[ based on an email I sent Jason today ]
So – I gave the XBOX 360 a bad rap for at least a year (launched too soon, uninventive, not completely backwards compatible, blah blah blah)…. then I started warming up to the idea of buying one when Forza 2 came out (being a huge Gran Turismo fan, the original Forza gave me the additional realizm and unforgiving gameplay I always wanted GT to provide)
Today I am over all that. I’m absolutely in love with my recently aquired 360.
I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if I had acquired one earlier, however. I dig Forza and all – especially driving an 04 STI at Road Atlanta – but what has me hooked is XBLA. Braid – incredibly awesome and inventive while remaing very familiar to most gamers. Castle Crashers – very cool – flash-based, but insanely well done. Feels like an edgier River City Ransom (top 10 favorite game of all time) without the 8-bit graphics and with a medieval theme. I’ll buy it just like I did Braid. Entering CC information on XBLA sucks, tho. I’ve resorted to buying cards. Sears has them for $25.00 (1600 points) but you can pricematch Sams Club at $18.72 and get them down to about $18.00 each after the 110% pricematching.
All that to say – go get a 360, even a used one on eBay (words I never expected to say to you.)