Sony’s First Party Studios: Amazing Games, One Glaring Problem

PlayStation 4’s Problem with Repetitive First Party AAA Exclusives

One of the greatest deciding factors in your decision for buying a console will ultimately come down to what it has to offer that the competition does not. Looking at the technical aspects of each console, there isn’t too much of a difference to base the decision on. What it does ultimately boil down to are the exclusive titles in each consoles library of games. Sometimes a single property can be enough to sway a gamer to a console because they simply cannot find that experience anywhere else. But what happens when a console doubles down on its success, creating games that all look and play the same in the hopes of recreating the magic? We take a look at some of the most popular AAA exclusives for the PlayStation 4 to see the problem first party exclusive titles can present. Check out the video below:

By no means do we discount the fact that PlayStation 4 has several other incredibly popular exclusives that break this mold, but what we want to draw your attention to is the AAA first party studios who are taking the same genre and style and slapping a new paint job on it. Does that mean these games are any less spectacular? No, but what it does mean is that gamers looking for a different AAA experience will be turning their attention elsewhere. Sony – for the moment – has painted itself into a corner, but as long as these 3rd person over-the-shoulder exclusives keep selling, Sony will keep painting before the last coat is even dry.

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What probably makes this realization sting a little more is the fact it was only in the last console generation that Sony had given us a variety of AAA exclusives, and now it seems they are falling on indie studios to fill in the gaps. For as much fun as it will be to try and survive in Days Gone and destroy denizens of Norse Mythology in God of War, Sony needs to remind fans that they’re able to produce high caliber games of all genres. Take a few chances, Sony, you are bound to create something great.

Tell what you think in the comments below.

  • Dylan Lepore

    I don’t know If I can agree with this fully.

    • J.j. Barrington

      That’s a wise stance to take.

  • datdude

    This article literally makes no sense. It’s not even worth the time it would waste to offer rebuttal arguments.

    • Ucouldntbemorewrong

      Agree

    • FITCamaro

      Another agree.

    • Guest

      Well this garbage was written by a stinky, jihadist, Muslim terrorist named Ahmed Mohamed.

      • J.j. Barrington

        Okay, so that’s uncalled for on all levels.

        • Guest

          This steaming pile of clickbait sh*t being published was uncalled for on all levels.

          • J.j. Barrington

            Yeah, sure. But calling somebody a terrorist?

          • Guest

            Ahmed Mohamed is a well-known Muslim Terrorist. He’s even on the F.B.I. Watch List.

          • J.j. Barrington

            Both of those are extremely common names, so…

          • Tomaterrrx

            You do realize how popular those two names are. What you’re saying is absurd.

      • You’re a dead set moron. Join the 21st century you racist pig

        • Guest

          No thanks Paul! I don’t wanna join your Al-Qaeda Training Group for a free Xbox.

          • J.j. Barrington

            It wasn’t clever when you thought of it, and it’s not clever now.

  • Jawes

    I have to say I agree. I was so bummed about the changes for God of War and Days Gone doesn’t look great at all.

    • J.j. Barrington

      You don’t agree.

    • Guest

      That’s because you suck X-Cock Jordan Hawes.

    • Guest

      I have to say I agree that you’re mentally retarded Jordan Hawes for agreeing with clickbait.

      • mondaymurder23

        guess would you shut your trap sony has no innovation they create the same garbage third person action games with stealth for every dam game who the F would want to play only one type of game

  • J.j. Barrington

    That’s… a made-up problem if I’ve ever seen one.

  • QUIMICOMORTAL

    A melee action game, a third person with “zombies”, an open world game with dinosaur robots, a non action game where you can create multiple stories depending on every choice you make…they play the same to you?

    You are either lying or you are plain dumb!

    Only common thing they have is they offer great experiences, stories and graphics!

  • sazse007

    Thanks heavens, someone can think outside Sony’s fanboyism box! God of War 3 was one of my favourites exclusives last gen. The Last of Us (which I played after the hype extinguished), not so much. And now, do we have to swallow a sentimental Kratos? He means to be deadly, not daddy…

    • J.j. Barrington

      At what point was he shown NOT to be deadly? And isn’t most of his motivation from being a daddy?

      See, this is what happens when you stupidly try to follow things that don’t make sense.

