Reggie may be Reggie, but he’s got Thomas’s number for sure.
I haven’t said anything about it before, but I got an Xbox 360 for Christmas. I’m not sure why I never bothered to mention it, but whatever, the fact remains. I got Fable 2 and Final Fantasy… Uh… 13? Whatever number they’re up to anyway.
I pretty much left the bleeding edge of gaming when the 360 debuted. The last game I remember trying on one was Dead Rising, so that gives you an idea of the time frame. Missing out on Fable 2 was tough, but you have to prioritize. Not that it ended up making any difference really. I knew at some point things would settle in and I could go back for older games that everyone else had been and done. Of course, once I started seeing ads for Fable 3 I began to get pretty desperate to see what I was missing. I played Fabe more times through than most games. A lot of games get one, if they’re lucky. If I like a game fairly well I might restart halfway through so I can get a better start on the actual finishing play. There are a few games though that I have played over and over. At least every time they’ve been released. Final Fantasy Tactics, Advance Wars, Fire Emblem, Resident Evil 1 & 2, Final Fantasy 4, 6, 7, Dragon Quest 8, Castlevania Symphony Of The Night, Super Metroid, & Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 spring to mind. I played Fable at least 4 times through on the original version and 2 more for the lost chapters, that I can remember. Of course it’s not a super long game, but still. At least I WANTED to go back into that world over and over.
Fable 2 did not disappoint either. It’s far from perfect, but fun. The addition of playing as a girl was neat too. When you achieve a certain level of beauty as a female you start getting hit on, and cat calls, way more often than as a dude. Which is fine at first, but after a while I was like “This is getting really old…” Then I was like “Oh, now I see why girls get so annoyed over this.” Not to say that I didn’t understand on an academic level before, but taking on the role of a girl made it more real somehow. That was a unique experience. Something that really made the game stand out in my experience with games in general.
I was a little disappointed that the ranged weapons were limited to crossbows and guns. A longbow beats out a crossbow in many respects, but I understand the choice. In the end I almost never used them anyway; favoring firearms by a great deal. The skills that came with ranged weapons were a lot of fun too.
The acting was great overall, but Stephen Fry and Zoe Wanamaker as Reaver and Theresa respectively were fantastic. I have rarely hated a character so much as Reaver.
Anyway, I went through at twice and a half, and may yet go back to get the third ending, although after the game is “over” I tend to lose interest pretty fast.
Now, a few things about the Xbox experience in general: Firstly they have Nintendo beat in every possible way as far as online stuff is concerned. Embarrassingly so. The store is blazing fast, has demos for EVERYTHING, and is easy to navigate. As opposed to Nintendo’s slow, limited demo, unfriendly storeS. Capital S because the Wii store is slightly better than the DS nightmare, and the two are SEPERATE, so you have to choose where you want points to go rather than have them attached to your account… Ridiculous. Being able to stick a flash drive into the 360 and have it understand any content I stuck in it was pretty cool too. Plus the stuff it didn’t recognize remained that way long enough for the 360 to download an update. Which it did literally in seconds.
I’m not saying that I’m going to forsake Nintendo or anything, I’m just saying that they need to pay attention. The novelty of the 3DS isn’t going to be a game changer. Not with phones taking a wet bite out of the casual gaming market. Courting the hardcore fans might be worth taking a look at again…