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Old 05-16-2002, 19:46   #1 (permalink)
 
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Thumbs up Thanks Microsoft

Just got my extra controller and two games. I had my doubts but there you go!.

See PS2 price is being dropped.

Anyone keeping an eye on E3 reports. Some interesting stuff starting to come out in the lead up!
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Old 05-17-2002, 00:26   #2 (permalink)
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Good to see the turn around on the controller/games wasn't that long, very unusual for Microsoft!

Haven't seen the PS2 price drop yet, but if it's around the $299->$349 mark, one of those suckers is mine! PS2 still has a slight edge if it does price match - having some top games like GT3 at $49.95 means $100 goes twice as far.
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Ian, what is your opinion on the xbox now that you have had it for awhile?
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Ian, what is your opinion on the xbox now that you have had it for awhile?
Well I can't complain. Its a bit quiet on the games front, but they are coming. It hasn't missed a beat so far and it has had long run times. As Mark says above there probably are better bargins in the games to be had with PS2. Although some guy on the mainland claims to be selling Xbox titles for $60. (DVD writer anyone)

Gamecube is mighty impressive and they seem to be working hard at loosing the kid tag. I hope they do well and if the pre launch expectations are realised then the cube will have been the biggest winner in this country over the other two.

The opinion amoungst my friends that have the PS2 and have played on the Xbox is that the Xbox does appear to have an edge with some quality launch titles. It is going to come down to exclusives. Deus EX2 has just been signed as an X box exclusive. Games like codemasters driver are less certain to be heading to Xbox but remain listed.

I guess it depends how you read Microsofts actions. The price drop was unexpected and many say a sign of panic.

It seems to have developer support, and it seems to be gaining public support. I guess Sony have shown they are taking the competition seriously and it is a long time since that has happened.

Neither of these consoles can compete with a PC. To get graphics of this quality on a TV is impressive but they aren't likely to blow a PC users mind. And the PS2 price drop is said to be happening very shortly and it is under the Xbox price.
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Gamecube is mighty impressive and they seem to be working hard at loosing the kid tag. I hope they do well and if the pre launch expectations are realised then the cube will have been the biggest winner in this country over the other two.
I played Starwars Rogue Squadron on the Gamecube yesterday... was pretty damn good. There were heaps of launch titles too, including.. tonyhawk 3, sonic hedgehog, legends of wrestling, waverace etc....
One game i wouldnt mind seeing is Resident Evil 0... apparently its the most graphic and scary in the series yet.
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XBox and Gamecube have catching up to do. PS2 has 230 titles so far. However, the majority are probably crap, with titles starting to realise the strengths of PS2 just being released. However, when the same thing happens with XBox/Gamecube, there's gonna be some ripper games. Still, no matter how good they make the graphics, they gotta get the gameplay right - I've got Commodore 64 games they still 'play' better now even if they look garbage by today's standards.
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hmm...i think brand loyalty could play a big part in these console wars. i personally am a victim of sony and it's products. almost all my electrical items (console, md player, tv, stereo, walkman) are sony so i'm a sucker for it. have to snap out it come to think of it!!!
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Old 05-18-2002, 03:23   #8 (permalink)
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I have found the best of both Worlds. A friend has the ps2 and i the xbox. In a few months we are swapping consoles temporarily to have a go at different games. I also tried each console in the shops and could have bought either. Only the fact that the xbox was new and more powerful influenced my decision. Most "experts" believe none of the current crop of games really does the xbox justice! Anyway the competition is great for the consumer!
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