It’s the battle, well, no one has been waiting for, but it’s a battle nonetheless. While roaming the many halls of Mobile World Congress, I played Asphalt 6: Adrenaline on both the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and the LG Optimus 3D. Which was better? Read on!
I love Gameloft’s blatant homage to Burnout circa when-it-was-brilliant. One of the two versions at Mobile World Congress I played for ages and literally had to be dragged away. The other I couldn’t get away from fast enough.
The LG Optimus 3D pips the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in terms of screen size. They’re 4.3in and 4in respectively. Alas, you’ll spend the duration of the game masking the LG Optimus 3D’s screen – at least in part – with your big fat digits. It is, of course, touchscreen only.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, on the other hand, is built with gaming in mind, and offers control via its touchscreen, or slide-out controls with D-pad and analogue sticks. Whichever you want. Go crazy.
If we’re being pedantic, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play’s screen resolution is a wee bit higher too; 480x854 vs 480x800.
So far you’re probably thinking that it’s pointless comparing a random phone to a dedicated gaming machine. Well, let’s not forget the LG Optimus 3D’s possible Trump card, namely its 3D abilities.
If you’ve read my recent To 3D or not to 3D rant, you’ll know that I’m not a fan. Playing Asphalt 6: Adrenaline in 3D gave me a sore head and made me feel a bit dizzy. Maybe that’s something to do with the combination of the fast-paced action and the 3D-ness. Probably.
And if you’ve read my Can the PlayStation Phone really succeed? piece, you’ll also know that I was quite taken with the little chap.
So, in conclusion, if you’re a mobile gamer, don’t be tempted by the LG Optimus 3D with its eye-melting (not in a good way) visuals. Go with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play instead. It’s dead good.