Breath of Fresh Air (PS3 retrospective)

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  1. Silent Remorse

    Silent Remorse GAMING OVERLORD

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    I've just got to say, picking up a PS3 on Sunday is something I should have done about half a year or so ago when I made the decision to make my second console a Wii.

    The Wii is useless. Bugger all titles, terrible online, (i think personally) a crap control system. There's no configuration, no real advanced qualities - its like a damn Mac. I know people have passionate rebuttals to all of this, but I guess it's just not for me, the whole console feels like a gimmick.

    Originally, I was probably one of the PS3's biggest critics. I laughed along with everyone else at each fall Sony had, but I guess the last laugh was won with Blu-ray. That, and MGS4. Wow, what a game.

    I really enjoy the PS3. The menu system is better then I thought it would be, the FAH feature is surprising too, the games load quickly, downloading data is fast, online is free and works, the system is quiet and quick. The ability to swap out HDDs and muck around with Linux is welcome. Blu-ray is stunning.

    The console's come a long, long way since launch (when frankly, I really don't think it was worth purchasing back then) and while I lament the lack of PS2 emulation, I can live without it.

    It's a great complement to the 360, another brilliant console, and both do different things well thus making them both a requirement for any gamer. The Wii, however, is moving onto a new owner.

    What do you guys think about the past few years? I'd be interested to hear from the people who bought a console at launch.
     
  2. QuakeDude

    QuakeDude ooooh weeee ooooh

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    I'm in the same boat - although I've had the Wii now for quite a while, and only just got the PS3 (on sunday too).

    Something I've realised is that you just can't compare the Wii to the PS3 - they're not even remotely similar.

    Being a Wii owner for quite a while now, I used to get pissed off that Nintendo never seemed to be as motivated as the other manufacturers to get the whole online experience working properly. Now that I've seen what the PS3 does, I can understand why - the Wii simply can't complete, certainly not to the level Sony is at. I now look at my Wii as the console for playing the fun group games with the happy pleasant graphics, and my PS3 is now my serious games box :)

    I'm very impressed by the amount of work thats gone into the PS3, Nintendo hasn't even invested a tenth of the effort - they've built a simple, just-powerful-enough console to play their catalog of games.

    I don't think I'll be getting rid of the Wii any time soon, but I doubt I'm going to be buying any more games for it, and in all likelyhood I'm probably going to trade some of them in (got 22+ games) and pick up a few titles for the PS3 that interest me.
     
  3. Wink

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    I am a launch console owner - lined up at midnight at Toys R Us and was probbably one of the first Aussie PS3 owners to get online in Australia (as a result I got the free Casino Royale Blu-Ray). I remember the games I picked up were Resistance, Ridge Racer 7 and Motorstorm.

    I have always loved my PS3. The range of titles at the start were fairly thin but I still had Resistance and NBA 2K7 at the beginning to keep me occupied.
    Even with the growing range of games and the excellent updates in firmware I have found I do not love the PS3 any more or indeed any less. It's been the same trustworthy source of gaming entertainment since day one.

    The only thing I have really liked since the launch is that there are now more Aussies on the PSN which means a better chance of playing multiplayer games that are lag-free and have an even playing ground.

    However opposite to the OP, I am now going to be swapping my Wii for a 360 and I hope I get the same "breath of fresh air" that he did from swapping the Wii for a PS3.
     
  4. doug81

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    I've had my PS3 for about 6 months now, and I absolutely love it. Meanwhile, I bought a Wii and it lasted 2 months. I only enjoyed Wii bowling or playing on it when friends came around. But there's the bowling game on PSN store for $12 that uses motion control that I'm quite happy with, and I got Buzz for when we have people over. I didn't think the difference in graphics would piss me off as much as it did, as I wouldn't classify myself as a hardcore gamer or a resolution whore. But the PS3 is such a complete solution and everything it does tends to just work, which is a nice change. And MGS4 and GTA4 are damn beautiful games! :D
     
  5. The King

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    Had my PS3 over about a year, love it.

    Had my Wii for 18 odd months; meh. It's fun, but not in the same league.
     
  6. stickweed

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    Had a ps3 since launch as well. IMO the PS3 has really grown as of late, because at the beginning before all the firmware updates, it really wasn't maximizing its potential. I upgraded the HDD as well though, because 60gb wasn't enough once they released the divx playback update. Now it does everything, when compared to launch where it was just gaming.

    *on a side note: I also have a wii, but i only play it when i want to play the resident evil gamecube games.
     
  7. KAGE05

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    i got a launch 60gb. still play it/use it nearly everyday. i'm loving this gen of games. they rock.
     
