Affordable Wii Alternative!?!?!???

So I was out and about and stumbled across this in a popular drug store….

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Zone??

It’s called the ZONE.  Sounds kind of lame but what can you say for an ‘0ff-brand’ version of the Wii.  Lets face it folks in this economy, no idea is purely original.  First it was the Playstation Move and Xbox360 Kinect and now ZONE!  This is indeed a poor mans Wii and it comes equipped with 32 games ( for the small version: seen at the top of the photo)   and then a whopping 60 games for the larger system.  I didn’t capture the price for the  small system but the larger one is only 39.99…. but wait is that a sale sign for 29.99??????  😀    I somehow doubt this system is competitive for holiday sales against the Move and Kinect systems but hey at least they have bang for your buck right?  ….. right???

Well take a look at the large box, it even has ACCESSORIES included. These are the peripherals some folks spent big bucks on for the Wii from both Nintendo and a host of other third party manufacturers.  It looks like it comes with a tennis racquet, golf club and baseball bat and TWO “motion controllers”

I can’t say I was shocked to see this Wii imitation but I can say that they didn’t do much to mask the fact that this was purely an attempt to grab some of the holiday cash for those less informed consumers who believe that one thing is equal to another.  It is somewhat irritating to know that some kid wanting a Wii will open one of these up on Christmas morning to be sorely disappointed.  It reminds me of the people who ran and got a Samsung Instinct saying ” It’s just like the iPhone” *SMH*

I can safely say  DigitalDpad lists this one as a DON’T BUY!

How are you spending your Holiday 2010 gaming dollars?

It’s late October. Do you know what that means? It means…GAMES!!!!! The holiday release window is in full swing. For some, this is a wonderful time to sit in front of your TV, controller in hand, having to remind someone to tell you to blink. However, for me, it just means my pile of shame will increase exponentially. With so many games coming out I started to wonder who actually has the money to buy all this fun. With new franchises, sequels, and a couple big peripherals, it can be a hard sell from a publisher’s perspective to make people hand over cash for their products.

If you ask me, my GameFly Q is a gift from the gods that allows me to enjoy all of that holiday goodness. But others might feel different. I remember the days when I would do odd jobs around the house and clean gutters around the neighborhood just to get that one title that I had been eyeing for months. There has to be a lot of 2010 teens out there in the same situation. Also, let’s not forget those college students holding on to those last few dollars refund dollars trying to decide between food and Call of Duty Black Ops. So I ask you, the people, how do you spend your gaming dollars?

Some people will choose a game that offers an engrossing story. A game with a world a player can get lossed in and characters with substance could be worth your money. These are games that you can quest to your heart’s content and include story archs that dissapear from the choices that you make.

    Dead Rising 2 (PS3/Xbox 360)
    Fable III (PC/Xbox 360)
    Fallout: New Vegas (PC/PS3/Xbox 360)

Maybe you’re more of an action game person. You enjoy combos, multipliers, and maybe a little story. The following games will lead you down a path of at least a different story, but you can take them out however you want.

    Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PC/PS3/Xbox 360)
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3/Xbox 360)
    Disney Epic Mickey (Wii)
    Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3/Xbox 360)
    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (PS3/Xbox 360)

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just want to stab and shoot guys. Give me an assault rifle, pistol, and a combat knife and I’ll wreak HAVOC!!! If that’s what you’re into, you might want to check out these titles.

    Blacklight: Tango Down (PS3/Xbox 360)
    Call of Duty: Black Ops (PC/PS3/Wii/Xbox 360)
    Halo: Reach (Xbox 360)
    Medal of Honor (PC/PS3/Xbox 360)
    Vanquish (PS3/Xbox 360)

“Wait, what if I have a wife and kids and might not be able to get any of the previous games if they can’t partake?” Well if this is you, I introduce to you the Playstation Move and Microsoft Kinect. Whether you want to wave an ice cream cone in front of your TV while looking like an idiot or just want to look like an idiot (albeit with family and friends), you can try a few of these games.

    Dance Central (Xbox 360)
    EyePet (PS3)
    Fighters Uncaged (Xbox 360)
    Kinectimals (Xbox 360)
    Kinect Adventures (Xbox 360)
    Kinect Sports (Xbox 360)
    Kung Fu Rider (PS3)
    Racquet Sports (PS3)
    Sports Champions (PS3)
    Your Shape Fitness Evolved (Xbox 360)

Lastly, if you’re feeling kind of nostalgic, these two Wii games might hit the spot.
P.S. I didn’t have a category for these games.

    Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
    Kirby’s Epic Yarn (Wii)

So, which ones will you choose? Talk amongst yourselves in the comments below.

Playstation Move – Sports Champions (Off-Screen Video)

With the fact that Playstation Move has been out for over two weeks with nothing more than a whisper from Sony PR about sales, I’m going to go out on a limb and say most of you haven’t played or seen Playstation Move. Well, the fine folks at STLGamer have come through in the clutch….well, more like after the game is over and I’m helping you with the equipment, but whatever.

J Deisel and Smoov LT took a stab at Duel, one of the many Wii Sportseque games packaged within the Playstion Move game Sports Champions developed by Zindagi Games. Never heard of Zindadi Games, well, me neither. According to their website, “…we’ve collaborated directly with Sony on the Move tech since its inception all the way through R&D and production. The result is Sports Champions, a collection of 6 fully developed sporting events designed and engineered to showcase the Move controller to the fullest extent of its capabilities.” Unfortunately, I don’t think this particular Move title would be something to hang your hat on. Now this is just my first impression of the move. I didn’t get to play any of the other games within Sports Champions. Nor did I play any of the other Move launch titles. However, I have played the Wii.

I tried moving my sword in a figure eight but my avatar onscreen only made one strike. I tried using my shield but then remembered that there is a button for that. I did like the fact that there were onscreen queues to let you know that you could do something cool. However, if I wanted to play a game where I could only swing my sword the way they wanted me to, I’d go out a by a Wii Motion Plus and get that fix.

The juggling combos, super strike, and the visual fidelity of the game are all great but where is the one-to-one movement that Sony touted at E3? One thing I did notice, if you look at the video, there are a few small tutorial instructions before the match starts. The one that made me laugh was the ‘Multiplayer’ screen that has two players in front of a screen holding TWO motion controllers. We only had one controller per person in our demo. I heard that Sony stated that developers needed to design their games with one move controller as the common denominator (a decision that fellow STLGamer TheImpetuousOne calls ‘a compromise into mediocrity’). So do you need two controllers to get one-to-one movement? I guess that’s why I need a button for my shield.

So in the grand scheme of things, Sports Champions looks great! But the visuals can only go so far. Sony needs to stop touting the visuals of their games. That’s going to come with the system. I would love it if they focused on their gameplay, make sure they deliver on what was said at E3, and do something new to a technology that was just up-resed and made pretty.