What games offer the best online experience? The answer: competitive games. Sure games like Resident Evil 5 and Left 4 Dead offer some great experiences, too, but online (console) gaming really thrives off of the competitive games. I can look at my Xbox LIVE friends list right now and the majority would be on Modern Warfare 2. And no, just to clear things up, they are not friends that I met on Modern Warfare 2. So now that it has been established that online gaming is tailor made for the competitive, which system has better competition? Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE, or Playstation 3 and PSN? The answer: Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE.
It’s a fact that for games that are multi-platform, the big time competitors usually prefer to play on the Xbox 360. An example with this is with fighting game pro, Justin Wong. He has stated on his blog, “I personally play on xbox and the fact that PS3 lags [a lot] affects my gameplay a bit.” I’m no expert on technical stuff or why stuff like lag would even happen, but we’ll just leave it at that. The bottom line is that the pros play on Xbox LIVE, and there is no denying it. So what could possibly have them all (or at least most of them) on Xbox LIVE instead of PSN for games such as Modern Warfare 2, Super Street Fighter IV, and Bad Company 2?
One of the biggest reasons why the competition is so stale on PSN is the lack of communication. It hurts PSN big time. I know a handful of people who do not shell out $10 dollars for a used Xbox microphone to chat on Xbox LIVE. With that said, how many people do you think are going to be willing to shell out the big bucks for a blue tooth headset? I guess some people could use a USB headset, but then another question arises: how many people are willing to be tethered to the system itself, to a headset that is not a Turtle Beach? I’m just trying to figure out why there is no communication, because the fact of the matter is that there are so many more quiet rooms on PSN than there are on Xbox LIVE.
Quiet rooms equals to no communication. No communication equals to awful teams. Awful teams equals to getting nuked on Modern Warfare 2 because no one spoke up to shoot down the guy who was hiding in the corner the whole time. Yeah, it may be fun for you and your 5 friends to nuke every single night, but are you really getting true competition? That’s like beating up babies at a daycare. Yeah, it’s fun, but is it really that hard to do? No, of course not you pervert.
Another reason why competition on PSN is less than stellar is because of the ability to create infinite amounts of accounts. Don’t get me wrong, I know that it happens on Xbox LIVE as well, but it is far easier and more prominent on PSN. Xbox LIVE accounts actually need a 48 hour trial or something along those lines to start up a brand new account. PSN accounts only require 2 minutes and an email address. This is an issue, because players get to reset their records when their accounts no longer fulfill their dark desires to ruin the gaming world.
If these people, who will now be referred to as ‘losers,’ don’t like their W/L record on a certain game, what better way to start from scratch than to make an entirely new account? A new account that usually has an obnoxious name like ‘ImB3tterDenYu233.’ This, in turn, throws off any form of a true matchmaking system (if the given game even has one to begin with) whatsoever. Players who have months of experience could get matched up with beginners just because they started a new account. These ‘losers’ then end up looking like the best players in the world on the leaderboards. You want to be the best on PSN? Have fun facing off against the top guys, because they all suck due to the excessive amount of boosting.
My word of advice to those who want to become the best at a game or to play with the pros, ‘get Xbox LIVE.’ Keeping in mind what I have already stated, there are also other reasons why Xbox LIVE is recommended for competitive gaming. These include setting what gamer zone you play in (Pro is one of them), much more online options, and far less network issues. PlayStation 3 is nice for movies and great games, but hardcore online gaming (different from just regular hardcore gaming) is better left done on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE.