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Xbox One...

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So, I've watched the Xbox One reveal, and I wasn't that impressed. For a brand that made it's way into our homes as being a gaming system and watch what they have become is sadden. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm all for what the 360 can do. I have three young boys and we all enjoy watching Netflix on the 360 as well as playing games. I have a few problems with some the things that Xbox/Microsoft does with the 360 (Like making me pay a fee to use a service I'm already paying for such as Netflix), how they presented themselves on Tuesday was weak to this gamer. I'm a gamer at heart. I love games. My three boys love to play games. I find us fighting over which system in the house to play. We have two 360s, a Wii, and a PS3. We often buy the same games twice so everyone can enjoy them. Knowing what I did going into the Xbox One reveal didn't make it any easier to watch. I understand the direction they was going for. They pretty much made the statement before hand that the reveal wasn't for games, but for the system itself. E3 was the launching pad for the games, not May 21. Still, knowing that, it didn't make it easy. Did I feel left out? Kinda. It didn't make me want to buy the system anymore then I wanted to get a Wii U at launch. I would like to see what all it can do, but the risk of forking out more money then I care for doesn't make it an easy buy. Like I said, I have three boys, young boys at that. They love their games. And playing the games over and over wears them out pretty fast. Also, if me and one of my sons like the same game, it's just easier to buy the game twice so we can play it at the same time. Which means now, I have to pay for either two new copies of the game, or pay extra fees to play a used copy. That's just ONE of my many grips about the Xbox One. Another one is having to connect to the internet once every 24 hours. If I do nothing but play single-player games (which I don't but I used too), why do I need to connect. They said it's not because of DRM, and I feel that is complete BS all the way around, just like Sim City or Diablo III. Also, while Kinect 2.0 looks and sounds cool, I don't want a camera aimed at me all the time while I'm playing a game, watching a movie, or listening to music. It's kinda creepy really. I'll have a more in-depth look at the Xbox One next week...

Single Player Vs. Multi Player

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Now, as of this episode, the PSN (Playstation Network) is has been down for about 6 days. I don't know what happen or anything like that. I just know that the press release stated something about "re-building the system". Many beleive that it was the work of hackers and what-not. I don't know, and I could kinda care less. Now, the reason why I stated that is because while trolling the forums of GameSpot.com, and after reading thier story about this, there where many users that seemed kinda mad that the network was down. Their main reason, they can't play multi-player games online at this time. Really? Not the fact that if the PSN was hacked that someone can steal their personal info, but the fact that they couldn't play with their buds down the road. LAME IMO. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of MP games and what-not, but I'm not going to go on a huge rant and be ticked off because I can't play Smackdown Vs. Raw 2011, Madden 11, or even CoD Black Ops online. I'll be a little steemed, but that's it. Now, when it's on XBL, then yeah...I'm a bit more ticked, because I'm paying for it. Unlike the PSN, where it's free to play online. Now, let me get off my soap-box here for a bit and get to where I'm going with this. I once wrote about MP gaming back a few years ago on GFedwrestling.com (where it has been lost), and how it has come a long way. Pretty much it was like a gamer's history to online gaming. Ever since the huge internet boom, online gaming has been on the rise. Now, that's not a bad thing. For pro gamers, it gives them the chance to improve their skills with other people around the world. For the casual gamer, if gives them the chace to join up and play with people that they wouldn't play with. MP gaming has pretty much spunned their own community, both online and in real life. Now, what does that do for single players and people that might not have access to online gaming and MP gaming? It has ended up hurting that area of gaming, big time. Some great examples are the CoD games. The single player campaigns have become less and less important with each passing year and more players flock to the game because of it's online gaming. Yes, CoD Black Ops has become the best selling game in history, but when you talk to gamers and why they pick it up, you will get one of two (sometimes both) answers: "It's Call Of Duty!", and "For the online play!". Like I said, don't get me wrong about online gaming, I would LOVE to sit down and get some head shots on some n00bs and what not, but I like to play a game with a deep story that I don't have to play online to get. I'm happy with a copy of Final Fantasy IX and a PSOne. Why is that? Because sometimes, HSI (high-speed internet) isn't always there. Like I said before, I don't have HSI because where I live. So, I have to play single player games. Not a bad thing... Now, there are plenty of games out there that have a great single-player mode to it (GoW, Fable, Mass Effect, Final Fantasy, Fallout, Assassin's Creed, Metal Gear Soild...). but it seems like the market is leaning towards more of a MP type market then single player like it once was. There has always been MP gaming out there (Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Sports Games, Super Smash Brothers, Mairo Kart...), but the online MP gaming market has boomed in the last five years with WoW, Final Fantasy XII, the birth of Xbox Live, and games like Half-Life and Diablo II. To me, it just seems like the single-player era of gaming is coming to an end, and more people and compaies are all going to MP gaming. With Skyrim coming out this fall (Which is a SINGLE PLAYER game), maybe that might show game companies that there is still life and still a strong market for single-player games. It's just sad that people get so mad because they feel like they can't play their game because the online network is down. Well, it's time to shill a little bit... facebook.com/rock.roberts twitter.com/rockroberts game0n.pfg@gmail.com YouTube: Game0nNet So...there you go. Until next time...Keep ya Game 0n!

