It was a surreal experience, walking up to purchase my first games console, and not just because I had the mother of all fevers at the time. For me, someone who has wanted a console my whole life and would often go to friend's places just to play their SNES, there was no other choice but the Xbox 360. Ever since I played "Gears of War" at a mates place, I was hooked. And the $100 price-cut the day before I got it didn't hurt either. We're not gonna have the rig to show off Blu-Ray anytime soon, so the PS3 was out, and the Wii is fun but probably isn't gonna service a hardcore player like me. The thing is fantastic, a little bit noisy, but perfectly funtional. Unfortunately, I haven't rigged it up to the net yet, so Xbox Live is out of the question for a couple of weeks, but still YIPPEE!!! Here's some of the games I've been playing:
ASSASIN'S CREED-First game I played, makes a good first impression with an interesting story, but things got EXTREMELY repetitive very quickly and if you're a completionist like me, the game works against that and you have to do the same things hundreds of times. The game looks great but the assassinations are too hard to pull off like a genuine assassin. I'm afraid to say the whole thing was overhyped, here's hoping for a better sequel.
KAMEO:ELEMENTS OF POWER-A short game with great art design and cool creatures but it feels very finnicky at times, and the first hour is awfully disjointed. The controls aren't as responsive as they should be and it lacks a sense of direction (I mean this literally). Boss fights and creature abilities are definite highlights.
LEGO INDIANA JONES-Charming and simple game with an occasionally feral camera and dodgy friendly AI. Haven't tried co-op yet. Vehicles control dodgily too.
KUNG FU PANDA- It came with the bundle, I swear! Short and nice-looking beat 'em up with simple controls. Achievements are not well designed though and it's very hard to chain up combos.
PERFECT DARK ZERO- Good shooter which feels a little clunky and slow-paced for my liking. The visuals are stylised, but almost too much so, making it look "greasy" and yuck. That said, the guns look and feel awesome and the multiplayer is incredibly additive, up there with Halo's stuff! Can't wait to take it online, provided there's still people there.
GEARS OF WAR- Had to get it, a killer-app if ever I saw one. Fantastic audio-visual presentation, grunt-worthy, bloody, satisfying combat. Great sense of scale and risk. Not much in the way of a story, but who cares! Can't wait for multiplayer!
CALL OF DUTY 2- Great shooter with great sense of authenticity. Amazing audio, everything sounds like it should. Re-spawning enemies can get a bit tiring, but still a solid experience.
Well, with the holidays upon us, I'll be free to game. A lot. Right now I'm aiming to buy the older, cheaper games rather than the high end stuff which I'll get around too eventually. Despite all this gamage, I haven't really found THE game, the one that's really hooked me in. "Gears of War" came close, but I have a feeling it'll come in the form of an RPG like "Oblivion" or something. I'm getting "Bioshock" for Christmas too, a game I've had my eye on for a while. Can't wait! I should have my review for "Assassin's Creed" up soon. MERRY CHRISTMAS