(First-party Nintendo games are a beast all their own, as their exclusivity is the only compelling reason to buy a Wii; the vast majority of AAA games are never published on Nintendo consoles.)
Consoles have fewer exclusives than ever before. Meanwhile, the march of PC exclusives continues strong. Here are some recent high-profile examples, some of which are among the most widely played games in the world:
- StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void
- Civilization: Beyond Earth
- Sims 4
- League of Legends
- Dota 2
- Heroes of the Storm
- XCOM 2 (delayed until February)
- Dirt Rally
- Endless Legend
- World of WarCraft and its expansions
- Pillars of Eternity
- Europa Universalis IV
- Crusader Kings
- The Total War series
The list goes on and on, and I didn’t even include games that have been playable on PCs for years but will be ported to consoles in 2016—like Kerbal Space Program, Elite: Dangerous, Assetto Corsa, and Invisible Inc.—or the slew of beloved indie PC gems like Undertale (94 rating overall on Metacritic), The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth (90 rating), Downwell (84 rating), Prison Architect (83 rating), and countless others. These two Reddit threads highlight many, many more.
So yes, the consoles have some true gaming exclusives—mostly action or sports titles, and far fewer than before. But if anything, the PC is home to vastly more exclusives. They just tend to be a different, slower-paced, more in-depth type of game. And that’s fine! Different strokes for different folks, and all that. There are plenty of valid reasons to prefer either PCs or consoles over the other.
But game selection isn’t one of them. Aside from a very select handful of titles, virtually every third-party AAA game makes their way to PCs these days, be it from EA, Ubisoft, Warner Bros., or whoever else, and the list of first-party console exclusives are clearly balanced out by PC exclusives. The PC absolutely, positively does not have fewer exclusives than consoles anymore.
The dark days are clearly behind us. All those cross-platform games tend to be far more gorgeous on PCs, shoddy ports aside, and offer free multiplayer too. It’s time this ugly, false rumor gets laid to rest. Please?
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