I was all geared up for this, finally I’d
found a valid way to stir up a decent argument around the next
generation console wars. The Xbox 360 vs. Sony’s Playstation 3. The
internet is rife over which is better graphically. Debate rages on over
which has the greatest games, the most creative development studios
producing the most enticing exclusives for the console. Webmasters and
journalists have received death threats from angry, embittered fanboys
because they simply dared to question the carefully crafted rhetoric by
those wily PR suits that they are happy to regurgitate on forum after
forum after forum.
So why should Strategy Informer miss out on all
the action? Why can’t we get shouted at, called biased, have our
journalistic integrity brought into question by fourteen year olds?
Surely as one of the most popular gaming sites out there we deserve our
piece of the pie?
When the Devil May Cry 4 demo was announced as a simultaneous
release on both the aforementioned 360 and PS3 (Japanese PSN) I simply
had to get them both and try them out. My hack’n’slash, button mashing
fingers and thumbs cracked with excitement and I hadn’t even
interlocked my fingers. I cleared it with the wife that the sitting
room was mine until both demos were suitably scrutinised so I could
announce a clear winner and sat back and relaxed as the barrage of
abuse waded its way in my direction.
To my bitter disappointment
however, no scratch that, to my dumfounded astonishment, after I’d
played the demos I couldn’t tell them apart! I looked long and hard at
the same points in the game, pressing pause on both consoles at the
same juncture and flicking backwards and forwards between them with my
TV remote control. I even timed how long it took Dante to run around
the snowy cliff at the start of the second half of the demo where you
end up fighting Berial (Beryl as he’s known in my house) to see if one
game ran any smoother or slightly quicker than the other, but no,
exactly the same.
Tearing, I thought. One of these babies is
going to tear and that’s it, winner declared. Although the Playstation
3 ports of multiplatform titles have shown tearing and longer loading
times (I knew I’d get it in somewhere), with Devil May Cry 4, there was
none to be seen. There was no load-in, no glitches, loading times were
identical, the same volume output for the abysmal soundtrack – in short
nothing. Or was there?
Finally I cracked it. The controls!
Rumble! The Playstation 3 doesn’t have any rumble! It doesn’t vibrate
when you get hit like the 360 controller does. It doesn’t shake in tune
with Beryl’s footsteps, it doesn’t…you know…rumble.
All of a
sudden it dawned on me. It had taken me the best part of two hours
continuous play on both machines to work that out. Two whole hours!
That must mean as I hadn’t actually noticed it whilst playing, then it
couldn’t have made a blind bit of difference either!
panic stricken. What I do tell the boss? He’s just asked me to do a
comparison article in order to get the hit-rate up and cause a mini
internet explosion and I’ve got nothing to tell him apart from the 360
has rumble! That’s tantamount to losing my job. I was torn. Luckily for
you however, my dear, eager reader, I thought &!%$ them. I’ll tell
it like it is. I’ll scream it from the rooftops! Someone’s got to put
an end to this war and that might as well be me, right?
did, and erm, this is it. There’s no difference. They even downloaded
at the same rate for Dante’s sake! I can categorically state that I had
the same fun, mashed buttons at the same rate, got finger cramp because
of the stupid RB/R1 lock on coupled with the triangle/Y attack
combination and it took me just as long on both demos to beat Beryl who
was so difficult it was like making fresh orange with your fist.
Compared to the incredibly easy minions both in the town square and on
the blustery mountainside the leap in difficulty was crazy.
Where does this leave you, the dual format
owner not knowing where to place your pre-order? Well I can’t help you
I’m afraid. All I can say is that it really doesn’t matter. And for the
first time ever in the internet war/next-generation console comparison
article history, there was no winner. Thank heaven for that.