On gaming sites and forums these days you always hear people talking about how the Xbox 360 has no good exclusives coming out this year. But is this really true or just the talk of the on-going console war? Below are a list of upcoming Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 exclusives with referenced North American release dates sometime in 2011 listed on Wikipedia. Games likely to sell over one million copies (in my opinion) are in bold. Console exclusive means the game might be available on PC or other platforms but not the PS3 (or Xbox 360 in the case of the PS3 list).
This list is by no means exhaustive and does not include XBLA, Kinect-only, PSN, or Move-only games.
- Captain Blood (console)
- The First Templar (console)
- Forza Motorsport 4
- Gears of War 3
- Phantom of Inferno (console exclusive port of PS2 game)
- The Agency (console)
- Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel
- Disgaea 4
- Final Fantasy XIV (console)
- Free Realms (console)
- Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
- Infamous 2
- The Last Guardian
- MLB 11: The Show
- MotorStorm: Apocalypse
- Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
- Resistance 3
- SOCOM 4
- Tales of Graces (console)
- The Tomb Raider Trilogy
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD (includes Spinter Cell, Pandora Tomorrow, Chaos Theory)
- Twisted Metal
- Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
- Yakuza 4
As you can see, the PlayStation 3 has a far bigger and better (in terms of blockbusters) lineup of exclusives coming out sometime this year. The list would be even more lopsided if it included exclusives already released in 2011. Sony has already put out four exclusives: DC Universe Online (console exclusive), Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll, Killzone 3, and LittleBigPlanet 2. Microsoft hasn’t had any non-Kinect exclusive titles yet this year.
That isn’t to say there is nothing to play on the Xbox 360. Plenty of excellent multiplatform games such as Mass Effect 3, Crysis 2, Dragon Age II, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Duke Nukem Forever will keep 360 owners busy for the rest of the year. But then again, all those games will also be available on the PS3.
Microsoft probably has a few surprise announcements up their sleeve for E3 which is only a few months away, but it would be unusual for many games announced at E3 to be released the same year (after all, Codename: Kingdoms was the only non-Kinect exclusive announced last year and that still hasn’t even been officially dated). If this year’s E3 is anything like last year’s conference, Microsoft will probably focus on Kinect anyway.
It is clear that Microsoft is putting most of their time and money into Kinect (22 games released and 23 more announced) but is it worth hurting their “regular” lineup so much? With a mere handful Xbox 360 exclusives coming out this year for the core gamer, one has to once again wonder if the 360 is becoming too casual?
It is also worth noting that by including PlayStation Move support in other games, Sony even has a larger motion gaming library compared to Kinect with 46 games released and 20 others announced.