FF XIII Coming to the 360

For those of you yet unaware, Final Fantasy XIII is coming to the Xbox 360.

Check out high resolution images, trailers, and character bios from the official site (http://www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/ff13/).

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Fallout 3 to Recieve 3 Expansions

Fallout 3 is slated for 3 DLC packs on Xbox Live in the coming weeks.

Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage is the first downloadable expansion for Fallout 3. Operation: Anchorage follows the story of Anchorage Alaska liberating from its Chinese Communist captors. Available for download in January 2009.

Fallout 3: The Pitt is the second downloadable expansion planned for Fallout 3. Players journey through the industrial raider town located in the remains of Pittsburgh. Available for download in February 2009

Fallout 3: Broken Steel is the third downloadable expansion for Fallout 3. Players join the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel and vanquish the Enclave remnants from the Capital Wasteland. Broken Steel will take allow players to adventure past the main story quest. Available for download in March 2009

Windows 7 Comes Friday

from Download Squad

During his keynote address at CES tonight, Steve Ballmer made it official. The Windows 7 public beta will be made available for download on Friday, January 9th, 2009.

If you’ve been leery of downloading the version that’s been all over the torrent trackers since last week, get your download manager ready and keep your browser tuned to Microsoft’s Windows 7 page for the genuine article. Technet, MSDN, and TechBeta members have already been given access.

I’ve had my share of problems with the leaked version and am hoping that the official release is either a slightly newer build or at least free of the issues that I’ve had so far. Internet Explorer 8 hasn’t been working 100%, and Explorer itself has stopped responding repeatedly when I’ve tried to extract large zip archive or move multiple large files onto my flash drive.

News: Godfather, Halo, Ghostbusters

Compiled from various sources, here are the latest breaking game news stories from the CES 2009 convention:

The Godather 2 has a release date of February 27, for the PC, PS 3, and the 360. The second game based on the classic Mafia films will incorporate both top-down strategy and Grand Theft Auto-style street-level action.

Players who pre-order will receive an exclusive crew member, named Tommy Cipolla, to hire into their family. While the other soldiers start equipped with one specialty and level-one firearms, Tommy will possess two specialties – arsonist and medic – as well as carry a level-two double-barreled shotgun. With Tommy in your family, players will have a strategic advantage in the game, using his advanced skills either directly in battle, or sending him to take over and defend rackets on his own.

 

Microsoft announced that Halo Wars has been pushed forward to February 28, 2009. Furthermore, the publisher announced it will release a playable demo on February 5.

Unlike first person shooters like Halo, and Quake Wars: Enemy Territory, Halo Wars is an RTS, controlling armies and territories in an overhead view, very similar to the Command and Conquer series. Much of this is contributed by the development team at Ensemble Studios, whom brought the Age of Empires series to the real time strategy genre.

 

  Although we would have expected Atari to make the announcement, it was Sony Pictures that just revealed when Ghostbusters: The Video Game will be released June 16 for the PS3, and the 360.

For those of you that have been living in a cave, Ghostbusters has had a rough history of developer and publisher conflicts. The game itself is written by Harold Ramis, and Dan Akroyd, whom wrote the original two films. Bill Murray, Akroyd, and Ramis will reprise their talented vocal roles to the game, making it the closest we will ever see to a Hollywood adaption of Ghostbusters 3.

 

Jumper: the 360’s Worst of 2008

While Grand Theft Auto IV received the top game award of 2008 (at no surprise by countless sources), Meta Critic has also decided on the worst game of 2008. And the loser is:

Jumper: Griffen’s Story

JGS currently has a generous critic score of 2.9 and user score of 3.0 on Gamespot.

JGS has received countless bad reviews from all over the net and gamers alike. It is also the only game that shows up twice on Meta Critics worst games of 2008: one for the Wii, and one for the 360.

Of course we are used to great movies bombing in to terrible game adoptions. However, Jumper received bad reviews and scores for the movie itself as well… Lets pray there may never be a sequel.

My Xbox 360 Annoyances

After years of upgrading my computer and getting fed up with poor development, I have decided that I truly want an Xbox 360.

So I bought one.

For a total of $160 cash I was able to fetch myself an Xbox 360 Arcade with GTA IV included from Craigs List. So I total the savings here to be approx $110 so far from retail.

The console ended up being in flawless condition as it had only been played for 2 months. I was able to register my system and saw that I still have 10 months of the OEM warranty left, but also the option to secure my warranty for another 2 years for only $60. This I am sure to want, because of the infamous system failures (red ring of death, overheating, etc) surrounding the 360.

I do not yet have a hard drive but am realizing every hour that it is a necessity for Xbox titles (can you say Counter-Strike?), multiplayer map packs, additional content, and even themes. But at this time I have ended up lucky, as Microsoft is directly offering the 20 GB drive upgrade and 3 months of Xbox Live Gold for only $30  😛  Of course, I may buy the 20 GB, use the 3 months of Gold, buy a 120 GB, and sell the 20 GB to some poor soul that may need it.

Once turning on the console, I am greeted to a snazzy GUI, with links to systems functionality, media components, and of course game stats.

Now for the downfalls….

Once logging in to Xbox Live, I feel that my system has downloaded a bunch of spam trying to convince me to buy tons of other shit…. So much that I have a hard time finding the menu where I select to actually play a game. Some of the spam includes videos (advertisements mostly but there are some reviews), marketplace (to purchse Xbox originals, Xbox Live Arcade titles, and additional game content), and even themes and avatar specials (yes you must buy the nice themes and clothing).

It seems that the first thing any game I have tried yet (GTA IV, GRID, GRAW, Two Worlds) always wants to update before ever playing. I am not sure what these updates offer, possibly fixes.

Trying to communicate to friends with with a USB keyboard in text mode is utterly impossible thanks to the interface. My guess is that this is trying to promote the Xbox headset, as oppose to our already existant USB based keyboards. This does piss me off, as I feel I shouldn’t be forced to buy more options when I have already spent so much money on what I do have.