In my last three posts I blabbed on about the different machines. While all three have their advantages, some more pronounced than others, all three have their disadvantages. Wii - craphics and catalogue, 360 - Game diversity, PS3 - Games, what games? I think the 360 would win overall though. While the Wii is a different experience, to be applauded, the drawbacks are just so numerous. Hard drive, VC ripoff prices, graphics, graphics, graphics. The PS3 just doesn't have enough games of note to really give it a mention, but I'd put it in the middle. 360 best, PS3 meh, Wii worst. Which is odd, because I tend to play the Wii more than the 360, which I in turn play way more than the PS3 [read: hardly ever]. But even acknowledging how much fun I ahve with the Wii, it's easier to see its long term limitations. I have to say, PS3 has the most potential longevity, unless Nintendo pulls something out of its hat.
If we go back a couple generations to the N64, it was the beginning of the end for Nintendo's dominance. They really dropped the ball back then by refusing to switch to CD format, while sticking to their beloved cartridges. I still loved the N64, because of games like Goldeneye, Ocarina of Time [my favourite game ever], Tetrisphere [bring that to the VC please, Ninty!], to name but a few. But it just never caught on like that other machine ...
PSOne. Of course, it wasn't called that back in the day. It was just the good old ugly as shit Playstation. God, that was a fucking cool machine. I still remember my first one. I almost had an orgasm unwrapping that beautiful machine. Now that was really an exciting time. It was the first real hint that gaming was entertain a new mainstream era. Before then, it just wasn't as widespread during the SNES/Genesis days. At least not in New Zealand. Don't get me wrong, gaming was still popular, but it just had a different feel when the PSOne entered the fray. Even the demo disc, and that awesome little sound the PSOne made when you turned it on, still makes me smile. That was a good machine. Tekken 2 and 3 were awesome. Soulblade was freaking awesome. FINAL FANTASY VII. I still love this game. V-Rally 2 is a game I remember liking as well. Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3.
I don't have a favourite between the two machines, as I loved them both for different reasons. The N64 was the party machine. Smash Bros, Goldeneye, were all popular. I didn't get into the Saturn at all. It's one of the few machines I never owned. I do have to say that I never cottoned onto the PS2 like I did the PSOne. From that generation of machines, which games did you like most? I won't ask which machine, because I know Sony fanboys will far outweigh any Nintendo fans. And as for you Saturn fans, well, I hardly played it so I wouldn't know how yuo'd feel about it. I did love the other two machines. Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy VII, GoldenEye, Mario 64, Tekken 2. Top five for me, I think.