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12:33 PM on 01.06.2009

Why I chose Xbox 360 over PS3....

As I previously posted, we chose to get our family the Xbox 360 last year for Christmas. First of all, I am not disappointed and actually a bit surprised at how much I actually do like it so far! But that's not why I decided to post this. This is about my being a big Sony console fan for years and years, but in spite of that turning to the competitor for my newest console.

To begin with, I don't believe that the Xbox 360 is better than the PS3 in every or most ways or vice versa. I pretty much have figured out that there are pros and cons for both. By a small amount, XBox has the edge though and I'll tell you why it won my heart.

When we went out shopping to get our newest console (I already have a Wii at home and love that one) before Christmas, we were talking about the PS3, and my heart was set on it TBH. Why? 1. I've loved the systems that Sony has made up to now, including the psp although I don't own one anymore (this is only due to the fact that my hands cramp up trying to play games on any hand held, but less so on the DS actually). 2. Since Blue Ray is the new format for movies we figured getting a player was in order. Why not a console at the same time? 3. The graphics for PS3 are better, albeit ever so slightly but nonetheless better. of course that's just my opinion. I don't claim to be the graphics critic, just what I've seen I liked. 4. I am interested in many of the exclusives for PS3. I'm sure there are a couple more things. So why the change in spite of that?

The PS3 is "effing" expensive! Ridiculously so, too! For a system, that, in my mind is only slightly better in graphics, has only a few exclusives this time around and whose library isn't nearly as large as the competitors, I ask why? Why Sony? Seems to me that Sony's dark elitist nature has reared its ugly head. I'm sorry but its a great looking system and I honestly know that when the price comes down, I'll be reconsidering but for now, its just too much. We evaluated getting the PS3 with an 80 GB hard drive and compared it with the xbox 360 pro with a 60 GB hard drive + 2 games (more stuff with it but really the deciding factor was the games that my kids by the way, love) First off, the Xbox was already $100 cheaper with only a slightly smaller HDD. But you have to consider that the games that came with it could be anywhere from $100 to $120 sold separately. So the deciding factors were that 1. We saved about $200+ on the console. 2. We decided that the number of great exclusives for PS3 is not big enough to make a differnce. 3. The console itself wasn't outrageously better in any way. 4. the library still isn't up to par with xbox. 5. Finally, a large number of the games that are out there are now coming out on both systems anyway, so a lot of the library isn't being missed at all.

so that's just my take. Honestly I hope Sony makes some changes to its marketing. NOT to beat out the others but to really fully stay in the game. Sony's been good to me so far... so I am rooting for them!..   read

12:12 PM on 01.06.2009

Xbox 360: Midnight Club Los Angeles

I'm new to the xbox 360 game console as of this Christmas when my wife and I purchased it as a gift to the family. So anything that I write about right now may have been covered by someone somewhere but I just have to share my impressions about one of the games I was given with our system last year. Since I love racing games I looked up and listed a number of different ones I'd like to have and Midnight Club Los Angeles had great reviews and is a street racer like I have enjoyed in the past with the NFS series on PS2. I had not played any of the MC games up to this point so didn't know what to expect. Well in a nutshell, I'll admit that in most ways my first impressions are that I could love this game, but there's a hitch. Police chases. That, for me, keeps it from being a favorite, in fact, it may be a game that ends up being traded for another in the very near future.

Ok so I know there will probably be comments here saying to me that I'm a wimp for not liking this aspect of the game or someone will comment on why you can't hve a great street racing game without the cops. I anticipate that. Here's my take before anyone states those obvious opinions similar to the above. First, although I play very regularly, I'm no overly hard-core gamer or pro/expert player by any stretch of the imagination. I play to relax, I play to escape from stress, not create it. I bet you know where I'm going with this.. I'm also content with playing a lower difficulty if a game is nearly impossible for me to get through it, so that I can experience the storyline if its that type of game. Anyway.. So being chased by cops isn't fun to me, first of all. I get a thrill out of pretending I'm driving faster than I should and I do it on my xbox 360 because there I don't have the consequences of real life "driving too fast through the city" type of behavior. My question is, "why would I want to recreate that?" I mean for me, this is a stress-inducing scenario, not one of release or relaxation. So long story short, I don't like the cop chases and I can't turn it off because its apparently integrated deeply in the game.

Its too bad too, since the game play other than that factor is pretty darn good, if you ask me. Before the cop chases I was looking forward to playing the game for awhile but apparently thats not going to be the case :( So anyway that's my rant for today.   read

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