What do you recommend for the Xbox 360?

Mallus

Legend
So I just inherited a 360 from a friend who's divesting himself of his possessions ahead of a move out of state. Lucky me!

Thanks to my wife's new interest in fitness games, I've ordered Kinect & Your Shape (& Kinect Sports).

What else is good? BTW, I've already got a PS3 (and now have far too many game systems/game-capable devices for a married 42 year old man!).
 

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Agamon

Adventurer
If you're getting a Kinect, Dance Central 2. DC and DC2 are the best Kinect games. Child of Eden and The Gunstringer are pretty good, too.

Skyrim, of course, if you don't already have it for PS3 or PC. Trine 2 and Quarrel are good XBL games. I agree with Forza, awesome racing game.
 

If you've already got a PS3 and decent library, I highly recommend searching for older Xbox releases, maybe even used games. It will save you a ton of money, and let you grow you collection more. Here's some of the Xbox exclusives you might enjoy, and can find pretty cheap:

The Halo series is the default FPS. These are the games by which all of FPSs are judged. You need to own at least one of them.

Gears of War series is a solid alternative to the standard FPS; it has many of the same elements but changes the perspective to 3rd person. They are another solid addition to any collection.

You might want to pick up Lost Planet. It only came to PS3 two years after its Xbox release, so a lot of PS3ers missed it. I'm in the middle of LP2 right now, which is solid but not as good as the first.

Beautiful Katamari is an Xbox exclusive title in the Katamari series (originally PS3 exclusive). If you like puzzle and non-violent games, this is as good as it gets.

Left for Dead is a great zombie shooter, but it's really geared towards multiplayer. Don't expect too much out of the single player mode.
 

frankthedm

First Post
The Halo series is the default FPS. These are the games by which all of FPSs are judged. You need to own at least one of them.

Gears of War series is a solid alternative to the standard FPS; it has many of the same elements but changes the perspective to 3rd person. They are another solid addition to any collection.
For a shooter where where most enemies don't soak up Bullets like a sponge soaks up water, I'd recommend Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Vegas 1 or 2 or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 or 2 {harsh language].
 

Mark Hope

Adventurer
What kind of games do you like? That would help with finding some recommendations...

Just off the top of my head, though...

For shooters, I can't really agree with the praise given to Halo. I found the Halo games to have moments of genius interspersed with long stretches of suck. I prefer Half-Life 2 (get the Orange Box) for great action and a cool story. I'm playing insane amounts of Borderlands (shooter with rpg elements) and played both Left 4 Dead games to bits. Gears of War is good too - some great NPCs in those games. For adventure games, I'd recommend the Assassin's Creed series. Mirror's Edge is also a beautiful game (parkour action in a slick dystopian future). For horror games, The Darkness is fantastic, with a really gut-wrenching story. Oblivion is good, if a little large. Haven't played Dragon Age or Skyrim yet, but hear good things about them.

Also second the recommendation to get 2nd-hand games. You'll get some fantastic bargains that way.
 

Dragonwriter

First Post
What kind of games do you like? That would help with finding some recommendations...

Yeah, this would help a lot. :)

I can't believe no one has mentioned Mass Effect 1 and 2 (and soon to be 3), so I'm doing it now. RPG, 3rd-person shooter, good story and characters and a great sci-fi universe.

The Fable series is a generally fun, if somewhat flawed, batch of RPGs.

There are also lots of games on the Live Arcade marketplace, really too many to count. :p If you've never played it (or just want an HD version), Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a great game (it established the 2D Metroid-vania style for the series). Cthulhu Saves The World (indie game) is a crazy and hilarious RPG in the vein of 8-bit JRPGs like Final Fantasy.

Definitely delve into the older Xbox games and especially look for exclusives for Xbox and 360. Stubbs the Zombie is a fun and twisted zombie game (you are the zombie), though it also deals with some issues in the later stages. Voodoo Vince was a very solid platformer with a dark sense of humor and great setting. Armed and Dangerous was an early Xbox exclusive 3rd-person shooter with a script practically written by the Monty Python guys.
 

