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The best way to stir up controvesy is to declare PS3 the Winner (04/01/2009 01:19:41 AM)

Hi All,

Unless you've been carbon frozen for the last three years, you know that the console wars for the current generation are potentially causing more fanboi's now with the expansion of the internet through mobile devices. So, how do you stir up people of Australia? Simple. Just declare using some pretty charts from Microsoft Excel that the Playstation 3 is the winner for 2008.

That's what IGN Australia did in it's recent Console Showdown 08 article, and you have your regular crowd of gloaters (Playstation 3 Fanbois), whingers (Xbox 360 Fanbois) and non-fanboi's (Nintendo Wii Fanbois). Apparantly, according to the four part series, IGN Australia ranks the consoles Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii in that order, stating that the Playstation 3 had a better range of releases this year.

Is it true? Well, maybe for the core demographic IGN Australia targets (that is; blood thirsty 16 - 35 year old males), which is why articles such as the IGN Australia series produces a large proportoin of hilarious comments.

1. "WE WON WE WON!!!! PARTY!!!"

What exactly did the Playstation 3 owners win? What respect do they command by having the perceived best games? LittleBigPlanet is the only thing on the list of 11 games that I have been remotely interested - much like my interest in Spore. Don't get me wrong, I'd sooner have a Playstation 3 due to the lack (lesser) of hardware faults over the Xbox 360. There's only so many times you can send an item back and declare it the most warranty repaired device you've ever owned.

So apart from LittleBigPlanet (and how on earth did a Golf game make the charts?!?!), the Playstation 3 list looks pretty bleak to me. That's not to say though that the console is terrible. Clearly games like Metal Gear Solid 4 are proof that the console is of good quality - if you like that type of thing.

2. "WE STILL HAVE MORE SALES!!!"

The Xbox 360 as most of you know is plagued with hardware faults, although - since my last repair in early 2007, my Xbox 360 has suffered a fall and lots of Grand Theft Auto IV without fault. But what about exclusives? When the prices drop a bit, there are three games I would like to try. Banjo-Kazooie (being a fan of the N64 variant), Fable II (Fable was most disapointing due to story line, I still enjoyed what I got out of it), Viva Pinata Trouble in Paridise (Rare of course) and Ninja Gaiden II (Again a Nintendo favourite).

Even the arcade stuff is improved this year, with my only purchase being Worms all year. Granted, if I had a Playstation 3, I'd have downloaded Lemmings - but some old Rare titles such as the original Nintendo 64 Banjo Kazooie, and a potential merger in the future (i.e. Nintendo and Xbox 360 to release Rare games) could be interesting to watch.

At $228 in Big W, the console probably is worth buying now - even as a solution to buying an ATi Radeon 4850...

3. "I'M ABOVE 30 AND HAVE KIDS AND WE ALL LIKE THE WII"

Well, not entirely surprising - it's my only console purchase myself... As in, I shelled out 1/2 price on a Nintendo Wii on Catch of the Day last year. Why did I buy one, after already having access to one in the house? I must say I have had some very good enjoyment out of it. Anyway, of the 13 exclusives, I'm quite surprised to see only two show up:

  • Mario Kart
  • Super Smash Bros: Brawl (including the 300 songs in the soundtrack)
So yeah, of the list this year, I have selected 2 that I wanted to play (and did buy... twice!). However, the Wii was also the source of other games too... such as:
  • Harvest Moon
  • Mario Party 4 (GC)
  • Mario Party 5 (GC)
  • Mario Party 8 (Wii)
  • Zelda: Twilight Princess

At the end of the day, I think the Wii is still the best console, with the Xbox 360 coming in close second - in particular with their cheaper price and half decent lineup this year. I was almost tempted to sell the Xbox 360 earlier last year, but I'm glad I didn't. Some of the games (such as Burnout, Flatout and GTA) are released on both PS3 and Xbox 360, and that's why I have no need for a Playstation 3 *yet*.

Also, it's not IGN Australia and their pick for best console based on "Worst Games below 4.0, Worst Games below 4.0 as a Percentage, Most reviewed games, best exclusives, Highest scores etc..." which ultimately turns graphs upside down and back to front (I suppose it's the equivalent of counting 1, 2, 3 and then 3, 2, 1 to get the same results from a different view-angle). They specifically make mention in their article:

This was a ...strange... year for Wii owners. On one hand, Nintendo has aggressively expanded in the market, forging forwards in the sales charts off the back of massive successes with Wii Fit and the continued popularity of the Wii Sports pack-in. Of course, unless you count yourself amongst the most banal of mainstream Wii-owning society (and come on, you're reading IGN, so clearly you've impeccable taste and common sense), then jaunts of Wii Fit and the occasional tennis match just aren't enough to keep you going long-term. <snip>

Clearly, some of the people forgot to realise that IGN Australia is followed by a lot of hardcore gamers, and naturally - the ones that are going to consistently win are First Person Shooters with new Physics, better Guns, better Team Play, better Explosions, better Replayability for HOURS of fun (not the hour or two I spend in a blue moon on my Wii). And who's to say that it's not the best for their audience? Clearly their reviews look upon highly on it, but I'll stick with my PC, Wii and Xbox 360 for the time being - until I win a Playstation 3... Then I might get LittleBigWorld.

N.B: A not surprising statistic, Grand Theft Auto IV has been my most played game for the year, which is followed by Microsoft Train Simulator et. al. Quite funny to see Grand Theft Auto IV being disappointing and the most enjoyable game this year to own.

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