Got a new XBox - need games recommendations
With the recent price drop, I grabbed an XBox, modded it and had a 80gig drive installed. I was originally a little guilty about spending so much money on a toy, but the thing is an amazing media center. Great value since I no longer have to buy the media center pc I was planning on, it does the job admirably and plays just about every emulated retro-game I'd like as well.
Now, that said - I'm having issues finding XBox games I actually like.
I picked up PGR2 and NFS: Underground as well as rented Ninja Gaiden. Like both of the racing games, although Underground hurts me just by how much more it could have been. (Note to EA dumbasses: All you needed to do is clone Street Rod 2 with ricemobiles. Is that so hard?)
What other games should I look at? I absolutely refuse to play a FPS on this thing. I've already played the hell out of Vice City on the PC. I don't mind beat em ups. Don't mind good golf games (been thinking about trying Links 2004 due to Gabe and Tychos recommendations). LOVE good racing games. Love em.
Any recommendations? I'd love a good RPG if such a thing exists for this box. Is Viewtiful Joe a XBox game? Any must haves?
Any recommendations appreciated, I just don't know very much about this platform.
Soul Calibur 2 -- great fighting game.
Gladius -- interesting and unusual strategy RPG.
Top Spin -- best. tennis. game. ever.
Metal Arms -- interesting mix of Halo and platformer.
Panzer Dragoon Saga -- gorgeous and deep 3D railed shooter.
Just to add...
-SSX 3: Fantastic Snowboarding game with all of the speed, flair, and ride tweaking that Underground can offer...just with people instead of cars.
-Prince of Persia: Action adventure game with many environmental puzzles and mashtastic combat. Great visuals, smart level layouts, a unique time-reversal gimmick to cut down on erratic jumping puzzle fuckups, highly recommended.
-Kotor is a good bet if you feel the urge to RPG it up.
-Halo co-op is worth a look regardless of preconceived notions for FPS gaming on Xbox.
There's also Project Gotham Racing 2. Online integration is pretty cool.
--Splinter Cell, and SC Pandora Tomorrow
--Rainbow Six 3 (fun mutliplayer there, too)
--Deathrow, an overlooked alternative sports gem
--Tony Hawk's Underground
--Beyond Good and Evil
--Fight Night (boxing)
--Crimson Skies, an action-oriented dogfighter
--Colin McRae Rally 03 and 04 (rally car racing)
--MechAssault (Mechwarrior stuff, really inexpensive now)
--Morrowind GOTY edition (with both expansion packs)
--A bunch of good sports games from ESPN and Sega
If you don't mind not having Live connectivity, the EA Sports games are also great.
Viewtiful Joe is GameCube-only.
Edit: My bad, the ESPN games are Sega games :oops:
Yeah, basically what these guys said. Did you mod your Xbox in whatever way it is that still allows you to run Xbox Live? We could always use more quality Pandora Tomorrow players, and this is the board to be on if you can afford Steel Battalion.
Burnout 2 is a good racing/demolition derby type game.
I apparently CAN do XBox live, but it's involved - I haven't read up on what's necessary yet.
As for Steel Batallion - Ooh.. I was jonesing for that game from day one. That is on the definite maybe list, not sure I can justify spending that much on a single game. ;>
Thanks for all the suggestions, I'm going to grab some of these out of the local Rogers and see how they play.
SC: PT is one that looked good, but almost like it was only useful in MP/Live mode.
The single-player is actually quite good, IMO, although it probably takes only a dozen hours at most, end to end. It has a lot less trial-and-error than the first one, less linear maps, and the guards don't use flashights as much. It's still challenging, but there's a lot less "figure out how to do it right by doing it wrong several times." High production values and good voice acting (Michael Ironside does Sam Fisher).
Originally Posted by Backov
Dynasty Warriors Dynasty Warriors Dynasty Warriors Dynasty Warriors Dynasty Warriors!
Originally Posted by Backov
DW3, to be specific. Although DW4 is still really enjoyable, for a few intangible reasons I like DW3 more. It'd be hard for you to dislike either game, really.
Virtua Fighter 4 is also a great fighting game, but with a steep learning curve. That might not bother you, but it could bother your friends if they're anything like mine, which means you'll find yourself playing VF4 by yourself more often than not. Soul Calibur 2 is a "safer bet" since it's still a great game, but tends to appeal to casual gamers more.
Prince of Persia, Burnout 2, KOTOR, Beyond Good and Evil, and SSX 3 have all been mentiond, but I wanted to second them.
Tiger Woods 2004 is an exceptional golf game, if you don't mind the lack of internet play. It's got a lot of depth to it.
See if you can grab Metal Arms cheap somewhere. It's a nifty little game.
Thanks for all the good suggestions.. I rented Soul Calibur 2 and Gladius..
SC seems like a button masher. It's been a long time since my Street Fighter 2 days. ;>
Gladius is very cool, but who was the designer who thought it was a really cool idea that the only way to save in the first village/league area was to LEAVE that village and advance the plot? Oh, good design there.
I'll slowly but surely see if I can check out some of the rest of these, like Dynasty Warriors, SSX3, etc.. My local video store doesn't seem to have a very good games selection.
Sorry for going off on a tangent, but what media center functions does it perform?
Plays just about any format of video there is.. divx, xvid, various avis, etc.. The list is very long and it plays just about all of them flawlessly. An exception seems to be WMV9 - not sure it can play that (yet).
Quite decent DVD playback without the XBox dvd add on.
Plays MP3s/WAV/FLAC/etc with a nice on screen interface.. Also plays Shoutcast streams off the net.
It also has Samba support in the XBox Media Center, so it plays stuff off of my XBoxMedia shared directory on my laptop as well.
Will run just about every retro gaming emulator.. I have MAME and NES, SNES, N64, PSX and Genesis emulators installed. Only problem I have encountered is that the bigger NeoGeo MAME games run the XBox out of ram during startup.. Oh, that and the various MAME rom/version incompatibilities.
One of the things it doesn't do yet is PVR since it has no video in. They are working on that with a USB vid capture device, I'm sure they'll get it going.
Of course, it effortlessly integrated itself with my network and the EvoX dashboard automatically sets up FTP and Telnet servers.
Great piece of hardware/software.
Actually, not too bad... add Tivo functionality to that and I'd be seriously tempted.
Originally Posted by Backov
Yeah, Dynasty Warriors 4 is great beat-em-up.
Very nice. I think I need to look into this. I'd love to have something that could play divx/xvid off of burned cds.
Originally Posted by Backov
I'd recommend Beyond Good and Evil and Tiger Woods 2004.
I never thought I'd like a golf game and I can't stop playing, so if you actually want to play golf, I'm sure you'll like it.
Burnt media is not something the XBox (stock) reads very well the majority of the time. Some of them do, but only the ones with Samsung drives.
I personally don't find it to be an issue at all.. Copy the file to the box, or just have it read it off a samba share. Hell you could have the burnt disk in your pc and have the samba share be your CD/DVD drive in the PC. ;>
Does the XBox version of Dynasty Warriors 4 fix the glitch that makes enemies magically invisible until they pop into view four feet away from your character? And the glitch that sends a relentless flood of generic soldiers at you for hours at a time while you beat them off with approximately three different attacks? Because that would almost make it worth playing.
Originally Posted by snowmyr
Even the crappy thompson drives can read DVD-R and CD-RW media with no problems. They do have big problems with CD-R however.
It can read my DVD-Rs, but not well. Perhaps it's just my crappy DVDRs, dunno.
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That was wonderful, Matthew.