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Well whilst Henning’s enjoying his PS3 I thought I should bring up the critical reception to the games so far released.

You know what? Things aren’t as bad as you might think. First a bit about my methodology. I’ve taken reviews from sites I understand to be well respected on the web rather than doing a gamerankings and taking everything I can find. Seems more accountable that way, the sites include: IGN, 1up, Game Informer, GamePro, Gamespot, GameDaily, Gamesradar US, GameVideos, Eurogamer, UnderGroundOnline and GameSpy. I’ll probably miss some reviews by doing this now, but waiting didn’t make much sense. I’ve then added them together to present you with average scores for the launch titles:

  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire: 36%
  • Genji: Days of the Blade: 56%
  • Untold Legends: 62%
  • NBA 07: 64%
  • Tony Hawk’s Project 8: 68%
  • NHL2K7: 76%
  • Madden 2007: 77%
  • Ridge Racer 7: 80%
  • Need For Speed: Carbon: 80%
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance: 80%
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07: 81%
  • NBA2K7: 82%
  • Call of Duty 3: 83%
  • Resistance: 86%

The average score is 72%, which isn’t great (thanks Gundam!), but to be fair there are also 7 very good titles in that list. No way bad for a console launching with 14 games. In fact, if it wasn’t for 1up’s undermarking (their scores are significantly lower than those of the competition) of Madden 2007 and NHL2K7 there’d be 9 very good titles in that list! The other thing that rapidly becomes clear is that apart from Resistance there are no titles that stand head and shoulders above the rest and even then some reviews have found that underwhelming. Hopefully Motorstorm will change that, but that’s a way away.

As Henning said for the most part PS3 titles are poorer than 360 ones; I see two exceptions however in Madden 2007 and NBA2K7, with every review highlighting the advances made on the PS3. Madden, it should be noted, usually receives a lower score for being “more of the same” from the 360 title. It is also odd to note that it is predominantly first party Sony titles which chalk up the worst games, hopefully this is something which will improve over time, but these teams should know the PS3 inside out.

Most disappointing has to be Tony Hawk’s Project 8, I was hoping for a lot more from Neversoft, but it appears as though they didn’t deliver critically.

What are your opinions on the launch lineup? What have you played? Do you disagree with any of the critics?

  • yeah, as much as people want to bash the PS3’s lineup of launch titles, they are honestly for the most part all decent games. Like you said there’s not a lot of titles heads and shoulders over the other ones, but what the lineup says is that you should be able to pick up almost ANY game (Genji, NBA 07 and Gundam are the exceptions) and be able to like playing it for a while.

    That’s pretty good for a launch. I mean, you can’t expect EVERY title to be an extremely good one.

  • Lets be honest, NO SYSTEM HAS A GOOD LAUNCH. Every console I have ever bought has always been a pile of sucky titles, with maybe one standout. Call of Duty 2 was the 360’s only good launch title, the rest being either xbox ports, poorly executed ideas, or just rushed concepts. Without Zelda, what is exciting about the Wii launch linup? Both excite truck and Red Steel are getting mediocre scores, (gamespot gave red steel a 5.5 out of 10). There isnt much there, the best games out there for launch are essentially minigame compilations. The ps3 has Resistance, and a couple of other decently scored titles.
    Its just a fact of the industy, launch games are never that great. The greatest launch of Any system would have to be the PSP. Lumines, Ridge Racer, and Wipeout Pure were psp launch titles, and remain some of the highest rated and most recommended games on the system. Alot of good stuff has come out since then, but it is one of the few cases in which launch titles were still considered good long after launch.

  • Yep…

    What I REALLY dont understand for example is Gamespot. Rating Resistance sub 9 whilst giving PDZ, which was REALLY bad (no nearly next gen material, look at PC games released that time) more than 9.

    I cant say anything about Resistance, but in his own review, Kasavin says, it’s great, but somehow gives it a low overall score. I dont get that.

