If you haven’t been keeping an eye on the FPS genre recently, you have been missing some serious advances in shooters for both the PS3 and the 360. Is there any chance that these gorgeously killer FPS titles could swing gamers from one console to the other?
Gears of War 2 footage recently hit the web, and it hit hard. I must admit, being an ex-360 owner who adored the first Gears of War, my heart was a little sad that I no longer have the console that can play Gears of War 2. It is simply beautiful.
I was secretly hoping that GoW 2 might look similar if not identical to the original; that way I could justify all the nasty comments I would no doubt feel compelled to make to my friends who still verbally harass me for abandoning my 360. I can’t. GoW 2 will sell 360s, simple as that.
On the flip side, I was not a PS3 owner at the time Killzone came out. The videos shown prior to release were graphically stunning, but I felt let down when I saw gameplay footage. This time to my satisfaction, gameplay footage of Killzone 2 released (albeit off-screen camera work) recently looks very fluid and pretty.
Even as PS3 owner, I don’t think I can say that Killzone 2 will sell PS3s. GoW 2 has it beat hands down in star presence.
Then there’s a little title by the name of Haze that has recently become available in demo form on the Playstation network. My first impression of the game is that Haze is Halo, but jacked up on steroids (or specifically, nectar), and exclusively on PS3. Again, I don’t feel like Haze has that something that will sell PS3s, but Playstation owners should be happy to know they’ll be getting a Halo-like title that might just escape the hordes of 12-year olds that plague Xbox Live.
Will Haze, Gears of War 2, or Killzone 2 swing the console war one way or another? Probably not, though Microsoft stands to gain the most with Gears of War 2. What is more likely is that party lines will only harden, and the divide will increase as the Sony fans rally behind Killzone 2, and Microsoft fans scream hysterically for Gears of War 2.
Personally, my solution will be to stick happily with my problem-free PS3 and enjoy the fruits of the 360 and Gears of War 2 at my friends’ expenses; let them deal with customer support, and I’ll take my Blu-ray, thank you very much.