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|007: Agent Under Fire||First Person Espionage||Awesome Bond FPS. Great multiplayer.|
|007: Everything or Nothing||Third Person Espionage||The best Bond game with two analog sticks. Also home of one of the best motorcycle sequences in gaming.|
|007: Nightfire||First Person Espionage||Fuck yeah Nightfire. Bitchin' story, Bondan with Brosnan, and fucking amazing multiplayer. Sequel to Agent Under Fire.|
|XIII||First-person Shooter||Awesome James Bond style story where you play as a secret agent framed for murdering the president. It's presented with comic-book-style graphics and presentation. Team up with Adam West (yes, THAT Adam West), who actually played a big role in this game, as you try to regain your memory and clear your name. Each different level is super intense and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Really fun multiplayer with bros (or bots for you ronery virgins).|
|Aggressive Inline*||'Extreme' Sports||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, but with skates.|
|Auto Modellista||Racing||A slick, cel-shaded racer from Capcom. Pretty neat game with a lot of cars and tracks.|
|Beyond Good & Evil*||Action/Adventure||An absolute cult classic, to say the least, from the creators of Rayman. This game, an action/adventure with stealth elements, had a good style, solid gameplay, and, the major selling point, a surprisingly deep story involving a government conspiracy and the photographer bent on exposing it. Was supposed to be part of a trilogy, but the game sold very poorly. Cross your fingers that BG&E2 really is being made.|
|Blinx: The Time Sweeper||Platformer||One of the few exclusive platformers for the ol' Xbox - this one did the whole time-manipulation thing before Prince of Persia. Except it has furry animals and was made by some ex-Sega staff, some of whom worked on the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog and Nights into Dreams. It's not as "great" as those games but still a thoroughly enjoyable experience even if it gets a little difficult at times.|
|Blinx 2: Masters Of Time & Space||Platformer||The sequel of the original in which you can now play as tom-tom as well as Blinx. Good sequel, it's fun just like the first one, so a buy is a pretty good idea.|
|Breakdown||Action||Japanese FPS. Although not much of an FPS seeing the gameplay is based around using your fists and feet more than guns. It sounds odd but it is one of the Xbox's hidden gems and paved the way for unique first-person games like Mirror's Edge. The story is surprisingly well done and is the main draw for the game besides the fighting.|
|Burnout 3||Racing||Pretty much any of the Burnout series games are recommended if you come across them, but this one was by far the best. It has everything the series is known for, a high sense of speed, fun arcade racing, and the best fucking crash physics ever. Also, crash mode is the most fun you will ever have playing a car-related game, ever. Sweet soundtrack.|
|Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth||FPS/Survival Horror||A fucking scary as fuck FPS game that takes place in the Lovecraftian universe. You better rely on logic and sanity to get through this game, because you're going to be doing a lot more detective work and running than shooting (you don't even get a gun till' around the second half of the game). The story is almost entirely based on Shadow Over Innsmouth, but takes inspiration and story-bits from many of Lovecraft's works. Also on PC. If you don't play this in total darkness with the video settings set to recommended, you are a casual. Having a few bros with you is alright though.|
|Capcom V.S. SNK 2||2D Fighting||
A port of the PS2/GC/DC version. Very awesome fighting game with a fuckton of characters from both universes. If you want to play another good game like this go get Marvel vs Capcom 2, also on Xbox.
Note: This version is not arcade perfect. If you want roll cancels and don't want EO, get the Dreamcast/PS2 version instead.
