Xbox 360 Games

By Cookie Maxwell

 

 

The Latest in Xbox 360 Games by Microsoft


Millions of people enjoy playing video games. One of the most popular of these was developed and produced for Microsoft and is called Xbox 360. Initially when it was first introduced in 2005, it was labeled simply, Xbox 360. However, since then there have been modifications made to it; in 2007 they put out Xbox 360 Elite, and today gamers enjoy Xbox 360 S. This newer model, also labeled Xbox 360 Slim, provides many enticements for its customers, and they can continue to enjoy the same games they have always loved.

Xbox 360 S continues to provide superb graphics and state-of-the-art gaming, but they have worked to overhaul the system to improve several areas, while keeping the price the same. One of these is the new 250 GB Hard Drive. This offers an expansive storage system for files, games, pictures, and music.

Customers have plenty of space for whatever they need to do on this system. One change that some might notice is that the hard drive has been moved inside the console, instead of on the side. However, it is still removable.

The Xbox 360 S, or Slim as many call it, also offers customers a smaller, sleeker version of the device. It has 60% of the volume of the original model, and it fits easily into entertainment areas. Customers will note that it now stands upright, and this may help it squeeze in smaller spaces. In addition, it now has a black, glossy, updated look that does not detract from décor.

One of the most noticeable changes is how much quieter the Xbox 360 S runs. With a new improved fan, this means it is not only significantly less noisy, but it also has a better cooling system. Many people have commented that if they are trying to watch a movie or play games on the original version, the noise level is distracting. This softer sound appears to be a big draw for customers.

Another plus for this newer system is added Wi-Fi. In the past, users have had to purchase adapters to add wireless connection at an added price. It now has a built-in wireless Ethernet card. This is easier and more convenient for gamers, and they enjoy receiving this extra benefit right out of the box. This prompts many people to upgrade to the slimmer version.

 



Along with instant Wi-Fi, many are pleased to see Kinect compatibility on this model. Kinect is a motion sensing ability that allows the gamer to interact with motions and spoken commands. Instead of purchasing an adaptor, Kinect will work immediately with a built-in port. The original version required the extra cost and hassle of connecting with an additional adaptor.

The good news for gamers is that all original games, as well as the latest releases, all work with this new, restructured system. The most popular games continue to be updated and newer versions are as popular as ever. Some of those include Halo 4, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Battlefield 4, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Gears of War. Those that enjoy sports can play NBA 2K13, NHL 13, and many others. Upcoming releases include Minecraft, Skyrim Legendary Edition, NBA Live 14, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, and Need for Speed Rivals. Gamers anxiously await the new release of their favorite games each year.

With gaming systems being more popular and competitive than ever, the Xbox 360 S offers customers a wide variety of updates and benefits to entice them to upgrade, and most seem to appreciate the changes as they continue to enjoy their favorite video games.

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Sony PS4: A Totally Different Gaming Experience

By Wayne John Bond

 

 

Sony gave the world a glimpse of its newest gaming console last February. It revealed some of the parts of the unit including the handheld and the box. Soon after, there were leaked photos of the entire modem. The only aspect that is much awaited by fans now is its power to play games. The PS4, however, is not expected until November. This is the same month its rival, Microsoft, will release their newest console. It still works on games that are sold in a compact disc in the market. There were no major changes to the way it exposes the games but there are developments that are definitely worth the long wait.

A More Intensified Handheld with DualShock 4

The previous handheld for PlayStation gaming console only performed half of what DualShock 4 can give. The trigger buttons on the latest unit are just incredible. It became more accurate. The shaking capacity of the DualShock 4 is also better. Playing the most famous games such as NBA, FIFA, and Grand Theft Auto can be more exciting and more fulfilling with this. The buttons are also much softer now. They are easier to push but they still have the crisp quality. The handles also give better grip because of the matte finish at its back. They have better curves than its predecessor. The only department that did not improve much for the handheld is its D-Pad.

A Tougher Shine and Matte Look

All the materials that come with the PS4 have a combination of a smooth and matte finish. The box, the handheld, and the unit all have this combination. It is still made up of the lightweight plastic that was present in all the consoles from Sony. Putting together shine and matte is a brand new idea incorporated in a console. It provides fewer places for the oily fingerprints to stick. Owners can also enjoy a more stylish look with this one. The unit also has covers for all its ports. The dust will not easily ruin the inside of the piece.