      • sazse007

        Sony needs to keep its payroll in check, JJ, but we are allowed to have different opinions from you and your pals. The author’s argument is valid, even if it bothers you.

        • J.j. Barrington

          HOW is it valid? If you want to generalize, you can say every game is like every other game.

          You can have a different opinion all you want, but twisting facts to serve that opinion will get called out for the stupidity it is.

        • Brad Marcus Kirchhoff

          I see nothing similar in any of these games…You must have a very odd definition of “valid argument”. If u didnt like TLoU then u dont like a good story in ur games. That already proves u have no credibility.

          • J.j. Barrington

            If it’s third party, it’s the same.

    • Brad Marcus Kirchhoff

      This God of War looks to be the best in the series. The combat finally has some weight to it.

  • Aenea

    So, the mold is 3rd person games?

    That’s the only thing the article mentions….

    This is silly beyond belief!

    • Rami Seb

      Not really, I can’t think of a good Sony exclusive that isn’t a 3rd person action/adventure game. They fail horribly at driving, shooting and most other genres. I guess if we include 3rd person platformers and baseball they’d have those going for them. All their JRPG’s and Fighters are 3rd party.

  • JimmyNice

    I’m sorry… but this argument of this article is more than a little bit pointless.

    If you have a problem with 3rd party action games, why not go back and complain about the source. Resident Evil. Grand Theft Auto. Tomb Raider… 3rd party story driven games are the cornerstone of the industry for literally 2 decades with the launch of the 1st Resident Evil. Think about the sheer volumes of games you are talking about in this style. Red dead Redemption, all the Assassin’s creed games, Prince of persia, Batman, Dead Space. Heck even our favorite 1st person story driven Bethesda RPG’s have 3rd person options… does clicking that switch add to the plague?

    I guess it’s unclear to me why are you pointing at the Last of Us as the issue.

    I mean it doesn’t take very long to find a game that breaks the mold. What’s the highest scoring non-remaster game for PS4 this gen. Persona 5, nothing like what you are talking about. Last of us and Horizon zero dawn are similar in perspective and crafting… but I would argue very different games. One being 15 hours and the other I put 100 hours into (I didn’t want it to end).

    I think it’s a case of as you said, playing to their strengths. Story.. but isn’t the leading genre… FPS also story driven. How does changing the perspective and putting a gun in your hand, suddenly change everything?

  • DarthDiggler

    This website is hellbent on click bait and narrative driven nonsense.

    RESPECT YOUR AUDIENCE AND THEY WILL RESPECT YOU!

    • J.j. Barrington

      You’re expecting too much. In general, when it comes to what we now call “gaming media,” that would be expecting too much.

  • hvd hvd

    you guys sure do love you qte games….lmao

  • John Tambanillo

    This article is neither criticizing or a critical opinion. It’s more like a pointless complaint. SMH…

    • J.j. Barrington

      And not even a valid complaint.

  • omarcominyo

    Luckily for me they’re my favourite type of games, the more the better imo

  • kreator

    True!

    • J.j. Barrington

      lol, you guys really are broken, huh?

      • kreator

        Nope

        • J.j. Barrington

          Seems like it, if nonsense like this is stuff you’re willing to believe.

  • Martin Brentnall

    Sony’s exclusive games are unique to their platform and no-one else is offering anything to rival their games, so I don’t have a problem with this.

    • mondaymurder23

      “Sony’s exclusive games are unique to their platform” lol yea if i want to buy the next generic third person action game with stealth i know where to find them

      • Martin Brentnall

        It’s interesting that people who apparently don’t care for Sony just criticise their consoles and games instead of offering any compelling arguments as to why their preferred platform is any better. I wonder why that is? 😉

        • mondaymurder23

          well i own a very powerful rig and a PS4 pro and my rig sh–t on it in terms of hardware the games i could play on PC sh-t on all of that garbage sony is producing. lol your console is so sh-t that i haven’t even bought a first party game for it. sony hasn’t bought any thing new to the market except for more third person action games so i’m here just waiting for their demise. but any way i 24-30 frames is below my standards so enjoy it https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8724f67dccc8b577b6c58ef670e032e27d20a0e1f8f73fa535d1a60cbbc3f372.gif

          • Martin Brentnall

            Cool story bro.

