It's the end of the generation and we've all been busy voting and debating what the best games were. In all the turmoil I decided it would be a good idea to go back and replay some of these gems one last time.
I started out with Arkham Asylum. After a quick stop at our local Gamestop, actually make that a much longer than I wanted and annoying visit with a clerk almost yelling at me just for asking if they would have new consoles in for launch, I was back home with a "fresh" copy since my original copy never made it back to me after lending it away. I'm glad to say I had an excellent time with it. Although I still believe City is a better game (something that might be re-affirmed pretty soon).
Next up was Red Dead Redemption. I had already played through it twice before, but still didn't think it was as great as it seems others did. It meant jumping over to my Xbox, since the PS3 version of the game is terrible and I had promptly switched my copies back in the day. Not to make this a rant about console wars, but I have always favored the PS3 and my Xbox hasn't really been turned on for almost a year. Anyways, I booted the game up and the opening cinematic brought me right back. Maybe I had under-estimated the game ?
Pretty quickly I discovered something was wrong. There was some strange tearing going on and something I can only describe as graphical static. I tried disconnecting the console, dusting it and even messing around with some settings, but nothing worked. Even though I couldn't fix it I decided to keep playing. It was only intermittent and I really wanted to play the game, but after a few days of playing it seems my console decided I had gotten enough today.
So, today was the day I packed away my Xbox 360. Even though it was never my favorite system seeing that collection of games being tucked away, never to be played again, was a melancholic moment. There were several games in there I had on my short-list for replaying, like Bayonetta, L.A. Noire or even AC3 (ye, sue me). Guess I might end up re-buying some of them for my PS3 which I plan on keeping around for a while longer (hopefully). But still, while we're all excited about these new consoles it's sad to see the old ones leave. Especially considering there are plenty of amazing games only playable on them.