Monday, January 2, 2012

Switching Platforms

Much has been made of the "console wars" between Microsoft and Sony, and while it is clear that both companies have put out great products, there is a factor of importance which tips the scales to one side, at least from my standpoint; exclusives.

The PS3 has on offer Beyond, GT5, Heavenly Sword, Heavy Rain, Infamous, Lair, MGS4, Siren: Blood Curse, SOCOM, The Last of Us, Uncharted, plus several re-issues of PS2 games.

While the 360 sports the strong Forza series; and now, The Witcher 2, its "response" to Heavy Rain; for the real similarity was the release date, was the tepid Alan Wake, which is to this day the most derivative and over-hyped game I have ever played.

It's just a very exciting time for consoles, especially with an eye on Europe and Eurasia. With studios like Starbreeze (plus splintered MachineGames), 4A Games, CD Projekt, and Crytek putting out above-average action games, which don't insult the player's intelligence, but reward with innovation. And I'm all for a console whose games cannot be so easily pirated.

Yet I will also try my hand at some bargain bins and open betas as a man can't spend all his cash on games!