Well, many of you will likely know that I haven't exactly been the usual Xbox fanatic this year that I normally am. In fact, you'll likely notice that since I beat Raging Blast back in February, I've probably played my Xbox a total of 10 times or less. There are several reasons for this.
The first major reason is because Raging Blast burnt me out on achievements. Yeah, I still played the other three games in the series, but it was because they were fun. It wasn't until a short while later that I found myself hoping to play other games that I realized I was still playing them for the achievements and the fun had worn off. Did I buy them for the 1000G? No. I bought them for fun and they were until I started going for the achievements again (which started to burn me out again).
The second was because I dusted off my other two systems. I got the Ratchet collection for my PS3, which I hadn't touched in two years (literally), and it made me compelled to try out the system's exclusives (which in turn, caused me to purchase a Vita and try those games). After playing 9 Ratchets, the Jak collection, Journey, Doom Complete and Littlebigplanet, I returned to Xbox for a short while in April.
Of course, it was short lived when I became addicted to the Myst series as well as my other dusty system: the Wii U. Lego City Undercover and Monster Hunter are still games I'm turning the system on for daily (though it's mainly Monster Hunter now). I'm also writing a guide, which I use the system for as well.
But the Xbox didn't have any games coming out that compelled me to return nor did any of my currently owned games draw me back in. Until yesterday (and this is gonna sound REALLY geeky).
During a recent vacation trip, I purchased a very cheap Vita game and have been addicted to it ever since returning a week ago: Virtua Tennis 4. Yes, I'm a sucker for tennis games. I'm not sure if it's the pure, simple fun or the fact that it's a sports game I'm actually GOOD at that keeps me addicted to them but tennis games are very addicting to me (and have been since I first bought Top Spin 2 in 2006). But as I'm beefing up my character in World Tour and making King look like a double fault, I find myself wanting to play it on a bigger screen. That's when I remembered the Games on Demand sale I went crazy on a year ago.
While I've played Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs extensively and tried out Tornado Outbreak, Surfs Up and Virtua Tennis 2009 had been laying dormant on my HD for quite some time. So I busted out Virtua Tennis 2009 and found myself hooked.
Does this mean I've given up on Xbox gaming when Virtua Tennis is done? No. Does this mean I hate achievements? No. It just means that until now, the Xbox hasn't drawn me in like it has in the past. But I have a feeling my friend feed is going to be a lot more active in the months coming up.
Posted by JerryNSteph4eva
on 20 June 13 at 20:11
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