The next generation wars are well underway as we’ve had the release of Xbox 360, yet, there are still many war clouds in the sky. In a perfect world, we’d all have the funds to purchase all three systems but this is seldom the case – especially soon after a system is released when its price can be outrageously high. Nevertheless, we can only begin to wonder about those who have chosen not to invest in the 360. Perhaps, these people plan on buying a PS3 or a Revolution or both. For the record, I predict these two will be the main contenders dueling it out sales-wise very soon. This does not mean I?ve ruled 360 out of course, I simply feel it is important to remember that the video game market moves in very specific directions when consoles are released.
If you?ve already ruled Xbox 360 out and can only afford one system you may still be wondering which one you?re going to buy. To me I wouldn?t say that it?s a good idea to weigh PS3 and the Revolution against each other as I?ve seen many critics do. The kinds of games a person looks for when buying a system in the end, is what matters most. Read all the technical jargon you want, if a game isn?t fun, or if a system doesn?t carry the developers you love it?s a waste of time.
PS3 will be launching with titles such as Tekken, Warhawk,, Gran Turismo, Killzone, and the next Metal gear installment. Those last three I?d say are going to be the big guns. Now in terms of the games that will come out afterwards don?t forget that Sony is cozily in cahoots with Capcom, Enix, Konami and Namco. Apart from this, a real divide between the Revolution and PS3 remains as I?ve mentioned many times before: Nintendo simply has a difficult time tapping into that sports market. This pits Microsoft and Sony directly against each other. While X-box live has been a huge success, the PS3 will be offering seven-player support, a crucial selling point when it comes to sports games. I?d say that as a general rule, the more human players a sports game can pick up, the better the dynamic of gameplay.
On the Revolution side of things, Nintendo hasn?t given us a solid list of launch titles just yet. If I had to gamble however, I?d say that we should see something in the Mario area and Smash bros. soon afterwards, if not before. Not only this, but we also know that a Metroid title is in the works and Zelda and Starfox will be sure to make appearances. To go on about what games to expect from Nintendo would be silly of me except for the fact that the Revolution?s online support will offer gamers hundreds of previous-console titles. Now that is a big hook. While PS3 is backwards compatible this selling point is not as strong. Sony loyalists who have been tempted to cross the floor couldn?t have picked a better time to so as they will be able to catch up on any title they have missed as far back as the days of NES. Mind you, new games that expand horizons are always preferable but the retro-gamer factor is one developers are paying attention to.
In the end, what exactly did I accomplish in this rant?
I suppose that I have been offended by so much comparing between PS3 and Revolution simply because the systems are going to be too distinct from one another. If you?re still unsure who?s side you?re on ? unless you can afford otherwise ? I remind you to forget the technicalities and look at the games.