After being a one hundred percent supporter for Sony in the previous generation I finally made the switch to Microsoft this generation and purchased an Xbox 360. One of the nice things about this generation of video game consoles is the ability to download games from the previous consoles. There are many games from the original Xbox that I can now enjoy by downloading on Xbox Live.
Burnout 3: Takedown
Gran Turismo was my preference in the racing industry for a long time because I enjoyed the realistic simulation style. After playing the Burnout series I started to change my tune. Burnout was so fun that it was clear the arcade style of racing was definitely the way to go.
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
There is something for everybody on Xbox Live. Crash Bandicoot is well suited for younger gamers although that doesn’t mean adults won’t enjoy it either. Crash Bandicoot is a Mario-like fun and clean adventure so fans of Mario will probably also like Crash Bandicoot.
Halo: Combat Evolved
Don’t be confused by the title. Halo: Combat Evolved is usually just referred to as Halo and is the first game in Microsoft’s huge franchise. First person shooters were popular before Halo but this game was ground breaking and took the first person shooters to another whole level. Halo: Combat Evolved is a must for any first person shooter fan.
Black is another first person shooter. It did not receive the praise that Halo received but it got a solid 8 out of 10 score from many publications. Black’s best feature is the graphics and sound. The cinematic action is great and the sound effects are top notch.
Ninja Gaiden Black
The original version of Ninja Gaiden Black was a game for the Xbox that took five years to develop. After Ninja Gaiden was finally released there were improvements made through expansions. Ninja Gaiden Black is one of the reworked versions that includes the original game, two Hurricane packs and has changes to the game including new foes and costumes.
Sid Meier’s Pirates!
If you love pirates then there is really only one game you should own. Sid Meier’s Pirates! is by far the best representation of pirate life in video game form. Each player starts as an upcoming pirate who takes over a ship, recruits men, pillages towns, searches for buried treasure, steals gold, duels with other pirates and hopefully woos the heart of a pretty lady.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Unfortunately Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a step down from Vice City but it is certainly still a fun game. The music and characters are not as enjoyable as Vice City but the gameplay is the same so the missions are still fun.
Max Payne and Max Payne 2
The Max Payne is not a perfect series of video game but it is a perfect choice for Xbox Live. The Max Payne games were not worth the money when they were at full price but now that you can buy them at the price of an Xbox Live game it is a good value.
Jade Empire is an action role-playing game that allows users to become a martial artist. As the player goes through the story they can choose a fighting style, a martial art, a weapon style or magic style. Many praised Jade Empire for being a very unique game and it received an 89 score on Metacritic.