Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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What the Cell?!?? My Next-Gen Gaming Wii-view

Speaking of Joystiq and the Xbox 360, they have a very interesting series of comparisons between the Xbox 360 and the new PS3. The results aren't very encouraging for Sony. I've had a chance to experience all three next-gen consoles, and here's my opinion on the subject. Not because you asked, but because I can ;).

PS3
Two words: total crap. Not just because I'm a Microsoft fanboy. Because I played it and I don't like it. First off, the thing is frickin huge. Way bulkier than the first Xbox. Second, I've been using force feedback controllers since the Nintendo64, and I'm used to it. Not feeling the force of the action in my controller just makes it feel cold and hollow. The menu system is terrible. It's like a PS3 trying to be a PSP trying to be an iPod. The visuals are minimalistic, and boring. Since I've had my Xbox 360 since January, there wasn't anything about it that was compelling enough to make me want it. And definitely not anything that would make me cough up an extra $200 for.

And let's face it people, Blu-Ray is the new MiniDisc. Sony hasn't come up with a format that stuck since the CD. They've invented a lit of formats since then, none of which stuck in the marketplace. It might work well in Japan, but not in the US, and I think the main reason will be because HD-DVD is well-named. People already know what DVDs are, and they already know what HD means. But you say "Blu-Ray" and most people don't know what the hell you're talking about. Brand recognition is everything, and the Sony brand ain't what it used to be.

So I played MotorStorm, which is basically a truck rally game. Not impressed. Kind of like I was not impressed with "24: The Game" for the PS2. MotorStorm was sluggish and the control was not very realistic. I lost interest after about 4 minutes. Am I basing my Playstation experience on crappy games? Maybe. But I tried Madden 07 on the PS3 too, and I thought the graphics looked better on the 360.

Nintendo Wii
I tried this out the other day at a local GameStop, and it was a lot of fun. The games were straightforward, and it's kinda hard not to get engaged when you're waving the Wiimote around (which is a lot smaller than I thought).

The biggest problem I have with it is the UI... it's kinda childish. I mean, that's cool for kids, but it would be nice to play simple games without feeling like a simpleton in the process. And conspicuously absent on the controller were the "Select" and "Start" buttons, which left me no way to back out of games in Wii Sports effectively. And they could have packed a bit more graphics power in there, I mean, visually it's kind of a letdown. But that won't keep me from buying it, especially once they start filling the Virtual Console pipeline.

Admittedly, I didn't get to play too many Wii games. I'd love to be able to try Zelda or Red Steel, but I'm gonna have to wait until Nintendo puts out better demo discs. I'll probably pick up a Wii once the price comes down a bit, and the Virtual Console library hits critical mass. I'd rather save my $249 for an Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive.

Xbox 360
Downloadable game demos. Live Arcade. Video Marketplace. Vista Media Center Extender. Come on. Of course it's the best. Now if Microsoft would stop being stubborn about hard drive space, it'd be fantastic. Drop the 20GB hard drive price to $69.00, and introduce a 60GB HD for $139.99. My hard drive is loaded up with Arcade games and demos... stop making me choose between demos and HD movies.

But that's just my opinion. But don't take my word for it. This guy has more Playstation experience than I do.

Posted on Nov 30 2006, 05:18 PM by Robert McLaws
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  • Graham Fluet said:

    About the Wii, What is childish about its UI? the Wii is supposed to be A Game Console coming from a 100 year-old toy company. it is supposed to be FUN to play, NOT A WORK OF ART!!! You said so yourself about the PS3 mammoth edition. and the "select" and "start" buttons were changet to + and -, (and i don't know which is which), because not everyone in the world speaks english.

    January 10, 2007 4:43 PM