XBox 360 Whips PS3 With Three Times As Many Great Games?

Ah yes, the list, a favorite standby of fanboys around the world, and one that last gen always seemed to be in Sony’s favor. However, a quick look on Metacritic (June 28, 2009) seems to tell a different story at first glance. The XBox 360 has almost twice as many games overall, 654 to PS3’s 357. When comparing only 360 and PS3, the 360 has 11 present gen console exclusive games rated 90 or higher, compared to PS3’s 4. 58 games rated 80-90 compared to PS3’s 31, etc. Overall, the 360 has 126 present gen console “exclusive” (compared to PS3 only) games compared to PS3’s 51 that have received generally favorable reviews as aggregated by Metacritic.

But look a little closer and you can see where the differences in numbers have come from. For one the 360 has been out a year longer than PS3. Also, some of the older games were available on PS2. And what’s this? DLC packs are now being counted as full games? In addition, many of these DLC packs will be available on PS3 at sometime in the future. For yet another level, XBL and PSN games are counted, but not all. Which ones are not? XBox Originals and PS1 games. And for those who did manage to pick up a BC PS3 when they were available, the Sony software library is that much stronger. This isn’t even counting PSP games and compatibility which Microsoft has no answer for as they have no handheld gaming system ( and no, the Zune HD was never, ever, meant to compete with PSP or DS ).

Also, you will find several of the games here are also available on PC if you have a capable system. Then add all the great multiplatform games available for both systems and you will see playing field level a bit. Considering both Sony’s and Microsoft’s announced games, both will continue to offer quality gaming experiences for the rest of this generation.

XBox 360

  1. Gears of War 2006 94
  2. Halo 3 2007 94
  3. Braid 2008 93
  4. Gears of War 2 2008 93
  5. Guitar Hero II 2007 92
  6. Mass Effect 2007 91
  7. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2006 90
  8. Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned 2009 90
  9. Portal: Still Alive 2008 90
  10. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 2008 90
  11. Forza Motorsport 2 2007 90
  12. Call of Duty 2 2005 89
  13. Rez HD 2008 89
  14. Left 4 Dead 2008 89
  15. Fable II 2008 89
  16. Burnout Revenge 2006 89
  17. Peggle 2009 89
  18. Project Gotham Racing 3 2005 88
  19. Ikaruga 2008 88
  20. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords 2007 87
  21. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2005 86
  22. Project Gotham Racing 4 2007 85
  23. Dead or Alive 4 2005 85
  24. Dead Rising 2006 85
  25. F.E.A.R. 2006 85
  26. Bomberman Live 2007 84
  27. Viva Pinata 2006 84
  28. N+ 2008 83
  29. Need for Speed Most Wanted 2005 83
  30. Crackdown 2007 83
  31. Pac-Man Championship Edition 2007 83
  32. Rocket Riot 2009 82
  33. Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise 2008 82
  34. Fallout 3: Broken Steel 2009 82
  35. Test Drive Unlimited 2006 82
  36. Hitman: Blood Money 2006 82
  37. Castle Crashers 2008 82
  38. Prince of Persia Classic 2007 82
  39. Football Manager 2007 2006 82
  40. Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars 2007 82
  41. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2007 82
  42. Halo Wars 2009 82
  43. Condemned: Criminal Origins 2005 81
  44. Football Manager 2006 2006 81
  45. Saints Row 2006 81
  46. LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy 2006 81
  47. Fallout 3: Point Lookout 2009 81
  48. Sensible World of Soccer 2007 81
  49. Uno 2006 81
  50. Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis 2006 81
  51. Poker Smash 2008 81
  52. Catan 2007 81
  53. NBA 2K6 2005 81
  54. Perfect Dark Zero 2005 81
  55. WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 2006 81
  56. Ninja Gaiden II 2008 81
  57. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation 2007 80
  58. Bully: Scholarship Edition 2008 80
  59. Space Invaders Extreme 2009 80
  60. Duke Nukem 3D 2008 80
  61. Tomb Raider: Legend 2006 80
  62. Peter Jackson’s King Kong 2005 80
  63. Moto GP 06 2006 80
  64. Tales of Vesperia 2008 80
  65. Cloning Clyde 2006 80
  66. Doom 2006 80
  67. Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 2007 80
  68. Naruto: The Broken Bond 2008 80
  69. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts 2008 80
  70. FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage 2007 80
  71. Kameo: Elements of Power 2005 79
  72. NHL 07 2006 79
  73. Lost Planet: Extreme Condition 2007 79
  74. NCAA Football 07 2006 79
  75. Soulcalibur 2008 79
  76. Pro Evolution Soccer 6 2006 79
  77. Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II, The 2006 79
  78. Hexic HD 2005 79
  79. Alien Hominid HD 2007 79
  80. Prey 2006 79
  81. Carcassonne 2007 79
  82. Assault Heroes 2006 79
  83. Marble Blast Ultra 2006 79
  84. Blue Dragon 2007 79
  85. Roogoo 2008 78
  86. Hasbro Family Game Night: Yahtzee 2009 78
  87. Lost Odyssey 2008 78
  88. Astropop 2006 78
  89. Hasbro Family Game Night: Scrabble 2009 78
  90. Naruto: Rise of a Ninja 2007 78
  91. Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition 2008 78
  92. Moto GP 07 2007 78
  93. Far Cry Instincts Predator 2006 78
  94. Metal Slug 3 2008 78
  95. Kingdom for Keflings, A 2008 78
  96. Switchball 2007 78
  97. Every Extend Extra Extreme 2007 78
  98. Mutant Storm Reloaded 2005 77
  99. Eets: Chowdown 2007 77
  100. Banjo-Kazooie 2008 77
  101. Battlefield 2: Modern Combat 2006 77
  102. Sonic the Hedgehog Arcade 2007 77
  103. Wik: The Fable of Souls 2005 77
  104. Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2009 77
  105. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary 2007 77
  106. Lumines Live! 2006 77
  107. Zuma Deluxe 2005 77
  108. Outpost Kaloki X 2005 77
  109. Mutant Storm Empire 2007 77
  110. Heavy Weapon: Atomic Tank 2007 77
  111. Uno Rush 2009 77
  112. R-Type Dimensions 2009 77
  113. Football Manager 2008 2008 77
  114. Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting 2006 76
  115. Chessmaster Live 2008 76
  116. Penny Arcade Adventures Episode One: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 2008 76
  117. Fallout 3: The Pitt 2009 76
  118. Undertow 2007 76
  119. Streets of Rage 2 2007 76
  120. Battlestations: Pacific 2009 76
  121. Maw, The 2009 76
  122. Lode Runner 2009 76
  123. RoboBlitz 2006 76
  124. Top Spin 2 2006 75
  125. NHL 2K6 2005 75
  126. Scene It? Box Office Smash 2008 75
  127. Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland 2005 75
  128. Frontlines: Fuel of War 2008 75
  129. Culdcept Saga 2008 75
  130. Quake 4 2005 75
  131. Exit 2007 75
  132. Smash TV 2005 75
  133. Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath 2008 75
  134. Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, The 2009 75
  135. Assault Heroes 2 2008 75
  136. Gun 2005 75