Sooo....

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So, it's been a long, and I mean LONG, time since I posted a blog on here. Well, that's all about to change. As of right now, I am about to buy a domain for my game reviews and blogs as well as my podcast. I will have all of that stuff posted on my new site, and have some stuff posted on here as well. I really can't wait to see where all of this goes.

Back Again!

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Ahh, I'm back again after being gone for soooo long. Not only that, but I have a few new games to talk about.

Where do I go to first...Ah...I beat FF10 (I know, about damn time). I really didn't like it at first, the whole reason why I put it down, but once I was able to get into it...I really liked it! Yeah, I think the ending wasn't all that great, but hey, it was nice.

Next is FF11 for the 360. I played this game after bing hooked to WoW...and it is completely different. I really didn't care to much for it and I could list all the reasons here, but to each their own...

Ah, FF10-2. Got about halfway through the game, killed it. Did not care for it at all. What ever happen to games like FF7, FF8, and FF9? Those where the good ol games...lol

And the last of my FF games, FF12. I loved this game! It was FF11 with FF9, everything was perfectly rolled up into one package! Just too bad that I lost it, FF10, FF10-2, GH3, GH4, BDZ, my memory card, my PS, Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2, all 4 Saw movies, Office Space, and some other DVDs when I pawned them all and forgot to pay on it...Sucks!

Next is LO for X Box 360. This is really my second RPG on the 360 (my first one was Enchanted Arms, which is cool once you get past the first 3 hours of it). I havn't beat the game yet, but it took me a while to get into. After I got into it, I couldn't stop playing...really worth the pickup if you got the $26 to shell out for it.

Now for a game that I played for 5 minutes, and then turned it off and never cut it back on...Perfect Dark Zero! I couldn't get into it, I hated everything about it, and it just couldn't keep me from jumping off the roof. I put it down and never picked it back up...there was $7 wasted.

One of the best games I have ever played...SF4! It was great, and I still play it! Everything that needed to stay was there and the fact that you had the challenges really brought it out. Good Job!

I have more, but that will be for a later time.

The end to "Part II"?

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After playing and beating Halo 3 over the weekend, I thought to myself, "Is this the end of all part two games?" I mean, when you look at what is going on, really with M$ over there, why make another game and sell it when you can just make an expansion? Look at ES4. Sure, Morrowind had expansions and things like that, but what's the point on making another title when you can just add on to what you have?

Besides ES4, WoW is a prime example of this. How many expansion are being planned on coming out?Why spend so much time making a whole nothing game when you can spend half the time making an expansion, and then selling it for 20-30 dollars a pop? Smart on programers, dumb on us I feel like.

But in the end, we are the ones who are asking for more things, faster, sooner, and you better fix the bugs to...So, we are bringing this onto ourselfs, and it will bring the end of the Halo 2's and 3's, and the Call Of Duty's. Sure, we all love to see where the next game is going to lead us, but at the same time, it's also like "Let's just make some more maps and better weponds for them, that'll shut them up and give us a pretty new coin as well", and we as human's and gamers alike are eating it up!

It all falls back to "We want it NOW!" and I don't blame us. With release date's being push back months, and bugs STILL coming out with the games, we want a fix to it and we want something in return for telling them about the bugs. But while we are getting all this cool new stuff, have any of us thought about the next installment of the game? Nope, not really.

So with that all being said, good bye to everything that makes the next game better, and hello rod with no K.Y....

Just pissed off!

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I was on another website and there was a post about some american soldiers. Now, with me being one, I wanted to see what it was about. It was about the video about the soldier who tossed a poor, helpless dog over a cliff. I never saw the video, even though I knew it was out there. But I watched it anyways, and it just pissed me off and ruinned my whole damn day.

Now, I'm in the Army National Guard, and **** like that makes the rest of us look bad. I don't mean to cuss, but it just pisses me off! There is no reason what so ever to do that. If you have saw the video, you know what I mean. If you haven't, don't waste your time. It's just a ****ty thing to do in my view.

