Xbox One: What I think

So I, with half the internet, watched this afternoon’s Microsoft Xbox ONEne Reveal. (Is it “ONE” or “One”?). Here are a few thoughts that I think pretty much sums up a lot of the feeling I got watching Twitter and chatting with fellow blogger James during the event.

  • Games: Where were they? This whole EA partnership makes me feel icky and the lack of NCAA among the four “Pillars” of games was disappointing. I would bet real American Dollars that NCAA games sell better than both UFC games and NBA games (but of course couldn’t touch FIFA or Madden). I could take or leave Call of Duty: Ghosts. The feed I was watching wasn’t in HD, so I didn’t get the full effect of the compare and contrast to MW3 and MW:G, so maybe that could have made an impact, but EA and COD did not get me excited about playing games on the Xbox One.

    I will play games on this machine, right?

  • Details: Sure, they had a few technical details (processor speed, RAM) but what about the harddrive? The optical drive? I know it has been reported elsewhere that the new Xbox would have a Bluray drive, but I would really like to have that confirmed.
  • That controller: It’s a thing of beauty.

Xbox One Controller

  • The other stuff: The TV/Cable/DVR integration is really, really slick. I know a lot of people poo-poohed it, but I think that if it seamlessly, it’s going to be awesome.
  • The Kinect 2: The new Kinect has promise. Clearly there is potential there. If nothing else, telling the Xbox to turn on and it recognizes me and logs me in, that is pretty slick.

So, am I getting one? Probably. Most likely. For a host of reasons (brand loyalty, the Halos, the achievements). But is it possible I’ll opt for the Playstation 4 this generation? It’s a possibility. A slim one, but a possibility nonetheless.

Will you be getting one?

Site update

I should have done this years ago — buttonmashing dot com has been retrofitted with a mobile theme and the ability to detect mobile/smart devices and present the site in a more mobile friendly manner. It won’t look like anything special, but now those of you using your fancy iDroids and anPhones will now have a hopefully better experience.

If there is anything awry, please let me know. (These changes will unfortunately delay the Power Rankings until tomorrow)

Batman: Arkham City Screenies

Kotaku has 20 new screenshots from Rocksteady. Re: Batman Arkham City. Fall of 2011 cannot come soon enough. I’m thinking of playing through the first game again just for kicks.

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Back to the Future

One of this blogger’s top five movies of all time is a little known indie art-piece called Back to the Future. I love it. I love all of it.

Telltale Games (a developer I’m coming to love as well) has released a tease of information about the BttF game they are creating:

  • it’ll be episodic
  • it’ll use the likenesses of Christopher Lloyd and Michael J Fox
  • Christopher Lloyd has been confirmed for the voice of Doc Brown
  • it’s being penned by the original writer Bob Gale
  • it’s set in 1985 Hill Valley, will include the DeLorean, and will include characters from the movies

Count me in.

This is what it feels like to submissively pee a little?

Source: USA Today

Now, You Can epic Win

Remember a while back we posted about the to-do app for iDevices called Epic Win. Touch Arcade tells us it’s out.

Torchlight 2 Announced

Torchlight 2 Announced, to the surprise of no one.

Torchlight 2

How will this affect the MMO version of Torchlight?

Space Invaders Infinity Gene [Lasting Longer]

Almost a year ago, we brought you some news about Space Invaders for all the iDevices. Taito has had a FREE update in the works for some time now that adds a new ship, a sideways mode, and the option to get some more ships via DLC. This was my iPhone FGotY last year and this keeps it right on the homepage of my iPod. The update is on the App store now.

Next Generation can wait

Xbox 360 SlimI’ve always worried that the five-year cycle of consoles was going to rear its ugly head soon. Maybe, I thought, it might turn out to be six or seven years, but it was coming. Either way, I’m not ready for the next generation. It definitely looks like we’ve got some time, especially after Chris Lewis, Microsoft’s executive VP of Interactive Entertainment in Europe said, “What you’ve seen is with this new sleek design and Kinect for Xbox 360 we’ve got at least another five years of this generation…”

Music to my ears. Especially when I end up trading in my old, 20 gig Xbox 360 in for a new Slim 360.

April Releases

It’s that time again, time for the long list of monthly releases. April is anemic. Splinter Cell and Monster Hunter Tri and… Let’s Garden? Not much to get excited about this month.

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Week of April 5
Borderlands Double Game Add-On Pack: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned / Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot

Week of April 12
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction- Normally I’d call this a Day One Purchase but with my new Gamefly Day One Rental (and then purchase) Trick. I cannot wait for this game.

