Written on: 09/11/2005 by Gamesmaster (4 reviews written)
I'm going to be a bit controversial now so bear with me people - before I start though I'll answer a few of the possible comments that I might receive.
1. I am not a fan boy of any type - I own an XBox, a PS2 and a Gamecube. I also own a PC and a GBA for when I'm out of the house - I am an equal opportunity game player and will always give credit where credit is due.
2. I know I didn't play for long but the idea of a demo is all about first impressions and this review details mine - I'm not writing it off forever and I will keep checking back - I'll even write another review if I think it warrants it.
Ok now onto the Review - Be gentle with me.
While out with the Girlfriend on Saturday I happened to find myself in HMV just after it had opened and what did I see in the corner, that's right a sparkly new playable XBox 360. As no one else was about I settled myself in and began to have a play.
First impressions - Not to sure about the look of the console - may take some getting used to. Controller is comfortable, could be a little small for my hands though (I'm a big guy). I would have to try it over a longer period of time.
I selected the videos first of all - pretty standard fare really, nothing I hadn't seen before online so I exited and loaded up a game - Call of Duty 2.
I don't know what I was expecting and I know that developers get more out of a machine the longer they get to program for it but I wasn't impressed. From what I saw the graphics didn't look to different from my PS2 and were almost identical to the Xbox - the actual gameplay itself was also fine - the problem was that, that was all it was... fine. Considering that this was the dawning of a new era in video games I was just underwhelmed - there was nothing here that I couldn't get on the machines I already have.
OK, exit that one, onto game two: Kameo.
I literally only got 2 minutes on this game as a crowd was starting to build behind me. Looked ok - I think the graphics were better than Call of Duty but I still wasn't overly impressed. The gameplay again was nothing special and didn't set itself apart from the current batch of consoles. Don't get me wrong this could be a great game - the shop assistant said he agreed with me about Kameo and Call of Duty but I haven't had chance to read any other reviews so I don't know if we are alone in our thinking.
The assistant also told me that the games at the moment are coming up on the system at £50. He said that they would probably drop a bit before the 360 is released but it is still a lot of money when coupled with the price of the console. The Xbox 360 has a lot of potential and I was considering pre-ordering from what I had read on the internet - now after playing it, I think its going to be a case of 'wait and see'. Let me know what you think.