Today I laid to rest a good friend who gave me much joy and satisfaction over the last 4 years, my Xbox 360. Yes, it was taken by the RROD, out of nowhere and with no warning signs. Here one day, gone the next. We had some times, though, from Halo: Combat Evolved and Oblivion to Halo: Reach and Assassin's Creed II, some great times, indeed.
Fortunately, I had already beaten Assassin's Creed II, and with over 30 hours on the clock, I was just hunting down the last 15ish feathers in the game and only about 4 achievements away from the full 1000 points. I was sure I was going to finish that off tonight, and it would have been a brilliant end to my time with a brilliant game, but alas. The pezzo di merde kicked the bucket! Four years is a hell of a long time to get out of an old model 360, though, so I can't grouse too much.
Assassin's Creed II is an incredible game. I loved every minute of it, and it's one of a very select group that I wanted to keep playing even after finishing the story. I will very much be looking forward to playing Brotherhood while I attend to some other games on my PS3 and PC, primarily. Now newly Xbox-less, I'm going to hold out as long as I possibly can before buying one of the new systems. The guys at Microsoft offered to fix my console for about $100, but meh. Meh, I said, ambivalently.
There is no shortage of gaming to be had on my PS3, though. I've got the aforementioned Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and Red Dead Redemption for the system, as well as a bevy of PS3 exclusive titles to keep me busy. And you know, 2011 is looking a lot more like a Sony year than a MS year as far as exclusives go!
I haven't played much but ACII over the past couple of weeks, but I did spend a little time with New Super Mario Bros. Wii for Resolution. Yep, it's a Mario game. It's a lot like the DS one. I finished up Metro 2033 from the week before, and enjoyed that a good bit, which lead to me playing some more STALKER a few days later, for the first time in a while. I'll finish that game in good time. It's my new Far Cry 2. Elsewhere, a kind listener to Call Of Podcast gifted me a copy of Europa Universalis III over Steam. A blog post wouldn't do that game justice; a master's thesis probably wouldn't, either! Suffice it to say that it's an incredibly deep strategy game where you manage one nation through several hundred years around and during the Renaissance. It's way over my head, but it's pretty nice to load the game up and listen to the music whilst trying to make sense of the menus and available options.