Xbox 360 – First Impressions

Sunday, October 30th 2005

10/30/05While running some errands at WalMart today, I noticed that they have an Xbox 360 out to play! Amazingly nobody was playing as I passed by, so I stepped up.

To be clear, my impressions of the system are based on a mere twenty minutes of play time on one demo. In addition, these kiosks are the most uncomfortable things ever to play. The widescreen monitor is directly above your head, with the result that playing is like sitting in the front row of a movie theater.

I played through the demo of Call of Duty 2, a World War 2 first person shooter. In this level you’re a British trooper assaulting a German artillery position. There are other demos on the kiosk too, but by the time I finished this one there were people waiting so I stepped aside.

My first thought: “Ooh, pretty!”

And I continued thinking that throughout my playtime. Unfortunately, the gameplay didn’t rise to the same levels. Oh its capable, worth playing, but we’ve seen it all before. There’s been a glut of World War II shooters recently (Call of Duty, the Medal of Honor series, Brothers in Arms, etc.), and the market is pretty saturated. Other than the graphics and slightly rearranged buttons on the controller, which is an improvement, there’s just nothing to write home about in CoD2. Certainly not $400+ worth.

The Xbox 360 will sell well at first no matter what the games are like. I just hope the quality of available titles can step up as much as the graphics have. In the meantime, I’m feeling better about my decision to wait on getting one.

30. October 2005 by Chad Haefele
Categories: Gaming, General, Reviews, Tech | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. Did they have the prices of the games posted?

  2. nope, but the set price on Amazon for the 360 games seems to be $59.99.

  3. sounds like it’s more CoD2 that you didn’t like… like you said, it was only 20 minutes, in a crappy environment with a game you didn’t really connect with…

    for me, it’s about Gotham 3 and Perfect Dark 0, at home on a 32″ Wega HDTV with full surround, and I’m guessing at least 3 friends with me when I pick mine up… heh So I guess it depends on more factors than ‘just’ the box 🙂

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