Thursday, November 15, 2012


Kristine has placed an embargo on video game, book and Lego purchases. Christmas is coming she says, the kids can wait.

The kids can wait. That is easy to say but with Black Ops 2, Halo 4 and Lego Lord of the Rings all released within the past week Kristine’s warning may be futile. Dad is a big kid at heart. How can I make them wait?

So, the purchase is done, the boys all got a game they wanted. I am amazed that these gaming companies are still squeezing additional power out of the X-Box 360 console. Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 look fantastic. The game play is smoother as well.

Halo 4 took in more than $220 million within 24 hours of it going on sale. It may take in over $300 million in the first week. Black Ops 2 is estimated to sell between 6.5 to 7.2 million units in both the U.S. and U.K. within 24 hours of it going on sale.

"Lego Lord of the Rings" has arrived and it has the makings of a great Lego game. It faithfully recaptures the epic battles and in-battle camaraderie from the movie trilogy and original series.We have enjoyed playing the Lego Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean & Batman series.  Lord of the Rings offers that  familiar LEGO spin of blocky figures and an incredible experience.

Lego: Lord of the Rings is fun, fun, fun but which platform is best for the Whittle household. Conor wants to avoid the stress of negotiating time on the X-Box 360. His preference is the Wii. I had been told that it was only available for the NDS, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. I purchased the 360 version, only to find out that it is available for the Wii! I am hoping the Future Shop will exchange it for me.

The gaming mechanics are fun. There’s always something around the next corner and you can travel all over the fictional lands from Tolkien’s imagination without ending up in some dead end. Conor will get to walk through Middle Earth, solving puzzles and picking up items from the books that were not included in the movies. 

The bonus, I do not get owned or called a newbie! It is co-operative fun!

The timer clock is sitting on the entertainment stand.

Fun times across the board.

Feel free to come visit me in the dog house!

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