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Do I Only Have Time For Exclusives?

Believe it or not, I don't have a heck of a lot of time. And if anyone thinks reviewing crap games is always "fun," they obviously haven't done it for an extended period of time. Furthermore, with the ever-increasing average age of the gamer these days, avid players have less and less time to spend with their favorite hobby. Hence, we have to be even more selective with the games we purchase...well, I've always been far more selective than most, but I'm starting to notice a trend.

I really don't care about the platform or the developer or publisher; I only want to play the best of the best. I only have time for the best of the best. But over the past year or so, I've started to realize that my "must-have" list or my "most-anticipated" list consists of an increasing number of exclusives for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. What were my favorite titles last year? Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Killzone 2, inFamous, Flower, Assassin's Creed II, and Dragon Age: Origins. I should also mention that although I didn't like it as much as others, Demon's Souls was indeed a fantastic game and one of the best of 2009, and although it was obviously nothing more than an expansion (meaning it felt insanely dated), I completed Halo 3: ODST. Outside of ACII and Origins, the trend is obvious.

And what about 2010? By far my favorite of the year thus far is Heavy Rain and I'm assuming God of War III will quickly be right at or near the top of the list very soon. Then there's Gran Turismo 5, Alan Wake, MLB 10: The Show, Splinter Cell: Conviction, SOCOM 4, and Halo Reach. Yes, I'll be plenty interested in Red Dead Redemption and Bioshock 2 was fantastic but the further we go in this generation, the more I'm starting to leave multiplats behind. Now, of course there are great multiplatform games. There's Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Final Fantasy XIII, and at some point, Grand Theft Auto V. But for the most part, I don't have time for them all and the elite games all tend to be exclusive to either the PS3 or 360. The former has most of the best exclusives available - yeah, just accept it - but the point is, I only have so much time in any given week.

I suppose the question is, do you find yourself playing more exclusives? If you have a time issue or if you had to prioritize for another reason, don't exclusives often end up at the top of your list? I mean, Uncharted 3 and Gears of War 3? Yeah, mine. Immediately. Game of the Year nominees and winners at most major sources in 2009 and probably in 2010? Lots of exclusives, no? And I'd also like to add that it seems more than a little likely that for the third year in a row, the overall Game of the Year will almost undeniably be a PS3 exclusive: MGS4 in 2008, Uncharted 2 in 2009, and God of War III in 2010? I'd also lobby for Heavy Rain and Gran Turismo 5, and my hopes for Alan Wake are super high, but I think GoWIII is the obvious choice right now.

3/5/2010 Ben Dutka

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CH1N00K
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 9:47:57 PM
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I know how you feel. Looking at my PS3 game collection now, it is considerably smaller then what my PS2 collection was within the same amount of time I owned each system. In the PS2 days, I bought and played anything and everything. Now, I only focus on games I'm sure to play over again until the next "great" game comes along.

If I do buy a game I'm not sure about, it's only until the price is low enough that no matter what, I know I won't feel ripped off for having shelled out the money for it.

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WolfCrimson
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 1:48:52 AM

I could say the same. But the big difference is that I bought fake pirated games on the PS2, so they were very very cheap compared to PS3 games.

P.S. Now that I have had the joy of buying originals (non-fakes, non-pirated), I have seen the error in my ways, and have repented :P

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 9:48:17 PM
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Uncharted 2, not 3, in the top of your last paragraph ;)

I do find myself playing more exclusives too. Its just natural that developers can make a better game when they dont have to write the game for two completely different consoles, even if one is just a port of the other. Less time/money spent on getting the game engine up and running means more time/money available to refine that engine and make it sing. Thats more time for the storyboard guys to get everything laid out and polished, more time for the sound guys to perfect the music and sfx, more time for beta testing, etc...

The only multi-platform game i bought last year was ACII, and i've not been sitting around waiting for good exclusives to roll in, it seems like a AAA exclusive pops up every month now. This generation of consoles is really taking off. This year and next are going to be very exciting.

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michiganfan1983
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:09:27 PM

I am pretty sure Ben means that when Uncharted 3 and Gears of War 3 come out they will be his, day one, no questions asked.

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:24:35 PM

Lol, i read Gears of War as God of War... Stupid similar names. Now it makes sense.

