Get PS Plus, it is well worth it...
Really? All the "better" exclusives? The only exclusive I can think of that is worth buying a PS3 for is Little Big Planet, apart from that, the Xbox 360 really does have a better line up.
God of War 3, Metal Gear Solid 4, Heavy Rain, Beyond Two Souls , Journey, Uncharted, Infamous, Little Big Planet, Killzone, Gran Turismo 5, The Last Guardian, The Last of Us, Tales of Graces F, Valkyria Chronicles, Demon's Souls, Folklore, Flower, Twisted Metal, God of War Ascension, Sly Cooper Thieves in Time, Final Fantasy X HD, Wipeout HD.
In comparison to the XBOX 360 Sony has been lagging behind on title count. XBOX started with 20 solid titles. PS3 simply played "catch up". Part of the problem was that programing at the time was harder on PS3. Where the devs would have a hard time translating what they had created over to a launguage that the PS3 understood. Once it was ported then there was debugging. Itw asnt untill almost 2 years after the PS3 came out that more respectable titles were presented to Sonys customers. Once the game developers realized that the PS3 was going to stick around they put some effort into bringing out titles that caused the PS3 to stand apart.
Really? I've played almost all of them (except for The Last Guardian, The Last of Us, Tales of Graces F, Valkyria Chronicles, Demon's Souls, Folklore and Flower) and God of war is good don't get me wrong, but not really worth getting a ps3 for, Killzone on PS2 was awesome, Killzone 2 was pretty good, Killzone 3 was crap, Twisted metal isn't anything to brag about, Sly cooper again isn't really worth buying a PS3 for, Heavy Rain was interesting but not worth buying a ps3 for, Metal Gear Solid 4 was worth getting a PS3, same with Little Big Planet, Grand Turismo was great in the PS2 day (before it had any real competition) but its not quite worth getting a ps3 for, Final Fantasy HD? well that's not something to brag about at all, Wipeout is fun but again, not worth getting a whole PS3 for.
So overall, in that list, I could probably accept Killzone, Metal Gear Solid, Little Big Planet and maybe God of War as (ps3 Winners), Apart from that (and of course I can't say anything on the one's I haven't played) the others have either been done on the Xbox or something very similar.
Xbox has Halo, Forza, Crackdown, Fable, Gears of War, Ninety-Nine Nights, Ridge Racer, Saints Row (well the orginal was only ever released on Xbox anywho) and Viva Piñata that instantly spring to mind.
Overall though, between the consoles and my PC, discounting my PC I easily played more on the Xbox than I have the PS3, sure I did spend quite alot of time on Grand Turismo and God of War was a good laugh, and Little Big Planet gets played whenever I have friends round, but so does Halo. And everyone I know who come round all prefer Forza over Grand Turismo?
Conclusion? Xbox has a bigger list of decent games released compared to the PS3, cross platform games as well seem to run just as well on the Xbox (in some cases better, such as Skyrim) as well as the PS3.
As this article quite rightfully noted, the Xbox and Gamecube were more powerful beasts compared to the PS2, but it has THE biggest games catalog of any console to date and a lot of good games were made for it.
This round though, it was Microsoft's turn and the Xbox 360 has been blessed with very good titles and a decent sized catalog of games.
It really depends. Those games you have described really are not that special. Forza is great but who really cares about the stock standard and story barren Gears of War anyway? The other stuff is not terribly noteworthy.
At the end of the day, if the 360 has games you like and you want Kinect, than go for it, otherwise, you would be insane not to go for a PS3. 3D BluRay out of the box as well as a superior DVD player and a subscription service that ACTUALLY gives you stuff for subscribing. PS Plus is not only cheaper than Live and a service that gives you discounts across the store, early game access and beta access to games, but you get a minimum of forty-five free games a year. What does Live get you? Oh, I know: what everyone else gives you for free.
Like the games and want to play Kinect should be the only reason you would ever choose a 360 over a PS3...
Well it's my opinion after all. You don't have to agree with me. And I wouldn't say "friends were made back then" if it weren't true. You've had you own way of life. I don't expect you to understand. But still have happy life