Category Archives: Xbox 360

The Best Games of 2009

Today marks the last day of 2009 and what better way to wrap up the year than to post the best in nerdiness for the entire year. This list is composed of games that have not only sold well, but truly entertained gamers and left them wanting more. In no particular order, let the list commence!

1. Mario Kart (Wii): This game brings back all of our childhood memories. Many years ago we blew air into our worn out Mario Kart cartridges for the N64 and fired up another couple of laps of this amazing game. Mario Kart, revamped for the Wii, is addicting and challenging with the new feature of online play opening up a world of possibilities. Many gamers look at their Wii as an expensive paper weight, but with the release of Mario Kart and the #2 selection, it has been dusted off for more play.

2. The New Super Mario Brothers (Wii): Again, Nintendo did it perfectly with the multi player aspect. Back in the day as kids we never would have imagined up to four people playing on the same screen. This was a much needed touch for the Wii and the game is so fun and exciting that it is sure to be the highlight of 2009’s game list.

3. Left 4 Dead 2 (XBox 360): Everyone loved L4D right? You must. Zombies and online multi player at the same time in one sentence omgroflcopter! How can you not enjoy loading up your shotty with some friends and heading out to knock off some heads? Definitely a game that can be picked up at any gamer-level to enjoy some zombie apocalypse mayhem.

(To be continued..)

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New DLC for Halo Wars

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Halo Wars will receive a new map pack entitled “Historic Battles” on July 21st. The pack will feature 4 new maps and 4 new achievements all at the expense of 800 MS Points (or $10). The four maps are:

  • Barrens (1v1 Map): Difficult terrain channels units into killing zones. The side that controls the Forerunner artifacts will have the advantage.
  • Blood River (1v1 Map): Secure base locations on nearby cliffs overlook this naturally red-tinged river. The soldiers that fought over its two narrow crossings gave the river its name, which has since taken on a greater meaning.
  • Glacial Ravine (3v3 Map): A snow-topped mountain range forms a natural barrier that cuts this region in half. Control of the two energy walls at the narrow central pass often determines the outcome of the battle, though clever use of the Sentinel Factories may play a role as well.
  • Memorial Basin (2v2 Map): The high ground in the middle offers good cover for infantry, while the generally open terrain transforms organized battle plans into bloodbaths.

The four new Achievements worth a total of 100 points are:

  • Tour Coming Through: Hot drop 50 squads to your Covenant Leader in a single game on Memorial Basin (30 points)
  • Never Leave a Man Behind: Finish a game with 5000 net resources contributed to your teammates on Memorial Basin (15 points)
  • Drain Cleaner: Kill 20 enemy squads with a continuous Covenant Leader Power on Memorial Basin (30 points)
  • Killjoy: Disrupt 5 active Leader Powers in a single game on Blood River (25 points)

{Major Nelson}

Michael Jackson Game

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Today I was in the arcade playing Guilty Gear and upon passing through the doors I saw Moonwalker in its retro cabinent and a few hours later, here I am writing about a new Michael Jackson game. With all the hype evolving around Michael Jackson’s death who wouldn’t have imagined that they would create another Michael Jackson game in his memorial? But no, this isn’t a game that was created after Michael Jackson’s death, it was a game that MJJ Productions states is an game that has been in development for months. The game is rumoured to release on XBox 360 and/or PlayStation 3 later in the year. I wonder if it will be more expensive now that Michael Jackson is dead?

Left 4 Dead 2 Compatible with L4D?

We’ve all been through the sitatuion in which we purchase new technology and what happens a few months later, newer technology releases and we’re stuck with a piece of technology that is just as good as the new technology but maybe slightly different or in this case has different levels and awesome graphics and we totally want to be able to enjoy both games at once right? *deep breath*

Well, some word from Valve’s Doug Lombardi has been announced that developers are trying to see if they can come up with a way to use L4D with L4D2.

It is definitely very fustrating to not be able to cross-play between a title of a series between the other titles on the series, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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“BOOMER!”

So Many Games, So Little Time and Street Fighter!

Hello out there. So, my life has been quite hectic and we all know that the economy isn’t great, but fortunately I have a solution and that solution is called Gamefly. For a $22 bucks I can keep two game as long as I need to, so guess who is back in the buisness of bringing you a straightforward opinion? Yes, that’d be me.