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michiganfan1983
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:46:38 PM

It's cool, I figured it was a simple misread. :)

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LittleBigMidget
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 9:48:33 PM
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I have noticed this. Haven't played a multiplat in a while.

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SvenMD
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 9:51:09 PM
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I think we've said it around here before, but exclusives are typically a much higher caliber of game. The devs have had alot of time dealing with the system, they are comfortable with it, and they can push it to the max without having to worry about how it will have to be changed or altered to work on a different console. It creates the best game for that system - which usually creates one amazing game.

Personally I definitely feel that my library is 2:1, exclusive to multiplat. Much for the same reason...the exclusives are simply amazing. Warhawk, Resitance 1&2, KZ2, MGS4, Uncharted 1&2, Heavy Rain, the GoW collection, and soon to be GoW III, (sorry, I still have to get inFamous). Everyone of these titles had something above and beyond the competition at the time they were released....and they are all fun as hell.

And if I had an Xbox360, then all I would get for it would be the exclusives...but really just Gears(since I've NEVER played it, and REALLY want to). Alan Wake looks like it will have a GREAT story, but other than that it really doesn't look like my cup o' tea with the whole flashlight thing, but a demo might change my mind.

Moral of the story, exclusives typically ROCK.

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Highlander
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 9:55:35 PM
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It is indeed starting to go that way. Exclusives or little to nothing. When I look at our PS3 game collection I'm struck by just how many exclusives we have, they outnumber the multi-platform titles by quite a margin. Oddly enough the majority of the multi-platform games are games that my son plays, things like Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Star wars and Ice Age 3. The three notable multi-platform games I have are Soul Calibur 4, Burnout Paradise and Madden NFL 10. No one else makes anything like soul Calibur, Burnout Paradise was lead developed on PS3 and Sony doesn't make an NFL The Show, so I'm kinda stuck.

After that though, it's almost entirely exclusives. As you said, it looks set to stay that way, with Heavy Rain and GT5 among my known remaining purchases this year. I think that the trouble is that the multi-platform games so often disappoint. That said, I do think that there is a top tier of multi-platform game companies. This select group manages to turn out consistently good multi-platform games. Other than that, multi-platform is often a mess. We all know the reasons, only platform exclusives are truly optimized.

I do live in hope that more multi-platform gave developers work with Sony on their PS3 versions. Sony has a lot of information and experience available to developers who decide to take it onboard.

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FullmetalX10
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 6:02:53 AM

So that's why I think Burnout Paradise looks so fancy, thnx Highlander

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Danny007
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:03:11 PM
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Are you looking forward to Mafia II, Ben? After seeing the trailers and gameplay on GameTrailers.com I became psyched for the game. Check out the videos if you haven't already.

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Superman915
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:05:49 PM
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well, if you do, and your on a site devoted to the PS3, you sure chose the right system, so good day to you, sir.

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Mamills
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:09:53 PM
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exclusives are what i base my console of choice on.

i mean im a huge uncharted, killzone, FF, god of war and Metal gear fan. so i automatically go for playstation.

if u like HALO, Gears of war, or Fable you go 360.

at one point my games were only PS3 exclusives but recently ive added, Bad company 2 and Modern warefare 2 (Might be selling it soon).

i dunno multiplatform games i usually pass on. mainly because they just dont deliver. and because of the usual crappy ports by developers, can u blame me?

plus, SONY has the most exclusives of the big 2 Game console makers (notice i said 2, not 3. Nintendo has forgotten its hardcore crowd and no longer make good games, only workout programs.)

lol sorry, had to just take a shot at Nintendo there

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SvenMD
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:21:49 PM

I'm glad you said something about Fable. That was another game that I always wanted to play.

However, Nintendo has it's place. I love Mario Galaxy, and the Metroid Prime trilogy re-release was awesome. And Link is getting back to where he needs to be...a little less cell-shaded (I mean, WTF was that?)

But there are also some great multiplats out there. I still think Modern Warfare 1&2 and Assassins Creed 1&2 both delivered quite well on both systems.

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Silent_J
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 8:44:21 AM

Zelda is the only reason I bought the Wii and then I kept it for awhile to play Smash Bros. ,Metroid and Mario Galaxy then I gave the Wii to my little cousins.

