Archive for the Xbox 360 Category

X is for Xbox 360

Posted in Consoles, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Dear Xbox,

I love you, I really do, but  you frighten me. You get loud and sound angry. You don’t want to do what I want sometimes. You turn red and just stop paying attention to me. Then you leave for a month and come back with “I’m sorry, here’s a  small present.”  Occasionally, you destroy my things.  But I keep coming back. Why? Because you have attributes the others don’t have. I’ve said in the past after you give me this or that, I’m done with you. But then you tell me about some new, awesome thing you’re working on. Damn you.

Love, me

Okay, so that wasn’t entirely serious, but I think any long time 360 owner can relate on some level. RROD, E74, or “the 360 ate my game.”  I have two 360’s. One is an older model I call Old Clunky. Old Clunky has made the trip to Texas (where 360s are fixed) for the RROD once while in my possession. Old Clunky ate my Halo Reach disc and is working on Black Ops by the looks of it. He also makes lots of noise and doesn’t want to close his tray sometimes.

Then I have a S model. It’s much quieter and I don’t hold my breath in fear when I turn it on. Thank you! The only thing that bothers me is its sensitive nature. It will turn on and open its tray while I dust it. I’m afraid when a cat walks by, it will turn on. Cause really, all you got to do it wave your finger in front of it and it pops to life. It’s because of this nonsense, the tray has broken once already. All my babies go to Texas. They vacation there.  But, I can’t deny I really love the S model. It’s so much better.

Really, Microsoft. I love your exclusives. Gears, Halo, Left 4 Dead. I can’t get them on the PS3 or Wii. I prefer XBL to the PSN, even if I have to pay for it.

So there. Thank you for the S model. I’m not too afraid general hardware failure anymore. I enjoy playing it and it doesn’t seem to mess up the discs. Yay!

For a complete account of my RROD adventure go here

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Y is for Yay for April

Posted in PS3, Uncategorized, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Since the A to Z challenge is almost over, I want to do a post about the month in general. I had a blast with the challenge and I’m so glad I signed up.

As for this month in video games, it’s been one of big highs and lows. There was “Portal Kombat” on April 19.  How often does two of my favorite video game franchises release games on the same day? Yay! It was awesome. I’m still playing both Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat and will be for quite awhile. I’ve mentioned before, the PS3 had the upper hand with both games. Portal 2 got Steam integration and MK got Kratos.

Of course, this month has been one of the worst for the PSN. We found out that Sony shut down the PSN on April 20th because of security concerns. Then it was announced someone broke into our accounts and may have taken credit card info. It’s a mess. The PSN won’t be back until May 3 or 4. In all this news about the PSN, XBL warned of a possible phishing scam on CoD Modern Warfare 2.

Speaking of XBL, starting on April 18, gamers who bought Bulletstorm were invited to play the Gears of War 3 beta. People who pre-ordered Gears through Gamestop (like me) got beta access on the 25.While I’m more excited for the campaign of Gears 3, what I’ve seen of the multiplayer so far is awesome.

April has been a very busy month for gamers.  May is promising L.A. Noire, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean,  the return of the PSN,  and many other things. I can’t wait!

V is for Video Game Replay Value

Posted in Games, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

I think replay value is extremely important in games.  It sort of sucks when you realize you never want to play that game you were so excited for again, especially when they’re so expensive. I remember my disappointment with the Star Wars Force Unleashed game. I love Star Wars video games, but when I finished this one, I couldn’t find a reason to go through it again. The game was too linear, too short, and really had nothing worth revisiting.

But just because a game is short, that doesn’t mean it has no replay value. Look at Portal and Left 4 Dead.  The L4D games are short. Although, multiplayer is a blast. The campaign never gets boring, either. The Call of Duty games have short single player campaigns, but the multiplayer is one of the best.

Whether the game is long or short, the best feeling is never wanting to leave the world the game created. That’s the most important factor to me.

More games with great replay value

Games with little replay value

U is for Useless Video Game Accessories

Posted in Consoles, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Through the years, there’s been plenty of gaming accessories. It’s funny to look back and see things that were suppose to be groundbreaking at the time, but turned out to be pretty horrible. My favorite useless accessory is the R.O.B. robot from the NES. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, until I learned  it actually made things harder. But I was a kid at the time, now I’m more wary of the latest and greatest “must have” gaming accessory. How many people shelled out money for the useless Wii remote sports add-ons like tennis rackets and bowling pins?