    But then again, I dont really care, I lose more and more faith in GS (a CLEAR bias towards MS, in my eyes) and tend to look elsewhere (Eurogamer for example, look at GoWs scores).

    And the launch lineup is pretty decent. Now I am REALLY looking forward to Europes launch! Motorstorm, maybe Lair and Heavenly Swords, half a year later MGS4… MAN next year’s gonna ROCK like hell!!

    Other launch lineups looked like crap compared to PSP, PS3 and 360… Especially the N64… Man, that was bad!

  • WonderSteve

    I agree with you Segitz. I don’t treat GS scores seriously at all.

    Maybe their taste is just different than mine. I think GS’s review perfer FPS and other western genre more than other genre.

    I think the Gundam scores are way too low in general. The PS3 Gundam game is actually a very good Gundam game based on what I saw from videos. but then I guess most reviewers don’t really follow Gundam.

    Overall I perfer the review done by Famitsu (Japan Game Magazine). They always have 4 different people review a game and each reviewer give out their own score out of 10. It’s not uncommon for a game to get a 6/10 from one review but a 9/10 from another reviewer.

  • 2 Points

    1 – Consoles rarely need grreat games at launches, simply because at launch, the console will sell just fine.

    2 – Resistance seems to be the big game, pretty much assuring any owner he’s gonna have a good time, the online will also elongate the lifespan until other great games come out.

  • Emil

    GameSpot has a unique Rating system:

    [QUOTE]
    in Gamespot’s System War (kinda like our other console forum), these rules applys when you see fanboyz goes crazy!

    1. [DELETED]

    2. Gamespot got a rule sort to speak. If you gonna hype a game and give it a certain score, Say I hype HAlo 3 getting a 9.5, aka AAA and it end up getting a score that’s lower than the score you hyped, say 9.0 or 8.6 (anything that’s within the 9.5 range, say a 9.1 is ok), then you gotta come out and say you got owned. If a whole group of fanboyz hype a game to a certain score and it failed to get a score within that range, then the game is considered to “flopped” P.S. only gamespot scores apply in this case

    3. Goes hand in hand with 2. In this case, alot of Nintendo and MS fans told Sony fanboyz that R:FOM won’t get AAA. But a majority (like 90%) of the PS Fanboyz there hyped the game to the wazoo, saying that it will get at least anywhere between 9.1-9.8 with many saying that R:FOM will also kill GeoW, which lived up to MS fanboyz hype when it got a score of 9.6 at gamespot, causing major bragging rights for Xbox fans part. So of course Sony boyz want to hit back except the reviewer didn’t apply and gave the game the score of 8.6.

    BOY! you should’ve seen the result! Of course, especially X360 fans came in and demanded Sony fans admit that they got owned because they hyped the game to the wazoo and the game didn’t live up to the hype (i.e. not getting the score that Sony fans said it would). Of course the Sony fanboyz went on a damage control rampage, arguing that GS is now a biased site for MS (Bill bought out GS etc), including arguing to the death with a mod on this issue. When it seemed a ban was inevitable, they decided to go out with a bang and posted all sorts of gay-porn pics to get a perma ban. It’s both funny and sad at the same time when a group of fan of any console will resort to such tactics in order NOT to admit that, “yea, sorry we hyped this game but it didn’t live up to the hype” How hard is that to say?
    [/QUOTE]

  • I guess I’m the only one who likes Genji 2. I admit the game needs camera control and lock on but other than that it looks really good for a 1st gen game.

  • I am certainly no FPS player and I wont be buying RFOM, but…

    Kasavin, in his own review, loved this game and then gave it “only” 8,6 (or so). That is, what I do not understand. AFAIK the RFOM multiplayer is very good (nearly all sites say so), better than GoWs. So the long time play fun will be higher some sort. The single player campain also sounds very intriguing, cool weapons unlike other games and so on…

    I am not bashing GoW here, but Gamespot!

