Posts Tagged ‘xbox’

Review: Braid (PC)

Does the world need another 2D platformer?  Yes.

2009 04 17 - Braid PC Review Screenshot 2

When Braid was released last year on Xbox Live Arcade, the game was met with both critical and commercial success and propelled developer Jonathan Blow into celebrity status in the enthusiast press.  The game certainly deserves the attention it has received; Blow manages to inject originality into a stale genre nearly as old as the medium itself.

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Review: Star Ocean: The Last Hope (360)

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

I should make it clear that Star Ocean: The Last Hope is not entirely a bad game.   I enjoyed the game enough to play through the entire 30 hour adventure in a week, despite the glaring balance and design issues that plague the experience.  Unfortunately for Star Ocean fans, by no means is it a return to the series’ glory during the PlayStation’s reign. The Last Hope is ultimately flawed and forgettable, but manages to be a decent Japanese role playing game for those who want to stab some monsters.

Oh yeah, it takes place in space in the near future.  It has to be kind of interesting, right?

Mild spoilers after the jump.

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360 Price Cut Official… Be Careful!

September 4, 2008 Leave a comment

Further illustrating Microsoft’s inability to keep anything quiet, the long-rumored price cut for the Xbox 360 has been formally announced.  You can read the press release here on

  • Arcade – $199 (From $279)
  • Pro – $299 (From $349)
  • Elite – $399 (From $449)

The drops are larger than I would have expected from Microsoft.  The drop on the Arcade (which comes with five games and a memory card) makes it the cheapest current-generation system available right now.  No doubt that now the mythical $200 dollar barrier has been breached, sales are going to rise this holiday season.

The one problem with this price drop is the Pro.  There are currently two Pro system packs available-the current 60gb and the clearanced 20gb.  Even though most 20gb systems have been sold already for reduced price, there are still some floating around in the retail ether.  If you’re planning on buying a Pro system, make sure you get a 60gb.  The  boxes look pretty similar and may lead to more casual purchasers not realizing there is a system superior to the 20gb for the same money.  Microsoft should have dropped the 20gb to $250 to help retail empty its supply and limit customer confusion.