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At least they can do Circus Maximus

When you have to have a list of games that will be backwards compatible on the new Xbox, you've already lost my interest. Without looking too hard, i see that Kung Fu Chaos and D&D Heroesaren't on there (yet, i guess?). I also don't like the sound of this: "Note: A software emulator is required for each original Xbox game you play on your Xbox 360 console". I'm not sure what that means (an emulator on a console?), but i know it means i'm not just firing the games i want to play up without additional nuisance.

Found the list via Penny Arcade, who say:

The issue is that playing old games isn't what I use backwards compatibility for. I know there are "peeps" who need constant Halo 2 infusions, but I don't look back - I think of the original Xbox as a damned place, a Sodom and/or Gomorrah. What I need is a technology that will ease the middle period, while the old box is still a viable development target at retail. My audio/visual shelf is already a treacherous, high-stakes game of Jenga as it is. There's no physical space for some Goddamn artifact up there.

Not for me. I need to be able to play all the old games. In fact, for the past few days, i've been thinking it's about time i started re-playing Battle of Olympus. We have piles of video game consoles by our TV, too, and that's why we need backwards compatibility. I won't be happy until there is one system that will play all our games with no hassle. In fact, let's make that our next priority. Before they release one more Madden football game, the video game industry is hereby required to create an uber-compatible system.



By fnord12 | January 11, 2006, 1:01 PM | Video Games | Comments (2)| Link



Godzilla: Save The Earth

Rose got us Godzilla: Save The Earth as a christmas gift, which we didn't get to open until yesterday because Wei ruined christmas. It's essentially the same game as Destroy All Monsters Melee with better graphics and some new characters, including the great Jet Jaguar, and Mothra as a playable character (in the previous game, Mothra was just a power-up. In this game Battra is the power-up). It also has some new characters from the new movies... eh. But they still haven't put in a "classic" Godzilla. There's Godzilla 90s and Godzilla 2000, and Space Godzilla, and two Mecha-Godzillas, but no goofy, friendly faced Godzilla from the 70s films that everybody (ok, me, min, and Ana, because the rest of you have no souls) loves. So that's a little disappointing. But overall it's a fun game.

Ok, now for the video game rant part: I'm really sick of video games where half the damn game starts off locked up. Out of 18 characters, only 6 were selectable when we loaded it up, and only 4 battlefields out of around 20. The Rocky game we bought was even worse - you couldn't even select Mr. T or Drago to start with. These are games that you should be able to just pop in when friends are over and play for a while and then forget about. What always ends up happening is i spend the time to unlock all the characters, and then whenever we play i've gotten so good at the game from unlocking everything that no one wants else wants to play. This started, i think, back with one of the Street Fighters and the Marvel Super Heroes fighting game where there were one or two hidden characters, and i guess the idea of having something secret in the game was popular so they ran the idea into the ground. It's like when you buy a CD and it says on the back that track 16 is the bonus "Hidden" track Stupid Idea, except at least with the CD you can still play the damn song without jumping through hoops. Enough already. This game gets a pass because we were able to find a code online that unlocks everything, but no such luck for Rocky (Or Mario Super Strikers, but at least in that game you can play 4 players and still unlock the extras.) .


By fnord12 | January 6, 2006, 3:36 AM | Godzilla & Video Games | Comments (0)| Link



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