One of the largest industries of computer applications is video gaming. Countless games have been developed since the invention of the modern computer. Children who wish to play video games and their parents who are charged with purchasing them can be easily overwhelmed by the plethora of choices available on the market today. Beyond the challenge of navigating through the selection of video games choices, the decision of what gaming system to purchase can be equally daunting, if not more so.
If you in the process of seeking the right gaming system for your needs, read on. To date, there are four major gaming systems to choose from for the aspiring serious gamer: the PC, the Xbox 360, the Sony Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii.
The PC is a viable gaming option for gamers of any level. It can be fitted with a controller and nearly all game genres. The main advantage of the PC is the mouse and keyboard which makes it ideal for first person shooters. If you are into this type of game, the PC is the best choice. The downside of gaming with the PC is that it has limited exclusive titles, unlike the PS3 which has a great number of amazing series available, such as God of War and the Final Fantasy series. The PC is also not big on RPG's. If you want your PC to be modestly up to date in five years, you will need to be prepared to pay for top of the line currently available.
In terms of game selection, the PS3 has more games than the PC and the list of titles continues to grow. In regard to graphics, the PS3 has exceptional graphics, especially with exclusive titles like Metal Gear Solid, Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, Grant Turismo 5 and God of War III, Uncharted series. These are debatably the best looking games available at the present time. In terms of gameplay, the PS3 offers a great balance of different genres but is particularly strong in regard to RPG's and action games.
Xbox 360 is PS3's main rival. In considering graphics, the Xbox 360 has better graphics on most multi ported games, such as Mass Effect 2. However, a high-end PC beats both the 360 and PS3. In terms of exclusive titles, the Xbox 360 has its own great titles like Halo, Gears of War and Blue Dragon. In regard to game play, the Xbox 360 offer a wealth of action games and a strong selection of RPG's (but not as wide as the PS3's).
The Wii console is particularly popular with Japan and fitness enthusiasts. Its controls often use the whole body, requiring moderate physical activity during play. In terms of graphics, the Wii is fairly outdated. It offers a huge selection of sports and recreational games. The Wii offers a number of exclusive titles, such as Mario, Zelda and Xenoblade. Some of these titles are the best RPG's although it is a shame that Wii does not offer more of them.
Of course, a primary factor to consider in purchasing a game system is budget. The PS3, the Xbox 360 and the Wii can be purchased for $100 - $150. The PC can be more expensive if you are going high end, easily reaching retails above $1000. If you are buying any of these consoles, I suggest using Target coupon codes for better deals.
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