The 'exclusives' that aren't exclusive

Six big games and why they're going platform-hopping

September 5, 2007

Remember when a platform exclusive game really was exclusive? When 'Only for N64' in the corner was a promise and the little Saturn 'S' with a thumbs-up meant you were likely in for something special? Well, those days are long gone.

From the 'GameCube-only' Resident Evil 4 to PS3's Virtua Fighter 5, the word 'exclusive' counts for less and less with each passing day. So here are six games that, despite supposed 'exclusive' status, we are positive will be making the jump to rival machines at some point soon. Print it out and tick them off if you like.

Let's start with the obvious one...

Above: Crysis on PC. Could consoles really be capable of these breathtaking graphical scenes?

Crysis
The official line at the time of writing is "EA and Crytek the award winning developers of Far Cry, announced that Crysis will be hitting the shelves on November 16th 2007 exclusively for the PC."

However, it's widely known that developer Crytek has been advertising job positions specifically with regard to porting something to PlayStation 3. Unless we're going to be treated to another version of Far Cry (which would surely feel like a snub to many gamers), this is a major clue. Sure it could just be to aid porting of the game's engine to other platforms... but surely the best game to show it off would then be the astonishing-looking Crysis itself.

There are also numerous hints and maybes from the developer. But perhaps the biggest clue here is that Crytek's massively advanced (at the time) PC version of Far Cry appeared on Xbox 360, Xbox and even ended up making an appearance on Wii. That's basically Gamecube technology - therefore nothing is impossible. Of course the Wii version sucked like a grandmother with a box full of eggs, but still - it exists.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The longest-serving GR+ staffer, I was here when all this was just fields. I'm currently Reviews Editor but still find time to speedrun Sonic levels and make daft Photoshop articles.
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