Max Payne 3 Review

Before I start, I need to let everyone know about a problem I had regarding MP3. It’s not a problem with the actual game, but rather a problem that caused me to only access some of the game’s content. Due to the high price of games, I often use Red Box to rent games instead of buying them. If you don’t know what Red Box is, it’s a rental service where you pay a few dollars a day to rent games or movies. Not knowing much about the Max Payne series, I figured renting it for a few days would suffice. However, I was unaware of the fact that it was a 2-disc game. I was playing through the single player when suddenly a message popped up that said “please insert disc 2.” I sat in my chair utterly confused, knowing that I was only given one disc. What I figured had happened was that Red Box was either cheap and only rented out the first disc, or someone stole the second disc. I was still able to play through a large portion of single player and all of multiplayer, but I figured I should let everyone know before they read the review, in case some of what I say is inaccurate.

As the story of Max Payne begins, we are introduced to Max, who is living in a dirty New Jersey apartment. I haven’t played the previous games, so I’m completely unaware of why he is in his current depressed and lonely state. He looks like a mess and seems to be using drugs and alcohol to forget his past. The game throws the player into Max’s past through a series of flashbacks, during which Max gives commentary (Max will even throw in a line such as “I needed to move quickly!” if the player takes too long or is standing around). He describes his past job, where a hired gun, protecting important individuals and families. In one case (The first mission), he has to protect a rich Brazilian family. They might have a lot of money, but the town they live in doesn’t. Most of the citizens are poor, and many are involved in gang activity. Max learns that there is a threat within the family’s house, and the family is in danger. Max must then take out these threats (gang members), and thus the gameplay begins. The player is immediately introduced to the signature feature of the Max Payne series: bullet time. Bullet time is a gameplay feature where the player slows down time in order to dodge incoming bullets, as well as shoot his enemies with more accuracy. I won’t give away too much more of the story, but it should seem obvious that something goes wrong with this family, which then causes Max to have to track down these bad guys in order to fix everything. Continue reading

Diablo 3 Coming To Xbox?

There were rumors a while ago about the just-released PC game Diablo 3 coming to Xbox, and there have been mixed opinions on whether or not it’s a good decision. After all, PC games are laid out completely differently when compared to a console game. PCs have a whole keyboard, while we only have a controller. Controls will have to be simplified, and the gameplay will be very different than it’s original format.

Recently, Blizzard has confirmed suspicions by saying that although they are planning an Xbox release, they are going to take a while. They said that they don’t want a straight port onto consoles. They actually want a console version with it’s own unique controls that have been designed specifically for controllers. They’re taking it very seriously, and are saying that they are in no rush to release it alongside it’s PC version. I’m very glad they’re taking this approach because it’s annoying when you can tell a game has been rushed just to get it released.

I personally don’t know much about the game, besides the fact that it’s a dungeon-crawler and a huge hit on PC. I’ve actually gotten more and more curious about it, to the point where I almost considered buying it, but if it’s coming out on Xbox I might just wait to pick it up then. If this game is pulled off successfully, this is going to be a huge story in the PC and console community. If you’ve played any Diablo games, including Diablo 3, you will definitely want to keep an eye on Blizzard, because they might be the next huge console game developer. Any thoughts? Post them below!

Trials Evolution Review

Over the course of my gaming history, I’ve noticed one defining factor in any great game. They all seem to allow me to travel through time! Well, ok, not really travel through time, but I feel as if I am. I’ll be playing a game for, oh I don’t know, 30 minutes, but then when I look back at the clock, 3 hours have gone by! It’s as if I traveled ahead several hours! I know this might sound ridiculous to the more casual gamers reading this, but any serious gamer should know exactly what I’m talking about. The last game that did this to me was Skyrim, but now Trials Evolution is doing it to me too, and I’m loving every minute of it (Or was that an hour? I can’t even tell anymore…)
You can now fully customize your rider’s clothes, along with the parts on your bike.

