By Alexander B. Huls
Have gun, will travel…
… so says our beloved Master Chief (who I have lately come to know intimately if you’ve been keeping up to date with my quasi-reviews in this section), whose game has officially gone gold, and is now beginning his long journey into our living rooms. Anticipation is, naturally, huge, especially if the over one million pre-orders are any indication. However, as excited as I am to play the game, I confess myself to be mostly curious to see what impact Halo 3 will have on the console war. More or less since the release of the Wii, the 360 has been lagging behind significantly, and with the July sales numbers in Canada showing that the PS3 beat out the 360 for the first time (admittedly, this is in part due to PS3’s price change pushing fence sitters off the fence), Microsoft’s white box position seems slightly more precarious. Halo 3, in addition to the 360’s own price drop, could significantly change that. Will it though? That’s what I can’t wait to find out. Also, playing Halo 3 won’t be so bad either.
Coming to a space ship near you
Mass Effect finally has a release date. Admittedly, there is little journalistic value in simply pointing out the finally-confirmed release date of an anticipated game. Okay, maybe there is a little value in it, but frankly, I’m just so damn excited I had to write something about it. You see, I’ve been a huge BioWare fan since the day I was conceived. That might be a lie. Point is, Knights of the Old Republic remains one of my favourite games of all time, and I loved Jade Empire. Heck, I’ve been playing BioWare since back in my PC days with the Baldur’s Gate games. So with Mass Effect not only being a return to a space environment (which they already proved they can do well), and offering further improvements on their already solid development foundation, I am stoked that the game has been officially confirmed to be released on November 20th of this year. With Rock Band also currently said to be coming out that day I might spontaneously combust. Or my credit card account will. Or both. It’s kind of a horse race. Either way, there will be Alexander B. Huls particles everywhere. It’ll be a mess. Bring a mop.
It’s not what your country can do for you…
Maybe I’ve just watched too much 24 in my life and have developed an unconscious desire to deal with national crises, but as ridiculous as the notion is that Homeland Security is making a game, I’m actually really enticed by this.