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PlayStation vs. Xbox

Everyone’s got their own gaming system. Great exclusives, massive hardware and unrivaled horsepower. But when it comes down to the absolute best console, it turns into an all-out debate. While many can argue that the PC is the most powerful of them all, it’s not really a gaming console. Today, I’m pitting Microsoft’s Xbox against Sony PlayStation. I’m including games from no earlier than the 5th generation, which began in 1996. I’ve played on many of these systems, but only one of them is better.
Round 1: Impact

Both the Xbox and the PlayStation have had a big impact on the industry. The original PlayStation debuted in 1995. It pushed two main ideas. the first one was that the era of cartridges was coming to an end with their emphasis on CD-based technology. The other idea was that games were no longer just kids toys. Also worth noting is that it was the first console to use two analog sticks on the controller.
The Xbox originally came in 2001 with a large library of games. In 2002, Xbox Live was launched, and was able to make online gaming viable for years to come.
It’s a bit unfair, but the PlayStation came first with more velocity and power then other consoles at the time.
Winner: PlayStation 1; Xbox 0
Round 2: Ageing
No game can look amazing forever. Despite their overall quality, not many games from the PS1 and the PS2 have aged very well. There are a few exceptions such as Gran Turismo 4 and Sands of Time. But beyond those, most PS games look a bit muddy. The graphics from the PS3 and the PS4 look beautiful, but we’ve still got some time before they’ve aged fully.
The Xbox was released with the Halo franchise, one of the most compelling and visually-striking series ever. Also, there was an RPG named Fable that, though over-hyped by Peter Molyneux, still was vibrantly animated. For these reasons I’ve got to give the Xbox a point here.
Winner: PlayStation 1; Xbox 1
Round 3: Hardware and Horsepower
An important feature in consoles is the hardware. For the PlayStation 3, it came with parts that were used to create supercomputers. It was the first console ever to successfully use Blu-Ray DVD technology on high-definition T.V.s. It came with the promise of the Cell Processor, a micro-architecture that can streamline performance and co-processing measures. However, its relatively small controller stayed the same for three gaming generations. The PS4 controller layout is different, but the size is about the same.
The Xbox arrived with a built-in disk drive, the first of its kind. It didn’t require any memory cards. It’s also built on regular PC hardware and inadvertently started modding. Unfortunately, while the 360 and Xbox One both delivered strong power, they both failed in their own rights. The 360’s rushed launch created the Red Ring of Death, causing systems to crash. Xbox One always had an online DRM, causing several games to not be playable for some time.
In this round, the PlayStation just nudged ahead.
Winner: PlayStation 2; Xbox 1
Round 4: Price Tags
The PlayStation 2 is still the best-selling console of all-time, with 155 million units sold. Sadly, the PS3 couldn’t reach that status because of its price tag. You know it’s eating up your wallet when it’s over 500 dollars. The PS4 isn’t any cheaper at about the same price.
The Xbox 360 was initially much more affordable at around 300 dollars, yet is still pricey. The Xbox One comes at around 400 dollars. While that system is still in its birth, the Xbox 360 sold slightly more units than the PS3.
Winner: PlayStation 2; Xbox 2
Round 5: The Games
The Xbox has had a multitude of great series and stand-alone games. These include Halo, Gears of War, Fable, Alan Wake, Forza Motorsport, and Psychonauts. Many of their other games are ports from other systems. While they have given us many memories, beyond Halo and Gears of War, few of their games have had a true standout identity. Because of this, Master Chief and Marcus Fenix are really the only mascots whose series has stayed great true and through.
Sony, on the other hand, has ushered in a ton of beloved franchises. Including but not limited to Resistance, Killzone, Sly Cooper, God of War, LittleBigPlanet, Gran Turismo, Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid, and Kingdom Hearts. As well as stand alone games like Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, Heavy Rain, Infamous, and of course The Last of Us. In addition, several games were ported to the systems first as third-party exclusives.
The PlayStation wins this one by a long shot.
Winner: PlayStation 3; Xbox 2
And the winner is: PlayStation!
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Greatest Video Game Story of All Time

