Max Payne 3 vs Diablo 3 – Which gets your $60?
Factor 1: Technical Considerations
Some of you might have your decision made for you without any further thought. Simply put, if you’re not a PC (or Mac, in this case) gamer, you shouldn’t even be thinking about Diablo 3. Yes, we’re fully aware that Blizzard keeps making the sexy eyes at the idea of a console version of Diablo 3, but that’s surely nothing more than the mulling-over of a casual fling, one that would require too many resources to pull off without damaging the primary relationship. I, at least, think it’s fair to rule a console Diablo 3 out, certainly in the short term.
But let’s say you’re the kind of balla that has both consoles and a PC/Mac. I know I am. So how to choose? First, check out system Specs. Courtesy of Wikipedia, here’s what you’ll need to play Diablo 3:
12 GB of free space on your PC or Mac?!?! GASP! SPUTTER! Transferring illegally downloaded MP3s to the cloud is tedious! But hold off on breaking up with D3 a sec, because here’s what you’ll need to play Max Payne 3:
* Windows 7 32/64 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 32/64 Service Pack 2, Windows XP 32/64 Service Pack 3
* Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHZ – i7 3930K 6 Core x 3.06 GHZ / AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHZ – FX8150 8 Core x 3.6 GHZ
* 2GB – 16GB RAM
* NVIDIA® 8600 GT 512MB VRAM – NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 2GB VRAM / Radeon HD 3400 512MB VRAM – Radeon HD 7970 3GB VRAM
* 100% Direct X 9.0 compatible – Direct X 9.0 compatible supporting Dolby Digital Live
* 35 GB Hard drive space.
OK, seriously? 35 GB of storage? What the hell, are you required to save Max’s DNA profile? Jeez, Rockstar, thanks for planting your flag on my entire hard drive. Then again, if your computer isn’t up to snuff, you have two options: Either shell out the money you need to buff it up.
Or you can just fire this up.
Or one of these.
That does seem a hell of a lot easier, doesn’t it? Naturally, you won’t want to admit that you willingly chose console over PC in polite company, so just remember to make a casual reference to the fact that Blizzard’s famously easy to use mouse-centric controls are less likely to cause hand-cramping, unlike Max Payne’s WASD PC control scheme, or the horrid PS3 controller. That should keep you from being laughed out of any decent party.
One last thing you’ll want to consider: while both titles have a strong online multiplayer component, Diablo 3 has joined the nasty trend of games that require a persistent Internet connection. This holds true even if you’re just going to focus on single player play. Yeah, we agree that’s kind of dickish, so if there’s a chance, however slim, that you might decide to ditch your Internet access (it happens! People go broke sometimes!), Diablo 3 might end up just taking up space on your computer that could go to valuable
pornography financial spreadsheets, rather than being played.