Xbox 360 Collection / December 2013
I was always an unwavering naysayer of the Xbox 360, even moreso when I got the PlayStation 3. I was never supposed to buy it. Then, along came a phenomenal surprise by the name of Mass Effect. I had played Dragon Age: Origins on the PlayStation 3 and fallen in love with BioWare. At that time, Mass Effect was platform-exclusive to the Xbox 360. Some time in summer 2011, when Mass Effect 2 had been out for a year and a half, my best friend went on a vacation and borrowed me his Xbox 360. I played through both Mass Effects non-stop - a few other games as well, but nothing made such an impression as BioWare's masterpiece of a space opera.
Mass Effect 2 was also out on the PlayStation 3 back then, and Mass Effect 3 was certainly coming to the PlayStation 3, but I would've felt so wrong buying those games for the PS3, since the only form the original game existed on the PlayStation 3 back then was an interactive comic book. Seeing that Mass Effect 2 was the first game in history to make good of your decisions in the previous game on that scale, just the thought of playing Mass Effect on the PlayStation 3 never crossed my mind. My original plan was to wait until Mass Effect 3 came out, and once again borrow the Xbox 360 and the game from my friend, even though he already had other priorities in life besides his personal entertainment. He liked to play, but wasn't guaranteed to buy the game immediately once it came out. Through a twist of fate, it went the other way around.
By December 2011, I finally had my fill of my previous laptop, its faulty hardware and its incapability to run even the most simple software. So, I headed to an online electronics shop to browse their stock, and the first thing that popped up in the feed was a very fine offer of an Asus laptop bundled with the Xbox 360. I could immediately hear the Mass Effect theme song in my head, and ordered the damn thing without giving it much more thought. My friend immediately sold me a couple of games, the first Mass Effect included, and thought that I would certainly buy so many good games that he doesn't need his own games anymore. At the time, I said that's not going to happen, I'm only going to buy the Mass Effect trilogy. And perhaps Alan Wake.
Fast forward two years, and I have quite the retail library, almost equal to what I have on the PS3. I have focused the collection of few of my favourite franchises for the Xbox 360, 'cause they are simply at their best for one reason or another on this system. Most importantly, multi-platform games are cheaper for this system, and easier to find in my experience. Oh yeah, and in case you didn't know, the first Mass Effect game has since been ported to the PlayStation 3. I don't mind, not anymore at least - I love my Xbox.