Street Fighter 4 came out not too long ago, as I am sure you all know. I have one word to say about ST4. FREAKIN’ SWEET! I was impressed by the art style that somehow nurished my craving for a comic-style gaming experience. The opening title song was not that great of a choice, but I suppose after a while it is catchy. It took me a record number of five attempts to beat Seth on the hard difficulty. When I first was sucked into his belly and spit out like a chewed sunflower seed I thought, “Awesome!” After the next three or four times I was annoyed by his ever glowing blue body and sought to seek and destroy. Seek meaning to find figure out the timing as the pace and timing in Street Fighter 4 took me a little bit to get used it, but once I found Seth’s pattern I was able to dominate him. It’s been some time now and I just unlocked the last trophy tonight on the PS3, but I am looking forward to getting my hands on the 360 version just for giggles. Obviously there will be no difference, but those gamerpoints are just so addicting..!

A Look at Afro Samurai

Above, an awesome Afro Samurai trailer released at Comic-Con. The original voice actors for the television show will also hit the gaming screen, Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Perlman. Afro Samurai originally began as a manga by Takashi Okazaki which was then turned into a five episode anime. A new season (referred to as “Afro Samurai: Ressurection”) has been announced for 2009 on Spike TV. There are also plans for an Afro Samurai live action movie. I love the soundtrack and hope that the video game incorporates some of the amazing music by artists such as Big Daddy Kane and Talib Kweli.

Gears Of War 2 Bundle

The XBox 360 Fanboy site brings us news about the Gears Of War 2 Bundle {$130) to include the Lancer. A new Gears Of War edition was unofficially announced by panel members at Comic-Con. The Gears Of War 2 Bundle will cost $130 and is said to contain a replica of the Lancer. Microsoft has yet to confirm this $130 Gears 2 edition, what other content will be included or when it’ll be available.

Did You Say FREE GAMES?!

Yes, yes, I said it. Free games. GamesRadar.com is giving us free games. Okay, so you’re not going to be able to play GTA IV or anything like that, but there are some games that will entertain you while you wait for Sony to announce their Exclusives and Microsoft to bring us the new dashboard. GamesRadar.com has divided the games into catagories, so pick a catagory and off you go.

365 Days of Free Games

There’s even a Guitar Hero wannabe!

GameTrailer’s Best of Online Games

GameTrailers.com has delivered their take on E3 and nominated certain games in several different categories. I would like to take a look at a few of these categories with you. The first one being Best of Online games. The nominees are.. *drum roll*…..

– Gear Of War 2 {Microsoft, XBox 360}

– Left 4 Dead {Valve, Multiplatform}

– Little Big Planet {SCEA, PlayStation 3}

– Resistance 2 {SCEA, PlayStation 3}

– Spore {Electronic Arts, PC}

And the winner was…

Resistance 2 {SCEA, PlayStation 3}

Do you agree? Eeeeh, I guess I kind of do. I mean, Resistance 2 is a hardcore game and everyone loves it. But for Online Games I kinda have to go with Little Big Planet. I mean c’mon. How many games can you create your own levels and even charge other people to play them?

What do you think?

Gears Of War 2 “Backwards Compatible” Linked Achievements

Cliff Bleszinski made two announcements today at Comic-Con for Gears Of War 2.

1. Steve Jablonsky, composer on films like Transformers and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, was working on the soundtrack for Gears of War 2.

2. Gears of War 2 would feature “linked Achievements.” In short, goals reached in the original Gears of War will carry over to the sequel, giving the player bonuses. Cliff listed three examples of how linked Achievements will work.

SPOiLER ALERT! LOOK AWAY NOW IF YOU DON’T WISH TO READ SPOiLERS! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

– Complete Act One in Gears Of War, unlock a playable Anthony Carmine in Gears of War 2
– Find 10 COG tags in Gears Of War, unlock Minh Young Kim in Gears of War 2
– Kill Raam in Gears Of War, unlock a playable Raam in Gears of War 2

So what do I think? Freakin’ sweeeeeeeeeet! Bonus points to GoW2!

{Kotaku}