Alrighty, guys, it's time for another gaming update. :P
First off, I rented Secret Service (360). It was an okay game, it did a good job keeping me focused on what my objectives were and why I was there overall. The controls worked, the guns handled nicely and some of the music was surprisingly good. Add that with a decent advancing plot and you've got a pretty good time. :D The graphics aren't the greatest and some sections tended to drag on a bit long, but I would still overall reccomend giving the game a shot if you're into FPSs.
For those of you conerned about achievements, there are no online achievements as there is no online of any kind. They are pretty varied, ranging from beating the game on the hardest difficulty without dying once to shooting every bust on one level. I didn't get them all (I didn't want to beat the game two or three times and then without dying? The only way to do that is to quit back to the dashboard. That would have taken a long time and I wanted to get it sent back for another game.) Aside from the achievement I just mentioned, the others are definitely obtainable with just a little patience.
Next, I bought Advance Wars Days of Ruin for $8 brand new. So far I am enjoying it as it's more Advance Wars goodness. I like the new style, the story is mostly interesting and I'm just getting the hang of some of the new unit types. I'm not very far into the story, but thus far the action hasn't stopped and it's been a fairly easy journey for someone who is not very skilled at Advance Wars. :P
The second rental I got was Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare. Wow, I was blown away. :D I wasn't expecting it to live up to the hype, but it did. The story was engaging, the plot twists got me excited for upcoming levels, graphics were great, sound and music were spot on and really put me into the action...the game was a blast. Mostly for achievements, I started the game on Veteran. I originally started on the second easiest, but partway through the first level I realized I wouldn't play through again on Veteran after beating it on this difficulty, as I'd know what happened and wouldn't justify my suffering then. :P
For those concerned about achievements, they are not that bad. Aside from beating every level on Veteran, the other achievements are very easy. I ended up with 1k/1k in about 12 hours. There are no online achievements.
I also bought a few more games since the last time I've blogged.
Ski-doo Snowmobile Challenge (360)
I had a lot of fun with this one. Extremely easy 1k/1k, fun game with lots of track variety and a decent split screen mode. Nobody was online, which is a shame, but I expected it. :P
Test Drive Off-Road Wide Open (PS2)
Another fun game. I really enjoy a good off road game and this did not disappoint. The vehicles were fun to drive, locations were creative and over the top and the upgraded versions of the vehicles looked awesome. :P The career was short, but dang it was fun. :D
Deus Ex: The Conspiracy (PS2)
So far the game has ben mostly amusing, I've only played it twice and it's starting to get boring. :P I haven't played it in a while though...perhaps I'll give it a chance in the future.
Perfect Dark Zero (360)
I don't think it was a good idea to play this so soon after Modern Warfare. Everything seems subpar, aside from weapon selection and music. Cutscenes are terrible, movement is slow and somewhat clunky and I am having a very boring time trudging through the campaign. I have stopped for now, but I'll most likely give it another chance in the future.
Anyone else excited about Conviction?! :D Gamespot's recent previews about the co-op mode and Last Stand mode only make me more excited. Also, the fact that the multiplayer modes have split screen is something I was hoping very much for. :D I've got two people in my house who would gladly do those modes with me and I cannot wait.
Hope you all are doing well and enjoying your own games! :D
I currently have three Blur beta keys if someone is interested. 360 only guys and you need to have Xbox LIVE Gold. I will PM you the code and the URL to the site to redeem it...from there you are given a code to download the beta.
The beta is a ton of fun and I'd recommend giving it a chance. :D From what I hear it closes April 4th. Keys will be given out on a first come first serve basis.