|The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay||Sci-Fi FPS||Play as Vin Diesel and go around shooting and stealthing shit up in one of the few truly good Hollywood-based games. A remastered version and sequel was released on the 360 as The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.|
|Conker Live & Reloaded||Platformer||Includes the great platforman game from the N64 version with better graphics and censored language. Also includes a generic class-based shootan multiplayer (with, as of 2009, quite a few players still online).|
|Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller||Arcade Racing||A solid ending to the series with both arcade towns from 1 & 2 and a bitchin' Vegas stage, along with the traditional Offspring/Bad Religion soundtrack. All the fun you know and love, now with Nitrous!|
|Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge||Action/Arcade Flight||Sequel to 2000's Crimson Skies, Crimsons Skies: High Road to Revenge offers a more arcade-like take on gameplay while keeping the likeable characters and setting. You take the place of Nathan Zachary (think Nathan Drake from Uncharted, but with an airplane) who is the leader of a band of sky pirates. It's set during an alternate history 1930's in places such as Chicago and New Mexico. The game looked good then, and it looks good now. The controls are spot on, and the story isn't DEEP, but it is very enjoyable.|
|Dead Or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball||TITS / Sports||DAT ASS DEM TITS HURR anyway it's just a game about beach volleyball....and tits. But besides that you're a man....woman? Who likes Dead or Alive's fanservice fighting or just want a game about volleyball with women. Go pick this up......TITS!|
|Dead or Alive Ultimate||Fighting||Packs the first and the second Dead or Alive games into one sweet, sweet package. The Dead or Alive series is, admittedly, under-appreciated though, regardless of how much sex appeal it tries to have, they're all still solid 3D fighting games.|
|Dead or Alive 3||Fighting||Exclusive sequel for the Xbox. Two words : Boob Physics and the counter system is fun in its sheer simplicity - not that DoA3 lacks any depth in gameplay. Graphics are absolutely stunning but nonetheless the package does suffer, as do most DoA games, from SNK Boss Syndrome.|
|Def Jam: Fight for NY||Arcade Wrestling||A bunch of stupid rappers beating the crap out of each other. Somehow they were able to make an awesome fighting game out of that. Also Snoop Dogg's the final boss so it's all good.|
|Destroy All Humans!||Third Person Shooter/Sci-Fi||Be an alien in 6 large environments. Blow up people and vehicles with advanced alien weaponry, throw them around with your psychic powers, fly around in a flying saucer to blow up buildings, and play through several dozen missions to take over the human race.
Oh, and you can anally probe people to make them shit out their brains.
|Doom 3: Limited Collector's Edition||FPS||The Doom series made a great transition to modern gaming. Actually scary at moments, with plenty of oh shit scenes. Great controls and atmosphere, music is pretty good. The Limited Collector's Edition comes with the original Doom and Doom II.|
|Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil||FPS||An expansion to the Doom 3 story with a new, even angrier protagonist. Plenty of fun to be had.|
|Elder Scrolls 3 Morrowind||RPG||The Elder Scrolls series' first foray onto the console market. Morrowind works a lot better on the PC than on the Xbox; however, if you can't get it on PC, this is just fine. A crapload of things to do in an inventive fantasy world, all in a hybrid FPS/tabletop RPG style. There's also supposed to be a way to load the ever-popular mods onto the Xbox. If you have the option, get the Game of the Year (no, not the Platinum Hits GOTY version) that includes the expansions. Worth it if you don't have a PC capable of running this.|
|Fable: The Lost Chapters||RPG||Play through the life of a hero, from idyllic childhood, to heroic youth, to heroic not-as-much-youth. A less-than-serious action RPG where your appearance changes according to your morality and your skills. Hyped to all hell, but still fun. Also available for PC.|
|Far Cry Instincts||Survival FPS||A very well done port of the first Far Cry to consoles. Many consider it superior to the PC version.|
|Fatal Frame||Survival Horror||A surprisingly frightening survival horror game where you play as a young Japanese girl trapped in a mansion, searching for her brother, full of unhappy spirits. The only way to save yourself is to use the Camera Obscura, a mystical camera that can damage and capture the roaming life-force of the dead. The Xbox version has improved visuals and extras over the PS2, and is thus recommended.|
|Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly||Survival Horror||Same good gameplay as the first, new character and scarier story. The Xbox version has improved visuals and extras, such as an even scarier first person mode, over the PS2, and is thus recommended. Arguably the best of the series, and arguably up there with Silent Hill 2 as one of the scariest games ever made.|
|Forza Motorsport||Sim Racing||It's Gran Turismo, but on the Xbox, and with damage physics. Spawned two sequels and an announced third on the 360.|
|Freedom Fighters||Third-person Shooting/Action||Underrated shooter with a similar plot to the Patrick Swayze movie Red Dawn. Noted for its fantastic squad system. Made by the same team behind the Hitman series as well as Kane and Lynch, its spiritual sequel.|
