Kinect Sports: A New World Record!

A New World Record!

Earning a new world record in my first Kinect Sports track & field event...

Kinect Sports: Season One is an entertaining, if not terribly deep, game.  Among the things that I appreciate about the game is the inclusion of “World Records” in all of the track and field events.  There’s five track and field events, and pretty much the first time you successfully complete one of them, you’re going to break the world record.  You get a little bit of extra applause from the crowd, a dramatic replay set to the epic Chariots of Fire theme, and a short chance to bask in the glory of your easily-earned success. Continue reading

NHL 12: Finding the Right Trade Partner is Hard

NHL 12, by and large, is an amazing game.  NHL 12 Title ScreenIt’s both accessible and deep, and while I’m generally a single-player sort of guy when it comes to sports games, a 12-person online match is quite an experience.

So, while in general I give big ups to this game, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.  One of the things that I find super irritating is in the Be a GM mode.  Making trades is a key part of being a successful GM, and it’s way harder than it should be to make this happen.  Here’s why: it’s pretty much impossible to find a player that you want, much less make the deal happen. Continue reading

Mass Effect 2: The Galaxy Map Offers Information When You Need It

Mass Effect 2's Galaxy Map

Mass Effect 2's Galaxy Map

I’m a latecomer to the Mass Effect party, so I had the chance to play Mass Effect 2 immediately after playing the original.  This gave me a good look at how things changed between the two games.  Other than getting rid of the Mako (a frustrating to control tank-like vehicle), my favorite upgrade in ME2 was the galaxy map.

The galaxy map in Mass Effect is used, as you might imagine, to pilot your ship around the galaxy.  In the original game, while the main story locations were indicated on the map, there were lots of side missions and other smaller quests that weren’t listed.  So if you wanted to go take care of a side mission, you would have to read about where you needed to go in another menu, and come back to the galaxy map and try and locate the place. Continue reading