Trials Evolution, RedLynx’s exciting new sequel to Trials HD on the Xbox Live Arcade, introduces the player to the world of trial bikes. What are trial bikes you ask? They are light and nimble motorcycles that can climb extremely rocky and steep terrain at incredible speeds. In Trials Evolution, you will use these bikes to climb huge obstacles as you progress through various locations, with increasing difficulty as you progress. Although the game feels like it has a large amount of depth in its worlds, the player is still on a 2 dimensional plane like any side-scroller. The difference is that Continue reading

Getting Hacked Is Not Fun!

I tried to log into my Xbox Live account today, and I got an odd error message. It basically said that my account was invalid and that I needed to get a valid one or download the account again. I thought this was odd, but I figured maybe the Xbox was just being weird, so I tried redownloading the account. I then got another message. My account was unable to be downloaded and it gave me an error code. I immediately looked it up online, and whaddya know, it looked like I was hacked. I was going through some forums and I found a correlation between all of them. First off, this is happening to a LOT of people. Second, there seems to be a recurring theme. Seemingly every person that was hacked had a mysterious achievement pop up on their account at some random time way before they noticed any strange transactions. They all noticed that a couple achievements for FIFA 12 randomly popped up on their account. As weird as it sounds (Microsoft still doesn’t know how it works), they somehow hack your account by giving you these achievements. This happened to me a while back. I saw the achievements, but I at the time, I didn’t think twice. I live with a roommate, and so I figured that maybe he played FIFA on my Xbox or something.

Well as soon as I figured this out, I started to freak out. After all, my credit card is linked to my account, and I’d really rather keep that information private. So, I went online, and I tried to access my account. I reset my password, set everything up again, and then looked at the damage by going to my recent download history. There were two strange downloads. One was called “Premium Gold Pack” and the other was “Premium Gold Jumbo.” I had no idea what those were, so I looked at more of my account and I realized that over 2000 Microsoft Points (For anyone who don’t know what these are, they’re basically Xbox’s digital currency) were taken off of my account! I immediately figured that these hackers were waiting for me to get Microsoft points! After all, I had just added some to my account a day or two before so that I could buy Trials Evolution!

After seeing all of this, I immediately called Microsoft. Their customer support was actually a lot better than I expected. They walked me right through the steps and I told them everything I just told you. They said that it was a known problem, and as of right now, they have no idea how the hackers do it. All they know is that the FIFA achievements are almost a sure sign that your account is hacked. So they took my info, made an account investigation report, and submitted it so that my account could be reviewed. They said my account will be down for up to a couple days, and then they’ll send me an email when they’re done. I should get my points back and everything! Besides the fact that I’m dying to play Trials, I’m extremely happy that they fixed the problem. Also, it doesn’t look like anybody used my card either, which is fantastic news.

So my message to every Xbox user out there is to watch out for that FIFA achievement! If you get it, contact Microsoft and/or change your passwords, because nobody likes getting their stuff stolen…

Why Xbox?

When I tell people I have a blog about Xbox, a common response I get is, “Why Xbox? Why do you choose to only write about 1 system?” I thought this was a great question to discuss, so I’ve decided to write a post about why I prefer to play Xbox instead of other systems. I’ll begin by talking about the other consoles, and then say why I’ve chosen Xbox as my favorite. Note: Although I might be biased toward Xbox, since I have played it the longest, I’ll try to weigh out the pros and cons of each. I do not hate any of the consoles, so don’t accuse me of “hating on them” like so many people do online. I appreciate any and all video game systems. After all, the advancement of video games would not spread as fast as it does if it weren’t for some great competition. So let’s begin! Continue reading

BLaK xEntertainmentx: MW3 Infection Spots

Do you play MW3 infection? If you do, then you should check out my cousin’s latest post on his youtube channel, BLaK xEntertainmentx. He’s going over the best and latest infections spots that have, as of right now, not been patched yet. This video will definitely help you survive longer, so I highly recommend watching it!!!

BLaK xEntertainmentx youtube channel

On a side note, if anyone would like me to review a game I’ve played, check out my profile (BLaK xASSAULTx) on Xbox Live to see what I’ve played (I’ve played a lot). I’d be more than happy to let you know if a certain game is worth playing or not!