|Full Spectrum Warrior||Squad-Based Strategy||Awesome modern war based strategy game where you lead multiple squads across missions against terrorists using a chess-like command system. It's kind of like a deeper futuristic Brothers in Arms. It was made by Pandemic back when they were rolling in money from the Star Wars Battlefront games.|
|Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers||Squad-Based Strategy||More of what made the first game good, but with some slight control tweaks. The sequel seems easier to find than the original nowadays.|
|Genma: Onimusha||Action/ Resident Evil with samurai||An enhanced port of the PS2 original. Pretty good graphics, with a fun story as well as cool gameplay. Even if you already have Warlords this is recommended, as it sports updated graphics and audio, new equipment, areas, and a new boss.|
|Gladius||Turn-Based RPG||Awesome turn-based fantasy RPG set in Roman times. Made by LucasArts back before they sucked. The premise of the game is to recruit and train a school of gladiators in order to compete in gladiator arenas and stuff. There are 16 different classes to choose from, 15 different landscapes, and a fuck ton of different gladiator arenas. Sold like shit and hard to find now, but since it hasn't caught anyone's attention that it is a good game (despite getting really good reviews), if you can find a copy, it is most likely an inexpensive purchase.|
|Grabbed By The Ghoulies||Platformer/Beat Em Up||Noted to be Rare's first game for Microsoft and its first "disappointment" in a long time. But even with that it can still be a fun game. If you liked something like Luigi's Mansion because of its goofy surroundings and monsters, or just want to play a goofy horror spoof game, this game is for you. You're Cooper, whose girlfriend gets kidnapped by gargoyles and you have to save her from some big ass mansion. It's also available from the Xbox 360 marketplace for 1200 Microsoft points, but I'm pretty sure buying this for the original Xbox would be a better idea because it's probably not as expensive.|
|GTA Trilogy||Sandbox||Self-explanatory really. Has the added benefit of easy custom soundtracks on the Xbox ports and less flaky graphics.|
|Guilty Gear X2 #Reload||Fighting||It's Guilty Gear, c'mon, you know what this is. Overly complicated but infinitely deep 2D fighter mechanics, colorful and varied characters, mostly balanced combat, and more. This Xbox addition to the series sports Live multiplayer fights and a cool beat-em-up mode.|
|GunValkyrie*||Third-person Shooter||Amazing third-person shooter from Smilebit, of Jet Set Radio fame. The controls are pretty difficult to learn, but once you do learn them, you'll be rewarded with a level of control unmatched in any other TPS to date. The point of the game is to stay in the air as long as possible by delicately managing your jetpack and manuvering yourself through hordes of enemies.|
|Halo: Combat Evolved||FPS||One of the most highly-acclaimed FPS games of the last gen. Great action, enemies, guns, vehicles and maps. A must buy for this system (but only if you like FPS). You will probably hate the Library level which has to be the most repetitive level in a FPS in ages.|
Unfortunately the single player campaign is not as good as the first, and because of that this game has often been viewed in a negative light. Halo 2's multiplayer is where the true heart of this game is. However due to Microsoft's decision to no longer support online play for original Xbox games, playing multiplayer can get a bit lonely even with four bros. When the game was able to be played online it had an amazing community of players trying to find easter eggs the developer put in the game (there are a lot of them), glitches within both the single player and multiplayer and modding for good fun purposes and cheating. It's hard to appreciate the amount of love some players had for this game and still comprehend it's generally hated among /v/. Players even continued to play the game for a month after Microsoft pulled the plug on its online support by not turning off their Xbox's. I'd recommend this game to anyone who played the first and anyone who is interested in "glitching" and finding easter eggs within both the single-player and the multi-player. If you're interested in playing this online, check out the PC version as that is still online and running.
|Hitman 2: Silent Assassin||Stealth/Action||Plethora of ways to make your hit. Some of the missions aren't as open ended but it makes it that much more fun to figure out your own way of doing it.|
|Hitman: Contracts||Stealth/Action||Same as above/below. Traditions of the Trade is probably the best level across all four current games.|
|Hitman - Blood Money||Stealth/Action||Fourth in the Hitman series, Hitman - Blood Money is almost as much of a puzzle game as an action/stealth, as there are tons of ways to accomplish your goals in each mission. If you have a small attention span, look elsewhere; this game is for perfectionists. Blood Money introduces a payment system, where the amount of money you make from a mission is dependent on how well you do on your objectives. This money is then used to upgrade your weapons and equipment in different ways. Also has multiple difficulties that actually change the AI, change the difficulty, and reduce how many quicksaves you get, which allows for tons of replayability.|
|The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction||Fucking shit up||
Fight everybody and jump from one edge of the huge city to the other in one leap. Along the way bust all the shit up you can for the betterment of humanity. Had a spiritual successor in the form of Prototype but that game sucked because you played as some emo amnesiac instead of the muthafuckan Hulk.
