Yesterday I acquired my very own PlayStation 3. It was a day of triumph and tragedy, a day of joy and disappointment. To begin with, I was supposed to get it on Friday, but the jerks at Wal-Mart didn’t have it. I tried to convince the Lady Penguatroll to come to Best Buy with me that night, but as she is now apparently a 90 year old woman, 7:30 PM was MUCH too late for her. I eventually selected Circuit City as my supplier, because Best Buy didn’t have any. I was trying to decide between the 80 GB and 40 GB model, a decision made much easier when I found that NO ONE ON EARTH has the 80 GB model. I studied the information on Circuit City’s website to see what the difference was — the 40 GB model had two fewer USB ports and did not have a game with it (it has Spiderman 3 instead; a movie I did not want to own, but hey, it’s on Blu-Ray, which means I have a slightly better version, or I would, if I had an HD-TV!). I figured I wouldn’t use that much hard drive space, so I happily selected the 40 GB model. I had decided on two games to purchase for my new system; Assassin’s Creed and the Simpsons game. Assassin’s Creed got awesome reviews and sounded sweet (so far, it has lived up to the hype). The Simpsons game was something both of us could play; we both enjoy the Simpsons and games based on TV/movies are historically fairly easy. Now, we elected to go to Wal-Mart (Why, I don’t know) to look for the games; Circuit City had a crappy selection, which it generally does — it’s not really a store for gamers. We waited in electronics for 45 minutes while two white trash morons tried to buy a cell phone. There was only one person in electronics; I was getting increasingly agitated as they asked the most stupid questions you could possibly ask about the plan (“So, it’s 10 cents a minute prepaid. How much is it for nights and weekends?”), making me angrier and angrier. I then discovered they had Assassin’s Creed for XBOX 360 but inexplicably not for PS 3. I was about ready to murder the morons trying to buy a cell phone, when I decided we’d go. I talked my fiancee into going back to Best Buy, where I found both my games and I was happy… for the moment.
If you are looking at buying a PS 3, make sure you read the following statement. No, not this one. I shall enboldinate it, underline it, italicize it, capitalize it, and make it red to reinforce the importance of the following statement.
THE 40 GB PLAYSTATION 3 IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH PLAYSTATION 2 GAMES. AT ALL. NOT ONE.
Let that soak in for a second. Now, every other model of PS 3 ever made is compatible with 95% of all PS 2 games, but not this one. Why? I have no idea. In an equally weird twist, it IS compatible with PS games. Of course, this is printed nowhere on the box, nor does any website tell you this, unless you dig for it on Sony’s website. I tried to exchange it for the 80 GB model, but no, there weren’t any, and apparently Sony has either stopped making it or has restricted supply. The 20 and 60 GB model are long gone. I was planning on getting rid of my PS 2, but now I can’t. I still play Madden (like I’d buy it for PS 3 with all the problems it has) and Smackdown vs Raw. Granted, Assassin’s Creed is extremely badass and is taking up my video gaming hours, but I am enfuriated that Sony would make such a stupid decision. If GTA IV weren’t coming out in the end of April…
My ranting aside, I’m pleased with the system apart from that minor fact I posted above. It is much shinier than the PS 2, much heavier, and the controllers are USB and theoretically wireless. The graphics are great; I can’t say more than that until I play a PS 3 port of a PS 2 game so I can make a direct comparison. Loading times are very reasonable, much better than the PS 2. All around, I’m pretty happy, but I could have been ecstatic.