The Xbox 360 had another strong year of game releases thanks to some great exclusive games. So which of the Xbox 360-only titles released in 2009 were the best?
no such thing as xbox exclusives! maybe extensions of multiplat games you can buy separately!
2 halo's, an arcade game, Forza, and GTA DLC... I'm speechless.
Wasn't exactly the best year for the Xbox 360, but you're a fool if you think those games are bad.
FINALLY, a list with all exclusives. Good list. I personally didn't like Halo Wars (not an RTS person), ODST was a letdown, but the other three are good (except ones a DL game)..
FINALLY, a list with all exclusives. Good list. I personally loved Halo Wars (an RTS person), ODST was amazing fun, and the other three are good (except ones a DL game)..
lmao @ Zaaking. Saaking, you have a clone!?!?! :O
I would have included L4D2, PC or not its still a great console exclusive that most 360 gamers should play....Shadow Complex was an arcade game, but it was better than many of the $60 games I played this year. JOY
I agree with JOY that L4D2 should be on the list. Doesnt matter if anyone thinks its L4D 1.5, its still fun as hell to play. It should replace Halo Wars. Also GTA DLC is ace, Rockstar is awesome. Edit: LMAO @ Zaaking
I really hope he's here to stay, hahaha
I cannot believe that you can just stand by and find this lackluster year acceptable. PS3 fans sure as hell didn't take this kind of treatment in 2007 and look how far it has gotten them - PS3 has the three highest rated exclusives this generation and numerous other fantastic games backing them. You can sit there and pretend like MS did alright this year, but you'd only be lying to yourself. Thankfully, 2010 is looking up for the 360. But lets just hope that the rest of the year is as consistent as their Q1 release window.
5. A crappy spin off of a popular but now dying series 4. An arcade game 3. An even crappier spin off 2. The actually one game that looks fun (although I haven't played it myself, I really want to) 1. An expansion pack Not a great year for the 360, the couldn't even list 1 other honourable mention, the PS3 list had 8 other great games that didn't make the top 5
I guess Alan Wake, Mass Effect 2, Halo Reach, Bioshock 2, Lost Planet 2, Bayonetta, FFXIII, Dead Space 2, Splinter Cell, Natal are MS way of saying: "Hey guys, we know we had a crap 2009, but here are som games that will last you through 2010, 2011 and most of 2012 okai?"
I definitely bought more PS3 exclusives this year, but the 360's lineup isn't as bad as some people are trying to make it out to be. For my PS3 I bought: Killzone 2, Infamous, Uncharted 2 For my 360 I bought Halo ODST, Left4Dead 2, Forza 3 and there were a couple other games on both consoles that I wanted to buy but didn't get around to. To me I don't see the huge difference that people are talking about. The PS3's was better, but not THAT much better.
maybe I'm more into the whole movie like games like killzone and uncharted and mass effect and bioshock
-Don't you get it though? Everybody has different tastes. Some people love RTS games and loved Halo Wars as much as you or I loved Mass Effect or Uncharted 2. I personally did not like Killzone 2 all that much. It was OK, but I would rather play Left4Dead2 or ODST over that game anyday. Sobre gustos no hay nada escrito. About tastes there is nothing written and therefor everybody is going to be different. Both machines had some great games this year and depending on your tastes one or the other might have been better. I honestly liked more games on the 360 this year than on the PS3, but I fully respect other people's right to have a different opinion.
Seriously,if we're talking about game,2006 and 2007 wasn't a good year for Ps3 in term of exclusives and guess what,the media tagged the Ps3 "Have no games" to the highest peak of Mount Olympus,same goes for fanboys.They even made some songs about it. And here we are in 2009,with media: "Oh the Xbox have some games,it's not that bad too,look at 2010 please or 2011".Gee,the same thing could be said for the Ps3 in 2006 and 2007,but....
Gay tony and Shadow are great Forza 3, ODST, Halo Wars, and TLAD i didn't really enjoy
"The Xbox 360 had another strong year of game releases thanks to some great exclusive games." Fail... Anyone should be able to admit its been a bad year for xbox without having to sugar coat everything..
It was a pretty weak year for MS.
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Shadow Complex GTA Episodes And Forza 3 I only read good things about this trio, specially the GTA episodes
"FINALLY, a list with all exclusives. Good list. I personally loved Halo Wars (an RTS person), ODST was amazing fun, and the other three are good (except ones a DL game).." Man, please get the f!ck out of here. You are not funny. This is low, repeating from some one else.
Mind your business.
This is my business!! Mind your tong next time.
LOL, did you mean "Tongue" boy. Learn to spell before you go into a thread and get yourself owned so easily. It's funny you can't shut me up online, or in real life. In real life I would take you home by your ear and tell your mommy on you, and maybe after she grounded you, we would get to "know" each other a little better in the back room. Never open her bedroom door without knocking son!
