Standing on One Leg: The Sony Third-Party Situation
posted on 06.18.08 at 06:47 PM EDT by (@salromano)

Before I start this article, I’d like everyone to give this article over at RPGFan a read. It really states the bad situation Sony is in with RPGs and even highlights the numbers. Now, onto the article.

The PLAYSTATION 3 does have a decent amount of exclusives out right now. Most of them won’t make you go “wow”, but a few will. Those few, however, are usually the games made by Sony Computer Entertainment. This brings us to the PLAYSTATION 3’s one-leg of survival, the first party. Let us take a look at the currently released exclusives. We’ve labeled first-party games in red, and third-party games in green.

• Eye of Judgement
• Folklore
• Formula One Championship Edition
• Full Auto 2: Battlelines
• Genji: Days of the Blade
• Gran Turismo 5: Prologue
• HAZE
• Heavenly Sword
• Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
• LAIR
• Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
• MLB ’07: The Show
• MLB ’08: The Show
• Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire
• MotorStorm
• Ninja Gaiden Sigma
• NBA ’07
• NBA ’08
• Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
• Resistance: Fall of Man
• Ridge Racer 7
• SingStar
• Time Crisis 4
• Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
• Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
• Warhawk

Yeah, so 8 out of 26 exclusive titles are from third-parties. Most of the third-party games are from Namco Bandai, with there only being around 3 good games from third-parties. Another thing you’ll have to remember is those Namco Bandai games came out when the PLAYSTATION 3 came out. Since then, Namco Bandai have shifted their support to the Xbox 360 with games like Eternal Sonata, Ace Combat 6, Katamari Damacy, Tales of Vesperia, and such. Square Enix has yet to have any releases on the PLAYSTATION 3 and probably will not until 2009, yet this year they are approaching their third release on the Xbox 360. Many games not on this list were supposed to be PLAYSTATION 3 exclusive, until wait, developers shifted them to the Xbox 360 as well.

What I’m trying to get at is that most of these games on the Sony PLAYSTATION 3 are all from well… Sony. Meanwhile the Xbox 360 is getting all the third-party support the PS2 had plus more. Just to prove it some more, lets look at the rest of the year’s releases.

• The Agency
• Buzz! Quiz TV
• Disgaea 3
• LittleBigPlanet
• Motorstorm: Pacific Rift
• Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm
• Resistance 2
• SIREN: Blood Curse
• SOCOM: Confrontation
• Valkyria Chronicles

The lack of third-party support basically sucks. It’s really a disappointment, especially if your a PLAYSTATION 3 gamer who was hoping to have the same experience you had back in the PS2 days. We have a post thats been in draft for a while comparing upcoming PS3 exclusives with that of the 360’s. Were very cautious of posting it, but we will let you decide if you want us to. Tell us in the comments.

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