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Which console will win Fall 2010?

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NOTE: Yes, we know it’s not a console. Shut up.


1. No stupid motion-control gimmicks

The elephant in the motion-control room that Sony and Microsoft aren’t talking about is that motion control is a sad attempt to reinvigorate two platforms that are going to look increasingly dated over the next few years of their planned 10-year lifespans.

The PC already had a game three years ago that still looks better than anything current consoles could hope to achieve. The mouse and keyboard, despite being an ancient idea, already nailed the “precision” that motion control claims to bring to gaming. And the mouse will always be the superior tool, because it sits on a stable platform. Holding up a pointer at a screen for hours on end is tiring and hampered by the human arm’s inability to hold perfectly still – just look at the jiggly cursors you see on the Wii and PS3, or the slow-as-a-granny-in-a-walker Kinect cursor.


Above: Also, nobody’s ever going to do this for a mouse

While the consoles pathetically flap their arms trying to bring in casual gamers, the PC is only becoming more powerful, while still maintaining its prestige as the true hardcore gamer’s platform. PC gamers aren’t afraid of buttons. We’ve been playing games while using 10 times the available buttons of any console controller, while simultaneously making use of gaming’s most immersive, precise way to aim, flick, and click: the mouse. Notice how Nintendo shied away from blabbing about motion control at E3? That’s because they’ve realized what a lame gimmick it is, and that the industry is already moving away from it. Unfortunately for the PS3 and 360, Sony and Microsoft haven’t realized it, which means they’ll be floundering while the PC focuses on real, concrete gaming.


2. Stupidly superior visuals

Obviously, better graphics do not mean better games, but if you play a console version of a triple-A title and then compare it to the PC version, the difference is astounding. Particularly with games designed to draw you in with their ambiance, PC games win out, and this coming fall is the perfect time to upgrade. Currently, DirectX 11 graphics cards are crazy expensive, but give it a few months and not only will they be cheaper, but so will processors and Solid State Drives (SSDs), all of which combine to make fast, gorgeous gaming that’s way beyond what consoles can achieve.

At this point, it’s getting embarrassing how far behind visually the current generation of consoles has become. PCs are already next-gen, and will continue to get even lovelier in their visual capabilities. Every month that goes by makes the consoles trail farther behind, while PC components become more affordable. While console games continue to claim HD visuals and instead quietly render their visuals to be well below the capacity of HDTVs, PC monitors continue to blow away anything even the best TVs can deliver, with ridiculously crisp, anti-aliased visuals on top of the subtle lighting effects that DirectX 11 graphics cards can produce.


3. The best versions of multi-platform fall releases

Fallout: New Vegas will almost certainly be huge, but those playing on consoles are getting a clunky, muddy-looking version of a game series that has always been about the PC. Management-heavy games like Fallout and Mafia always offer a more streamlined experience on PC compared to the console versions, because the mouse and keyboard make navigating your inventory way faster, meaning you spend more time playing the game instead of fumbling through windows or quick-selection wheels. Then, of course, there are the shooters…

Medal of Honor? FEAR 3? Call of Duty: Black Ops? Please. Not only will these games make their console counterparts look like last-gen knockoffs, but there’s no comparison to the mouse when it comes to precision aiming. While the “hardcore” FPS “pros” on Xbox Live and PSN talk shit to noobs about learning to aim, the real pros on PC will snicker at their pathetic reliance on auto-aim.

Let’s also not forget the importance of immersion in horror games like FEAR 3 and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. With the PC’s sophisticated and subtle light and shadow capabilities, creeping down corridors lit only by flickering, dancing lights will be nightmare-inducing. Which version will make you quake in terror more?


4. The PC-exclusive games

The PC has always been the only place to properly experience certain genres, like strategy games and MMOs. StarCraft II will have enormous legs, with a playerbase still growing throughout the fall and high-level competition heating up. But it’s the big PC exclusives, like the titanic Civilization V, that will provide experiences that can be found on no other system. Napoleon: Total War – The Peninsular Campaign will also be coming, but it’s with the MMO angle that the PC will truly bring its dominance to the front.

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online is quietly creeping onto the scene, and for the many fans of the Warhammer universe, this is no small thing. Yet not every MMO arriving in the fall will be conventional RPG stuff. LEGO Universe has shown it’s ready to take a whimsical yet creative approach to the MMO, with a level-design philosophy closer to that of single-player games. Yet there is one juggernaut expected in the fall, and it pretty much seals the deal for the PC’s win. Even if you don’t play World of Warcraft, its influence is inarguable, and the Cataclysm expansion will make some serious waves. It’s not just your typical add-on for high level players; it’s going to reshape the entire world of Azeroth, meaning a fresh experience for new players, returning players, or players wanting to create a new character. It’s sure to reinvigorate the biggest game on the planet.

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83 comments

  • Vulneratus - October 3, 2010 1:24 p.m.

    Whoahh! :) left that comment lastnight and I conveniently forgot to mention I was hammered... oh well... lesson learned : Don't leave comments while drunk
  • Vulneratus - October 3, 2010 2:49 a.m.

