That’s been Sony’s No. 1 problem with the PS3 — there aren’t any games on that console good enough to justify paying the cost of the system. There just aren’t. And don’t take my word for it. According to Gamerankings.com, a site which compiles game reviews and combines those numbers into an average, only five PS3 titles were scored higher than 85 percent by professional reviewers — no fanboy bias there.
Of those five, two are Xbox 360 ports — The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Rainbow Six: Vegas. And one was a glorified port of a game that was released on the original Xbox — Ninja Gaiden Sigma. Another on that list, Virtua Fighter 5, will soon be making its way to the Xbox 360. That leaves Resistance: Fall of Man as the only PS3 exclusive that one could justifiably call a system seller.
By comparison, 19 Xbox 360 titles averaged at least 85 percent. At least eight of those are exclusive to the Xbox 360, including bona-fide system sellers BioShock, Gears of War and Oblivion (it was on the 360 a full year before it arrived on the PS3). I say bona-fide because I actually know people who purchased an Xbox 360 solely for the purpose of playing those games. I know, I know, I don’t get out much, but I have yet to meet someone who’s bought a PS3 just to play MotorStorm or Warhawk, two other PS3 exclusives.
And the disparity between the quality of the software available on the two consoles continues to grow. The Xbox 360 is about to receive sure-fire hits Mass Effect, Ninja Gaiden 2 and some game called Halo 3. The PlayStation 3? Well, Dark Sector, Metal Gear Solid 4 and LittleBigPlanet look great. But none are coming out anytime soon (read: this year.)
Yes, I understand that the Xbox 360 had a year under its belt before the PS3 launched, but take a look at some of the titles that dropped during that first year — Oblivion, GoW, Dead Rising, Fight Night Round 3 and GRAW each averaged better than 85 percent at Gamerankings.com. The PS3 can’t make that claim with its software library.
I’m not trying to bury Sony here. They’re doing a good enough job of that all by themselves. The fact is if the PlayStation 3 doesn’t receive an influx of AAA software soon, the latest console war will be over before it really gets started.