PS3

  1. LittleBigPlanet 2008 95
  2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008 94
  3. Killzone 2 2009 91
  4. MLB 09: The Show 2009 90
  5. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction 2007 89
  6. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune 2007 88
  7. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2007 88
  8. Valkyria Chronicles 2008 87
  9. WipEout HD 2008 87
  10. Resistance 2 2008 87
  11. Flower 2009 87
  12. Resistance: Fall of Man 2006 86
  13. Comet Crash 2009 86
  14. MLB 08: The Show 2008 85
  15. Super Stardust HD 2007 85
  16. inFAMOUS 2009 85
  17. MotorStorm (JPN Import Version) 2006 84
  18. Warhawk 2007 84
  19. Yakuza 3 2009 83
  20. PixelJunk Monsters 2008 83
  21. Everyday Shooter 2007 83
  22. MotorStorm 2007 82
  23. SingStar 2008 82
  24. Gran Turismo HD Concept 2006 82
  25. PixelJunk Monsters Encore 2008 82
  26. MotorStorm: Pacific Rift 2008 82
  27. Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection 2007 82
  28. Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds 2008 81
  29. Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Online 2007 81
  30. Echochrome 2008 81
  31. Metal Gear Online 2008 81
  32. Buzz! Quiz TV 2008 80
  33. ZEN Pinball 2009 80
  34. PixelJunk Eden 2008 80
  35. Lumines Supernova 2008 80
  36. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue 2008 80
  37. Cuboid 2009 79
  38. Heavenly Sword 2007 79
  39. Crash Commando 2008 79
  40. Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice 2008 78
  41. SIREN: Blood Curse 2008 78
  42. Ridge Racer 7 2006 78
  43. Last Guy, The 2008 77
  44. Calling All Cars! 2007 77
  45. MLB 07: The Show 2007 77
  46. SingStar Queen 2009 77
  47. Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty 2008 76
  48. SingStar Vol. 2 2008 76
  49. Burn, Zombie, Burn! 2009 76
  50. Folklore 2007 75
  51. Eye of Judgment, The 2007 75

At this point in time, either XBox 360 or PS3 owners should find more than an adequate amount of quality titles to keep them busy (not to mention those who own all three, ds, psp, iphone, pc, etc.). But if you had to choose a console based on it’s game library alone, which would you choose? For me personally, it would have been a full BC PS3, but unfortunately they are no longer manufactured, but primarily I bought my 360 first as it came out a year earlier. Now it still runs fine and I am still enjoying it’s library of RPG’s (Fable 2 is great!) and I haven’t found the time to plow through all the quality games in it’s library for 3 and a half years (though those first few months were painfully slow ). For old or new PS1, PS2, or PSP games, I still have a PS2 and PSP. So this narrows my justification for buying a PS3, especially considering an imminent redesign and eventual price drop.

While there are many reasons to by one console over another, I have to say my 360 has served me well over the years, and continues to do so (as I’m sure any PS3 owner can say as well). Regardless of which console you own, or even if you own them all, which would you recommend, based on games only, and why?

a forumer on Blorge.net posted this. list of exclusive games for PS3 and X360. from CarlB via Blorge.net.

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