Next week the next-generation of consoles occurs once again. The era of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be done with. From its ashes will rise the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X & S. But with every new console cycle comes the first game played on said platforms. Because things are so screwed as I wrote this when it comes to money some people may have to make a game or two last until things get better. I myself am going to need to survive on Astro’s Playroom which is a game built-in to every PlayStation 5 whether it’s the regular or digital SKU’s and I chose to go with the latter. So now I, along with the rest of the VGU staff will tell you all about the games we first played on new consoles from day’s past.

Allan Muir – Site Admin/EiC/Degrassi Apologist

Dead Rising (Xbox 360)

First Game On A New Console
Credit: Capcom

When I first got my Xbox 360 in December of 2006 I was amazed at how much raw power was in this new console. I had spent the summer of 2006 pleading with my parents to get a 360 and my mind was racing from August to December. I was obsessing over what could be done with this brand new console such as custom soundtracks that could be played over gameplay, achievements, online play, and more.

About a week before Christmas I had gone to the local Blockbuster and rented Gears of War because of all the commercials that were promoting it at the time and the talk about it on the IGN Game of the Year awards for 2006. But that is a tale for another time, for the first game I played on my brand new video game console was none other than Capcom’s Dead Rising!

Credit: Capcom

On the console I had been playing games on prior to all of this; the original Xbox, I was, as mentioned in a previous post, infatuated with Doom. This extended to the Doom theatrical film starring Dwayne Johnson and Karl Urban and after I learned about custom soundtracks on the new Xbox console I was really hyped to play the Doom soundtrack while killing the undead.

Unfortunately, I didn’t know that you weren’t supposed to move the 360 when playing a game. So when I picked up the brand new console with Dead Rising in it I heard a horrid noise I will never forget. When I temporarily turned off the Xbox I extracted the disc and the game was ruined. I gazed upon a circle scratched on the back of the disc. I was heartbroken at what I had done to my treasured game. So how did I find my way out of this conundrum? Well, let’s just say I did a switcheroo.

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