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Published August 16, 2014

A few weeks ago, I finally got the Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection for my Xbox 360. As a huge DBZ fan, I wish I had gotten this game sooner. Budokai 3 is one of, if not the best DBZ games ever made. The roster of characters is solid, the graphics are great, but most importantly, the gameplay is incredibly fun and addicting. I’ve put more hours into this game than I’d like to admit over the course of the past couple weeks. Sure, it has its faults, but the good certainly outweighs the bad with Budokai 3.

I began to wonder though, why had I never played this game before? After a quick Google search, I remembered; prior to Dragon Ball Z: Sagas, no Dragon Ball Z game had come to a non-Japanese console, like the Xbox. When I was a kid, I only had the original Xbox and later got the Xbox 360, which is the only console I own now.

Having never had a PlayStation 2 or 3, there are plenty of games that I have missed out on, like Heavenly Sword, the Jak and Daxter series, the Ratchet & Clank games, and more recently, The Last of Us, not to mention the great selection of JRPGs for the Sony systems. Those who never had a Microsoft system haven’t had the opportunity to get the Halo games, Gears of War, or the Fable series. A lot of gamers are unable to play amazing games because of the fact that they don’t own the right console, which is very unfortunate for gamers everywhere. And while some companies think their exclusives are system sellers, they’re actually not. Just look at Titanfall. It fizzled out after a few months and could do little to boost the Xbox One’s sales

On the other hand, have a look at Nintendo. They have so many exclusives — Mario, Super Smash Bros., the Zelda series, Pokemon — that can actually be labeled as system sellers. Having all these characters and titles just to themselves is what’s keeping them in business. Everyone knows the Wii consoles lack the graphical output of its competition, yet they keep up in sales. I know it will never happen, but just imagine for a second if Nintendo’s system sellers became multiplatform games. Imagine if you could pick up Super Smash Bros. for your PS4 or Xbox One. Pokemon for the PS Vita. What reason would remain to purchase a Wii, Wii U, or Nintendo DS? Their sales would plummet. Without Mario, Link, and Pikachu all to themselves, Nintendo would die off.

And now games are either going from multiplat to exclusives or vice versa. Microsoft must have offered Square Enix a boatload of cash to make the upcoming Tomb Raider game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, a timed exclusive. What is the point of this? Will a Tomb Raider game really sell a bunch of new Xbox Ones when consumers can just wait until it inevitably gets released for the PlayStation 4? Can Tomb Raider be the kind of system seller Titanfall wasn’t and Pokemon is?

In the end, exclusives make it so countless gamers don’t get the opportunity to experience some of the best games of the generation. This puts a sour taste in my mouth, knowing I’ll never be able to afford to play some great games just because of the console I own. Obviously, exclusives are a necessity; they give you reason to choose to buy one console over others (like Nintendo’s platforms). If it weren’t for exclusives, then the only reason to go with one or console over another would be for graphical output and its multimedia capability.

So, what’s your favorite exclusive? Has a single game ever persuaded you to buy one console over another? Leave a thought in the comments section down below.

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