So I'm pretty sure I'm going to be buying an XBox 360. Dead Rising and SvR07 are my deciding factors for finally going next gen. But I really don't know much about the system. I'm in the process of searching the net for reviews and information and such, but thought I'd get some info from people on the board here. I don't think I'll be doing much online gaming, at least not right off the bat.
What is the advantage or disadvantage for me, a casual gamer, to get the expanded system rather than the cheaper core system. I read that the core system isn't backward compatable, but the expanded system is. Is this true? If I just get the core system, what extras - if any - am I going to need to be able to play properly?
Basically, give this newbie some information on the XBox 360 and your recommendations on specs and even some good games I should look in to. Thanks!
IIRC, the basic system doesn't come with a hard drive and you need that to save the emulators to be backwards-compatible. Not all games are backwards-compatible.
There is a file list on xbox.com that is updated every so often of games that can be played on the 360.
I like the wireless controller, especially in a house with 4 pets that all like to chew things. Some online gaming is fun (protect the pimp -- Saints Row) and others suck (death-matches in Call of Duty 2 is just a sniper-fest) to me at least.
If you do go online, the 12+1 month gold card is the way to go ($60, I think, so that is less than $5 a month combined for every game you have that is xbox live compatible). Most of the gold card boxes I saw at Best Buy had a special offer for a 12 month card that also had a $30(?) off coupon for a 360 game...that expired in June. So far, all gold cards must be redeemed by June something 2007. I don't know if prices will go up or not after that.
Did we ever setup a thread for IGNs? I'd love to play Madden or NCAA against some of you all. Look for Ciderbarrel.
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Zeruel is right, the hard drive is needed for playing Xbox games. It has to download an emulator for each game and store it on the hard drive. Because of this you also must be hooked up to Xbox Live to make it work from what I understand. Not to mention that they have pushed out updates to the system that give new functionality and have another scheduled for this fall so you'll definatly want it hooked up online in some form or another. You may be able to access the marketplace and game updates without having a Gold paying account, so just sign up for Silver if you don't plan on playing online.
Plus the online marketplace gets a lot of cool downloads for your games, along with demos. The demos I am constantly downloading to try out a game before buying. Really that is a great feature.
I love the wireless controller as well which only comes with the expanded system. Very much worth it.
I would say if you pay for Gold you'll likely find a lot of games you enjoy playing online. Even stuff like UNO is fun with the Vision Camera. The system makes it so easy to play online you can't help but do it.
As for games, I enjoy Battlefield a lot for online play, NCAA football, Oblivion if you like RPG's is a definate, and Saint's Row is very similar to GTA plus has online play. Gears of War comes out next month and is supposed to be the big system seller, but only if you like shooters. We'll see on that one.
Edit...oh and Zeruel I added you to my friends list. Haven't been on a ton lately but we'll try and get together for NCAA soon.
Although I love the 360, if you're not going to be online, you're not going to get the most out of your purchase. Ditto for an HDTV, although that's not as big a deal. Having broadband is a must, though.
A good FAQ-ish thing you can look at is here. I helped with a few things on there and it seems to answer a ton of common questions.
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