Retro Round Up for June 19, 2009

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posted 6/19/2009 by Cyril Lachel
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The Argument Over Xbox Live Arcade

Now that you've had your fill of the Virtual Console, maybe it's time to check out This Week in Xbox Live Arcade. This is the part of our show where we take a look at the brand new Xbox Live Arcade titles, and then review them using our unique POINT/COUNTERPOINT style. In these reviews I will make a solid point about a game, and then I will argue the other side just to confuse everything. What do I really think about this week's Xbox Live Arcade game? I guess you'll never know. Instead you get what has to be the single least useful review ever posted on this website. This week we have two very different Xbox Live Arcade games for you. Up first is Magic: The Gathering, the digital version of the popular card game. And if that's not your thing, then maybe you would be interested in Sam & Max Save the World, the complete first season of one of the funniest games of all time.

Magic: The Gathering (Wizards of the Coast)
POINT:
Have you always wondered why everybody around you loved Magic: The Gathering? Now is your chance to find out what all the fuss is about, thanks to this ten dollar Xbox Live Arcade release. The real reason to pick this up is to play it online. While this may sound intimidating, the developers have made it easy and accessible for newbies. I've never been a huge Magic: The Gathering fan, but even I was having a blast matching cards and making my own deck. Throw in some cool achievements and different rooms for different experience levels, and you will likely be playing this for years to come. It's a little clunky, but Magic: The Gathering is definitely worth your time.

COUNTERPOINT:
Run for your lives, the virus that infected all of my friends in high school is now an inexpensive Xbox Live Arcade game. But that's how they get you. They sell you something cheap and then nickel and dime you to death. I know their plans, I've seen my friends lose their fortunes playing this crummy card game. Just go to the dollar store and buy yourself a deck of cards, a good game of poker never hurt anybody!


Sam & Max Save the World (Telltale Games)
POINT:
What's not to love about Sam & Max Save the World? It's all six episodes from the first Sam & Max season, plus HD graphics, achievements and a few other added bonuses. Best of all, it's cheap ... assuming you wanted all six episodes. At $20, that makes each game only a few bucks each. If you've never played through this series, then now is your chance to see why everybody is calling it one of the funniest games of all time. And don't underestimate the amount of content you get. Each episode will last at least two or three hours, making this experience a lengthy one the first time through. Definitely pick up Sam & Max Save the World.

COUNTERPOINT:
Twenty bucks for a three year old game? These days you can find the Wii port for $15, so why is this digital version more expensive? Yes this game is funny and the episodes are worth playing through, but I'm not sure the Xbox 360 is the best place to experience this first season. And did I mention that the second season is a lot better than the first? Well, it is. That's not to say that you shouldn't go through this game, but I'm a little disappointed by the price point. At least it's better than Wallace & Gromit's Adventures.




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