I’ve never really been much of a gamer, but I’m a big admirer of the underlying technology, so I bought an XBOX 360 a while ago.
I played Mass Effect, given I’m an RPG addict. Lot’s of fun, though I struggled with the controls for quite a while. I did figure it out eventually, but the final boss fight still took me about a dozen times before I succeeded.
Then I played about half of Assassin’s Creed. It looks really nice, but once I figured out the game mechanics I got bored – the game is somewhat repetitive, and the story-line is not very interesting.
So I started on Halo 3. I generally suck at these real-time shooting games, and Halo was no exception. I just couldn’t get through the third or fourth mission; I kept dying.
That is, until last weekend, when I restarted the game in easy mode. It felt a bit like admitting to myself that I’m not a Real Man, but at least I made progress. I didn’t have any time to play during the week, but I played all day (and half of the night) yesterday, and now I’ve just finished the campaign.
Wow. Truly a game of epic proportions, with a production quality easily rivalling that of a hollywood blockbuster. The experience of the final scene alone was worth the price of the console plus all the hours invested in getting there.
So, my advice to you…if you haven’t yet, go buy an xbox. They come in special Halo 3 editions.
In the meantime, I also have a question: what game could hope to impress me after Halo?