More more useless gaming accessories*cough* plowerglove *cough* can be found here

Q is for Quality in Video Games

Posted in Consoles, Games, PS3, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

How weird is it that I wake up to news of PC gamers complaining about the quality of Portal 2? My Q word was always going to be quality, but now it’s taking a different twist.

What’s all the fuss about? Apparently, PC gamers are mad that they can purchase DLCs on day one. Yes, I have rallied against pre-order bonuses including DLCs, but I think what’s happening with Portal 2 is different. This downloadable content includes stuff like skins for Atlas and P-body. Yes, people are complaining about having the ability to change the color of the co-op  characters.  Does any of this DLC change the game? No. Is a fancy Atlas better then a regular one? Nope. This DLC doesn’t actually impact the quality of the game.  Also, from what I understand, all these skins and costumes can be earned by playing the game anyway.

Valve has given free DLC to PC gamers in the past. The DLC that actually counts for something. When the Passing DLC was released for Left 4 Dead 2, PC gamers got it for free. I shelled out cash for it, cause I’m on the Xbox 360. But, I didn’t mind because it was new content, a new level of the game.

Another complaint is the quality of the graphics. Now, I can only speak for the version of Portal 2 I played (PS3), but the graphics are really great. In fact, they blow the first Portal out of the water. I have not played it on the PC yet, although I will.  The game also  runs smoother then the first. In Portal, controlling Chell was a bit clunky. Just this past Monday, I died while playing Portal because Chell would not back out of a door in Test Chamber 19 and I got hit with a missile. (This is the 360 arcade version, btw)

Yet another complaint is the length of the game.  The first Portal is short.  Portal 2 is a stand alone title, with two different campaigns. I haven’t finished the single player, but I’m about 3 hours into it. And I know I’m nowhere near finished. I haven’t even touched the co-op yet. If I get about 7 hours from single and 5 from co-op, that’s a decent amount of time. Plus, I replayed the hell out of the first one. A lot. So even if the game was a mere 4 hours, I know I’ll replay it cause it’s fun.

I don’t see what the big deal is. Just because you’re offered new skins, that doesn’t mean you have to buy them. They don’t change the quality of the game. Portal 2 is not broken, it’s a gorgeous looking game that’s entertaining. And that’s all that matters to me.

P is for Portal

Posted in Games, PS3, Xbox 360 with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

*bounces* It’s finally here! Portal 2 was released today! To celebrate, I feel compelled to post a song I don’t think I can get sick of:

Not only is there a new single player campaign, but there’s also a c0-op campaign. Good-bye social life for awhile. Besides the mind bending physics of the Portal gun and the puzzles,  the new gels and other tricks like the panels,  you still have to deal with GLaDOS. I’m so excited to hear her taunting in Portal 2!

In the original  game, she was helpful at first and down right murderous at the end. Then you go and destroy her.  She turns around and sings during the credits about how she’s “still alive”. In the second game, you still play as Chell.  Aperture Science is in a state of severe disrepair, but that doesn’t stop GLaDOS from rebuilding the facility.

I expect the sequel to be awesome from start to finish. The first Portal was an amazing experience, from the weighted companion cube to learning that “speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out.” While it’s hard to top the unprecedented success of the short game wedged into the Orange Box,  I have faith that Portal 2 will be just as good, if not better.

O is for Older Kids and Video Games

Posted in Games, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

When it comes to picking out video games for older kids or *tweens* (I don’t like that word), it can be hard even for gamer parents. Personally, I throw the ESRB ratings out the window and use them only as a last resort. I know what my son can and can not handle. I also know a basic overview of recently released games. But what if you don’t really know much about games? I have written about what games I think are appropriate for the almost teen boy.

There are some really cool video games releasing soon or that just came out. Portal 2 will be here tomorrow and it’s rated E10+. The Lego games like Star Wars are awesome. My son and I love them. In May, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean will come out. And if your son watches WWE, he can play the new WWE All Stars game.

I admit, during this time in their lives, it’s difficult to absolutely  say what ESRB rating  older kids fall in. Yes, there’s E and E10+, but there are  many T (like WWE games) and even M games (like Halo) that I think the almost teen kid can handle. It’s all about knowing your child and knowing what the game is all about.