Land of the 3
For long now, i’ve been a Sony sympathizer — meaning i’ve come to the aid of the console when the beraters start berating. There are few things i hate more than when people pick on one system because they got the other, and it’s placed my editorial credibility as an objectively for-Nintendo gaming writer under a microscope more than once. Needless to say, that’s partly the inspiration behind my establishing this blog.
Last week, i bought a PlayStation 3.
Blasphemy. Nintendo fans just don’t do that. Well, here we all know that acute console preference is hazardous to a person’s enjoyment of the medium. And as writers, we need to have a broad perspective of everything to comment on anything. However, my purchase of a PS3 was not a result of my empathetic nurse-patient relationship with Sony. In a way, it’s actually Wii’s fault.
As i talked myself into buying another version of the GameCube’s most respected game, i had to travel to a few stores in the process of finding a copy that wasn’t claimed by a reservation. Eventually i landed at Best Buy on my second attempt. While there, i walked past the “next-gen test drive” area, where they had 2 HDTVs side by side, 2 couches to each set-up, a 360 on the left side and a PS3 on the right. I only discovered that the left TV was playing a 360 when i went back to buy the PS3, because this time my attention was fixed on the PS3’s Virtua Tennis 3 match between these two guys.
One clearly knew how to play, the other didn’t. Soon as the clueless one left, i grabbed the Sixaxis with a boatload of confidence granted by all my knowledge of tennis and the countless hours i spent on Top Spin for the Xbox. And thankfully, this edition of VT used the same face button layout as Top Spin. I’m ready to roll.
My opponent wasn’t expecting me to play so well, and neither was i since this was my first go with the game, but i came out gunnin’. He had Nadal on clay so he obviously knew a little something about the sport, therefore i picked Federer. As soon as i saw how familiar the button config was, i had him lobbing and diving all over the place. However, VT and Top Spin are two different beasts: Top Spin is a full-on simulation, VT is an arcade game (Sega releases each new version initially on arcade cabinets). Top Spin experience didn’t get me too far once he stepped his game up and straight setted me in two very close matches, but my PlayStation killer app made itself known on that playtest.
Since i didn’t have the cash on me to buy it right away, i decided to get RE4Wii for the machine i already had and curb the grueling temptation to sink 700 bucks into another unnecessary electronic device. Then, it turned out i needed ID to buy RE if i appeared to be under 30 years of age, another thing i lacked at the time, so i took that as a sign. I did end up getting RE Wii later on, but it did nothing to impede my inevitable entrance into the real next generation.
I’m satisfied with the machine, it’s very capable and grants me access to half the games out there that Wii forbids. The best of both worlds. No buyer’s remorse yet, but that Wii… Let’s just wait it out. They both have a long way to go. Pros and cons of my PS3 experience so far, in comparison to Wii, coming up next.