When you list an expansion as your #1
It's not really an expansion. I enjoyed ODST as much as most other top games this year.
for Xbox 360 exclusives in comparison to previous years. you can't deny that the 360 had an excellent 2006 and 2007. 2008 pretty much had only Gears 2 and Fable 2, but even those two made up for 2008. this year, however, was kind of pathetic. it's not that the games were bad, but this entire year simply felt like the filler episode of a TV show: not much substance, and is just tiding you over until the next episode. 2010 is looking rather good for the 360 on the exclusive front, but it's just a fact of the industry that Sony has 20 first and second party developers that are producing games, while Microsoft has roughly 6 first and second party developers producing games. we are finally starting to see what happens when you don't have a strong first and second party plan in place. especially now that pretty much EVERY 3rd party developer is multi-platform. the only reason they supported the 360 exclusively is because, for the longest time, it was the only console on the market. once the PS3 released, and the developers were brought up to scratch on how the PS3 architecture worked, EVERY game not tied down by some sort of exclusive publishing deal has gone multi-plat. when that happens, it all boils down to the exclusive titles that push the console and show us what it can do. as i said before, the 360 has a strong lineup next year, what with Mass Effect 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Alan Wake, Fable 3, and Halo: Reach, but Sony has more titles hitting in quarter 1 2010 than MS has ALL YEAR. and those titles aren't made by some hacky upstart devs, but some of the best in the business. if Microsoft is really serious about being market leader, they need to start ACTING like a market leader and investing in more than just 6 first and second party studios and relying on 3rd parties, who can take their IPs anywhere (ie, Bioshock; this should have, and could have, been a 360 exclusive franchise, but MS didn't bite: Mass Effect and Gears could easily go multi-platform, and MS can't do anything about it, because Epic Games and Bioware/EA own the rights to those franchises, respectively. the only 360 game i bought this year was Shadow Complex (which i loved). i'm not a racing or Halo fan, so Forza 3, Halo Wars, and Halo 3: ODST, no matter how good they are, weren't on my list. Left4Dead 2 is fun, because killing zombies never gets old, but it is rather shallow, truth told. games like Star Ocean 4 and Ninja Blade were jokes, despite being in my two favorite genres (RPG and Action/Adventure). Microsoft needs a new strategy, because throwing a Halo and Gears game out every other year (and in some cases, every year), and pimping multi-platform games as exclusives will only get you so far when the competition is about to start releasing exclusive after exclusive on a near monthly basis for the next 12 months. even if they only opened up an additional 3 or 4 studios, that'd be 3 or 4 more new games 360 owners like myself can look forward to. Sony knows that not all of their audience likes the same games, so they make sure they cover a broad spectrum of genres and demographics. not every PS3 owner will dig Heavy Rain, and not every PS3 owner will dig God of War 3 or Gran Turismo 5 (as beautiful as GT5 is, i'm not a racing game fan, so that's not on my list, but Heavy Rain and GoW3 most certainly are). MS is relying too much on one demographic and two or three franchises to keep them competitive, and when they were supported exclusively by 3rd parties early on in the generation, that worked to their benefit. the fact that the PS3 cost $600 certainly didn't hurt MS pushing 360s. but NOW? now that the PS3 is $300, has a built in Blu Ray player, built in HDD in every unit, built in Wi Fi, free online gaming, and, of course, a rather large number of quality games, three of which received some significant accolades this year (Demon's Souls, Killzone 2, and Uncharted 2). the PS3 has the momentum, the price, and the software to push it through 2010 no problem. i'm interested to see how Microsoft counters the massive amount of software the PS3 is pimping in 2010. hopefully their answer is more games, and not more price cuts. the damn thing is $199 now. i already own one, so all i want now are games to pop into the disc drive. i could care less about price cuts for the 360 or PS3. give me the games. this wasn't a horrible year for 360 gaming, but it certainly wasn't it's best. from my experiences, 2006 and 2007 were the high points for Xbox 360 gaming software. 2010 is looking to challenge that. lets hope Microsoft delivers.
How much time did you spend writing that essay? o_o
Pretty much everything is dead on. As much as it will seem heavily PS3 biased, you really can't argue with anything said. To me that was a completely unbiased view on 2009 between the 2 consoles. I really don't see how anyone can hit disagree. I have both consoles, I enjoy both. Another thing I do like about the PS3 vs the 360 is the expandable and non-restricted storage. Having an extra 500gb harddrive to hold a crap load of media that I can boot up on my TV is kind of cool. for $100 (or less?). The thing i DONT like about the PS3 is the lack of cross game chat, but that's just me. It's the only reason I buy multiplats for xbox, so I can talk/chill with friends while playing games. Of course everyone has their view on cross-game chat but I personally feel XBOX has higher multiplat game sales because of Xbox Live. ANYWAY.. about the topic. Shadow Complex was AWESOME.
