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2021 Was a Great Year for PlayStation Exclusives

In 2021, a number of hit PlayStation exclusives were released by different studios, and there was enough of a variety to please almost all gamers.

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z2g169d ago (Edited 169d ago )

Rift Apart and Deathloop were great - finished both. Returnal I really liked, but wouldn't say I loved. Not really into the super hero stuff or demon souls stuff so didn't get into any of that.

VersusDMC169d ago

FF7R intergrade and GOT Island of Iki DLC were excellent. Kena and FIST were also great. Returnal is my GOTY.

Guilty Gear Strive, FFXIV Endwalker and a bunch of Switch/PS4 only releases as well were released this year.

There was something for everyone.

FATAL1TY169d ago

Ratchet Clank Rift Apart (True Next Gen)
Returnal (Next Gen & New IP)
Ghost of Tsushima PS5 (better than halo)
Deathloop (PS5 timed exclusive)

Another huge win for Sony

Sitdown169d ago

@fatality
Insecure much? Why was there a need to bring up Halo? Which I'm pretty sure you haven't really played, and if so, not fully. The games are so different, that it's asinine to compare. The fact that you had to highlight PS5, just adds to how unnecessary it was. Appreciate the games without having to downplay something else.

FATAL1TY169d ago

@Sitdown
Cross gen vs cross gen... Very solid comparison..
Yeah Ghost of Tsushima looks better than halo. (Graphics, vegetation, overall quality)
Im not impressed..

RpgSama169d ago

"Every Year Is a Great Year for PlayStation Exclusives"

There, fixed.

Zhipp169d ago

I came here to say this. Seriously, when was the last time they didn't have a great year? 2019? Even then, they had the quantity, the quality was just not quite there.

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Flewid638168d ago

Im a huge PS fan but that's far from true.

pietro1212169d ago

fatality

Are you really that insecure over video games? The fanboy stuff is lame and stupid

MIDGETonSTILTS17169d ago

Good, not great.

I would only consider it “great” when taking into account how early we are in the ps5 lifecycle.

I wonder if 2022 will be “great”. I think we need something besides Horizon 2, GoW 2, and a racing game to break that threshold (I couldn’t care less about GT7. It’s a tech demo for me.).

2 solid exclusives within a yeah certainly appeases me, but it doesn’t impress me.

MIDGETonSTILTS17169d ago

To be fair, the PS5’s first year had more notable AAA exclusives than the Xbone had in its entire lifetime.

But I’m not gonna praise Sony for outperforming Xbox’s game output until the Zenimax output starts building momentum. I look forward to that day, because I’m sure Sony will somehow manage to match their content (competition is good).

Gaming4Life1981169d ago

"To be fair, the PS5’s first year had more notable AAA exclusives than the Xbone had in its entire lifetime."

Are you serious? Lol your smoking some good stuff with that comment. Here are some games for you:
Sea of thieves
Gears 5
Killer instinct
Sunset overdrive
Ori
Cuphead
Halo 5
Titanfall
Quantum break
State of decay 2
Forza horizon
Forza motorsport
Halo MCC
Halo wars 2
Ashen
Inside
Below
I can keep going but you get the point.

MIDGETonSTILTS17169d ago (Edited 169d ago )

“Sea of thieves
Gears 5
Killer instinct
Sunset overdrive
Ori
Cuphead
Halo 5
Titanfall
Quantum break
State of decay 2
Forza horizon
Forza motorsport
Halo MCC
Halo wars 2
Ashen
Inside
Below”

Which one of these games is supposed to be a boundary-pushing, system-selling exclusive on the scale of Halo Infinite, Spider-Man, or Last of Us?

I loved Sunset Overdrive, but Spider-Man is objectively better. Titanfall could be argued, but M$ bought that after it was made, they didn’t produce it at all. And the sequel basically died on release.

If you want to compare that list to even just Horizon, GoW, GoT, Spider-Man, and LoU2, then you just don’t know how good those 5 games are.

It’s that simple: Sony and M$ have set different expectations for games. Mine is higher than yours, and Sony says it isn’t too high.

Returnal, R&C, & Deathloop w/dualsense > entire Xbox library atm @120hrz, IMO.

The Zenimax studios might change this trend, but it hasn’t yet. Games take time.

porkChop169d ago

That's fair. If you look at sales the GT series has seen a bit of a drop off from where the series used to be. GT usually sells around 12M units, but GT6 and Sport only sold around 5M and 8M respectively. Still good sales but it isn't quite the powerhouse it used to be. Maybe GT7 can change that though.

Either way PlayStation will likely be releasing another big hitter next year. At least I'd assume so. In the last 2 to 3 years Sony was outputting less PS4 games than the first half of the gen. So some of their other teams should have something ready by next year.

