Archive for the ‘Xbox 360’ Category

About Brittany Review - Call of Duty: World at War
November 28th, 2008 by Brittany
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Bound and helpless in a tiny hut surrounded by fierce Japanese soldiers, you watch. You watch as a fellow soldier is grilled for information by a cigar-smoking general who would give up his own life for his Emperor. When your Marine brethren wonít give in to their relentless torture, he receives a searing hot coal to the face. As he spews blood all of the face of his interrogator, his life is quickly ended by a violent slashing of his throat. All you can do is look on in horror as you realize that the soldier coming toward you is about to offer you the same fate.

Just as you come to the realization that your time serving your country has come to an end, a glimmer of hope appears. A knife slices cleanly through your captor and he falls over, dead. A stream of Marines enter the rundown tent and offer you a weapon with which to exact vengeance on the Japanese soldiers who trapped you there. With that, the explosive campaign to Call of Duty: World at War begins.

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About Mercedes Are you there, God? It’s me, Confused Consumer.
July 20th, 2008 by Mercedes
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ConsolesLooming over your head within the menacing dark clouds of marketing, the decision of which console to purchase taunts you. ďPlaystation 3!Ē the sky roars. ďXbox 360!Ē ďWiiiiiiii!Ē You look up, hoping maybe some light will shine through the gloomy amassment of advertisements and point you in the right direction. Instead, lightning strikes, singeing you as well as that money already burning a hole in your pocket. Well, at least that made your decision a little bit easier.

All right, all right, itís a little morbid to believe that death is your only escape from the console wars that the gaming industry wages daily. Itís nothing new. Thereís been competition in the market for video game consoles since we first picked up our controllers, and these current generation consoles have been out for years now. But every piece of gaming equipment is more expensive than ever, and Iím trying to look at prospective purchases a lot more cautiously than I used to. The most glaring reason to buy a system these days is simple: exclusives.

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About Jen Last one out of Liberty City? Burn it to the ground!
May 5th, 2008 by Jen
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This week, there’s one game licking at the edges of every player’s conversation, flying off the shelves and dominating entertainment news as a source of infinite controversy. Grand Theft Auto IV, the newest in the family of Rockstar’s questionable line-up arrived on shelves this past Tuesday much to the glee of fervently waiting gamers. GTA is well known to many, including non-gamers, for the flak GTA III drew for ultra-violence against the police and innocents, strong language, nudity, drug & alcohol use and adult situations (that often included prostitutes or strip clubs).

GTA4: Little Jacob

Despite the game already being rated M for “Mature”, conservative groups all over the country continue to demonize the franchise for capitalizing off of filth and allegedly encouraging deviant, delinquent behavior in children. While gamers expected to hear the predictable off-kilter spin from the ever-splenic Jack Thompson (who, naturally, has been demanding that lawmakers indict Take-Two for “providing pornographic material to minors” and planting “viruses” in this country’s youth), the generally well-respected group MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has also come down hard on GTAIV. After formally requesting Rockstar halt distribution, it became clear that their issue stems from the fact that drunk driving is allowable in game. It is pertinent, however, to note that the player can choose to decide whether or not the character will drive home, hail a cab or walk it off. That right there is what makes the game interesting to meóchoice.

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About Suzie Downsized Gamer
February 5th, 2008 by Suzie
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Nintendo DSI have a confession to make. I haven’t owned a console for six years.

Yes. I know. It defies belief.

The reason for my lack is simple to explain: I was hopping the Atlantic on a regular basis, zipping between the USA and Europe, with only a rucksack of belongings. I had a PS2 memory card, and the games I managed to play (Resident Evil 4, Kingdom Hearts, Silent Hill 3, FF6 and FFX, Devil May Cry) I managed only in short stints at friends houses. Beating a game was rare, and often spanned years of on-off gaming sessions. I very quickly fell out of the console gaming loop.

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About Katt Press A To Continue
February 4th, 2008 by Katt
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One of the most popular cut scenes of all timeA couple years ago I could be quoted as saying RPG’s were the best video games around with detailed characters, in-depth storylines, and beautiful cinemas. However, it seems most video game companies today pride themselves on having beautifully rendered cinemas in their games. There are video game companies that don’t use cut scenes like Valve but other popular companies like Square-Enix use them constantly. It’s entertaining to look at a video game from a Playstation game and compare the graphics to a new generation console’s output to judge the quality’s improvement. There appears to be a growing trend with video games, RPG’s in particular, with large amounts of cut scenes and limited game play.

The question I pose to you is, “Is too much money and time going to graphical presentation that could be going into other more tangible aspects?”

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About Katt Rocking Out!
December 29th, 2007 by Katt
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gdg_rockband1.png Recently, I’ve found myself putting away my keyboard and trying out some good ‘ol console fun on my XBOX 360. The game I am really digging right now is the popular title Rock Band. Personally, I’ve yet to see a more involved game than this.

Interactive games have always interested me, having been a big fan of Dance Dance Revolution and different arcade variations of hand drumming games. Back when I was a blossoming gamer the most interaction in a game I ever had was shooting ducks with the giant orange Nintendo gun. In this day and age there are several interactive games where you can be more involved. I can name off a huge list, but you see them any time you walk in a gaming store. Some popular examples to entertain you though are Beatmania, Singstar Amped, Manga A Go Go, and Guitar Hero.

So when Rock Band was released I finally felt justified in picking up an XBOX 360 and playing this game for myself. The reviews I read were great and hearing how much fun my friends throughout the states had with the demos was just more encouragement.
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