With multi-platform games making up the lion's share of gaming quality these days, then, are console exclusives really as relevant as they once were?
multi-platform software make up most of the sales charts and plus many of them outsell the first party exclusives
No. Even if the don't sell well, exclusive make the console. If both HD consoles were exactly the same, then what mascots would define them? If the Wii had no Nintendo game, and only watered down versions of it's big brothers, who would buy one?
That's the point though, its up to Nintendo, Sony and MS to define their consoles, not 3rd parties. I've said it for years now, if the big 3 aren't flipping your bills, I see no reason for a 3rd party developer to keep a game exclusive.
Just go look at metacritic. Like more than 1/3 of 90+ games are exclusives on PS3.that is HUGE amount of games that are exclusives.
@Nukacola "If the Wii had no Nintendo game, and only watered down versions of it's big brothers, who would buy one? " By that standard, PS3 and Xbox 360 would have watered down versions compared to the PC, plus it would be more expensive per game too, so who would buy the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions? Every platform has its market, people buy it regardless.
@ApplEaglElephant "Like more than 1/3 of 90+ games are exclusives on PS3.that is HUGE amount of games that are exclusives." Your math is way off buddy. Where did you get the 1/3 of 90 plus are all PS3 exclusives from? It has a total of maybe 10 exclusive games at 90 and above. X360 have a total of 11 games at 90 and above while Nintendo Wii have 9. Add in about the 20 plus other 3rd party multiplatform game with 90 plus, then you are looking at maybe 20% for the PS3. Also both of the big X360 exclusives aka Gears of War 3 and Forza are at 91% and no doubt Uncharted 3, Halo Anniversary, and of course Zelda Skyward Sword will get 90 plus as well. Exclusives are good and well alive IMO but claiming superior exclusives on the console of you choice and throwing random numbers out there is just plain sad.
Maybe next time actually stop to think what the person you are replying to is actually saying. Going by metacritic PS3 has 37 games that scored at 90 and above, assuming my math is not wrong. 12 of those games are exclusive to PlayStation. So while not more than 1/3 ApplEaglElephant is roughly correct.
when it comes to 3rd parties then yea they are dead. But Sony and nintendo do a great job pumping out exclusives and doesnt really need 3rd party exclusives. mICROSFT needs to work on that because at the end of the day exclusives are what separate theses consoles and make them unique.
Multiplats may be the most popular and make up most of the games, console exclusives are still pretty popular. Even among the multiplats, games like gears 3 and uncharted 3 are pretty popular, and are some of the best games available across any platform.
Its in a console manufacter to make exclusives to sell systems. Third part it is in their best intrest to make a large profit (nore often than no going multiplat). How is this so hard to understand. Exclusives are not dead and will always exsist for this percific reason. To sell the console.
Agreed. Also, If exclusives were dead, then Microsoft and Sony would be selling their studios this minute. Meh... I'm surprised this article is coming from CVG.
Uncharted 3 and Gears of War 3 beg to differ..well maybe not Gears because the "trilogy" is supposedly done, but that's what Halo 3 said too.
Yes, except for first party games.
Which is exactly what the article says.
Exclusives are some of the BEST reasons to own a particular platform; Gears Uncharted Starcraft 2 Halo Mario Castlevania Killzone Arma 2 Empire Total War Resistance Ratchet and Clank Alan Wake Metroid Fable These are some of gamings greats, and if you do not have a PC, 360, ps3, Wii, DS, you miss out on a lot of fun. I realize not everyone can afford all consoles and a gaming pc, but, if gaming is your true hobby, passion and source of entertainment, you owe it to yourself to find ways to at least sample the greats. Play at a buddies house, trade consoles with a trusted friend, buy used, get a second job(that can be hard I know, finding one good job is hard enough) In closing, no, console and pc exclusives will never die, they are what differentiates one from the other, and I love me some exclusives!!
Castlevania isn't exclusive? Also you missed of the PS3s highest selling exclusive GT 5?
I agree with most other comments here, how can exclusives be dead? Does this idea persist because MS doesn't focus on them as much anymore? Either way, Sony and Nintendo have great exclusive games and the main reason my PS3 gets as much play as it does it because of said exclusives. I get all the multiplats plus the amazing collection of exclusives, best of both words, and the best example I can give of why exclusives aren't dead.
Are exclusives dead? *looks at UC3 and Gears 3* Um...no.
Dead? no. Dwindling for certain consoles yes. PS3 still has a very strong hold on first party games, I an very excited to see what happens next generation.
Exclusives (in my case the Killzone series) are THE reason I own a PS3 and not a 360. And honestly, almost all my games are exclusives since they are of such high quality. So, no. For me exclusives are very much alive and very important.
Well if you talking about 3rd-party console exclusives, in a lot of cases, yes. And I'm not particularly happy about it, because it's defeating the purpose of multi-console ownership. It cheapens and disenfranchises IP's, rarely doing the consoles' strengths justice, leaving many if unlucky enough to own a console that said game wasn't originally made for with a half-assed version. Console-manufacturer-made/pub lished exclusives? They're still alive and well, at least with Nintendo and Sony.
