November 27, 2007

Best Consoles for Video Game Partying

Ron Jeremy as Super MarioThere are some who think video games are strictly for geeks, but we can tell you from personal experience that's just not the case. Sometimes, the best memories can be made with a few friends, a few beers, and the right video game console. Some of our favorite times involved Link saving the princess, Mario saving the princess, Metroid turning out to be a chick...we just wish we were old enough to drink during all that.

These days, the video games are better and you're old enough to party, but which video game console should you choose for your next get-together? We've rounded up some ideas to help you wade through the Wiis, examine the Xboxes, or pick the right Playstation. Read our thoughts and let us know what you think after the jump.

Nintendo Wii

Cons: Still a pain in the ass to get, these things are rare as gold in some places and prices are higher than they should be. You have to flail around with those crazy joysticks - which means you're more likely to spill your drink.

Pros: Your friends will look just as much like douche bags as you do with the numchuks, and the gameplay is all new and really fun. The console itself is tiny, so you can hide it easily if the need arises. Also - we really like the fact Nintendo has made their own version of Beirut...even though they called it Ping Cup.

CNET Bottom Line: (Full Review)

(8.0) It lacks the graphical prowess and rich media features of the Xbox 360 and the PS3, but the Nintendo Wii's combination of unique motion-sensitive controllers and emphasis on fun gameplay make the ultra-affordable console hard to resist.

Our Verdict: This is our favorite for throwing a party - everyone's jumping around, hooting, hollering, and having a grand old time.

PlayStation 3

Cons: More expensive than the other consoles, the PS3 tries to pack too much crap into what should be a game console. We really only want to do one thing with this - drink some beer and play games. Get it together, Sony.

Pros: Forward vision and backward compatibility are the watchwords here...if you're into them, there are all sorts of features that have never been included on a console like Blu Ray DVD. Plus, you can play all those PS2 games you have lying around the house.

CNET Bottom Line: (Full Review)

(8.7) The high-end Sony PlayStation 3's larger hard drive and ability to play PS2 games makes it a worthwhile alternative to the cheaper model--so long as you're willing to wait several months for the more promising exclusive titles to hit store shelves. If backward compatibility is your top priority, this hard-to-find model may be worth the search.

Our Verdict: This is great if you're a Sony enthusiast or you have a ton of PS2 games lying around. Otherwise, we consider it to pretty much be an overpriced coaster.

Xbox 360

Cons: We've heard stories of overheating and system crashes from earlier models, but to our knowledge those are cleared up and hey...if it starts to heat up you can pour some gin and tonic over it.

Pros: Xbox Live is the shit.

CNET Bottom Line: (Full Review)

(8.5) With its extensive digital media features, a superior online service, and an excellent game library, the Xbox 360 remains the game console to beat.

Our Verdict: This is our second-favorite, and not just because Fable 2 is coming out later this year (What? You can drink in the game...).

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 27, 2007 6:32 AM
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