How to Choose the Right Console for You

There are six major video game consoles available at retailers right now; Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, and Nintendo DS. It can be hard to choose which one is right for you. And after you add in the old consoles too, it makes the choice even more overwhelming. Don't worry too much though. Just ask yourself a few simple questions outlined below and you can easily decide which system is right for you. The points to consider are price, graphics, game selection, and other capabilities.

Price - Probably the single biggest factor for someone choosing a video game console is the price they have to pay to purchase the system itself. Prices range from $599 for the Playstation 3 down to $129 for the Nintendo DS. And if you really want to save money you can buy past generation consoles like Playstation, Nintendo 64, and Super Nintendo and spend no more than $20 for a used system. The prices for games should also be factored in when making your choice. PS3 and Xbox 360 games are usually $59.99 new, while Nintendo DS games sell for $29.99 new. Games for old systems are hard to find at regular retailers, but they are usually quite a bit cheaper if you buy them online.

Graphics - The graphics are always improving with the newer video game consoles, so the newer systems will always have the best graphics. The Xbox 360 and PS3 have the best graphics and can display in High Definition if you have a TV that can display it too. The Wii does not have the same graphical capabilities as the other two, though many casual gamers will not be disappointed. The PSP and DS have less graphical capabilities than the home consoles because they are portable. And the PSP can display graphics quite a bit better than the DS.

If you are considering older systems, each generation is roughly at the same level graphically no matter which system you choose. Playstation and Nintendo 64 are about the same, as are Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. But Nintendo 64 will be quite a bit better than Super Nintendo, which is better than original Nintendo.

Game Selection - The main reason you buy a system is for the games, so you have to be sure the games you want to play are on the system you choose. Some systems have very wide selections of games because they were so popular, like Playstation 2, Playstation, and Super Nintendo. With these systems you can almost always find a game in the genres you like. If you really like a particular series of games (Mario, Halo, Final Fantasy, etc) you need to be sure to pick the system that those games come out on. Mario games are only on Nintendo systems, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Super Nintendo to name a few. Halo is only on Microsoft's systems, Xbox and Xbox 360. Meanwhile, Final Fantasy has changed systems. You will find old Final Fantasy games on Super Nintendo and Playstation, and the newer games only on Playstation 2.

Other Capabilities - Many systems have features unique to them that might be important to you or change game play dramatically. For example, Wii has motion-sensing controllers so all the games use movement to control the characters instead of a regular joystick. Likewise, the Nintendo DS has two screens, one being touch-sensitive, and is portable. If portability is important to you be sure to choose one of the portable systems PSP, Nintendo DS, Gameboy Advance, or Gameboy. If online play is an important feature, you should probably choose the Xbox or Xbox 360. They have the best online features.

After considering all these questions you just need to decide which are the most important to you and then choose the system that best fits that criteria. If you are on a tight budget but want a wide selection of games to play, you should choose Playstation or Super Nintendo. The systems and games are very cheap now and thousands of games were made for them. If you want the best graphics and online games, you should probably choose the Xbox 360. It has some of the best graphics and the best online setup.

Once you have weighted all these options you should be well on your way to choosing the best system for you. Now go buy it and start enjoying your gaming purchase.

How to Create Your Own Playstation 2 Bundle

You decided to buy a Playstation 2 system, but you aren't sure what else you need to buy to fully experience the system. What games do you buy? Do you need extra controllers? How many memory cards? Any other accessories? Follow these simple directions below and you can answer all those questions and start enjoying your system in no time.

Games – After choosing the system, the biggest decision is what games will you buy to go along with it. The Playstation 2 is pretty worthless without games, so you need to tackle this question right away. The first way to choose games is pick something related to one of your hobbies outside of gaming. Do you play football, skateboarding, like cars, or fishing, like a particular movie? There are games for all of these hobbies, movie tie in games, and many more. The second option for choosing your games is start with a list of the most popular games released on the Playstation 2. They are:

Grand Theft Auto Vice City
Final Fantasy X
Madden 2006
Splinter Cell
Gran Turismo 3
SOCOM Navy Seals

These games aren't made for everyone, so be sure you check the ratings and descriptions before buying one. The Playstation 2 has one of the broadest game lists of any system so you are bound to find a game that exactly fits your particular likes.

