November is Gaming Month!

Ahh November is a good month for video games, especially for those that own an Xbox 360 like me.  While I’m in my temporary apartment, I have decided to go with my most powerful gaming machine that I own to set up and left my other machines packed away until I move back after the new year.  November is always a blockbuster month for games and there are 3 games that just came out that I want to play but I think I’m only going to get to choose one to play at the moment.  The 3 games that I want are Call of Duty Black Ops, Need for Speed, and Assassins Creed.  All 3 games are different genre’s that I enjoy but its a hard decision on which one to choose.

I think I’ll eliminate Call of Duty first, I have recently defeated Halo Reach and that has satisfied my 1st Person Shooter craving for a while which is the genre that Call of Duty is a part of.  While I hear that this game is totally bad ass, I’m content to wait it out a little while and I might even get it cheaper.  I don’t go online to play so for me it will be all first person shooter against the computer.  I still haven’t defeated the last game which is sitting in a box somewhere in storage.

Need for Speed will probably be eliminated but thats because I have a preference for Assassin’s Creed.  I played the demo on my Xbox360 last week and I must say that I was pretty impressed with the graphics and game play.  It played a lot like Burn Out but that shouldn’t be a big surprise since Criteron Games does the Burn Out franchise.  I like driving games for their replay value since I can just keep on playing the same tracks and stuff over and over trying to beat my best times but over time that gets old.  I’m thinking of getting this one maybe in a year or so when the price comes down so I can play it on the cheap.

Assassin’s Creed will probably earn my nickel on Tuesday of this week.  I played Assassin’s Creed II only so far and it was really enjoyable.  It’s a nice 3rd person adventure game and the best part about is that I’m an assassin!  I like snooping around and knifing people when they least expect it or running around in the open world format performing some of the side missions so that I can get more points or bonus treasure.  This time the entire game takes place in Rome which I hear is going to be awesome.  I don’t know if they are going to use other towns like the last game but if they stick to the city of Rome I’m sure I’ll have enough to see and interact with.

I wonder what other gems are hiding in the rough that might earn my hard earned cash.  Maybe another beatem up like Scott Pilgrim (which I got from XBox Live for only 10 bucks and I’m still playing it!).  Here’s to a great holiday season filled with awesome video games 🙂

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FIFA World Cup 2010 – XBox360

It is 2010, exactly 4 years since the last world cup occurred with Italy taking home the trophy after an exciting match against France.  With a new World Cup comes a new soccer game for my XBox360 which I picked up this past weekend.  I haven’t had a lot of time to play with it but I have to say that the game is still quite challenging.  A lot has changed over the years in terms of the controls and how things react on the field in the game.  Technology seems to march forth it seems.

I normally skip the in between FIFA games because I’m not big into the professional soccer teams around the world, just the national teams that compete in the World Cup.  When I picked up World Cup 2006, I thought that game kicked some major tail because it was just so fun to play against the computer or people.  Well I don’t play against people all that much, just the computer but I must say they’ve tuned the AI quite a bit to make this game much more difficult.  The ball physics are also way different than last time.  I did play FIFA 2007 when they first introduced the new ball physics into the game and this one retains a lot of that and made some improvements.  This makes the game way more realistic in my opinion but it also makes it harder to play.

I haven’t gotten very far in the game at all since I keep on getting my ass beat by the computer AI, I might have to dial it down a level or so since its been a while since I’ve played a soccer game on my XBox.  Overall this is a solid game, I can’t wait to see how the World Cup progresses this summer.  It’s going to be a scorcher being held in South Africa but on those nights I can’t watch a game, maybe I can just play some World Cup to pass the time.

Finally picked up Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

Wow its been a long time since I’ve blogged about anything but things have been busy over the last couple of months so I haven’t had the time or anything to really write about.  I do now!  Best Buy was kind enough to provide me a $30 coupon from my Best Buy Rewards points and I had another $30 gift card to blow so I decided to pick up Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.  I know I’m a bit late in getting this game and its been reviewed probably 1000000000 times already but I always have to give my own personal take on things.

First off, the graphics are uber awesome.  Way better than I expected and quite realistic from my point of view, complete with blood splatter when you nail a bad guy in with a sniper rifle.  The game plays much like most first person shooters and since I have the very first Call of Duty game for Xbox 360 it felt pretty much the same from the control stand point.  The one thing that stands out a lot is how hard the game is.  I’m only a very casual gamer these days (its due to my ever advancing age and lack of time to devote to video games) so my speed in spinning around and killing people in my field of fire is a little slow and my aim is way off when chucking grenades.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve died already because its just that intense of a game.  Bad guys are coming from everywhere and they’re all trying to kill me and I’m just trying to find cover or reload my weapon.

I must say though I am pleased I picked up this game.  It’s supposed to be pretty short for the campaign mode but I don’t mind.  I might try playing through the game again at some point once I’m done with it or go back to trying to play Super Mario Brothers Wii since I haven’t touched that in about a month.  I am focusing a lot of my time on Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars for my iPhone but thats for another blog post.  In the mean time, this game will be in the Xbox until it is defeated!  Although at my current pace, I’m guessing I’ll finish the game by Christmas 😉

Assassin’s Creed II was awesome!

A few weeks ago I bought the game Assassin’s Creed II after looking at games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare and some games for the Wii.  I must say that I was not disappointed with my purchase.  I just finished beating the game late last night and it was pretty fun the entire way through.  There are still a bunch of things that I haven’t done in the game but I don’t know if I’m going to go back and finish up the side missions or find all the treasure.  The game took me around 30+ hours to complete but thats because I also did a lot of the assassination side quests and went around and looked for a lot of the treasure chests in some of the first areas where I played the game.

The graphics of this game are spectacular.  They have to be the best graphics I’ve ever seen on the Xbox360 and I’ve had an Xbox360 since the day the console came out.  I’ve read a lot of the reviews on the game and I agree with them that the city scape is the best part of the game.  Lots of attention to detail and the non playing characters are pretty decent at being random.  The fact that I was able to climb almost any building and assassinate just about anyone I came across was pretty sweet.  The weapons that you pick up during the game are all different and have their strengths and weaknesses but once you unlock the ultimate set of armor you’re just all jacked up to be a lean mean killing machine.

There are a lot of puzzles in the game that are pretty challenging, especially finding secret symbols on buildings (I haven’t found them all yet and I still can’t decipher a few that I have found because the clue’s don’t help a lot).  The most satisfying part is playing the Assasssin Tombs where you try and get tokens to unlock armor in the game.  I was able to complete all 6 tombs about 3/4 through the game so I was a bad ass for 1/4 of the game and loved every minute of it.

I could go on for a while about the game but I’m going to stop.  The ending was really cool and it set it up for another game which I hope they’ll make for the Xbox360 so I don’t have to buy another game console.  I would recommend this game to anyone because its just that awesome.  If it had extended playability beyond the single player stuff that would be awesome or if they added some downloadable content.  Now that I’m done with this game I’ll have to start looking for another one to occupy my free time while I’m at home.  Maybe something for the Wii this time around….