          • mondaymurder23

            yeah it is do you want to hear more ?

            more

            your console is shit including all the games

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc6c90cbc2357aec5dc4257f3319f60623e333a3312960ca5d7316bef3e8e32c.jpg

          • J.j. Barrington

            But the only butthurt is from you?

            Oh, and a few Xbox fanboys.

            But mostly you.

          • mondaymurder23

            why would i be but-hurt when i could afford your sh-t console plus a PC you cant even dream of having ?

          • J.j. Barrington

            When you couldn’t write a complete sentence?

          • mondaymurder23

            when your console cant play games over 15 frames lol pathetic peasant. and my hand touched the space bar and it got sent incomplete by accident so keep talking you filthy sh-t

          • J.j. Barrington

            Weird. Not having any problems with my console. Maybe you should plug yours in?

          • mondaymurder23

            yeah if i had more than persona 5 to play. i dont buy trash you know those first party games Sony creates

          • J.j. Barrington

            UH-huh.And given you don’t play them… you don’t know if they’re trash. Which invalidates your comment and just continues to make you look like a moron.

          • mondaymurder23

            well i there were any fuc–king good then why wouldnt i buy them but they arent so why would i waste money just so i can test how garbage plays

          • J.j. Barrington

            If you weren’t an idiot, you might buy them. But you’re an idiot, so you won’t buy them.

          • mondaymurder23

            well i’m smart enough to distinguish good games worth buying to their sh-t counter part

          • J.j. Barrington

            Apparently not, lol.

          • mondaymurder23
          • J.j. Barrington

            Again, it’s mostly just you.

          • mondaymurder23

            dude get this through you thick skull your console is sh–t including the games built for it and that’s final i dont need to play them to know they are sh-t just like no man sky i dont need to buy it to know they game is trash

          • J.j. Barrington

            Thick-skulled? Coming from someone who has no experience with the games? That’s rich.

          • mondaymurder23

            ? i own over 400+ games what are you on ? some thing really strong i guess

          • Martin Brentnall

            Why do you own Persona 5!? That game is only 30 fps! Surely that means it’s inferior trash compared to your god-tier 60 fps PC master race games!

          • mondaymurder23

            well i own persona 5 because i respect atlus and SEGA and i would lower my pride to play their games plus as i have said it’s not atlus fault for you console being sh–t and it cant play games over 30 frames. now https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8478e733755e52865c675f00812fdbc9d4d8f399598a20f81707086eef0bca38.jpg

          • Martin Brentnall

            Persona 5’s framerate isn’t bound by hardware on PS4, it’s entirely on the decision of the developers.

          • mondaymurder23

            well if persona was on PC do you think it would be 30 frames ?

          • J.j. Barrington

            Are you saying there are no 30fps games on PC?

          • mondaymurder23

            yeah there are but they always have a 60FPS fix unlike your sh-t console lol 24 frames

          • J.j. Barrington

            Sure, sure. 24 frames. Ignorance is truly bliss.

          • Martin Brentnall

            Persona 5 was designed for PS3 and ported to PS4, so yes? The game has a lot of hand-animated UI elements, for which extra frames would need to be hand-drawn to make it 60 fps.

          • Martin Brentnall

            I own a VR-capable gaming PC. I just prefer (most) gaming on my PS4. 🙂

          • mondaymurder23

            well i would still consider you a peasant becuase you enjoy gaming on a inferior hardware not even a low end PC but a fu-king console below standards

          • J.j. Barrington

            That just makes you a moron.

          • mondaymurder23
          • J.j. Barrington

            Lame? Yes, you’re still lame.

          • mondaymurder23

            and your console is still sh-t now who wins this conversation ?

          • J.j. Barrington

            Odd, cuz it plays great games just fine. So fine you apparently bought one to play Persona 5.

            You really are stupid, aren’t you?

          • mondaymurder23

            well from my purchase sony only got 18$ from me and as i have said i never bought any of their sh-t first party games so i dont see how it’s helping sony one bit

          • J.j. Barrington

            Of course.