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AirplanePeanuts
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:17:00 PM
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It's a bit different for me, I'd say I chase mostly after games that are AAA. My favorite games last year were exclusives -- Demon's Souls and Uncharted 2 -- but after that there are a lot of multiplats like Street Fighter IV, Arkham Asylum, BlazBlue, Modern Warfare 2, and Resident Evil 5 (I know that last one is a bit of an outlier, but I played with a friend and really got in to it). In fact, if I were to make a personal list for 2009 the only other exclusives that would be considered would probably be Killzone 2 and New Super Mario Bros Wii. There's obviously tastes to be considered, but there are still plenty of multiplats that seem worthy of going toe to toe with exclusives.

But I do agree insofar that exclusives usually have a much better chance of being awesome. No big surprise there, since especially in the case of the 360 and PS3 exclusives are what really distinguish the platforms.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:17:51 PM
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White Knight is nothing to sneeze at either, sadly though for us RPG gamers most RPGs are coming in the multiplat format. But yeah, most of the time a guy might just want to wait around for the latest exclusive, or if you really only want the best of the best get a PS3 exclusive. Nevermind Halo: Reaching too far, just get Resistance 3 or KZ3.

I'd be surprised if Alan Wait releases this year.

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Mamills
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:23:27 PM

man i really tried to give white knight a chance, but i find it soo boring. and the character graphics look like a PS2 game.

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Scarecrow
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:25:43 PM

Yeah, I can't wait to get WKC soon!

That game just sounds like a lot of old-school mixed with new school gameplay fun!

The characters also look well DESIGNED. Can't wait to get it!

Oh yeah! TOWNS! Something which every good jrpg must have.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:29:14 PM

It IS old school JRPG in many respects, the graphics aren't as poopy as a PS2 game for sure but aren't exactly up to Heavy Rain's quality either.

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Highlander
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:32:48 PM

Why does everyone ding WKC for it's graphics? The graphics are pretty darned good. Sure there are a few things that might qualify as issues, but really, they're quite good. the cut scenes are impressive enough, the 'worst' things for me is the facial modeling, but other than that I find the towns and landscapes very well done indeed.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 11:09:42 PM

I agree Highlander, whatever it lacks in a few departments it more than makes up for in others.

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kraygen
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 2:14:24 AM

World you always get to it before me and thank you for being steadfast. I can't promote WKC enough. Old school jrpg it is for sure. I love it and haven't played anything else since it came out.

About the graphics, people get a grip, the game is beautiful and as for the characters not looking like heavy rain type graphics consider this,

1. When has jrpg ever gone for realistic look.
2. Game was released in 2008

It easily has graphics equal with the best of 2008.

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 7:23:11 AM

WKC is a blast. Its gameplay is FF12-lite but the online portion and the vast amount of items you can collect and create is addicting.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 12:37:05 PM

I love making epic combos and giving them sweet names :)

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Scarecrow
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:24:46 PM
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It's actually not a new trend

Most my of the best ps2 games were ps2 exclusives (GOW, DMC, GT, MGS, FF, Jak(Daxter), Ratchet, Silent Hill 2, 3, and 4, etc. etc.)

It's just more pronounced now since Microsoft now has a cheap popular box*

But yes, the games I play the most are all exclusives...

Littlebigplanet
Demon's Souls
Uncharted 2
etc.

I'll give it to Capcom though, Street Fighter IV is hands down the best fighter in a decade (but fighters have mostly always been multiplat anyway)

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Highlander
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:30:35 PM

Except that the fighters always come from Japan and 9 out of 10 of them begin life on arcade machines that are Sony hardware. Soul Calibur 4 for example runs on arcade machines that are little more than special purpose PS3s in an arcade case with am HD screen. So in effect, these games begin life as PlayStation exclusives...

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Highlander
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:26:25 PM
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You know the things is that there are really, really good multi-platform titles out there.

Could this all be down to the quality of the developers? I mean Sony and MS will only choose the best for their in-house teams. Right?

Sony (for example) only ever choose the best of the best developers to become first party studios within Sony. A recent example being Media Molecule. So the stable of Sony exclusive games is phenomenal because the stable of in-house developers is equally phenomenal.

Now consider the best of the best in the Multi-platform developers. RockStar games, Criterion Games, Ubisoft (Montreal), Infinity Ward, there are a few others. These third party developers really work at the craft as well, and it shows.

