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Wither Multiplatform? |

Here’s a list of (arguably) the most anticipated multiplatform games for later this year:

  • Guitar Hero + Band Hero Sequels
  • Rock Band Beatles + Guitar Hero Van Halen
  • DJ Hero
  • Tony Hawk: Ride
  • Modern Warfare 2
  • Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
  • Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Brutal Legend
  • Borderlands
  • Alpha Protocol
  • Tekken 6
  • Dragon Age Origins
  • Need For Speed Shift + Blur

I know that almost every one of the above has a passionate niche audience. Modern Warfare 2 is already guaranteed to be a top seller, and I see Brutal Legend and Assassin’s Creed 2 top many wish lists. But personally, nothing on that list looks exciting or interesting, and I suspect that this perspective is not at all uncommon.

Please don’t let me offend anyone, tastes are subjective and all that, but it’s striking to me that this year’s multiplatform releases are so bland. Throughout this decade, the music genre seemed to be growing more exciting and innovative every year, until it stalled in 2008, and now, it seems as stale as it could possibly be.

Contrast this, with PSS exclusive releases. Uncharted 2 and Gran Turismo 5 both look like epic, boundary-pushing releases that I couldn’t be more excited for. The new Ratchet game (Crack in Time) looks absolutely amazing. Both Demon Souls and EyePet are new IPs that I’m dying to try. PixelJunk Shooter looks to be very promising. And the updates to LittleBigPlanet and Home look amazing.

I don’t think it’s just because they are Sony/PS3 products either. There are plenty of big PS3 titles I didn’t like at all, and even looking outside the PS3 most of the most exciting games (from my perspective) are exclusive to other platforms (the MMO and mini-browser-game titles and Starcraft 2 on PC, Mario Galaxy 2 on Wii, several DS titles, a couple on PSP, GTA Episodes and Forza 3 looks great on 360, etc).

There are a few upcoming multiplaform titles I’m excited about: Red Dead Redemption definitely tops my list and Bioshock 2 looks great. But overall, I’m surprised at how much of the great games coming out are platform exclusives, and particularly, PS3 exclusives.

Would you agree? Are most of the best games of the time exclusive to one platform?

  • I’m only getting one of those on the list, Tekken 6. Everything else is exclusives for the rest of the year.

  • Fleakitten :

    I’m only getting one of those on the list, Tekken 6. Everything else is exclusives for the rest of the year.

    Tekken 6 for me as well. Modern Warfare 2 is a big maybe.

  • I’m quite definitely getting Brütal Legend. And probably Dragon Age Origins. But also Uncharted 2 of course.

  • JimmyStewart

    I’m possibly getting Brutal Legend and Borderlands. Everything else on the list is probably getting a pass by me. The only other game on my radar this year will be Halo ODST.

    I guess I’d agree that most of the best games are platform exclusives, but I think this is just a semi-bad year for gaming. In general I think first party games are becoming few and far between. BioShock is multiplatform now as are DMC, FF and MGS. BUT I’m expecting to buy two multiplatform titles this year and only one 360 first party title so far. Granted as the holidays get closer I usually add a lot more titles… but as it stands now it’s 2 to 1 3rd party vs 1st. There is nothing on the PS3 or Wii that have my attention. I did buy Punch Out on the Wii this year, but this will be going on two years since my last PS3 game purchase. We might buy the next R&C for my wife… but that’s provided she actually starts the DLC that remains untouched on my hard drive.

  • Trieloth

    The only multiplatform games I want that is on the list is Tekken and MWF2. The rest can KMA. Iam looking forward to more first party games from Sony. But I still have a bunch of games already that I need to play through and finish.
    Sorry Jimmy but Halo ODST looks extremely weak from the videos that I saw. I canceled my reservation and told my off-line friends I wont be playing with them. If anything I might rent it to keep them from crying.

  • JimmyStewart

    Trieloth, I actually agree about Halo ODST. I wouldn’t call it extremely weak. But it’s certainly not as exciting as Halo 3 was in my book. I think the Halo 3 story has mostly run it’s course… at least for the next few years. I’m buying it mostly to catch up on ALL the Halo 3 maps that I haven’t been buying and the firefight mode looks great. My wife and I had a blast in horde mode on Gears of War 2, looks like the same deal.

    BUT the reason Halo ODST is on my list is that I can’t think of anything else really to buy. Either it’s just a bad year for gaming, or it’s just a year for games I don’t care about. There’s no other exclusive I can think of on the 360 I want to play, nor on the PS3. The only PS3 exclusive that has an value to me is Uncharted 2… and I haven’t even finished Uncharted 1. It’s mildly fun, but seems fairly average and to be honest I have more engrossing games to play through first. I’m unconvinced that Uncharted 2 will evolve beyond the Tomb Raider wishes it was Gears of War gameplay of the first game. After that on the PS3 I have absolutely nothing, outside of Shooter on the PSN. So of the two… I’d rather take the slightly above average 360 game which will at the bare minimum give me free maps to a game I love to play online and a co-op mode I’ll love to play with my wife.

  • Agreed. I MIGHT get NFS: Shift if reviews are favourable. I would have had Modern Warfare 2 if Activision hadn’t got greedy with the price, but with the awesome PS3 exclusives due in the rest of this year/early 2010, I can quite easily do without it.

  • No Kill Tayler

    Buying borderlands is at it might be the mmo/shooter/rpg game i need.
    demon souls, 1st day.
    I will not buy MW2, instead i’ll get MAG.

    Considering guitar hero 5 just because of van halen alone.

  • JimmyMagnum

    third party titles im looking forward to getting are:

    Batman: Arkham Asylum (I know its already out :P)
    IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
    Modern Warfare 2
    Assassin’s Creed 2
    Maybe Just Cause 2
    Bioshock 2
    Mafia II

    Brutal Legend is a maybe, Borderlands is a not sure, but I’d probably get RAGE instead whenever that comes out. As far as PS3 exclusives go, I’m looking forward to these through early 2010:

    PixelJunk Shooter
    Gran Turismo 5
    Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    Now given the chance that I would have time to play all those games, I would. But that won’t really happen, so out of all those games, the ones I truly want the most are Uncharted 2, Gran Turismo 5, Batman, IL-2, and Assassin’s Creed 2. Not to be outdone, the only 360 exclusive I can say I’m looking forward to is Forza 3…

  • missed out the sport games like madden, fifa, pes, nhl etc.

    i’m looking to get modern warfare 2 and either fifa or pes – can’t decide which yet. also want to pick up a racing game but will wait for more reviews before choosing, might just end up getting a cheap copy of GRiD though.

  • Mikael

    I’m getting Alpha Protocol, Borderlands and Dragon Age on release. Not planning on getting any exclusives before x-mas or so.

  • mjm_007

    MW2, Alpha Protocol, Borderlands & Red Dead Redemption for sure.. Assassins Creed 2 & Bioshock 2 BIG maybes.. Everything else is a RENT.. I suck at fighters, so i might skip Tekken altogether.

    You’re right tho, the exclusives look alot more promising. Uncharted 2, GT5, ModNation Racer, R&C all FOR SURE!!