Thereís a reason why itís always good to come out to your family and tell them that youíre a gamer. That reason usually comes in the form of GameStop gift cards. Generally for my birthday and Christmas, my non-immediate family knows that GameStop gift cards are great gifts for me, because 1.) they know Iím very picky, and 2.) they know I love my video games. So every birthday and Christmas, I am blessed with multiple gift cards from GameStop and Iím able to go cash them in for some sweet games.
I recently was given a bunch of gift cards from GameStop. Now you may ask, ďHey Steezy, itís not Christmas yet!Ē or ďHey Steezy, Iíve been stalking you and found out your birthday has already passed!Ē And to this I say, yes, you are right. However, as I mentioned before
, I just recently graduated high school, meaning money for me!
Now the majority of my family gave me straight up money for my graduation, but there were a select few who remembered the gamer inside of me. Those family members were the ones who gave me such gift cards. By the end of the gift giving, I found that I had over $100 in gift cards from GameStop and I was cursed with a tough decision to make. What the hell was I going to buy? Well you are going to see what I bought right now!
Also, I had received a couple hundred dollars from other family members, and being a natural-born gamer you know I had to go the gamer route and spend it all on something video game related right? Yeah, youíll see that below too along with some impressions.
First up! SSB:Brawl and Muramasa, two must-have games for almost any Wii owner.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Well first of all, I knew I could have gotten the game for a few dollars cheaper on Amazon, but that would have forced me to wait a couple more days for me to have this game. I said to hell with it and got it anyway. The Super Smash Bros. series are one of my favorite video game series of all time. My cousins and I
literally spent days upon days across all three games. This game simply cannot be put down, even to this day. I used to own this game, but sold it when I got rid of my Wii the first time around. Now that I have (and am keeping) my Wii again, it was a no brainer that I definitely needed to get this game again. I will own any and all who are willing to face me in this game. Beware.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Muramasa was a game I missed out on having sold my Wii and I wasnít a happy camper when I first saw it. I love, love, LOVE the art style in this game. I absolutely love hand drawn sprites and backgrounds. They are my absolute favorite type of graphics for a video game. I was already sold on the game thanks to the art style, but the game play was icing on the cake. It looked phenomenal and downright fun. I love my hack n slash games and I love them even better if they incorporate some type of RPG elements into them, which Muramasa does. I immediately had to pick this up, no questions asked.
Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Kit
Oh I wonder why I possibly need this for. Hmm, I donít know, but letís keep reading to find out.
Well that about wraps up my time at GameStop. I still had some money left over in the gift cards, but I couldnít find anything else that interested me at that moment, so I decided to just leave with these three purchases.
Now the initial reason I went to GameStop was to get that Transfer Kit because I was expecting a certain ďsomethingĒ to be arriving in the mail soon, and to my surprise there it was waiting for me as I got home.
This box sure is bigger than the others. I wonder what could possibly be in it.
As I cut off the tape and open the box, I saw there, laying in this dark box, the thing I had ordered from Amazon.
BAGS OF AIR!!
With Global Warming happening and people killing of our trees, itís about time we stock up on bags of air to survive on.
As I was holding the bag of air, all of a sudden, it came to life and tried to suffocate me!
HELP! Ironically, I canít breathe because Iím being choked by air!
I was flailing around for about 3 minutes straight as I began to turn blue in the head. I looked around for something to help me but didnít find a thing. Then, I look upon my bed and found the scissors. I grabbed them and stabbed the son of a bitch until it was no more!
I peak into the box to see if thereís any more of these motherfuckers inside and to my surprise I find a second box with pictures of families enjoying themselves.
I wondered to myself what the hell could these bags of air be planning!? World domination?
I picked up the box and flipped it around and immediately remembered that this wasnít the workings of the bags of air, but the workings of Microsoft! It was the new Xbox 360 Slim I ordered a few days back. Silly me!