New Addition To The Site!!!

Hey everyone! I’m proud to announce a new addition to my posts on XboxOpinions.com. I’m in a clan (the BLaK clan) on Xbox Live, and my cousin, one of the members, just started up a youtube channel for Xbox. It’s called BLaK xEntertainmentx, and he’s going to be posting up, tips, tricks, how-to’s and more. It’s mainly going to be about Call of Duty and Battlefield, but he’s going to have some other stuff up on there as well. Although he’s not actually a part of XboxOpinions, I will be sharing his videos on here for discussions, as well as helpful sources of information for those of you who would like to learn some tips & tricks in various games. So please check out this video, because it’s his first one, and I hope you like it!!!

Oh, and if you’re curious, his gamertag is BLaK xLaVenDeRx. Also, I never posted my gamertag, so mine is BLaK xASSAULTx. If you want, you can check my profile and see what games I’ve played, and if you want me to review any of the games on my list of played games, just contact me and let me know!

BLaK xEntertainmentx’s channel

Imperfection At Its Finest

I’ve been thinking about all of the games I’ve played throughout the years. I’ve played so many great games on Xbox that it’s really hard to pick a favorite, but I think I’ve got it pinned down. My favorite game on Xbox was Halo 2 (not series, but just a single game). I know that it’s pretty old now, and I know it had flaws, but I think that’s what made it so great. It was completely raw. There was no “special abilities” or “perks” of any kind. It was simply kill, or be killed. I remember all of the hilarious glitches that the game had. It had so many exploits that I couldn’t help but laugh every time I played it (None of the maps were built with impenetrable borders, so if you tried hard enough, you could basically get out of any of them). This is what really got me into playing Xbox. No matter how much the game was flawed, I could always get online and have a great time with my friends. I think that this is the problem with today’s average game. Companies are trying to make them way too complicated. I understand patching them so they don’t have inherent flaws, but I think they go a little overboard sometimes. There’s just too many abilities, classes, and perks to truly enjoy the game. Instead of enjoying the gameplay, we’re always worried if our weapon layout is the best it can be. I think it would be much better if our modern games were simplified. Now that I’ve given my opinion on the matter, my question to anyone who reads this is as follows: What is your favorite Xbox game of all time and why? I would love to hear some opinions if you’ve got ’em!

February’s NPD Sales Numbers

Have you ever heard of the NPD sales numbers? I’m not surprised if your answer is no. A lot of people haven’t. They are basically the sales figures of the gaming industry in the United States. Meaning, it tracks how many consoles, handhelds, games, etc. were sold within a given month or year. The stats are released every month, and are typically used by game industry analysts and people who work within the industry in order to see how they are doing. The NPD sales numbers for February just came out a few days ago, and I figured I’d pass along the news. Admittedly, I did not look up these numbers myself. I actually get them from KOXM (The Official Xbox Magazine’s podcast) every month. It’s quite fascinating to see what the stats look like each month because then you can see how each console/game is doing, and from there, attempt to predict what will happen in the following months. These are some of February’s sales numbers:  Continue reading

What Does A Game Rating Even Mean Anymore?

I’m sure most people who play online can agree that FPS games are breeding grounds for obscenity-shouting 10 year olds. We’ve all seen/heard it. Some kid is always in the lobby shouting the most horrid things straight into your ear until the whole lobby mutes him. The problem is that we often blame these games for turning these kids this way, when I personally believe that the games have little to do with it. Yes, I agree that they might have taught the kids these words (Or the other people online that are playing the game), but it’s not the video game industry’s fault. I know this is a touchy subject to a lot of people, but you have to understand that these are just my opinions (Obviously seen right in the title). I believe that the video game industry often gets a bad rap for what the players (specifically kids) do. After all, we rarely hear of an adult doing something horrid and having the media blame it on video games (Even though the average age for gamers is anywhere from 20-30 from the different sources I’ve read). I believe that Continue reading