Game On: Resistance 2 And Gears Of War 2 Clash This Week
If you take a look around the Internet today, game sites and forums are ablaze with one prevailing hot topic: this is the week, where two colossal competing exclusives go head-to-head; Resistance 2 for the PlayStation 3 and Gears of War 2 for the Xbox 360.
Going in, there's no question about either game's quality. That simply isn't debatable; both are going to kick serious ass. But the more interesting questions are, "will consumers be able to afford two games in one week, what with the ailing economy?" and "has the PS3's userbase increased enough so a powerful exclusive title can compete in sales with a powerful 360 title?" The latest estimate puts the PS3 at about 17 million units sold worldwide, while the 360 sits at about 24 million. Given the one-year head-start for Microsoft's console, Sony has managed to close the gap relatively quickly, and recent retail statistics indicate the PS3 has continued to - and will continue to - sneak up on the 360. But is it enough? What about advertising campaigns? In your experience, do you see more R2 or Gears 2 ads? It's hard to say, as we've seen both on TV and neither more frequently than the other, and of course, there are ads plastered all over the Internet for both. This week, you can expect stores to have plenty of intriguing promotions, too; like midnight launches, for example.
We're not about to tell you what to do, but the bottom line is that if you can swing it, you should own both. Resistance 2 launches tomorrow and Gears of War 2 hits on the 7th, so you don't have much time to debate. For our part, we've played the R2 beta and we're convinced the game will be incredible, so perhaps the only question left is, "do you prefer a FPS or third-person shooter?" ...this ain't easy. But man, we always love a clash of the titans!
Related Game(s): Resistance 2
11/3/2008 Ben Dutka