The EB and KB*Toys at my local mall finally got their XBox kiosks up and running. Here's my initial impressions from what I played.
EB - NFL Fever 2002
- Excellent graphics - From my 25+ years of console gaming, I'd have to say that this is the best console football game I have every seen.
- Gameplay - Great! The game reminded me of Madden in it's gameplay. Crisp response to running and passing. Although my initial impressions was it was easy to catch an interception (and most passes).
- Music/Sound - I really didn't get to immerse myself into this aspect too much because I was trying to focus on what was going on with the game itself. Also the volume on the TV I was playing on wasn't very high.
- Overall - I rate this a outta , top notch football game with excellent graphics and features.
- Graphics - We're nice, from my initial impressions they weren't the ultimate or precedent setting by any means. I know that the display device had a lot to do with it, which I think was a little fuzzy and the settings weren't adjusted correctly.
- Gameplay - Oddworld reminded me of a slowed down Rayman 2 (or something to that effect). I played not knowing any of the movements or controls but was able to make out some of the buttons usage. Not really sure what the overall goal was or what I was trying to do. This could possibly be a cool game, but it would have to bump up the excitement level or add some more intrigue (or complexity).
- Music/Sound - These were where I thought the game excelled at. The sound effects were excellent and very involving. The farting, weird language and walking were great. The TV was at a similiar volume as the one at EB, but I was playing this part where he would run into mines and when he hit a mine, by George you knew it. The explosion is loud and seems bassy (on a nice setup). Top notch sounds.
- Overall - I would probably rent Oddworld first to get a better feel for what is supposed to be going on. It was a decent game to play but it seemed like it had the potential to get slow at times. outta .
- Joysticks - Not as ergonomic as the Dreamcast joystick that they so closely resemble. The Dreamcast joystick has a ridge underneath the sides that you can grasp with you fingers, the XBox joystick doesn't have this. This makes it a little more difficult to intently grasp the joystick when playing extended games. The buttons seem a little close together also. I had a tendency to press multiple buttons when I was doing a quick out passing play on the football game. I don't think that the black and white buttons are spaced appropriately either. They are too close together as well and somwhat of a reach from the main set of buttons. The triggers on the other hand have a much better feel and response than the ones on the Dreamcast and even the PS2. They do have a very, very solid feel to them, where as the Dreamcast joysticks had a tendency to 'give' (twist) a little under pressure. The rumble feature was nice. The XBox logo in the center of the joysticks looks kinda cheesy and doesn't look like the images on the XBox.com site. They aren't blacked out in the middle and the X and XBox logos don't have that greenish type glow. Overall not bad but they could stand a reconfiguration of the buttons. outta .
- Console - It's big! That's really all I can say about it. I didn't get to interact much with it (touch it, hold it, fondle it). I can't comment on load times for games either because they were already loaded up when I played.
:My teacher tells me beauty is on the inside.
:That's just something ugly people say.
[Edited last by Troy LaMont on October 31, 2001 at 11:11 AM]