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What I've been playing recently...

So we're in the "summer game drought" right now kinda lingering in that dead time between the E3 show and the holiday season releases. The 360 has Prey coming out soon, which looks like it could be interesting. I downloaded the demo last night but got too into Quake 4 and forgot to give it a rip. Speaking of Quake 4, I had heard that it really wasn't worth it but downloaded the demo one day out of curiosity (and possibly boredom) and was hooked almost instantly. Other than some occasional frame rate issues I can't really find fault with the game. The online mode could be a little smoother, but that could just be that it's a very fast paced game online, much like Unreal Tournament, and I'm used to Halo 2 (although lack of head shot is a little frustrating in Q4.) I've only played a few times online, again the fault of Halo 2, but when I do manage a few games I tend to kick ass. The campaign is pretty entertaining. Great graphics, a lot of well animated gore, good use of lighting, the weapon feel is excellent, if the frame rate didn't drop when things get intense, this game wouldn't have any major flaws. It is exactly what I wanted; a Doom-type game on the 360. Now if they'll only add Half-Life 2 to the backwards compatibility list... I've also been playing a lot of Fight Night: Round 3 in career mode. The Total Punch controls took a little while to get used to, but I think I finally have the hang of it. I had been cruising along and all the sudden have gotten smoked in my last 3 bouts. I do have 21 wins, however, all by knockout...all before the 4th round. I have played online a few times but got knocked around pretty good. I'll venture online a little more now that I have all of the controls down. I think the game that has impressed me the most as of late is MLB 06: The Show for the PSP. It is, without a doubt, the best baseball game I have ever played. The graphics are VERY close to PS2 graphics, the gameplay is solid, and the feature set is deep for a console game, ridiculously so for a portable. The only games that I am addicted to like I am with this one are Halo 2 for the Xbox/X360 and Madden 06 for the PS2. I am playing mostly in career mode, which starts you out in the class AA minor leagues at your chosen position. You can choose to play each and every inning and pitch or only when your player is in the game. Being a player, you do not have managerial control which is kindof cool but can be frustrating when you are taken out of the game. I am a pitcher so I sim all games but my own. Depending on time constraints I will often play only my starts and at bats, but will sometimes play the entire game. So far I have struggled a little along the way, but have made it to the Phillies bullpen about 3/4 way through my 2nd season after pitching a perfect game at the AA and AAA levels. The other game I will play occasionally is Battalion Wars for the GameCube. If you have a GC, get this game. It's a real time strategy game with a bit of a cartoony feel. The gameplay is outstanding and it has a low learning curve. If I played games more than a few hours per week I'd play this one a lot more but real life dictates otherwise. That's it for now, back to work for me. I'm going to be posting a few game reviews in the upcoming weeks; Quake 4, Prey, G.R.A.W., and possibly Chromehounds. Stay tuned...