Looks Like It’s Time To “Jump In”
At E3, Microsoft Exec. Peter Moore called the combination of Halo 3, Madden 08, and GTA IV the “Perfect Storm of Gaming.” With GTA IV being delayed until next year, and Madden being the overhyped yearly event that it is, the three games represented above are truly the Xbox 360 “Perfect Storm,” especially since they’re all console exclusive to the 360: Halo 3, Mass Effect, and Bioshock. (Personally, I’m looking forward to Call of Duty 4 and Rock Band more than Mass Effect, but I felt like putting that great photoshop to use.)
Microsoft didn’t quite drop the price as much as I would’ve hoped, but they knew exactly what they were doing. A $50 price drop for the Premium, combined with the new “Zephyr”models that have a second heatsink, a better, quieter DVD drive, and HDMI output, has put me over the edge. I can’t wait for next-gen anymore. Bioshock is set to officially hit stores tomorrow and it’s being held as a revolutionary step in gaming and the epitome of what “next-gen” means. I haven’t even read up much on it, so I can’t really hype it up here. All I can say is that I’m glad that after being blown away by that 2006 E3 trailer, I’ve never read up on the game, since I knew I wanted it right then and there. As a result, I’ll be going into Bioshock more clean than any game in a long, long time. All I know is that it’s a FPS with RPG-like elements and an original, disturbing storyline, and that it looks INSANE. Hopefully, it will blow my mind.
Now I just need my paycheck on Wednesday so I can blow most of it on what I hope turns out to be a wise purchase. There’s just too many games being released in the coming months that I don’t want to miss. If it breaks by the end of the year, I’ll probably quit gaming.
Note: That is the old box.