Microsoft’s slim Xbox 360 compared to an original

Scott picked up a new 360 today and we thought we’d share its glossy paint job with some moving pictures, enjoy.

Check back in a few days for Scott’s shakedown of the system.


Microsoft’s Kinect priced by online retailers at $150

If you haven’t heard yet then here it is:, GameStop, Best Buy along with other retailers have priced the new accessory for the 360 at 150 stones along with the first round of Kinect games, which GameStop has priced at the usual $60.

Ubisoft E3 2010 news conference: Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Rayman Origins and Michael Jackson

Child of Eden: The creator of Rez and Lumines, Tetsuya Mizuguchi started the show off with his new game Child of Eden. Like the other games, Child of Eden throws a barrage of psychedelic colors and electronic music at the player while their actions change the beat, rhythm and colors. The kicker is Child of Eden is played with gestures thanks to Project Nat … Kinect.

Opinion: I’m not a big fan of motion controls, especially on the Wii and my brief experience with Sony’s Move controller at GDC tells me the same story, but this game may have sold me on buying a Kinetic. And if it’s as good as the original Lumines was on the PSP then it may be worth all the blood I’ll need to sell to buy it.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood: Ezio returns to this new installment of Assassin’s Creed story as a leader of an posse of white-hooded assassins against the Knights Templar in 1500’s Rome. This will also be the fist Assassin’s Creed game to feature multiplayer.

Opinion: I think this is a case of the rumors being more interesting than the truth. A couple of months ago I heard that the new Assassin’s Creed was going take place in World War II and, at the time, I was finishing up that god-awful game The Saboteur and it game me a glimmer of hope that there could be a decent sandbox game in World War II. Other than that it’s good to see that they’re adding multiplayer to the mix and the animation, especially in the combat, looks good.

Shaun White Skateboarding: According to Ubisoft the premise behind Shaun White Skateboarding is having everything be an opportunity to skate on. The game is also taking a page out of The Saboteur because the world starts out in black and white and as you skate around the world color and life pops into the world. Another feature of the game is being able to build rails and lines that are built in real time which can open up new areas in the game and replacing the drab buildings with quarter pipes and rails. It’s also in 3D.

Opinion: Honestly, this looks like another adaptation to the old Tony-Hawk system. I appreciate the steps they’re taking with the color scheme and the custom lines, but after games such as the Skate series I’m underwhelmed by the flying tomato’s new game.

Battle Tag: Laser tag that syncs with your computer.

Opinion: If I was nine-years-old or my name was Barney Stinson then this idea would be legen — wait for it — dary.

Innergy: This is a game that’s supposed to help you relax by reading your heart rate via a sensor that attaches to your finger. Think of it as Brain Age for stress management.

Opinion: Innergy: The Wii Vitality Sensor Strikes Back

Motion Sports: Wii Sports from Ubisoft with Kinect.

Opinion: Yay …

Raving Rabbids Travel in Time: The rabbids are back and are traveling around in a time-traveling washing machine on the Wii.

Opinion: These stupid things are one of the best new icons in gaming, yeah I said it, but I’m not sure how much longer Ubisoft can keep going with these games before they become another obsolete annoyance.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier: Killing terrorists with robots, exoskeletons, smart bullets and cloaking devices in a future coming soon. Ubisoft has taken the prototypes of the near future and applied them to their game. The most notable is the active camouflage which lets players walk around unseen by the enemy. In the demo the Ubisoft team played as the Ghosts who were infiltrating an Northern European town to kidnap a VIP. The game will be available to be played in four-player co-op and in 3D.

Opinion: As cool as this game looks with all it’s new toys of destruction I’m a worried about the gameplay. Why? Because if I can walk around the battlefield invisible while capping dumb-ass Russian soldiers who are too stupid to hear a pair of combat boots sneak up behind them then it sounds too easy and broken. Granted they didn’t go into any detail about how it camo system will work, but I didn’t see any indication on the HUD of a timer or a meter.

