Slick Anthology

A video game collection in blog form… a constant work in progress

Category Archives: Xbox 360

Dead Island

Dead Island Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Horror/RPG/First Person Shooter

Release: 9/6/11

Completed: Partially

Man, what a great trailer can do for a video game!

Dead Island is a game that should have been better than it was. Combining RPG elements with supposedly Left 4 Dead like cooperative gameplay, Dead Island isn’t a bad game, it’s just not as good as people were hoping it would be. I played it for awhile with a friend online and thought it was relatively slow, an ironic twist with the fast running zombies. Still though, hacking away at the walking dead, gaining levels, and getting super pissed when you’re awesome weapon breaks is still fun.

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The Darkness

Darkness Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: First Person Shooter

Release: 6/25/07

Completed: Partially

I actually read a fair amount of the Darkness comics so I was pretty excited to find that the game was cheap used at GameStop. What I found in the game was a very enjoyable, visually impressive early Xbox 360 shooter. Though I have not finished the game I believe I can easily recommend the title to others, especially if you’re a fan of sci-fi comics, movies, or other games. There’s a sequel out now that is apparently even better than this one, and let’s not forget that there have been recent re-releases of the comic series in TPB form as well!

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Dark Sector

Dark Sector Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Third Person Action

Release: 3/25/08

Completed: No

Sometimes games are just cheap. When they’re cheap and complete, I tend to buy them even if it’s against my best judgment. As is the case with Dark Sector. The game has been $5 or less at GameStop for a couple years now and at some point since then I caved and bought it. Honestly the game looks like it could be OK. The gameplay reminds me a bit of Rygar with the thrown, bladed weapon that returns to the user. Who knows… perhaps I’ll get around to this one some day!

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Dance Masters

Dance Masters Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Rhythm

Release: 11/4/10

Completed: No

Rather than continue with making Dance Dance Revolution games in the wake of the mega-success of Kinect-enhanced dancing game Dance Central, Konami released a totally revamped dancing game in Dance Masters. Acting like a combination of DDR and Dance CentralDance Masters isn’t nearly as recognized or accepted as Dance Central, and for good reason. The gameplay is trying to replicate what Dance Central has done but just can’t do it the same way. Sadly, I’m thinking this will likely be the only entry in the Dance Masters series. At least Konami is still riding on the DDR wagon though!

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Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2

Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2 Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Rhythm

Release: 12/4/07

Completed: No

As if to torment fans of the series even more, Konami released a sequel to the first DDR Universe just 10 months after the first! Not making matters any better, DDR Universe 2 still features the same non-DDR like music that I (and I’m assuming many others) have come to loathe. But at just $3 I can’t really deny the game’s asking price.

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Dance Dance Revolution Universe

Dance Dance Revolution Universe Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Rhythm

Release: 2/27/07

Completed: No

Amazingly the 13th home release for the series, Dance Dance Revolution Universe was dead on arrival. Well… maybe not dead, but dying. The series has done nothing but go downhill since the PS2 games (and I’ll even throw in the first Xbox exclusive Ultramix as well), so being that this is many games after it isn’t good at all. I think the series strayed away from what made it great, namely rocking dance beats that were fun to groove to. The final nail in the coffin was the release of Harmonix’s Kinect powered Dance Central series. Since the release of that title and it’s subsequent sequels there’s little reason to even play these games. Perhaps that’s why the game’s cost a few bucks each!

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Dance Central 2

Dance Central 2 Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Rhythm

Release: 8/25/11

Completed: No

Continuing the success from the original Dance Central, Harmonix’s sequel Dance Central 2 features more music and more interestingly simultaneous multiplayer. In the original DC players had to take turns dancing, with only one being on camera at a time, but with Dance Central 2 players can dance and compete against one another at the same time. Coincidentally, this echoes the pattern of improved multiplayer across sequels in Harmonix’s earlier Guitar Hero series.  With Dance Central 2 making the first nearly obsolete in that respect alone, I think it’s safe to say the sequel is the better of the two. And you can even import the songs from the first game into the second, so no disc-swapping is needed!

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Dance Central

Dance Central CoverSystem: Xbox 360

Genre: Rhythm

Release: 11/4/10

Completed: No

Not to be content with just taking over the plastic instrument field, Harmonix’s Kinect-enabled Dance Central revolutionized the dancing game and gave Xbox 360 owners a Kinect game to be proud of. After the release of Dance Central, Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution series was all but dead (and yet there are still more and more games being released in the series!). What Dance Central did right was create a game that made you actually feel like you were dancing, something that no other rhythm game could say. While the sequels are arguably better in terms of songs and gameplay, there is no denying the awesomeness of the original Dance Central.

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Crackdown

Crackdown Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Action/Sandbox

Release: 2/20/07

Completed: No

I didn’t know that Crackdown was such an early release on the 360! A Grand Theft Auto clone where you play as a super powered cop, Crackdown is an open world game that just lets you have some fun. Oh, and you can follow the story line and do all that fun stuff should you choose. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Crackdown, specifically praising the gameplay and unique powers at your disposal. Despite this, I haven’t given the game much time to say I’ve even played it. Also, the cover here is totally taking a page from the GTA franchise. They copy their gameplay and they copy their artwork! Sheesh!

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Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

Chronicles of Riddick Assault on Dark Athena Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: First Person/Action

Release: 4/7/09

Completed: Partially

I’ve yet to see any of the Riddick movies, so this was my first actual experience with Vin Diesel’s sci-fi character (I also passed on the Xbox title Escape From Butcher Bay). Assault on Dark Athena is actually a sequel to the Xbox game and even includes a remade campaign from the earlier, very well regarded, title. Regardless, I didn’t find this game to be my cup of tea (and I love me some tea). The darkness and atmosphere was fine and all, but I didn’t like the visuals or the gameplay. Perhaps I didn’t give it enough time, as some people really like this one, but I just didn’t enjoy it all that much. For what it’s worth, the game is still relatively cheap and easy to come by, and I’d say try it out if you like the film series it’s based on.

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