You may not think it as I'm the co-host of Pod of War a PlayStation based Podcast, that I was a big Xbox guy.
I'm going to take you back to 2002 and the original Xbox which launched in Europe March 2002 (Launching a console in March that will never work) which had this amazing new IP called Halo: Combat Evolved along with Dead or Alive 3, Jet Set Radio Future and more.
DOA3 & JSRF I was really excited about as someone who had a Dreamcast and wanted sequels to some of the consoles beat games.
I eventually got a OG Xbox for Christmas 2002 which gave me all four of that generation systems, by that time the OG Xbox library was pretty big and included a bunch of SEGA games with more to come.
But it was the exclusives such as Halo early on and then the likes of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Project Gotham Racing 2, Jade Empire, Morrowind, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, Fable and loads more.
It was also the best place to play third party games thanks to Xbox Live and a few friends also having Xboxes to set-up System Link in Halo.
The OG Xbox was my main system during the sixth generation, that when the seventh generation console talk started there was only one that I was going to buy right away and that was the Xboxes replacement the Xbox 360.
Which brings me to the point of this piece as recently Microsoft announced the Xbox 360 will be discontinued after over 10 years on the market, there will still be games for the system along with Xbox Live staying around.
I did find it sort of sad that something I played and loved for so many years coming to an end. I remember getting my first Xbox 360 not at launch but a few weeks later back in December 2005.
This was due to the fact I preordered mine in a local GameStation who were getting around 100 in day one, I think I was 101 so it was touch & go if I would get one and I didn’t. I remember being gutted as I had been saving for months for this new system and I couldn’t get one anywhere in the area and I was ringing stores 2hrs drive away.
Then suddenly one-day GAME had some spare ones in, I got my grandfather to take me right in to get the console which when I got to the GAME I found out something about the console. Your thinking they sold it before I got there, it wasn’t that bad, the 360 in question was a core which if you didn’t know didn’t come with a Hard Drive, had a wired controller and was all white but this had to do.
I got the console, a memory card as they sold out of Hard Drives which meant I couldn’t play my OG Xbox games on the 360, a wireless controller, play & charge kit and 4 games which were Project Gotham Racing 3, Call of Duty 2 and the big two from RARE Perfect Dark Zero & Kameo: Elements of Power.
The Xbox 360 would be my main system for most the seventh generation and the core system I got at launch would later be replaced due to Red Ring of Death and me being unable to wait to finish the fight in Halo 3 as the core was in for repair, I got an Elite then later down the road the last 360 I would own a Slim which would eventually get traded in for a Wii U.
I played some fantastic games on the Xbox 360 such as Oblivion, Mass Effect Trilogy, Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare, BioShock, Red Dead Redemption with most of the best games I played on the system being third party.
That’s not to say there weren’t great exclusive titles and as I love a good list here is the 10ish best exclusives on the Xbox 360, I’ve not counted any XBLA games due to the fact most of the best ones have come out elsewhere or going to like the fantastic Metroidvania Shadow Complex.
I start my Top 10 with and if your reading this and own a Xbox One, I let you know if you cam play these great games.
A game that was something like nine years in the making by the time it came to the Xbox 360, was this a bit of a cult classic from Remedy starring Alan Wake a best-selling thriller novelist who tries to uncover the mystery behind his wife's disappearance during a vacation in the small fictional town of Bright Falls, Washington, all while experiencing events from the plot in his latest novel, which he cannot remember writing, coming to life in this psychological horror third-person shooter.
With the recent release of Remedy’s latest game Quantum Break on Xbox One, has seen Alan Wake along with all the DLC made backwards compatible.
Crackdown was a strange one as I bought it like many people due to the Halo 3 BETA. Yet I like many found a great game about taking down gangs, finding orbs in at the time a large open city.
Unfortunately, the game has yet been made backwards compatible with the Xbox One. Hopefully when Crackdown 3 comes to Xbox One, this along with the not so good sequel become available to play.
One of the main reasons I jump into the Xbox 360 right away as like the OG Xbox Dead or Alive was a big deal to me. As it's one of my favourite fighting series and DOA4 included a Spartan and how cool is that.
This is also not backwards compatible, which is rather disappointing as the last time I played DOA4 there was still an active community online but with the release of DOA5 and other fighters on Xbox One such as Microsoft's Killer Instinct there might just not be enough call for the game.
This one might be even more sadder then the discontinuation of the Xbox 360 as not to long ago Lionhead closed down.
Which is a real shame as they did do before all the Kinect nonsense, some quirky Action RPG with British humour and silliness on your mission to save Albion.
Fable II also started the whole dog companion crazy, thankfully you can also save Albion if you have a Xbox One as the game is Backwards Compatible and so it's sequel. Yet Fable Anniversary isn't which is a real shame as that remains the best Fable.
I could have said any of the Gears of War trilogy (we will forget Judgment is a thing), yet with the first getting the remaster treatment and GoW2 kicking everything up a level. This was the only choice of maybe the best game on the Xbox 360 about shooting dudes as Buskalilly would put and it even has that scene which shows even games about chainsawing enemies can have an emotional story.
Also Horde Mode was pretty okay. Due to the remaster of the first all the Gears even Judgment are playable on Xbox One.
This could have been a hard one as to which Halo to pick as Halo 3 finished the first trilogy, Wars is just so different to the rest & one of a few RTS games that works well on console, ODST even though still a FPS shooter plays very different to the ones starring Spartans.
Yet there was only really only one choice the second best and last good Halo, Bungie's swansong Halo: Reach which can stand side-by-side with Gears of War 2 as the best First Person Shooter on the Xbox 360 about shooting dudes.
With the Master Chief collection and Halo being Xboxes biggest series all the games in the series are backwards compatible, so you decide which Halo is the best.
If you think Xbox the first thing that comes to most people’s mind is Halo, FIFA and COD along with a certain group of gamers. That a JRPG wouldn't really enter anyone's mind when it comes to Xbox well Microsoft tried breaking into the Japanese market with the Xbox 360 after the little success the OG Xbox had there.
The plan get loads of talented well-known Japanese developers to bring out some exclusives titles to the system with one being 4-DIsc 50+ hour Lost Odyssey from Mistwalker headed up by the creator of Final Fantasy.
Lost Odyssey is a hidden gem on the Xbox 360 and well tracking down if you’re a JRPG fan, the game isn't backwards compatible.
Now this is an odd one you might think. I had never watched the show or read any of the manga but did know what Naruto was but I was never going to play any of the games. Then Ubisoft of all companies developed an action adventure based on the anime right from the very start which was great for me not knowing about the series. Rise of the Ninja was a critical hit and did well enough to get a sequel in The Broken Bond which we didn’t get a continuation of.
Both games aren’t Backwards Compatible which is a shame as both are decent action adventure games for even non fans of Naruto.
I'm not the biggest racing fan and the simulation nature of Forza isn't really for me. Which makes PGR4 the go to exclusive racer on Xbox 360 with its arcade action.
Also you can play Geometry Wars within the game. With Microsoft now having an arcade racer in Forza Horizon, I can't see PGR coming back anytime soon even as a backwards compatible Xbox One game.
The last game on my list is from RARE, a simple game about maintaining a garden and getting some Piñata’s to life in your garden.
It's sure is fun trying to get that rare Piñata to move into get tour gardening rank up. You can now play the game on Xbox One as well, so why not enjoy the fun.
There you go, that's my history with the Xbox consoles and the good times with the Xbox platform with some cracking games that are only on Xbox.
What were your best experiences with the Xbox 360?