Doing the gaming as of late…

Despite my having said earlier that the game I’ve been playing most often recently has been Texas Hold Em for the Xbox 360, I’ve broken away from that for a while and have been playing the single-player campaign of Halo 3. I suppose I’ll go online and play (maybe as early as tonight), but with not being familiar with playing FPS games on consoles, I needed time to practice and get my skills up. I finally finished the campaign yesterday afternoon, and I must say I quite enjoyed it. Maybe now I’ll actually get around to finishing Halo for PC and get my hands on Halo 2. Ah, well… we’ll see.

I also plan on getting my hands on The Orange Box. I had been thinking about it, and probably will end up getting the Xbox 360 version. Truth be told, I prefer to do my gaming on my 360 these days. The main reason is because my 360 has a better screen and sound system. :-) Also, all in all, console gaming costs a lot less, hardware-wise, than a gaming-quality PC. I’m tired of paying through the nose for system upgrades. In fact, the only PC game I see myself getting anytime soon is Hellgate: London. Everything else I’m considering getting will be released for Xbox 360 as well.

Speaking of upcoming games, I went ahead and downloaded a pair of demos yesterday for Xbox 360. One was the demo for The Simpsons Game, and the other was the demo for Virtua Fighter 5. I have to admit, I’m tempted to get VF5 after playing the demo. The graphics are beautiful, and the controls are precise. I admittedly only played the original Virtua Fighter in arcades, but this is enough to convince me to give the series another try. On the other hand, The Simpsons Game is a definite “do not want”, to put it in net terms. The game looks pretty, but the controls are too sensitive and imprecise, and the camera is terrible. A shame, really. If the controls and camera had been better I might have been tempted.

Ah, well. For now, though, I think I’m going to go ahead and power up the 360, and put some more time in at Texas Hold Em. I still need the practice before my Vegas trip, after all.