Which Game System is the Best?
Once again, let me start by saying this one is an opinionated article. I have played all 3 of the major gaming systems: the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360. The following is what I have found.
I am sure many of you have noticed the days of Atari are long gone and the newest game systems out would make any Atari owning family drool with envy. A question that is asked allot is which system is the best or which one should I buy I am here to try to answer those questions for you. I will lay out some pros and cons affecting all 3 systems and let you make up your own mind after putting in my own two cents of course.
First, let’s look at the obvious choice money-wise anyhow the Nintendo Wii. A bargain at around $250 this little system packs some bang for your buck a system that allows players to get involved in the game via movement-sensitive controllers. Nintendo has always been targeted at the more childish audience from their comic drawing style toon games to their marketing strategy. If your an avid gamer the Wii will leave you wanting a bit more even though Nintendo is managing some decent adult games at the moment such as Resident Evil 4 it can do a lot better and may over the long run so I would give this system a try in the store to see if you enjoy it before buying it. The main downside to this system is the controllers tend to eat batteries rapidly and with almost no plug and play option rechargeable are the only way to go. The final downfall of this system is its inability to play any form of HD disk. I am a proud owner of this system and while my 5-year-old boys play it the most for a younger child this is the best system out there.
Additionally, you can try playing Minecraft with installed minecraft shaders to check the quality of your system. With shaders, you will find this game to be heavier on your system helping you in assessing the performance of your system.
Next, let’s stick to the price order and examine the Xbox 360. This system is the weakest of the 3 in my book due primarily to it’s backing HD and loosing out and the earlier models constantly getting the red ring of death. Let’s not forget though that this is Microsoft who always seems to come out on the upside and what pulls it threw for the 360 is the game titles mainly Halo which has a cult following and Gears of War which is rapidly building a fan base. With most of the games going cross-console the previously mentioned games and a few other Microsoft exclusives are the only reason, I would consider buying this console. While it’s the ability to play games in HD is a positive note the graphics on the 360 just don’t seem to stack up to the PS3. This is the only console I have put off buying and will continue to do so until such time as my children ask for it for a holiday.
Last but not least we have to take a look at the Playstation 3. This console is the best one around, in my opinion, I have owned one since they first hit the shelves and while the $500 price tag for the best version of the console may deter some potential buyers it is well worth the money. This system offers almost complete backward compatibility in their high dollar version which means you can play most PS2 and even PS1 games. Sony has ticked off a lot of buyers by continuing to make new games for PS2 instead of focusing on the PS3 but it’s a mistake I will forgive. The Playstation Network online play is one of the bonuses this system has to offer in that it’s free to use, unlike the 360’s online option. Meanwhile, the consoles media player is outstanding allowing you to play Blu-ray disks, DVDs, as well as using USB ports to connect jump drives with media files on them. PS3 also offers a few motion-sensitive games such as L.A.I.R and while not as satisfying as the Wii the games are well made. The other major plus to this system is the USB ports which allow the owner to connect external peripherals such as hard drives, jump drives, mp3 players, and even cell phones if compatible. While the controller cords can be a bit expensive don’t sweat you can pick up a Moto-Q computer link cable which will work to charge your controllers. The downside to this system is it does tend to heat up a bit and a fan attachment is a recommended addition. I will also say buy the HDMI cable the difference made is well worth the price on a decent HDTV.
I hope this article helped some people and while it is my opinion and I am sure some people will argue with it just like my brother who swears by 360 it is intended as a helping hand and not an attack on any of the systems, they are all fun to play and I would tell everyone that has money to buy all 3 and try them for yourselves but if you don’t have money make use of the in-store demos and see what you think.