I’ve been a big fan of Xbox360! I have reviewed several games and consider myself a gamer. Then Kinect for Xbox 360 arrived! Unlike most of the other motion games, you don’t need any wires or controllers for the Kinect system. Out of the box and installed within minutes, I was dancing like a fool playing “Dance Central!” A camera records all your moves and interacts live with the game, I realized quickly I cannot dance, but we had a lot of fun playing. We quickly moved over to “Kinect Sports,” so I could show off my true talents. Boxing, soccer, bowling and a few more with no strings attached, I felt like Pinocchio when he was turned into a little boy. Plus sequel titles, “Dance Central 2” and “Kinect Sports: Season Two,” will be available this holiday. For more intense workouts, try “EA Sports Active 2” or “The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout!” If you think you can’t get a good workout from a video game, think again! Try to dog it, and you will learn quickly what the personal trainers think of your effort! No matter what Kinect games you chose, you will probably work up a good sweat and have a lot of fun. So if that special someone has an Xbox 360, Kinect will be a great present! Check out all Xbox has to offer, as well as Kinect games at www.xbox.com. If you dare, check out my testing of Dance Central!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cXjdDY4sfw
First things first, THANK YOU Microsoft for making this a multiplayer game! I know most of the Xbox world plays on-line, but I’m an old school, have a couple beers with a buddy, shoot ‘em up guy! Multiplayer two controller campaign games are becoming rare, so when Gears of War 3 showed up at the front door, I couldn’t wait to play. You can actually have a four player co-op campaign going with Xbox Live, or grab a buddy and play on a split screen! The Gears of War series is the most popular franchise in Xbox history. I feel silly talking about graphics because honestly, is there a game around where the graphics don’t kick ass anymore? However, just when I think graphics can’t get any better Gears of War 3 raises the bar. The videos (some maybe a bit too lengthy) and game play are awesome. I had to call my brother-in-arms neighbor Don up to check it out. We had to pry Gears of War 3 away from my son, but once we started we couldn’t stop. Gears of War 3 is a tactical battle game where the story line actually makes you want to go deeper into the game. The Delta Team battle locust and critters that seem to pop out from everywhere. Stick your head out for too long and it’s almost guaranteed to get shot off. The good thing is in most cases a single shot won’t kill you, and the Delta Team is there to help you get back up should you be wounded. A wide variety of weapons allows you to find one that works for best for you, and if you run out of ammo, you better hope you chose the Lancer with a chainsaw on the end! If you think you are good on these types of games, you have to prove it in Gears of War 3! You will need to beat the game first before unlocking the third level of difficulty. The COG soldiers are gritty and damn tough looking. There are plenty of funky enemies that have different levels of toughness to kill as well. Dig in, and make sure you have time to play, because once you start, you may not be able to stop! Check it out on-line at www.xbox.com/gearsofwar
Video games seem like they have been around forever! Yes, I will be dating myself once again saying I remember playing “pong” and “battle tanks” on one of the original video game systems. Some old school games are making a comeback. In the days of A, B, X, Y, RT, LT, RB and LB one game that is making its way back to the playing field is Mega Man. It was actually pretty funny watching my son get frustrated over a two button game. (more…)
I have said it here before and I will say it again, EA SPORTS Rock!. It cant be easy coming up with new features to add year after year, however EA SPORTS does it time and time again. Madden NFL 11 now has GameFlow which is an offensive coordinator that can call the plays for you, and gives you tips right in your headset. This is perfect for two player games. No longer can your buddy narrow down you play to 1 of 3 choices when he peeks over at your plays. I’m not too keen on all the in-game advertising, but other than that, I love the new Madden NFL 11. (more…)
If you havent played XBox360 in surround sound, you are truly missing out! Some new games from EA that have just been released would be perfect! Battlefield: Bad Company 2 had me hooked from the start. I like the story line of tracking down a weapon and a few bad guys. There are plenty of twists and turns that keep you involved in the story. The B Company treks across the world, from the jungles of South America to the frigid border of Russia in a fight against this world-dominating threat. There are plenty of different weapons throughout the campaign to help you achieve your goals. Personally I like the silenced weapons where I can snipe out the enemy and work my way silently through the campaign. If you are into sports games, check out FIFA 10 World Cup South Africa. This is far different from when I played FIFA soccer years ago. I will admit, it is a little like when I played years ago, because I am still getting plenty of yellow and red cards from the refs! I guess that is why I was never very good in soccer. That is why I love sports games from EA Sports because I am so much better on XBox360 than I was playing any high school sports! When it comes to the best games for the XBox360, my first stop is at www.ea.com! Sports, action, first player, multiplayer, driving, SIMS and anything else you can think of are available through Electronic Arts! I have been a HUGE fan of EA for a long time, and year after year the games keep getting better.
I have to share some exciting news. The Xbox 360 Elite has dropped $100 in price to a new MSRP of $299. The Elite console comes with a massive 120 gig hard drive, headset and network cable, and for the holidays, two games Lego Batman and Pure. I love the game selection as it gives you something for the entire family. For the golfers in the family, test your skills against the best in EA SPORTS Tiger Woods PGA TOUR10. (more…)
What man cave would be complete without a gaming system? I have tried just about every system out there, but when it comes down to my man cave there is only one, the Xbox360. It is pretty cool using the high definition Epson projector with the Xbox360. The high definition graphics look awesome even with a screen size of 120 inches. Playing games like Gears of War 2 and Call of Duty in high definition is simply amazing. Ive been absolutely hooked on Gears of War 2. I will have to admit; I am not as good as my son when it comes to Xbox LIVE, which is an on-line community for Xbox360 players. I log in through my network connection and get my butt kicked in 30 seconds, he logs in and kicks some butt. If I didnt know better, I would think he was up in his little man cave just waiting for me to log on. I often wonder if its some 8-year-old kid lighting me up on-line. I keep telling myself its a highly trained soldier. Its great to go down to the man cave and leave the stress behind while I am playing on my Xbox360. (more…)