Alright. We go through this quite a bit here, so before you go linking to all these passed threads, please note I’ve participated in them! So, yeah, been there, done that, blah blah.
I’ve heard quite a few people say, “Let the games decide.” Something I myself would agree with.
So I went to http://gamespot.com/ and checked out all the games listed for PS2, saw which ones interested me, and then went over the list for XBox, and lo! You know what the PS2 had over the XBox for me? Final Fantasy. But XBox has Halo. And Project Ego. But PS2 will also have FFXI…
Now, admittedly, I am dying over here by not playing that game, and if I rented a system and that game long enough to beat it I might as well just go buy them… and I almost did last Saturday.
Went to go pick up the remake of RE for GameCube (awesome, if anyone is wondering) and of course both the XBox and PS2 are down to a stunning $200. Their high price was what originally drove me to get a GC first (besides the fact that I am a die-hard Nintendo fan :)).
So I was really in hand-wringing mode. Gosh, PS2 or XBox? PS2 or XBox? It was all in the games, but both systems really have games I want, most of the time even the same game (except for the much-anticipated Project Ego, which for me matches FFX that I get with PS2). Silent Hill 2, still dying to play that, and either system can give it to me.
I wanted FFX and SH2 for PS2 or Halo and SH2 for XBox, and I would have bought that system (whichever one) right then and there, but Toys R Us didn’t have that. didn’t have RE, either, damn it, but that’s another story.
So, yeah, I know, its all in the games. But both systems have the games. Now what? Some reviews at gamespot mention that the PS2 is already starting to show its limitations. I’ve personally seen games like Max Payne on both systems and can say that the PS2 version was very poorly done. Lazy programmers? Probably, after seeing FFX, but still, this gives me significant pause since most of the games that I want will be common to both systems.
Is the PS2 built to last as long as the PS1 (relatively speaking)? Will it enjoy early success only to be overpowered in the end by XBox (not entirely dissimilar to how Sony overpowered Nintendo)? Make your case, guys. A fellow gamer’s purchase hangs in the balance!
And, just to restate for clarity: As far as I can tell, the games that I want are either on both systems or are equally matched exclusives (one has Halo, the other FFX, etc…). Don’t tell me “its all in the games” because that’s the problem!