It's only September, but I'm ready to call it...
Is September too early to give out the best and worst value awards for the XBox 360?
Usually yes, but this year is special.
[Ed - note this list is limited to games only, no DLC, costome packs, or avatar clothing]
Best Value Award - The best value of this year is undoubtedly the Shadow Complex. For only 1200 MS points ($15 USD) you get a great looking, Metroid-style adventure-shooter game that will take you about 6-8 hours to finish the first time (if you're big on finding all the items, 4-6 if not). You will play it again too, either to get 100%, or to finish with under 13% (for an achievement), or to finish in the fastest time (ranked online), or to play the challenge maps (again, ranked online). It's an amazing amount of fun to watch your character build up his arsenal, and use that to destroy enemies that used to be hard in one hit, or be invincible... Seriously, it's 15 bucks, just play it, you won't be dissapointed.
Worst Value Award - Sorry to Microsoft and all the fanboys I'm about to piss off, but Halo 3: ODST is a terrible value for the money. (Goukijones' amazing deal at Toys R Us notwithstanding.) There's the Halo 3 multiplayer experience included, but few people who would buy ODST are without the original Halo 3 and probably some of the expansion maps already and the three maps exclusive to this version include a remake of Midship from Halo 2. I'd value that part at around 5 bucks. ODST itself consists of a campaign (either solo or co-op) and a firefight (aka horde, aka survival) mode. Goukijones, GorrilaWarBear, and I raped the co-op campaign on legendary in about 4.5 hours. There is a scoring mini-game in the co-op, but with no achievments or leaderboards tied to it, who gives a fuck to play it again? Also, the co-op mode makes no sense with the story as all the cut scenes show you are by yourself. The campaign should be about 15 bucks, especially in light of great games like Shadow Complex. The firefight mode could be fun, and there are several achievments tied into that, so you will come back and play that, but it kind of feels tacked on, but given Halo fans clammoring for something similar to Gears of War's horde mode, this does have some value. 10 bucks, maybe 15 for some people. Total value 30-35 bucks. Asking price $60.
Before you flame me, let me clarify that I'm not saying ODST is not fun (it is), just that it in no way justified it's $60 price tag (to me anyway).
This is it Jimmy! Vlog #9. Drunk with a fancy micro phone ...
Don't play MUA2 when you can play ODST Jimmy!
I just might do that. After I pwn some ODST again for a little while. I want to play the Batman still I love the fighting in that game. Halo 3 will happen today as well, I have not played the new maps as of now! I also picked up Dragon Quest VIII yesterday for $10 and I kinda wanna try that out.
Playing today ...
Halo 3 ODST
Halo 3 Multiplayer
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Batman Arkham Asylum
Dragon Quest VIII
Street Fighter IV 10PM Fight Night
Turn the light off! Close the frickin' blinds!
The levels are a black screen! I couldn't see shit. Unless I turned on the ODST special visor. I don't want to play the game in pitch black! I'm mad, the levels that are day light or that weren't in the dark are amazing. All of the levels unfortunately are not that hard.
Legendary Railed! With 3 people! Maybe it's a little more challenging on single player, but that would be boring. Gorilla Warbear is Gorilla Tactics!
You can't jack tanks, but you can plant grenades in them. You can't jack Banshees either, but you can fly them.
It was fun and it took about 6 hours to raip that shit.
Man of Ponage is getting railed right now Jimmy!
What the trade in value on this game right now?!
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 = MUA2 for you rehtards! Ok this game is unbelievable. Considering I was just playing that amazing Batman game last week. This is an absolutely terrible super hero game. It's just a beat 'em up, plain and simple and simple it is! The first time I played through it on Super Heroic which is the hardest difficulty you can select. The game did not challenge me at all! I beat it very quickly. I unlocked super ultimate hard. At this point I understood the game and the controls. I take any character that can fly or swing and just fly over the entire level to the boss fights. Ridiculous!
There are other "elements" the developers probably referred to, but they do NOT A GODDAMN THING for the game play. The puzzles are flat out dumb. All of them are just dragging something around on the ground to activate a switch. Who the fuck is testing this game? You have to realize, it's a complete waste of time and is not necessary for this game. Worthless! Fuck. Then there's the dialogue choices. It makes me laugh when I think about how stupid this is. The characters sound so repetitive. None of the choices matter other than to level your characters personality up and get an achievement. In the game characters talk to you, but your character doesn't speak you just select a text, but in the cut scenes everyone one speaks! I can't believe they didn't take the time to have everyone talk to each other, that would have been cool and more a reason for me to select good or evil with some characters. A good Juggernaut and an evil Captain America.
The story starts out leading up to civil war where Captain America goes undergound to fight Ironman and the U.S. Government. A cool story in the comics. About half way through the game that storyline ends and the horrible design of the game just goes into hyper drive. No Hulk fight?! Maybe they did that in the first game, I don't know I couldn't get through the first two levels it was terrible. You just fight robots and dudes dressed in all black for the entire game. Some of the boss fights are cool, but fighting Yellow Jacket is not a highlight of the game for me.
A splash of my piss has better graphics than this game. Wolverine's claws just push the crates around, I have to switch to Penance and punch the boxes. WTF is a Penance?! Gambit has a giant nose!
I didn't like the first Marvel Alliance game. I had to play this one and I really did force myself at time. Now I can say with confidence that I have played one for worst games of all time. Some Jimmy in Los Angeles approved this as being a good game. This same Jimmy thought the leveling up system in the game was cool, but didn't realize you could just do auto level up and it doesn't actually matter. Wolverine, Deadpool, Juggernaut and Jean Grey just raip the shit out of the game. I destroyed this game and I did not have a super great time.
My final verdict:
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