I have to say that hands down the Xbox 360 has been the best console of this generation. It by far has had more compelling first party experiences and overall multi-platform games have fared much better on the 360 than the PS3. That being said as we head into 2010 the 360 is beginning to show its age next to the power house PS3. Games like Uncharted 2 have shown what the PS3 is capable of and titles like Dragon Age looked better on the Ps3 due to the uncompressed graphics made possible by the Blu-ray disk capacity. Another indicator on the age of the 360 are titles such as Mass Effect 2 and Final Fantasy XIII both of which have release on multiple disks due to the space constraints of the DVD format. These are early indicators, but the PS3 is positioned much better for a longer life-cycle than that of the 360. I still say the 360 has the better library but that can only carry you so far. One has to think, that with its limited disk capacity coupled with a lack of processing power compared to the Ps3, that Microsoft has to be well into the planning stages for the next console release. Let’s just all pray that the next one doesn’t have the failure rate of its big brother.
If there’s one game I’m looking forward to playing this summer it has to be 3D Dot Game Heroes from the guys at From Software. I often romanticized the days of playing the first Zelda game. At the time it was the best thing I had ever played. We poured hours into each dungeon and loved every minute of it. About a year ago I tried playing the original Zelda game on the Wii Virtual Console and just couldn’t do it. It had aged too much for my taste and just wasn’t as engaging as I remembered it (A little like going back and watching old episodes of the A-Team). Looking at 3D Dot Game Heroes it has everything that the old 8bit adventure games had with an amazing visual presentation and updated game play. I hope it recreates the same magic that the original Zelda did so long ago and pulls a new generation back into a semi 8bit world. Take a look at the link below. Hopefully it will excite you as much as it has me. At at $39.99 relase price point I would say it is well worth a try.
Not too long ago you could purchase a game on release day and feel fairly confident that you were getting the same deal everyone else would for a considerable amount of time. Lately I’ve noticed an increasing trend of games dropping significantly in price within a few months after the release date. One case in particular was Dragon Age: Origins. Within two months of the release date the price had fallen from $59.99 to $34.99 which is a considerable drop for such a short amount of time. This trend has caused me to re-think how and when I purchase games. If this trend continues I will seriously reconsider a release day purchase unless it is a compelling game like Mass Effect 2. For an experience like that I will be more than happy to pay the premium.