Week of April 19
Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack the Ripper

Week of April 26
NIER- This game win this month’s worst name and best boxart. I have no idea what this game is, but I’m intrigued.
Super Street Fighter IV
Record of Agarest War Limited Edition- I haven’t heard of this one, either, but it’s at least a discrete way to get that mouse pad.
2010 FIFA World Cup
Dead to Rights Retribution

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Week of April 12
Pirates Plundarrr
Attack of The Movies 3D
Flip’s Twisted World

Week of April 19
Monster Hunter Tri- I don’t know a whole about this game besides the fact that Monster Hunter is big in Japan. Here’s another game I’m interested in (that I’ll probably never play)

Week of April 26
Let’s Play Garden- Let’s not
2010 FIFA World Cup

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Week of April 5
Montessori Music

Week of April 12
Sea Park Tycoon

Week of April 19
Casual Mania- Isn’t that an oxymoron?
Dementium II- Strong runner up for boxart of the month.
Beat City

Week of April 26
Let’s Play Garden

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Week of April 5
Margrave Manor 2 The Lost Ship
Borderlands Game Add-On Pack The Zombie Island of Dr. Nex and mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot

Week of April 12
Pure Hidden
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
Mystery P.I.: Lost in LA

Week of April 19
3D Hunting 2010 MBX

Week of April 26
Jumpgate Evolution
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction

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Week of April 12
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

Week of April 26
Dead to Rights Retribution
Super Street Fighter IV
2010 FIFA World Cup
NIER

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Week of April 12
Blood Bowl

Week of April 26
2010 FIFA World Cup

What are you picking up?

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March Releases

Yay, it’s the monthly releases! The year has started out strong and March continues the streak with a few strong titles interspersed with some games of questionable quality. All in a month of game releases:

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Week of March 1st
Heist
Battlefield: Bad Company 2- I’m watching from the sidelines to see how this games matches up with Modern Warfare 2. I’m planning on sticking with MW2 but I’m always up for a good fight.
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Lips: Party Classics

Week of March 8th
Final Fantasy XIII- The last main Final Fantasy game I played was FF3 on the SNES. Maybe it’s time to get back in.
Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition- I think I’m going to pick up some of the extra RE5 content sometime down the road, but if you haven’t played RE5 yet, I’d recommend it. It’s rather underrated in my book.

Week of March 15th
Prison Break: The Conspiracy- My mancrush on Michael Scofield is no secret. I am seriously considering picking this game up.
Dragon Age: Origins Awakenings- I thought Dragon Age was to be another Bioware Trilogy? It seems like this would be taking away from time they could be spending on a sequel. Or maybe this is all part of the plan.
Metro 2033
Supreme Commander 2
Resonance of Fate- It’s the month of 360 jRPGs!
MotoGP 09/10- Was this game initially called MotoGP 09 but then got behind schedule? They already had all the box art ready to go so they just added the /10? Sounds reasonable to me.

Week of March 22nd
Clash of the Titans- I thought they made this game already (at least three times) when they called it God of War
Just Cause 2- One of the first games I played on the 360 was Just Cause. It was flawed and at the time it didn’t grab me. Not sure I’m ready to give it another chance.

Week of March 29th
Samurai Shodown Sen
Singularity

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Week of March 1st
Spongebob Boating Bash
Alice in Wonderland
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Week of March 8th
The Daring Game for Girls
Winter Blast: Snow and Ice Games- Seems like this game was poorly timed…
Sam & Max 2: Beyond Time and Space

Week of March 15th
Sushi Go Round
Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
Calling

Week of March 22nd
Rooms: The Main Building- Strange name for a game.
Red Steel 2

Week of March 29th
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love
Secret Files: Tunguska

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Week of March 1st
Alice in Wonderland
Sonic Classic Collection- The DS is almost five years old. I would have figured we had tapped most of “Classic Collections.” I stand corrected.
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Week of March 8th
The Daring Game for Girls

Week of March 15th
Pokemon SoulSilver Version- The latest Pokemon sure snuck up on me.
Pokemon HeartGold Version
Let’s Draw!
Spectral Force Genesis

Week of March 22nd
Build-a-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville- If you would have told me there would be more than one Build-a-Bear game when the first one came out, I would have said you were crazy. I would have been wrong.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Yard Sale Hidden Treasures: Sunnyville- PLEASE tell me how this game will be fun. Can you win it all by just listing everything on Craig’s list?
Dawn of Heroes- I might buy this game on the strength of the box art alone.

Week of March 29th
Infinite Space
Monster Rancher
Chocolatier- I think this game comes highly recommended from Zack. That’s a solid recommendation in my book.

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Week of March 1st
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Supreme Commander 2
Silent Hunter: Battle of the Atlantic
Major League Baseball 2K10

Week of March 8th
Sam & Max 2: Beyond Time and Space
Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising
Assassins Creed II

Week of March 15th
Prison Break: The Conspiracy
Dragon Age: Origins Awakenings
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight
Mount & Blade: Warband
Metro 2033

Week of March 22nd
Alcatraz
Just Cause 2
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom

Week of March 29th
Making History 2: War of World
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

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Week of March 1st
MLB 2K10
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
MLB 10 The Show

Week of March 8th
Final Fantasy XIII
Yakuza 3
Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition

Week of March 15th
God of War III- This is all I need to link for this month, right? No PS3 owner cares about the rest of the month, right?
Dragon Age: Origins Awakenings
Resonance of Fate
MotoGP 09/10

Week of March 22nd
Clash of the Titans
Just Cause 2

Week of March 29th
Prison Break: The Conspiracy
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

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Week of March 1st
MLB 2K10
Lunar: Silver Star Harmony
Dante’s Inferno
Lunar: Silver Star Harmony
MLB 10 The Show

Week of March 8th
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

Week of March 15th
Dead Or Alive Paradise

Week of March 29th
Hot Shots Tennis
Mimana: Iyar Chronicle

What are you picking up?

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