I guess it depends on your taste.
For Sony, they’ve produced games that are great graphical showcases for their hardware. The realism and detailed graphics are pretty amazing. They almost make them like movies with all the top of the line voice acting, grandiose cinematics, and big marketing. Gameplay wise, they’re fine. Nothing ground breaking to me personally, but they work for the games they’re implemented on. More focus on mature stuff, depending on how you define mature. Not to mention they don’t produce a lot of games per year. But they’re quality nonetheless. They can sell a big audience to these types of games with their console and standout in any gaming convention.
Nintendo knows what they are. They focus on fun and inventive gameplay that stems from their days as a toy company. Story and graphics comes later to them. Though they have put some amazing graphics themselves with the likes of Zelda and Xenoblade, we of course can’t compare them to likes God of War or Horizon. What they lack in high definition or realism, they make up for artistry. You won’t say the Wind Waker is a highly graphical game, but you can say it’s a beautiful game in its own right with the cell shaded graphics that still holds today. And while Nintendo games don’t usually go for the mature edge like Sony does with the violence, mature themes, etc., they have delved into mature themes through games like Majora’s Mask, Earthbound, Xenoblade, and Fire Emblem. Play Earthbound to the end and tell me it’s just a kid’s game and wonder why games like Undertale were inspired by it. Plus, Nintendo produces almost a dozen games a year, which not many companies do, even the big third party companies. Not to mention they produce a variety of games from sports to JRPGs to Action to platforming to fighting to SRPGs, etc. Hell, which big gaming company would ok something like the Famicom Detective Club remakes to be a thing in the current landscape? Finally, they’re pretty universal as a brand. You can showcase Mario in events like the Olympics (though ironically, Nintendo was not involved in advertising the Tokyo games when they occurred, despite the handoff).
i guess with the size of the paragraph differences, you can somewhat tell which first party games I’d prefer more. Though I do enjoy Sony’s output and the graphical showcases they put up, I personally just have more fun with Nintendo games due to their uniqueness. Going from Metroid to Pikmin to Mario to Splatoon.
Last edited by Kai_Mao - on 14 February 2022