Editorial: My Xbox 360 Is Gathering Dust...Help!
As a gamer with a certain amount of free time at his disposal, I typically try to have a couple consoles for each generation. I had the SNES and Genesis, the PS1 and Dreamcast (although the PS1 quickly took precedence), the PS2 and Xbox, and now, the PS3 and Xbox 360. I got the 360 during the summer of 2006 - several months before the PS3 launched - and a year later, I believe I had six 360 games and four PS3 games. Now obviously, I don't buy things arbitrarily.
I think we all know that during the first year of the PS3's existence, there wasn't a huge amount of must-have titles. Secondly, it was a time when many PS3 versions of multiplatform titles were inferior to their 360 counterparts because developers hadn't gotten a firm grasp on Sony's new hardware. Therefore, it was hardly surprising to see that the majority of my next-gen titles were on the 360. However, as of right now, I have 24 PS3 games and 8 360 games...which means that in the past couple of years, I've bought 2 more 360 games and 18 more PS3 games. Granted, I only own a few of those PS3 games (Folklore and SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Confrontation included) because I received them for review purposes, but the fact remains that my 360 continues to gather dust. It's not just the exclusives - MGS4, Killzone 2, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Heavenly Sword, inFamous, Resistance and Resistance 2, Warhawk, Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds, LittleBigPlanet, etc. - it's also the fact that I've always preferred the PS3 controller. The system is also more reliable and these days, multiplats are basically identical.
Yeah, I've had a blast playing Gears of War 2, Lost Odyssey, and Beautiful Katamari, and I've always wanted to play Left 4 Dead and Fable II, but that's about where it ends for that system. I like the fact that the Network is free and by now, it has made great strides and isn't all that different from Live (which I just don't have the motivation to sign up for), and the PlayStation Store has just about everything I could ever want (Wipeout HD, echochrome, Flower, flOw, etc.). The bottom line is that I own my consoles for games, and when I look at my contrasting game libraries, I have to realize something painfully obvious: once again, and as was the case with the PS2/Xbox generation, Sony's piece of hardware delivers more software that I want on a more routine basis. Looking down the road, with the likes of God of War III, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, MAG, Gran Turismo 5, Heavy Rain, Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time and White Knight Chronicles, I just see this trend continuing. Sure, I want Alan Wake and the next Gears and Halo, but the 360 library seems destined to lag behind the PS3's.
Now, believe it or not, I don't like it when it's this lopsided. Therefore, I am asking you for some 360 software ideas. Yes, I want to flesh out my collection a little more; it looks absolutely pathetic next to my PS3 collection, and I know I want to play L4D, although I may not have time for Fable II. Any other suggestions? What have you played and enjoyed? And bear in mind that I'm not a big online player - as you've already guessed - and I can't really waste a huge chunk of time on long RPGs. However, just for the record, if they made another Lost Odyssey, I'd buy it immediately. I'll also be getting Final Fantasy XIII on Day 1. But the point is, I just want a great game that I can only play on the 360, other than the two titles I've already mentioned. So, who has some ideas?
7/10/2009 Ben Dutka