The Xbox is five years as of today. It really doesn’t seem like so many years. Allow me to recall some Xbox moments in my life.
The Xbox party. I went to this Microsoft-sponsored Xbox party, given out by the Pelit magazine. Our crew were all readers of said magazine. It was a hoot, and I think I decided that I needed an Xbox at the event.
Dead Or Alive 3. I could not believe how good DOA3 looked. It still ranks among the top cats, mind. Instalment 4 doesn’t have nearly the same impact.
Completing Halo for the first time. I’ve done it quite a few times since – I lost count, but I imagine I’ve been through something like five times since. Also, playing Halo in co-op is a unique experience.
Hooking up on Live. I only did this with the 360 this year, but it was a revelation, nonetheless. How easy can you make online gaming?
Losing myself in Morrowind. The Xbox certainly saw many PC ports, which was nice since I couldn’t afford a gaming PC. The PC crew may boast about their mod-support all they like, they can’t take away my dozens of experiences with Morrowind on TV. Although the bugs did grate.
Listening to my music while carving up a mountain in Amped 2. Customizable playlists are a big thing to me and it’s great they’ve only made them better with the 360. I was so into Amped 2 for some time that whenever I got a new record, I ripped it to the Xbox and listened to it on board.
Kung Fu Chaos. Kung Fu Chaos was the very first item on my Xbox “want” list and I finally got it a month or so ago. It’s very good indeed and feels like a fitting goodbye to the console.
I will be playing on my Xbox for a good time to come, but I can’t see myself buying very many new games. There are still some titles I want to check out, like Otogi 2, but my heart is very much in the next-gen playground already.
It’s also fitting that the five-year old has finally learned how to talk.
GamesIndustry.biz has an article up on this, check it out.
Update: Eurogamer has put together a pretty cool list of quality Xbox titles you probably missed. Handy shopping list if you’re picking one up now that they’re as cheap as a Gamecube.