vendredi 11 octobre 2013

A New Level in Gaming

Those of us of a certain age can remember a time when computer gaming signified all the excitement inherent in a game of Pong, that toe-curlingly breathtaking game where one or two players hit a computerized ball against a computerized wall or between tow, you guessed it, computerized paddles.
 While those early days of gaming were exciting enough for a generation to whom all this technology was new, today’s gamers are merely bemused by what used to pass for a good time. But then they’re used to so much more, a fact exemplified perfectly by the 2005 pre-Christmas release of Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

Computer gaming has come a long way in the last twenty years. From iconic Atari Pac-man who chomped through a screen of varying two-dimensional foes, gaming today is now barely recognizable as the same species of fun. Today an enormous variety of games include graphics that are startlingly life-life and storylines complex enough to sustain film versions of the same plot, creating a leisure activity so immediate and thrilling that it satisfies the urges of the most dedicated adrenaline junkie.

The Xbox 360 exemplifies all that is possible in today’s gaming world. With powerful graphic and audio capabilities, this console offers a gaming experience that is second to none. And as developments in the world of technology allow functional lines to be easily crossed, the Xbox 360 also offers much more than those old Atari games ever could.

With the release of the Xbox 360, Microsoft also revamped their Xbox live, the service that allows gamers to connect to the Internet and thereby to one another, creating their own personal profile and gaming history and buddy lists that allow communication between fellow gamers. As well as this high quality gaming experience, and the ability to share it with others, the Xbox 360 also acts as a larger media center, allowing users to download movies, music and pictures, on top of playing movies on DVD and music CDs.

With the release of the Xbox 360, many reviewers argue that Microsoft has set a new standard for gaming. And with a variety of functions and an enormous array of games to choose from, there is little doubt that this new standard will not disappoint.
Best-reviewed Xbox 360 games of 2013 (as of October 1st)
Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.
1BoxGrand Theft Auto V NEWRockstar Games97
Not only is Rockstar's latest GTA game the highest-scoring 360 release for 2013, it is less than 0.2 points behind its predecessor (GTA IV) for the title of best-reviewed 360 game of all time.
2BioShock Infinite2K Games93
3Rayman Legends NEWUbisoft90
4NBA 2K14 NEW2K Sports87
5Bit.Trip Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm AlienAksys Games87
6Pinball FX 2: Star Wars PinballMicrosoft Game Studios87
7Tomb RaiderSquare Enix86
8Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep2K Games86
9Diablo III NEWBlizzard Entertainment86
10DmC: Devil May CryCapcom86
11Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons NEW505 Games86
12BattleBlock TheaterMicrosoft Game Studios85
13Mass Effect 3: CitadelElectronic Arts84
14FIFA 14 NEWEA Sports84
15Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014Microsoft Game Studios83
16NHL 14 NEWElectronic Arts83
17F1 2013 NEWCodemasters83
18Darkstalkers ResurrectionCapcom82
19Metal Gear Rising: RevengeanceKonami82
20Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist NEWUbisoft82
21Saints Row IV NEWDeep Silver81
22Injustice: Gods Among UsWarner Bros. Interactive81
23Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches NEWBethesda Softworks81
24Skulls of the ShogunMicrosoft Game Studios81
25Terraria505 Games81

Best-reviewed Xbox 360 games of all time

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.
1Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)Rockstar Games98
2Grand Theft Auto V (2013) NEWRockstar Games97
3BioShock (2007)2K Games96
4The Orange Box (2007)EA Games96
5Mass Effect 2 (2010)Electronic Arts96
6The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)Bethesda Softworks96
7Red Dead Redemption (2010)Rockstar Games95
8Portal 2 (2011)Valve Software95
9Batman: Arkham City (2011)Warner Bros. Interactive94
10Gears of War (2006)Microsoft Game Studios94
11The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)2K Games94
12Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)Activision94
13Halo 3 (2007)Microsoft Game Studios94
14Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)Activision94
15Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (2010)Namco Bandai93
16BioShock Infinite (2013)2K Games93
17Braid (2008)Number None Inc.93
18Street Fighter IV (2009)Capcom93
19Fallout 3 (2008)Bethesda Softworks93
20Gears of War 2 (2008)Microsoft Game Studios93
21Mass Effect 3 (2012)Electronic Arts93
22Rock Band 3 (2010)MTV Games93
23Guitar Hero II (2007)RedOctane92
24Rock Band (2007)MTV Games/Electronic Arts92
25Forza Motorsport 3 (2009)Microsoft Game Studios92

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