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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?