Just thought this topic could use a thread of its own.
So i put in my copy of GoW2 for the 360 this evening wanting to get my horde fix and low and behold its a lag fest. My character is jumping all over the screen, its completely unplayable. So i decided to leave the game and try again, i mean laggy hosts can be a problem sometime. To my suprise once again i was greeted with the same lag, exactly as before. So i figured i'd give it one more try, i mean third times the charm right? Nada, no such luck, it took me about 4 minutes to even get a match made and then once again terrible lag. Now i know its not my internet connection as i'm able to do some speed tests to check out my lag and bandwidth (i'm no rookie to online gaming afterall) and everything checks out just fine. I was just playing a few rounds of horde earlier today with no lag problems and last night it seemed to work just fine, but tonight no dice.
So i pop in battlefield bad company on the ps3. I just picked it up earlier this week in the bargin bin at walmart but liked the single player campain and its multiplayer seemed pretty fun. What do you know, no lag, none what-so-ever. Just multiplayer goodness round after round. I played for about 45 minutes before i got fed up with my teammates, they really weren't doing much besides being target practice, so i got off and decided to try GoW2 once again. Well same as before, lag, lag and more lag. So now i'm waiting for the update to unreal tournament 3 for the ps3 to download. Everyone against everyone just seems like more fun to me. No dealing with teammates just run and gun.
Granted today is the first day in awhile i've encountered a great deal of lag with any online network. Personally i've had great luck with PSN since i bought my ps3 about 2 years ago, and i've run into several snags with the 360. Maybe its just my location, i don't know. But what i do know is PSN has been getting me into the action, while too many times XBL has left me frustrated. Maybe its just me, but overall i've been much more happy with PSN which is a service i have yet to pay for. Even if they do start charging for monthly access, it will be well worth it.
Another rant i have with XBL is the points system. In order to buy arcade games you have to buy points, which come in groups of 200. With PSN i just pay the exact amount for the game and it goes on my credit card with no extra points left over to fuss with. I mean is it that hard to just charge for games by dollar amount? Why hasn't MS changed their system. Theres a couple games i'd like to buy but i don't want them having my CC info after the hassle to get my last card taken off my account as they decided to start automatically charging me for the monthly subscription fees for XBL. Theres times of the year i don't play online much, so i'll wait and just buy an XBL Subscription card from the store or online when i get ready to play in the fall. But for some reason MS decided they knew best and would automatically charge my card if i let my subscription expire. And i'm not the first one to have this happen, it seems to be a policy of theirs that angers alot of people. So all in all i'm really happy with PSN and what they've been able to do.