Driver: San Francisco: Players take up the wheel as John Tanner an detective aiming to take down a convict, Charles Jericho. Ubisoft says this plays into the plot of the game and as the two have been rivals since the second Driver game. Ubisoft boasts that there will be over 100 cars, all of which will be taking damage if players get sloppy and decide raise their imaginary insurance rates. The game also features the ability for Tanner to jump from car to car on the fly in the middle of a chase allowing for gamers to change directions and set up crashes instantly.

Opinion: Big fan of chase movies, not a big fan of chase games because they’re too repetitive. Also the idea of jumping from car to car seems a bit stupid. First impression of this game is I wouldn’t pay full price for it.

Rayman Origins: He’s back and was built by five people.

Opinion: Big fan, release date plz.

Mania Planet: A user generated computer game that allows gamers to make their own content. The three mania — trackmania 2, shootmania and questmania — will be coming out starting in the fourth quarter or 2010 with the Trackmania 2 beta test.

Micheal Jackson: Not even death can keep the King of Pop from getting another video game. This time with 90 percent more dancing and 10 percent less side-scrolling. According to the Micheal Jackson website, the game is an interactive performance game, so dancing, that will highlight Jackson’s musical career.The website says the game will teach user to emulate some of Jackson’s more iconic moves.

Star Wars: The Old Republic “Hope” trailer

In case you missed it, here is the new trailer for Bioware’s upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

I really hope Troopers have a move where I can wrestle with a guy while holding a thermal detonator.

video courtesy of Bioware.

Microsoft E3 2010 news conference: Metal Gear Rising,

Announcement Metal Gear Rising: Konami debuted a new trailer for Hideo Kojima’s next game with nano-machine shenanigans. The trailer and gameplay footage showed our hero, the previous whinny emo-kid-turned-ninja, Raiden slicing up foes with a katana. The sword play is what really caught a lot of people’s eyes because it’s different than the button mashing that’s been seen in games like Ninja Gaiden. in MGS: Rising players can enter a bullet time effect and precisely chop up Raiden’s foes. On top of the ninja-style bloodshed, Raiden can attack the environment, such as slicing through pillars crushing the inept guards that are standing underneath it.

Opinion: Admittedly, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Metal Gear Solid 4 — for reasons including the overly complicated story, lack of stealth gameplay compared to the other three games — but this game has me excited in a kid-chopping-up-cantaloupes-in-the-backyard-without-his-mom-knowing way. I just hope Kojima keeps the 45-minute cut scenes to a minimum.

EA E3 news cpnference: Medal of Honor, Bulletstorm and Star Wars: The Old Republic

Medal of Honor: A beta of the multiplayer of the game will be releasing on June 21 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. Two maps will be featured in the beta, Kabul City Ruins and the Helmad Valley. The game is set for an October 12 launch.

Opinion: The game seems to have taken some serious notes out of Call of Duty and EA’s own Battlefield Bad Company 2. Complete with, what looks like, a progressive character system and the infamous red jelly being splashed on the player’s face when the character sticks his head out from cover too soon. The new Medal of Honor looks interesting and the series has been long overdue for a reboot. Come back to Nerdonomics when the beta drops on the 21 to see our opinion of it.

Bulletstorm: Cliff Bleszinski announced that the game will be out on February 22 of 2011.

Opinion: I was cautious about the this game when I read the GameInformer article a few months back. It seemed like it was going to be an uninspired clone of Gears of War in a first-person perspective. I’m pleasantly surprised. The electric blue whip of the main character looks like a cool gameplay mechanic as it flings enemies into the air so you can shoot them in slow motion for added points and effects. It sucks that we’ll have to wait until next year for it.

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Bioware had two announcements about the game. The first being that all players will get a ship in the game to use as a base of operation in the Star Wars Universe. The second was preliminary details about the player-versus-player gameplay. The first battlefield will take place on Alderaan where the two factions can throw down for rewards and honor. Bioware and Lucas Arts closed out with another amazing cinematic trailer for the game, which took place in an Alderaan forest.

Opinion: I really want to know more about this. Following last year’s major unveiling of the game and the updates about the different classes and planets that have followed. This update feels somewhat empty. More information on the companion characters and a possible release date would have been nice. The trailer was amazing though.