 



A Compatible and Hardcore Processor

Sony always makes everything easier for gamers. This new PS4 shows that it can be played with any game sold in the market. It does not have the same restrictions imposed by other companies. Before, games that are borrowed or rented from a friend cannot be read by the unit because of piracy issues. The company fixed this problem and made PS4 functional with any game. It is now run by one of the latest processors from Sony - the AMD Jaguar. This is already a lightning fast piece but critics would say that Sony can do better. The Jaguar is not the fastest and they still have a few months to please more audience.

Sony did a great job in making it a product that will be loved by everyone. It is definitely worth switching from PS3 to this one.

Keeping up with the latest technology can be very time consuming. We have staff reviewing all the resources as soon as they become available and then pass on the information to you.

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Nintendo Wii U Review for You

By Wayne John Bond

 

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The Nintendo Wii U is a whole different ball game when it comes to gaming. Just about everything has been improved, changed, or expanded in some way, mostly for the better.

The most obvious change is the new controller for the Wii U. It is kept simple, with the standard d-pad and 4 buttons with two bumpers configuration, we have all come to know and love. Near the left and right bumpers are two analogue sticks, which allow for finer motion controls in game mode that the d-pad could never achieve.

The touchscreen placed right in the centre of the controller is an interesting addition that works well with many games. If this wasn't enough, the Wii U controller is also packed with motion controls that work equally well as the standard Wii.

The Wii U is also backwards compatible with most of the Wii items. The Wii motes can connect with the Wii U. You can play with up to 4 Wii motes and one Wii U controller, giving the console a new grand total of 5 players at once.

The old Wii games are also compatible with the new console. You can even import online and game data from your Wii. Now you don't have to backtrack and do the entire game over again, if you stopped in the middle of it!

The new games that are supported on the Wii U are excellent. One thing that held the Wii back, was the lack of really good third-party support. Looking at the Wii U's list of available games and seeing games like Assassin's Creed 3, Mass Effect 3, Call of Duty Black Ops II and Batman Arkham City. I can say that this shouldn't ever be a problem for this generation of Nintendo consoles.

The games also play amazingly well, better than the Wii at any rate. Nintendo did a lot with this console, and it is reflected in the system specs.

 



First thing anyone would notice is the better graphics that rank right on up there with the PS3 and the Xbox 360. This is accomplished with a Radeon high-definition GPU and runs smoothly thanks to an IBM multicore processor.

Storage leaves a little to be desired however, with only 8 GB internal memory on the standard package. There is a better option available at 36 GB but will cost you an extra $50 for the deluxe set.

The pricing is one of the consoles weaker areas. On release the deluxe Wii U package is $100 more expensive than the Wii. This will not kill the Wii U, but it will hold it back from absolutely exploding like the Wii did.

While Nintendo didn't reinvent the wheel with the Wii U, I feel they built a great system to carry the torch through this generation Combining bits and pieces from every corner of the market, Nintendo has delivered us a solid system to last the next 10 years.


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Top Ten PC Games In The World

By Saim A Malik

 

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What elements push a game beyond mere goodness and into greatness? To this author, PC games are best when they deliver a transcendent gaming experience that is possible only with the aid of a personal computer: They don't simulate board or card games, reproduce real-world sports, or try to approximate movies. They are an art form unto themselves. To be considered, a game must have achieved most of its prominence on a PC platform. (This explains why Tetris, for example, didn't make the cut: It was clearly the Nintendo Game Boy's killer app). I defined a "PC" as any consumer computer that has a keyboard the user can program with arbitrary code--not just a PC of the IBM variety. If you're into PC games, check out "15 Reasons PC Gaming Beats All," too. And if you want to stay current with the latest games, tune into PC World's ace gaming blog, Game On! Without further ado, here is the Top Tens List for the Greatest PC Games in the world...

#10: Homefront

The 10th ranking game in our top tens list, Homefront, is a first-person shooter video game developed by now defunct "Kaos Studios" and published by THQ, in which players play as members of a resistance movement fighting against a near-future Korean military occupation of the United States.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: First-person shooter Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: BBFC = 15, ESRB = M

#9: Fable III

At number 9 in our top tens list is, Fable III, the Third video game in Fable series of 'action role-playing games (RPG) developed by Liohead Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. It focuses on the player's struggle to overthrow the King of Alboin by forming alliances and building support for revolution.

