Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The Prodigal Returns
No, not me this time... I'm talking about my Xbox! In what was an amazingly swift turn-around time, my beautiful 360 Elite has arrived back from Germany. It's re-positioning under the biggest television in the house, has resulted in me feeling very much attracted to it's Microsoft loveliness!
I've got a glut of games to play on it, bought at about the same time as my console gave up the ghost. These include Kane and Lynch: Dog Days, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Mercenaries 2: World In Flames and for the original Xbox, GTA III, Goldeneye Rogue Agent and True Crime: Streets Of LA. I've also got the Dead Rising DLC on my hard drive...
However, getting anywhere near the biggest TV is a difficult process due to the invasion of the new Call Of Duty (Black Ops) into Krishna Towers. My two youngest sons Martin and Ted have both purchased COD (Mart on the PS3, Ted on the 360). This means that Martin has plonked his PS3 (not to be confused with my PS3) right in the main living room and usurped the TV from me!
I've not even seen as much as a glimmer of the gameplay or graphics of this latest release. I am very aware of the effect it has had on my sons, though, having only heard grunts from them since they got on the game. I gather that every kid in their social circle has a copy and is online 24/7 since they all got their grubby little mits on their copies. It's THE essential gaming purchase of the last few years and everyone is "bashing it" as much as possible! We even had to mention it in assembly at the school I work at, as conversations about the game were beginning to distract children from their lessons!
I have been playing a lot of Call Of Duty in recent months, including World At War, World At War: Final Fronts (PS2), Modern Warfare 2 and Finest Hour (PS2). But I feel no compulsion at all to get on the Black Ops bandwagon, and will play it after I get through the expansive backlog of games I've got stacked up... As well as those Xbox offerings mentioned before I've got Shadow The Hedgehog (PS2), Casper (PS1), Tekken 5 (PS3 download) and a couple of games from the franchise which is fuelling my current obsession...