I finally joined the masses and joined the Microsoft crew.

Offhand, I’m pretty impressed. I’ve been playing Pac-Man Championship Edition and Geometry Wars (and yes, Sneak King after all these years of owning the game). Overall, my experience has been pretty favorable. I like the way it looks on my TV, definitely, and the “Live” service is planets better than Nintendo’s sad online service. I think that’s what ultimately pushed me to get a 360, outside of the Brawl tournament or two, I’ve been in PSP mode for the past month. Crisis Core has been eating a lot of my time, as I am a big Final Fantasy VII enthusiast, and it’s been tugging at the old emotional heartstrings.

Basically, I think I’ve just been feeling burned over the weaker and diminished Virtual Console library Nintendo’s been trickling out this year. It’s bad enough that Japan has 80+ VC games up on us as it is, but they have channels and services we aren’t going to see for a while. And I don’t like being shorted content, when the service is capable of so much more. In my opinion, Nintendo has gotten completely lazy, or indifferent, or simply no longer care. The Friend Codes thing has worn on my last nerve as well, as I can’t tell if people have added me, when I can easily check everything on Xbox. (My ID is “GuyCC75”, by the way).

Xbox “Live” has some great features, which I’m still getting used to. I plan to get some of the games like Bioshock, Mass Effect, or Halo 3 soon.

In other news, Midway dropped a bombshell today: Mortal Kombat Vs. The DC Universe.

Holy Marvel Vs. Capcom, Batman!

I’m intrigued, but skeptical. It’s either going to go really well, or be a disaster, and is going to rely on three factors.

1.) Will Midway spend time to actually work on, refine and polish the idea instead of rush it out to make a sales quarter. It’s 2008. They need to have the fighters move more realistically by this point in time.

2.) Will they add all that stupid “Yo, yo, yo in your face” attitude that they love to inject in games that I guess someone believes that consumers love, but just seems so painfully forced in reality. Blitz: The League just about killed all of my brain cells simultaneously with that.

3.) Will Midway recycle the same MK engine from Mortal Kombat V on? I really hope not.

I have to hand it to Ed Boon, though. I watched an interview with him, and he seemed to address a few questions that I had in regards to the series, like “How in the world does anyone hope to stand a chance against Superman?” They seemed to have put some thought behind these sort of things, and I’m duly impressed by that.

I hope the game will be done well. I have a genuine soft spot for the Mortal Kombat series, as it’s where I got my start in the industry. They just need to take their time with this one and not vomit yet another sequel out. Who knows? Maybe this will be a genuine shot in the arm to revitalize some credibility to Sub-Zero and crew. I’d like to see this game be something that’s fun to play.

Finally, I played Mario Kart Wii last weekend. Nintendo came to the Freemont Street Experience in Vegas, and while I didn’t think it looked as good as Brawl, the wheel is a nice little addition, and it’s still Mario Kart. It’s not broken, and it’s still fun to play. I just hope the online aspect will be fun. ‘ll have to suffer friend codes, but as long as I can play my friends….

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