PS3.XBOX or Wii which is best

#1
Hello All,
I'm after some advice on which console is best for famiy frendly games etc, kids are 10 and below, but would like to play some shootem ups now and again.

All advice greatly appreciated

WH
 
#2
A Wii is the way forward for family games, however shoot em ups are few and far between. Plus you will lose out graphically. A PS3 would suit a serious gamer, but there are less family orientated games out there.
The Xbox has a wider selection of games than the other two, and has excellent compatibility with windows for media sharing, streaming.

If you have a look at the games available for each compare them that way, you might find it easier to answer your question!
 

maguire

LE
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#4
Personally, I went Xbox360 - the kiddie type games are there if you look, although you dont have the gimmick of the wii controller - the prices are very competitive against the Wii. MS have put an awful lot of effort into the online experience as well.
PS3 ? imho it doesnt have the games as yet (in the way that GT, Wipeout etc sold the PS1 and Gt3 sold the PS2) and blu-rays not worth it as yet either in my view. (although that will change when they release the Alien series on br...) in the meantime if you buy the 360 Elite you'll get an upscaling dvd player if you dont have one already.
get yourself down to gamestation - when I bought mine 18 months ago I got the console, extra controller and load of games (and I mean at least a dozen - some s/hand, but fully guaranteed) and Guitar Hero with the controller for less than £500 - they've only gotten cheaper since then.
 
#5
I bought the PS3 just over a year ago... I think I would have gone for Xbox on reflection...Fits in with the rest of MS world. I mean £300 for a console that cannot play AVI in native format...I did not do enough research before buying..Got caught up in the hype.... £300 for something that is not ready....
 

maguire

LE
Book Reviewer
#6
blabla100 said:
I bought the PS3 just over a year ago... I think I would have gone for Xbox on reflection...Fits in with the rest of MS world. I mean £300 for a console that cannot play AVI in native format...I did not do enough research before buying..Got caught up in the hype.... £300 for something that is not ready....
it'll only take some decent games to make it worthwhile - and some decent br releases at reasonable prices (I mean, who *really* needs to see sluts in the city in hd at £20 a pop? apart from the gayers. ;) ) as soon as the Alien series is out on br, I'll probably get one myself... if they had a bigger game and better br titles out already it would have been a no-brainer, even at the p1sstaking prices Sony are charging for the hardware...
 
#7
maguire said:
PS3 ? imho it doesnt have the games as yet (in the way that GT, Wipeout etc sold the PS1 and Gt3 sold the PS2) and blu-rays not worth it as yet either in my view. (although that will change when they release the Alien series on br...) in the meantime if you buy the 360 Elite you'll get an upscaling dvd player if you dont have one already.
Clearly you haven't watched any Blue ray films on a HDTV, it is awsome. Upscalers are complete cra p, You cannot produce something that was never there. I got my new PS3 for £179 well worth it for Blue ray alone.
 
#8
I wouldn't go Xbox if you want to play online, the other two consoles are free to play online. PS3 Has one "Child Friendly" game, little big planet. The best probably would be Wii, but you'll lose out on FPS, unless you dont mind rail shooters. But hey, you can't have it all!
 
#9
maguire said:
blabla100 said:
I bought the PS3 just over a year ago... I think I would have gone for Xbox on reflection...Fits in with the rest of MS world. I mean £300 for a console that cannot play AVI in native format...I did not do enough research before buying..Got caught up in the hype.... £300 for something that is not ready....
it'll only take some decent games to make it worthwhile - and some decent br releases at reasonable prices (I mean, who *really* needs to see sluts in the city in hd at £20 a pop? apart from the gayers. ;) ) as soon as the Alien series is out on br, I'll probably get one myself... if they had a bigger game and better br titles out already it would have been a no-brainer, even at the p1sstaking prices Sony are charging for the hardware...
Duty rumor has it that for every PS3 sony sells at £300, they lose £165, so if this is true the PS3 is a bargain. Most of the games out for XBox are also on PS3. Having played both consoles I'd say the difference in price is worth it, unless you really want to play Halo 3 that badly, but TBH, why would you want to?
 

maguire

LE
Book Reviewer
#10
'Clearly you haven't watched any Blue ray films on a HDTV, it is awsome.'

I have - my father has all the kit, when I was theirs over christmas I saw several - my point is they werent the films *I* want to see in hd - ref my comments re the Alien br's when they eventually see the light of day. and what of the br discs where the studio have taken a bog average print of the film and done a sloppy transfer? kind of misses the point in my view. If I am going to replace my existing dvd collection at £15-20 a pop, I want to know I'm going to get my moneys worth.