  • Xbox ` halo and dead or alive.
    The Xbox 360 which launch games i didnt really feel lived up to the hype; Did have other good games. Condemed was not rushed, it wasn’t a port and the idea was executed very well. Did you play it?

    “bobeotm Says:
    November 18th, 2006 at 11:10 pm

    Lets be honest, NO SYSTEM HAS A GOOD LAUNCH. Every console I have ever bought has always been a pile of sucky titles, with maybe one standout. Call of Duty 2 was the 360’s only good launch title, the rest being either xbox ports, poorly executed ideas, or just rushed concepts. Without Zelda, what is exciting about the Wii launch linup? Both excite truck and Red Steel are getting mediocre scores, (gamespot gave red steel a 5.5 out of 10). There isnt much there, the best games out there for launch are essentially minigame compilations. The ps3 has Resistance, and a couple of other decently scored titles.
    Its just a fact of the industy, launch games are never that great. The greatest launch of Any system would have to be the PSP. Lumines, Ridge Racer, and Wipeout Pure were psp launch titles, and remain some of the highest rated and most recommended games on the system. Alot of good stuff has come out since then, but it is one of the few cases in which launch titles were still considered good long after launch.”

  • I LOVE gears of war. But I can still make an objective opinion about it. Just because you are very excited about a game and like it, doesn’t mean it’s without fault.

    Example, the level design in gears of war multiplayer should have been thought out more in my opinion. The storyline thus far, is very very bad. Quite the opposite of what was told to us by Epic. In fact, that’s the word they used to describe the story. “Epic”. The story reminds me of a picture book story. One line per page, 5 pages.

    But I still love the game so much. In fact for the first week I ranked in the top 15 in the world in multiplayer. So I obviously put in lots of hours. lol*

    I don’t understand why it’s so hard for people to be objective. Why does everything have to be so black and white?

    And one more thing, I get this.. Xbox is on generation 2 and ps3 is on first generation games. But how long will this double standard last? (This question is for the staff of this site which I respect. The quality of this blog just increases weekly. I love it!) When the Xbox came in one yr later than the ps2, no one really gave MS the break of first gen vs 2nd gen games because the Xbox was obviously a stronger piece of hardware. The staff members on this site seem to be in agreement that the ps3 is an obviously stronger piece of hardware than the Xbox 360. And if it isn’t, it’s a year later.. Shouldn’t it be?

    More over, what will happen come Christmas 2007. Microsoft (Peter Moore and J Allard) promised buyers of the Xbox 360 that Christmas 2007 will be the year when we will see the Xbox 360’s true power.

    So, will this site say things like, it’s 3rd generation Xbox 360 games vs 2nd generation PS3 games? And if so, won’t the Ps3 games always be a generation behind? Effectively making the Xbox 360 the only real Next generation console?

    Now, of course.. I believe the Ps3 is equal to or maybe even ahead of the 360 in terms of graphical prowlness (and this discussion is about graphics). I’m only playing devil’s advocate (ha, ha.. MS.. devil.. get it? Oh, nevermind!) for a moment to understand the logic behind the reason why you say things like this. 1st gen vs 2nd gen games.
    “I am certainly no FPS player and I wont be buying RFOM, but…

    Kasavin, in his own review, loved this game and then gave it “only” 8,6 (or so). That is, what I do not understand.

  • Frank

    A lot of people say that the 360 is better, has better games, well, everything is better. May I remind all those of you who thinks that PS3 is crap that de 360 is on market since a year. Moreover, the games for the 360 aren’t diccult to make…an X-box works exactly like a PC, it’s the same kind of hardware. So it doesn’t change programming habits. The PS3 works differently and, each time Sony change it’s console, the programmers have to change their way of making games. This why most of time, the best games on Playstation are always created at the end of the console life. It’s why Sony should develop in secret it’s next gen console and when they are SURE there will be a few dozens of good games on it, they can produce it and sell. Their mistake was to launch it so long after the 360.