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Flamebait Friday Debate – Which HD Console Has The Best Exclusives?

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It’s Friday, which means it’s the weekend! It also means that it’s time for our weekly Flamebait Friday Debate.

This week should be interesting as we have quite an interesting question for you lot. The battle for the best exclusives has been a part of the videogame industry for a long, long time now and with the way this current generation is standing, things are really heating up.

This year saw the release of the massively popular and high scoring Mass Effect 2 for the Xbox 360, and today sees the release of Splinter Cell: Conviction. The PS3 on the other hand kicked the year off with the marvel that is Heavy Rain and then double tapped its opposition with God of War III.

The rest of the year sees Mammoth releases like Alan Wake for Xbox 360 and Gran Turismo 5 for the Playstation 3 and let’s not forget all the great exclusives that are already out for both systems as well as PSN and Xbox Live Arcade games.

So there you have it folks, tell us: Which HD console has the best exclusives?

PS: The irony of the header image is not lost on us.

Last Updated: April 16, 2010

73 Comments

  1. Both of them sucks BALLS! The Wii is the ONLY “next gen” console out there.

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  2. riezo

    April 16, 2010 at 11:18

    Uncharted 2, God of War 3, MGS4.

    We can all go home now, Sony wins.

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    • Jonni

      April 16, 2010 at 11:49

      Yes of course! Simply by listing the title of three games made by sony = auto win!

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      • riezo

        April 16, 2010 at 11:56

        Im pretty sure Kojima made MGS4, and it was published by Konami… Whom Im pretty sure have publishing rights to MGS to. In fact there were previous MGS games on other consoles. Hell Snakes Story started on a Nintendo platform.

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        • Jonni

          April 16, 2010 at 12:06

          picking apart my words does nothing to hide the stupidity of your original statement.

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        • WitWolfyZA

          April 16, 2010 at 12:10

          -BUZZER- Wrong MGS is published by Sony Computer Entertainment making it a Exclusive first party,second party or third.

          -Uncharted 1,2
          -White Knight Chronicles
          -Final Fantasy 13 (in my eyes this never existed on 360)
          -Demon’s Souls
          -Killzone 2
          -LBP
          -Infamous
          -Yakuza 3
          -MAG
          -Siren Blood Curse 2
          -Haze (it might be the worse exclusive to grace the PS3 to date)
          -Folklore
          -Valkyrie Profile
          -Mod Nation
          -Heavy Rain
          -God of War
          ECT…

          I think you get the picture dude

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          • Nick de Bruyne

            April 16, 2010 at 13:24

            Can someone help me fill out a list of Xbox 360 exclusives here (even if they are PC as well), it would be good to see them side by side. Err, Here goes, add if I missed a franchise:

            Halo 3
            Gears of War 1 + 2
            Splinter Cells
            Mass Effect 1 + 2
            Forza Motorsport
            PGR
            Fable 2
            Banjo Kazooie
            Crackdown
            Left 4 Dead 1 + 2
            Orange Box
            Trials HD
            Geometry Wars
            Dead Rising
            Viva Pinata
            Kameo

          • Bobby Kotick Bobby Kotick

            April 16, 2010 at 13:54

            Don’t forget Amped 3 Nick, that was a fairly enjoyable Xbox 360 exclusive, and the first Saints Row wasn’t that bad.

      • RSA-Ace

        April 16, 2010 at 13:56

        What difference does it make who makes the games? We don’t have to list best exclusive’s not made by the console maker…

        Those games listed are the main reason Sony wins this Flamebait Friday Debate.

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        • riezo

          April 16, 2010 at 15:32

          MGS is published by Sony hey Witty, thats how previous MGS games turned up on Gamecube, PC, Xbos etc….

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          • WitWolfyZA

            April 19, 2010 at 09:37

            That MGS 1 was a port on the PC , and not a official release from Konami. And if you remember correctly MGS 2 Substances went to Xbox 1 as well. flopping badly. It seems like the Substances are like under a different kind of contract as to the original MGS franchise.. Think of MGS Substance version as Ninja Gaiden Sigma for PS3..

  3. Fred

    April 16, 2010 at 11:22

    I quite enjoyed Heavy Rain , Wipeout HD , Killzone 2 , the Motorstorms , the Uncharteds on Sony’s console but the only Microsoft game i’d like to play is Gears of War.

