I’ve been meaning to buy a PS3 for quite awhile now. I’ve played around with Little Big Planet 2 and I’ve spent some time with Uncharted 2 – but then I realized these really are the only two games I want for the system. The only other title that really interests me is Heavy Rain.
I’m not interested in the Resistance franchise, I’m also not interested in playing Gran Turismo 5, Infamous 2, Killzone 3 or any of the other notable big name PS3 titles. Any future PS3 game I might want to play is also (at least for the most part) available on the Xbox 360, a console I already own.
With the whole PlayStation Network credit card theft fiasco, I found yet another reason not to buy a PlayStation 3. The fact that PSN is still down, and may not be back up any time in the foreseeable future, really isn’t making me want to buy one either. I’ve never heard anything good about the PSN other than the simple fact that it is completely free. In a sense, I guess you really do get what you pay for – the lack of cross game voice chat, a persistent party system, matchmaking (I’ve heard some titles like Killzone 3 have matchmaking, but I’ve also heard it isn’t as common for games to have it integrated into their online modes as it is with Xbox Live). As we’ve seen over the last few weeks, the service certainly isn’t as consistent as Xbox Live. Like I said before, it is free, and not paying $59.99 a year to game online would be really be actually pretty great.
I also really like Xbox Live, I’m comfortable with it – I know the ins and outs of the service and my friends also all own Xbox’s. I really don’t see myself hopping on PSN to play by myself. I could try to convince my friends to buy PS3’s, I’m not sure how well that would go over. Playing games online alone really doesn’t sound like a heck-of-a-lot of fun.
In the end though, I feel like I would miss a lot of the features Xbox Live has, (pretty much anything I mentioned above, Xbox Live has directly integrated into it’s online experience). Xbox Live’s party system has been ridiculously useful during the various online leagues and tournaments I’ve played in over the years.
I also really don’t know if I can justify buying a PS3 for two (possibly three) games. Although I do know that I’d buy more games that I don’t really need or actually want to play. These titles would just collect dust on my shelf. I hardly have the time to play the games I currently own for my Xbox 360 and Wii. Still, it would be great to be able to own every current generation home console and I’d like to have a Blu-Ray player even though I download most of the television shows and movies I watch.
I also know down the line there will be a few PS3 released that I’ll want – Sony’s 2011 PS3 line up looks spectacular. The Xbox’s on the other hand, looks pretty subpar. Microsoft’s Kinect casual gamer focus really isn’t something I’m interested in at all.
It all comes back down to that simple argument though, I can’t justify spending $299 on a console for only two or three games. I’d also miss far to many of Xbox Live’s exclusive features. Owning a Sony console would be an interesting new experience though. I’ve never purchased one before and playing around with a new console would definitely be fun.
I realize, since I’m posting this story to N4G, that I will get attacked by the community for mentioning something negative about Sony’s console. I also expect many of you will write comments like this, “I don’t cares aboutz your ipoions PS3 rulez.” And don’t worry I will approve all of your comments, as long as they make at least sort of make sense.
To you lovely PS3 fanboys I simply say, ‘calm down’. It’s just a video game console – a console I think is great, it’s just not worth me buying right now. In a perfect world I’d love to own both consoles, especially considering I often write about video games. Right now it just doesn’t seem like an intelligent option for me as I just graduated from journalism school and I’m pretty poor.
I need to only purchase products I’m actually going to get extended use out of. What products you might ask? Why awesome things like toilet paper (I use a lot of toilet paper to clean up all the terrible shit I write), a new phone and Rockstar’s upcoming LA Noire.
Maybe if an awesome bundle comes out I’d reconsider it – Uncharted 2 and Little Big Planet 2 plus a PS3 console would be a great package.