The dark side of the Gaming Year
Obviously 2008 didn’t just deliver gems and power games. There’s always something that has enraged the gaming community. Like games that just weren’t worth their price. If they’d only listened to the uncles and ants of the games magazines! Position 3 of the most unwanted games is held by: Warrior’s Orochi 2. Old-fashioned graphics, blue screens and a “stop’n go” performance, just to mention a few issues.
During the Xbox-years games like Kingdom under Fire were pretty well liked and everybody was looking forward to the new releases for the Xbox 360. But unfortunately Kingdom under Fire: Circle of Doom proofed unworthy of its predecessor. A lack of story, KI, unwanted features and tiring levels helped the game to reach rank 2 in the category “Flops of the Year”.
But there’s worse. The number one position of the worst games of the year is a remnant of a game that used to have many fans a few years back: Alone in the Dark. Part five of the series had a big problem: The control. Lots of game pads must have lost their lives and even the very good graphics couldn’t help it. The game felt unfinished and frustrated a lot of gamers who had high expectations in the release. Too bad, really.
But let’s leave the software issue for now. There are a few things on the hardware front that for instance Microsoft should try to improve. When it comes to “Tomato of the Year”, we need to mention the console and the Online-Service “Xbox Live”. The first two positions are obvious, but number three is held by three issues that a lot of gamers didn’t find amusing in 2008. For one thing there was the Great Autumn Update called Next Xbox Experience (NXE). A refurbished Dashboard-Surface, nice little Avatars and a lot of little gimmicks were added to the life of the game. Some loved it, some seemed to hate it. There is always a big controversy about prices fort the so called “Download Contents”. Lots of folks don’t like the way Microsoft keeps charging for little add-ons to be paid for with Microsoft-Points. After having paid full price for the game to start with, mind you. Are they worth it or is it money down the drain? You hardly ever know in advance, so a lot of folks don’t like the idea, period. The warranty issue, even after three years of Xbox 360, still causes stress sometimes.
Talking about the Xbox 360, you automatically think about the infamous “Red Ring of Death”, meaning End of Game and shipping your console to Hardware Support to get it fixed. This is the reason the gaming community rewarded the Xbox360 with its “Silver Tamato”.
One thing hit a Community called Coop-live.de very hard: A user, totally innocent, has been accused of Modding, the unfair manipulating of his console. For this guy in particular multi player games of his Community with the Xbox Live are a matter of the past right now, he has been banned. Don’t get us wrong, this is the way to treat players guilty of the “crime”, but in this case, and in a few others we got word from, it wasn’t. This guy could even prove his innocence, but Microsoft still didn’t want to investigate into the issue, their system is functional and therefore wrong accusations are impossible, they said. We all hope that Microsoft will take another unbiased look at the system so cases like this will be a matter of the past pretty soon.
Patricia Delto writes reviews and articles about various topics such as games, fashion and society. Constantly traveling from New York to Wiesbaden and back via Paris, she’s often asked for useful advise and tips. Find more about the XBox360, where to buy it, and news and useful information about it at one of Patricia Delto’s websites [http://www.xbox360division.com] The ranks and positions in this article are based on numerous surveys conveyed by a number of Games Communities on the European Internet. Patricia Delto likes to express her special Thanks to these sites, they proved very helpful on these researches.