Shopping: Xbox One Unboxing & First Thoughts

A few weeks ago, I saw the Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle in a store and I was like ‘damn, it looks so nice in white and I would love to play that game’. 5 minutes later, I found myself talking to a guy who worked there and paid off a small amount already to make sure that they will put the console aside for a few weeks for me.

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This weekend, I decided to finally get my console! Since I could obviously not leave with just one game, I picked up a gift card to get D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition and, to my big surprise, they told me that I could get a game for free and had to choose between the new Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto V. The decision was quickly made (even if I would have preferred to get GTA V on PS4) and I walked out of the store with a new console and 2 games (well technically 4, since 2 of them are codes).

Back home, I unpacked the beast and that’s basically what I wanted to share with you here.

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I’m amazed at how nice the white Xbox One looks! Simple but shiny and I definitely prefer it to its black counterpart. I have to admit that I was a bit scared that the console wouldn’t look nice in my shelf since everything else is black in there, except for my Wii. But on the contrary, I think it looks great and fits perfectly! Also, I love how discs are on the left side of the boxes now.

I thought it would take 2 hours to update the console and set everything up, but after maybe 20 minutes, I was ready to play! The interface felt so weird and unfamiliar to me. Not only have I not used my 360 in months, I am also not familiar with Windows 8 so it’s pretty new to me. On one hand, it looks nice but on the other, I had trouble finding things. Something I really like about the Xbox One though, is how quiet it is! You can not hear it at all and I was wondering sometimes if it was actually on.

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After a while, I personalized my avatar, created a new gamerpic and started downloading D4 and Sunset Overdrive. Before doing that though, I had to switch regions on my console again, since I picked the wrong one and couldn’t download anything (and Luxembourg is still not in their country list…). This whole procedure was a bit annoying but I was glad once I could finally download my two games (after typing in the codes at least 3 times)! I’m just mad that I had to set the language of my console to French and now all of my games will also be in French (if you can’t choose the language in the game which is the case for SO). I’m not sure if there is another way to set it to English and still keep the same region, that would be really nice because I just hate that they region locked the language and are forcing this on you.

Something else I wanted to mention is the controller. I LOVE the Xbox 360 controller, this one is very similar but the edges are much ‘sharper’. It’s also too bad that they’ve decided to rely on batteries (for me, it’s more the fact that the controller is a bit heavier and we never have batteries in this house). But except for that, it’s a very good controller which feels comfortable in your hands.

Moving on now, I wanted to share a few thoughts on the two new Xbox games I tried so far.

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Sunset Overdrive: I had time to shortly test the game at gamescom and that’s basically what made me want to get an Xbox One. Now that I can finally play it at home, it’s just like I expected it to be: colorful and fun! Played the game for an hour maybe but I already love it! Grinding and attacking enemies feels great and I cannot wait to unlock more crazy weapons and customize my character even more.

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D4: This game was one of the main reasons I wanted to buy an Xbox One. Intriguing and crazy, that’s how I like my games. Only played the prologue, which was a bit weird and disorienting, but I liked it! I also want to take my time with the game and enjoy it as much as possible. The art direction is fantastic, characters seem interesting and I want to know more about the story. This game was designed for Kinect, and you can definitely feel that, especially with the design of the menus and the way David, the protagonist, interacts and moves around. Only using the controller works fine, but feels a bit unnatural at times. Other than that, I don’t have much to say about it and cannot wait to play more!

It’s going to be hard, but I really need to force myself not to start too many games. As much as I would love to play Dead Rising 3 and replay GTA V, I still have Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 to finish on PS4 and many other handheld games to play. But at least I already have them now for once I’m done with other games and once I’m on holidays in a couple of weeks!

I plan on using the Xbox One mainly for exclusives. I don’t intend on paying for Xbox Live Gold either, since I already have a PS+ subscription, so I will definitely still use my PS4 the most. Still glad I own both of them now and don’t have to worry about missing out on any nice exclusive titles anymore!

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Finally, I thought this would look funny and at the same time perfect for anyone who wants to add me (I also use the same name on PSN and Steam). 🙂

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