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Games revisited: Saints Row(xbox 360)

Posted in games revisted,gaming by jbnet211 on May 13, 2010
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Before  GTA IV, there was saints row. Yes, it might have been a GTA clone, but it’s a damn good clone. Saints Row takes place in the city of Stillwater, you are a random street punk dragged into a gang war with 3 other gangs to control the city. It is a good game, but when GTA IV came out, it turned the game into crap. But, if you have never played saints row or have played saints row 2, then you should check it out.

The controls to saints row are the “classic” race game type, use A for gas and X to stop. GTA IV was a big improvement on this, the trigger driving style is much easier. Plus firing a weapon is much harder from a car in Row is much harder that GTA IV. oh, and using weapons in general is not as good ether. No auto targeting is so much a pain in the ass, & talking about pains in the ass, switching weapons is best done under some cover. One thing different from GTA is health, you can regain heath. Ether by just waiting till it fills back up, or with fast food. Accessing your food supply(yea you gotta buy it) is done by the weapon select menu, & it is a pain in the ass to do use in a middle of a fire fight.

The missions are like GTA, but to have to unlock them with smaller missions called activities. the include gather hos for whore houses, driving an escort around, stealing and hijacking cars, and others. I really don’t mind the activities, you get achievements for completing all of them. The character customization is what separates saints row from GTA. You get to decide what your character looks like, from skin tone, the away the face looks, even the amount of muscle/fat you have. And the clothes section is not that bad(pimp cane, looks good AND “functional”)
The multiplayer………well let’s just say it’s a good thing you can’t do anymore.
I would call Saints Row the black GTA(I’m half black I can say that) This was the game to steal cars, raise random hell, and have free roaming fun in on the xbox 360 before GTA IV came out. It is still a great game to check out some time.
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We dream of Wii. Sony and Microsoft attempt to take Nintendo on Motion Control

Ever since the old days of N64 Vs PS1, The video game companies have always tries to take on their competitors on by making their controllers better. Microsoft and Sony are planning to start the war, their weapon, Motion controllers. Microsoft’s weapon, Natal. Sony’s weapon, Playstation Move. Each hoping to topple Nintendo’s Wiimote. Let’s look at the contenders:

Playstation Move:

Playstation Move is very to the Wii, except that it is in HD(so that’s why the Wii is not in full HD.) It uses a camera to track a pastel(I hope Sony changes the colors) ball to trace your movements. Sony has said that all movements will be true to life, if that is possible. The controller will even feature a sub-controller, much like the Wii has. It seems the PS3 is gaining steam lately, and with Playstation Move to cost under $100, it may do well, depending on the games.

Project Natal

Project Natal(I call it natal for now)is Microsoft’s motion controller solution, which is not having any controllers at all. Natal tracks your body’s movements and translates them into a game. Recently I saw that the sensors will work in small rooms. Having no controllers has an advantage, for example, you’re playing guitar hero, with natal, you can do a move(like smashing the guitar in the ground) and the game will emulate the character doing it. I one concern is that if you alone and some one enters the room, won’t it throw the sensors off? Project Natal sounds like a good idea, I just wonder what official name Microsoft will give it? I don’t know how much it will cost, but it may be over or around $100.

Sony and Microsoft has entered the motion controller game. I aspect that the first games to come with the motion support will be casual in nature. The only way ether company will win is with great games, games that their grown up base will want to play.
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USB stoarage for XBOX 360, why you may need it.

Posted in gaming,USB storage,XBOX 360 by jbnet211 on March 22, 2010
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The XBox 360 is a great system, great games and media content. But the problem that has plaque the system is memory. The memory cards are a joke, They kinda fix the problem with the Hard drives being too small by releasing the 60Gb & the 120Gb, but have seen the price for them? With the spring update comes a chance to give Xbox owners some more room. There are rumors about allowing USB storage devices to work on the 360. Those of us who have a 20Gb hard drive (me) will surly love having this. The size of the device starts must at 1Gb, but the max size aloud is only 16Gb. The reason why, I assume so Microsoft can make some money. 16Gb is good enough for the 20Gb hard drive owners. What can you do with an extra 1 to 16Gb of memory? well…

Xbox live Arcade game storage,

use the drive to put all you arcade games on to make more room on your hard drive.

Save file storage,

got too many save games, put them on the drive.

Music DLC storage,

Put all that music DLC for rock band and Guitar Hero on the drive.

DLC storage,

Got DLC that you don’t use anymore but still want it for achievement? put it on the drive.

The only problem, other than the max size of storage, is that you can put a game on the drive, but you still need the disc to play. Over all this is a great idea, I hope Microsoft goes though with it. If you have any more ideas about what to use USB external storage on the 360 for, post it in the comments.
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