With so many awesome multiplatfom games hitting shelves in the coming months it’s time to take a look at which system will be the best. While each game is capable of running on multiple systems, hence the multi, each game will benefit from being played on certain system in different ways.
Xbox 360 – Modern Warfare 3
Modern Warfare 3 is set to be the finale to the massive selling trilogy, despite appearing to have a far superior story to previous games, this isn’t what most people play COD for. The vast amount of players time is going to be spent online, preferably, with friends whether they be in your Deathmatch or not. Superior, almost real graphics are set to make a grand appearance as well, enhancing the already fantastic online experience.
Although not as tactical and team based as the Battlefield series COD is still more fun to play while chatting with friends, it’s a social experience. By playing on the Xbox, cross game chat will allow you to chat with friends whether in the same game as you or not.
On top of the social aspect, the awesome Modern Warfare Special Edition Console has been announced and it looks fantastic. Couple a more social experience with an awesome console as well as the highly likely possibility that DLC will come to the platform early MW3 is definitely an Xbox game at heart.
PlayStation 3 – Dark Souls
Dark Souls is the “spiritual successor” to Demon Souls and like it’s predecessor is set to be visually stunning. Although it has been said that the game is not a direct sequel, it’s look and all round feel are set to be similar. Set in a massive open world environment, it has already been confirmed that the game will be darker and harder, featuring more enemies which in turn are a lot stronger.
This dark and twisted RPG will be a nice break from the relatively cheery and sunny appearance from the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series. While each has darker aspects, none have rivalled the feel of Dark Souls.
With stunning the stunning visuals to be explored throughout the world, the PlayStation is the obvious choice, with many users claiming that despite the lack of some features, it can handle visuals on a far greater scale than other platforms. The game doesn’t even require a chat feature as you are able to leave messages within the game for other players to stumble across during their travels. Plus, no worries of those annoying pop-ups at the bottom of your screen during play.
PC – Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3 is set to be the king of shooters. Whilst Halo and Call of Duty are more popular and easier to get into, more casual if you will, Battlefield has more of a team centred play style to everything, with an all round bigger emphasis on team work than other shooters. Battlefield 3 is set to feature a lot of varied and intense vehicle combat.
Jets are making a welcome return and if they are anything like the helicopter from previous outings, they are going to be horrible to get the hang of. This will be reduced with PC controls as a decent mouse will allow far superior and more accurate controls, not just with tricky, airborne vehicles but for the gameplay all round. The console that wins the war, I believe, will be the first that allows keyboard and mouse controls.
PlayStation 3 – Dead Island
Another open world entry, Dead Island is shaping up to be Fallout meets Left 4 Dead. Survival horror is the name of the game but with a greater emphasis on RPG aspects than series like Resident Evil or Dead Rising.
A serene, holiday setting is far better than a creepy old mansion or over run city for a zombie apocalypse. This contrast will allow for a greater experience all round as taking a vacation is something that we can all relate to and all of us will have dispatched the odd zombie here an there.
Being a visually dependant, 4 player experience, Dead Island is another which will fit the PlayStation 3 better than other platforms.
We have all heard the stories, “Skyrim was optimized for the 360″ and if we didn’t love what an Elder Scrolls game can offer us after we have completed the game, we may just of had to go with the vanilla console version. Truth be told, one of the greatest things about these games is the modding community. New quests, new locations, new textures and worlds can all be made available by those that simply have the time to create them.
While we are sure the game will be amazing, the opportunity to make Skyrim a totally different game when we choose to is so much more appealing that playing through the same story mode time and time again. In fact, we all know the game already looks beautiful, just wait until modders get their hands on it and push it to it’s graphical limits.
Assassin’s Creed 2-B is a the next game in a series that has always felt a little bit more at home on the PS3. Is it the controls? Quite possibly. The fact that multiplayer is an after the fact feature? That probably helps it as well. Whatever it may be, Assassin’s Creed has just been more PS3 than PC or 360. That could always change when Ubisoft learns to count to 3, but until that day happens, you will catch us playing the game on our Playstation 3.
Since there won’t be much of a change from the previous installments and the multiplayer appears to be quite simplistic, there is not a ton of features that would lead us to any other platform of this one.
This game has plenty of hype, cool looking graphics and… vehicle combat? Rage absolutely has the potential to change the way we look at the post-apocalyptic FPS/RPG game. The thing is, there looks to be a lot to do and with co-op being a completely separate campaign from the main game, it’s going take some quick reflexes and some fancy driving to make it out there on your own.
Enter the mouse and keyboard. The traditional PC control system will easily allow players to adapt to their situations, allowing pinpoint accuracy for players and spot on steering. Besides, word is out that the game will be boasting split screen co-op, but who wants to only be able to see half of their screen? The game looks beautiful so far, we want to be able to take it all in and without one of those fancy Sony 3D TV’s, PC is going to allow us the platform to enjoy both singleplayer and multiplayer modes.
Saints Row started it’s long and odd journey as an Xbox 360 exclusive, then when the next game came out, it moved to both the PS3 and PC platforms as well. The change has allowed Saints Row to become a low tier best selling franchise but the game has never seemed to have forgotten it’s 360 roots.
You have seen the trailers, the game is going to be loud, noisy and boisterous and with an entertaining co-op mode, it once again looks like it will feel right at home with the 360. The PC would be a close second but since the game is being licensed as a Games for Windows Live game, it will be much easier to cut the imitation 360 dashboard and go with the real thing.
When we first saw this game, we were incredibly excited to be able to tear out into the world as a villain or hero and use and develop our mutant powers to our heart’s content. After finding out that the game will only feature a solo campaign, things changed a little bit. No longer can we plan to make out own team of destructive mutants to defeat the good guys or figure out what powers would go together to defeat Magneto. Nope, we are in this one alone.
So, which system may offer improved gameplay on a solo level? Anyone? That’s right, the PS3 has this one hands down.
Let’s be honest, Arkham Asylum was amazing! Also don’t forget, PS3 actually had a few exclusives thrown in last time. So, as we have made the point before, PS3 seems to do better with single player games and unfortunately as we are all so very aware, Arkham City will indeed be a single player experience. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Although Microsoft has landed an Arkham City Xbox 360 console, DC has a pretty good relationship with Sony in general after all, which console got their hands on the DC universe MMO? Well, it certainly wasn’t the 360.
So there we have it, the best games coming out through the end of 2011 and where each will excel on which platform. While the argument over best platform will go on until the end of time, perhaps we should all take some time to think about the different things each platform does and why people choose each one.