@CGI-Quality: Most people never really talk about second parties because of what I explained. It just makes the whole thing a bit tedious, in fact. As I said, the first party in charge will most of the time supervise the production. Since the first party have its say on just about anything that is going on, even if they rarely intrude the production and usually trust/give freedom to the second party, it's usually accepted that the game is a first party one, since in the end, they do own the IP.
I guess this'll do, as it's the best explanation in here, rather than just running around saying: "it's not 1st Party, it's not 1st Party".
well i could care less if someon makes an article saying 1st party and starts throwing in 2nd party games as examples
to me i let it fly as long as the company sony, nintendo, microsoft own the IP. Like no matter if the compnay making the game, uncharted, lbp, infamous, metroid, halo, mario, zelda, ect leave they can no longer make that game no matter what. Only the main compnay Sony, nintendo, or microsoft can make the game or let someone else make it.
to me that is first party. i'm not an expert on first party so i mighthave listed games that aren't first party, just showing my side or opinion. so dont' care if someoen says second party as long as its an owned IP. Which is why i mentioned earlier dumbh of topic maker to mention MGS4 and other totally non sony related at all.