If you wanted an Xbox 360, I sure hope you got one — because they're already as scarce as a virgin backstage at a rock concert, and the profiteers have come out swinging on eBay. Prices for the higher end Xbox 360 have already risen as high as $3,000, reports CNN, and at the time I'm writing, I'm seeing prices from just under a grand all the way up to $2200.
Now I almost wish I'd bought one — the extra $1200 from reselling it would have been great to help cover holiday costs this year! But to be realistic, I'm not planning on getting one, at least not until there's real talk of another Halo title. I'm not knocking the first 'box, not really, despite some of my pals bemoaning my Microsoft hatred. For playing online with a variety of titles, there's nothing like the 'box. But in a year that was marked by jaw-dropping gas prices, and a winter sure to be remembered for energy costs, I just can't bring myself to drop $400 on a game system — and that's without even a game.
But it goes beyond price. What are you really getting for your money? In a few months, the price will drop. What will we have missed? Good graphics aren't enough any longer, not for me. Not after Resident Evil 4, which literally had me jumping out of my seat — and this on the "wussy" Gamecube. What could possibly make me drop several hundred dollars at this point? After all, I'm comfortably playing Final Fantasy XI Online on my PC in the three minutes of spare time or so I discover behind the couch each week. So if it's not graphics, what is it?
Unbridled violence, dear reader. And that means a shooter. And when it comes to the 360, that means Perfect Dark Zero. Now, I played the hell out of the Nintendo 64 edition back in the day. We're talking up-all-night, thumbs black and blue obsession here — after all, it was Goldeneye with bots!