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  4. eltonriley

    April 16, 2010 at 11:22

    Mass Effect 2, as with many other xbox exclusives, are available on pc. Hardly exclusive.
    PS3 has the best exclusives by a mile. Didnt enjoy gears or halo much but they were ok. So PS3 definitely takes this one.

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  5. Syth

    April 16, 2010 at 11:28

    Mass Effect is not an exclusive, nor is Splinter Cell. Both are on PC. So the clear winner is: PS3 with MGS4, GOW3, Uncharted 2, Heavy Rain, Gran Turismo 5!

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    • Julius Malema

      April 16, 2010 at 11:31

      Can you play it on PS3?? Here’s the question because it seems that you didn’t see it:

      Which HD :ninja: console :ninja: has the best exclusives?

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      • WitWolfyZA

        April 16, 2010 at 12:20

        You got dirt on your trousers

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    • Jonni

      April 16, 2010 at 11:37

      Gran Turismo 5? So how is that game? haven’t seen it in stores yet. Nice balanced argument btw

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  6. Al360

    April 16, 2010 at 11:29

    yeah i second that halo sucked ass mass effect was awsome but its not an exclusive gears lost its shine so sony FTW

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  7. koldFU5iON

    April 16, 2010 at 11:32

    Being an xbox fanbot I have to say that sony definitely has the better exclusives, however if they were built for the xbox they’d be better :devil:

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    • riezo

      April 16, 2010 at 11:39

      Just like Splinter Cell that renders in 576p right :whistle:

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      • WitWolfyZA

        April 16, 2010 at 12:17

        Your joking right even splinter cell renders at 576P now??? WTF is going on MS you guys said DVD DL would not cripple the games potential… STRIKE 2 !!!

        Freaking RP talk!!

        first FF13 that i originally wanted on 360 back in 2008. And now Splinter Cell. I wont be suprized if GeOW 3 has the same fate

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    • WitWolfyZA

      April 16, 2010 at 12:13

      Says the fanboy! lol Hey dont forget to clean your discs next time before swapping. We don’t want you getting that Disc read error now,do we?

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      • Fox1

        April 16, 2010 at 12:33

        Better than getting a YLOD :whistle:

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        • Bobby Kotick wants you to buy a flying pony in WOW for 25Euro

          April 16, 2010 at 13:22

          Because RROD is so rare, bro? lol :whistle:

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        • WitWolfyZA

          April 19, 2010 at 09:43

          LOL dude seriously that’s with a PS3 model that has been discontinued like 2 years ago .. 60GB comes to mind.. If your like able to find a decent one in the wild , i suggest you keep it.. PS2 BC is one of the most requested features

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      • koldFU5iON

        April 16, 2010 at 13:10

        No we wouldn’t want that, but while you’re waiting for your game to load won’t you just make me a BLT Sandwich, Toasted, brown, and please make sure you cut the crust off it. and oh yes if you could just drive down to the store I’m all out of milk just pick up a couple of liters, while you’re there pick yourself up some popcorn, chips and a 1 liter of coke. That’s enough time before your game loads right? otherwise we can play some co-op SCC while you wait.

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        • SlippyMadFrog

          April 16, 2010 at 13:33

          Don’t forget about the +- 30 minutes of waiting for the latest software update to download. Not to mention the firmware updates. :sleeping:

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          • Bobby Kotick is flogging a dead horse!

            April 16, 2010 at 13:43

            Free online is free! :sleeping:

          • SlippyMadFrog

            April 16, 2010 at 13:58

            I thought Bobby Kotick is filthy stinking rich! Stay in character dude!

          • WitWolfyZA

            April 19, 2010 at 09:44

            LOL ok there i agree with you! I dunno why every update has to be bigger then 200MB.. sheesh . Like that last FW update.. removing a function = 200+ mb i was like… waaaaa

        • Nick de Bruyne

          April 16, 2010 at 13:48

          Both of you below, we are talking games here not the other stuff

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  8. Fox1

    April 16, 2010 at 12:41

    Xbox without a doubt. The exclusives have a strong heritage that people are familiar with. The games are not from some niche genre where you play a game for a month and then tuck it away.

    Look at PGR3 and PGR4. Nothing remotely close on the PS3 but yet its just an arcade racer with fancy cars. Let’s not get that lack of a fully fledged sim-racer debate on the PS3 going :whistle:

    Then there’s games for the little ones like Kameo, Banjo Kazooie, Viva Pinata, Fusion Frenzy and Naruto games.