Xbox 360 Slim
Now Iím sure everyone saw the end of Microsoftís press conference and was a little upset that everyone who attended the show received one of these bad boys for free. I know I was. Since my 60 GB Xbox was starting to become shitty and always running out of space, I had to have one of these. I remember first seeing the slim on the leaked advertisement online and thinking, I hope this thing is legit and if it is, it better be sold at an affordable price. After finally being announced, Dan Patrick said this thing was only $299 and was being shipped to stores that day. Seeing as how Iíd been pondering over an upgrade to my current 360, this couldnít have come at a better time. So I jumped for it.
Now Iím going to break these impressions into three parts: hardware, performance, and side-by-side comparisons. Then at the end I will tell you if I believe you should make a purchase if you are considering getting one.
Compared to the hulking fatty that is the original 360, this thing looks beautiful. Itís a little bit smaller, but not as big of a size difference like the PS2 compared to the PS2 slim. Itís still a noticeable size difference though and it is lighter, which is a plus. I love the glossy look to it, and even though everyone (including myself) was worried about it attracting fingerprints and dust, Iíve got to say after having set it up, I just wiped it down and it still looks brand spanking new. If you happen to get one, just wipe it down and everything should be fine.
The power and eject buttons are now touch sensitive which is pretty cool. They also make a neat little sound when pushed which is also a nice little addition. There are also 2 extra USB slots in the back of the console to satisfy your USB needs however you like. There are now 3 vents for heat to escape the console now, making it less likely to overheat. Also, those who purchase this console are treated with a hefty 250 GB hard drive, which is more than I will ever need but am glad to have.
Overall, the hardware looks very slick and is an improvement to the original. Also, it looks very nice sitting next to my black Wii.
Now I remember seeing somewhere online the speeds of both the Slim and the original Elite consoles were being compared. From what I saw, the Slim wasnít all that much faster than the Elite counterpart, but there was still a slight difference in some cases. Seeing as how I own an original 60GB console, I will be comparing the Slim performance with that console. So if you own an Elite console and want to know how big the difference in performance is between the two consoles, I say do some research.
The one thing I started to hate about my original 360 was that it started to slow down. Starting up and loading into different screens or games took noticeably longer than it used to and sometimes it would freeze up. It really frustrated me. Now the performance on the Slim is very noticeably faster. I noticed I loaded up the start screen after turning on the console much quicker. Quick jumping from game to game was also much smoother and faster, and even installing games were a little bit faster than before. Before, my original would take around 10-12 minutes to install a game to the hard drive. Now, the Slim takes about 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of the game of course.
The built in wireless has yet to disappoint me. Itís worked great online so far in games like Super Street Fighter IV, Red Dead Redemption, and Gears of War 2. I havenít experienced any type of lag that could have been caused by me, so thatís a big plus.
Overall, the performance is noticeably faster on the Slim than on my 60 GB console.
As you can see, the Slim isnít all that smaller than the original, but you can tell it is smaller.
Here are some other comparisons that you might not care about but Iím putting here anyway:
The slim comes with the standard A/V component cables. No HDMI :(
The power cords for both systems are identical in length and type and can be used in either brick.
The controllers are pretty much the same except for the guide button. No new D-Pad :(. The Slimís guide button is now chrome which is sexy!
The power brick for the slim is definitely smaller and lighter than the original.
The Slimís cord for the power brick is also different than the original.
And that's it for the comparisons!
-Should I Buy The Slim?-:
I believe if you still own any iterations of the original Xbox 360s (Arcade, 20 GB, 60GB) and are considering getting this, DO IT! It is well worth the price. Youíll no longer have to worry about running out of space, itís a faster console performance-wise, and it just looks sexy. However, if you own an Xbox 360 Elite (120GB, 250GB), itís really up to you. If I personally had an Elite system before the Slim, I donít think I would have made the purchase. It all depends on if youíre able to afford the new console and if you really think everything I explained above appeals to you. If so, then go for it. If not, then you still have a great console.
Well that pretty much wraps up this post. Iíve got my new games and Iíve got my new console. I hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope my impressions didnít bore you. Thanks for reading! read