Snakeeater25169d ago

If GT don’t add damage to the cars, it will be lower Than gt6.

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Jay767169d ago (Edited 169d ago )

[email protected] GT still sell way better than Forza at least. I think GT7 will probably put the series back to 15 million sales status though.

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Profchaos169d ago

In defense of gt6 it dropped on PS3 after the PS4 launched and everyone was hyped for driveclub no one was looking at gt6 even Sony's advertising was weak

porkChop169d ago

@prof

That's fair. Bad timing, weak marketing. Though both GT6 and Sport are the lowest rated in the franchise I believe, so that also would have played a part. I hope GT7 can bring the franchise back to the glory days of GT3 and GT4.

Bathyj169d ago

I glossed over GT6 because I was already on PS4 and I'm not into sport because I don't care about online and my Logitech wheel didn't work on PS4. Once you play GT with a good wheel it's hard to go back.

But man I think I'm buying a new wheel soon.

outsider1624169d ago

@bathyj..
Which wheel are you using? I'm planning to buy the logitech g29 in anticipation for GT7. That a good wheel for us newbies?

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Nacho_Z169d ago

Sounds about right, arguably great compared to the dry spells new consoles always have, but not compared to a big heavy hitting year later in the generation.

ABizzel1169d ago

It was a solid year. The PS5 remasters were great for those who missed them or wanted to play them at the "best" performance / resolution. The New games were all solid - good. I don't think any of them were games we'll be talking about for Game of the Generation for PS5.

But next year is going to be killer.

Gaming4Life1981169d ago

You named 2 of ps biggest franchises and 1 new big franchise getting a sequel. If those 3 games launch next year that is already an excellent year for ps.

I think ps will have some surprises for next year with 30 exclusive games in development.

Profchaos169d ago

So you mean I think we need more than sequels from some of the highest rated PS franchises to date ?

blackblades169d ago

If you wanna go there you can say the same about forza and halo. How many games in there series again I lost count.

Bathyj169d ago

So you were hoping Ps5s best years would be in the first 2 years like all the other Playstations?

No wait...

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Terry_B169d ago

I guess it was okay. Am still waiting for a current gen fighting game.

VersusDMC169d ago

Guilty Gear Strive wasn't good? Not current gen exclusive but the best looking one.

Terry_B169d ago

It's nice bought it just recently on PC, but the thing is.. it's definitely not a current-gen fighting game that makes use of the available power of the new consoles.

Look at the differences between Mortal Kombat 9 on the PS3 as an example and Mortal Kombat X on the PS4..or between SoulCalibur 4 and 5 and the much better looking SC VI.

Sadly the next MK is still coming to the old consoles and is more like an MK XI-2. I hope we see a new Tekken next year that can be named a current-gen fighting game. Or a new Killer Instinct that shows a big visual difference to KI from 2013

13sentinel169d ago

Terry_ B

Doesn't make use of the power of the console? Maybe get your eyes checked

Flewid638168d ago

Sprite based/2D visuals are so 90s man. It looks good but still runs on old hardware.

PapaBop169d ago

You'll be waiting a while, fighting games are too niche for them to limit the playerbase to current gen consoles.

NeoGamer232169d ago

I am still waiting for true current gen games in general.

Too many games are still shipping on previous consoles.

Terry_B169d ago

Yup, thats true. Besides the very very few exceptions, like Ratchet and Clank, its like we are still in the PS4, Xbox Gen.

@13sentinel. Maybe get YOUR Eyes checked. The visual differences between Guilty Gear Strive on PS4 and PS5 are almost non-existant.

pietro1212169d ago

terry_b

Despite it being a multiplat title with last gem in mind it’s still an impressive looking game. It’s the best looking fighter on the market right now

Terry_B168d ago

I would argue that MK 11 from 2019 looks a lot better, but those two games have very different styles.

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GoodGuy09169d ago

Not really, it was just ok. 2022 on the other hand....
I mean its normal that the first year of a consoles not great.

ArmorOfGod169d ago (Edited 169d ago )

GOW, GT7 and Horizon all on PS4. What does 2022 offer in terms of actual, meaningful, exclusives?

frostypants169d ago (Edited 169d ago )

By your definition no platform is likely to have any big exclusives in 2022, or at best they will be crazy rare. Too much money left on the table to make a PS5 or XSX exclusive game.

isarai169d ago

R&C was an amazing peak into what "next gen" could be, and i haven't been that anxious to get back to a game for a long time. Sucks tho cause everything else seems to be back peddling into cross gen territory putting "next gen" essentially on hiatus. I'm sure the games will still be great, just not fully taking advantage of what these new consoles can do

Ethereal169d ago

Definitely still in the transitional generation phase. I think we'll start see some true next gen stuff at the end of 2022 into 2023 when support for last gen start to dwindle.