Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Assassins Creed II : Xbox 360

Video Game on the Christmas list

Assassins Creed II is one of those video games that comes along every now and then, and sells you from the moment you see the commercial. The graphics are simply insane. The story line looks clutch. You also know, just by watching the advertisement... that you will be hooked for hours upon hours. Your body will not feel the warmth of natural light, nor will your lungs breath in fresh air for days. Your eyes will burn from straight sleep deprivation. Your entire sensory system will be on overload... and yet, you will thank yourself.

At first glance, I feel that this game is reminiscent of Tenchu. If you are not familiar with Tenchu, it was a game centered around feudal Japan, and you assume the role of a ninja assassin. The game objectives require the player to perform a series of stealthy tasks, all deeply tied to the ability to slip by unnoticed.

Upon doing some online research, this looks like one of the most well rounded games released this year. Aside from playing an insanely amazing game, you get the feeling that you are in for a cinematic adventure that could rival the likes of Dreamwork's. Couple that with the fact that this game is in a category of titanic contenders in the video game world, and up for an onslaught of awards... you're in for one hell of a game.

Assassin's Creed II has won several awards from Gamespot as well as a slew of nominations:
  • The Editor's Choice Award.
  • Best New Character Award. For the Character Ezio.
  • Nominated for Best Story of 2009
  • Nominated for Best Graphics (Technical)
  • Nominated for Best Original Music
  • Nominated for Most Improved Sequel
Look, bottom line here: This game gets my vote. It's got the story. It's got the play. When it comes to spending my hard earned greenbacks, this game gets them.

Make sure to check out Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood for one of your 2010 Christmas gifts.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

On my Christmas Wish list: Xbox360

I've wanted to get a Microsoft Xbox 360 for a while now. Back in college, my friend got one as a graduation gift. I remember playing Tiger Woods golf on that Xbox 360 for hours!

Tiger Woods golf, is actually one of my favorite games of all time. I must have spent 2 hours alone on customizing my golfer. I made him look just like me. Earning the power ups, the clothes, and the sponsorships. It is very much like golf in real life, always striving to improve, to lower your score.

This season, the video game to have seems to be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Gamespot gives Call of Duty: M. W. 2 a solid 9.0 rating. Gamespot raves: "Modern Warfare 2 nails the three pillars of play--campaign, cooperative, and multiplayer--to earn its place in the pantheon of modern shooters."

Modern Warfare 2 also receives great reviews from Xbox360.ign. With an overall of 9.5, the game is dubbed "incredible" on this site. With graphics, sounds, and Lasting Appeal all scoring a perfect 10!

Get this game!

Here's what interests me about this game: The game play. It looks like some super sweet graphics! I'm sure it is action packed. Modern Warfare 2 also looks like it has a killer story line. All the ingredients of a very solid game.

Here's what deters me: The demographic this game draws. I'm not trying to make some bull shit point about young men becoming violent off of war games. Not at all. What I mean by that, is that this type of game is douche bag candy. It's like rubbing the urine of a doe in heat all over yourself while hunting... or like rolling in tuna blood just before you jump off a fishing boat into shark infested waters. If you want to play online, you are going to encounter jackasses. Either that, or pale skinned, middle aged virgins, who dwell in the depths of their parents' basements. Guys that fail in every aspect of their lives, except becoming gaming gods. Making it nearly impossible to enjoy oneself online.