Also available on the Gamecube and the Playstation 2.
|Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit||Adventure||Choose Your Own Adventure-ish game which is awesome up until the |
One of Bioware's lesser-talked about games, but more than up to snuff with the likes of Mass Effect and KotOR. It plays like a kung-fu action game, with special skills, fighting styles, weaponry, and party members. The story progresses much like other WPRGs, branching off towards the Path of the Open Palm or the Path of the Closed Fist, depending on your choices and actions. Highly recommended.
Qui the Promoter is fucking Captain K'nuckles.
|Jet Set Radio Future||Action/Racing||
Done in a cel-shaded style, you play a gang of rebellious teenage skaters in Neo-Tokyo, racing around the streets, fighting the police, making graffiti on the walls, fighting rival gangs, and listening to some of the catchiest music this side of Gitaroo Man. UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND.
If you are lucky, you can find this in a duel game pack (read: Limited Edition package) with Sega GT 2002 (both games on the same disc!), which is pretty awesome. This pack came as a pack-in with some Xbox consoles, and thus isn't too rare, despite what people may tell you.
|Just Cause||Sandbox/TPS/Sky-diving Sim||One of those in-between gen games that still look amazing even on the older console. In reality this is actually a parachuting/paragliding/sky diving sim masquerading as a GTA-style sandbox game in a South American country. Fun as shit - especially if you can't get the sequel on the 360.|
|Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders||RTS||Awesome Medieval RTS. Huge-ass battles. Spawned a sequel on the 360.|
|Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure||Action/Graffiti Sprayan||One of the last good games to come out for the old Xbox, you play as a counter-culture graffiti artist fighting the establishment. A very unique game but the combat gameplay is very mediocre. It also has one of the best collectors editions for an Xbox game.|
|Marvel vs Capcom 2||Fighting||A chaotic fighting game featuring tons of characters from both Capcom games and Marvel comics. There are some balance issues(coughCablecough), but that doesn't stop this game from being one of the most fun fighting games ever made. Seriously, you should already know about this game.|
|MechAssault||Mech Fighting||One of the best online mech sims in gaming. Sadly, with OG Xbox Live's demise, only half of it can be played now.|
|Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction||Sandbox/TPS||
Basically Grand Theft Auto in North Korea with destructible buildings and some early not as gay brown and bloom on a sixth-gen console. A lot of fun, even despite the rather floaty car mechanics and occasional repetition. If you do not play as the guy with a mohawk you are no fun at all. Also for the love of god look up the cheat for buying anything that uses the flare to retrieve for free - this way you can save money for blowing the shit out of things with cruise missiles and whatnot.
|Metal Arms: Glitch in the System||Platformer/TPS||Basically Ratchet & Clank without any squishy non-robots. The story's pretty basic, a bad guy has taken over, and you are part of the resistance, but the gameplay is really solid, the guns are awesome, and the game can be pretty challenging at times. Also, hacking into bigger robots is pretty awesome. Multiplayer is pretty awesome, too.|
|Mega Man Anniversary Collection||Platformer/Collection||An amazing collection of Mega Man games 1-8 plus the 2 arcade Power Battle titles. Same as the Gamecube/PS2 versions just with an unlockable epsiode of Mega Man NT Warrior instead of the Ruby Spears Mega Man cartoon episode on the PS2 or the G4 Icons Mega Man history episode on the Gamecube. A great game for any Mega Man fan, young or old.|
|Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance||Tactical Espionage Action||Metal Gear Solid 2 on the Xbox. Not as good as the PS2 version, but still a proper port for those who never owned a Sony console. When it rains on the tanker level the framerate drops, but that's just about the only fault this version has. You should buy the Xbox version over the PS2 version if you like the ability to use an in-game digital camera and store photos. Storing photos on a memory card can get a bit messy but the Xbox's HD is perfect for taking endless photos of in-game shots of just about any non cut-scene moment.|
|Medal of Honor: Frontline||WWII FPS||Remember when World War II games weren't overdone? Remember when the Medal of Honor series mattered? Remember that opening scene in Saving Private Ryan on the Normandy Beach during D-Day? There's a reason why there were 20 different MOH games last gen, and this game is that reason.|
|Metal Wolf Chaos||Mech Combat, Awesome||
America has been kidnapped by RICHAAAAAAARRD!