I wonder whether this may be simply a question of quality? Perhaps it's no surprise that Sony has so many terrific exclusives, they have concentrated on purchasing great developers for years and years now. If third party publishers do the same, and create constructive partnerships with Sony and Microsoft, the results can only be beneficial for everyone. Microsoft has been less active in this way, and as a result has to pay third parties for exclusives. If third parties continue to play favorites based on slush fund dollars from one particular first party, ultimately it harms them, just as it harms everyone. Constructive partnerships rather than divisive exclusivity develops everyone.

I do think that multi-platform games can be the equal of first party exclusives. However for that to happen, third party developers have to stop playing favorites. Third party publishers also have to start behaving like Sony and supporting their developers instead of simply exploiting them. Activision should take note of this. Infinity Ward is no doubt an excellent third party development studio that will more than likely split from Activision as soon as they can. Hardly constructive for them. Perhaps IW will find a more accepting partner for the future.

But as I say, multi-platform games can match the first party exclusives. But while Sony continues to grow and nurture it's first party studios, it will remain a tough act to follow.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 11:11:22 PM

MS has in-house teams? :P

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Highlander
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 11:29:29 PM

::holds finger and thumb about a quarter inch apart::
Yeah, MS has about *this* many in-house teams.

::holds hands as far apart as they'll go::
Sony has *this* many...

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Naztycuts
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 12:50:00 AM

@Highlander Nice post I enjoyed reading that, don't forget 2K Studios!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:31:30 PM
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Any one else agree that you just can't get the kind of variety in multiplats that you can in exclusives? Multiplats seem to be only concerned with pawning off an okay game on the masses and fooling them into thinking it is top quality.

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OtisFeelgood
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:32:37 PM
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I said this in the last poll article and I'll say it again; if I had to choose between a multiplat or an exclusive most likely I'm going to choose the exclusive. Exclusives are usually better all around.

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michiganfan1983
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:45:23 PM
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I have noticed this trend start to happen. The games I am most interested in are the exclusives because they are the best. And most of my purchases over the last year have been exclusives; Killzone 2, Little Big Planet, InFamous, Demons Souls, God of War Collection, MAG, Uncharted 1&2 andResistance (haven't gotten to the second one yet). That's just the exclusives that I have bought. If I owned an Xbox 360, I am sure I would have only gotten their exclusives.

Man its a great time to be a gamer, if you have the time. Also I would just like to share that I have recently picked up a 55" LG 1080P tv and gaming has just going to a new level. I used to play on a 26" Sanyo 720P tv.

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MadKatBebop
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:48:58 PM
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I kinda know what he means but I know Battlefield Bad Company 2 will keep me busy for a long long time, I just got done playing some online a few minutes ago, this is like my third brake I've taken sense Wednesday. This is by far the best multiplayer experience I've ever had!

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Temjin001
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:49:09 PM
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Unfortunately, for me, I don't have time to play all the best games. It's easy to pass on the less-than great games, but it's hard to pick between only great games. This year has nearly been defined for me, already. GoW3, GT5, and FF13 are at the top of my list. I hope to find enough time to get quality play out of just these three. And by way of exclusives. I lean more that way because devs tend to carry the added responsibility of tapping all the available resources from the one platform. It seems to me that neither platform owner gets the most out of their hardware when games aren't exclusive. I just don't like the idea of playing games where devs have to determine where two platforms intersect in resources before they can create their vision. Essentially, the resources will set the scope of the developers goals. And I am a firm believer that technology and processing can directly translate into richer experiences.

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aaronisbla
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 10:53:12 PM
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ive always been more into exclusives, not because its an exclusive but because the quality for the most part seems to be higher than multiplats, whether its on the 360 or the ps3.

Its the main reason i chose a ps3 over a 360. After beating God of War 2, i knew i had to have a ps3, then later on after seeing footage for the first Uncharted i knew it was set in stone. That was my first game

id like to think that no matter what system someone chooses, they do it for the exclusives hitting the system, not because it does a certain multiplat game a lil better

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Bugzbunny109
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 11:17:27 PM
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I can't help but ask, but what exclusive does the 360 have that is actually worth playing that came out this year? MS needs to step their game up because Sony is pushing ahead.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 1:03:55 AM

Alan Wake, I say. But that's about it, unless Halo Reach turns out to be something special.

