I have a dark tale for you, a tale of loss and strife, a tale of swords and sorcery
eternal retold, of disease and death, and a quest for the new and exciting.
Anyway, I got a dual shock three controller for my PS3 at the weekend, while I was there I also grabbed a few cheap crap games for some idle amusement. We seem to be in that slack period between big release times and there is very little out that is worth having that I don't already own. I for the ps3 I got Timeshift and Conan, the 360 I got Alone in the dark. I have heard bad things about all three but for under 30 quid for the lot you can get a lot of mileage out of that.
Timeshift is a generic fps with a time slow/pause/rewind gimmick, it is OK but nothing amazing its difficulty curve bounces between too easy and too hard randomly but some of the later weapons like the flame thrower smg are quite fun. Conan is a straight hack and slash game but it is fairly well implemented in a god of war style, the graphics are nice and the story is suitably silly.
Then I came to Alone in the Dark, I turn on the x360 and low and behold the dreaded Red Ring of Death. This is the second time a 360 has done this to me, I rang up microsoft support, they barely asked me anything just took the number and told me to pack the thing off and send it to them. In a nice twist of irony I still have the box this 360 came in from microsoft when it replaced my first one, so I'll use it to send it back again.
To add to my woes I have a cold or flu or hay fever, possibly all three. It's the sort of unpleasant level of ill that's not enough to confine you to bed but enough to make doing anything unpleasant.
To cheer myself up I bought myself an Advent 4211 aka MSI Wind which I'm using to write this post. Admittedly when I ordered this atom powered wonder I didn't know I would need cheering up at all so it's almost precognative cheering but still I take the breaks where I can get them. I may well review the thing as and when I'm feeling a bit better since right now I can't see a good reason anyone would buy any other UMPC (bar maybe battery life and even that is a short term issue that may be resolved as battery component supplies pick up).
So that's two x360's down, so far they last about a year then die, given the warranty extension gives out this year hopefully this next one will be better built than the previous 2.