Is The PS3 The Only Console I Need?
I hate owning only one game console. I hated it the instant the Sega Genesis came out and I looked down at my SNES and said..."damn, I need both." The only other time I was semi-okay with a single console was during the original PlayStation days; it was the era of my RPG craze and let's face it, the N64 didn't do much for RPG lovers. But even then, I should say the PC was another platform, what with the excellence of the late '90s being impossible to ignore.
And of course, this is why I've had a PS3 and an Xbox 360 for a long time. The Wii doesn't enter into the conversation because I've never once believed that it's in the same category of gaming and hence, it's irrelevant. I understand what it does well and I get the mass appeal. But I want...well, whatever. I've gone over this before. The point is, as I've only wanted to play the best games - and now, I only have time for the best games - I need the two major consoles that produce cutting-edge, AAA stuff. So in the past, I needed the 360 for titles like Halo 3, Gears of War, etc. And even today, I still need it for Splinter Cell: Conviction, Halo: Reach and Alan Wake (and even if SC goes to the PS3 at some point, I'm not willing to wait). But with my PS3 collection always expanding, it's in stark contrast to the one or two 360 games I get every year and now, in comparison, I might not even need those.
Now, outside of exclusives, the other reason I had the 360 early in this generation is because of the disappointing quality of some multiplatform titles on PS3. These days, though, multiplats are almost always identical on both platforms (with a few annoying exceptions; 'cough' Bayonetta 'cough') and it's not much of an issue, anymore. Plus, look at it in terms of priority: what would I say are my favorite games - and possibly even the best games - of the generation so far? Well, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Heavy Rain, God of War III, Grand Theft Auto IV, Assassin's Creed II, Killzone 2, and inFamous. With the exception of two, those are all PS3 exclusives, and the other two were just fine as multiplats on the PS3. As for Mass Effect, I've never been a fan but it seems likely that the third installment will be on the PS3 anyway.
Lastly, I'm not online that much so a free service is perfect for me and oh yeah, I'd like my system to, you know, actually function. And then there's the Blu-Ray player, which I use occasionally. So say I didn't have the 360...I wouldn't have Gears but I'd have Uncharted, which is superior in my eyes. I wouldn't have Alan Wake but I'd have Heavy Rain. I wouldn't have Forza but I'd have Gran Turismo (well, at some point). I wouldn't have Splinter Cell (yet) but I'd have MGS4. I am glad I had the 360 for the games mentioned and I do not plan on getting rid of it. Having only one console in the house just feels really...restrictive. But I've just been wondering lately how much I'd really be missing if the 360 died tomorrow and I didn't immediately run out and get a new one. By the time 2010 is over, I think one could make a legitimate argument that at least four of the top five games of the generation are PS3 exclusives; you could choose from MGS4, Uncharted 2, Killzone 2, GoWIII, GT5, and Heavy Rain.
I suppose you could add Demon's Souls (even though I can't agree with GameSpot's Game of the Year nod), the Ratchet and Clanks and Resistances, inFamous, and eventually, The Last Guardian into the equation, too. There was a time when I had...um...more time. But these days, I can only play the games I love; the best of the best. And while a few of those "bests" are still on the 360, the majority appear to be on the PS3, which means I could feasibly go solo. Times sure have changed since 2007, haven't they? Geez.
4/29/2010 10:47:38 AM Ben Dutka