I’ve tried out a plethora of game demos on my 360, and I can’t figure out whether it is my playing on a non-HD 32in TV or my lack of familiarity with a console gamepad. But almost every game I play feels somehow like I’m playing on a 14in monitor or something. I remember feeling something vaguely similar when I stepped up from a 17in CRT to a 21in LCD, suddenly I felt like I couldn’t quite see enough. I find 360 FPS games really disorienting.
I tried playing Condemned and I hated it. I was continually aware of my lack of peripheral vision 90% of what happens in these games seems to happen off-screen as a result. The Superman game that’s supposed to be a “vast world” seems pokey and tiny and lacking up-close details that make it seem even smaller to me.
Then I played Hitman Blood money, a game I’ve already played, and I started wondering if its maybe the controller. I liked hitman on the PC, but found the same constricted feeling playing on the 360. Could it be that because the controller limits your panning speeds so severely, that compared to playing with a mouse I’m feeling like I am spending all of my time turning around? I’ll give Gears of War a shot but I think I already see the signs it won’t get more than a half hour of play time.
I’ve been contemplating an Olevia 42in LCD. Maybe early next year. Maybe not :) Anyone know if its any good with a 360? The Olevias seemed to have pretty good pictures at the stores I’ve been to, but I haven’t seen them trying to display console type pictures…