PC Gaming and why I prefer Consoles.
So, unless you haven't been on this site for about the past 6 months you will have, without doubt, seen some game called Battleifeld 3. The buzz around it is massive partly due to the graphics, mostly however, because most believe it will kick COD from its perch at the top of FPS's. What it has also caused is a war between PC gamers and console gamers. In this blog I will discuss why I game on console for the most part and why I believe it's better. I will try be as non-bias as possible and take into account the advantages of PC gaming. I'm going to go through each advantage of the PC compare it to consoles. I'm not out to annoy PC gamers, but I'm sure some of my comments might.
Now, I do game on PC a bit. I have a toshiba L650 laptop which can handle Crysis at high settings (1020x600 res). Some of my favourite games were on PC only: Rome: Total War, Half Life 2, Battlefield, Oblivion. I've only ever gamed on a Laptop, which could be partly why I prefer console as Laptops aren't really meant for gaming.
The PC as a way of gaming without doubt has its advantages. Firstly, graphically you can't beat PC. This does however, come at a cost. People say PC gaming isn't expensive, but compared to buying a console it is no doubt. The graphics on the PS3 and 360 are awesome and only recently have we seen such a big difference between high end PC games and what this gen of consoles can produce, though I would argue its not as big a gap as people say. I do think that Crysis on MAX settings does probably look better than anything on console but you need some serious hardware to get it looking that good. The best graphics from a console game released at the moment has to be Killzone 3, with Uncharted 3 or Gears of War 3 possibly beating that when they're released. Now some would argue that Killzone 3 does beat Crysis on Ultra settings. BF3 and Crysis 2 DX11 are the best looking games ever seen, no doubt but there isn't a generation gap between the too. Killzone 3 is not a million miles away. So your paying big money, compared to the price of a console to get graphics that aren't that much better. Also, you have to update your hardware on a PC to keep maxing games, whereas on console you only have to every 6 years.
The freedom: People say that your restricted on consoles as to what you can do with your games. To some degree you are, with mods on PC and the like not appearing on consoles. There are advantages to the console 'holding your hand' however. You never have to tinker with settings on games, never have to find the correct drivers (something that can massively affect performance of gmaes on PC, see Splinter Cell Conviction), never have to worry about patches. I find that unless you can put a game on MAX settings on PC, you're always tinkering with the settings and not actually playing the game. Consoles take all this nonsense away. PC gamers will argue that you don't own your console (see Other OS incident) but piracy happens without these restrictions on Consoles and gaming would be nowhere near as big now as it has been, because of Consoles. PC gaming is dieing because of Piracy. You want a game free? just download the torrent.
The Games: The consoles exclusives are better than PC exclusives. There are exceptions but for the most part console gamers get a better range of games and better exclusives. This is an opinion, but the opinion of the majority (see metacritic). Uncharted 2, and I know people go on about it but that's because it really is that good - you have to see it to believe it; My favourite game of 2010, Red Dead Redemption, L.A Noire, GT 5, God of War, Gears of War, Little Big Planet, Halo, Killzone, MGS 4... the only AAA PC exclusives are Total War, Witcher 2 (coming to 360), Crysis 1. There are others like Amnesia and Stalker but that's about it. A game can be great despite its graphics. MGS 4 isn't as good as Crysis graphically, but its a better game (metacritic). PC gamers seem so obsessed with graphics and tech they forget about the games themselves. If you have a gaming PC, great, but your missing out on so many great games, games that have pushed genres and gameplay forward.
Controls: Some people prefer mouse and keyboard. Here's why I don't. The Mouse is more precise but that's about it. There's no triggers, no vibration, no anologue sticks. Sticks are better because they allow small or large amounts of movement. Each button on the SIXAXIS has pressure sensitivity.
There's my reasons for preferring consoles. PCs are great, but consoles are what games are made for. Please comment and give me your opinion.
Thanks for reading, however annoyed you were when reading it.