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Gallery: World Cities (Xbox 360) review


"When I turned on my Microsoft Xbox 360 entertainment system on December 26, 2010, I was just going to play Pac-Man CE DX. Possibly even some X-Men and Doritos Crash Course. However, my life took an unexpected turn when I decided to browse the Game Marketplace. Typically, I checked the Arcade titles first, to see if any of the new releases were worth throwing away 800/1200 MS Points on. Nothing jumped out. Once exited, I curiously dove into the Indie section, since I haven't been there in eons, i..."



When I turned on my Microsoft Xbox 360 entertainment system on December 26, 2010, I was just going to play Pac-Man CE DX. Possibly even some X-Men and Doritos Crash Course. However, my life took an unexpected turn when I decided to browse the Game Marketplace. Typically, I checked the Arcade titles first, to see if any of the new releases were worth throwing away 800/1200 MS Points on. Nothing jumped out. Once exited, I curiously dove into the Indie section, since I haven't been there in eons, i.e., three to four months. A lot of games caught my eye, thanks in part to their stupid titles. I even took the extra leap of reading their descriptions, to make sense of the insanity. Eventually, unknowingly, I found myself in the G section of the catalog... and that's when destiny broke into my house and jacked me up.

I spotted a game called Gallery: World Cities.

There was doubt in mind that this digital release would deliver with such an awesome-sounding title, so I was up to the challenge of finding out. I charged head first into the trial version, because at that moment, Gallery: World Cities was on trial, and I was judge and jury. What followed was jubilation of multiple satisfactions. I was magically transported from city to city around the world, gawking at these unknown locations for the very first time! I think! However, as image after image passed by, I was in desperation: I wanted and needed to know what these places were named. Not even a minute after I shouted this in my head, and with the press of the start button, I found out. I was able to sleep peacefully that night with the knowledge that London has a giant clock tower, Sydney never sees daylight, Rome has nothing but half-naked statues of men, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is still showing in New York theaters!

I thought this was sufficient, but the very talented developer went the extra distance by adding awesome bonuses. With the press of RB, the current time can be plastered in the center of the screen! Now, some of you are going to argue that I could easily check the time on the 360's little menu system thingy, or even those contraptions called clocks. But that takes a ton of effort, especially hitting that giant Xbox button, damn. There's another wonderful addition to Gallery: World Cities, as well... special effects. Again, with the simple press of a button, or the rotation of the right stick, I could see two ghost images of the Eiffel Tower, and pretend I was drunk. Or! Witness old buildings in black and white, and act as if I'm stuck in a crappy, artsy horror movie. Sky's the limit!

While I was having all this crazy fun, a message popped up telling me to purchase this delightful delicacy. I didn't want to make an impulse buy, so I went to Zune in the Video Marketplace to think, and to see if they had Mr. Baseball.

They did not.

After eating dinner, because I also didn't want to make this important choice on an empty stomach, I made my decision: I bought the game! What was the full, 80 MS Points title like? Exactly like the trial version! The only difference was the deletion of the purchase message. Honestly, it was money well spent, and I strongly recommend everyone buy Gallery: World Cities, so this fantastical journey, this labor of love, can be gasemed by all. I mean, there's no way this was made in a cheap attempt to earn some quick cash. That's nonsense!

Why the 2/10 rating, then? Reverse psychology. Months and years from now, people are going to stumble onto this review and see the rating. They think they're going to get a decent laugh out of it, click the link, and then BAM! They are going to be blown away by this gem they're missing out on. See, that's called using your brain. That, and sober axemen ride chickens after sexy monsters.

Rating: 2/10

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Community review by pickhut (January 01, 2011)

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