Whether you are playing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Wii U one thing is for sure and that is there has been no shortage of great exclusive games on those three eighth generation platforms. The eighth generation kicked off back in 2012 with the launch of the Wii U and was followed in 2013 with the launch of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Now five years into this generation all three have managed to come out with some pretty stellar games you can only play on that platform. 2017 is off to a fantastic start as well and there are many more fantastic exclusives on the way but I wanted to review and let you know what the top 5 eight generation console exclusives are as of this article being written. Also I don’t feel it’s fair to include remasters as technically they weren’t console exclusive so they will be left out of this. So here are your current top 5 eighth generation console exclusives and a few honorable mentions.
While these games didn’t quite score high enough to make it into the top 5 I wanted to list them real quick because there were very close. Coming just short of number 5 due to less scores to go on was Bayonetta 2 for the Nintendo Wii U with a 91 score. After that you would have Rez Infinite for PS4 which has a 89 average, and then tied at 88 but going with what has the most scores to the least would be Super Mario Maker for Wii U with 85 scores, Horizon: Zero Dawn for the PS4 with 83 scores, Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U with 82 scores, and Ori and the Blind Forest for the Xbox one with 73 scores.
5. Forza Horizon 3 – Microsoft Xbox One – 91 Average
Coming in at number five is Forza Horizon 3 from Microsoft and Playground Games. Forza Horizon 3 became the first 90+ rated game of this generation for Microsoft and rightfully so as it is so much fun to play. It’s one of the best racing games in years and is damn gorgeous to boot. The game made it to number 5 over Bayonetta 2 as it earned that 91 based on 91 scores where Bayonetta 2 didn’t have that many. If you are a fan of racing games this is one you have to have in your collection.
4. Super Smash Bros Wii U – Nintendo Wii U – 92 Average
This one I debated about as it was also released on the Nintendo 3DS but in the end I decided that it was still a console exclusive so Super Smash Bros for Wii U comes in at number four. The latest entry in the Nintendo brawler brought plenty of new characters, new gameplay modes, Amiibo support, and more and earned a 92 average based on 77 reviews. Super Smash Bros never seems to disappoint and this one sure didn’t either
3. Bloodborne – Sony PlayStation 4 – 92 Average
At number three we have yet another PS4 exclusive in Bloodborne which came to us via Sony Japan Studio and From Software. Bloodborne earned an impressive 92 average from exactly 100 critics making it one of the highest rated games of this generation which is impressive for a brand new IP. Yes it was a Souls game but the more fast paced combat seemed to please fans and critics alike and many are waiting and hoping for a sequel to come about myself included.
2. Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo Wii U – 93 Average
Super Mario 3D World takes the runner up spot as this generations highest rated game with a 93 average. The game only had 83 scores so I had to list it short of Uncharted 4 who had far more. Regardless Mario’s 3D outing on the Wii U is the consoles best rated game to date (Zelda Breath of the Wild could dethrone it) and a joy to play alone or with friends. While it maybe wasn’t the kind of 3D revolutionary Mario game many hoped it still turned out to be fantastic and is a must have for any Wii U owner.
1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony PlayStation 4 – 93 Average
Yes there really is no surprise here that Sony and Naughty Dog’s final chapter for Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the best current gen exclusive. The game has a 93 score based on 113 scores which is why it gets the nod over Super Mario 3D World. Naughty Dog delivered yet another masterpiece here and sent Nathan Drake and friends out in perfect fashion. Yes there is the Uncharted: The Lost Legacy standalone game on the way but it doesn’t feature Nathan Drake. Uncharted 4 was also the consensus Game of the Year in 2016 winning 159+ Game of the Year awards which was far more then any other game last year.
It will be interesting to see how this list stacks up when this generation is over as there are plenty of exclusives on the way that could shake it up including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Last of Us Part 2, God of War, Death Stranding, Crackdown 3, and many more.