Monday, May 21, 2007

The Xbox 360 is Calling Me...

Soon, the wife and I will be getting a lot of money back from taxes, due to amendments we made for the Lifetime Learning Credit that we knew nothing about (if you're a college student and don't know what I'm talking about, Google that phrase and thank me later).

Here's the deal. I have a Wii, and I have my gaming PC... but I'll be damned if there's just too many games, both up and coming, and existent on the Xbox 360 that are begging for my attention. Games like Crackdown and Gears of War are calling out to me in my sleep, and in the future, Fable 2, Too Human, GTA IV, Resident Evil 5 all will be taunting me with their goodness. Who knows, maybe even Age of Conan will be better played with a 360 controller.

I don't think I can fight the beast anymore, the traditional console gamer in me misses games like those, even though the Wii's lineup is strong in the future as well. It's a conundrum, for sure. But I think my mind's already been made up. I suspect that within the next month or two I'll have an Xbox 360 next to my Wii.

Oh how the mighty have fallen...


Keen said...

Agreed. There's just too many games coming out for Xbox360 and other consoles to pass up. I'm also looking forward to Fable 2, GTA4, and ugh so many others!

Actually this has been a bad thing lately. I'm actually getting bored of LOTRO because I'm looking forward to these new games with such anticipation.

Bildo said...

Part of my itch is a general desire for an Urban Sandbox game. I read a big cover feature on GTA IV, and say what you will about the series, to me it's more than killing pedestrians and slapping "bitches". GTA, since the 3rd, has always been about looking through the social spyglass and seeing what the player will do if given certain tools.

At first, I remember focus tests of GTA 3 not knowing they could attack pedestrians, or any of that. They would only try to kill those who fired on them. But then they stumbled upon the freedom available to them in the game, and started testing the boundaries.

Then there's the police... 1 star brings a squad car. 5 brings the swat team on you. Your crimes don't go un-punished... unless you can escape.

As early as 3 it was a living breathing world... and it's only gotten better as time moves on. GTA IV will catch a lot of flack from press, as they always do, but us gamers will know it for what it is... a masterpiece in creative game design.

Keen said...

When you get an Xbox360 you definitely need to pick up Saint's Row. One of the best urban sandboxes EVER!