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Edited by Colourful_Hippie

@JoeyRavn: Yeah I can see myself having a Wii U if Nintendo gets to releasing some great exclusives, I'm also thinking about a PS4 because of Sony's track record of having a lot of great first party titles but I wouldn't get it at launch.

@xyzygy said:

It still baffles me when I hear people say a number like 7 Xboxes. I don't know. I know of so many people who have an Xbox and none of them have ever red-ringed. The only red ring I've encountered in my life was mine own, and that was only because I let my cousin borrow it and I didn't take the disk out of the console before I moved it. I turned it upside down and everything, put it in my bag, and then when i turned it on this terrible noise came out and red ringed.

It happens, one of the Xboxs I had replaced by them red ringed in a fucking month after I just got it back. I can't believe I was that lenient back then.

@Demoskinos said:

I've had my 360 since launch day (well not the launch console but..ya know) I've sunk so much time and money into the economy that I can't fathom doing this myself but.. good luck duder.

So have I, I have a crazy amount of arcade titles plus games on demand stuff, I'm just over them because I got the experiences that I needed out of them. I'll probably only miss the random Geometry Wars 2 playthrough.

@Yummylee: Yeah the dedicated Gears guys are not to be fucked with and I would still watch out cuz those skills will still easily translate to the new game. I haven't kept up with news on the multiplayer so I have no idea about what the changes are. The only thing I heard is that the sawed off will have 2 shots instead of 1 which sounds kinda fucked and defeats the purpose of that gun. If the changes are really in favor of broadening the market then I'll most likely end up leaving it even sooner. And yeah, OverRun does look cool.

Posted by Yummylee

I wish I had the option, but as a well documented dirty, console peasant, I still cling to my severely dated PS3 and 360 for all of my gaming. My PS3 more so because it's my leading console of choice, and because there's so many stellar exclusives available for it. As for Judgment, I'm hoping that that'll be the Gears game I finally start to take a little more seriously from a competitive standpoint. Like you said, there's an awful lot of bots populating the lobbies in Gears 3 and everyone else was simply far beyond my skill level.

Judgment is apparently being made to be more... accessible? I understand a lot of people aren't very happy with how the multiplayer is shaping up, but since I've never spent that much time with Gears multiplayer to begin with, it's tough for me to really tell the difference. Blind-firing looks like it's a helluva lot more deadly, though, even with a regular Lancer. Even I can admit that looks a little distressing. OverRun looks fantastic, though, but I'm a little worried that it's supposedly replacing both Beast mode and Horde mode. I could live without Beast, but Horde is a staple of the franchise, so it's gonna suck if they're really going to shovel it for this new one. Still, with the way the campaign's being worked around, including its S3 ''AI Director'' equivalent, all of the requisite addictive qualities of adding scorings to chapters, and all of the unlockables and so forth, I'm sure I'm going to have a lot of fun with Judgment all the same solely from a single-player/cooperative point of view. Just like every other Gears game -- God Bless this series <3

Posted by Demoskinos

I've had my 360 since launch day (well not the launch console but..ya know) I've sunk so much time and money into the economy that I can't fathom doing this myself but.. good luck duder.

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Edited by xyzygy

I agree with you to some extent. I think the PS3 now has better exclusives, but I still find the whole experience of the 360 better and most of the time multiplatform games have an edge on it. I'd have to say that this generation of gaming is all about multiplatform and I think that's why the 360 excelled in this generation. I still use my PS3, but only for exclusives, and it has some good ones.

That, and I hate the PS3 controller... and love my achievements.

It still baffles me when I hear people say a number like 7 Xboxes. I don't know. I know of so many people who have an Xbox and none of them have ever red-ringed. The only red ring I've encountered in my life was mine own, and that was only because I let my cousin borrow it and I didn't take the disk out of the console before I moved it. I turned it upside down and everything, put it in my bag, and then when i turned it on this terrible noise came out and red ringed.

Posted by JoeyRavn

I am in a similar situation. I have a relatively sizable list of games that I already own but have never played (Bayonetta, Banjo-Kazooie N&B, Asura's Wrath, among others), and that's the only thing that's keeping me from selling my Xbox 360 and putting that money into, I don't know, upgrading my 3DS to an XL. Were it not for the Wii U, I think I would be completely done with consoles during the next gen.

Posted by Colourful_Hippie
Jump in, motherfucker

The Xbox 360 was my first console of this generation which I purchased back in the summer of 2006 with a copy of Call of Duty 2. It was great, Oblivion blew my mind and I truly gained an appreciation of the potential of the “next generation” with the release of Gears of War which quickly became my favorite franchise in terms of multiplayer.

The visuals at the time made me speechless.

I picked up a PS3 shortly around the time of Killzone 2’s release but the Xbox 360 continued to be my go to console. I enjoyed the Halo and Mass Effect franchises (even though I now played the latter on PC) and just about any of the top 3rd party titles on that system, it was great. Gold, at the time, was a great service that I vastly preferred over PSN and I can still remember the countless hours playing with friends either in Gears of War 1, 2, and recently 3. I loved that console so much that despite going through 7 goddamn consoles, yes 7, I still stuck with it. Although to be fair, 5 of them red ringed, the other could no longer read discs, and the 120 gig Elite I used to have was fine but I swapped it out for a 250 gig 360 S when they first came out. Oh and there's an HD-DVD player somewhere around here. Yeah I enjoyed playing on that system that much.

Now for the downhill slope. Most of this I can blame on getting a new desktop which has taken over as the go to thing to play games on apart from the occasional great console exclusive, I honestly have a hard time going back to the 360 because its slow, clunky interface’s age is even more apparent now than ever before. The other thing to blame is being back at college again which means that my free time has dramatically decreased. I can no longer play multiplayer games as much as I would like to so I tend to put that free time into single player experiences that I really want to have. Speaking of single player experiences worth having, the solid exclusives for this system kinda have dried up, Halo 4 is the only thing I can think of that recently forced me to remember my 360's existence apart from Gears 3. It's mostly a third party system now which is unfortunate for me cuz my PC has taken that role now and does a better job at it for obvious reasons.

I fucking hate you, but mostly just for destroying that great Netflix app.

Now the one lifeline that has been keeping me clinging to this old machine has been Gears of War 3, that game is my 2012’s 2011 GoTY. I love that multiplayer to death; it’s just so much fun to blow away guys with powerful sounding weapons and watch them blow up into chunks. Unfortunately the online community has quickly descended into shit; there are not as many people playing it to the point that it’s easy to find games where there are just too many bots. It’s fucking depressing to see my favorite online game starting to become a ghost town. The other thing that has slowly begun to rip me away from my love of this game’s MP is Team Fortress 2, some of my friends made the shift to PC and we all go on TF 2 now which is just easy drop in/drop out multiplayer fun.

Looking back, the 360 has given me countless great moments in video games. I don’t regret owning the thing, but now I think it’s time to sell this console and everything else with it. I don’t see any reason to hold onto the machine apart from the upcoming Gears of War: Judgment which I already know I won’t like more than Gears of War 3. 3 is the pinnacle of that franchise and Judgment doesn't look like the leap that 1 to 2 to 3 were. Don’t get me wrong, my fanatical love for the franchise won’t allow me to pass it up but I won’t be sticking with it as long as I did with 3. Once that is done I think I’ll be ready to call it quits, wrap that 360 up, and get rid of it. As for my PS3, I’ll be keeping that one because I need to play Ni no Kuni. Looking back, I realize that I like the exclusives more on that system than on the 360 and I still have to play Beyond and Last of Us.

Thanks for the inhale, J.