I know how hard it is over there and to keep going day-to-day, but man, there are pleanty of other things to do that would keep your mind off of things for just a while besides that. Pick up a deck of cards, a book, hell, pick up a mag of FOX or Cherry for crying out loud and get the damn lotion!

And what was worst about this is, they where all laughing and joking about it the whole damn time...

Just pisses me off is all!

Without Live, does he 360 still have any life?

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As I sit at my house, I think about how great it would be to have XBL again. I had to get rid of it because of bills. On top of that, my main gamertag has been suppended until I pay MS 30 dollars (tightwods!).

But my main thing is this, I was thinking, would the 360 be as good as it is now without XBL? I mean, everything that you need is on XBL: updates, games, profiles, friends, everything. So, with that said, beside games like Halo 3 and GOW and Mass Effect, is there any reason to get a 360 over a PS3?

Many of the games now a days are coming out for both systems, and I really just don't see a reason to get a 360 besides those few games. In fact, it's turning into what type of player you are. If you are more of an active player, and some one who isn't scared to get up from the chair, then the Wii would be for you, that is if you are a famliy man as well. If you are into RPG's, I would have to say that goes to the PS3 fanboys. And last, if you love FPS, and arcade hits, then the 360 is right for you. But what makes the 360 the system of choice for me is all the stuff you can download to make the 360 YOUR game system.

Now, I am all about making something mine and leaving my mark. Infact, I don't even have the XP theme on my computer at home, I have a custom made one. And with the 360, I love being able to change my background, my guide, and just my system as a whole. And with XBL, I'm able to do that. XBL has to be the best thing for MS right now, seeing how they are tieing all their products together under the "Live" name.

But in my own mine, without the Live on Xbox, the 360 would kinda be a paperweight.

Greatness out!

My Smackdown! Vs Raw 08 Review...

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SvR '08 was a great game I thought, but it really lacked something, mainly a season mode. I loved the idea that you take complete control of your wrestler, and you have to keep up with when he/she does. But most of the cut-sceens made almost NO sence what so ever! Here are some of the good and bad of the game (IMO)...

Good:
You take complete control of your wrestler in 24/7 mode.
ECW is in the game, who can whine about that?
ECW Extreme Rules match, great idea.
HOF mode really does the trick.
Great idea, don't give me my intro video or pyro until I reach a certin rank.

Bad:
Storyline is the same on both brands for 24/7 mode.
You can't join ECW in 24/7.
You are pretty much fighting the same people through the year.
360- What happen to playing our own music?
Outdated roster.

That's just some of the good and bad that I found in this game. I mean, this game was billed as the best so far, and I think it fell short of that glory. Remeber the old Smackdown! games where you went backstage and fought it out? What ever happen with that? And what ever happen walking around before you match and talking to superstars? Combine all of this, and have your own stable in the 24/7 mode and you would have a great game.

CSI- Hard Evidence

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My wife and I are huge CSI fans, and we played the first CSI on the OXB, and when we heard about the new CSI game, I was wanted to play it. But I was kinda worried about buying the game. With so many games starting to become a fast game to beat, I didn't want to go out and fork out 60 bucks for a game that I can beat in a week. So, after talking it over with my wife, we went out and rented it, and I am glad we did!

The game is five different cases, which are all good in my eyes (my wife didn't like the last one). They all played pretty well and where just like the last game. Each case took about two hours to do, sometimes three or four if you went back to get everything. You really don't have to be a CSI to play the game, everything pretty much tells you want to do with it. Sometimes you are looking around looking for the next thing to do, but pretty much it's fast pace.

There are some unlockables in the game as well as somewhat a mini-game. You are partnered up with the CSI gang and you go out and solve the cases. You start off meeting with your partner and then going to the scene of the crime. From then on out, you put two and two together and go from there.

Over all, I'm glad that I rented it, I wouldn't buy the game by no means, it's not worth ther 60 dollar price tag that's on it. Great to rent, that's it.

Gears Of War...Finished!

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Ah, after months of taking time off from GOW, I started playing and finished the game. I really was into the hype for the game at first, but then when I started to play it, I hated it. I was thinking that I was getting into a FPS, but it was more TPS then anything else. But over all I enjoyed the end of it.

I'm not going to ruin the ending for those of you who have yet to play it, or beat it yet. I am, however, will be talking about my fav parts of the game. The game in whole starts off really slow in my mind, but it picks up fast. With action around every corner and graphics to back it up, plus the storyline, it's no wonder why it was given all those awards.

I could have went with a better ending then what I got, but it really made you want to play GOW2, kinda like Halo 2 did with Halo 3. I could have kicked myself for not beating it sooner, or staying on it.

Over all it was a great game with a great story to it, and the graphics didn't hurt either, lol. Thanks EPIC and MSGS for a great game.

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