Top 5 Xbox 360 Exclusives Every PS3 Owner Should Want
While we remain very confident that the list of 2009 PS3 exclusives will vastly outstrip anything the Xbox 360 has to offer (with the possible exception of Gears of War 3, if it makes it next year), we are gamers first and foremost. And because of this, despite our GoY 2009 award predictions, we figure it's only fair: what Xbox 360 exclusives should PS3 owners want?
Well, here's the top 5 in my opinion:
1. Gears of War 2
And this includes the original GeoW, of course. Having a 360, I was one of the first to indulge in the greatness of this fantastic new Epic franchise, and I've been waiting very patiently to play the sequel that just released last month. I've been far too busy to get to it, but I expect to receive it as a Christmas gift, and I can't wait. If you're a PS3 owner and never played either Gears title, you're missing out on two of the generation's most supremely entertaining experiences. Unbelievably polished and extremely technically accomplished, the Gears titles have helped set the action benchmark in this new generation.
2. Mass Effect (2)
Obviously, this game has already been out for a while, so perhaps it'd be better if PS3 owners were able to get their mitts on the sequel. Now that EA is involved, we'd like to think this is very possible, but there's no doubt that Sony's machine missed one of the generation's first amazing RPGs. Anybody who enjoys a futuristic setting, open-ended progression (to a point), and the Western role-playing flair absolutely loved Mass Effect. With RPGs being in such short supply, PS3 owners should feel very sorry they didn't have access to this one.
3. Fable II
And speaking of RPGs, here's another one PS3 owners can't play. One of 2008's best and a definite improvement on the original title (which I really liked, contrary to some opinion), this is an absolute must for most any fan of the genre. Yeah, Molyneaux and Co. hyped the hell out of it - as they did with the first one - and while neither is "the best RPG ever made," they're both well worth playing. This is one of those games where you'll get a lot of bang for your buck, too; what with numerous ways of playing through the adventure. Good, bad...you choose.
4. Left 4 Dead
Survival/horror fans have always been able to turn to a Sony console to get their fix, and we're all expecting great things from Resident Evil 5 next year. Both PS3 and 360 owners also got the excellent Dead Space in 2008, but only the 360 received the crowd-pleasing Left 4 Dead. As soon as I started reading the reviews, I knew I had to add it to my Christmas list, and I knew it would've made for a great addition to the PS3's lineup. Obviously, Eden dropped the ball with Alone in the Dark, but Left 4 Dead appears to be a genuine "AAA" title. Too bad, PS3ers.
5. Halo 3
Hyped to the gills, I wasn't one of the faithful adorers who worshiped at the altar of the Halo franchise, but I did play all three titles and I thoroughly enjoyed them all. I never thought they were as amazing as some will claim, and I actually think the third entry was a step back in some ways, but that doesn't kill the inherent quality. As a gamer, I'm glad I played the game, and as a massive seller, it's one game the PS3 could've desperately used in the early stages. Of course, that wasn't going to happen, but this list is more fantasy than reality.
So there you have it: the top 5 360 games PS3 owners wished - or should wish - they had. Now, I would like to add that as I went down the GameRankings and Metacritic list of 360 titles, these are really the only 5 360 exclusives; not necessarily the "top 5." As far as I'm concerned, I maintain that the PS3 already has better exclusives (MGS4, LBP, Resistance 2, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Folklore, Warhawk, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Heavenly Sword, etc.) and will certainly have better exclusives in 2009 (see above links). This, I firmly believe and won't shy away from. But the fact remains that there are several Xbox 360 exclusives that we all - as avid fans of the hobby - need to play. And if you restrict yourself to the PS3 alone, you're restricting the potential breadth of your entertainment.
12/16/2008 Ben Dutka