How To Decide On A Console For Multiplatform Games
Early on in the generation, this was a little more challenging simply because developers hadn't become familiar with the new and complex PlayStation 3. However, now that we're mostly past those dark days, the multiplatform title question has become quite clear.
So you've got both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and many times, you have the same question concerning a new release: "which version should I get?" Well, believe it or not, there's a very simple answer to this question, provided you understand how the industry tends to operate. If the game you intend to purchase was initially designed from the ground up with both consoles in mind, the end result will likely be two versions that are almost identical. Any differences at all are usually negligible for the average gamer and it might only come down to controller preference, or something like that. However, if you find that a game began its life as an exclusive project for one particular platform, it's best to simply go with that console. For instance, Bayonetta was only made with the 360 in mind at first and was then ported to the PS3 by Sega, which unsurprisingly has resulted in a lesser-quality PS3 version. Next year, Final Fantasy XIII will launch; this is a title that began development way back when with the White Engine, specifically designed with the PS3 in mind. Furthermore, with the Blu-Ray capacity that is guaranteed to be a bonus, it makes the most sense to nab the PS3 version, regardless of what the 360 fans say.
It's really not that tough. Sure, there are a few graphical differences between some multiplatform games even when they're created with multiple consoles in mind, but in all honesty, it's not typically a big deal. Assassin's Creed II, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, etc.; these are multiplatform titles that aren't significantly better on either the PS3 or 360. In fact, these days, most aren't "significantly better" on one console or the other unless those responsible for making the game switched gears along the way. This may seem like common sense but you'd be surprised how many people aren't aware of the facts...
12/28/2009 9:32:16 PM Ben Dutka