"I'm not particularly happy about it, because it's defeating the purpose of multi-console ownership. It cheapens and disenfranchises IP's, rarely doing the consoles' strengths justice, leaving many if unlucky enough to own a console that said game wasn't originally made for with a half-assed version." So what if you can only afford one console? How does that make you feel if one publisher decide to release a popular triple AAA game on the other console that you don't have? And would it be good if Mass Effect 2/3 stays X360 exclusive vice also on PS3 and Bioshock 2 and etc...?
If it's a game I'm interested in, I'll buy that other console. Otherwise, I'll do without whether I could afford to buy that other console or not.
I really don't think console exclusives are dead Sony: Twisted Metal, Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, InFamous, Gran Turismo, and more Microsoft: Halo, Gears of War, Fable, Forza, Alan Wake, and more Nintendo: Mario, Metroid, Smash Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and more each company has successful exclusive franchises
Um...lets see: uncharted Halo Gears of war anything by nintendo God of war Killzone Fable etc,etc,etc... Yeah, i dont think exclusives are dead
Exclusives make a console unique. It would suck if all consoles had the same games. There would be no point in owning one if they all had the same games.
Wait, if all the consoles had the same games, then it WOULD make sense to only own one console because that would save u money. There would be no point in getting 2 or 3 different consoles then. And yes I do agree with your first statement, exclusives do make the consoles unique. I just dont neccessarily agree with your last statement. :)
3rd party exclusives are dying. but they're getting replaced by more 1st party exclusives.
The title is a bit misleading considering its only pertaining to third party exclusivity. There will always be first and second party exclusives.
Whats a second party exclusive?
Second Party is a signed deal between parties, where no company owns the other. Eg. MS & Epic signed together to produce the Gears trilogy or Sony & Insomniac signed together to create both the Resistance & Ratchet & Clank franchises.
@BitbyDeath Thats actually a third-party exclusive.
BitbyDeath was a bit off as the first party company can own the second party company, example being Bungie. They were wholly owned by Microsoft, thus not able to make games for any other platform. Think of them as a subsidiary company to Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo.
@slainbaby A first-party developer is defined as any owned by the parent console producer, though, so thats a First Party. I googled that shit though, and it appears that 'second-party' means nothing, and is just a missused term, as developers are either First or Third party, there is no inbetween. Understandable mistake.
There are still 3rd party exclusives and there will always be 3rd party exclusives. In some instances, money decides if a game is exclusive, while other times a developer just likes working on a certain console or for a certain company so they focus on making a great game for that system. SE made Infinite Undiscovery for the 360, SEGA made Yakuza 3/4/Of The End for the PS3, and Marvelous made the Harvest Moon games for the Wii. Why did they do that? Supposedly Microsoft paid SE, SEGA had an easy time using the Yakuza engine on the PS3 since it was based on the PS2 engine, and Marvelous have a good relationship with Nintendo so they made their home HM titles exclusively for the Wii.
I'm confused by the hate towards Microsoft exclusives? PS3s top 5 selling exclusive sales combined is 25.33m Whereas top 5 Xbox exclusives sales combined is 42.85m Hardly seems as if they are going. Also Metal Gear solid is going multiplatform for its next game so another huge exclusive is partly gone.
There are more hardcore gamers on PS3 than Xbox, and with any number of big gaming fans, there comes a degree of fanboys. The hate for the Microsoft exclusives generally comes from PS3 fanboys, but a lot of Xbox gamers will agree that they are disappointed/annoyed at the lack of new exclusives for the hardcore crowd on the 360.
I see but I'm never tempted by a PS3 exclusive (Apart from Uncharted and God of War) compared to Halo and Gears of War.
Exclusives are alive on every single platform out there... PC, 360, PS3. Some have more than others. Either way, I would hardly call them "dead".
Im a massive fan of gaming all round. I love my Xbox(favourite console), loved my PS3 and Wii's when I had them (out of my control that I dont anymore), and love the occasional game on my PC. But any Xbox fan who says there is no problem with Xbox exclusives is lying outright. Sure, the ones it has are some of the most acclaimed games of this generation and sell more than any other exclsuive, but the sheer lack of different ones is a huge problem. I personally think that exclusive games are generally some of the best, becuase the developers have a lot more support and really give it all to compete with the other consoles, but unless Microsoft do something in the next gen to get some more exlcusive games and series like the original Xbox had for the core gamers, I dont think I will reinvest my hard-earned for the next console, which is quite sad really considering ive been a huge fan since day 1 of the good old big Box.
Ask Gears 3 Uncharted 3 Forza 4 GT5 Halo KZ3 and so on... Now you tell me? I think it would be better if they had more exclusives because that's usually who pushes the boundaries the most and makes everyone question which console should i get.
consoles exclusives are needed at launch for a new console but late in a cosole lifespan they're not needed.
Don't even know why this is being talked about, each console still has a strong following of 1st party support even if you don't like the titles being produced they are there and will always be there cause they are what define the console. You cannot get 3rd party studios taking full advantage of consoles because they all have to be configured for a variety of platforms. This is where Nintendo generally shoot themselves in the foot because they make theirs too unique to not be supported properly. The real question should be is CVG losing journalism credibility? I vote yes.
Yeah tell that to nintendo and microsoft when they create cash everytime they release a new mario or halo. Exclusives matter, and its one of the big reasons why nintendo has been so successful.
All 3rd party games should be multiplatform, unless it plays specifically to a particular feature exclusive to but one console. Everyone deserves the right to play some awesome games!
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