Did The PlayStation 3 Have The Best Software In 2008?
Everyone is asking whether or not 2008 could be considered "the year of the PS3," and while it certainly closed the gap, the system still has a long ways to go from a sales perspective. And while we're 100% certain the console will have the best exclusives in 2009 (do we really have to list those again?), this is a time for reflection. So...did the PS3 have the best software this year? Did the exclusives outstrip that of the competition?
As for the best games of the year, it had Grand Theft Auto IV, but there's no doubt that the driving software force in 2008 for the PS3 was Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Many will put this up against Gears of War 2 and GTAIV for their Game of the Year pick, and...well, the Wii doesn't even have games, does it? 'checks 2008 release list' Yeah. No, it doesn't. So it's a two-horse race for this year, and because most everything is multiplatform these days, maybe it's best to compare the PS3's "Big 3" against the 360's "Big 3." Sure, stuff like GTAIV, Fallout 3, Dead Space, Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Call of Duty: World at War, Devil May Cry 4, Far Cry 2, Burnout Paradise, and Soul Calibur III are multi-console hits, and most all are almost identical between the PS3 and 360. So, about that big 3: the way I see it, it's MGS4, LBP and Resistance 2 versus Gears of War 2, Fable II, and Left 4 Dead. At least, those are by far the highest scoring 360 exclusives for the year, right?
So let the battle and debate begin. Personally, I think the two best that go head-to-head would have to be MGS4 and GeoW2, then I'll put Fable II up against LBP and L4D against R2. Now, one could also factor in the exclusive downloadable titles, but I think that Wipeout HD and echochrome are more than enough to top Braid, so let's leave that aside. In terms of the Big 3 vs. the Big 3, I believe gamers could go on for eons, desperately trying to prove one side over the other. But for our part, we'll make it simple: we think MGS4 trounces everything else, so the PS3 wins. ;) Okay, that may not be fair, but we could spend pages comparing the others, so let's just leave it be, yes?
12/22/2008 Ben Dutka