Games

360 Reasons To Play

So, now that I have my lounge wired networking sorted out, the ground was prepared for my 360 purchase. I was going to wait until between Christmas and New Year before purchasing it, because I put all the games I wanted on my xmas list so people could choose from it, and thus I didn’t want to buy any ‘bundle’ that included games (I’d seen some with Halo 3 and Assassins Creed for example) until I knew what people had got me.

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Rock Band most wanted

Rock Band isn’t here in the UK yet but here’s one of the songs I’m personally most looking forward to butchering recreating: Although John Entwhistle puts paid to the idea that the bass is the ‘easy part’ 😀 What a performance from all of them though - I envy the people who had the chance to be there in 1978 (I was a little young). Jump to around 7:45 for a classic rock moment if you’re in too much of a hurry.

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Orange Box suffers on PS3

This is a shame - The Orange Box, a game which gave me much pleasure on the PC mostly thanks to Episode 2 and Portal, has come a bit of a cropper on PS3. It seems that poor framerates in the prettier parts of Episode 2, long load times and lag in Team Fortress 2 have caused it to get much lower review scores than it did on the 360 and PC.

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GH3 : The ZeroPunctuation Rant

Ok, so my last post wasn’t quite the last rant on GH3 on this site. Go Yahtzee. Clive Winston was my favourite character too, although his omission is one of GH3’s smaller sins. ‘Cliffs of Dover’ as featured at the end is one of my favourite tracks on Hard, but is one of those we’re locked out from in co-op because of the stupid career mode. Grr.

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Monkeyshines nostalgia

When we were 7 or 8, my best friend got a Philips Videopac G7000, otherwise known across the pond as the Magnavox Odyssey 2, although I didn’t make that mental connection until fairly recently. At the time it was the awesomest thing on the planet, with so many games all in decorative, oddly sequentially numbered boxes. Compared to the only-recently-colour TV games we’d survived on before, supplemented of course with expensive bouts of Space Invaders, Asteroids and Pac Man in the arcades (this was pre-Gorf for goodness sakes!

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Guitar Hero III: Final Rant

Ok, one final rant on the stupidity of Neversoft here. Have they never played Guitar Hero co-operatively? Do they have no friends? Because this is the only conclusion I can reach for the absolutely ridiculous exclusion of a Quickplay co-op mode. Sure, the co-op career mode is kinda fun, but they decided that you have to complete the career mode for a given difficulty setting before you’re allowed to play almost half the songs at that difficulty level in co-op, because the game deems that you can only play at the level of the worst player.

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Guitar Hero III : Not turned up to 11

One of the few advantages of coming back from holiday was the thought of Guitar Hero 3 waiting for us, which was released while we were away. While the slowly diminishing but still ever-present jetlag has meant that I’m not exactly on top form in the evenings yet, I feel that now we’ve had enough of a play of it to be able to pass judgement, and unfortunately it’s not the judgement I’d hoped for.

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I hate cutscenes

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I think cutscenes have no place in modern videogames. Yeah, I really do feel that strongly about them. I finally got around to playing the Crysis demo last night. I wanted to jump in and play, but instead I had to sit through a couple of minutes of pre-rendered wankery, followed by an in-engine sequence where I’m presumably strapped to a bench with someone forcibly moving my head around to where the designer wants me to look.

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A logic-free zone

So, the PS3 is starting to do a bit better sales-wise since the price cut it seems, rather unsurprisingly. The price has always been the #1 obstacle after all, and all the Sony posturing about consumers feeling honoured to pay gold dust for such an awesome machine have long been proved the very worst kind of arrogance. Indeed, if you go into the shops these days you’ll find fairly similarly priced deals on 360 and PS3, assuming you ignore the cheapo Core and Live Arcade systems which aren’t really a decent comparison.

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The Mass Effect Effect

I’m still not planning on finally deciding my HD console allegiance until the new year, on account of the fact that I’ll have a bunch of stuff to play in the run-up to xmas anyway, like Guitar Hero III, Mario Galaxy, the new Zelda on DS etc, plus the fact that we’re on holiday for 2 weeks in between now and then. However, I’m edging toward a conclusion that there’s really only one console-exclusive that really, really excites me, and that’s Mass Effect - on the 360.

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