It pretty much comes down to what exclusives you will want to eventually play on whatever system you get. Basically:
- 360: shooters, Kinect games, Western RPGs (Halo
series, Gears of War
series, Dance Central
- PS3: JRPGs, action/adventure games, quirky stuff (Disgaea
, Tokyo Jungle
- WiiU: Nintendo games, party games, family-friendly stuff, quirky stuff (all Nintendo series, etc.)
Some other points to consider:
- The PS3 and WiiU both have download services with tons of retrogames; there's some on the 360, but not as much, I don't think. All three also carry downloadable indie games.
- The WiiU and 360 are backwards compatible with the Wii and original Xbox respectively. I don't think the PS3 has backwards compatibility in it anymore.
- Some multiplatform games are better on one system than another. If exclusives don't matter so much, you might want to look into which system will get the best version of Aliens: Colonial Marines
. This information should hopefully be easy to find after the game comes out.
Also, how do the minimum system requirements for the Windows version compare with your current PC setup? Depending on that, upgrading parts might not cost a whole lot.
That's all I can think of for right now.
(Oh, and not to hijack SOLDIER's thread, but I need a recommendation as well: 3DS or 3DS XL? Etrian Odyssey IV
is coming out next year, you see