You knew this one was coming and I’m gonna spare you the usual opening paragraph and just get right into it.
1) Halo: Combat Evolved
If you own an Xbox, then odds are you’ve played Halo. It’s the reason a vast majority of people even bought an Xbox, myself included. I was little at the time so I didn’t get one until 2005 when I was 9 years old, but our neighbors who had a son the same age as my older brother got one a year after the console launched and he picked up Halo with it. And so began my love of this franchise. There’s just something about the original Halo that makes it stand out from everything, even its successors. It has this charm to it and for the time it was one of the most graphically impressive games out there. Not to mention things that have become commonplace in console FPS games, such as open environments and the default control schemes all originated with the original Halo.
2) Fable: The Lost Chapters
Despite a lot of unfulfilled promises by the games developer, Fable: The Lost Chapters(Technically the original version of Fable, but that still applies to this directors cut version.) was a hit and became one of Microsofts big IP’s. The decisions you made shaped the world that you played in and changed how your character looked and was perceived by others. It’s a shame that the franchise is now dead.
3) Fuzion Frenzy
Back in the day, you had to invite your friends over if you wanted to play video games together on console. Xbox Live wasn’t a thing until 2003/2004 and I don’t really know anyone who played a PS2 game online despite the fact that it was possible. So party games were all the rage back then and Fuzion Frenzy was Microsofts answer to Mario Party. This one was more of a cult hit though. I thought it was stupidly fun and it gave me endless amounts of fond memories. Sadly my disc no longer works and the version on the Xbox 360 Arcade has framerate problems and I think input lag, hard to tell which is which sometimes. I really wished this series had continued, but the sequel on Xbox 360 put the nail in the coffin for this series because it was just terrible.
4) Loons: The Fight for Fame
I’m a big fan of the original Looney Tunes and with my love of party games this one naturally found its way into my hands. Just like Fuzion Frenzy, this one was loads of fun to play with others and definitely felt like an authentic Looney Tunes game because it was just so wacky and sometimes over the top with cartoon humor and violence. There was never a dull moment.
5) Batman Begins
For a tie-in game, Batman Begins was actually pretty fun to play. The controls were tight, the fear mechanic was oh so satisfying, and you couldn’t just charge into a group of enemies and expect to live if even one of them had a gun. You felt like Batman and to me that was one of the most important things. I’ve probably played through this game at least a dozen times over the years.
.... and that actually wraps up this list. I never owned many games for my Xbox, just like how I don’t own many for my Xbox One. Xbox 360 is the exception to that because it was my first seventh generation system so naturally I bought all my games for it until I got a PS3 in 2012. But there just wasn’t a whole lot that I wanted on my Xbox, not to mention Microsoft didn’t have a lot to offer me in terms of exclusive titles... much like now.