Warning: This game contains hilarious Engrish, American voice actors, shit blowing up, and
|Ninja Gaiden Black||Action-Adventure/Hack n' Slash||Ninja Gaiden Black is regarded as the best iteration of 2004's Ninja Gaiden. This game may put your balls in a blender with its difficulty, but its extremely good gameplay and features are the tools you'll need to take another step forward and put some hair on your chest. Tomonobu Itagaki, the game's creator, bumped up the difficulty (and added a very easy mode that literally ridicules you for playing it), added new modes, and other things to make this truly meet the vision he wanted. The graphics hold up today, and it's still worth playing.|
|Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee||Platformer||It's a 3D Oddworld, and one of the oldest Xbox titles. It has that Oddworld charm that everyone loves, but it kind of loses its vibe near the end. Still a worthy entry to the Oddworld series. Don't try playing it on the 360 though, the sound and visuals are fucked up. Also available on Steam.|
|Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath*||First/Third Person Shooter||Although this game is a far cry from its predecessors in terms of gameplay, it still retains the uniqueness that the Oddworld series has always had. You play as Stranger, a bounty hunter that is saving his money in order to have a mysterious operation preformed on himself. The gameplay is a blend of first and third person shooting, and adventure. Stranger has to hunt down various enemies using his cross bow that has ammunition that is literally living, with each type of ammo having a different set of abilities. Think Sadistic, first person, bounty hunting pikmin. The objective is to capture the main enemy alive, you can go all out and kill them, but you will receive less cash. This makes for a pretty original style of gameplay. Also available on Steam as part of the Oddboxx.|
|Otogi: Myth of Demons/Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors||Fantasy Action Adventure||Two extremely stylish action games where you play as some gay warrior who fights all sorts of enemies. They're both fun and the story doesn't matter too much, so if you can find a copy of either you'll be set.|
|Outrun 2006 - Coast 2 Coast||Racing (Arcade)||The definitive port from the arcade (seeing as they shared similar hardware) this game is one of the premier arcade racers, features great graphics, some of the greatest music in a racing game not to mention a nice selection of Ferrari's to drive. Includes a conversion of OutRun 2 SP (with OutRun 2 tracks) not to mention some new modes in the Coast 2 Coast. One of the most relaxing games ever.|
|Panzer Dragoon Orta||Rail shooter||The sequel to an already great franchise, this rail shooter's slick controls make it easy to pick up and start playing, but offers brutal difficulty to any player wishing to try the harder settings. It was a beautiful game when it released, and it still holds up today.|
|Phantom Crash||Mech Combat||Nice unique mech sim with a Japanese flavour. Good times will be had customising.|
|Phantom Dust||Action/TCG||Set in a dystopian future; you awake in a run down medical bay underground, with amnesia, only to find out that a group of Espers want to use you to rid the surface world of enemies that have succumbed to a cloud of dust that blankets the earth. The gameplay is third person action, after learning the basics of using different types of spells, you gain the ability to choose the spells you want with cards. Your attack style and abilities depend on what deck you have. With a cool style, and solid gameplay, this original game is sure to please.|
|Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time||Platformer||The same game that's also on the PS2, Gamecube and PC. Enjoy acrobatic moves and rewinding time, all while dealing with a battle system that will leave you FUUUU-ing. Has some great storytelling that I won't spoil for you, but you'll notice it, don't worry.|
|Project Gotham Racing 2||Racing||Decent balance of arcade and simulation style car racing and a spiritual sequel to the sublime Dreamcast title Metropolis Street Racer, also by Bizarre Creations, as well as a sequel to PGR1. Race high-end supercars and the like around the streets of Sydney, Hong Kong, Stockholm and even the motherfucking Nürburgring - among many other locations. The first game is good as well - letting you race Tokyo, New York and London if that's more to your fancy.|
|Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy||Action/Throwin' Muthafuckers Across The Room||Pick soldiers up, smack them into walls and then throw them across the room, WITH YOUR MIND! You control your telekinesis (one of four mind powers) with the analog sticks.|
|Psychonauts||Platformer||You played Mario 64, right? Of course you did. Well you know how in Mario 64 you jumped into paintings, and those were the levels? Well imagine that, but instead of jumping into paintings you're jumping into the heads of camp counselors, certifiably insane mental patients, and maybe even a giant fish. That is Psychonauts in a nut shell. The game's idea came from Tim Schafer, the guy behind some of the best graphic adventure games of all time, and it shows. Originality oozes out of every pore of this game, whether it's the fantastic story, level design and style, or the characters. You play as Raz (short for Rasputin) who runs away from the Circus in order to attend the Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp so that he can tune his psychic abilities to perfection. The game isn't strictly a platformer, and there are some adventure aspects, but they work well together. You'll be earning merit badges to get new abilities, exploring the camp, and more. This is truly a unique game, and one of the best games of last generation.|
