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I just finished playing a little of the H.A.W.X. 2 demo
which subsequently inspired this blog. Having never played the first one, I
will say the second go at it was beautiful...but the controls left a lot to be desired.
Oh hey...guess what. You don't have to agree with this blog.
And you don't even have to like it. Heck, you don't even have to read it.
Bottom line, I'm going to talk about how some genres are better suited for a
particular platform. While I don't think so, some may take it to be a bit
controversial. So, I'll say it again...for the record...this is my personal
opinion. Feel free to share your own thoughts on it. Also, for the sake of blog
length, I'll only talk about the major categories of video game genres. And
yes, I realize there are a ton more console gamers than there are PC gamers.
Simulators. Since it was the inspiration,
I suppose it's only fair to pick it first. Sims range from driving to flying
and everything in between. The experience has really transformed to a point
where some sims have specialized joysticks (like steering wheels and flight
control systems) adding to the immersion factor while other sims have fully
functional (virtual) cockpits. Platform
of Choice: PC - flying a plane is a complex evolution that requires extensive interaction
and control manipulation. Having something a bit more capable than a game
controller, like a keyboard for example, allows the gamer to have a more
realistic and enjoyable experience.
Real Time Strategy
(RTS). Well, the decision is pretty obvious. Can you play StarCraft II on
the PC, and the answer is yes. Can you play it on a console or handheld device?
Not that I know of...at least not in a normal configuration. This doesn't mean they
are non-existent on consoles. There are some. Well, at least one that I know of
(Halo Wars). I'm sure there are others. Platform
of Choice: PC - There are a ton of keyboard shortcuts and keystrokes
available to even the most novice operator when playing a RTS on the PC that they
don't have available on a console.
Online, Role Playing Game (MMORPG). Hmm. Another obvious favorite here. I
can't think of any MMORPGs on the console. Although, the Playstation 3 does
have a MMOFPS that was received with mixed results. Regardless, there is
nothing even remotely similar to World of Warcraft or EVE Online available on a
console. Platform of Choice: PC - Winner
by default or forfeit. For now.
There is no question sports games are a perfect combination for the console
family, especially if you want a little side by side friendly competition. The Sports genre encompasses quite the following
of athletic games ranging from football to boxing. I can honestly say that I
don't think I've ever played a sports game on my PC gaming rig. Platform of Choice: Console - Hands down,
no question. 'Nuf said.
And last but not least...
Shooter (FPS): I'm not even going to
go down this road and try and debate which platform is better suited to play
FPSs on. I have both. I enjoy both. There are highs and lows to each. This genre
could definitely go either way. Platform
of Choice: Undecided.
I'm looking at this list...and I think it's a pretty fair assessment.
I don't think I'm being biased or unrealistic. That being said, I find it
rather ironic that the PC seems to be a more advantageous platform for many of the
popular genres, yet the consoles far surpass the PC in total number of gamers.
Must be because everyone is playing Modern Warfare.
Well, that's it for tonight. The weekend is nearly here
which is good because I seriously need to catch up on some sleep. Until