          • Martin Brentnall

            It would be great if I could play all the amazing exclusive PS4 games on my PC, but since they’re exclusive to PS4, I guess I’m stuck with playing them on PS4. 🙂

          • mondaymurder23

            well if you enjoy the next generic third person action game then more power to you man but personally my standards are a bit higher plus i cant game at 15-30 frames 60fps is the lowest my standard will go

          • Martin Brentnall

            And would you mind sharing what games/genres you enjoy?

          • mondaymurder23

            oh god the list is so long that i dont even have the motivation to actually fully type them out. any way here is a sample https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/54ccb3c77a822f84d880ec43e356220a1ece202ec63ed5bd22d29a331fe5950b.jpg

          • Martin Brentnall

            Okay. Well, I have no interest in playing generic RTS, MOBA, sims and MMO’s (or online games at all for that matter), so according to that image, I don’t really see how I stand to gain anything from playing PC exclusives?

          • mondaymurder23

            i said it’s just a sample and how many of those genres listed are on the console again ? LOL generic yeah like those stale third persona action games right ?

          • Martin Brentnall

            My question was your opportunity to tell me why I should care about PC exclusives more than PS4 exclusives, and you’ve completely failed to do that.

          • mondaymurder23

            The point was to tell me why I should care about PC exclusives” two words higher quality and not the same generic garbage that’s found on the inferior hardware.

          • Martin Brentnall

            Okay then. Show me a PC exclusive that rivals Uncharted 4. Then we’ll continue this discussion.

          • mondaymurder23

            and now tell me why should i care about console exclusives ?

          • Martin Brentnall

            You shouldn’t. Play whichever games you like on whichever system you like.

          • mondaymurder23

            yeah i know but when a console only has garbage to play then what’s the use in owning one ?

          • Martin Brentnall

            Why don’t you tell me since you already admitted to owning one and playing Persona 5 on it?

          • mondaymurder23

            well persona for one isnt made by sony or yakuza series but other than that what’s the fuc-ing use in a 400$ console that plays games at 24 frames

          • Martin Brentnall

            24 fps? Someone hasn’t done their research. You’re thinking of movies.

        • J.j. Barrington

          He has no compelling arguments. I’m not sure he has a brain; more likely, his comments are powered by static generated from the two balls of lint rattling around in his head.

      • J.j. Barrington

        On PC, where there’s more garbage and shovelware than any other platform in existence.

    • J.j. Barrington

      They’re not even as similar as folks like this make it out to be.

      • Martin Brentnall

        Yeah, you’re right, although I kind of get where the criticism comes from even if I disagree with it. Someone who isn’t into narrative focused cinematic single player games probably isn’t going to get as excited about Sony’s output as I do.

        I feel similarly about multiplayer games; the genre doesn’t even matter, as soon as I hear “online game”, I just completely lose interest simply because I have no interest in playing games online with other people.

        • J.j. Barrington

          I’m not typically into online, but I address it all on a case by case basis. Not too fond of Call of Duty, but I enjoy Battlefield and Killzone. I don’t really do sports games online, though I’ll play the games themselves from time to time. And although I’m not that big into fighters, I love BlazBlue and will play that online… even though I get my butt handed to me and have yet to win even one round, lol.

  • Rocky Lee

    Itsa me Sony

  • mondaymurder23

    sony only know how to create the most generic sh–t i wish they would go under soon good riddance

    • J.j. Barrington

      Your dreams will never come true, lol.

      • mondaymurder23

        well hopefully MS sh-t’s on them next gen becuase they already have 1 foot in the grave so they only need a little push or a low breeze to push them in lol i will enjoy watching them crash and burn https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3e8487ce4e49815685b913cb5b79d4b3b78935103d5b6aeebfd012b31a9fc8ca.jpg

        • J.j. Barrington

          Right. Xbox is behind PlayStation in virtually every way, and yet you think they’d be the ones to put Sony out of the gaming industry?

          Is that thing connected to the top of your neck just for show?

          • mondaymurder23

            well i dont really care if they can do it i just want them to do a massive blow to sony financially becuase as i have said sony has’t dont any thing this gen that would Warrant them to make another console. it’s time for them to go it’s time to pure the heretics of the gaming industry

          • J.j. Barrington

            That’s been working out for them so well thus far.

            Oh, wait…

            lmao, you keep on waiting, and join your buddies on the couch up there.