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Microsoft: We Have "Superior" First Party Exclusives

Jonathan Lester
Exclusives, Microsoft, Smack talk

Microsoft: We Have "Superior" First Party Exclusives

There's nothing like a bit of controversy to warm us up on a miserable Saturday morning - and we've got a steaming dollop of it courtesy of Xbox CFO Dennis Durkin. He claims that Microsoft's first-party output is "superior" to Sony's and Nintendo's... despite the fact that they've let countless studios slip through their fingers. Crytek almost joined the fold last month - and Bungie has said their goodbyes to both Microsoft and the Halo franchise. It's an interesting story, a volatile claim and we've got the whole thing below.

Speaking to IndustryGamers, Durkin argues that first party exclusives need to be judged in terms of retail performance, praising the likes of Forza and Fable for pulling in the punters and preorders. It's all about the monetization, baby.

I would ask you to go and look at some of your data just to compare first party performance over the course of this lifecycle, because I think our first party performance in terms of quality bars and units per title this shift has been superior to our competition's.

You can’t dispute titles like Forza, which has consistently come out on a repeated cadence and sold multi-million units. You can’t dispute things like Fable, which again, on a very consistent pace, has come out and sold two and three million units a pop.

And now new titles, like Kinect Sports, which has come out and sold over three million units. So we are, not only building existing IP and incubating around titles like Halo and others, but really building new IP in new areas. And that's going to be core to us... to build those experiences and monetise those.

Good sales, then. But if you're looking for quality as well as quantity, it's interesting that Microsoft Games Studios rank score an aggregate 75% on Metacritic. Compared to Nintendo's 77% and Sony's 73%.  I hate to use Metacritic to prove a point, but where I come from, we call that second place.

Does Microsoft have the best first party output? Does Forza, Halo and Gears trump Mario, Uncharted and Killzone? Have your say in the comments!

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alibaba1  Jul. 16, 2011 at 12:30

Microsoft says "We have the better exclusives"
The rest of the world say "No you dont"

JonLester  Jul. 16, 2011 at 12:43

Some of us also use the word "least" instead of "best."

goitishhh  Jul. 16, 2011 at 12:44

Yes, well done Microsoft. That's four games you've mentioned there. Well done. That's tonnes more than Nintendo and Sony. And Forza is easily the most successful racing game of all time, so great example there too, Microsoft.

Oh for God's sake. You have about three studios. Your first party output is summed up in those four games you mentioned.

FaithNoMore  Jul. 16, 2011 at 13:02

"Does Microsoft have the best first party output? Does Forza, Halo and Gears trump...".

Hold on. Gears isn't a first party game. The article is about first party games. Epic definitely aren't owned by Microsoft last time I looked.

JonLester  Jul. 16, 2011 at 13:06

@FaithNoMore: I'm expanding the scope somewhat for the sake of discussion. However, we can't work out why MS didn't make a bigger play for Epic (if the 2008 rumours weren't true).

jk12324  Jul. 16, 2011 at 14:52

Let's count the console exclusive games worth mentioning then shall we? As I think they're the more important factor when deciding between consoles.

PS3: Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, Killzone, Gran Turismo, Demon's Souls, God of War, Heavy Rain, inFamous, Metal Gear Solid, Resistance, SOCOM, MAG, MotorStorm and the upcoming Twisted Metal.

Xbox: Fable, Halo, Gears of War, Forza, Project Gotham, ....Viva Piñata?

Don't forget the PS3 also has little gems such as Wipeout, Ratchet & Clank, ModNation Racers, Ape Escape etc.

fanpages  Jul. 16, 2011 at 19:36

You missed "Alan Wake" for the Xbox 360, jk12324.
Also, if you are including the "Fable" franchise in your *console* list, then you should also include "Left 4 Dead" as well.

Some of the "Metal Gear Solid" titles have not been restricted to Sony platforms.

I also like "Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts" on the Xbox 360. More colourful than anything I have experience on the PS3 to date.

However, yes, for exclusives, I do believe the Sony consoles have the best selection (for my gaming preferences).



zahidworld  Jul. 16, 2011 at 22:45

PS3 : Kingdom Hearts! Final Fantasy ( except a few ones which were for XBOX as well )!

MattGardner  Jul. 16, 2011 at 23:02

But wait! You're all forgetting Microsoft's killer Kinect lineup that puts Nintendo and Sony to utter shame! Kinect is totally badass and essential for the discerning hardcore gamer!

I have no idea what fantasy world MS are living in, but they need to sort it out. Their fan service (particularly outside of the US) is utterly lamentable.

Anarchist  Jul. 16, 2011 at 23:03

@zahidworld - there hasn't been a sony exclusive FF for years.

But, although I'm mostly an xbox gamer (due to having a much superior online service), I have to admit MS are talking absolute garbage with this latest claim.

There is no way on earth they have better first party/exclusive titles. Sony trounces them for this - titles like killzone, LBP, uncharted, GT5, infamous, (I could go on for ages) are undeniably superior. They are the reason I also bought a PS3.

Anarchist  Jul. 16, 2011 at 23:06

MS turning their backs on the hardcore gamers, their core owners and players, is driving me away from the 360. I don't want a poncy kinect, it isn't a usable control system for 99.9% of the games I would ever play. Stop shoving it down my throat and give me some decent exclusives.


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