d ago

Yeah, key words being "done right". Taking a longtime multiplatform franchise and suddenly making one entry in the series an exclusive is not an example of doing it right.

Building a new IP or an engaging sequel in an already exclusive franchise would be examples of doing it right. Spending money to keep gamers on other platforms from being able to enjoy a multiplatform game that was already scheduled to release on their platforms is not doing it right.

BillySpandex979d ago

What an idiotic article. How is the Tomb Raider deal good for gaming? It's definitely bad for SquareEnix, Crystal Dynamics and the fans of Tomb Raider, because the fanbase is being split, but how is this good for gaming? Is it good for gaming, if Tomb Raider's sequel fails and we have to wait another 10 years for a possible reboot? Seriously mweb?

lord zaid979d ago

Dude. Read the article. No one said Tomb Raider's exclusivity is a positive move.

But exclusivity in general has been helpful.

HeWhoWalks979d ago

Not that I disagree with exclusives being helpful, but how does Tomb Raider's exclusivity help anything?

madjedi979d ago

Didn't read the article but the title is worded badly if your trying to make the suggestion that despite tr being a timed exclusive.

Exclusives in general regardless of system are still beneficial for gaming. Likely the title implies to many that timed exclusives or locking a series out of a system is a good thing, which it's not.

Sunset overdrive or bloodborn would probably be a more neutral example, tr is kinda a violate subject atm to some.

iamnsuperman979d ago

I don't think the tomb raider exclusivity deal helps anyone in a major way. Xbox One owners would have got the game anyway so making it exclusive may increase the technical preformance of the game (which is really down to the developers) but they would have still gotten a good third party game without the deal. Microsoft isn't going to push more units this way since it is releasing at a similar time to Halo and other big games. Also the reaction has been well I just wont buy the game than oh And will buy and One for this (especially since it is timed). It will alienate the core fans who made the reboot successful and it has been out out of reach for new buyers since it isn't appearing on the most popular console (which won't help SE). Finally it isn't going to help the tomb raider brand as these moves have never done (look it happened to splinter cell and that did nothing for the series)

lord zaid979d ago (Edited 979d ago )


I never said the Tomb Raider thing was helpful. Just that exclusivity shouldn't be shouted down, because in this instance it was badly used.

Exclusives can be, and have been, great for gaming.

HeWhoWalks979d ago (Edited 979d ago )

Agreed, but that's still besides the point of Tomb Raider's exclusivity. If it's not helping anything, it doesn't apply to the point.

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