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Which console will win 2010?

PC


1. The best year for real-time strategy games

Real-time strategy is still a PC-only genre - and for RTS fans, 2010 promises to be one of the best years ever. This year, desktop generals can look forward to an especially exciting lineup of sequels for some of the biggest and best RTS series of all time. Expect StarCraft II, Command & Conquer 4, and Supreme Commander 2 to remind Wii remote wagglers and button mashers that the PC is still the best (and only) place to play “real” strategy games.


Above: Experts anticipate that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will sell approximately ten bajillion copies and make your penis bigger 

But 2010 won’t just be about sequels. RUSE is slated to release this year; it’s a promising and original RTS that emphasizes elements of subterfuge and trickery (aka lying). Also, Warhammer fans shouldn’t forget about Chaos Rising, the upcoming expansion for Dawn of War 2, which will add the dreaded Chaos Marines as a playable faction.


2. MMOs will steal all your gold and health

If you’ve been questing till three in the morning for eight days straight, you know that you’ve been playing a good MMO - and that worries me, because I’ve got stuff to do, and 2010 will see the release of tons of MMOs that’ll monopolize my life.


Above: PCs continue to dominate the MMO scene 

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is number one on my threat list. The third expansion for World of Warcraft will add the usual amenities, like a higher level cap with new dungeons and new playable races. But it’ll also bring about the destruction of the world of World of Warcraft, as we know it, reshaping the kingdoms of Azeroth forever. But 2010 also promises brand new MMOs for my two favorite sci-fi universes with Star Trek Online and Star Wars: The Old Republic. It’s also the year in which we’ll see Guild Wars 2, the first proper sequel to the fantastic PvP-centric fantasy MMO.


3. Steam will continue to offer better deals than XBLA and PSN

Valve Corporation’s digital distribution service has come a long way since it launched - and will likely continue to offer better deals on games than Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network Store. Browse through Steam’s store and you’ll always find sweet sales for both new releases and classic titles. Valve’s willingness to play with traditional pricing structures has led to better deals for gamers and an increase in sales for developers and publishers. Everyone’s a winner - everyone, except for PC-less console gamers, of course.


Above: What you won’t find on Steam are clothes for your avatar or overpriced downloadable titles 

Right now, Steam’s pre-order deal for BioShock 2, priced at $49.99, is 10 dollars cheaper than GameStop’s $59.99 pre-order price - and also comes with a copy of the original BioShock, which can be gifted to a friend if you already have it. Don’t bother looking for any BioShock 2 deals on XBLA or the PSN Store. Even if you could buy it, your puny console hard drives probably wouldn’t have enough space to store it anyway.


4. Games will still look and play better on the PC

It’s true. Games almost always look and play better on a PC. Think Batman: Arkham Asylum looked good on your HDTV? Try playing it with all the visual settings cranked up. With a nice monitor and a decent rig, games like Mass Effect and Fallout 3 look way better than their console counterparts. With sharper textures, more anti-aliasing, longer draw distances, higher frame rates, and the option to customize all your visual settings for the optimal performance, games will continue to look crisper and smoother in motion on the PC.

On top of that, online play always was and will continue to be better on PC versions. You shouldn’t have to pay for an Xbox LIVE membership just to play a round of Left 4 Dead 2 with your friends - and you won’t if you continue to play multiplayer shooters on the PC, the platform that gave birth to the genre in the first place.


Above: Plug in a USB controller and enjoy console-centric titles, like Arkham Asylum, with better graphics 

Of course, the caveat is that a gaming rig is more expensive than a console. But you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars for a solid gaming experience. Check out this guide, which explains how to build an awesome gaming PC for $647 from our friends at Maximum PC.

 

5. All the games that matter will wind up on the PC

The 360 can have Halo: Reach. PC gamers understand that if you’re not using a mouse and keyboard, you’re not playing a real shooter. This truism has been common knowledge since Wolfenstein 3D and the days of DOS. With Brink and Rage to look forward to, another romp with Master Chief won’t be missed.

Go ahead and enjoy watching anime stereotypes swing oversized swords in Final Fantasy XIII, too. PC gamers have lots to keep them busy with Mass Effect 2 and PC-exclusive MMOs, like WoW: Cataclysm and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Yes, PC gamers have the best of both worlds to look forward to in 2010. With platform exclusives, like StarCraft II, and the best versions of multi-platform releases, like Mass Effect 2, there’s really no reason to be playing games on anything other than a PC this year.



