Review by FlashSaber
"It's a great system-if you have an up-to-date computer"
Well, here is my first console review. Enjoy.
When people think of computers, the first thing that comes to many people's minds is complicated installations, gimmicky controls, system requirements, and worst of all, crashes. Well, if you can get by the installations and setups, you'll actually find a pretty solid game console. I really like the variety of games on the PC. You can get from RPGs to first-person shooters, to flight sims to RTSs.
It's nice to be able to upgrade your PC at your own pace, but it's not fun getting a great game then bringing it home just to find it won't work on your computer. You have to keep up with the latest games' system requirements. But this is where the PC falls-it ain't cheap. Not to mention it's a pain to try to get newer games to work on older computers- I've had bad experiences. Yeah, then you try to bring it back and they won't refund it because it's been opened.
PC's game selection is amazing. Halo, Half-life, WoW, The Elder Scrolls saga, Diablo II, and The Sims are just a few examples. It's really nice how you can get expansion packs for games you own, so you can upgrade them once you get bored of them. This isn't possible on most consoles (as far as I know, anyway).
Well, if you get a computer that will run the games, you'll be pleased. You can often use a game controller (and there's a lot of them in different shapes, layouts and sizes), or use your key-board. And those keyboard short-cuts are REALLY handy it some games, and you can type on the keyboard instead of using those time-consuming software keyboards that are built into console games. Mouse and keyboard combination control schemes often work better then controllers, especially in fist-person shooters.
The graphics are great too. They keep up with the console graphics, or even beat them. Depending on your computer, they might be skippy or choppy, but you could always upgrade you video card. Sound is amazing, but that also depends on you sound card.
Load times are often better on PC's then on consoles. Because some of the game is copied on to your computer (that's what installing games does; copies some of the game on to your computer), the games often load faster.
Even though a new computer is expensive, you also have to take into account how long the computer will last you. A video game console will last you 5 years approximately, IF you buy the system the year it comes out. When you buy a computer, depending how good it is, might last you 5-10 years. That's two generations of games instead of one 5 year generation. Not to mention all of the hundreds of other things you can use your computer for. It's nice how computer are always improving. It takes consoles 5 years to upgrade!
Computers are great, but can be a tad expensive complicated for gaming at times, or are just a pain (system requirements). Overall, I recommend using your computer for a video game console, as long as you keep it up-to date (or at least good enough to run the newest games).
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 01/02/07
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