Mark Hope

Adventurer
I can't believe no one has mentioned Mass Effect 1 and 2 (and soon to be 3), so I'm doing it now. RPG, 3rd-person shooter, good story and characters and a great sci-fi universe.

Oh hell yeah, Mass Effect! Great stuff. have yet to play the second one, but Mass Effect 1 was brilliant. A bit slow to get going, and with a few too many side-quests, I think. But the last few hours of gameplay are sheer genius. The end sequences leading up to the finale are better than many sf movies I have seen. Excellent game.
 

jonesy

A Wicked Kendragon
I think Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth works on the 360. If you haven't tried it it's worth it just for the atmosphere. The game mechanics are a bit clunky, but other than that it's awesome.
 


Mallus

Legend
Thanks for the replies!

(I left out my preferences intentionally -- I wanted to hear what people who aren't me were interested in)

I'll definitely pick up Gears of War to start with. Signature series and all (and the 1st one's $4.99 used). I'm definitely most interested in older games/Marketplace games.
 

Mark Hope

Adventurer
Well, now that we've given you some suggestions, would you like to tell us your preferences so that we can give more precise answers? Or is it still a secret ?

:p

Another great game to check out would be Bioshock (and its sequel). Really brilliant environment, frightening antagonists and a truly memorable and immersive story. Can't believe I forgot this one, actually. One of my favourite games evar.
 


catsclaw227

First Post
Another great game to check out would be Bioshock (and its sequel). Really brilliant environment, frightening antagonists and a truly memorable and immersive story. Can't believe I forgot this one, actually. One of my favourite games evar.

Oh, man. I can't believe I forgot that one too. I played the first one on the PC, but the second on my XBox 360. Totally awesome.
 

frankthedm

First Post
Oh, man. I can't believe I forgot that one too. I played the first one on the PC, but the second on my XBox 360. Totally awesome.
:( So am I the only person who can't play Bioshock without getting screaming headaches? Some FPSs just seem to drive an Icepick in my brain.

  • Crysis 2 (360)
  • Mirror's Edge (360) { I know I'm not the only one on this one )
  • Bioshock (360)
  • Orange Box's Half Life (360)
  • Metriod Prime (GC)
  • Call of Cthulhu: DCotE (xbox)
  • Doom (snes)
 

Dragonwriter

First Post
The Halo series is the default FPS. These are the games by which all of FPSs are judged. You need to own at least one of them.

On console, pretty much.

For shooters, I can't really agree with the praise given to Halo. I found the Halo games to have moments of genius interspersed with long stretches of suck.

While I wouldn't go quite so far with the wording, I do tend to agree, particularly in regards to Halo 3 and ODST.
Halo: Reach, however, I found to be entirely too awesome. If you intend to only get one Halo game, make it Reach.

Another great game to check out would be Bioshock (and its sequel). Really brilliant environment, frightening antagonists and a truly memorable and immersive story. Can't believe I forgot this one, actually. One of my favourite games evar.

Bioshock is truly amazing. Probably the best story in an FPS I've ever experienced. Bioshock 2 was good, but didn't quite measure up IMO (plus your character in 2 took forever to actually become durable in a fight). The Minerva's Den DLC for Bioshock 2 was great.

I suppose I should mention some cross-platform games... Previously, I was only sticking with 360-exclusives. You may already have these on your shelf, and if not, they should be fine on either system.