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aaronisbla
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 2:38:05 AM

that came out this year? well Mass Effect 2 is a biggie

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www
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 3:47:39 AM

I say, I want to get around to getting Mass Effect 2.

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 5:02:34 AM

Alan Wake comes out this summer, I'm pissed they canceled the PC version.

HaloReach is looking like Tribes (one of my favorite online games EVER).

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___________
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 8:59:02 AM

dont forget crackdown 2.
as long as they have the open world exploration and the super human strength and allow us to leap around like a frog on steroids i cant wait to play it.
im thinking of getting a 360 just so i can play it, that way i can get alan wake and ME 2.

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Mouse_101
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 12:17:47 PM

Wait! An xbox exclusive that will actually be exclusive to the console. That cannot be correct.

:P

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 2:40:15 PM

Evidently the 1st Crackdown didn't get you to buy a 360, I don't see why the 2nd would.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 11:19:44 PM
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My count: 13 Exclusives
13 multiplats

Haha, my collection is dead even. But then there is the upcoming must haves like GOWIII and Last Guardian. FFXIII might as well be exclusive, the 360 version is getting dumped on all over the place.

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inkme101
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 11:23:26 PM
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i know that nobody here cares for sport games that much but i am very very excited about ufc undisputed 2010 as far as multi plats go.

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michiganfan1983
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 11:35:24 PM

I am really considering this game, I enjoyed what little I have played of the 2009 version and I am sure 2010 will be that much better.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 11:32:43 PM
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lol, speaking of great multiplats did any early adopters punch in the their Dante's Inferno codes? The Disco Inferno outfit is a riot.

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michiganfan1983
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 11:36:36 PM

I have not looked at it yet, I will have to do that.

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Shams
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 11:57:59 PM
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Last week was Heavy Rain. Tonight, I picked up Mass Effect 2. I don't even have time for every exclusive...but I'll definitely make time for GOW3.

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___________
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 12:25:05 AM
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if you wanna swap jobs ben ill be first in line.
sure reviewing crap games can be annoying over a extended period of time, but it sure beats the sh*t i have to put up with.
hell my best friends father who i work with was taken to hospital today because he fell down a man hole.
hate to be harsh but god hes a idiot he walks around a construction site in thongs, in a dark area with no torch.
he cant see where the hell hes going of course your going to hurt yourself.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 1:03:28 AM

I know. I'm thankful for the job; I don't want to make it sound otherwise. :)

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kraygen
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 2:20:57 AM

Ben if you're getting a little too busy and becoming stressed, its not good for your health, so I guess I'll throw myself under that bus and help you review some games. ;)

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JasperLoons
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 12:31:48 AM
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I haven't commented on here in a LONG time, but this warranted a response. This exact subject has been on my mind a lot lately.

I was looking at my collection earlier today. 20 games (hard copy, that is), and 13 of them are PS3 exclusives. And of those exclusives that have released since I've had my PS3, I preordered most of them. How many multiplats have I preordered? None. I've owned more multiplats, but those are the ones I sell.

I'm a graduate student in my last semester. My free time is valuable to me, and I'm about to have less of it. So, I've been thinking about how much gaming I will be doing after I get out there in the real world. It's only the exclusives that I plan on making time for. InFamous 2, Uncharted 3, Killzone 3, Last Guardian... I will make time for those, but not much else.

Great article, Ben.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 1:03:12 AM

Thanks.

Now comment more! :)

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kraygen
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 2:24:45 AM

I saw the last guardian comment and couldn't remember when it was coming out. Now I'm totally depressed. I thought it was this spring but ign says TBA and vgreleases says november? Seriously?

Please Ben tell me it's not true, I don't want to wait that long.

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inkme101
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 1:08:27 AM
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more! :)


LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!


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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 1:48:06 AM
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inFamous > Prototype, nuff said.

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WolfCrimson
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 1:58:27 AM

Correction: inFamous>>>>>>> Prototype

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kraygen
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 2:25:46 AM

I was looking at both and decided infamous for sure, thought i'd pick up prototype later. I still haven't. lol

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FullmetalX10
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 6:14:08 AM

Most friggin definitely.

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Silent_J
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 10:50:35 AM

didnt even contemplate on which one to get, Infamous was alway first.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 12:39:24 PM

I own them both and after beating inFamous, Prototype is almost unplayable.

