The Xbox exclusive series Gears of War may have chainsaw gun attachments, but the past and forthcoming PlayStation exclusives are the ones slicing its competition down the middle. Kojima's reemergence with Death Stranding, following his departure from Konami, is alone enough to warrant some serious expectations. However, the likes of The Last of Us Part 2, Dreams, Ghosts of Tsushima, Nioh 2, Judgement, and plenty more are likewise eliciting a dominating necessity for the Sony platform.
It comes as no surprise that some of the best games in the past few years have been PlayStation exclusives. Titles like God of War, Spider-Man, and Horizon Zero Dawn immediately come to mind. Bridging the gaps between narrative, graphical design, and interactive immersion, these games have all brought to the table an efficient gaming experience that will long be remembered, rather than wholistically forgotten (looking at you, Gears 5). The latter title has effectively been overshadowed by the recent releases of Borderlands 3 and Links Awakening, yet with its State of Play slated for launch next Tuesday, Sony is in for one wild ride before year's end.
Barring Gears 5, Microsoft's list of Xbox exclusives includes only 2018 titles, like Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 4, and Ashen. Besides those, players are left with only retro games, such as Sunset Overdrive, Quantum Break, Forza Motorsport 7, and any conceivable Halo entry known to man. In the interest of bolstering their platform's appeal by way of entertainment value, rather than actual gaming performance, Microsoft has effectively downgraded their once hefty exclusivity list in favor of other routes for escapism. The only exclusive titles Xbox gamers can look forward to include Tunic, Ori and The Will of the Wisps, Battletoads, and CrossfireX.
Of the plentitude of well-anticipated titles, most can only be found on PlayStation. The mysterious, yet extremely ambitious Death Stranding will be one of the many popular games that will explore the life-like and gorgeous displays inherent in the Decima engine. Fan favorite and industry applauded The Last of Us will also be making a much-needed resurgence to the platform with Part 2 releasing some time next year. If those weren't enough, Nioh 2 is yet another forthcoming experience that will blow the socks off fans' toes with character customization, which is completely new to the series.
While there are plenty of less than stellar PlayStation exclusives, specifically Left Alive and Eden-Tomorrow, the bevy of interesting new game releases will certainly make up for them. And, at least they're trying, unlike Microsoft. It isn't merely in the form of exclusive games, either. PlayStation has been gifting players with some special perks, awards, and in-game necessities, like the Day 1 advantage for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, or the free Trader role for Red Dead Redemption 2, which would have cost 15 gold bars on top of the 30 already spent for the other two roles. These very incentives are what separates Sony from the rest of the competition: actually giving to the gamers.
The Playstation versus Xbox console war has been an ongoing bout that will only continue well into the future, though it's clear that Sony has won this round by a long shot.
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