I bought my Xbox360 shortly before GTA IV came out, and bought my PS3 on launch for Metal Gear Solid 4. In the time since, I’ve picked up 8 Xbox 360 games and 4 PS3 games. For a long time, I was adamant that if I could only choose one system, I’d choose the Xbox 360, but today at lunch I began to think about that again and did not come to that conclusion.
As much as I love my Xbox 360, I’m starting to think that the PS3 would’ve been a better choice for a single system.
My game library for Xbox 360 is:
- Halo 3 – decent, hardly play
- Tales of Vesperia – enjoyable
- Star Ocean 4 – pretty abysmal
- GTA IV – fantastic, cross platform
- Mass Effect – enjoyable
- Skate 2 – good, cross platform
- Rock Band 2 – fantastic, cross platform
- The Orange Box – way better on PC
Whereas my PS3 library is:
- Disgaea 3 – amazing
- Valkyria Chronicles – holy fucking shit. play it. play it now.
- Metal Gear Solid 4 – amazing
- inFAMOUS – decent
Of course, there are other games out there that I don’t have, but have borrowed, but I’m only counting the library of games that I have purchased. As you can see, the Xbox 360 games that I most enjoyed were not exclusives – GTA IV, Skate 2 and Rock Band 2. On the other hand, my entire PS3 library is exclusive, and I love three of them, and enjoyed the fourth.
The Xbox 360 exclusives that I have purchased have all been merely decent games. I’m not a big shooter fan, and Halo 3 didn’t impress me that much. I have two JRPGs for the Xbox 360 – Star Ocean 4 and Tales of Vesperia, one of which was horrible (Star Ocean IV) and the other was just an acceptable game, but nothing that I would miss. Lastly is Mass Effect, which is my favorite of my Xbox 360 exclusives, but just like Tales of Vesperia, I wouldn’t be in tears if I couldn’t have played that game.
Of the four PS3 exclusives, three absolutely blew me away. Disgaea 3 is an incredibly fun SRPG, Metal Gear Solid 4 is everything that a MGS fan would love, and Valkyria Chronicles is, simply put, the most underrated game I have ever played. It gets nowhere near the attention it should be getting. The last one, inFAMOUS, is fun, but I could’ve lived without it.
It was an odd conclusion. I never would’ve thought that I’d actually prefer my PS3 over my Xbox 360 in this kind of showdown. I still love my Xbox 360 – I think it has a better control, interface and online service… but the simple fact remains – Sony has a better exclusive lineup for my tastes.