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ace_boon_coon
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 6:52:36 PM

prototype was bootleg with pissy graphics. infamous s**ts all over it. no contest

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Alienange
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 1:51:44 AM
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That is a very good question. For me I suppose in the end the answer is no. I would absolutely HATE to have to prioritize either multiplats or exclusives, but if I HAD to, then no, I'd go with multiplats.

Playstation exclusives are brilliant, but they will not bring games like Batman, ACII, MW2, GTA, Final Fantasy or Dragon Age into my collection. Some used to be exclusive, and at that time maybe I'd answer differently, but now? Multiplats just offer more selection.

Thankfully we don't have to live by such nonsense and we CAN play both PS exclusives and all the greatest multiplats. You like gaming? You MAKE the time to play those games no matter whether they are exclusive or not.

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FullmetalX10
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 6:14:58 AM

They used to bring final fantasy -_-

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 10:41:26 AM

I honestly don't see how the games you listed are more diverse or better than the likes of the Uncharteds, Mass Effects, Gears of Wars, MGS4, Killzone 2, God of War III, MAG, inFamous, Heavy Rain, GT5, Ratchet and Clanks, etc.

I'm certainly not saying multiplats are obviously second-class - Bioshock 2 and ACII are two of my favorites - but despite them all, I still say exclusives would take priority for me.

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Alienange
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 1:13:52 PM

Yes exclusives are diverse, but it's practically only one game per genre. The exclusives may be out of this world in production value and brilliant story telling, but for hours of gaming, multiplats are the road for me.

Of course it's going to highly depend on personal tastes. If you love KZ2 online more than MW2 and you'd rather get the latest inFamous over the latest GTA or the latest Mass Effect over the latest FF, then yeah, it all depends on what you like.

Frankly, it's kinda cruel to even ask us to choose... We're limited with our time, but not SO limited that we cannot own and enjoy both.

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kraygen
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 2:31:18 AM
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Here's the problem I run into with this situation. My budget = I'm picky.

Look at multiplat games. For the most part the single player campaigns last between 6-12 hours, and 12 is really pushing it if you are not new to video games.

Look at most exclusives. For the most part the single player campaigns are 20+ hours of gameplay.

So for me its, how many hours of enjoyment am I spending my 60 bucks on. Do the math, exclusives win.

Not saying I don't have some multiplats, just saying when it comes time to choose, math decides and well, math chooses ps3.

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Deleted User
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 2:40:14 AM
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I'm actually different. I've been putting a lot of time into Mass Effect 2, true, but my next gaming purchases are going to be Bayonetta, Dragon Age Origins, BioShock 2. Yeah, I'll be getting Heavy Rain, too. But in terms of exclusives, that is actually the exception in my upcoming plans.

In terms of future releases, my most anticipated is actually LA Noire, which is, also, a multiplatform. Nothing really going on with Nintendo in a short window in terms of exclusives that I'm aware of at this moment, either.

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Shams
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 2:45:08 AM

Me, too. I'm figuring MA2 will hold me over until GOW3. Regarding FF13, I'll wait for psxextreme's review as I do with all games I'm on the fence about.

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Deleted User
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 3:06:53 AM

I predict it'll get mid 80, and not exceed 90.

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www
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 3:51:21 AM
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FFXIII still in a way feels like an exclusive since the PS3 is the better version by far. Its sad its linear and the scores keep falling at Metacritic. Right now its about 81 with about 18 critic reviews, that's bad, is it going to turn out 76 or something after about 50 reviews? This sucks. Anyhoo Tekken 6 is about 80 and I personally love it and don't fully agree with the critics, so I don't know.

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 5:04:51 AM

When it comes to franchises I love reviews never give them the justice they deserve in my eyes. I took a risk with WKC after seeing it got a 5.1 on IGN and I was happy to see I made the right choice. Certain genres just don't get great reviews anymore, that's my understanding.

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www
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 7:47:40 AM

Yes it's what am starting to notice.

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Mouse_101
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 11:54:43 AM

I Blame all the shooters naturally. Although i do love a shooter there are just SOO many and i feel some reviewers are forgetting that other genres can be fun.

