Archive for April, 2007

What would make me get a PS3?

Almost six months have passed since the PS3 was launched and currently struggles against the Wii and the Xbox 360. There have been a lot of reasons from gamers why they haven’t made the jump. Too expensive. No games. And let me games. Yes, that’s it. There wasn’t one launch title I wanted in my room or I was even remotely interested in playing.

It was only good as a Blu-ray disc player. And not that many living rooms in the world have Hi-Def TV sets in their homes. Where was the Metal Gear Solid 4, Final Fantasy 13 (yes they just released 12 last year, I can wish can’t I?), Gran Turismo HD? The only reason why I got the PS2 way back when was the fact that GT3 came out. At the time, that was the most I had spent on a gaming console ever. You got to admit, it’s pretty hard to let go of your $600 cold hard earned cash on something you’re not going to be happy with.

But after GDC 2007 I’ll say only three words. Little Big Planet.

At first it looks like a Nintendo game but it turns out that it’s on the PS3. The music is catchy, I can make my own design levels. Think Pikmin in the real world but with four players and the ability to design levels. Plus the levels that you make can be shared with other PS3 users and you can rate them and download them for FREE without having to PAY for it (can you hear me Micro$oft?).

The same goes for Sony Home, that place (and I do mean a real 3D environment where you can interact with your friends in virtual space and see everything that is available to see and bring back to your home.

Yes Ace Combat 6 will be coming out on the 360. Another big hop from a Playstation exclusive into Xbox territory, and Blue Dragon coming out soon it seems that the Xbox is a better choice at this time. But all the innovative games are with the Wii and now PS3.

It seems that the console wars are just about to begin.

Wii rules!!!!

I finally got my Nintendo Wii after weeks and months of waiting. All this time I had been playing over at my cousin’s house to get my fix of Wii sports and stuff. Finally I got one for myself. I even bought my component cables from the Virgin Megastore at the Champs Elysee in Paris last January when I was there.

Anyway, it was breeze to setup and within minutes I was serving in Wii Sports. I downloaded the updates and for while there I forgot the world of my Xbox 360 and was totally engrossed with the Wii.

I immediately created my Mii and finally played the two Wii games I already bought even before I had the console, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Trauma Center: Second Opinion. Having played Trauma Center on the DS, the Wii version was much easier and the storyline was much better.

I now switch in between my 360 and my Wii. While waiting for Besieged in FFXI Online (currently the only MMO I play) I get on Wii Sports and get a workout in boxing, bowling and tennis.

I know for some people, bowling on the Wii is quite boring. On the contrary, it’s quite challenging. The hand movements actually affect the movement of the ball. Much the same in Wii Tennis and all other other sports games. The only thing I don’t like about the game would be Wii Golf. It’s nothing like real golf nor does it try to even guess the swing height. Maybe EA’s Tiger Woods golf will do better.

All in all, I’m very satisfied with my Wii. It provides me with a different kind of game genre that is mostly overlooked by Sony and Microsoft. It’s perfect for the casual gamer or people who are looking more from their DS.

I’ll post more when I’ve gotten far with my Wii games.