|Psyvariar 2||Shmup||One of the few shmups on the Xbox, Psyvariar 2 is still completely awesome despite being a big fish in a small pond. Originally ported to the Dreamcast (as a lot of the non-American Xbox titles were) this vertical shooter has a unique "buzz" system where grazing bullets actually powers you up, has beautiful graphics and music that make Psyvariar 2 one of the more relaxing shooters despite being in the manic tradition. Well worth a play.|
|Rallisport Challenge 2||Rally Racing||One of the best off-road/rally racers in history. Stupid fun driving and a ton of tracks to race on.|
|Second Sight||TPS/Psychic shit||From those neat Brits at Free Radical comes Second Sight, a game in which you, John Vattic can pick up shit and toss shit with cool psychic powaz! Also on PS2, Gamecube, and PC. This one probably won't cost you much. Also try Psi-Op's The Mindgate Conspiracy (PS2/Xbox) if you like more psychic throwan and shit.|
|Serious Sam||FPS/Being a badass||Are you some kind of nancy boy or something? This is Serious motherfucking Sam! It doesn't matter what the fuck you're shooting, it's gonna die one way or another. The story can get odd at times but honestly by the last level you truly feel like you've become a total indestructible killing machine. Recommended if you like the Doom series. The developers also put some fun easter eggs if you're willing to go and find them.|
|Shenmue II||Adventure/Beat 'Em Up/Sim||
Shenmue II is Shenmue in Hong Kong. Weeaboo adventuring, long winded tedious jobs to do, shitloads of figurines, zippos etc to collect, a quite decent 3d fighting engine, all wrapped in a nice looking package and a decent story. However, it ends on a cliffhanger, and Shenmue III is still unlikely to be released.
You'll either think it's great or not like it at all. No real in between to be honest.
|Sid Meier's Pirates!||Strategy||Avast ye, salty dogs! The guy who made the Civilization games decided to make a strategy game involving mutherfucking pirates! Full of action and making you feel badass. One of the manliest games ever.|
|Silent Hill 2||Survival Horror||Arguably one of the greatest survival horror games of all time, Silent Hill 2 concerns the exploits of one James Sunderland who travels to the mysterious rural town of Silent Hill after he receives a letter from his dead wife. Lots of brick-shitting moments and has multiple endings. Play it - lest somebody spoils it.|
|Silent Hill 4||Survival Horror||Trapped in your apartment with a bunch of freaky shit, this game wanders away from the town of Silent Hill in place of a loner named Henry Townshend trying to escaped his fucked up apartment complex. Pretty fun with some brick shitting moments like with most Silent Hill games. Also on the PS2 and PC.|
|Sniper Elite||Third-Person Shooter||Realistic sniping sim. Interesting take on WWII and the dawn of the Cold War and bullet-cam is just so very satisfying. Definitely one of the hidden gems of this generation.|
|Sonic Heroes||Platformer||Considerably the last good Sonic game in a while, it involves 4 teams of 3 using a modified Sonic Adventure 2 engine to mix good gameplay with this team gimmick. It also works well for a 3d Sonic game but there are some glitches. Good music, good cutscenes, last Sonic game voiced by the original staff. And plus Metal Sonic looks even more awesome than before.|
|Sonic Mega Collection PLUS||Platformer/Collection||A great collection of all of Sonic's Game Gear/Genesis games with a few special guests. Better than the PS2 version because it doesn't slow down at times.|
|Soul Calibur II||Fighting||Perhaps the best entry in the Soul Calibur series, gameplay balance here was the best (although that's laughable for a SC game). This game was released on each console at the time, and this version came with Spawn. Second-best port, because to be honest despite the usual graphical parity between the Xbox and Gamecube, Link was the best unique character.|
|Splinter Cell||Stealth||First in the series of third-person stealth games where you play as Sam Fisher, a black ops agent who's almost more motherfucking stealthy than Solid Snake, almost. The second-best game in the series, but well worth playing through as an introduction. Be careful saving though, it could mean having to restart the entire mission.|
|Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow||Stealth||Somewhat of a black sheep in the Splinter Cell family but still brilliant in its own right. When the game was online the multiplayer was godly and overshadowed the campaign.|
|Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory||Stealth||Third-game in the Splinter Cell series, and essentially the best one out of the lot. One should play the games in order though just to savour the little game play improvements though. Also, try doing the co-op missions with a bro by LAN-ing, they're quite fun and usually overlooked. Oh and get used to seeing the into cinematic over and over, you can't skip that shit until the explosions begin to go off.|
|Splinter Cell: Double Agent||Stealth||The fourth game in the series also released on next-gen consoles. Unlike most end of life cross-gen ports this is actually regarded by many as the superior version precisely because of its similarity to its predecessors and its brilliant campaign and co-op mode.|