Don’t think for one second that I just do movies on this blog. I’m also a hardcore gamer, mostly on the PlayStation systems. One aspect I think is very important for the industry is the storytelling. Recently, games have gotten a lot better at it, some even are worthy of Hollywood flicks. So today, I’m giving you my opinion on the best video game story of all time.
The criteria is simple: these are games that deliver compelling plots and characters worthy of a movie.They have to have originated in games, which means any licensed titles are out. I’m breaking it down to five games with great stories and then give my opinion on which one is the best. There are no spoilers ahead, so read as you please.
1. Assassin’s Creed
This open-world action series introduced us to the concept of genetic memories. It focuses on a war between the ancient Templars and the secretive group known as the Assassins. The games usually take place in two different settings. The first one is in modern-times, the second one is centuries ago. As Desmond Miles, a modern day bar tender-turned Assassin, we get to explore his ancestors memories through an advanced device called the Animus. Meanwhile, he must also confront Abstergo Industries, the modern Templars. The games seamlessly blend historical facts into their lore, offering an intriguing journey that will be made into an upcoming film.
2.Red Dead Redemption
Speaking of great open-world games, here’s another one. Taking things to the Old West, players take the role of John Marston, a former outlaw who was abandoned by his gang and tried to live peacefully with his wife and son. When the government captures his family, Marston is forced to take down the members of his former gang. Along the way, he comes by many beautiful landscapes and memorable characters, in a powerful journey that explores how far a man will go to keep his family safe.
3.Bioshock Infinite
Expecting a trip down into Rapture? I’ll talk about the first Bioshock in a bit, but that doesn’t detract from how amazing “Infinite” was. As Booker Dewitt, a disgraced agent with a large debt, you’re sent to the floating city of Colombia to rescue a young woman named Elizabeth. You see that she’s not just ordinary, and help her find herself. Meanwhile, Colombia serves its found, Zachary Comstock, as if he were a god. On top of that, the game also deals with themes of racism, ideology, prejudice; things not commonly seen in many games.
4.Shadow of the Colossus
This gem is one of the best titles on the PlayStation 2. Due in large part to its grandiose scope and powerful story. In the game, a man named Wander makes a deal with the devil. In exchange for bringing back a sacrificed girl named Mono, Wander must find and kill 16 colossi, each one is beautifully designed. You must ride your horse Agro across the landscape to move onto the next colossus. This all makes Shadow of the Colossus a prime example of video games as a true form of art.
I hope many of you saw this one coming. After his plane crashes in the mid-Atlantic, Jack travels down into the underwater city of Rapture, which is one of the best intros of all time. You’re introduced to feuding characters Andrew Ryan and Atlas who are fighting a civil war. It may seem like a utopia at first. But the walls are leaking, there’s blood on the floor, and angry voices echo down the hall. On top of standard firearms, Jack is also given plasmids, a version of magic. Using morality choices, you can do as you please kill whoever you feel is a threat. It also has one of the best plot twists in video game history.\
Would you kindly agree with this pick? Are there any others that I missed? Please let me know. I’ll be back soon.

Man of Steel: Was it Great or Terrible?

This is a pretty controversial topic in the movie category. The film has been out for over a year. Fans and critics alike are still hotly debating over the quality of “Man of Steel.” Some say it’s the Superman film people have been asking for, others barely count as a DC film. The following thoughts are going to strictly be my opinion. Don’t worry there are no spoilers ahead. It’s okay to read if you haven’t seen the movie.
I know that I already wrote a review for “Man of Steel,” so feel free to check that out too. But now I’m focusing on my opinion. Here it goes: I love “Man of Steel.” Call me crazy, but I love it and there’s nothing any of you haters can say that will change my mind. I love it for the same reasons I love “The Dark Knight.” It’s action-packed, it’s fast-paced and has a dark and gritty atmosphere. There could’ve been more character development and a little light humor thrown in for fun, but the great acting and epic battles can make up for that.
It’s by no means DC’s best comic book movie to date, with that honor belonging to “The Dark Knight.” But it’s still a pretty good entry. Some people complain saying they think that it’s on the path to another “Quest for Peace” or that it’s too dark and depressing. But I’m going to judge “Man of Steel” based on what it is, which is great. Also, the dark and somber tone of the film is supposed to be a result of all the destruction that Superman causes, and considering that that same tone was in Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy, Most of those complaint seem pretty baseless. After all, whoever said that superhero movies had to always be campy and colorful?
Think of this film like “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.” While it’s far from perfect, it’s still a really entertaining movie with unforgettable moments. Even though the plot of the movie was loose at some points, it’s characters keep it a great piece of entertainment.
So those are my thoughts on the movie. They’re likely to be different from yours. Again check out my “Man of Steel” movie review if you want to see more in-depth detail about the film. And don’t forget to Like, Comment and Follow my blog.