Last year GameTechWorld created a new holiday. “Buy a Friend a Game Day” is meant to ease the woes of tax crunch and takes place April 16th, this Thursday. “Buy a Friend a Game Day” is meant to be a playful, friendly gesture to amongst your fellow gamers. You don’t have to buy your friends a game that’s hundreds of dollars. A $5 downloadable game will do, but if you really lke your friend get them something they will enjoy! Find a friend who’s had a rough year and do something nice. I don’t want to hear any of the El Cheapos again this year complaining “Why should I spend my money on someone else?” If you have to ask that question you should probably ponder your part in the gaming community.
If you have a friend who helps you out this year, do the right thing; come on by here and give them a shout out!
Yes, congratulations are indeed in order. For what you may ask? For being the first console I’ve ever owned to go bottoms-up on me. As of 11:19pm Pacific my Xbox 360 Elite, allegedly more stable in its hardware than previous models, opted to take a steamer on itself. When I powered the unit up today to check out Flock from Capcom the unit hissed loudly then locked the screen, leaving it pixelated. Upon a reboot I was greeted by the famed and dreaded 3 Red Rings of Death. The unit is listed as “out of standard warranty” despite the extension provided a while back retro-actively by Microsoft. This unit would have turned two years old on the 29th of this month.
Supposedly, the 3 RRoD is still covered as per Microsoft’s own warranty page (though all links to the extension announced a while back have mysteriously disappeared). Honestly, this is no shock to me. In the years I’ve worked in the IT industry Microsoft has crapped out on me more than any other companies combined. In other news, my launch Wii and Playstation 3 60GB models are still running fine. Thankfully, we have a debug 360 handy here as well. Of course, that doesn’t diminish my disappointment in Microsoft yet again. I’ll talk to them on Monday and give them a stern tongue-lashing and we’ll see what they have to say.
Wheel of Fortune has definitely been around the block more than a few times when it comes to usage of the license ranging from board games to computers games. Having a significant other who is really not into the “gaming thing” it’s nice to have at least a handful of titles to share with her. In fact, we’d made good use of the Plug-n-Play version of Wheel of Fortune. So it goes without saying, which is good because I am typing it, that I was happy to receive a review code for Wheel of Fortune on the PS3 from the PSN.
After the Beijing Olympic Games it seems that it has become a high trend again to bring Track and Field event games back to all platforms. Not missing out on this boat, The Game Factory brings us World Championship Games: A Track and Field Event. Being a Nintendo DS title, it was to be expected that the stylus usage would be worked into the gameplay. Personally, I have found titles such as this to be very much a “hit or miss”. So it was with very low expectations that I entered into play with WCG.
Title: Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
Platform: Windows PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Release Date: 3/06/2009 consoles, 3/17/2009 PC
Number of Players: Single player, 4 player Co-Op, 8 Player Versus
Despite the cheesy, acronym-heavy title, which from this point on I will spell HAWX, Tom Clancy’s HAWX is another welcome title in the Tom Clancy series of games. A nice departure, though, players are no longer ground-bound. In HAWX players finally take flight to the skies of the Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter universe. Finally, we all get to play as the air support we’ve called numerous times in the GRAW series of games. The burning question is whether or not this Clancy game works with wings. The short answer, yes.
Title: Dance Dance Revolution S
Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch
Released Date: 3/5/2009
Number of Players: Single player
Dance Dance Revolution S, or DDRS, is a faithful recreation for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch. You pretty much know exactly what to expect from this game, and it mostly delivers, but how well do the touch screen controls work and is it still any fun to play?
Title: Resident Evil 5
Platform: Playstation 3 and Xbox 360
Released Date: 3/13/2009
Number of Players: Single player and 2 Player Co-op
It’s hard to figure out where to start with my review of Resident Evil 5. The Resident Evil series of games has long since been one my favourite series. Those of you how have been reading my writing for the last couple years know that survival-horror is far and above my favourite genre of games. Resident Evil was actually one of the two titles that enticed me to buy my first Playstation (the other involved cars, guns, and a crazy clown… see if you can guess). While it goes without saying I will say it anyway, Resident Evil 5 had made its way onto my personal radar the moment it was announced. Now, I’ve played through the bugger 5 times. How did reality hold up to the hype? Read on.