Posted by John on September 11, 2011

PS3 vs 360 Year to Date: Who is Ruling 2011?


PS3 vs 360 Year to Date: Who is Ruling 2011?


Sunday, 11 September 2011 06:00

 

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and a lot of great games have been released since the beginning of 2011, but compartively, how well are the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 doing?  Who has the higher reviews?  Who has the most exclusives?  And which of system has better-reviewed exclusives?  

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I was interested to see just how each system was doing in terms of review scores, and did a little sleuthing of my own.  Combined with a lot of data filtering, sorting, and comparing using things like “VLOOKUPs” and “pivot tables” I came up with the following statistics.  

These scores are based on review compilations gathered from MetaCritic.com on the morning of September 8, 2011.  

Games Released and Reviewed in 2011 (as of 9/8/2011):

PS3: 164 titles with a 86.6% Average Review Score
Xbox 360: 155 titles with a 86.1% Average Review Score

The PlayStation 3 edges out the Xbox 360 by half of a percent in terms of overall reviews.


Number of Exclusives/Non-Exclusives Titles:

PS3:

Multiplatform: 103 with a 68.5% Average Review Score
Exclusive: 61 with a 68.6% Average Review Score

Xbox 360:

Multiplatform: 103 with a 68.5% Average Review Score
Exclusive: 52 with a 67.3% Average Review Score

While multiplatform titles averaged out to be pretty much the same for both systems, the PlayStation 3’s exclusive titles had just over a 1% advantage over the Xbox 360’s.


“Motion Control” Titles:

PS3:

Move-Integrated Games: 13 with a 68.6% Average Review Score

  • Best Move-Integrated Title: LittleBigPlanet 2 (92% Average)
  • Worst Move-Integrated Title: PlayStation Move Ape Escape (43% Average)

Xbox 360:

Kinect-Integrated Games: 11 with a 68.1% Average Review Score

  • Best Kinect Title: Child of Eden (84% Average)
  • Worst Kinect Title: Wipeout: In the Zone (39% Average)

In terms of “motion controls” the PlayStation 3 Move edged out the Xbox 360 Kinect by a slight lead.  


10 Best PS3 Exclusives of 2011:

  1. Mass Effect 2    94%
  2. LittleBigPlanet 2    92%
  3. LIMBO    90%
  4. MLB 11: The Show    90%
  5. God of War Origins Collection    86%
  6. Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten    85%
  7. Plants vs. Zombies    85%
  8. Killzone 3    84%
  9. inFamous 2    83%
  10. Resistance 3    83%

Overall 10 Best PS3 Exclusives of 2011 Average: 87.2%

10 Best Xbox 360 Exclusives of 2011:

  1. Bastion    87%
  2. Child of Eden    84%
  3. Ms. ‘Splosion Man    83%
  4. Trenched    83%
  5. Halo: Reach - Defiant Map Pack    81%
  6. ilomilo    81%
  7. The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile    81%
  8. Torchlight    81%
  9. Toy Soldiers: Cold War    81%
  10. From Dust    80%

Overall 10 Best Xbox 360 Exclusives of 2011 Average: 82.2%

When it came to the top 10 exclusive titles for each system, the PlayStation 3 had a significant lead over the Xbox 360.  Surpringly, practically 70% of the Xbox 360 exclusives were downloadable Xbox Live Arcade titles.  

Please note that while Mass Effect 2 and Limbo are both available on the Xbox 360, these were not released in 2011 for the PS3, and in fact were considered to be exclusive titles to the 360 when they were originally released.  