WINNER: XBOX 360

Obviously, if we’re talking in terms of pure sales (which, again, we’re not), the Wii and DS would most likely be the hands-down winners. But be honest: how many of you actually care about Wii games not made by Nintendo, or use a DS as your primary game machine? Meanwhile, gaming PCs are a market unto themselves, and while they’ll likely get most of 2010’s most-anticipated games – eventually – it’s also possible they’ll be even more marginalized by console-centric publishers (*coughActivisioncough*) than they were in 2009. So really, this boils down to a contest between the PS3 and the 360 – and when you look at everything we know about each console at this point,  and the pure user experience that each one offers, we’re going to have to hand a pre-emptive victory to the 360.

Yes, the PS3 is swiftly closing the gap, but it’s the 360 that created that gap in the first place. Achievements are still more understandable than Trophies. You’re still more likely to find exclusive DLC for big-ticket games on the 360, or at least on the 360 first. The online service doesn’t feel like an unwieldy patchwork, firmware updates are infrequent and short, and Microsoft’s planned Game Room already looks more interesting than Sony’s sterile, microtransaction-filled Home. And Project Natal, skeptical as we’d like to be, looks like it could be genuinely revolutionary... if it’s handled right.


Above: One possible way it could be handled right 

Sony’s set to make a strong showing, and it’s going to be a knock-down, drag-out fight of a year for sure – more so than it’s ever been. But based on what we know going in, our money’s on the 360 maintaining its stranglehold.

Jan 22, 2010


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123 comments

  • Stealtheffect2005 - March 5, 2010 10:06 p.m.

    this article seems a bit too biased to me.
  • Jose22 - February 10, 2010 3:11 a.m.

    pse3 will triumph i have 360 and ps3 but i like better ps3
  • OrionOnyx - February 4, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    I think Project Natal is the main reason why the 360 is going to win... I mean come on, it looks totally kick ass.
  • kikingbird - February 3, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    I personally think that Sony will win. All other systems have their advantages and are fun, but Sony has this year by far.
  • austinite04 - February 3, 2010 10:31 a.m.

    Gamesradar is totally bias... They are in someway controlled by Microsoft so it's no surprise they picked Xbox360.. If you want my honest thoughts on which console will win 2010.. I have to say PS3, for one, the service is free (for now) and not to mention we have exclusives Xbox'er idiots would LOVE to have.. Not to mention we only ever need ONE disc.. 2 or three for Mass effect?? PUHLEASE!! I would rather get the STEAM version on my pc.. At least there on my pc I can play my games in 1080p.. but back to consoles, I am no fanboy of PS3, I did at one time own all current consoles. Now I'm just down to a ps3, simply because I can't live without Netflix and blu-ray's. I hope XBox gets a Blu-ray.. more power to them.. more money for SONY..lol. Besides most xbox360 components are in someway or another a sony product.. so we are really just gonna have to go with a all in one with the next gen console, have nintendo,xb720,and ps4 all in one box.. I would pay $2,000 for it... I want all the developers to put console partisan politics aside.. We need to cut costs in this downswing economy.. Sony spent 2 trillion bucks on the ps3.. xb360 came close but not close enough since they still red ring.. the wii is a joke by it's self.. it needs the other consoles. I dream of a day where I can just turn on ONE console and pull up different User interface's.. say I want to play Halo reach I login to the xbox console from a directory system.. and if I want to play Gran turismo, on the fly I should be able to press the menu button (guide,or Home) button and jump right over to the ps4 partition. the same with wii 2.. Whats more, the ps3 is really a beta model for the ps4.. Once the ps4 comes out we will have James Camerons: AVATAR (movie) like game graphics.. It's no pipedream.. 3d was a dream just last year now it's possible. I want an all in one console SO BAD..
  • PharonicDawn - January 31, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    You know, it will be a really close call. I own a Wii and a PC. I do own a PS2 and an original Xbox, along with an N64. For PC, the gameplay will be the ultimate thing. I love my PS2, and have played a PS3. Their wide choice of games is brilliant and fun to choose from. Xbox 360 has some famous games correlated to it, such as the Halo series. Although you can get Halo for PC, Halo: Reach will bury it's competitor's 6 feet under. Nintendo's huge brand name of Pokemon and Mario will put other competitors washing away down the river once their games come out. My winner: PC. The PC, if you have the right equipment for it, will dominate for it's large amount of graphics capacity, game choice, and gameplay. I own MW2, L4D2, the half-Life and Half-Life 2 series. They are all great games with amazing graphics. I can't wait until Starcraft II and SupCom2 come out. Civ IV also dominates for PC. Although Xbox 360 has great brand names, Nintendo great gameplay and brand names, and the PS3 has an amazing graphics, PC wins for me.
  • kallukoras - January 29, 2010 7:46 p.m.

