Friday, November 23, 2007

OPINION: Don't buy a PS3 because you're afraid of the Xbox 360's 3RL problem.

There was a thread on Pinoyxbox today asking, when is a good time to buy an Xbox 360? Naturally most of the forum goers were saying "TODAY's the best time!" and somehow that turned into a flame war with 3RL thrown in as the number one reason NOT to buy an Xbox 360. But what I don't get is that there are those that think that the Xbox 360's 3RL issue is a good enough reason to buy its closest competitor, the PS3. To that, I said:

"Let's make it simple. If you don't want to feel the hassle and fear of 3RL to bother you, then do NOT buy an Xbox 360. Seriously, I wouldn't advise it. But at the same time, I would NOT advise you to buy a PS3 EITHER. Just because you're not buying one thing doesn't mean you should buy the other.

The bottom line is quite simple, really: RIGHT NOW, the PS3 has no games worth buying. No Game-Of-The-Year-material titles. All those games are on the Xbox 360. Just look at metacritic, all the highest scoring games for this new generation of consoles are all on the Xbox 360 platform. Also, all the multiplatform games (games that come out on both PS3 and Xbox 360) are better (in terms of graphics and online capability) on the Xbox 360 platform.

Are playing those games worth the risk of 3RL? That's entirely up to you. But don't let 3RL MAKE you buy a PS3. The reasoning is ridiculous. You buy a game console to play games; you don't buy a game console to SPITE the other game console that you didn't buy yet to begin with.

Now for the Wii, personally I'd recommend that console if the games there are to your liking. Do you like to play Mario, Zelda and Metroid games? Is that your idea of fun? Well, then, get a Wii, if that's the case. It's hard for me NOT to recommend the Wii because it does have games that some people like. The casual-gamer appeal is definitely there. And in some cases, those games are also well rated, and the hardware doesn't have that many issues as the Xbox 360. In my case, di ko talaga type yung games sa Wii. I personally feel that the games on that console will be fun for me if I was 10 years younger. For now, I prefer games that are a bit more edgy and challenging.

For the PC, I would recommend it if only buying the required upgrades to play most of the games on the platform were less expensive. If you've got the cash to burn, go get a gaming PC. But be prepared for very long wait times in between AAA-class titles, considering game development time for the PC platform is far longer these days than console titles. And be prepared to upgrade again in the next 6 months. And 6 months after that...."

Here's the flame infested thread:

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