Yo, the name's Hines. My top five favorite games go like this:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)
2. Resident Evil 4 - Wii Edition (Wii)
3. Banjo-Kazooie (Nintendo 64)
4. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)
5. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
I own a Sega Genesis, NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube (comeplete with Game Boy Player), Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Playstation, PLaystation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS Lite, Sega Dreamcast, Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP and a Game Boy Micro.
I have a huge game collection consisting of over 1,000 games total, as well as a large DVD collection, so you could say I'm a huge gamer. I am an avid music listener, and my favorite bands include Coheed and Cambria, Fuel, Iron Maiden and Killswitch Engage.
I had gotten Rock Band for the Xbox 360 as a Christmas present, and after a little while of playing, my friends and I realized that the guitar's strum bar was malfunctioning. Common problem, it seems, as they were more than happy to replace it for free. I called a few days ago to check status of the guitar, and they said if it doesn't show up by Monday (today,) to give them a call and they will ship one right out to me. I called them, and they said they are shipping me one, and that they are sorry for the delay.
After looking around a bit on Gamestop.com in search of a few good deals, I decided to see if they had any copies of Splinter Cell: Essentials for the PSP, but alas, I found something better. The often gloated about Splinter Cell Conviction (coming this year for PC and Xbox 360) is not just Microsoft exclusive anymore. There is a Nintendo DS version coming out, as listed on Gamestop.
That's right. For this week only, these two smash hits from last year will be retailing for $39.99 at all Best Buy stores across the country. The sale was not widely advertised, so there will be plenty of copies of each game to go around. Just though I would share this with you all. I purchased Bioshock tonight for this awesome price. I already have Assassin's Creed, or would have picked it up tonight as well. These are two must have games, at $20 off usual MSRP. Head to the store right now and pick them up!
You think YOU have had bad customer service from Microsoft? On Christmas morning my Xbox 360 decides to get the red ring of death, so I sent it away (7 new games sitting on my shelf unopened, mind you) and I get it back this past Wednesday. Turns out, the console they sent me wasn't mine, and it hadn't been repaired yet, so it got the fucking RROD the minute I turned it on. I flipped shit on the Spanish bastards on the phone and they are giving me two free months of Xbox LIVE Gold and a free copy of "Kameo: Elements of Power." Those 8 new games are yet to be played. They include "skate.", "Rock Band", "Guitar Hero III", "Call of Duty 2", "Prey", "Perfect Dark Zero" and "Assassin's Creed". To make things even better, the piece of garbage ate my Halo 3 Limited Edition disc, scratched it all to hell. Oh, and you know that free Xbox LIVE Arcade game? Yeah, my console will be the mail when the deadline is over. I will have to give them a call and demand free Microsoft points or something. This is ridiculous. I totally regret buying an Xbox 360, now. Should have gotten a PS3. Sure, the Xbox 360 has better exclusives, but at least the PS3 even turns on.
Have to do your holiday shopping, but don't know what to buy? Well, if the person you're shopping for happens to like videogames, this is a year to make them smile. Being one of the best years in videogame history, there is plenty to pick from, but is it all good? Let's see what's worth picking up.
1. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Platforming games have been part of a dying genre these last few years, but this game proves that statement wrong in so many wars. To start off, it's, simply put, one of the best platforming games ever made, as well as one of the best games ever made. If you like playing videogames, or having fun in general, BUY THIS GAME!
2. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Multiplatform)
This is a game that the whole family can enjoy. If you're a fan of music, playing music, or rythym action games in general you will have a good time with this one. It comes with arguably the best Guitar Hero controller ever made, which features a detachable neck, and removable faceplates for extra customization. Oh, by the way, its all wireless. The song list is pretty strong this time around, and offers up some great hits from the past, like Metallica's "One" and Foghat's "Slow Ride." It also includes two original compositions from famed guitarists Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Slash (Guns n' Roses, Velvet Revolver)
3. Metroid Prime 3 - Corruption (Wii)
This game might not be for everybody, but as hardcore Nintendo fans know, this is one of the best Metroid games ever produced. It controls near flawlessly thanks to the Wii remote pointer functionality, has plenty of replay value due to an Xbox 360-like achievement system, and is a decently long and challenging game. A bit of a disappointment is the lack of online play, or any multiplayer for that matter. Still, it's a must buy for fans of the series.