Controllers – The Playstation 2 console originally came with one controller out of the box but two controller slots. Buying a second controller can be a great investment, especially if your friends play games too or multiple people in the house play. The small investment will greatly increase your enjoyment of the system because you can play with friends at the same time. If you buy a multi-tap adaptor you can use four controllers at the same time. Unless you buy the multi-tap adaptor there is no need to buy more than one controller.

This is a great time to mention the difference between Sony brand controllers and third party controllers. Sony controllers are more reliable and comfortable while third party controllers are less expensive in general. I only recommend buying Sony brand controller for the most part. The one exception to this is Logitech brand controllers. They make a very high quality wireless controller that will not break on you right away.

Memory Cards – In order to save your games on the Playstation 2 you will need at least one memory card. The Sony brand 8MB memory cards can be used to save quite a bit of data. Unless you are an avid sports fan, you will probably only need one memory card. If you really love your sports games, be sure to pick up a couple extras because they need lots of space to store all the data needed to play an entire season.

Accessories - The Playstation 2 has lots of other accessories you could buy including the network adaptor, steering wheels, and even a hard drive. The most useful of these is the network adaptor which plugs into the back of the system and allows you to connect to the internet for online games. Many of the most recent games on the PS2 support online play so you will need this network adaptor. (Quick side note: if you buy a Slim PStwo system you do not need to buy this adaptor because it is already built into the system). The other accessories for the PS2 can be useful at times but are not quite as important as the network adaptor.

This list should have helped you choose the games, controllers, and accessories you want to buy with your Playstation 2. Now get out there and enjoy your new gaming purchase.

How to buy a Playstation 2 System

Playstation 2 has sold more than any other video game console in history, more than 110 million systems sold since 2000. Even with these millions of units sold, many people still don't own a PS2 system. If you are one of these people and are looking to buy one, follow these simple directions below to ensure you get a high quality system at a good price.

1. Buy the Slim PStwo - The Playstation 2 came out in an original, larger version initially but a replacement has come out that is more compact and higher quality, the PStwo. The original PS2 system worked well in most cases but was bulky and some systems would lose power in their lasers over time making certain games unplayable. The PStwo system is much more compact than the original plus has a built in Ethernet adaptor or online play. The laser problem in the PStwo has also been fixed so you don't have to worry about the system not being able to read games after extended play.

2. Spend Less than $90 - Slim Playstation 2's are still sold new in stores, but they cost $129.99. If you want to save some money you can find used and refurbished slim PStwo systems for under $90 and the old Playstation 2 is even cheaper (thought be sure to read the paragraph above to make sure you know the differences between the two).

3. Shop Online – Although you can find used PS2 systems in many local game shops, the prices are usually higher in retail locations than online. Almost every video game website carries PS2 systems too since it was so popular. You won't have to look very hard for the system. Ebay can also be a good option if you want to buy games with your Playstation 2 at the same time. Sellers will sell you their entire collection and you can save even more money.

5. Buy Used - Buying used and refurbished systems will save you at least $40. If you buy used games too, that can be two or three extra games you can buy to go along with your system. Just be sure to read step 5 to make sure buying used doesn't hurt you.

5. Buy With a Quality Guarantee – Because the Playstation 2 can have problems reading discs at times, be sure you only shop from a website that guarantees their systems. You don't want to receive the system only to find it doesn't read certain discs and then not be able to get a replacement. Most websites will say they guarantee their items right on the same page you are buying the PS2 system.

Keep these five steps in mind when shopping for your Playstation 2 system and will can start playing all the great games available on the console and save yourself some money in the process.