|SSX 3||Sport||Snowboardan gaem with an incredible soundtrack. Has a bit of an open world field to it, looked amazing for its time. Check it out if you have the chance.|
|Star Wars: Battlefront 2||FPS/TPS/Action/Flight-Sim||Fight in huge battles from the movies in either the Clone Wars or the Galactic Civil War. A surprisingly good shooter, with multiple classes who each have their own specialty. BF2 introduces new units (like the clone commander) and heroes, such as Boba Fett and Mace Windu. The heroes control great and can sway a match. Not to mention there's an added space combat mode which is fucking awesome.|
|Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy||Action/Adventure/FPS||The final game in the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series. In this game you don't play as Kyle Katarn, instead, you play as your own character with a few species to choose from, which is pretty cool. Otherwise, it plays like Jedi Knight II. Also, don't worry, Kyle's still in it. Also on PC.|
|Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic||RPG||Not only one of the best Star Wars games of all time, perhaps one of the best RPG games of all time. KotOR (as it's often shortened) is an engaging, fun, and lengthy WRPG with both classic and modern sensibilities set in the Star Wars universe 4,000 years before the original trilogy. This game set the way for games with the motif of good vs evil, where you choose your main character's actions. Made by BioWare, who went to extend this game's systems into Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and, of course, Dragon Age: Origins. Also on PC, like many Xbox games.|
|Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords||RPG||The sequel to BioWare's KotOR, The Sith Lords falters on the story-line scale, simply being not as interesting as the first (probably because it was developed by Obisidan instead which was founded by ex-Interplay employees). Gameplay is spot on, and even improved in certain areas though, so that still makes it better than 99.9% of Xbox games. Definitely worth owning. Also on PC.|
|Star Wars: Republic Commando||FPS|
|Steel Battalion||Mech FPS||The definitive mech piloting game in the history of man. MechWarrior is small time compared to this. See that controller? Yeah, only real manly mech pilots need apply.|
|Street Fighter Anniversary Collection||Fighter||Includes the definitive and final iteration of Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Also comes with the Street Fighter II animated movie. DELICIOUS! But seriously its a great collection for any Xbox owner, so buy it if you love (or even just like) Street Fighter. You can't go wrong with this. Best if one does not want to muck around with Arcade emulators (which are worth it for you modded guys who haven't done it already, but anon digresses).|
|Stubbs the Zombie In Rebel Without A Pulse||TPS/Adventure/Being A Dickhead||A game made with the Halo engine, Stubbs the Zombie is a game where you are the |
|Super Monkey Ball Deluxe||Puzzle||You control a monkey in a transparent ball on elevated stages and you need to get to a goal.
It's Marble Madness 3D with monkeys and monkey-related minigames.
Did I mention there's monkeys?
'cos there's some motherfucking monkeys.
I mean goddamn.
|Syberia II||Adventure||Describing most adventure games is kinda pointless. Grab it if you like the genre and don't mind cliffhangers. Also on PC with better controls.|
|Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus*||Fighter||A 3D fighting game made by John Tobias, Joshua Tsui and David Michicich after they left the Mortal Kombat franchise and Midway. It's fun because it's so brutal and destructive to your opponent, but as far as actual mechanics go, it's about as dry as cheap whiskey. Fun to play with friends.|
|Tetris Worlds||Puzzle||A Tetris game with a story-line (!?). Ignoring that odder than odd tid-bit, Tetris Worlds is classic Tetris you've come to expect, with many extra modes, nice backgrounds and visuals, online support, and enough extra shit to warrant whatever cheap price it is these days.|
|Thief: Deadly Shadows||Stealth||Run around in the shadows sneaking past gaurds and stealing loot. Some mystical shit kicks in later in the story that depending on how easily you may scared may cause you to "NOPE" a lot. Probably not though unless you're a super pussy.|
|The House Of The Dead III||Light Gun||Its a great light gun type of game that is really fun if you love zombies and shit like Time Crisis or the gun-based Resident Evil Survivor games. Also comes with House of the Dead 2, but you have to beat III first and trust me it isn't that hard.|
|The King of Fighters 2002/2003||2D Fighter||Decent ports of both KOF 2002 and 2003. Contrary to what Microsoft's website will tell you, neither of them work on the 360. 2002 has a bunch of graphical glitches that make it unplayable, and 2003 simply won't work.|
|The King of Fighters Neowave||2D Fighter||A pretty decent game with some ugly ass menus. One of the weirder KOF's, that's for sure.|
|The Red Star||Run 'N Gun||
Set in an alternate history Soviet Union, with industrialized magic running rampant. Gameplay consists mostly of beating up grunts in melee and memorizing bullet patterns to dodge for bosses, saving up points for character upgrades. Oh, and some side-scrolling shmup thrown in to stir things up a little. Good old arcade fun, on the whole. Also, it is based on a comic book of the same name, but doesn't actually spoil it in any way if you were concerned.
