Critical hits: The 20 biggest third-party exclusive games

These days third-party exclusives are as rare as a stylish mullet. For publishers such as Activision and EA, developing and publishing games for just one platform has become uneconomical, but it wasn't always this way. We look back at the landmark deals that tied brilliant titles to a single console.

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-GametimeUK-1996d ago (Edited 1996d ago )

I feel Demon's Souls is more worthy to put on this list than a few of the games. Whilst Minecraft is console exclusive, it isn't really an exclusive game. I would understand if it was an Xbox focused game that was made available on PC later, but Minecraft screams "PC", not "360".

Also, I think Gears of War was missing from the list. It would be quite criminal if that was the case.

Gimmemorebubblez1996d ago (Edited 1996d ago )

Sony owns the Demons Souls IP. Dark Souls was almost a carbon copy of the Demon Souls formula. Sony could have sued Namco Bandai but I think they decided not to burn bridges with Namco Bandai. If Fromsoftare collaborated with SCEJ in development is it still considered 3rd party?

-GametimeUK-1996d ago

Good point. However, they listed Twin Snakes despite Nintendo's involvement with the project (which will ensure it will only be released on Ninty platforms) so I thought Demon's Souls could probably still qualify for a spot on the list.

DivineAssault 1996d ago

zombiU has no business being up there.. It wasnt that big deal of a game

P_Bomb1996d ago (Edited 1996d ago )

Interesting read. Some other successful 3rd party exclusives:

Shenmue, Valkyria Chronicles and Yakuza from Sega
Splinter Cell Conviction and Trials Evolution (RedLynx) from Ubisoft
Demons Souls from FROM Software
Heavy Rain and Beyond from Quantic Dream
Alan Wake from Remedy
Gears of War from Epic
Resistance and Ratchet&Clank from Insomniac
Heavenly Sword from NinjaTheory
Resident Evil Outbreak, Dead Aim and the REmake from Capcom
Hitman: Codename 47 from IO Interactive
Saints Row from Volition