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    • riezo

      April 16, 2010 at 15:37

      Im sorry, but I didnt know what PGR was until the Xbox was launched, so thats kinda a heritage fail.

      Halo as an exclusive has heritage, but then again thats not really a console exclusive now is it?

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      • Nick de Bruyne

        April 16, 2010 at 15:41

        I would definitely say that Halo is, as the PC versions usually only release years after the console version

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        • riezo

          April 16, 2010 at 15:57

          Point taken.

          That makes Halo the only true Xbox “exclusive” that has heritage. We can add Forza as well but 2 kicked the series to true legendary stature, and that was this gen.

          Most of the other great “exclusives” started this gen with

          Crackdown
          Mass Effect 1 & 2
          Gears of War

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      • Fox1

        April 16, 2010 at 15:58

        PGR was first on the Dreamcast and Halo revolutionised the FPS genre on consoles :tongue:

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        • WitWolfyZA

          April 19, 2010 at 09:46

          Halo was actually originally for the MAC back in 2001 , then MS saw potential in Bungie, bought them up and raped them for every penny they could for the next 8 years after that

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  9. mitas

    April 16, 2010 at 12:48

    sony wins – Betty Eats Carrots And Uncle Sells Eggs , lol , NO 1 – ps3 is not restricted by size ie Blu ray
    no 2 – sony has not even reached 5 years and already our games are blowing xbox back to dvd days !!!!
    heavy rain , god 3 , mgs4 UC 2 UC 1 LBP , modnations racer etc etc , the list goes on , and we only in year 3 or 4 , ANYBODY that says xbox has a chance , go home and buy a ps3 , xbox is gana have to bring blu ray out next gen to stand a chancer

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  10. Gavin Mannion

    April 16, 2010 at 13:02

    As far as exclusives go I would have to go with Sony.

    The PS3 has Heavy Rain, LBP, Uncharted and God of War as my top 4 picks while the 360 has Halo, Mass Effect and Gears of War as their mainstays.

    Sony gets the exclusive prize by a sackboy…

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  11. Nick de Bruyne

    April 16, 2010 at 13:05

    What really confuses me is that so many people assume that all gamers have a MONSTER PC gaming rig, so therefore games like Splinter Cell and Mass Effect 2 will just be played there.

    A lot of people only have one console, and a lot of people can also get both consoles for the price of a single PC gaming rig.

    I’d actually like to find out how many people have adequate gaming rigs.

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    • Bonk

      April 16, 2010 at 13:40

      DRM keeps me away from the PC. But seriously the Genises with pre-loaded “Alex kid in wonderland” beats everything hands down.

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      • Nick de Bruyne

        April 16, 2010 at 13:46

        I think you mean the Master System?

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        • Bonk

          April 16, 2010 at 13:54

          Correct. I think I will plug it in tonight.

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  12. SlippyMadFrog

    April 16, 2010 at 13:39

    I have too much fun with multiplats to worry about exclusives. SF IV, Bad Company 2, Modern Warefare 2, Mass Effect 2, Borderlands, Left 4 Dead. God of War 3 looks good though.

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  13. RSA-Ace

    April 16, 2010 at 13:46

    I think it’s a pretty easy win for Sony at the moment. I think they won 2009 as well.

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  14. Geoff

    April 16, 2010 at 14:04

    I’m going to have to hand it to Sony here. As far as exclusives go, it has lion’s share of awesomeness, especially if you take in to account PSN and XBLA games.

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  15. uberutang

    April 16, 2010 at 14:12

    Sony for exclusives.

    Xbox for gumtree games.

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  16. mitas

    April 16, 2010 at 14:41

    least we forget that sony’s exclusives are better at getting a broader appeal , ie lbp , infamous etc , where as at the moment xbox has 10 exclusives , all fps wow ๐Ÿ™

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    • SlippyMadFrog

      April 16, 2010 at 16:04

      Crackdown
      Only FPS exclusive I can think of is Halo. Lets see…

      Viva Pinata
      Banjo Kazooie
      Forza Motorsport
      Halo
      Gears of War
      Fable

      Looks pretty diverse to me

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  17. Nick de Bruyne

    April 16, 2010 at 14:47

    I have to agree with Mitas, at the end of the day I would pick the PS3 for the best exclusives (and as he said, the best range of exclusives).

