You know, in the modern day, you find so many companies and third party accessory providers have their take on the Xbox 360. How many times do we see a new company on the horizon with their own charging pack, thumb grips, or headset? If you go into a gaming shop, how many different types of headsets do you see? You`re spoilt for choice, and at a range of pricing. At AbsoluteGaming, we are very lucky to get our hands on some Q1 Xbox 360 headsets, by GameKraft, and that`s what we`re going to be looking at today.
Black Ops the successful spin off of the Call of Duty series has been one of the great success stories from the last generation of consoles. With the Xbox One finally hitting its stride it's clear that Treyarch have both feet firmly planted in this generation of consoles. And if you needed proof you needn't look any further than the Xbox 360 version of Black Ops III.
There's no denying the success that the LEGO games have had over the years. Bearing in mind that the series started off way back in the Playstation 2 you begin to realise just how long it has been around. Travellers Tales have certainly made their cash out of it, covering nearly every major film franchise available from Batman to Harry Potter and Star Wars to Jurassic Park. Now we see the inevitable Avengers tie in and wonder to ourselves whether there is enough in this to keep the LEGO games going, or whether the bricks have finally ran their course.
GAME: Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
CREATED AND PRODUCED BY: Konami
I used to be a Pro Evo man. Loved the game for many years, and I mean MANY years. So far back in fact that I'd be calling it International Superstar Soccer and having a dog as a linesman, although in the game today some may think that is unerringly accurate. As the years have went on and the console changes have taken place, so has PES' decline become more and more apparent, right up until the FOX Engine brought about some much needed enhancement and change to Konami's footballing powerhouse. PES 2016 sees the franchise mark its 20th anniversary, but does it do so with a triumphant return to the top, or will it be substituted before half time?
The first thing I noticed, which I think is actually a FOX Engine thing, is the amount of time it took to actually get into a game from the initial boot up. I would have loved to try a comparison, but I'd reckon I could have been actually starting a game of FIFA 16 by the time PES had even got me to the start menu. It takes FOREVER to get anywhere in the game at all, and that sort of kills the buzz straight away, but let's press on.
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink is one in a long line of Hidden Objects Puzzle Adventure game or HOPA to you and me. But is there enough here to make it stand out?
Earthquakes are tearing the cities of the world apart and nobody can explain why. So step forward Dr Ambrose Ink one of the most celebrated geniuses of his time who has made it his mission to find out what the hell is going on. But just as he's about to get stuck koto the mystery he vanishes. You decide to step into the breach and take the role of Evangeline Glass who is Inks protege.
The gameplay in Clockwork Tales of Glass and Ink is as simple as it gets but don't let that put you off. If you like Point and Click adventure games you'll be right at home here. As you move the cursor around the screen you will come across objects you can interactive with. You can add items to you inventory or you may be able to magnify a specific area which usually brings a mini-game into play or a puzzle. The hidden object puzzles are very, very simple to complete and they are nothing more than finding specific objects. There are two different hidden object types though. One sees a list of specific items appear at the bottom of the screen that you must find. Or pictures will appear with specific parts highlighted for you to find.
GAME: NBA 2K16
CREATED BY: Virtual Concepts
RELEASED BY: 2K Games
It was about this time last year that I was singing the praises of NBA 2K15 on the XBox One. It was one of the best simulators in basketball I had ever played, if not any virtual sport in general. Now it is a new year, but it is on an old machine. The 360 has had some great sports games in it's life, including one of the best FIFAS on record, FIFA 12, but how will the more than likely final game in the old girl's NBA back catalogue stand up against aging tech and the now dominance of the current generation?
Without giving anything away, the older versions don't have all the bells and whistles that the XBone/PS4 main games carry. The much advertised "Spike Lee Joint" appears to have left the joint it so preaches on about and leaves us with more or less what we had from last year's title. The career mode is your typical "PRO" creator and user program, including getting some game time in front of scouts and potential big guns of the NBA.
WWE is a sport that involves two oiled up grown men slapping the shit out of each other while faking injury and near death. But you know what, I bloody love it. Ever since I was a kid I've watched it and loved it. Even now I still watch the big events WrestleMania, Summerslam, Hell in a Cell etc, etc. But I've never been a fan of the video games that come out every year. WWE216K is the latest entry into the series but is it as much fun as the real thing.
GAME: LEGO Jurassic World
CREATED BY: Traveller's Tales
RELEASED BY: WB Games
If I'm truthful, I've not really enjoyed a LEGO game for quite a while. It's a bit like Call of Duty, in that the rinse and repeat nature of things suddenly becomes so irritating that you just can't be bothered to get into them anymore, hence why I'm taking a back seat with Black Ops III this year. With a break of a few years though, LEGO Jurassic World should hopefully revitalise my enjoyment of these little games for kids of all ages.
This covers both the original trilogy and the recently released Jurassic World, with the first and fourth movies being unlocked straight from the off, but for some weird reason the Lost World and Jurassic Park III remain unusable until you finish the first film's game. It does make sense, but I would have personally had either one or all, not somewhere in the middle.
The graphics don't really need a huge narrative, as they are more or less the same as they have been since day one. Everything looks like LEGO bricks and it is nice to have another childhood favourite toy to mix in there with dinosaurs (let's be honest, if you look around in your house hard enough you'll find one you had from a long while back).