Are console exclusives dead?

Debate: Multi-format games dominate the run to Christmas...

We spend a lot of time banging on about the console conflict and getting excited about the latest killer app for either side.


Each platform holder can lay claim to some pretty special series' as well. Whether it's Uncharted on the PlayStation 3, Halo on Xbox 360 or Zelda across the Nintendo consoles, no side is left wanting for exclusive goodness.

But if you cast your gaze elsewhere you'll notice that most of the titles that we're all getting in a tizzy about at the moment are ones that share the love across all consoles.

Batman: Arkham City has just hit shelves, has been hailed as one of the best games in the world ever and comes to both PS3 and 360.


Similarly, the road to Christmas is littered with incredibly anticipated multi-platform titles. Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 are two obvious big hitters as well as Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Skyrim.

Then there's the likes of Saints Row: The Third, which might not be considered in quite the same company as the above but a game that looks like it could bring something fantastically entertaining to the multi-platform table.

And the games that do crop up on our calendar as console exclusives aren't exactly exclusive in the most competitive sense. Uncharted 3, Zelda Skyward Sword and the Halo: Combat Evolved remake are all being made in the houses of their respective platform holders. It's hardly the same as Sony nabbing GTA exclusivity, is it?

With multi-platform games making up the lion's share of gaming quality these days, then, are console exclusives really as relevant as they once were?