Friday, July 24, 2015

Racin' Around the Whacky Tracks!

HELLO GAMERS!!! Happy Friday to all of you in Xanaland!!! 

Today is FLASHBACK FRIDAY!!!!

One of my favorite games, as a young gal, happens to be on my favorite system...for those of you that don't know, it's the SNES!!! That is by far, in this Queen's opinion, the greatest console ever!!!

I must admit, I was slightly competitive as a child when it came to games. I hated to lose! Who doesn't? And as many of you may know, the Nintendo games are notorious for cheating. I remember violently thrashing my controller about, because after all, it was the controller's fault that I lost. My lack of timing nor constantly driving off track had absolutely nothing to do with my losing. Neither did having items thrown at me cause me to lose. That's just crazy talk! Today, I am going to share an oldie, but goodie. In fact, it's so good that there are now ELEVEN of this title. My favorite is still the one on the SNES though.

Curtesy of static.giantbomb.com

Super Mario Kart was released in 1992. For a sixteen bit, the graphics were amazing! The gameplay was simple, unless you were the target for the other racer's vengeance to claw their way into first place, which of course is the goal of the game. Having banana peels thrown at you when you are in first place is quite harsh. Curse those monkeys!!!! The empty Koopa shells flailing their way across the scene, trying so hard to hit you...that's just plain evil! At least there were those magic mushrooms to give you a boost! I loved the mushrooms!

Curtesy of nintendolife.com

There were many good times spent playing this game. I remember becoming quite flustered at Bowser's Castle track. I spent more time crashing into the walls and falling into lava than I spent winning races. But that's the challenge that we seek when we play video games. 

I give this game 9/10 ROCKIN' STARS!!!!

If you haven't played it, I suggest you get yourself a copy! You will not be disappointed! For those that have played this gem, what's your favorite track? Who is your favorite character to race as? I can't pick a track, but I was always Toadstool when I played. 
Now, GET TO GAMING!!!!!





Friday, July 17, 2015

Xbox One Review

To ONE or not to ONE? 
That is the question!

Xbox One: Assassin's Creed Bundle



I finally picked up an Xbox One the other day. At first, I was a bit apprehensive about the purchase, but then, it hit me. I finally succumbed to the pressure. (There wasn't that much pressure, honestly.)
I wasn't sure if I wanted to get one because I still haven't fallen out of love with my 360, but my curiosity finally got the best of me. I made the trek over to my local GameStop, walked up to the counter, and requested the Assassin's Creed Bundle, which comes with the download codes for Unity and Black Flag. (Reviews for those coming soon!) The man behind the counter obliged me, and I also picked up a copy of Ryse: The Son of Rome and Far Cry Four. (Reviews on these will be coming soon too!)

I merrily left GameStop and headed home, anxious to play my new system. I hooked it up and had to wait for my games to download from the Xbox store. Black Flag and Unity took quite awhile to download. I didn't get to play those the night I brought home the console. I thought I would fill the void with my disc based copy of Ryse. Sadly, it wasn't as the last generation of consoles where one plugs in and plays. Nope. Not at all. I had to wait for Ryse to install on my console. I was disappointed that I couldn't just play the game. It took awhile for that game to install as well.

Here's what I think about the dashboard: It's over cluttered and way too busy. I liked that I was able to make everything purple. Purple makes everything better. I unpinned the apps that I wouldn't use, nor had any interest in, and the dashboard was still ugly. I'm not a fan of the 360 dashboard either, but it seems much more organized to me. I don't find the dashboard to be user friendly, as the 360 is, and I am a tech nerd. I was confused and annoyed. One cool feature I like is, upon getting achievements, one can use the pictures from the achievement and use it as a background for the One.

I am disappointed by the amount of space that Microsoft apps take up before one installs games. I bought the 500 gb version, and I was quite miffed when I noticed that after installing three games, I was well below 300 gb. I can't help but feel robbed. If Microsoft advertises 500 gig, I should get more than 400 gig starting out. I believe I started with 362 gigs to store games, music, pictures, and video. It's not like this generation of games are small, and the idea of DLC, well, that takes up even more space.

I didn't get the Kinect version because I am not a fan of the Kinect. I've heard that the Kinect for the One is much better than the Kinect for the 360. Perhaps one day, I may fork over the $100 bucks for it, but as of now, I'm not gonna be bothered with it.

I do love the graphic capabilities of the One. The system is also very quiet. The headset that came with the system is quite good. The headset looks cheap, but works very well. Playing online with the One was very smooth. There were no lags at all. The whole experience was pleasant. Messaging and chat were flawless.

I like the feel of the controller. It's new-ish shape feels quite nice, and fits my hands very well. I also like the finish of the controller. Since I haven't had the console for too long, I'm not sure of the battery life, but my gaming minion tells me that the battery life is quite long.

I give the Xbox One 5.5 stars out of 10.

If you've picked up a One, leave a comment and let me know what you think about it.

I'm thinking that I should have stayed in the last generation of consoles because I am not impressed with the ONE or the PS4. I am still waiting for more games to be released, and hopefully, they will be able to convince me that I made the right choice in this generation of gaming.

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