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The Xbox 360 has the best games and the best first-person shooters, a high-ranking Microsoft executive has claimed.

Speaking to VideoGamer.com to promote the launch of the Sky Player on Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE Europe general manager Jerry Johnson said that the console's exclusive games "prove the point that this is still very much at its heart a gaming console", despite strong moves to broaden the 360's appeal.

He said: "I'll come back and say that Xbox has the best games out there. It's got the best first-person shooter games out there. The exclusives we've had over the past years and what we had going into this holiday prove the point that this is still very much at its heart a gaming console.

"There's nothing we're going to change with that. You will start to see us, though, do things that are broader marketing and start to expose some of the things that are broader than just first-person shooters."

The launch of the Sky Player, which allows 360 owners to stream Sky content, is part of Microsoft's attempt to broaden the Xbox 360's appeal.

According to Johnson, Microsoft hopes the 360 will become known as more than "just a Halo or Gears of War machine".

Johnson denied, however, that Microsoft's focus would move away from the core gaming experience fans love it for.

"Trust me, I think you'll find people operate in different modes," he said. "My wife doesn't like the fact I game sometimes. I'm still going to go game sometimes. There's nothing we're going to change that's going to not focus on those customers more. In fact, not just this year but in the next year, we'll continue to do features that are targeted at that hardcore gamer. At the same time we are going to start to do things that appeal to both the hardcore gamer and the broader user, and continue to do things and start to do more targeted at the broader user specifically."

Johnson's "best games out there" comment comes at a time when the PS3 owners are enjoying the launch of some incredible games, including Naughty Dog's stunner Uncharted 2.

In the FPS category, the PS3's exclusive Killzone 2, released earlier in the year, saw rave reviews, as did Insomniac's Resistance series. The Xbox 360 has, of course, Halo 3 and the recently released Halo 3: ODST.

What do you think? What console has the best first-person shooters? What console has the best exclusives? Will the Xbox 360 always be a Halo and Gears of War machine? Let us know in the comments section below.

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mmmpies's Avatar


That's a pretty funny comment given that Microsoft has seemed asleep at the wheel this year.

Number of exclusive retail releases in 2009 that have scored 80 or over on Metacritic?

360: 4
PS3: 7

Since the beginning of 2008?

360: 10
PS3: 17

Not to mention that two of those 360 games this year were Halo spinoffs, and one is a set of expansion packs (for GTA). And that best FPS? The latest Halo is running 7 points behind Killzone 2 on Metacritic too.

Not a very impressive lineup at all this year, Microsoft. I think they're beginning to get a bit insecure, I think their lack of investment in software over the last 18 months or so is going to catch up on them now that Sony's sorted out their pricing.
Posted 16:27 on 29 October 2009

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CheekyLee@ ton_machine

You really shouldn't be paying to get RROD fixed, man. It is covered by the extended warrantry. Unless your machine is over 3 years old.
Posted 17:48 on 31 October 2009
ton_machine's Avatar


My xbox broke down again yesterday. Red ring of death as usual. So i have to pay to get it fixed again. This is the 4th time my xbox has got the ring of death. Tell me Mr. Xbox live boss, how the F**K am i suposed to play these great games if my machine keeps on breaking down!! F**K fixing it, im buyin a PS3. Save me money in the long run!
Posted 13:40 on 31 October 2009
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thpcplayer@ renegade

yeah damn right
Posted 12:43 on 31 October 2009

renegade@ dudester

With out Windows Pc gaming would not be like it is, if MS say not more windows ever, Bye PC gaming till it moves to mac
Posted 12:07 on 30 October 2009
dudester's Avatar


They haven't no one really owns pc gaming thats what makes it great.
Posted 10:53 on 30 October 2009


Pc has the best game so shush.
And maybe MS shoulder start remember that they have the best gaming platform and that it does not begin with an X
Posted 10:03 on 30 October 2009
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thpcplayer@ David-Macphail

mafia 2 looks amazing. Apart from that, there are diablo 3 and starcraft 2. NOt to mention graw 3 and battlefield bad company 2, max payne 3 aswell and mass effect 2, hitman 5 , splinter cell conviction, alan wake and next criterion developed need for speed and hopefully metal gear rising aswell

Posted 09:50 on 30 October 2009
El-Dev's Avatar


Despite the fact we are the ones who spend the money that pay these knobs the gamers are always the people who suffer.
Posted 02:22 on 30 October 2009
jakeistheman's Avatar


true 2010 looks amazing.(come on mass effect 2 on PS3)
Posted 23:20 on 29 October 2009
David-Macphail's Avatar


I thought Infamous was a fantastic game - i don't think it was given the respect it deserved. Of course - i haven't played Prototype so i don't really have anything to compare it too.

Next year could be the biggest of this generation so far........White Knight Chronicles, Mafia II, God Of War 3, Final Fantasy XIII, Gran Turismo 5, Heavy Rain. I don't know where i'll get the time to play them all :P
Posted 22:31 on 29 October 2009
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Of course I don't mind! I'm always happy to explain why I don't like things :P I'd have explained in that post, but It wasn't particularly relevant to my point. I might pick it up cheap one day, but I severely doubt I'll have time next year because of things like Heavy Rain, Mass Effect and Splinter Cell.
Posted 20:44 on 29 October 2009
jakeistheman's Avatar


well it does get repetitive the power upgrades were great,for me the movement felt great and i liked the story a lot.the game was great for me but might not be for everyone. i urge you to give it a rent but some games aren't for everyone.I hope you didn't take my first post in a offensive manner its just i don't like it when people say they dislike a game and don't give a reason.
Posted 20:38 on 29 October 2009
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As I said, I only played the demo, but I just didn't enjoy any of it. The movement felt restrictive compared to something like Crackdown, and it didn't feel particularly fluid either. The missions were already repetitive before I finished the demo, and I just didn't enjoy what I was being asked to do: stand on a train and jump off occasionally to shoot a box? No thanks.

I understand it probably improves as you get more powers (unless it does the Metroidvania thing), but the demo just screamed mediocrity to me.
Posted 20:20 on 29 October 2009
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can i ask why you hated infamous.
Posted 20:18 on 29 October 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ Woffls

Wouldn't you say Wipeout HD was a pretty big hitter for Sony? Even if it was a PSN DL? But I see your point.
Posted 20:16 on 29 October 2009

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