4. Mass Effect (Xbox 360)
Developed by famed developer Bioware, (Star Wars KOTOR, Jade Empire) this game was highly anticipated. The graphics are gorgeous, and the scope of everything just has an epic feel. The gameplay itself is a kind of a mixed bag, it has shooter elements, and it has heavy RPG elements, but fans of either genre will be plenty satisfied. The storyline is to good to pass up, and the characters are very unforgettable. If you want a deep, satisfying RPG to cuddle up to this holiday season, make this the one.
5. The Orange Box (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Not the first time we have seen Half-life 2 on consoles, but this time it's bigger and better. this is really a compilation of five games: Half-life 2, Half-life 2 Episode one, Half-life 2 Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2. HL2 and HL2: Episode one are old news, but the brand new Episode Two is perhaps the best of the bunch (a demo version is now available on Xbox Live, if you'd want to try it out). Portal is a superb FPS/Puzzle hybrid with some pretty mind bending gameplay, and TF2 is an objective based multiplayer game, with up to eight players. All great games for a fabulous price of $60, this is a package you can't afford to pass up.
6. Bioshock (Xbox 360, PC)
A spiritual sequel to System Shock 2, this game is set in a city underwater-gone wrong. The game throws you right into the action from the beginning, and sets the mood right from the start. Creepy, unsettling, and a bit obscene, this is simply put, of the best games ever burnt onto a disc.
7. Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360, PS3)
Getting some high reviews, and some low, you will only know if you like this game if you play it for yourself. I consider it a spiritual successor to the Prince of Persia trilogy, but thats not what it "officially" is. It plays smoothly, looks beautiful, and has great sound. The only thing that sets people off is it has slight repetition issues, and the Playstation 3 version suffers from frame rate issues. Give it a rent, and if you like it, add it to your collection. If not, then you got to play a decent game for a few days, no harm done, everybody wins.
8. skate. (Xbox 360, PS3)
Truly one of the better sports titles released this year, this is a true representation of the sport (art?) of skateboarding, not just an attempt to score as many points as possible. It's all made possible because of the innovative control scheme that EA has implemented into the game. The left stick controls your body, while the right controls your board. Flicking the stick up with make you ollie, and different combinations of that will make you do different tricks. It's an easygoing game that you can just chill out and play, and you will have fun no matter what.
9. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo DS)
Sometimes called the best Zelda game since Ocarina of Time, this game is seriously the reason you bought a DS. It has innovative touchscreen-only gameplay, and some very tricky puzzles. A first for the series, this game features an online multiplayer mode over Nintendo WiFi Connection, but it's not very deep. It's a good distraction if you get bored with the main quest. It's very rare that you find this much game packed into a handheld cartridge. (Or UMD..........lol)
10. Rock Band (PS2, PS3, Xbox 360)
The only reason this beauty is at the end of my buyers guide is because of its price. At $170, the game will set you back quite a bit. The game comes with a drum set, guitar controller, and a microphone. When you and your friends play in unison, you just can't help but feeling badass. Some common complaints about the game are that the guitar portions of the game are a bit to easy for seasoned Guitar Hero players, and the guitar controller itself is cheap and plasticky. Also, the drums bass pedal has been known to break in serious moments of rockage. The game is very solid, and it's definitely worth buying if you can cough up the large price tag.
So, happy holidays everyone, just thought I'd write this up to maybe aid a few people, if not, then so be it.
According to Midway, the game will launch on December 10th in 'limited quantities.' The shortage of copies is undoubtedly due to Epic's last minute completion of the game to make it out for this holiday season. Will it fall flat on it's face like so many other PS3 games, or will it trump the Xbox 360 and PC versions? Only time will tell.