Do PlayStation 3 Owners Really Want Gears Of War?
This is more of a poll question, really, but given the number of headlines dedicated to Gears of War 3 recently, we're wondering how many PlayStation 3 owners really want this stellar franchise.
I think there are a number of things to consider when examining this question: firstly, we all have to admit that a lot of the "no" answers out there are simply based on bitterness and bias; i.e., the Xbox 360 has a great series that you don't want to acknowledge is great, and because it's not on your system of choice, you - by default - hate it. I know you're out there...just admit it. Secondly, you've got the people who, for some reason or another, simply don't like the look and feel of the games in question. I've come across many who legitimately despise the atmosphere and style, and they really don't like the controls, either. It's certainly a matter of personal preference and I respect that, but when it comes to Gears, which has a relatively unique persona, it does seem as if gamers are split on the design issue. Thirdly and lastly, PS3 owners have enjoyed a rush of top-notch exclusives over the past few years, so when asked if they want Gears, they might just respond with- "What for? I've got MGS4, Uncharted and Uncharted 2, Killzone 2, inFamous, Ratchet and Clank, Heavy Rain, God of War III, LittleBigPlanet, Demon's Souls and soon, Gran Turismo 5."
Perfectly valid; after all, we can't play every great game that comes out, as much as we might want to. But while we often chastise Epic for not recognizing the PS3 crowd, we're wondering if Gears would fare as well on Sony's machine. It suddenly has to be in competition with other titles that are arguably better and furthermore, you have many people who never played Gears. I would like to think most would just want it because it adds a great franchise to the PS3's library, but there are always outside influences beyond logic. Personally, I don't really care as I have a 360 - and I need something to put in it - and I'll be getting Gears of War 3 the instant it comes out. Granted, Gears 2 had its fair share of bugs (game crashed when I beat the final boss, game froze three or four times in bizarre places, grenade craziness with the projectile getting caught in the invisible branches of a tree and spinning 'round forever, etc.) and while I have to say I never see those bugs in anything but 360 software these days, the game still ruled. Bloody and visceral and fun.
So I'd recommend that everyone plays Gears 3 and I can't see why you wouldn't want it on the PS3. But we all have our reasons and opinions, so...what say you?
4/10/2010 10:44:29 AM Ben Dutka