A Historical Comparison Of Exclusives

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Overview
This is an analysis that compare all gaming exclusives, historically across all gaming platforms for individual developers. So, for example, rather than comparing PlayStation 4 exclusives to Xbox One exclusives, it instead compares all PlayStation exclusives from Sony's entire collection of consoles to all Xbox exclusives from Microsoft's entire collection of consoles. I.E. For the illustration just cited it would be comparing exclusives on the PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP & PSVita to the exclusives on the Xbox, Xbox 360 & Xbox One.

I believe that this is the first online resource that maintains this kind of information.

The purpose of this is to get a feel for how strong the developer has performed with their exclusive titles from a historical perspective. Metacritic scores are used for providing rank, and therefore an exclusive must have a Metacritic score to show. PC exclusives are also included in the comparison, dating back to when the first started appearing on Metacritic (roughly 1990).

Only those exclusives with a 'good' Metacritic score of show (75+).

Please read this if you would like to understand how I determine if a game is exclusive of not.

Without further ado, below are the results.

PC Exclusives
Systems: PC
Number of Exclusives: 757

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PlayStation Exclusives
Systems: PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PSP, PS Vita
Number of Exclusives: 519

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Xbox Exclusives
Systems: Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Number of Exclusives: 120

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75


Nintendo Exclusives
Systems: Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, Switch, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS
Number of Exclusives: 621

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Side by Side
Score PC PlayStation Xbox Nintendo
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How I Determine What Is Exclusive
Determining if a game is exclusive is perhaps the greatest challenge of maintaining this information. It is not a simple black and white process, especially in a generation where remakes and ports are so common across multiple platforms.

In order to try and maintain consistent information, I came up with a few ground-rules:
  • The exclusive must have a Metacritic Score of 75+ to count
    • This comparison is only investigating Metacritic 'good' games
  • Collections don't count
    • Collections of games are not considered. For example the Nathan Drake Collection is not considered, although the original individual games within that collection are
  • The games must be standalone to count
    • No expansions and DLC pack. For example this means that MMO expansion do not qualify, such as the World of Warcraft expansions. However games such as Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void do since they recieved a standalone release
  • A game can only show once, even if it has multiple copies across multiple platforms
    • If a game has multiple ports across a number of generations, then only one can show. For example "Journey" exists both on the PS3 and PS4 however only the original entry will show. This also applies to games across wider generation gaps, such as the 10 year gap between The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker on the GameCube compared to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD on the Wii U
    • Furthermore, if mutliple versions of a game exist, the earliest version that has a Metacritic score is considered. If a game had a release on two platforms simultaneously (for example the PS3 & PS4) then the one with the most metacritic reviews is selected
  • The game can not have come to any other platforms in any iteration, port or collection what-so-ever.
    • For example the well received PlayStation 2 title Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is not counted since it was part of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection released on the Xbox 360
    • Similarly, Mobile releases, or releases on any handheld devices outside of the platforms family will also disqualify a title as being exclusive. Arcade releases are fine however, as are Linux / Mac OS releases for PC.
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