Having been a long childhood supporter of the Nintendo consoles and consuming most of my life with the Zelda and Mario series, I’ve also been hooked on Sony and their infamous PlayStation consoles as well, which have led to my growing addiction to games like Twisted Metal and the Final Fantasy franchise.
Above all though, aside from the amazing game play, quality, and performances, I think the most reassuring trait that both of these consoles share is their durability to take punishment from hardcore gamers such as myself, and of course their long lasting life spans. In particular, the Nintendo 64, and the PlayStation 2; both of these consoles have proven themselves to be glutens for excessive playing and heavy damage. I’ve only owned one N64 and one PS2 in my life, and they’ve both lasted me to this day.
However, I can’t say the same for Microsoft and their poorly crafted Xbox 360 console, to which I have already gone through 3 ever since its release. But the most shocking part of all is that I hardly ever play the damn thing or give nearly as much abuse to it as I have past consoles, but for no reason what so ever they have each given me the notorious “red ring of death” after neglecting it for just a few months.
Maybe that’s why they die so easily; they constantly need attention — what a whore. Whereas if I didn’t touch my Nintendo or PlayStation in years, they still operate just fine after I blow off all the dust.
So needless to say, Microsoft doesn’t have much going for them other than their “exclusive” video games that keep them in business, games like the Gears of War and Halo franchise. Without them though, I can almost guarantee you that Microsoft would have been out of the race long ago.
Getting back to some more positive points though, Nintendo and Sony have been known to make some pretty epic video games, games that weren’t just about graphics and game play though, but for the storylines themselves. Stories that can take up to 100 hours or more of a gamers’ life just by enjoying the adventure of the story itself, for example; Ocarina of Time had an amazing story to tell, and it was like being a part of it simply by playing as the main character, who you learn more about as you play.
Another example is Final Fantasy 7, and although it may seem overrated compared to the other FF series, it still had an incredible background of characters each with their own unique story to tell, all mixed in with an ingenious plot that makes you want to keep playing.
Most Microsoft games however, lack this creative trait. Most of the games for Xbox (Halo and GoW) only last for about 6-8 hours in the storyline and then the rest is just focused on online playing — which get’s old after a while. I mean sure, they all have some sequels and even prequels, but it doesn’t change the fact that their quick and easy to beat. There are really not that many memorable characters with interesting stories to them either, unless of course you read all of the stupid book adaptations of certain games (Halo), which is kind of like pulling a “George Lucas” if you ask me.
There are practically millions of novel adaptations that expand to the Star Wars universe, and I’m sure there all interesting and amusing, but I find it a bit redundant to have so many pointless stories though, especially when it comes to video games! I mean why can’t they just establish everything about the main character in the storyline of the game itself instead dragging it on in some half-assed book adaptation? Of course by doing that, that would mean having to make the actual video game last longer than 6 hours.
Don’t get me wrong, they are entertaining for the most part. But there not worth it for the price you pay, especially when playing on an extremely flawed game console. You pay roughly about $60 for games like Halo and GoW when they first hit the shelves, only to beat the storyline in a few hours and then spending everyday playing online against assholes who glitch and cheat half the time. Not to mention you have to pay for online playing, whereas PS3 does not have this flaw (although their security could use a touch up).
Alas, it brings me to my conclusion, and although I could rant on about how Xbox attempted to rival Nintendo with the new “Kinect” or whatever the hell it’s called, against the Wii (which isn’t as fun as the N64 or GameCube) but still Microsoft fails at this last ditch effort to stay in the race. All in perspective though, Microsoft just simply blows at making game consoles.