Hi, all! I need a hand here.
I sorta skipped over the XBox. It was introduced shortly after I stopped reviewing games in 2001 and, eight years later, after using the machine mainly as a DVD player, I’m playing catchup. :) I assembled a bunch of games from eBay and Amazon earlier this year, but
I’d be grateful if folks could point me to significant releases I’ve missed. (I won’t need those that also appeared on PC, as I’ll likely have them.)
Here’s what I put together to date. Be gentle. I’m aware there’s probably a fair amount of crap in here. I should have asked for advice back then! :)
Both Baldur’s Gate; Dark Alliances
All the Burnouts
Call of Duty Finest Hour, CoD 2: Big Red One, CoD 3
Dead to Rights II
Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes
Both Far Crys
Both Fatal Frames
Ghost Recon: Summit Strike
Golden Eye: Rogue Agent
Both Kingdom Under Fires
Lord of the Rings: The Third Age and The Two Towers
Medal of Honor Frontline, European Assault and Rising Sun
Midtown Madness 3
The three Mortal Kombats
Ninja Gaiden Black
Operation Flashpoint Elite
Rainbow Six: Black Arrow and Critical Hour
Red Dead Revolver
Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War
The Simpsons: Road Rage
Sega GT 2002
Shadow the Hedgehog
Soul Calibur II
Star Wars: Clone Wars, Episode III, Jedi Starfighter and Obi-Wan
Both Steel Battalions
Test Drive Off-Road: Wide Open
The two non-PC Tony Hawks: 2x and Project 8
The two Unreal Championships
Test Drive: Eve of Destruction
Panzer Dragoon Orta
Both Halos (unless you played them on PC, poor bastard)
That’s not say that the others are all crap (though I don’t care for many of them), but I can vouch for these.
Here are others recommended by reputation:
LOTR: Two Towers and Return of the King (not Third Age)
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath
Both Steel Battalions
X-Men Legends (and II if you didn’t play it on PC)
Morrowind (Though I assume you played on PC).
Besides Morrowind, Dark Alliances, and Gauntlet, I don’t know what I would want on XBOX :) I love me some RPG!
Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire both have PC ports if your computer is anything newer than 2005.
I also dug Thief Deadly Shadows and Fable if you didn’t play them already
In my opinion, the one absolutely indispensable Xbox title is Jet Set Radio Future. It takes everything that was great about the first one and turns it up to eleven. It was in fact the game that sold me the system. I also highly recommend Phantom Crash, Phantom Dust (similar names, but wildly different, though both esoterically Japanese, games), Soccer Slam, Deathrow, and DOA3 (the best of the series in my opinion).
Mortal Kombat 1-3? Seriously? Please pass on the Xbox Far Cry games. Obi-Wan is piss-poor.
Play Starfighter on Steam.
I really liked the second Mortal Kombat on Xbox, the one with Chess Kombat and Puzzle Kombat. It’s nowhere close to the best fighting game ever but good fun to mess around in. I was actually thinking about giving it a bit of playtime a few days ago.
A must have Xbox 1 game is Rallisport Challenge 2. That should be the first game on your list. It’s made by DICE and still plays excellently. The Thing is a cool game and an interesting take on “survival horror”.
Did you play a different game than I did?
Evidently, both he and I did. While the original was great, the sequel was ten times better.
Riddick was good. KOTOR too.
The highlights that you don’t have people have already mentioned. The Xbox was not a very strong system for exclusives, especially if you game on PC at all. While I bought my system for the few exclusives it does have, I wound up mostly using it for multiplatform releases because the Xbox version of those was usually the best.
Woah! There’s three of us!?!? I thought I was the only one at Qt3 who felt that way about the two Jet Set games. I agree that the sequel took out all the parts I didn’t like about the first one, and improved all the parts that I did like about the original, making it a much, much better game, and my second favorite game on the Xbox (after Halo).
This is the first I’ve heard about a hivemind consensus against JSRF. Of course it doesn’t exactly come up all the time, given that it’s a six-year-old game in a dead franchise.
I wish so hard that they’d make another one.
I gotta say with Smilebit gone and having seen what they did with NiGHTS, I really don’t want Sega to go near that franchise again.
Basically, my issue is that they took out everything I liked about the game. The truth is, though, even if I wasn’t a huge fan of JGR, I still wouldn’t have liked JSRF. But considering I was a fan, JSRF was and is the biggest disappointment I have ever played.
Go on NeoGAF or some other site where console gamers/otaku congregate and you’d see more on both sides. Still, at the price it costs nowadays, which is like $5 and you can even get it paired with a decent GT3 clone, its worth trying.
I liked JSRF a lot until I got stuck and had no idea what I was supposed to be doing. Took it out of the tray and never played it again.
I seem to recall people speaking highly of Spider-Man 2 around here.
I was quite fond of Racing Evoluzione. And Rallisport Challenge 2 as mentiones above is perhaps the best game on the system.
RSC was pretty awesome for its PC port, shame they never ported the second one.
Knights of the Old Republic
Beyond Good and Evil
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System