“Honestly Something That Microsoft Should Consider Implementing.”
An XboxHornet review by Elijah T.
Message 2 All Friends (or M2AF as it likes to call itself) has its heart in the right place. It’s a small app that attempts to fix a problem that folks with a ton of Xbox Live friends, and especially those that are in clans with those friends, may have. M2AF has two major features: You can send a message to all of your friends at once, or sort your friends into different groups and shoot off messages to those groups. It’s a nice idea, and honestly something that Microsoft should consider implementing in the default Xbox messenger.
The app itself works well enough, although some UI improvements would make a big difference. It all looks very Zune-like, which can be a good thing, but as you switch between the various menu categories the menu items “whoosh” across the screen rather slowly, which is a little disorienting. It slows you down as you have to wait for everything to settle into place before you can actually process what you’re looking at. The app is also essentially unusable with the analog stick; I had to stick to the d-pad or I would find myself flying all over the menus with very little precision. An annoyance that may bug some people more than others is the inclusion of background music. This wouldn’t be so bad if there was an option to disable it, but there isn’t. You are forced to listen to the same short track over and over for the duration of the app’s use.
Apart from the small UI problems and annoyances, all the features of M2AF work as advertised. If group/bulk messaging is something that would improve your Xbox Live experience, then I would have no trouble recommending M2AF (partly because I don’t know if any other options exist).
Avoid it/Try it/Buy it? Try it.
Download a free demo of M2AF here.