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Help me decide, Xbox360 or PC

by Urfriendlynhoodflyinas / March 21, 2009 6:51 AM PDT

I have problems with deciding what to buy. I will play mostly games like farcry2, fallout 3, crysis and such. the 360 is cheap (compared to reliable PC) and i will never worry about games not being able to run on it. The PC will cost much more but then I will have the best controls with the mouse and keyboard and I will not have problems in the future when it's cheaper to upgrade the pc instead of buying a new console. Do you people know anything that I don't know that will help me decide?

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Tough one
by Jimmy Greystone / March 21, 2009 1:59 PM PDT

That's a tough one. On the one hand, consoles are considerably cheaper. One system every 3-5 years, all games are guaranteed to work on it that carry the console logo. Downside is that consoles suck for FPS games. Great for almost every other kind, except maybe RTS.

On the PC side, you'll be in a perpetual, and expensive, upgrade cycle. RAM, video card, processor, power supply, even hard drive... You'll be forever upgrading these things, and it will start to add up pretty quickly. The up side is that you can't beat the PC for FPS games. Some people do get quite good with console controllers however, so...

I will say that the PS3 will let you connect a keyboard and mouse to use in game, if the game supports it. The 360 won't, but if you can get the games you want on the PS3 that might be an option to think about.

If it were me, I'd go with the console, but then I got tired of FPS games a long time ago. They're all pretty much the same when you get down to it. Run around cramped narrow hallways, shoot lots of bad guys, pick up ammo and health as you go, the end. Not a lot of actual skill required, just good reflexes. That's why I moved to RPGs. You have everything from gut wrenching story tellers like the Final Fantasy series... Final Fantasy X's ending is a real tear jerker, though Final Fantasy 8 had a few moments. There's the childish humor of Disgaea that just somehow works. And you also have games like the Shin Megami Tensi: Persona series that kind of straddle both sub-genres. A bit more strategic than FFX, but not as tedious as Disgaea. You also have some fun platformer type games such as the Jak and Daxter and Prince of Persia trilogies. You could branch out into different game genres with a console, instead of limiting yourself to more of the same with FPS games.

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Xbox ( or PS3)
by not2worried / March 23, 2009 6:03 AM PDT

After years of upgrading pc to play the news games at top level.
I went to a 360...
And am happy I did.
Games on a PC are Cheaper.. but you can trade/sell Video Games to get some of your money back...
PC small screen... but you will be siting closer.
Pc add-ons are generally free.. and more of them...
Sitting in an easy chair playing a game on a 42-50" Tv is a pleasure.
If you never have had a Xbox or Ps3... I think it worth a shot.
I guess last is the TV... If you don't have a HD...
you won't be happy with a 360.

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consoles vs PC
by bearvp / March 23, 2009 6:05 AM PDT

I used to be a big PC gamer but the cycle of upgrading the various PC hardware to keep up with the minimum spec requirements got so tiring and frankly expensive (although I wouldn't have trouble affording it these days). I switched to console gaming exclusively because I never have to worry about upgrading hardware or downloading drivers and praying that all the hardware and software will play nice together. Also, consoles are obviously cheaper than gaming PCs. You could build your own gaming PC and keep costs down, but that takes time and will cost more than the 360.

Alot of people will say FPS games are better on the PC and it is all just about personal preference. Once you get used to using a controller for those types of games then you won't have any control problems. Now, I think using the 360's controller for FPS games is superior to the mouse+keyboard because the triggers to fire feel more natural than just clicking a mouse button.

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