'Duty rumor has it that for every PS3 sony sells at £300, they lose £165, so if this is true the PS3 is a bargain. Most of the games out for XBox are also on PS3. Having played both consoles I'd say the difference in price is worth it, unless you really want to play Halo 3 that badly, but TBH, why would you want to?'

so I should get down on my knees and thank Sony? ich, dont think so. especially after coming out with lines like 'it doesnt matter how much we charge for the PS3 - people will pay it.' which they did, in the run up to the PS3's release. I've played both, and if I wanted a console with next to nothing (relatively) in the back catalogue gameswise I would have bought a PS3. as it is, I have a 360, and I'm quite happily not only playing Halo 3, but Halo Wars, PGR 3 and 4, Forza 2, Race Driver Grid, Bioshock, HAWX and loads of others.
whats that Sooty? you can't get any of the Halo, PGR or Forza games on the PS3? well dont I just feel like a mug now then... ;)
 
#11
Couldn't care less about Halo- All three have been mediocre at best and I really don't understand the obsession over them. Prefer the resistance games myself. Racing games I don't play, so thats horses for courses. Look around a gameshop and most of the games are on both consoles at the same price. I also don't have to pay to play online, nor do I have to buy a blu-ray player to watch High Def movies. With all that I think the PS3 is better value for money, so enjoy your inferior console. :wink:
 
#12
maguire said:
I have - my father has all the kit, when I was theirs over christmas I saw several - my point is they werent the films *I* want to see in hd - ref my comments re the Alien br's when they eventually see the light of day. and what of the br discs where the studio have taken a bog average print of the film and done a sloppy transfer? kind of misses the point in my view. If I am going to replace my existing dvd collection at £15-20 a pop, I want to know I'm going to get my moneys worth.
Not wanting to get stuck on the br selling point too much but you make valid points. The point I made about the upscaler is equally relevant to older films that are on br and I just cant recommend or justify buying them. The fact remains that for £179 I got myself a blue ray player. If you like films have surround sound and all the gubbins then you should have a PS3, sometimes I play games on it.

I have to admit I despise microsoft products with such venom that I would never purchase Xbox.
 

maguire

LE
Book Reviewer
#13
fair enough - £179 is a good price - if I'd seen one at that rate I'd have gone for it meself.
 
#14
I bought a brand new Xbox 360 last Easter for my 10 and 12 year olds and within 3 months suffered the red rings of death, que a 2-3 week wait for MS to replace the board. The kids enjoyed it though but I sold it before Xmas to buy (secondhand) a PS3 from a workmate as the kids said they'd like one. This worked fine untill New Years eve when the Blu-ray packed in, but only had to wait 4 days until Sony sent a replacement. They both prefer the PS3 as there's not, in their opinion, much difference in graphics and the online play is free, they also prefer shoot em ups and driving/racing games. We also have a Wii which up until getting a wii fit board was largely unused once the novelty had worn off. A while back my eldest was online with the headset and was saying that there were some people with strange accents on, Americans apparently. Later my youngest was online and said there were some people on and he couldn't tell what they were saying, apparently they were from Barnsley-8 miles away.
 
#16
Got to say a PS3 is great for playing Blu ray films, picture quality is the dogs bollox
 
#17
I bought a PS3 a while ago. Before spending the money on it I asked around quite a few of my mates that owned 360s.

After inviting the 360 owners round for a beer and some PS3in' they agreed that it was the better console, I'm sure they said that because it was a novelty at the time though!

They both have thier plus and minus points but for me it came down to the Blu Ray.

Also the resistance games are the muts!
 
#18
WhiteHorse said:
Hello All,
I'm after some advice on which console is best for famiy frendly games etc, kids are 10 and below, but would like to play some shootem ups now and again.

All advice greatly appreciated

WH
PS3
 
#19
I have owned a Wii for a couple of years now, apart from a couple of good titles it's mostly dross. The problem I have is that it's not a gamer's console, and there's only so much cutesy bubbles, puppies, fairies, pixies and kittens I can put up with. I bought a PS3 a couple of months ago, and the Wii now gathers dust. Don't forget, it's not just for the kids, it's for you too. And besides, how many ten-year-olds don't find all the shoot-em-ups, fighting games, etc appealing? As for the poster who suggested that LBP is the only game that kids would enjoy, trust me, it's more than enough.

Leaving target audiences for a moment, the quality of the games line up is the next thing to consider.

http://www.metacritic.com/games/

The site above, for those that don't already know it, collates all the reviews in magazines, papers, etc and gives it an average score. Click the links for Wii, PS3, XBox 360 etc and have a look at the top 20 games list on the right hand side to see what kind of titles are available, and more importantly (to me anyway) see where the quality line falls. Using 90% as a benchmark score, here's what the current crop of consoles have;

Wii: 8 games over 90%
PS3: 12 games over 90%
XBox 360: 21 games over 90%

Ultimately it's your decision. Cost, quality, reliabilty, longevity, multifunctionality, ease of use and target audience are all factors which you may wish to consider. Happy shopping.
 
#20
I guess like all things it comes down to taste. I have a PS3 and love it for its BR alone. I also use it to stream media from my PC.

The Doris has a wii and swears by it.

I've not tried the xbox but I'm sure its got a lot going for it. You need to decide whats important to you and make a choice from there.

As for the quality of BR, I challenge anyone to watch the BBCs Planet Earth on BR and a decent HD TV and not be blown away.
 
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