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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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Woffls's Avatar


Infamous, Killzone 2, Uncharted 2.
Halo 3 ODST, Forza 3, Halo Wars.

That's probably the important ones, by overall I was sort of implying that it caters to more audiences because there's 3 distinct genres. It's close, but I'd say 360's was more to more people, and PS3's was a lot more to a narrower selection of the market. I also hated the Infamous demo :P
Posted 20:04 on 29 October 2009
Mr_Ninjutsu's Avatar

Mr_Ninjutsu@ Woffls

Posted 19:53 on 29 October 2009
Woffls's Avatar


Both were pretty poor this year to be honest. Uncharted might be game of the year, but I think Microsoft had an overall better offering. Next year, all 3 have incredible exclusive lineups, and I wouldn't like to call any of them. Nintendo get a massive advantage with the all conquering Mario Galaxy 2, though :D
Posted 19:46 on 29 October 2009
Wido's Avatar


Microsoft will respond with Gears of War 3 next year most bet and of course Alan Wake!
Posted 19:40 on 29 October 2009
El-Dev's Avatar


If I was to conduct these types of interviews I'd put the dictaphone in front of the guy and say, "Spout whatever sh*te your boss has told you to and I'll make up the appropriate questions when having to listen back to this tripe."
Posted 17:46 on 29 October 2009
rbevanx's Avatar


Well this guy is clearly no Peter Moore. He's got the same charisma as Alistar Darling if you ask me.
Posted 17:27 on 29 October 2009
guyderman's Avatar


I'd hardly call 3 points a total eclipse, but Uncharted 2 is definatley a fine exclusive for PS3 owners to be proud off.

It will be interesting to see how MS respond over the next year or so as the PS3 has definatly created some competition this year - finally!
Posted 17:06 on 29 October 2009
David-Macphail's Avatar


360 best exclusive games? ROFL - well it looks like someone forgot to tell that to Metacritic.

The highest rated exclusive the 360 has is a tie between Gears Of War and Halo 3 (94).

LittleBigPlanet beats both of them with 95 and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves completely eclipses them with a score of 97.

It's just Microsoft's way though, isn't it? They're all talk and no action. They claim to have the best exclusives but in a year where PS3 owners have seen Uncharted 2, Killzone 2, Infamous and the soon to be released Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time Microsoft have released one racing game (Forza 3) and one game that only lasts about 6 hours (Halo: ODST). I think it's pretty obvious to any real gamer who has the best exclusive games..........
Posted 16:51 on 29 October 2009
guyderman's Avatar


This year has certainly been a much better year for games on the PS3, and next year has a few potential gems to further increase the must play exclusives too.

MS need to pick up the slack a little next year to compete rather than getting a PR man to try and justify a quiet year.
Posted 16:51 on 29 October 2009
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
ghostdog25's Avatar


it's funny... lately microsoft has seemed to show an increase of justifying their console. That just means they are getting scared. Lets face it, before the PS3 started gaining momentum they weren't making outlandish claims like this or saying things like their system offers the better experience for gamers etc.

Just like before Apple started gaining momentum they weren't trying to "redefine" their operating system. They pushed Windows Vista out biting off of OS X and failed badly. Also now piggybacking Apple retail stores and opening their own "Applish" retail stores, when they said Apple entering retail was a dumb business decision years ago....... FAIL.
Posted 15:53 on 29 October 2009
thpcplayer's Avatar

thpcplayer@ dudester

totally agreed. We might not have the halos and killzones but i still think keyboard and mouse controls are better than anything else as far a fps are concerned. Yeah, we have half life 2, best first person shooter of all time, probably

another stupid corporate statement :p

i expect sony to have their own very soon "kIllzone absolutely kills halo" blah blah

bullsh!t comments
Posted 15:51 on 29 October 2009
Stegosaurus-Guy-II's Avatar


and what we had going into this holiday prove the point that this is still very much at its heart a gaming console.

I like the examples they gave.
Posted 15:43 on 29 October 2009
Bloodstorm's Avatar


In other words......*sticks out tongue* we're better than you sony

Reaaal mature.....
Posted 15:37 on 29 October 2009
dudester's Avatar


my e penis is immense! that said the best platform for shooters is still the pc :P
Posted 15:30 on 29 October 2009

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