I Haz A Xbox
January 28, 2013 at 11:22 am #27876
So, I have this Xbox 360 now, and the only games I have are some kinect games (Nike kinect training, Wipeout, and Kinect adventures) and Battlefield 3, which I bought used, thinking I could play it with friends, and of course I can’t because I have to buy more memory for the updates and an online multiplayer key because the one it came with is already spent. I guess I have to buy a flash drive or hard drive to expand my 4 gb of storage, along with an online play key.
I’m also not generally a huge fans of “realistic” shooters — tons of harrowing lifelike violence isn’t really my thing.
So — what games would people recommend to somebody who has never had an Xbox or Playstation before, who has Xbox Live and a Kinect, and who isn’t a big fan of horror or super-gory shockfests?January 29, 2013 at 10:29 am #27880
Rented Saints Row the Third from a Redbox. Going to give that a try — will report back.January 30, 2013 at 4:12 am #27883
I’m gonna go on a limb and say you’ll love the Dragonball Z HD collection. It’s an HD facelift of the two good PS2 era DBZ fighting games.
If you’re looking for something more modern, I’d recommend Spec Ops: The Line because it’s the closest thing gaming will get to the themes in Heart of Darkness.
Also, check out Enslaved: Odyssey of the West. It’s an adventure game that (I feel) uses motion capture tech well. It’s got plenty of Andy Serkis too.January 30, 2013 at 7:35 am #27884
If you want some nostalgia and used to play Sega Genesis, there’s a great collection of a ton of Genesis titles on one disc called “Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection.” Useful if you feel like playing something, but not for too long, since a lot of them are still arcade-style and thus take half an hour or less.January 30, 2013 at 7:38 am #27885
And I should add, since they’re arcade style, a number of them are two-player, so you could play them with friends.
Another title I’d recommend is the “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” game. You can have up to four people playing, and it’s pretty wonderfully hilarious and fun.January 31, 2013 at 7:05 am #27896
No horror, minimal gore, not reliant on memory – right! Here’s a few recommendations:
Burnout Paradise – racing, stunts, exploring a city in cars. It’s very entertaining. See also Need For Speed Most Wanted (2012 version).
Mass Effect – all three parts. It’s kind of wonky at the start and end, but it’s a brilliant and involved space opera and fun throughout.
Just Cause 2 – if you like Saint’s Row 3‘s freewheeling action, try this open world game about an agent provocateur blowing things up in south east Asian dictatorships.
Fallout 3 – post-apocalyptic RPG set in the ruins of Washington. massive, time-consuming, occasionally thoughtful, slightly gory but not in a harrowing way. Fallout New Vegas too, and Skyrim for a more spectacular (but less focused) fantasy version.
XCOM Enemy Unknown is a great turn based strategy game about defending Earth from a coordinated alien attack. Loads of fun.January 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm #27897
I played the heck out of Budokai 2 for Gamecube and always wanted to try Budokai 3 (not released for Gamecube), so I’ll check that out!
Those other games also sound cool. Thanks!
The only Sonic game I played was on my sister’s Game Gear — but if I see it at the Redbox I’ll check it out. Sounds fun! As does the Scott Pilgrim game.
Yeah, I’m not opposed to violence in my video games, just harrowing gore and depressing brutality. A little joviality goes a long way to lighten the mood (I enjoy Team Fortress 2 on my PC, for example – Overthinking It even has a Steam group I set up and nobody ever uses!).
Those all sound great — I’ll have you know Overthinking It’s own Perich has enthusiastically recommended XCOM, and I intend to check it out.
The others I’ve heard of for the most part — not sure I want to commit to something like Fallout or Skyrim at the moment — though I’d forgotten Just Cause 2. I hear that has extendable robot arms, and as I mentioned on our latest podcast, I’m a sucker for extendable robot arms!
Thanks, everyone! If you ever want to find me on Xbox Live, my gamertag is GyantSpyder.January 31, 2013 at 2:34 pm #27898
Oh yeah, and what about sports games? Another one you can do solo or with others.January 31, 2013 at 2:35 pm #27899
Type, not one.February 1, 2013 at 7:17 am #27912
Glad they are of use! I’m strange powers on XBox Live, I’ll send you a friend request.February 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm #27913
Howard Well Actually
BASTION! It’s a pretty straightforward action game with some light RPG elements on Xbox Live Arcade, maybe $15 if it hasn’t been discounted since launch, but the atmosphere is amazing. The world design is very colorful, the levels build up from off-screen as you walk around, and most importantly, THERE’S A NARRATOR WHO NARRATES EVERYTHING YOU DO. Check out some gameplay clips on YouTube, it’s great.
Another XBLA game in that vein is Dust: An Elysian Tail, a 2d side-scrolling action RPG. But this one has anthropomorphic animals as characters!
From Dust has nothing to do with the previous game, though it’s also on XBLA, as it’s a sandbox god mode game like SimCity or Populous. You play a god who manipulates the terrain to help your worshippers survive various natural disasters, doing stuff like moving around soil to make bridges, diverting rivers, etc.
I’ve always been a big fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, though I get why people would not be. It’s a historical action game, and when things come together, it really works. A little bit of gore, and the action gets more brutal as it goes on, but it hasn’t bothered me too much. The first game is tougher to get through (though I still enjoyed it), and it really picks up with 2 and its spinoffs (Brotherhood, Revelations). I haven’t played 3 yet.
I also loved the 2008 Prince of Persia game. The visual style is great, the platforming is pretty solid, and I enjoyed the story. The two main characters have really good interactions, and one of my favorite parts is that there’s actually a button you can press, basically at any time, and the two will start conversing. It’s not a terribly difficult game, but enjoyable nonetheless.March 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm #28350
So, update on this.
I played through Fallout: New Vegas, which I enjoyed, but wasn’t totally into. I especially dislike how the game ended, making me feel guilty about not completing side quests (why let me finish the game in fewer than a million hours if you’re just going to bash me for it?) — and also letting me use my 100 speech skill to skip both ending “boss battles,” which seemed kind of dumb. I went for the independent ending, and the whole thig was anticlimactic.
Also, I’m not a big fan of the phrase “War… war never changes” and cringed when it was said over the ending. It just feels so cliche — and more about addiction to video games to the point where they no longer bring pleasure than about real-life human conflict. But I guess that’s the big mission statement of the Fallout franchise, so I shouldn’t begrudge them using it.
This past week, at the recommendation of many (thanks!) I picked up XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which I already like much better — although the creepy/scary/gory/bleak factor is still a notch higher than I generally enjoy. But I guess that’s just non-Nintendo games these days. At any rate, there’s a lot of fun stuff in that game to play with and a lot to learn — looking forward to understanding what’s going on well enough that I can play at a difficulty higher than easy.March 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm #28351
Oh God, one of the most frustrating things about beating the Arkham games the first time (for me, at least) is you can finish them at a 60% complete rating. I had the same feeling with those- why give me the end credits when there’s that much left, for cripe’s sake? And, then, “WHAT THE BLAZES DID I MISS?!?!?!” Because, I knew of some of the Riddler things I skipped, but they couldn’t possibly have added up to that much. Ahem.
In ranting to fellow gaming friends about it, one said his strategy is playing games like that through to see how low he can go and still be allowed to finish. By doing things like deliberately avoiding every sidequest (even ones a body may not realize are sidequests at all), not picking up files, letting hostages die and leaving rooms unexplored where possible, etc. I haven’t the time to do it, myself, but I can kind of see the sort of backward pleasure a body could get out of it. Like an eff u to the game.
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