Series: Fable Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Genre: Action RPG, sandbox, file simulation Mode(s): Single-player, Cooperative Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 12+, ESRB = M, PEGI = 16+

 



#8: F.E.A.R. 3

The 8th ranking game in our top tens list is F.E.A.R. 3, a first person-shooter developed by Dan 1 Studios for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the OnLive cloud gaming service as a sequel to the game F.E.A.R: Project Origin and the third installment of the F.E.A.R series. It includes features such as "co-op, an evolved cover system, and more scares". In the game, the players control either Point Man or Paxton Fettel, the protagonist and antagonist, from the first game, F.E.A.R. and the control system is the same as the previous two games.

Series: F.E.A.R Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: First-person shooter, horror Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 18, ESRB = M, PEGI = 18

#7: Dragon Age II

Ranking at number 7 in our top tens list is Dragon Age II, a role playing video game developed by Bioware's Edmonton Studios, and published by Electronic Arts. It is the second major game in BioWare's "Dragon Age" franchise. It is set in the same mythical world introduced in Dragon Age: Origins, the player assumes the role of Hawke, a human mage, warrior, or rogue who arrives in the city of Kirkwall as a lowly refugee but becomes its legendary champion over a turbulent decade of political and social conflict.

Series: Dragon Age Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3, Mac OS X Genre: Role-playing Mode(s): Single-player Ratings: ESRB = M, PEGI = 18

#6: Dead Space 2

The 6th ranking game in our top tens list is Dead Space 2, a survival horror third-person shooter video game developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to "Dead Space". Unlike its predecessor, Dead Space 2 has a multi-player mode.

Series: Dead Space Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: Third-person shooter, Survival horror Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 18, ESRB = M, PEGI = 18

#5: Terraria


Ranking 5th in our top tens list is Terraria, an action-adventure/RPG indie game released by independent game studio "Re-Logic". The game features exploration, crafting, building structures and combat with a variety of creatures. The game's slogan is "Shut Up and Dig Gaiden".

Platforms: Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 Genre: Indie side scroller action adventure/RPG Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ESRB = E10+, PEGI = 12

 



#4: Portal 2

The 4th ranking game in our top tens list is Portal 2, a first-person puzzle-platform video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to the 2007 video game 'Portal'. Like Portal, Portal 2 primarily comprises a series of puzzle that must be solved by teleporting the player's character and simple objects using the "portal gun", a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat panes. The game's unique physics allow momentum to be retained through these portals and requires the creative use of portals to maneuver through the game's challenges.

Series: Portal Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3, Mac OS X Genre: Puzzle-platform game Mode(s): Single-player, Co-operative Ratings: ESRB = E10+, PEGI = 12

#3: The Sims 3


The 3rd ranking game in our top tens list is The Sims 3, a strategic life simulation computer game developed by The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to the best-selling computer game, 'The Sims 2'.

Series: The Sims Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, webOS, Android, Symbian^3, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, N-Gage, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: Life Simulation, Social simulation Mode(s): Single-player Ratings: ACB = M, ESRB = T, PEGI = 12

#2: Counter Strike Source


Counter Strike Source ranks 2nd in our top tens list. It is a first-person shooting video game developed by Valve Corporation. It is a complete remake of "Counter-Strike" using the "Source" game engine. As in the original, Counter Strike: Source pits a team of counter-terrorists against a team of terrorists in a series of rounds. Each round is won either by completing an objective (such as detonating a bomb or rescuing hostages) or by eliminating all members of the opposing team.

Series: Counter Strike Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Genre: First-person shooter Mode(s): Multi-player Ratings: ESRB = M, PEGI = 16+

#1: Assassin's Creed: Brother Hood


Finally...the best of our top tens list of video games is Assassin's Creed: Brother Hood; a historical third-person, stealth action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft. It is the third major installment in the Assassin's Creed series and the second chapter in the 'Ezio Trilogy'. The game is a direct sequel to Assassin's Creed II, with Ezio Auditore da Firenze and Desmond Miles returning as the main protagonists.

Series: Assassin's Creed Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3, Mac OS X Genre: Third-person action-adventure, Sandbox Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 15, ESRB = M, PEGI = 18

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