Greg-M / Member

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Guitar Hero(in)

Guitar Hero is ruining my life, and I'm powerless to stop it. Every evening after I'm done with work I'll take a break from whatever game I'm reviewing at the moment to play a couple songs. I can usually call it a night after a song or two, but sometimes I just keep going for one more song until I realize I've been playing for an hour already. Multiplayer is really where it's at though, because even if you completely screw up the song you don't get cut off until the song is over. That makes it a bit more fun to play songs on Hard or Expert difficulty, because you can last for more than 30 seconds.

One thing I've noticed about that game though is that it seems to elicit all kinds of profanity from the people who play it. It's kinda like lightning and thunder. First you hear the "ding" or "bong" the game makes when you miss a note, and immediately after that you hear a strained f-bomb or just an aggravated growl come from whoever's playing. I was thinking of bringing the game to my parents house to rock out over Christmas break, but I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to curtail my swearing in front of the family. It would probably be safer to bust out Culdcept to play with my cousins.

But this is the first Christmas after a recent console launch, surely I should be playing an Xbox 360 on Christmas morn rather than a couple of crusty old PlayStation 2 games, right? Well, I don't think so really. There isn't anything on the Xbox 360 that immediately appeals to me. I really want to play Dead or Alive 4, but not enough to spend all that money. I was pretty impressed watching Bob play Call of Duty 2 at work the other day, but again, not enough to justify such a huge investment. Especially not when there are still songs to play in Guitar Hero, or Colossi to kill in Shadow of the Colossus.

And I'm still not done with The Dark Tower. I'm so close to the end too, but I just haven't had the time. Usually I read on the train on the way to work, but lately I've been using that time to play handheld games, or write up reviews. Thanksgiving break is coming up though, and I'm going to spend a couple hours one day to finally finish the saga before I forget everything that's happened.

For now I'm back to finishing up my review of Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble so I can move on the next few smokin' hot titles I have lined up in my review queue.