Posted Sat May 18, 2002 12:32 PM
Faced with a decision to get a PS2 or Xbox, I would also lean towards the PS2 now. Games are everything when it comes to consoles, and there are very few games that I find appealing on the Xbox that aren't already available on other platforms. If I had an Xbox, I think the only two games I'd purchase would be Halo and Rallisport Challenge. However, for the PS2 I have a large collection of excellent games: Gran Turismo 3, Grand Theft Auto, Final Fantasy X, Jak & Daxter, Rez, Frequency, Ico, Metal Gear Solid 2, etc. Plus all the excellent PSX games I've purchased over the years.
I also prefer the Dual Shock 2 controllers over the unwieldy Xbox controllers. I'm not even too crazy about the new, smaller Xbox controllers, although they are definitely an improvement over the originals. You also need to buy a remote in order to play DVDs on the Xbox, whereas the PS2 can play them straight of the box (although you can buy a remote to make movie viewing easier).
Yes, the Xbox has some pretty nice hardware hidden under its skin, but until it has more exclusive games that take advantage of that power and are fun to play, it's not going to win me over, even at $200.