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  18. ClericZA

    April 16, 2010 at 15:52

    Hmmm, let me think. I’ve got an Xbox, high end PC, Wii and recently got a PS3 (primarily for Uncharted 2, God Of War and Last Guardian). I feel I’m pretty unbiased in the whole console war (I just wanna play everything!).
    If I HAD to choose just one console, it would probably be my 360, but when it comes to choice by exclusives, God Of War collection, LBP and Uncharted are pure gold that the 360 doesn’t touch. Flower, Wipeout HD and all the pixel junk games also deserve special meantion (even if they’re beaten by the massive XBLA collection of awesome in Trials, Shadow Complex, Braid (or is that on PSN now), Geometry Wars 2, and Splosion Man)

    Then again, just got my SC: Conviction delivered today, so that may pull some back for the 360.

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  19. xdvd

    April 16, 2010 at 21:42

    I agree with clericZA in the sense that i too own a ps3 and a xbox 360 (and a wii) and i can honestly say that i play more on my 360 than anything else. I’m not going to talk about hardware as that is not the topic in question. Exclusives are no good to the console manufacturers if they dont have decent sales right. Ps3 had an awesome 2009 and a good start to 2010 (God of war 3, heavy rain, etc.). God of war 3 was supposed to be Sony’s killer app for the ps3 to pull in massive game and console sales. Well according to n4g it sold over 1 million units worldwide during 1 week. Halo 3 on the other hand sold just under 4 million copies in the same time frame (www.vgcharts.com). Other examples – halo wars out sold killzone 2 at release,mass effect 2 (xbox 360 version) sold 1.5 million copies in the same time it took heavy rain to reach a million (www.vgchartz.com).My point is that if the ps3 has such awesome exclusives then why is nobody buying them? Uncharted 2 took 2 weeks to reach a million and infamous a good few months and these were big ps3 titles. Any ways, dont get me wrong i love my ps3 and mgs4, gow 3, ninja gaiden sigma 2,resistance 2, etc. but if you are talking exclusives you can’t dwell in the past you must see what’s ahead. Like i said 2009 was ps3’S year but 2010 brings us mass effect 2, splinter cell conviction, halo reach, fable 3,alan wake, project natal (way better than the sony move and uses less, sorry, no extra controllers)and gears of war 3 early 2011 on the xbox 360 ( i know that some the titles i mentioned are on pc but since you can’t play any of those titles on ps3 at the moment i consider them xbox 360 exclusives for this topic) whereas ps3 so far gave us god of war 3, heavy rain and later gt5 (whatever century it’s going to be released)and (to a lesser extent)yakuza 3 (which 5 people purchased, including me, in the west) and yakuza 4 (japan only for the moment) and of course playstation move (with the 20 controllers and the playstation eye needed) i can certainly say that their is a lot to look forward to on the xbox 360 over the ps3. As a side note i also find that the xbox 360 has a lot of exclusives from lesser known niche developers (whilst not the best quality software) that adds variety to the overall software selection (ben 10 vilgax attacks, metro 2033, risen, tropico 3, ace combat 6, divinity 2, earth defence force 2017, guilty gear 2 overture, magnacarta ii, samurai showdown sen, etc.

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  20. Potty391

    April 16, 2010 at 22:18

    I don’t see why it matters which console has the best exclusives. Is this constant war between consoles just there to make people who bought their console, whether it is a Xbox 360, or PS3 (Wii isn’t HD), jealous of the other console and regret buying theirs?

    I own both a high end PC (plays almost everything on highest at 60fps)and a Xbox 360, if I wanted to play the myriad of PS3 exclusives, I’d go buy a PS3. The same would have happened if I had a PS3, if I wanted to play one of the many Xbox 360 exclusives I would go buy a Xbox 360.

    Gamers should have a good look at what exclusives they WANT to play, not those that others say are good, and then go out and buy the console with the most exclusives they LIKE. In the end its all up to PERSONAL preference, not the preference of the rest of the world.

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    • Nick de Bruyne

      April 17, 2010 at 13:22

      It’s Flamebait Friday Debate – At the end of the day you buy what you like and what appeals to, but this is the place to voice your opinion about which side you think has the best bunch – not for any good reason other than to just let us know what you think – Thats what FFD is all about

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      • Potty391

        April 17, 2010 at 14:16

        I was hoping I could stop the flaming (and all the comments on this page) with my pure awesomeness ๐Ÿ˜€
        That would’ve made my day… :devil:

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  21. Gavin Mannion

    April 17, 2010 at 00:17

    Some awesome points on this post and I thought it was really interesting to note that all three writers for the site picked the PS3 even though we are constantly being painted as a Xbox 360 fansite.

