From Sony to Microsoft to Nintendo, the modern day world of gaming is filled with companies all vying for a slice of an industry that is rapidly on the rise. With the value of video gaming now reaching the billions, one of the increasingly common tropes platforms are introducing is a series of exclusive titles that are only available on certain consoles.
The perfect incentive to grab a hold of a customer’s attention and entice them into a sale, the power of a console exclusive is impressive, with the quality of these games consistently rising as the popularity of this strategy has risen dramatically. Here is our definitive look at the best console exclusive games ever made.
Halo – Xbox Consoles
A legendary series of games that many within the video gaming community fondly remember playing countless hours of, the Halo series originated with its original Xbox release in 2001. The series hit new heights with the release of ‘Halo: Reach’ in 2010, which almost single-handedly propelled the Xbox 360 over the PlayStation 3 in the best console race at the time.
Offering one of the best legendary multiplayer experiences ever seen in the video gaming world at the time, through its extensive selection of matches and co-op modes, Halo’s success led to the community creating the phrase ‘Halo Killer’ to describe successful console exclusives that have followed Bungie’s flagship title. Such is Halo’s popularity, there has even been confirmation of a Halo television series being launched sometime in 2021.
The Last of Us – Playstation Consoles
Action-adventure survival horror title The Last of Us was developed by gaming company Naughty Dog and has been released on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 since June 2013. The game revolves around smuggler protagonist Joel and his quest across the wastelands of post-apocalyptic America. The Last of Us was one of the most hyped games the world had ever seen at the time, and its post-year critical acclaim and multiple Game of the Year awards showcases just how success it was in living up to this excitement.
Everything in the game, from its musical score to its in-game difficulty progression deserves praise. The voice acting behind protagonists is great, the game’s enemies are positively terrifying and the story progression is simply brilliant. According to the latest gaming updates from Unikrn, the Last of Us is due an eagerly awaited sequel, set to be released in 2020.
Marvel’s Spiderman – PlayStation Consoles
Superhero titles have garnered a pretty hit-or-miss reputation in the world of gaming. Usually seen as substandard attempts at a quick buck, the level of scrutiny put to a release based around Marvel’s most popular hero therefore must have been intense when Insomniac Games announced the release date for Marvel’s Spiderman in 2018.
What followed however was one of gaming’s most exhilarating and fun releases to date. Taking control of the web slinging hero, this is a title that truly captures the magic and wonder of being a superhero. The graphics and story behind the game are great, the open world design gives players the total freedom of being able to choose where they swing to and from, and the game’s stellar mechanics helped set it apart from anything the Xbox One could produce.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo Switch + Nintendo Wii U
Very few games in this world can boast winning a Game of the Year award, but even fewer can point to how much they deserved said award better than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Released by developer Nintendo in March 2017 after five years of development hell, the game has since sold well over 15 million copies and become one of the gaming giant’s best ever releases.
Set in the beautiful world of Hyrule, Breath of the Wild offers the player very little in the way of direction or guidance. Instead it simply lets you take the game as you find it, roaming around the stunning scenery and roleplaying hero protagonist Link however you want. With so much diversity in the game’s tools, weaponry and resources, the opportunities are almost endless and the game can boast a level of replayability rarely seen in the video gaming world.
Unsurprisingly, a sequel is already being teased by Nintendo.