  8. PsychoSmiley

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    My trouble is finding time to play it now. I sunk a shitload of time into MGS4, which is now pretty much shelved because I finished and got top rank. I want to get more games but I have a few cracker (and utter time sink) PC games about to hit, so I'm having trouble justifying anything. I really want Force Unleashed, but simply Warhammer Online for PC is going to eclipse everything for a very very long time.

    What I do need to do is start grabbing blu-ray movies, since I now have access to them.
     
  9. chinkiwinki

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    Needs more RPGs Dammit! I want them now
    Otherwise I love the PS3
     
  10. FoBZY

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    ive had it since release day and love it. great console and good to see people finally seeing past the bullshit that is the wii (ive had a gamecube and its the same thing - a gimmick)

    just dont have time to use it much anymore
     
  11. Zerstorer

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    I like my PS3 for Blu-Rays and exclusives, but otherwise it doesn't really do anything better than my 360 does, so it's just a second machine to me.
     
  12. kindredd

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    Had the PS3 soon after launch, original 60gb console. Loved it to death, I had to sell it to move to London and will probably be buying one here soon.

    A friend of mine who bought on the launch day promised it will only get better while the other consoles get worse ;)
     
  13. inoshiro

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    Having too much fun stuff lined up is hardly a problem ;)

    Wish they'd bring across the good strategy games for PS3...
     
  14. PsychoSmiley

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    Yes it is! How am I meant to find the time to pay them equal attention?!
     
  15. UncleRes

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    Always loved the XMB. Better than the 360 blades.

    I think what was most impressive about the PS3 was its forward thinking. The hard drive in every console, built in wireless/bluetooth, the huge media capacity on Blu-Ray, (initially on the 60gb units) the media card readers, and the focus on making it a fantastic media centre.

    Last year I was getting a bit annoyed that my so called supercomputer was struggling to keep up with the 360's graphical prowess, given that it was half the price. The transition has been about as smooth as jagged rusty nails, but the two are now on more of an even keel than ever. Dev's seem to be gritting their teeth and getting on with business nowadays instead of complaining.

    Bought a 360 since, which I also love for different reasons. But I always thought my Wii was a shit purchase even after I finished Galaxy. Its gone now. And it can rot in a pit of shitty minigames. (though Nintendo only has to say 4 words to get my attention again, Pokemon MMO.)
     
  16. tzortst

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    So tax return, bit of cash considering a ps3, and after looking at little big planet i think i am hooked, but a bit of me is still thinking maybe a 360 so i can't decide!

    Was hoping a list of exclusive titles (must haves) for the ps3, and even the smaller games to be purchased online, used my friends ps3 a bit, even purchased flow and played it for hours.

    I like the whole blades thing on the 360 and the xbox live arcade, but i think most of those elusive titles are now on the ps3 or coming over.

    Can i expect any price cuts with Christmas around the corner, thinking 2nd hand might be the best option anything i should look out for when buying 2nd hand

    Sorry to sort of hijack this thread but didn't see the point in creating another thread
     
  17. charliechaplan

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    Hi All,

    Reading your comments about the ps3. im a wii + 360 owner and indeed need a, as the op puts it, "breath of fresh air"

    As ps3 owners, including a good source of decent games on the catalogue now a days, how does it go acting as a media server. As if i was to buy one, i would definately like to know the goodness it delivers? Also, is the hd an easy change out to upgrade it?
     
  18. Wink

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    I think blades are going away soon as MS will soon release a menu update.

    Don't expect any price cuts. As for second hand, just make sure you get one with as long a warranty as possible.

    Tried Civ Revolutions?

    Very easy - there are also Youtube videos showing you how to do it.
     
  19. FlameHead

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    I got a PS3 for GTA4 and Vegas 2. Initially I was a tad dissapointed, mostly dissapointed with GTA4.

    But then I started playing Vegas 2 online more seriously. The online play is fantastic and the recent firmware updates have been great (XMB in Game).

    Also, a hidden feature (to me when I purchased it) is it's a fantastic media center extender!! I always had a linux media server just torrenting, and now when I get home I just turn on the PS3 and all my RSS downloads are there waiting to be watched! It's changed how I relax :)!
     
  20. KAGE05

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    to get best results from the ps3 media capabilities you need a ps3, pc, tversity combonation. you can have al many media servers as you want running. i find it awesome as i live in a share house with 3 pcs on the network and 1 ps3. using the ps3 we can access all their content and stream it instantly.

    the hdd comes out by flipping off a cover and removing a screw and a clip. i've never done it but it seems easy enough.

    as for hdd sizes 40gb is not big enough. i am running out of room on my 60 gb and constantly i have to delete demos that i have downloaded. i have about 20 psn games and about 10 demos and only a few small videos and pictures. and i only have a few gb left. im going to upgrade to a 250gb hdd.
     

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