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Console Parties are the way to go

January 5, 2009 by  

Haven't got in on the idea of console parties yet? Where've you been for the past decade?

The concept is very simple indeed. The thing about gaming is that if you have lots of people over, one console is never, ever enough (this is something that amers have known since the Atari 2600- you can never have too many consoles in one place). So first of all, in order to do this you need a bunch of friends with consoles they can bring over. If you know people who are into console gaming, some of them undoubtedly have a console or two. In order to keep things diverse, you should have separate consoles with different games at the party. Whioever would have thought console gaming could be a social thing? ;P

An ideal collection for a console party would be to get an Xbox 360, another of any of the three consoles, and specifically a Wii, and all the controllers needed. Then, get Halo 3 going on the Xbox 360, either Rock Band 2 or Guitar Hero World Tour on whatever console you choose, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl on the Wii. Now, doesn;t that sound like a recipe for an awesome evening in? The multiplayer action in Halo 3 and Brawl should keep you and others engaged for hours. Also, not only will the music game on the other console engage those playing, but it will provide a varying musical atmosphere made up of some of the best songs ever bashed out.

Over the years, there have been alternative variants on the Console Party. For an example, see the "Party Console Party."

For example, if you are more partial to party games when it comes to parties, well, it's a free country. But if that's what you want, you're probably not going to get it on the current Xbox 360 or PS3, as there are virtually no good party games on either console. For that sort of thing the Wii is the right place, with unprecedented, highly-rated and darn well established party games like WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, and Rayman Raving Rabbids. Or maybe you're hoping for an all-out shooter party. The Xbox 360 and PS3 may have fantastic graphics, but when it comes shooter control schemes, nothing paralells the Wii. For four-multiplayer shooting action on the Wii, Medal of Honor: Vanguard is a viable option.

Just remember- it's only a game. You're not actually onstage in front of screaming fans. You could be, just strip to your boxers and play Guitar Hero in front of an open window. Then the screams may well be from your neighbours.

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