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  22. Fox1

    April 18, 2010 at 08:04

    It’s funny how many PS3 exclusives have gone multi-platform. It goes to show that PS3 exclusives just don’t sell that much as Xbox 360 exclusives.

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    • WitWolfyZA

      April 19, 2010 at 09:49

      name me at least 3 titles

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      • eXp

        April 19, 2010 at 10:09

        Metal Gear
        Tekken
        Final Fantasy

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        • RSA-Ace

          April 19, 2010 at 10:41

          Final Fantasy – has been on xbox before, so FFXIII being on x360 isn’t really surprising.

          Metal Gear – (I know this argument is stupid but it is somewhat valid) The game isn’t even being made by Kojima and it’s going to be very different to the normal metal gear series. I mean Raiden is the main character. Oh and instead of the normal “Tactical Espionage Action” tagline it’s going to be “Lightning Bolt Action” [How super awesome is that]. (Also MGS has been on PC)

          Tekken – This is by no means a Sony exclusive. There was a gameboy game and even a game for the WonderSwan.

          There have been more games that were touted as X360 exclusives that have come to PS3 (timed exclusives).

          Yes my reasons aren’t great but they are somewhat valid.

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          • mitas

            April 19, 2010 at 10:57

            um , raiden was main dude in mgs 2 ? ? ? so wont be first time….sorry to burst ur bubble ….

          • RSA-Ace

            April 19, 2010 at 11:09

            Yes that is true. I didn’t really mean to write it how it came out.

        • Geoff

          April 19, 2010 at 10:47

          Devil May Cry
          Bayonetta
          Grand Theft Auto IV (Timed)
          Beautiful Katamari
          Virtua Fighter 5
          Fatal Inertia
          Mercenaries 2
          LA Noire
          Resident Evil 5
          Ace Combat

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      • Fox1

        April 19, 2010 at 10:39

        F1
        MGS
        Tekken
        Final Fantasy
        GTA
        Devil May Cry
        Virtua Fighter 5
        Beautiful Katamari
        Fatal Inertia

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        • RSA-Ace

          April 19, 2010 at 11:07

          F1 – From what I understand the license for F1 was up in 2007. I’m guessing if Sony wanted to keep it they would’ve done so. But yes it’s a loss.

          GTA – Yes, this was a loss (Has always been on PC as well)

          Devil May Cry – Yes a loss.

          Virtua Fighter – A Sega Series that was ported to Sony consoles. But yes it was originally announced on PS3 (not sure if it was a supposed exclusive) but it did come on x360 6 months later.

          Beautiful Katamari – I guess this is a loss as well.

          Fatal Inertia – Also a loss

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          • Fox1

            April 19, 2010 at 11:10

            More games for xbots whichever way :biggrin:

      • RSA-Ace

        April 19, 2010 at 11:12

        Just to add more to the list ๐Ÿ™‚

        Quantum Theory

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  23. mitas

    April 19, 2010 at 11:03

    i think , MS have a bigger wallet than sony , thus MS bought all these developpers really nice suits and said make the game for 360 and we will give you a free pair of shoes to match….but when you look at the core of it , sony is a stronger brand in terms of quality , and thus sony and blu ray will reign king at the end of the war – and just for the kids – sony will still be making ps3 in 2017 – where as MS we release another rushed jobed – rumours have it its called ” xbox – RRod ”
    excuse the pun

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  24. RSA-Ace

    April 19, 2010 at 11:16

    How about an Xbox 360 exclusive to multiplatform list?

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    • Geoff

      April 19, 2010 at 11:19

      Braid
      Castle Crashers
      Bioshock
      GTA DLC
      Ninja Gaiden
      Star Ocean 4

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    • RSA-Ace

      April 19, 2010 at 11:33

      Ok I found somewhat of a list of previously exclusive xbox games. Some are very debatable (and maybe wrong).

      FarCry
      IdolMaster – now on PSP
      Scene It?
      Saint’s Row
      Call of Duty
      Call of Juarez
      Condemned
      Lost Planet
      Star Ocean
      Oblivion
      Bioshock
      Dead Rising

      Again some debatable ones

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