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dlte
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 5:04:09 AM
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14 / 7
2:1 Exclusive to multi
14 exclusives (Resistance 1, R2, Killzone 2, MLB 09:The Show, GOW Collection, LBP, Warhawk, echocrome, GT:HDC, flOw, flower, PixelJunk Monsters, Uncharted 2, Heavy Rain) / 7 multi (RB1, RB2, RB:AC/DC, GTAIV, Genesis Collection, GH:World Tour, NCAA Football 10)
So if you take away music, sports and PSN games, it's 4:1 exclusives to multi.

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 5:05:46 AM

I'm a PSN whore. A majority of the 360 "exclusives" I want to play I'm able to play on my PC which is sweet. PS3 exclusives are where its at.

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Ergi
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 5:36:50 AM
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The only multiplats i still really enjoy are sports games, I still love FNR4 and Fifa. The rest of them i play through once and that's that, not to mention the overall experience is never really comparable. Except for batman AA and Assassins creed.
I still can't help but wonder what DMC4 and FF13 would have looked like had they remained exclusive.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 5:38:28 AM
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I actually never planned to get multiplats because PS3 exclusives are way better and more worth it.

But with games like AC2 it's hard to not buy multiplats.

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FullmetalX10
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 6:20:40 AM
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Just finished Flower yesterday, now that's a beautiful game right there, just loved it.
Now for my game libary, 9 exclusives(not counting PSN games) over 2 multiplats...
Playstation always takes the cake at my house.
Same with PS1 and PS2(Kingdom Hearts 1+2 FTW!)

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JackC8
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 6:36:05 AM
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I used to just buy whatever interested me most, and I've always been proud that my tastes are somewhat different than the mainstream. However, I'm growing increasingly disappointed with the quality of multiplatform games these days. I just spent over 100 hours trying to platinum Need For Speed Shift, only to find out that it's impossible on the PS3, because the horrible frame rate slowdown during some races makes it impossible to beat the required lap times on certain tracks. EA says that the game was rushed out the door and there were some problems. They have no intention of fixing them.

Other than Dead Space 2, I really can't think of any multiplat I'm very excited about. I'm a huge racing sim fan, and the only racing sim game coming out is GT5. I have no interest in blowing stuff up or zapping other cars while just holding the accelerator to the floor - I actually like the focus of my racing games to be on mastering the art of driving. Weird, I know.

I really don't have time to play too many games, and I think from now on I'll just stick to console exclusives. I'm not too interested in the multiplat titles, and even if I would be, I'm highly dubious of their quality.

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G8GTdriver
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 7:19:21 AM
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Ben, what are you talking about... the PS3 DOESN'T have any games!! haha

I know my small collection is PS3 exclusive heavy and will only be heavier after this year.

Has anyone played Superstars V8: Next Challenge, need some racing to hold me over till GT5?

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Bjorn77
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 10:06:41 AM
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Now that you mention it... I own a heck of a lot of PS3 exclusives. They are awesome! Uncharted 1 and 2 are both massive, MGS4 was beyond good.

The game I cannot wait to hit the stores, God Of War 3 will sure be great. That one I buy without even hessatation.

But I own also multiplatform games, one I really liked was Darksiders. That is a great game.

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Mouse_101
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 11:49:42 AM
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I also find myself always going to buy and play exclusive games but this is because i find them to always be of the highest quality compared to multiplats. i am proud to say the bulk of ps3 collection are exclusives and hopefully Sony can keep up their insanely high standards.

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nogoat23
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 12:25:13 PM
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The last few games I've played are (in order): Uncharted, Uncharted 2, Ratchet and Clank:ACIT, Little Big Planet, Heavy Rain. Did I purposely only pick PS3 exclusives? No, those are just the ones that I was interested in. FF13 is going to break the exclusive streak, but then it's GOW3, and Last Guardian, and who knows from there.

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Jawknee
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 12:26:27 PM
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I only have money for exclusives. From here on out, multiplats are getting picked up in the bargain bin.

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ace_boon_coon
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 6:56:26 PM

amen!!!!! quality over quantity

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huh1678
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 2:02:44 PM
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As time goes by i do find that i mostly only have time for exclusives.The only multiplat i've played so far are AC2 & Jrpgs cause quite a few jrpg went timed exclusive :(

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kraygen
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 3:28:25 PM
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One thing I noticed is that even tho my collection is pretty split down the middle between exclusives and multiplat, there is a distinct difference.

All my exclusives I bought day one, most of my multiplats I bought brand new for $20 after price drop or I got them on some special sale week.

