Letter to GMR Magazine in Reference to Issue #6
--Posted by Riposte101 @ 6/29/03 01:22 PST.
First off, I own an Xbox, GameCube, PC and PS2, of the four, the PS2 is by far the most inferior system, its graphics are even inferior to the Dreamcast. I avoid the PS2 at all costs on all multi-platform game releases because it is obvious that the system is ages behind its competitors. I cringe whenever I am forced to play a game that is a PS2 exclusive. The system is only well suited for displaying cell-shaded games.
The next issue I would like to address; were you at the same E3, I was? I can quite honestly say that the Xbox blew the PS2 away in the battle of systems at E3. It was probably because you were too busy taking your bribes from Sony that you missed the announcement that Half Life 2, the most impressive game of E3, was coming to both the PC and the Xbox. Halo 2, which nearly stole the show from Half Life 2, was unlike anything I have ever seen. It brought a tear to my eye by bringing memories I had of playing Halo and of the impressive advancements Bungie has brought to its sequel. The new titles from Rare were a bit disappointing, but it was not pretty for the GC and the PS2 when Microsoft showed off its other upcoming games. With such amazing and varied titles as the aforementioned Halo 2, Half Life 2, Fable, Counter-Strike, Deus Ex: The Invisible War, X-Men Legends, Full Spectrum Warrior, Dino Crisis 3, Breakdown, Advent Rising, True Fantasy Live Online, True Crime: Streets of LA, and Thief III, the Xbox is poised to take over a large chunk of the gaming industry?s pie.
The PS2 was a distant second with admittedly great games in a new Castlevania, Gran Turismo 4 and Metal Gear Solid 3 and an announcement that Electronic Arts would again only make its sports games with online capability for the PS2 (once again proving what money can buy you). The new Sony property Rise to Honor was embarrassing and the system lacks any other must have video games. Yes, I know about Final Fantasy X-2, but from what I saw this game is more fluff then RPG. As for Onimusha 3, did anybody else play Onimusha 2? That?s all I really need to say about that title.
The Gamecube came in third. The GC having come out with all three of its premiere franchises the year before with new installments of Metroid, Zelda, and Mario had a surprisingly solid lineup with Mario Kart: Double Dash, Viewtiful Joe, Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, F-Zero GX, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, Resident Evil 4 and Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. Even with some strong additions to its library the Nintendo press conference had an atmosphere of defeat. Satoru Itwata with great candor addressed the past failures of his company. It?s hard to be excited about a platform when its leader is admitting to its problems securing third-party publishers and the shortfall of many of its games of reaching sales expectations. The final nail in the coffin was the lack of an online gaming strategy.
Your coverage of E3 left much to be desired and was so inaccurate that it elicited actual disgust from me. Congratulations on being the first magazine that I have sent an e-mail to, but I just couldn?t let your ignorance slide. If I didn?t get your ass-hat of a rag for free I?d be breaking down the doors of your office for my money back.