Darksiders is very cool action game, borrowing a lot from Zelda and God of War while also making a really cool history and world.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is also an excellent action game (again, borrowing quite a bit from God of War) but the story is... weirdly done - much as I love Patrick Stewart, having him give a short, badly-written monologue at the start of every single level was not the way to go.
The Assassin's Creed series is a fantastic batch of games. AC1 is probably the weakest entry in the series, but the others are worth checking out, at the very least.
The new Batman games (Arkham Asylum and Arkham City) are downright amazing. Asylum's final boss is a letdown, but the rest is brilliant. And City is one of my favorite games of all time.
Brütal Legend is great fun with plenty of metal-infused humor and one of the most vibrant and original settings I've ever seen. Plus, it's got a great voice cast and soundtrack (if you're a heavy metal fan).
Ninja Gaiden II (and the PS3 Sigma upgrade) is one of the most blisteringly brutal, controller-busting difficult, yet viscerally satisfying games on the market. But only get it if you want totally over-the-top action and a serious challenge and have no problem with tons of gore and flying limbs.
Shadows of the Damned is a crazy, fun, creepy, (vulgar, raunchy,) 3rd-person over-the-shoulder shooter assault on Hell. Lots of extremely tongue-in-cheek humor plus some challenging gunplay and another amazing setting.
 

frankthedm

First Post
Brütal Legend is great fun with plenty of metal-infused humor and one of the most vibrant and original settings I've ever seen. Plus, it's got a great voice cast and soundtrack (if you're a heavy metal fan).
BL's problem is it was a RTS trying to disguise itself using a Heavy metal fantasy sandbox adventure. I bought it because it looked like a Heavy metal fantasy sandbox adventure, and probably not the only slightly peeved how much RTS one has to shlog through.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/1044-Brutal-Legend
 
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Kzach

Banned
Banned
Fallout 3 is an awful game but New Vegas is quite good.

Skyrim is both awesome and a major suckfest. There's some really great things about it, but it's mixed in with a lot of just plain awful. Then there's the huge amount of bugs in it.

Mass Effect 3 is coming out next month and if you've got a Kinect already, it's going to be Kinect capable so you can go around changing weapons, interacting with in-game elements and throwing frag grenades with voice commands. I recommend getting Mass Effect 1 & 2 and playing through them both, in order obviously, and then importing your character to ME3 to get the full experience. ME3 is going to be amazingly epic and a must have for every collection, IMO.
 

catsclaw227

First Post
Fallout 3 is an awful game but New Vegas is quite good.
Aaaaakkk! I loved Fallout 3!!!!! The character creation was without parallel. [MENTION=56189]Kzach[/MENTION], buddy, we agree on almost everything 3.x and 4.x (except for the whole houserule thing, but we're closer than you think). But Fallout!?!?!

What did you dislike about it?

Mass Effect 3 is coming out next month and if you've got a Kinect already, it's going to be Kinect capable so you can go around changing weapons, interacting with in-game elements and throwing frag grenades with voice commands. I recommend getting Mass Effect 1 & 2 and playing through them both, in order obviously, and then importing your character to ME3 to get the full experience. ME3 is going to be amazingly epic and a must have for every collection, IMO.

Wow, I didn't know this.

OK, confession... I hate most FPS games because I am a total klutz with the console controllers. Give me a mouse and keyboard and I am relatively, normally competent. But I suck with hand-hold controllers.

So, ME and ME2 let me learn slowly, be a below average twitch player but still enjoy the games. So, do you think that by going kinect, I might be able to improve my game? Just bought a kintect and new XBox 360 (I am selling my 1st gen, with the HD DVD Drive - ha! - and a new receiver for my new 3D TV.)

Will Mass Effect 3 actually be better for us lame controller users?
 

Kzach

Banned
Banned
Will Mass Effect 3 actually be better for us lame controller users?

Actually, I'm with you on the whole 'twitch' thing. I'm hopeless at it. It's taken me four characters and 120 levels just to get remotely competent with Skyrim's aiming system.

The awesome thing about Mass Effect is that you can pause, aim, and fire. With ME2 this is especially awesome with the Vanguard class where you can do a biotic charge which charges through solid objects (not walls though), rams into the target, and stuns everything nearby, and slows down time so that you can aim and point-blank fire a claymore shotgun (that was developed specifically for krogan because it tears the shoulder out of anyone else who wields it... luckily, you're a cyborg in ME2 :D ) in several opponents faces (best I've done is five in one charge). Oh, and did I also mention that it temporarily boosts your biotic shielding after the charge?
 

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