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LightShow
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 5:05:35 PM
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the games on my priorities list are all time favorite series, like ratchet and clank or Bad Company. multiplat or otherwise isnt so much a factor for me.

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LightShow
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 5:06:11 PM

speaking of which the servers have been terrible on BC2 all weekend. they better fix it before tomorrow.

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JDC80
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 5:49:55 PM
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I guess for me it depends what the game is but out of the last four games I picked up 3 of them were PS3 exclusives. Now the two games I'm looking at for my birthday are "MLB 10 the Show" and "God of War III"

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Qubex
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 8:23:50 PM
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My collection is pretty much evenly split too... but I expect to eventually have a 2:1 bias toward the exclusives.

Admittedly I caved in yesterday and purchased the "limited" edition of Battlefield Bad Company 2 instead of MAG. Come to think about it, I am actually disappointed with that decision; I should have gone for MAG...

Simply put, the visual anomalies and technical quirks (and to some extent - the bugs that have surfaced thus far) have proved to me again that multi-platform titles just don't cut it like exclusives. When you look at quality titles like Uncharted 2, gamers become spoilt and start demanding this quality from all the developer titles being released. Unfortunately, and expectedly so, that will never be the case.

At least exclusives get "close" to perfection, closer than multi-platformers in my eyes. I am not saying all multi-platformers are bad, infact there are some very good ones as Alianange pointed out earlier...

Thinking about it, it may simply boil down to the talents of that developer and the overall quality adhere too... ultimately, exclusives usually do look better, and in some cases, play better than multi-platformers, but, but if the game in question is bad, regardless of the platform, the game will fail...

Q!

"speak to the droid"

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Alienange
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 9:24:12 PM

Well that's just it. Exclusives are, in general, the higher quality games. Isn't that why we bought PS3s in the first place? So we can play the massive amounts of multiplats along with superior exclusives. If the PS3 ONLY offered exclusives on its system it's almost certain that the grand majority of gamers would HAVE to own "the other system."

You make a good point about developers though. It is sad that many choose to go the gimped DVD route in this day and age, but that doesn't make their games bad or unplayable. In fact, the huge sales numbers of FFXIII on Tuesday will show just how popular some multiplats are.

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kraygen
Sunday, March 07, 2010 @ 4:05:38 AM

@ Alienage

Honestly the exclusives are not why I bought my ps3. I looked at the technical specs for both platforms before either was released, researched blu-ray and hd dvd, researched prices and accessories. In the end it was obvious that hd dvd was destined to fail, wasn't much of a technology improvement while blu-ray obviously is.

I don't care what people say about getting xbox because they like gaming and they didn't want a blu ray player. Why wouldn't you want it to do more?

Basically it was just the better choice, however that being said, the exclusives are a very nice bonus.

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Lairfan
Saturday, March 06, 2010 @ 8:39:01 PM
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Overall, I agree with you Ben. Exclusives, IMO, are usually better games due to the fact that they're allowed to utilize the full power of their respective consoles, whereas multiplats kinda have to skimp on the power in order to make it run on both systems.

Does this mean that I hate multiplats, or that I exclusively buy exclusives? Hell no. I just think that exclusives are generally of higher quality and deliver a much better experience than most multiplats do.

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FM23
Sunday, March 07, 2010 @ 7:54:52 PM
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Exclusives are definitely the way to go, but GTA IV, Fallout 3, AC II (not 1), Bioshock 1 and 2, and Batman AA were awesome...so wait, when you think about it, multiplatform titles do deliver, but then again, look at the time frame between these games. From my gaming experience, I do believe Killzone 2, Demons Souls, Infamous, and Uncharted 2 took up my 'gaming' life in 2009, but I played alot of AC II and Batman. So I guess what I am saying is, I get my moneys worth when it comes to exclusives last year, but that wasn't the same story in 2008, and I don't think 2010 will be a repeat of last year. But honestly, I always find myself having better and memorable experiences with exclusives(MGS4 comes to mind). And multiplats never deliver the same satisfaction. Bioshock 1 was close though.

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Robochic
Monday, March 08, 2010 @ 11:27:54 AM
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I honestly always spend my money on exclusives not multiplates unless it's a must multiplat but right now I'm addicted to HR (almost done my first round) and I have GOW III coming in 1 week so honestly my poor Bioshock 2 has been on the back burner.

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