By Angularbanjo 2 Comments
I've got about 25 Xbox 360 games on my shelf that I haven't touched. Let's see how many I can do in one sitting if I just play up to the first achievement. I'll be updating this post along the way.
I know I'm gonna have a hard time putting some of these down after the first achievement pops, but hopefully I'll stay the course and get a feel for most of them.
Game 1: Viva Piñata: TIP. First achievement 37 minutes in, for taking 10 photos. Seems like most of the "real" achievements would have taken too long. Man, I could have spent all day playing this game. It's starting to get its hooks into me pretty bad. So goooood.
Game 2: Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway, another colon game. First achievement 8 minutes in, "suppressive fire." Didn't really get much of an impression of the game, except the presentation seems really good. Liked the intro movie. Achievements seem to be structured to reward you as you learn the game. Just the way it should be.
Game 3: The Bourne Conspiracy. First achievement, 11 minutes for completing the first chapter. Super satisfying melee combat, haven't fired a weapon yet. This game should be a sweet action flick type ride. Highly polished, by the looks of it. Would really like to play some more.
Game 4: Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars. Took 25 minutes to complete the Boot Camp. Seems pretty solid, I haven't played a C&C game since the first one in 1995, and I didn't get too into it back then. I definitely recognise the aesthetic, though.
Game 5: Amped 3. First bummer, achievment-wise. Early 360 title, no established achievement etiquette. Had to grind the build mode achievement for 30G after playing for 45 minutes and realising that it wasn't going to happen organically. Not a bad game, though. On any other day, I would have stuck it out.
Game 6: Prince of Persia. Wow, that was fast. 2:30 in - 10G, seemingly for watching the opening cinematic. This game looks gorgeous. Must play later. Almost feel sort of cheated now.
Game 7: Lego Indiana Jones. 20 minutes to finish the first level. I've played so much Lego Star Wars with my kid now that the Lego games are second nature to me. Love the Indy setting. I'll probably introduce it to junior sooner rather than later.
Game 8: Need For Speed Most Wanted. Man, that was a lot of work for 10G. It took 70 minutes to beat Sonny and get the first achievement. This game is old. Obviously rooted in earlier generations. The framerate is way too sluggish ever to get a decent sense of speed. I like that the cars have weight to them, though.
Game 9: Medal of Honor Airborne. Three achievements in three minutes, just getting pushed off the plane and trying to make the landing. Easy as pie. Got as far as firing my gun before i hit eject. Gun mechanics seem solid enough.
Game 10: Splinter Cell: Double Agent. I've never played a Splinter Cell game before, so the 6 minutes I spent in the training exercise were kinda baffling, really. Got an achievement, there's 40G more for completing the other training mission. Still, that's enough for today. Nearly half way through the pile.