From the day I first played my brother-in-law’s X-Box 360, I was hooked. From the ergonomically designed feel of the controller, to the speed of the processing unit, there aren’t many things I can find wrong with this “gamers” treasure chest. It offers a myriad of titles, and accessories, virtually making it an all-in-one entertainment unit. With that being said, every year, something new is released for the gem of this gamer’s eye, from the playability and graphical beauty of the games themselves, to the package bundles Microsoft releases, there’s something for everyone.. With out further adieu, I give you my list of the 5 “must haves” of 2009!
Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle- Starting with a low price tag of $300 USD, this holiday bundle is for the gamer who has yet to purchase an Xbox 360. The Elite features a 120 G hard drive (twice the hard drive size of its closest competitor, the PS3) and an HDMI output for hook up to your Hi-Def television. After buying the ELite, it will fast become one of, if not the main, source of entertainment in your household. Toss in LEGO Batman: The Video Game and the ATV stunt racer, Pure, and you have an excellent start to the 2009 holiday season!
Halo 3: ODST- With the Halo franchise being one of the best selling game franchises of all time, it should come as no surprise a Halo themed game would make it on this list. Although not playing as the insanely popular Master Chief, the gamer will find himself playing as a character known only as ” The Rookie”, an ODST soldier, minus the Master Chief’s superhuman abilities. With out the abilities of the Master Chief, the Rookie will be more vulnerable to weapons fire, making for a more “stealthier” Halo game, than previous incarnations. Traveling the city of New Mombasa, Kenya, the Rookie is trying to discover what happened to his missing team mates. When finding an article of a missing soldier’s, such as his gun, it triggers a flashback, and the gamer assumes the role of the missing soldier, making for an interesting way to play through the game’s storyline mode. With a release date of September 22, and a price tag of $59.99 USD for the standard game, or $99.99 USD for the special edition controller copy, this game would make an excellent buy to end the summer, or a great way to start the holidays!
Xbox 360 Wireless Controller Game Pack- If you need a new controller, why not stop in and grab this nice little package deal? Along with the black finished, wireless controller, you also get Geometry Wars: Retro-Evolved 2, Lumines Live, Bomberman Live, from the Xbox Arcade, as well as a Microsoft token for Ms. Pac-Man. Toss in a 48 hour Xbox Live gold membership, for the low price of $59.99 USD, and set to be released in November, maybe it’s time you got an early Christmas present?
Forza MotorSport 3- With a release date of October 27th, developer Turn 10’s latest installment of their popular racing series promises to be the best yet! With over 100 real world tracks and road courses, and 400 plus of the world’s most beloved cars, Turn 10 catered to the casual and die hard race fans alike! Add in the AMAZING paint shop design capability, and this race game could, and should, rank as one of the best racing games EVER! And it’ll only cost you $59.99 USD!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2- One of the most eagerly anticipated games of all time, Modern Warfare 2 is set to make its debut on November 10th! Some of the new features for the game will allow player’s to wield dual handguns, as well as a cooperative mode entitled Special Ops, with similarities to the “Mile High Club” scenario in the first Modern Warfare. These Special Ops missions can be played alone, online, or in a split-screen two player mode. The online game play will keep the same things that made Call of Duty 4 so popular, as well as adding in a few new options, such as: New weapons and equipment and 15 different kill streak rewards! The storyline mode revolves around the player’s character “Roach”, and his team of elite, multi-national commands, Task Force 141, and their mission to take down the resurgent Russian Ultra-Nationalists. With reports that this game has out-sold ANY Activision game ever on pre-order sales alone, it stands to reason that it’s not just this author who is salivating over the release of Modern Warfare 2!
Well, I hope this helps anyone who was, or is, wondering what to buy for the 360 fans in the family for the holiday season I know I’m looking forward to it, and I hope all of you are as well! Happy shopping everyone!