I grew up as a PC gamer but I was able to get my hands on a PS4 for free recently and started playing all the PS exclusive games that I could never play (i.e. The Last of Us, God of War, Spiderman, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Journey, Ghost of Tsushima). I really had an incredible time with these games because they are fundamentally incredible storytelling experiences. One of my very strong frustrations was the damn controller.
I don't think there's any debate about the technicals in terms of Controller vs Mouse. Mouse obviously makes aiming exponentially better and faster and more precise. I understand that this is a personal preference thing. However, ultimately, if you look at professionals, or even compare the aim of rank tiers in a competitive game, the mouse will always outperform the controller.
When I started playing games, I was always loudly exclaiming (much to my girlfriend's indignation) how stupid and slow the controller was and I was forced to turn down difficulty settings just so that I could keep my head above the water in the game.
However, after a whole lot of playing with both consoles, I've come to the following conclusion:
Absolutely better for shooting games. Any game which has a significant part of its combat involving shooting and aiming, a mouse is far superior. I wish TLOU2 had a PC port because so much of its combat is shooting and aiming. Gosh that would be so much fun.
Additionally, there's absolutely no way I'd play a competitive game vs human players like Overwatch or Call of Duty.
Better for games involving a lot of melee combat. This is where it might get controversial but I genuinely had so much fun with games like Ghost of Tsushima and God of War because the controller helped me feel so fluid. Now, these games aren't available for PC to begin with but even games like The Witcher 3 were significantly more fun with a controller. However, games like Horizon Zero Dawn would have really benefitted from the mouse aim.
Another important thing to mention is I've significantly enjoyed top down games with a controller more. Hades and even slower games like Disco Elysium hit different with a controller, trust me.
To be honest, I've really grown to like the controller. The way it just moulds to your hands, the way the button pressing just feels incredibly natural and quick. It truly is an excellent invention for a lot of scenarios.
Now, you could argue that there is Aim Assist which solves the problem of the controller being a little slow to aim. However, I think Aim Assist kind of defeats the point of gaming. Why let the computer do the most challenging and fun part of the game for you? Also, not to mention, each game has a different aim assist system and you're never actually going to feel completely comfortable with a single games aim assist if you explore multiple games.
One thing that really intrigued me recently was the LoL port to mobile and I'm wondering if MOBAs like DotA 2 will be able to port to consoles, it might make for a really fun and interesting experience.
Anyway, that's what I think folks. I'd really like to hear your thoughts on this. I'm curious if maybe you think that I'm veering of the path of the PC Master Race mindset haha. I'm also looking for good games to play on the PS4 while I have it for another 3 months. Games that are specifically better on the console. Lmk!
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