Xbox One: My Initial Impressions

Good morning, gamers! Been a while since I posted up a review but I think now would be a really good time (before I have to start cracking down for finals). I set up my Xbox One last night with my boyfriend and luckily it is working just fine. Here are my initial thoughts and feelings toward my new console:

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Happy Halloween from the Gossip Gamer! :) Hope your nights are full of candy and frights. As a treat, some of you may not have heard of the LP-ers Two Best Friends Play. They do a Halloween special every year called the Shitstorm where they play horror games throughout the whole month of October - hilarity and plenty of scares ensue! Here’s their latest video and be sure to check out the rest - maybe even watch last season’s playlist! Enjoy and happy gaming!


“Dead Space 3” Is Better With Kinect

EA Games has unveiled a new promo video, showcasing off the features available on Dead Space 3 when playing with Kinect.

As the video shows, players can use Kinect to perform basic gameplay commands in order to have a more fluid playing experience.

Most notable, however, is that Dead Space 3 is the first game to feature co-op specific game commands, meaning there are multiplayer-specific commands such as “give partner ammo” — something which will certainly make facing hordes of necromorphs with a friend all the more easier.

Dead Space 3 is set for a February 5, 2012, release.



Dead Space 3 to Use Kinect?

Oh dear. I can’t tell whether I should be excited or worried.

In a recent interview with CVG, Dead Space 3’s executive producer Steve Papoutsis said, “We actually have some commands that people will need to figure out. But there are commands where you might be in a certain situation and you might yell a specific expletive and it might behave in a way that you want it to. We definitely have done some things there…”

Sounds…interesting? And strange. I mean the Kinect is great for games like Dance Central 3. The motion controls aren’t perfect, but they do a good job overall. While the Kinect’s microphone is amazing, voice commands integrated in games do not really add much. It is a cute feature (I did enjoy shouting commands to my squad members in Mass Effect 3, despite my parents thinking I was insane…), but did it really add anything substantial to the game? Not really.

Could it be different for Dead Space 3? Possibly, we will have to wait and see.

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More on E3…

12:52 - Fable: The Journey is using Kinect. Looks fun - I wanna shoot fireballs at my enemies!

12:54 - I missed the guy’s name, but he’s right - Xbox does get the best games. ^^ (fans of other consoles, please don’t kill me!)

12:55 - GEARS OF WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looks epic as usual…BAIRD! <3 But what happened to Marcus?

Well, comes up in 2013. Can’t wait to see where Gears of War: Judgment is going. That was way too vague and short!

12:56 - Nice dubstep! Some new racing game is being previewed, could it be…? Yep, Forza Horizon. October 23rd, 2012!

12:57 - Entertainment update! So, we can search shows by genre by fall using Kinect + Bing. 12 additional countries are being added as well, so more language variety!

12:59 - Welcome Nickelodeon, Paramount Movies, Machinima, and Videos (Spanish tv) to the Xbox family!

1:01 - Microsoft’s portfolio of sports is growing - NBA is being added with highlights and live games. And next season NHL is also being added. Replays, live games, whatever you want. ESPN is also getting an upgrade - 24/7 live programming events. Sports fans, I’m sure you’re all jizzing yourselves right now. Pardon my French. XD

1:03 - Live preview of all that was just said! I wish I liked sports so I could feel as excited as the crowd…

1:04 - MUSIC TIME! Xbox Music is going to have a huge library, not just for the Xbox, but for Microsoft PCs, phones, tablets, etc. And cue video preview…

1:05 - I do like that share option. I can stalk what my friends are listening to! ^^

1:06 - More announcements for Kinect. Looks like a fitness preview…

1:08 - “If you have a body, you’re an athlete.” I like that, Nike. They’re partnering with Xbox to make Kinect Training. If you want a hardcore exercise method, this is it.

The Problem With Kinect For Skyrim

And this will be me.


So a few days ago I watched a trailer for Kinect support for the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. A bit cheesy, I’ll admit (I’m a huge dork and probably will use the Kinect to use shouts), but it could make the game a bit more fun. The quick save and load commands are a nice touch, and you don’t have to always pause your game to switch weapons or powers. Also if you have a hard time finding stuff on your map, saying where you need to go and having the map find it for you is really cool. I don’t know, many gamers are saying it is a bit useless considering there are still plenty of bugs that need fixing, but I approve nonetheless.

Assassin’s Creed for Kinect Announced!


Mass Effect 3 won’t be available for another few weeks, but those of us with the Kinect can start prepping our vocal cords for the voice commands! Check out this set of commands released by EA.

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