Friday, December 09, 2005

Still Standing's Most Wanted

We all want things, me especially.

If this blog itself isn't enough evidence to convince you of that, then you were probably on O.J's jury.

Obviously, I want me an XBOX 360, the premium package, naturally. But what's a console without games? It's all about the games.

So, in the spirit of this all-inclusive, indiscriminatory, non-denominational holiday season (because democrats killed "Christmas"), Still Standing is making a list of his top five most wanted titles for the XBOX 360.

  • Madden 2006
Even with the 360 version being severly stripped down (no Superstar or Owner mode and the much acclaimed Mini Camp mode is also missing), all evaluations thus far have Madden as the best video game football experience to date. The graphics look amazing, the sound is said to be superb, and the core gameplay should remain the key draw in the veteran franchise.

  • Project Gotham Racing 3
Possibly the most visually astonishing game at launch, PGR 3, at least from a spectator's view point, seems like one of the closest things to a must have for the launch titles. A trimmed down selection of cars may cause some hardcore automotive enthusiasts to frown, but the incredible details in the cars that are included should keep the auto freaks happy. And of course the Xbox Live features will be a huge draw as well. Allow me a moment while I only dream about it...

  • Perfect Dark: Zero
Now granted, early on, I wasn't too optimistic about PDZ. I'm still not sold on Joanna Dark as a proper lead character. Nonetheless, the online play is said to be quite good and the graphics seem to be on par with anything else of this generation. I'm sure there's a fair number of people who don't care for it, but I certainly think the aforementioned multi-player is reason enough to nab a copy whenever I do manage myself a unit of the 360 goodness.

  • Kameo: Elements of Power
"Kameo is the most next-gen game at X05." Douglass C. Perry(IGN) wrote that in early October. And it was about at that point when I started to really take notice of Kameo. Much like Douglass, it would appear I have underestimated Rare's latest offering. The core gameplay is being touted as fun, original, and intelligent. It should be an interesting and unique platformer that is most certainly worth picking up.

  • NBA 2K6
Certainly this pick is based on the fact that I'm a big sports fan, hoops especially. I've always been a fan of the 2k series in both football and basketball. The graphics look astonishing, everything from sweat to tattoos is rendered with amazing detail. There's not much new offered up in terms of gameplay tweaks or game modes... but hey, look at that jersey! It flows!

Alas, all my speculation is still just that. Other bloggers are putting out reviews, I'm still just here 'in line'... Damn. I'm out.

signed in misery,
Still Standing in Line


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