Actually only available as a complete beta on the Xbox so some searching (online) may be necessary.
|TimeSplitters 2||FPS||Spiritual successor to Goldeneye/Perfect Dark, but faster and with tons of content, challenges and game modes. One of the best FPS of the generation. Has a great single player and co-op campaign, incredible amount of challenge and arcade missions, tons and tons of levels and characters to unlock, a mapmaker mode, GOOD BOTS for multiplayer, and some great humor. You have no excuse to have never played this classic.Don't forget you can change the controls. The default scheme may feel a little odd. Oh and have fun finding dem easter eggs the devs put in.|
|TimeSplitters: Future Perfect||FPS||Although EA published this, it's still faithful to its predecessor. Once again, tons to do and unlock. You still can't jump. Campaign and mapmaker are more robust, and more weapons with more variety. Overall the game feels more polished than TS2 although loses a little of the atmosphere of its predecessor. Probably best to play TS2 before this in order to fully appreciate the little subtleties and the continued story..|
|TOCA\V8 Supercars\DTM Race Driver 3||Sport||Arguably the best touring car sim series of its time - Race Driver 3 builds upon that base with even more varied types of racing, from open-wheelers to auto-cross, hot-rods. Some would say the series lost focus as a result but arguably the engine improvements in this incarnation make up for it immensely.|
|Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2X||Sport||One of the greatest extreme sports games, if not THE greatest, known for its easy to learn but hard to master gameplay and making a bunch of obese neckbeards try to take up skateboarding. This port has upgraded graphics, custom soundtracks (which you'll only use to put Pro Skater 1's soundtrack if anything) not to mention the levels from Pro Skater 1 as unlockables as well.|
|Top Spin||Sport||Part of Microsoft's push into the sports game market under the XSN Sports banner, this game is arguably one of the best tennis sims of all time and ridiculously competitive in multiplayer. Once you've mastered "risk shots" this shit becomes incredible.|
|Voodoo Vince*||Platformer||Voodoo Vince follows the story of a voodoo doll who has lost his owner. Vince's owner Madam Charmaine is taken hostage by an evil genie, planning to use Madam's powers on the world to spread evil (???). The sorta crappy storyline is redeemed by the art style and visual effects, along with fun old school platforming. Like Banjo Kazooie, there are lots of items to collect which enhance Vince and give him more voodoo powers to inflict pain onto his enemies.|
|Volvo: Drive for Life||Racing||A little promo game for Volvo that is actually surprisingly fun to play and has a feel somewhere between Forza Motorsport and Sega Rally. Not to mention it has videos showcasing Volvo's safety testing facility. Short - but definitely worth picking up for more than novelty purposes.|
|The Warriors||Beat-'Em-Up||Awesome take on the events during and surrounding the cult classic gang movie from the 70's. Beat the shit out of anyone who crosses you, steal car stereos for money, and escape gangs that chase you as you make your way back to Coney Island after being framed for killing the leader of New York's largest gang.|
|Whiplash||Platformer||You play as a weasel handcuffed to a bunny trying to escape the product testing lab where they were forced to have chemicals tested on them. What it lacks in innovative gameplay it makes up for tenfold in hilarious humor and pure fun.
Also available on the PS2.
|X-Men Legends||Action RPG||Command the X-Men in an awesome squad-based real-time rpg. Everyone is unique, with tons of powers and abilities to upgrade and equipment to find. Tons of team combos. Runs better on another system though, as the load times can be fucking long as well as frequent.|
|X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse||Action RPG||Same deal as the first game, but now you team up with the Brotherhood, which essentially doubles the roster of characters.|