XBox 360 controller questions

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dragon57
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It is time for all you 360 owners to chime in and help me make up my mind.

I have held off getting a 360 until recently. I am planning out my purchase and want opinions on the wireless controller. I will start off by saying I have never been a fan of wireless controllers. For whatever reason, I have never had good luck with them. For those of you who have the 360 wireless controllers, how do you like them? How do they compare to the 360 wired units? Any comments to battery life, etc? Any and all comments are welcome.

What about the 3rd party controllers, any comments on those?

TIA

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Nope Kameo is interely different

Kameo is more of an arcady game. Still very worth getting - I got mine 2nd hand for 24 euro's :)

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Thanks for all the

Thanks for all the feedback.

I do want to say I am not just trolling forums and picking up on the vocal minority that are having problems. I have been getting input from a lot of people I trust that have 360's. Almost all of those people are having problems. This gives me pause.

Oh well, I will continue to gather data and see where the gaming winds take me. I am very excited about the Wii. I have been burned by so many Sony products that I can't imagine getting a PS3 ever. Time will tell.

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Kameo

How is Kameo? Wanted to get it but held off. Isn't it in the same mold as Fable?

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:)

Prey
Need for speed most wanted
Test Drive Unlimited
Project Gothat Racing 3
Ridge Racer 6
Amped 3
Kameo

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I'm game for a Wii and PS3 Debate...

I'm game for a discussion on either system. About the only thing I know about either is what I've read on the web and magazine articles of late, like all of you, unless you're one of the lucky ones that get ahold of a pre-release system.

I know none of the new systems will be perfect and some will have more flaws than others, but man, isn't it great to be alive with all the new technology that's coming out! I'll probably end up getting the Wii first and wait to see how PS3 online goes before I commit to it. At least I think I saw where Sony was going to have an online service.

Staying on topic for a bit. I have the following 360 games, so far:
Prey
Call of Duty 3
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Madden 07
They all blow me away, especially Prey. There are gravity paths you can take that turn things upside down and sideways, all the while fighting online or AI opponents. You also learn how to go into "Spirit mode", ancient Indian state where you have powerful abilities for short periods of time and in certain sections of maps.

Ghost Recon AW is an eye candy delight and plays great as well. It has a fairly steep learning curve, but well worth it both in single player and online mode.

I like the FPS-type of games. They aren't for everybody but the 360 certainly does them right.

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PS3 and Wii

I've been a little busy to post my thoughts on the recent announcements regarding the PS3 and Wii, Forcefield - I even lost one post regarding the Wii - but needless to say, each of those two are also rife for their own fruitful discussions and debate, as well as positives and negatives. Tops on my list are of course the announcement that the PS3 will not come with component cables and that the Wii will have component cables available, but only online from Nintendo, just like with the GameCube! Nintendo finally felt we're ready for online about five years after the fact, but apparently not for a good cable for our higher end TV's (and sadly the GameCube component cable is not compatible, nor apparently is the PS2 cable with the PS3)... I also am not pleased that only a majority of Wii games will support 480p and widescreen. Hell, I could do without the 480p if ALL games at least supported widescreen! That to me is more unacceptable than a low resolution.

In any case, I've already had some good debates about the positives and negatives of both the Wii and PS3 and look forward to either starting individual topics on those subjects or other doing them first...

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Well, let me add this...

I wanted to add one more thing regarding the tone of my first comment regarding the 360: I had just had another screen freeze in Call of Duty 2 single player after "almost" completing the next to last mission. There were 6 objectives and I had played that particular mission for well over an hour when "it" happened. The dreaded screen freeze. Needless to say I wasn't happy. I got over it though and played until 1:30 this morning! Cheers

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I have to agree with Mark and Bill with respect to their comments.

Even though I've had some issues with the 360, the fun I've had with it since I bought it far outweigh the issues with Call of Duty 2 and not knowing exactly if the other issues are 360, Xbox Live or certain other CD-related.

I'm still working with MS on my particular problem of screen freezes and I'll eventually have to get the box replaced. That's as easy as walking any any Best Buy store and walking out with a new unit. They'll even let me keep my hard drive. That's the beauty of getting the extended warranty.

The games on CD are also no problem as I can replace them for like games up to 90 days after the fact. So, I keep a close eye out on their condition.

The 360 still blows my mind with the gameplay and graphics. I've reserved copies of Call of Duty 3 and Gears of War and waiting on Nov 7 and 12 respectively to pick them up. What will result after that is not alot of sleep!

So, to sum up, If you're interested in the games the 360 offers, I'd go for it as you're not going to find a system as powerful as this anywhere else.

Oh, and I've had no issues with the Xbox Live Arcade part or the Dashboard. I spend hours there as well.

FYI: I've talked to some folks who managed to get their hands on pre-release PS3 systems and they say that it isn't much different than the 360, as far as the look of the games go. Not sure exactly what blue ray will bring to the table. The trailers and pics of the games on some of the gaming sites are pretty good though. I'd still go for the 360 as 800 bucks for a console is a bit out of my league.

Cheers and I hope this helps. I love my 360 and don't even turn on the original Xbox anymore.

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Bill Loguidice
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I agree...

There are definitely issues - hell, I even had to return my launch system back to MS at no cost to me - but the replacement has been fine since. As with all optical-based and new systems, there will be some production issues, particularly in the beginning. With that said, reading certain Internet message boards will drive you crazy as they can certainly skew the reality of any situation, particularly when it comes to problems. After all, most people aren't as passionate or vocal when a system is trouble free...

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Mark Vergeer
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selection bias

The people populating the boards posting about the problems they experience cause a selection bias in the brain to occur. One begins to think that the x360 is a crap piece of equipment. But it isn't. The folk posting about problems are in the minority.

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Not feeling good about a 360 purchase now

Thanks for the feedback forcefield. I have to say I am seriously thinking about NOT getting a 360 after all. I have been haunting every XBox forum and board I can find and can find a lot of people who are having problems after having the system for a few months. I am not saying the people who are having problems are in the majority, but the frequency and percentage troubles me greatly. Getting a console should mean you get away from all the problems I have documented. The 'red rings of death' being the most troubling. I fully understand the 360 is really a computer in console clothes, but Microsoft should have figured things out by this time and they do not seem to have done that. My investigates continue.

Thanks for the info people. If you have any other ruminations, please feel free to share.

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