    Yeah!! Go Mikel!! I'm sorry dudes if you've got half a brain de ps3 has to win... unless you like dressin babies and like donkey fashion star 2 then Nintendo have just sold any hardcore audience they had left to relying on ant 'n' dec selling their latest piece of mass-market tripe to selling to mums/morons-who-don't-know-any-better. Unless of course u like waiting till once a year rolls round so u can play a decent game... cos thats what we're in it for right??? Fuck Nintendo!! They pull that shit, then what seriously is the point in brand loyalty?? Sorry, Microsoft pissed me off years ago after i got an xbox n then like a year later they announced de 360, now Nintendo just seems to fuckin' ignore anything their empire is built on except cheap-ass "casual gamer" gimmicks. And don't get me wrong, Sony are no angels either! remember when it used to be about games and the people who enjoyed them???? Well, we might as well fuckin try while we can cos it certainly won't be long before all this BS is redundant too... sorry, rant over.. just a little pissed off tonight
  • SolarPoweredShitMachine - October 1, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    I agree that the PC will "win" Fall 2010 (even though I have all the consoles and prefer the PS3) although I got really tired of the MMOs. I'd rather a nice 1-4 player game... ...Oh wait... Steam... K, the PC wins hands-down.
  • k1ll8saurav - August 4, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    That's bullshit. This is which "console" wins this fall. Why the fudge would anyone include PCs in a console-only competition? Of course PC dominates consoles every way possible, but because this year is possibly one of the biggest ever in PC history, it doesn't qualify it to be competing with measly consoles. If PC was included, it should be called the best platform of the fall competition. Not a console competition. The minute I saw PC I was like I know who the winner is.
  • Elementium - July 8, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    As someone who plays WoW.. yeah the PC is going to win. Also.. I don't trust Sony anymore. the PS2 was amazing but they got greedy with the PS3 and hurt themselves. Xbox just has too many good games. You absolutely cannot beat Halo:Reach and fable 3. As for the Wii.. it's cheap and still has some good games but I'd buy one just for the Virtual Console games.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - July 8, 2010 7:20 a.m.

    The only must buys left for me to get this year are LBP2, GT5, The Sly Collection GOW:GOS, Rock Band 3. I also want Crysis 2, COD black ops, Medal Of Honor but i will probably only get one of these shooters. If Resistance 3, Team Ico Collection or The Last Guardian get released this year they will be must buys. Plenty of good games are coming out I just hope I can afford them all I am broke right now but I'm looking for a job. I'm more excited for 2011 Can't wait for Twisted Metal, Killzone 3, inFAMOUS 2, Metal Solid Rising, Agent
  • Howetzer - July 7, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    Oh here we go GR, it FIGURES you'd pick your stupid XBox360 for the winner this year, DUH! I mean common you guys are Soooo predictable.... What's that you say? They picked the PC? Shut the front Door! well then, I am going to go and sit down.....for now.
  • mwheeler - July 6, 2010 7 p.m.

    Well, The wii allways does well at xmas in terms of profit, take the wii fit for example. As for games, there getting alot better. Last few months has had monster hunter tri, super mario galaxy 2 etc - Add more to that list come the fall such as epic mickey and the new goldeneye and the wii finally has some interest for hardcore gamers.
  • JADENkOTOR - July 6, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    @ GodofPS314- You are stupid Medal of Honor is multiplatform. I really liked how you said it with such conviction though @ RedOutLive10- The Fable series is so much much better than GoW and Halo As for who wins: Nobody does- except Peter Monyluex and Chuck Norris
  • axemahn - July 6, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    halo and fable own. all sony has is.......a racing game? lol go away sony, shooo!!!!
  • Druupwnz - July 6, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    I'm not a PC gamer, but I've gotta agree with you. Halo: Reach, GT 5, and all the freaking awesome Nintendo things will bring a bunch of money towards consoles, but quite honestly SCII and WoW are going to continue to win the market, commercially. PC MMO's are goldmines, as hard as that is for some *coughmostpostersonherecough* to swallow. So yep, PC wins. Nice article.
  • DriveShaft - July 5, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    PS3 or Wii, but fucking PC????
  • newgames128 - July 5, 2010 6:06 p.m.

    I can understand the addiction factor that level-based MMORPG/RTS games like WoW an Starcraft 2 create to make them more popular, but imo they don't hold a candle to something like The Witcher 2.
  • Cwf2008 - July 5, 2010 9:41 a.m.

    So the nonconsole wins? WTF?!
  • Ninja-KiLLR - July 5, 2010 12:16 a.m.

    GT5, LBP2, and fallout new vegas is all that i need.
  • sato - July 4, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    oh my, i expected a huge and distinct preference in comments... and does it really matter who wins? there's always next year, and next year, and next year... until someone buys someone out...
  • GameManiac - July 4, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    Who cares who wins. What matters is what good that's coming with what we already (or going to) have. I have both a Wii and DS, so I'll stick to Nintendo and bask in its wonderful line up. There's so much from them to look forward to.
  • JosefMotley - July 4, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    also - weren't you guys saying the other day that PC gaming was dying because if you're clever enough to actually get a game working on the damn thing, you're probably clever enough to download and crack it? not that i don't love the PC and fully agree with the mouse control praises...
  • JosefMotley - July 4, 2010 2:31 p.m.

    the nintendo lineup of games is actually pretty poor beyond DKC and kirby, both of which could go either way... it was rare who made DKC what it was, and retro studios as far as i'm concerned are just the guys who ruined metroid. kirby games tend to be good but the last GBA one i played, amazing mirror, was pretty awful, i hope that doesn't happen again here. and how come half the wii article was about the DS? that seems to have a much better roster,as per usual ... wish i could play handhelds without dying of neck cramp and RSI
  • sixboxes - July 4, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    I like how the "console" to win the battle of "Which console will win Fall 2010?" is the only thing on the list that isn't a console. I also like how all it's apparently good for is gaming, despite being the most versatile piece of hardware out of everything in this article. But what I like the most is how the article pervades the stereotype of the snotty PC gamer who thinks his chosen platform is unequivocally superior, and people would only disagree with him because they are mentally handicapped. I'm sure someone else has said all this, but it's Sunday, and I'm too lazy today to go through four pages of comments.

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