To anyone who has played LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth 2 on the 360 or another console, please try the game out on PC. I got the console version for Christmas, and it doesn't hold a candle to the PC version. The console version is alright. The PC version, with much better controls and the War of the Ring mode, is a masterpiece.
I've got a big family, including close extended family, so I always get a lot of presents around Christmas. This year, I got the console version of BfME2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Fallout 3, and Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix... and I just bought myself Bioshock on the PC for five bucks through Steam (awesome deal!). And my sister bought herself a Wii, with Wii Sports and Wii Play.
I know I'm going to be obsessed with Fallout 3 once I begin, so I'm saving that 'til after I've put in time with the other games.
GH: World Tour rocks! I had heard that real guitarists have trouble with it. But I've been playing for over 15 years and I find that my experience helps me. That's probably because I play a lot of games as well. There's not many DLC tracks yet, but I'm sure there will be soon. I'm disappointed that so many songs aren't available in Head-to-Head multiplayer (not at start, anyway... perhaps they unlock). And as a songwriter, I'm thrilled by the possibility of publishing some compositions of my own, but the recording studio seems to be unnecessarily arduous and ineffectual. It tries too hard to make the note sequencing simple and similar to the rest of the game, rather than just using individual buttons to act like FruityLoops. Anyway, this is my first instrument game, and they're definitely on my must-have list from now on. It's a great way to enjoy music.
I'm not sure how much I'll enjoy the Harry Potter game, but I do like the idea of wandering around a 3-D Hogwarts. I'm a sucker for elaborately detailed settings that are so rich in imagination.
Yesterday was my first time to play a Wii. My initial impression: awesome, but poorly introduced. We knew enough to play and have fun, but exactly how our characters played was largely be accident. It's fine not forcing us through long tutorials at the beginning, but give us the option to learn. Anyway, we enjoyed both games, but Wii Play was especially cool. The air hockey game is awesome!
Any recommendations for Wii games? Not for me, but for a woman who hasn't played many games since the original Nintendo. My sister loved the original Mario Kart on the SNES (who didn't?), so I'm thinking she'd like Wii version. Boom Blox also seems like a possibility.
Does anyone else have Guitar Hero: World Tour? A band might be in order. Unless I'm mistaken, the controller is compatible with Rock Band, so perhaps I'll pick that up sometime. The reason I never picked up a music game before is because they cost so much more than normal games.