Monday, 14 January 2008

Forget the free Wii or the free Xbox 360. I want a free PS3!

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Forget the free Wii or the free Xbox 360. I want a free PS3

Taking a break from the news for a hot minute, I found myself staring at my free Xbox 360, and its blinking ring of death. It’s been nearly two weeks and I still haven’t gotten my coffin, which will indeed be my fourth coffin. Either way, I started weighing the pros and cons of owning each console, and you know what? To hell with the 360. I’m buying a free Playstation 3.

I’m sick and tired of Microsoft, as a whole. I bought an free Xbox 360 on launch night, and it lasted me a year before it died. Now every now and then a console will just up and die. I accept that. It happens every once in a while.

It should never happen four times to the same console. I should never have to be worried that every time I turn my free Xbox on may be the last. But that’s not the only complaint I have with Microsoft, not by a long shot.

Somebody broke free Xbox LIVE, and it’s about time it got fixed. Now, I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing my free Xbox LIVE crash on me at random times as, again, my console is dead. But I’ve heard and seen (I do have friends, after all) these problems for the past month or so, and it really is time that Microsoft got this stuff figured out before that nasty lawsuit from those whiny little ingrates in Texas starts gaining merit. Having my game randomly crash can be annoying, but when it affects my ability to navigate my dashboard, it officially becomes a problem.

Another thing: Why can’t I play my XBLA games when I’m not signed in? I spent countless amounts of money buying Time Pilots, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man, Contra, etc. I think I’m entitled to play the games I bought off of you when I’m not signed into LIVE.

…well, I feel better. But I’m still not getting another free Xbox 360. So that leaves my options down to free Playstation 3, and Nintendo free Wii. Let’s start with the free Wii, shall free Wii? (I apologize for the pun)

Quite frankly, the free Wii is an overclocked GameCube with a Power Glove attached to it. The only decent games for it that aren’t bursting at the seems with Nintendo’s patented kid-friendly goodness are from Capcom, and as far as online service goes… Friend Codes? The worst idea ever. Worse than Virtual Boy.

Now that’s not to say every game is horrendous. Super Mario Galaxy, Twilight Princess, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil 4, Metroid Prime 3 and Super Paper Mario are all excellent titles. Unfortunately, that’s about it.

Honestly, if I bought a free Wii I’d probably spend more time playing games off of the Virtual Console than I would actually playing games for the free Wii itself.

So that leaves the free Playstation 3. I will be the first to admit that the first year or so for the free PS3 has been less than stellar. In fact, it’s been freaking awful in every conceivable way. But, with 2008 now here it appears Sony may finally be getting some games for the big black paperweight. Uncharted and Unreal Tournament III are amazing titles, and with games like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Gran Turismo 5 due in 2008, in addition to the cross-platformers like Deus Ex 3 and GTA IV, I really don’t see where you can go wrong with a free Playstation 3.

…well, okay, so I don’t have a HDTV, so Blu-Ray would be useless. It’s also pretty pricy, at $600 for the SKU that’s worth my time. It also doesn’t have anything worth owning in the free Playstation Store. There’s no guarantee Home will be anything worth writing home about.

You know what? Screw it. Where’s my Sidewinder mouse and headset, I’m playing some Counter-Strike Source.

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