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Will PlayStation 3 Become the Ultimate FPS Console?


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312w ago - So after weighing in on Resistance 2, it started to dawn on us: is this now the franchise to beat in the FPS genre? And with the impending Killzone 2, is the PlayStation 3 now home to the best FPS experiences on the planet?

Typically, Microsoft has been responsible for the best FPS experiences ever since the original Xbox launched way back in 2001 with Halo. Even multiplatform FPSs have been better on a Microsoft console, although we believe that trend will soon fade in this generation.

Earlier, developers simply didn't have a good handle on the PlayStation 3, but now, things are starting to come together and it appears it's Sony's machine that has the best to offer in the FPS genre. Xbox 360 loyalists will consistently turn to Halo 3, but although I am a big fan of that trilogy, the fact of the matter is that Resistance 2 is better.

Insomniac's initial effort, as good as it was, may not have been a "Halo killer," but the sequel most certainly is. Now, will there be a Halo 4? Even if there is, I will continue to give the edge to Resistance until I see something that changes my mind. After all, I was a little disappointed in Halo 3; clearly, that game was made more as a multiplayer attraction, and I didn't think much of the single-player campaign.

But R2 delivers big time in terms of both single-player and multiplayer, and it eclipses the best the Halo franchise has ever had to offer. Sorry, but that's the way it is.

Now, looking at other FPSs, we should probably consider the insanely popular Call of Duty franchise, especially after last year's stellar Modern Warfare. And if this year's World at War is another gem, perhaps it'd be an interesting competition for Resistance.

However, beyond that, the only other series that could eclipse R2 and potentially Resistance 3 is 2K's Bioshock. Is R2 better than Bioshock? Er...that's hard to say. I think they're pretty even, but again, I'm going to give the edge to that awesome sequel, and besides, some people will argue that Bioshock isn't a true-blue FPS. Then there's Half-Life 2 or The Orange Box, but at this point in time, I consider both to be outdated and not worthy of being in the discussion. Half-Life 3? Sure, maybe. But that probably won't arrive until 2037, anyway.

Therefore, from what I can see, it appears that for the first time ever, a Sony console is leading the FPS charge...especially if we look forward a few months and include Killzone 2. We're trying to forget the original (it wasn't bad, but it certainly fell far short of expectations), and if Guerilla comes through, Insomniac and Resistance is gonna have mega-competition.

But that's exactly the point- it used to be that FPS fans absolutely had to own a Microsoft console if they wanted to play the best of the best; now, the roles appear to have switched. Oh, and before anyone even mentions Gears of War, that's a third-person shooter. As amazing as those games are, FPS purists will dismiss them from the debate, and therefore, so shall we.

And provided the Call of Duty games are of equal quality on both consoles in question, the PS3 easily tips the scales with R2 and what we will now call K2. Game, set... match?



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redman29's Avatar
#5 - redman29 - 311w ago
For me playstation has always been the better console. I reckon the xbox controlers have the buttons in awkward positions while the playstation controlers are simple but effective. But thats probably because I always hated xbox.

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#4 - BlingOnMyWrist - 312w ago
It's great that the PlayStation 3 is finally getting some positive feedback. It's been up and down, and up and down and now, as it's on a rise again i don't really see it going down again. This holiday season seems to have great potential. I have yet to pick up R2 and K2 next year but, I agree.

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#3 - adrianc1982 - 312w ago
Quote Originally Posted by mansmear View Post
Merely citing 2 FPS games on the PS3 hardly crowns it 'the FPS king'. Personally I've always felt the PC to be the most accomplished FPS platform with XBOX coming in a distant 2nd.

I will admit to not ever playing R2 or Killzone 2, but from the stand point of the two original games there would have to be a massive improvement in both franchises to even turn the heads of the FPS purists that exist on the PC.

You know I used to whine about fps on consoles and telling everyone how great the mouse was for fps until I started using the consoles for fps because I didnt have the horsepower in my computer for my gaming needs and a couple months later I love fps on a console.

Sure fps on a pc are very good too and I dont try to take credit from the pc, its just that a console is too easy to intall, play, join a server and chat with your headset, and you get better with time and I know you can never be as fast with a controller than a mouse but everyone is playing with a controller so everyone has the same speed and speeds are not so bad.

I know this topic is way old but give it a try some day just for fun and respect other opinions you will get the most out of everyones comments.

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#2 - mansmear - 312w ago
Merely citing 2 FPS games on the PS3 hardly crowns it 'the FPS king'. Personally I've always felt the PC to be the most accomplished FPS platform with XBOX coming in a distant 2nd.

I will admit to not ever playing R2 or Killzone 2, but from the stand point of the two original games there would have to be a massive improvement in both franchises to even turn the heads of the FPS purists that exist on the PC.

pepijndamen's Avatar
#1 - pepijndamen - 312w ago
As much as I liked the original campaign of R1, EPIC fail on not including a proper co-op campaign in R2. And I'm not talking about the so-called 8-player co-op bs.

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