doesn't make it any less true. compared to previous years, the Xbox 360's lineup this year was pathetic. i own a PS3 and a 360, and i want to have awesome games to play on BOTH. this year, the 360 disappointed me in comparison to the past 3 years. you may have absolutely LOVED Ninja Blade, Star Ocean 4, Halo Wars, GTAIV: Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, Halo 3: ODST, and Forza 3. BUT. I. DIDN'T. compared to previous years, where the 360 got Bioshock, Mass Effect, Gears of War, Fable 2, Crackdown, Dead Rising, Lost Planet, etc, etc, this year was a joke. Microsoft spent the entire year pimping a lineup that got pushed to 2010, and then threw 360 owners another Halo bone, and Forza 3. that's BS. god knows if the shoe was on the other foot, and Sony released one game this year (say, Ratchet and Clank, or inFAMOUS only: excellent games, but compared to technical marvels like Killzone 2 and Uncharted 2, there's no competition) there would be no end of the number of stories talking about the continuing "fall of the King." like everything else MS has done this generation, the poor software lineup of 2009 gets swept under the rug, even when barely a 360 exclusive got NOMINATED for any awards this year, while the PS3 cleaned up in accolades and quality games: YEAR LONG. as i said in the previous post, 2010 is looking rather awesome for the 360, but that doesn't change the fact that 2009 was weak for anyone that isn't a Halo, Forza and L4D fan. to Dnied: i agree, Shadow Complex is awesome.
-This year was slightly weaker than years past, but if you think Halo Wars, the two Grand Theft Auto side stories, Forza 3, Left4Dead 2, and Halo 3 ODST make the year a joke, then you are off your rocker. To me the PS3 lineup has been overhyped by the media this year, but it doesn't really bother me because I realize different people have different tastes. I personally found Killzone 2 and Infamous to be good, but not great titles. Another Ratchet game likewise interests me very little. Uncharted 2 is the only game on PS3 this year that I think is fantastic. So as you can see, the 360's lineup this year, while a bit weaker than in years past, still had more to interest me than the PS3's lineup. In any case, by any objective standard it is impossible to sensibly claim that there was that huge of a difference between the two console's lineups in terms of available games. The rest is up to subjective differences in taste.-
but I really don't want the 360 to succeed at all, I want it to fail and I want microsoft to leave for good. I agree that competition is good but Microsoft isn't worthy in my eyes to be where they are, somebody else needs to oppose sony, somebody with more integrity and a fanbase that isn't made up of some of the worst types of people on earth, Alpha Male minded douchebags who only play mature games for mature gamers such as themselves.
Wow man, your dead on. I feel the same way....... about you.
You dont earn 9 bubbles by writing 1 paragraph posts lol.
What an embarrasing list. There are barely enough exclusives to even make a list.
Don't got a 360, but seems like 5 good games. Suprising that there isn't more stand-alone retail games, amongst the best games tough. :-/ Let's hope there is some more new IP in 2010.
So 2 Halos (how original) an arcade game, an add-on to an existing multiplatform game, and a racing game which 80% of the brain dead teenage halo/cod gamers don't even bother buying cause it involves skill. I gave microsoft til at least the end of 2010 before they would release crap, but wow its happening faster then I thought. You see what happens people? You see what happens when you try to win something with only money and no knowledge? You get this. This is very sad. But its not your fault MS is very convincing that they are a gaming company. Now you're gonna have 2 halos a year, and buying exclusive games which weve already had on the playstation brand, i.e. Splinter cell.
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City is a pretty incredible deal. It's like two full games for $40. Except each of those two games is longer, has more content, and has higher presentation values than most full games released these days. Oh yeah, and each of those two full games are extensions to the best game so far this gen, GTA IV, with a 98 on MetaCritic. Wow! In fact, it's the second greatest game of ALL TIME, just under Zelda: OoT, which has a 99. And the sales sure do match the score, too. Too bad Episodes From Liberty City isn't on MetaCritic, but each expansion is listed separately instead. It would probably have at least a 94 on MetaCritic.
Haha an expansion. DLC and an arcade game. They didn't even have 5 exclusives this year.
He listed the five that he liked. That doesn't mean that there where only five games worth having. What is wrong with some of you? MS had a great year. It's not nearly as bad as some of you make it out to be and a big reason the PS3 lineup is being hyped up so much now is because it wasn't very good in the past. Sony stepped it up this year and delivered, that doesn't mean that MS did nothing. Some of you need to grow up. Games are supposed to about fun, not all this jaded fanboy crap. Another thing I'd like to bring up is just because you have a lot of exclusives, it doesn't make them automatically good. It's all subjective when it comes down too it. For example, Infamous was a good game but in my opinion VERY overrated. I personally preferred Prototype a lot more. That doesn't make me wrong, that doesn't make me right, it simply means it's my choice. While I had a great year with my PS3-I purchased a lot of games for it-I still had more fun and purchased significantly more games on my 360. Both are great systems that are putting up a fight that we will benefit from. Enough already, grow the hell up.
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