Archive for the ‘Xbox 360’ Category

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Save in Progress: Lost Odyssey

June 14, 2008

Far too often, I walk away from a game highly satisfied, yet unchanged. I’ve been tested on the limits of my brutality toward other beings, been given a chance to reflect my secret aspirations onto a customizable character, and have been allowed to be as creative as I want in building towns, homes, and people. But still, I continue my life unaffected. “Save in Progress” will be one of my features that focuses on games that do manage to spill over into my reality, and make a change for the better in my life, proving that games can do more than just entertain. They can save lives.

I’ve never believed life was something special; merely a cycle, a passage of time and physical deterioration. The heartbeat, the breath and the state of consciousness never stirred any sense of value in me.

I have never known someone who has died. I always felt I was the wrong person to talk to when death affected the lives of people I knew. All I could ever muster was, “I’m sorry for your loss.”

Yet something is different about me now. I have been forced to think about the value of life and the pain of death, by a simple game. Lost Odyssey for the Xbox 360 relies on life and death as key drivers of story and plot.

The story is centered on several different characters, four of which are immortal. They’ve lived for 1000 years and have witnessed everything. After losing their memories, they set off to reclaim them and along the way bond with mortals. Their unique relationships with the mortals emphasize the pain of dying, as well as living forever.

The most touching parts of Lost Odyssey were the recollection of dreams of Kaim, an immortal. After experiencing certain situations, he recalls a memory. These memories are told as simple text, still images, and music. I cried after reading almost all of them, but one of them rang clear to me and made me look at my own beloved one.

“Don’t Forget Me Now, You Hear?”

YouTube Video By TyndeIM

My grandmother, who just turned 96, means everything to me. And up until recently, I have done nothing but treat her as any other person in my life. I didn’t show her how special she was to me. I didn’t take care of her.

The other day, she had an accident in her bedroom. She blacked out, fell, and her fan hit her on the head. She was bleeding so much and I wasn’t there to help her. I came home to see her and she was walking with a cane, something she never needed before. And all she could tell me was that she still loved me.

I made a promise to her that I would be there to take care of her, just as she did for me when I was a child. I realize that she won’t be around forever, so I need to make her last days as happy as possible.


Lost Odyssey
‘s story makes you think about the value of your relationships with people and how your life changes after they’re gone. All you have left of them are memories, but these are powerful as long as you keep them. Just don’t forget them now, you hear?


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Achievement Tip: Ninja Gaiden 2 + "Feat of a Hundred Slashes"

June 6, 2008

When I first saw the achievement list of Ninja Gaiden 2, I thought there was no way I could ever get a 100-hit combo. I watched my boyfriend do it real easy just now.

In Chapter 6, you’ll come across a large area with mounds and mounds of bones for your quick little ninja feet to run on. A dozen skeletal creatures will appear and will chase you around. Run away from them and jump, while throwing your Shuriken at them. Make sure your hit counter remains on the screen and that you never get hit. You’ll only need to throw them about 25 times before you get the achievement.

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Release Date Better Not Be a Fable

May 28, 2008

So yes, after a whole month of nothing new here I’m back and ready to write again. I’ve just been addicted to My Life as a King on the Wii, and caught up with other bothersome activities like work.

Today my boyfriend and I went to GameStop to pick up Lost Planet: Extreme Condition – Colonies Edition. The original LP is his favorite game on the 360 so we just had to get this version. While we were waiting for the guy to ring up our purchase, we browsed the list of upcoming games for the 360 and their release dates.

And what did I see on the list but my most anticipated game this year? FABLE 2! I asked if the date before my eyes was the official release date and the guy confirmed it. Fable 2‘s official release date is October 1st, 2008. He also asked if we wanted to reserve it along with Ninja Gaiden 2, and we said yes.

While my boyfriend and I were walking out, we realized the guy didn’t even sign us up for the Fable 2 preorder but we just kept walking, happy enough to know when the game is coming out. I really hope that that’s the day and we won’t have to wait a day past that!

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No Longer ‘Lost’ About This Game

April 4, 2008

After playing countless shooters on the 360, I was craving something new. An RPG, an action-adventure… anything! Devil May Cry 4 was good, but didn’t have me hooked, Eternal Sonata was visually beautiful but I found the battles oddly irritating, and I had played Mass Effect into the ground. Then, Lost Odyssey was released and I was happy – finally, another RPG on the 360 that I could try to enjoy!

But then reviews for the game nudged me away from it. GameSpot gave it a 7.5, IGN gave it an 8.2 and commented that loading screens never seemed to stop. For weeks I told my boyfriend that I didn’t want Lost Odyssey because I didn’t want to deal with excessive loading times.

Recently, it’s been reported that the loading times the writers experienced were far more lengthy and frequent than on retail discs. I feel I’ve been completely mislead by these reviews and could have been playing Lost Odyssey this whole time.

My boyfriend and I bought it last week. It has made me cry at least 3 times and I like the turn-based fighting. It’s got wonderful graphics, and damn near no loading times.

So, I’ve been taught a lesson: never completely trust a review. Become an active gamer and experience everything for yourself.