    The wii was an epic fail caus stupid games come out for it and its juts lame, x-box 360 hell yeah but cheap the 3 rings of death, PS3 is there anything that breaks on that? caus i dont remember hearing anything about it..... But i would vote for PC caus those i can fix.
  • JohnnyMaverik - January 29, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    The way I see it for people who are primarily PC gamers (like myself), a 360 is pretty much a pointless aquesition, since most of the games on the 360 end up on pc, and very few of the ones that don't are actually all that desirable (in my opinion), especially in regards to AAA titles. The PS3 however has a fair few titles that aren't and will never be on the pc and are probably better played on a console.
  • teke367 - January 28, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    Uh, was one of the points for the Wii "the opposite is true" of only Nintendo brand games do well? There might be a couple, but the story has consistently been, with few exceptions, that only Nintendo makes money on the Wii. The way I see it, Xbox has Mass Effect 2, Halo reach, Splinter Cell and Fable 3, PS3 has God of War 3, GT5, and heavy rain that will be big hitters. Of course the Wii has any Mario or Zelda game that will be sure to be a big hit. Wii wins if the status quo remains. Xbox wins if they close the gap to #1 in sales (a decent percentage). PS3 wins if they close the gap to Xbox (or sells more for the year at least)
  • twewy13 - January 28, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    Both PS3's and x-box's attempt at motion control will fail and wii motion plus won't. you entered too late in the game sony/microsoft, and natal will suck because you must hold stuff while playing a game, simple as that ( well, if your punching and kicking it wont matter i guess, but shooting and driving...),
  • twewy13 - January 28, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    i seriously thought nintendo would win, thats what i say at least!!! REDSTEEL 2, TVC, AND GALAXY 2!!!!! INCROYABLE!!!!
  • robotechandnarutosucks - January 27, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    funny how you're all fighting over pieces of colored plastic that can play games!
  • familiarrealms - January 27, 2010 9:16 p.m.

    HA HA, its quite funny watching you people bikker about which console is gonna come out on top. If im honest i dont think it really matters which one does. I have a 360 + a PS3 and quite frankly im happy with both. i only got my PS3 the other day and i think this is a factor about why maybe the PS3 might prevail in the end. Xbox have a better game selection, better online community and a better enjoyment factor ( i think). The PS3 however, is getting slowly cheaper. People who wanted one when it was first releases have probably postponed their perchase until the last few months and in the future of this year. The sales are going to rise. Not only that, when Heavy Rain gets releases i think it might well be revolution in the way we look at games. Theres a chance that game might go down in history. I suppose if your happy with your console then your console wins!!
  • 8bitBaby - January 27, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    i'm rooting for 360, but i'm afraid that the wii will come out on top. i just got back from my friends place and both she and her sister just dropped a ton of money on nothing but wii merch. US games AND they bought Japan only games on wii ware. "sigh" i feel betrayed by nintendo.
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  • Kytl - January 27, 2010 3:55 a.m.

    I care about the games not made by Nintendo, but enough of that. I actually starting to think 360 owners might get something cool with Natal, I worry about those children AI and the "interaction" with them. Microsoft, please don't make them too realistic.
  • Yeager1122 - January 27, 2010 3:25 a.m.

    @CLEIP Your taking what i said MUCH TO LITERALLY. I was really just saying that i like both the 360 and ps3 and want wii gone.
  • theBlackKnight - January 27, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    Oh and by the way, how would you aim with a gun that doesn't exist to have a rail or anything?
  • theBlackKnight - January 27, 2010 1:20 a.m.

    Oh my God NO. Natal is just a gimmick to attract the casual gamers which will definately not work, because they all already have the Wii, and nobody actually wants to be waving their arms around on actual games. Also, none of their exclusives will even compare with the PS3's gigantic number of good exclusives. And when they say the Xbox is cheaper than t Ps3, it is NOT. online is 60$ a year. if oou keep it just two years, the Ps3 is already worth the money and you get a Blu- ray player.
  • g4m3rk1dd - January 26, 2010 8:10 p.m.

    i know this has been read but i have added on to it if project natal was given a hardcore game to work with *coughgearsofwarcoughhalocough* that would truely be revolutionary in gaming...hell in technology period on the other hand if nintendo suddenly decided to, as read in an earlier article, go "online" with a game like pokemon...that would VERY rapidly outsell possibly ANYTHING known to man >.> just imagine and and others walking through tall grass finding pokemon or attempting to "raid" and/or capture the more legendary. im willing to bet that even WoW couldnt compete with that is they did every thing right the main thing that i can say i want a PS3 for is if they were to make a FF7 remake...there i said it...its a good counsle with good features but i just cant get myself to buy yet another counsel so i can play the "best" games when alot of the older games for sega gen and sega saturn and others were much better =/ those games are the forefathers of all games and without those we wouldnt have squat

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