5 Worst PS3 Exclusives of 2011:

  1. Warriors: Legends of Troy    44%
  2. Fast Draw Showdown    43%
  3. Hyperdimension Neptunia    43%
  4. PlayStation Move Ape Escape    43%
  5. Test Yourself: Psychology    29%

5 Worst Xbox 360 Exclusives of 2011:

  1. Hole in the Wall    48%
  2. Brunswick Pro Bowling    44%
  3. Wipeout: In the Zone    39%
  4. Star Raiders    35%
  5. Lucha Fury    33%

10 Best PS3 Multiplatform Titles 2011:

  1. Portal 2    95%
  2. Dead Space 2    89%
  3. Deus Ex: Human Revolution    89%
  4. L.A. Noire    89%
  5. NHL 12    88%
  6. DiRT 3    87%
  7. Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition    86%
  8. Crysis 2    85%
  9. Fight Night Champion    84%
  10. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds    84%

Overall 10 Best PS3 Multiplatform Titles of 2011 Average: 87.6%

10 Best Xbox 360 Multiplatform Titles 2011:

  1. Portal 2    95%
  2. Dead Space 2    90%
  3. Deus Ex: Human Revolution    89%
  4. L.A. Noire    89%
  5. DiRT 3    87%
  6. NHL 12    87%
  7. Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition    87%
  8. Fight Night Champion    86%
  9. Mortal Kombat    86%
  10. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds    85%

Overall 10 Best Xbox 360 Multiplatform Titles of 2011 Average: 88.1%

The Xbox 360 fared better in terms of review scores for the top 10 multiplatform titles for 2011.  

Both systems followed the same trend for the four most popular games: Portal 2, Dead Space 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and L.A. Noire.


5 Worst PS3 Multiplatform Titles of 2011:

  1. Mindjack    44%
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2    43%
  3. Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime    42%
  4. Thor: God of Thunder    39%
  5. Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game    31%

5 Worst Xbox 360 Multiplatform Titles of 2011:

  1. Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime    44%
  2. Mindjack    43%
  3. Venetica    42%
  4. Battle: Los Angeles    39%
  5. Thor: God of Thunder    38%

360 and PS3 owners agree: Mindjack, Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime, and Thor: God of Thunder were amongst the systems’ 5 lowest-rated games for the year.


Top 10 Multiplatform Games Better on PS3

  1. NHL 12    88%    (87% on 360)
  2. Crysis 2    85%    (84% on 360)
  3. Dragon Age II    82%    (79% on 360)
  4. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition    80%    (78% on 360)
  5. BloodRayne: Betrayal    79%    (72% on 360)
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops - Annihilation    79%    (77% on 360)
  7. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron    79%    (77% on 360)
  8. Madden NFL 12    79%    (78% on 360)
  9. Gatling Gears    76%    (74% on 360)
  10. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood - The Da Vinci Disappearance    76%    (75% on 360)

Top 10 Multiplatform Games Better on 360

  1. Dead Space 2    90%    (89% on PS3)
  2. Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition    87%    (86% on PS3)
  3. Fight Night Champion    86%    (84% on PS3)
  4. Mortal Kombat    86%    (84% on PS3)
  5. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds    85%    (84% on PS3)
  6. Top Spin 4    84%    (82% on PS3)
  7. Beyond Good Evil HD    84    (83% on PS3)
  8. Bulletstorm    84    (83% on PS3)
  9. Outland    84    (83% on PS3)
  10. Stacking    84    (83% on PS3)

Games like Dragon Age II were better reviewed on the PlayStation 3, while games like Dead Space 2 — surprisingly — had a slightly better review score on the Xbox 360 even though the PlayStation 3 included the Move-Compatible Dead Space: Extraction as a free extra bonus.  

Final Take:

While it is hard to declare either system a victor in terms of the quality of games that have been released to date since the beginning of the year, the PlayStation 3 did edge out the Xbox 360 by a slight margin.

It wasn’t all that obvious earlier in the year, but the PlayStation 3 certainly had more retail-based exclusives, while the Xbox 360 heavily relied on exclusive titles released on the Xbox Live Marketplace in the form of XBLA titles.  

In terms of multiplatform content, each system’s top 10 titles were very similar with Portal 2 and Dead Space 2 being the two best-received titles this year. 

There are still more than 3 months left in the year, so it’s anybody’s game (no pun intended) at this point.  Each system has a handful of exclusive titles still to be released during the holiday season, plus it’ll be interesting to see which games — Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3 — is the better reviewed game and if there are any differences in the two console versions. 

I’ll try and run another comparison in early 2012 to see which system performed better overall. 

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