Thursday, September 15, 2011

1 Line Reviews - Xbox 360 Games

Recently I had to describe our podcast in one sentence for a promotion we were doing. I didn't realize how hard it was until I had to sit down and actually do it and that got me thinking about how much, volume wise, I actually write about things.

The whole purpose of putting something out every week is that we're supposed to get better, but are longer and longer articles actually better? I was not sure. So I came up with this writing exercise – The 1 Line Review. The intent is to figure out how to best distill the essence of a thing down to as few words as possible. So I'm going to give it a shot and if it goes well I might challenge some of my buddies that also write to have a go.

For this first article I'm going to write a 1 Line Review on each of the Xbox 360 games that I actually own. Nothing that I've borrowed or rented to play, just those games that I've actually purchased. Also, I can't promise that I won't end up doing a full review of some of these later.


I thought this was going to be the next big online shooter but nobody I know loves it except me.


Not only is this an amazing hybrid of first person shooter and role playing but it is also one of my most favorite games of all time.


I have not actually played this yet but the demo was awesome and the deal I got was just too good to pass up.

Culdcept Saga

An awesome mash up of board game and collectable card game elements that is much deeper than you might first think but the interface is not intuitive at all.

Dance Central

Now I can finally learn how to crank that Soldier Boy in the privacy of my own living room.

Fantastic Pets

We bought this game so the kids would stop begging us for a pet and yes, my pet is better than theirs.

Kinect Adventures!

The amount that I sweat while playing this is either a testament to how good of a work out it is or goes to show you how out of shape I am.

Mortal Kombat

My nostalgia for playing the first three Mortal Kombat games with my friends in college makes this the perfect fighting game for me, I just wish I had friends now that played it.


Another nostalgia purchase made mostly to fill the sports game gap in my collection and to give me something I could actually play with my kids.

Quake 4

I have not played this one either but it was a good deal and I know a guy that worked on it.

Rockband 2

The only game I've liked enough to own two copies of at the same time for two different game systems.

Rockband 3

Enough of an improvement over it's predecessor that I've exported the RB2 songs so I can play it twice as much.

Transformers: War for Cybertron

Best Transformer game ever and a great third person shooter, but the lack of split screen co-op is a huge disappointment.

Viva Pinata

Great visuals, but too complicated for the kids until they are a bit older and too much like actual work for me to play it all that frequently.

And there you have it, my first shot at 1 Line Reviews. Let me know what you think of this exercise in the comments below so we can decide if this is something to continue or scrap.

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