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Recommendations Needed...

 6:45 pm on Dec 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

I got an Xbox for Christmas (thanks, Santa!) and I'm looking for recommendations for a good game or two. The unit itself came with a pretty good racing game and a rather lame skating game. I'm looking for something in the action/shooting genre. I've played some of the James Bond titles on N64 (e.g., Goldeneye) and found them fairly engaging. Ideally, the title would take good advantage of the Xbox's graphics, offer plenty of levels & scenery, but not have a daunting learning curve (due to limited play-hours available!). Any opinions on Halo, Splinter Cell, or MechAssault?



 9:54 am on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Halo rocks, the story is okay (although not as good as half-life's due to the "complete a multi-stage level then get carried to new location" style of play which I found jarring) it more than makes up for this with challenging enemies whom can do a half-decent impression of battle-hardened warriors who can dodge, throw grenades and return fire like you wouldn't believe - plus your occasional fire-support in the form of other marines are pretty impressive soldiers in their own right.

Might also be a plus but the deathmatch abilities of Halo are PC standard (big outdoor levels, usable vehicles etc) but which are let down by no integrated bot system.

If you liked the N64 bond titles try TimeSplitters2, it is by the same development team, has a similar play style (creep in, avoid setting off alarms, terminate defenders, complete missions(s), escape), nice visuals plus a much improved story mode over the original timesplitters game (mostly because they at least attempted to link the levels to suggest what was going on rather than just leave it as a collection of unlinked stages).

The real meat of timesplitters 2 lays in the challenge and tournament modes which take the form of either sub-games (the ever classic behead-the-undead or shooting melons from the hands of running monkeys with a sniper rifle) or traditional modes such as death match or assault (drool!) - you play to unlock extra levels, weird weapons (ie bricks and fire extinguishers), gameplay modes and characters for use in custom games.

- Tony


 1:38 pm on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks, DQ. I tried to purchase a copy of Halo, but the store was out. (I had a nifty $30 coupon to use at that store - it came with the original purchase. I'm not quite sure how that store does it, since I doubt if there is much margin in selling the box. Happy to have it, though...) Rather than scouring all the electronics stores, I just picked up an inexpensive 007 game to tide me over. I'll be sure to check out TS2.


 1:57 pm on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

GTA3, i beleive it is also released on the xbox.

Great Game.


 2:26 pm on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

HALO! By the far the best reason to own an Xbox.

Splinter Cell is pretty cool.

If you like Football, NCAA 2003 or Madden are both great.


 2:30 pm on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ikbenhet1, it looks like Sony tied up the GTA series by contract to keep the titles off other platforms: [gamespot.com...]



 4:14 pm on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit II for XBox
GTA 3 for XBox.

Check out the GameSpot Reviews


 4:29 pm on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

MotoGP on LIVE is a blast. Unreal Tournament Championship is never boring, especially LIVE. The headset communications add a whole new dimension to gaming.


 4:58 pm on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

ow, i did not know that. But i do have the pc version.Anyway great game for sure, spent many ours on the game while waiting for the google update.


 8:01 pm on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

spent many hours on the game while waiting for the google update

Hmmm, well, that makes it a deductible business expense then, doesn't it? :)


 9:24 pm on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Halo alone is a justification of owning XboX:)...as others have said, campaign mode is pretty dang good and all, but the real fun is in multi-player...to start off, get four controlers and have some buddies over...then Halo will own you....hehehehehehe

MechAssult was decent; I felt that it didn't live up to the hype (well...whatever the hype it got before the release)...Unreal is pretty tight and all, but it won't live up to Halo

House of the Dead III will keep you entertained for good two weeks as you can unlock the House of the Dead II...but don't expect this game to have a great replay value as you will most likely come to a point where you have memorized where the zombies are...etc.

Just start out with Halo...that game will keep you busy for a while...especially on Legendary mode:)

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