Condemned: Criminal Origins – Scary Stuff

This week was a busy one at work and at home so there wasn’t as much time for gaming as I would have liked. However I did manage to slip in 30 minutes of Condemned: Criminal Origins each lunchtime (one of the benefits of living 5 minutes from the office). The game play is such that I could actually cover a decent chunk of the game in short bursts.

If there was one word I could use to decribe this game, it would be creepy. The game runs as a meld of Doom, CSI and Max Payne. You spend much of your time working through dark tunnels and buildings fighting off some very freaky strung out characters. Several times while playing, I have let out a vicious scream when I turned around to find a crackhead with a shovel about to clobber me. Great stuff!

For more information on Condemned: Criminal Origins, check out the following reviews.

Team Xbox – Condemned: Criminal Origins Review (Xbox 360)
GameSpy – Condemned: Criminal Origins (X360)
IGN – Condemned: Criminal Origins

Xbox 360 Dashboard Preview

I’ve had my Xbox 360 for about 2 weeks now and I love it more and more each day. To help share some of the reasons why, I have decided to capture some video of the various elements of the Xbox 360 including things such as the new and improved dashboard as well as some of my favorite games.

Preview Video 1 – The Xbox 360 Dashboard

In my opinion, one of the greatest enhancements of the new Xbox is the vastly improved and interactive dashboard system. In this short video, I go through some of my favorite aspects of the dashboard including Xbox Live Arcade and the Windows Media Connect functionality that lets you connect to a PC running either Windows XP or Windows Media Center Edition.

Xbox 360 Video – Dashboard Preview (Low Quality)

Xbox 360 Video – Dashboard Preview (High Quality)

Official Xbox 360 Weekend

After a very long week of slipping in whatever gaming I could on lunch breaks and showing up to work each morning with a massive Xbox 360 hangover…this weekend will be 100% dedicated to my new Xbox 360. I’m hoping to squeeze in some preview / review type content as well since some of you have been asking for that.

But before I do I wanted to do a poll on how many of my readers would be interested in Xbox 360 content. So if you read my weblog, leave me a comment describing if:

A) You have an Xbox 360 – If so I’d love to hook up for a game online sometime. I’d be also interested in hearing some of your initial thoughts. Good or bad.

B) You plan on getting an Xbox 360 but couldn’t get one yet. We can hook up and play as well once you get yours. In the meantime, I’d be happy to show you what you are missing.

C) You are thinking about an Xbox 360 but haven’t made a decision yet – for those people I’d be willing to share more of my experiences with them so they can make an informed decision.

D) Don’t really care about Xbox or video games, you are just here for the SharePoint content. That’s totally cool too. :-)

Quake 4 for XBOX 360

Earth is under siege by an alien race. The Strogg are cybernetic warriors–a mechanical frame and decaying body parts stabilized by flesh consumed in a systematic annihilation of other species and civilizations.

In a desperate attempt to survive a Strogg attack on Earth, an armada of Earth’s finest warriors is sent to take the battle to the Strogg home planet.

Earth’s initial assault force is nearly annihilated immediately, but one marine manages to infiltrate the base, bring down their planetary defense systems, and kill the Strogg’s collective brain and leader–the Makron. Earth assumed the destruction of the Makron would end it all, but it didn’t.

That’s where QUAKE II leaves off and QUAKE 4 begins. That’s also where it begins for XBOX 360, take a look at the screenshots.

XBOX 360 Quake 4

XBOX 360 Quake 4

XBOX 360 Quake 4

XBOX 360 Quake 4

XBOX 360 Quake 4

Link your Gamertag

I linked my gamertag to the new Xbox.com website. I will post on my weblog once I figure out the best placement for it.

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It’s pretty cool. Although I was kind of bummed when I couldn’t pick my own timezone from the listing. Guess that’s a sign there just isn’t enough Xbox gamers in Newfoundland. But I guess we will see what the lineups are like on November 22nd before we say that.

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So anyhow – if you are on Xbox Live – look me up. I play a little of everything so I can be pretty easy to get along with.

New Xbox Site and Channel 9 360 Video

So after not being able to hit the Xbox.com site for quite a while (I don’t think it was down THAT long but for some reason it was whenever I tried to hit it this past week) – the new Xbox site is live. It looks great and has a lot of features I have been looking for – including a better screenshot viewer. Very nice.

It looks like there are still some bumps in the process however because the Microsoft Xbox site links out to the wrong location if you try to click the Xbox 360 links at the top. - Update this has been fixed now.

If you are looking for a great preview of the Xbox 360 – I’d recommend checking out the Channel 9 video which features Major Nelson’s demo to the Xbox.com MVPs.