Thanks to the miracle of Cragslist, I have an Xbox. Not an Xbox 360 — that’s the plan for the family Christmas gift — but a regular Xbox, which is still more than enough to play all sorts of cool games I haven’t played yet.
For $65, I got the following: Xbox console, A/V and power cables, two small Xbox controllers, and nine games:
- 4×4 Evo 2 (4×4 racing) — haven’t played this one yet.
- Amped (freestyle snowboarding) — haven’t played this one yet.
- Colin McRae Rally 04 (rally racing) — pretty fun.
- Colin McRae Rally 2005 (more rally racing) — way fun, especially in 2-player mode, and they have the Ford Focus as one of the cars you can choose.
- JSRF Jetset Radio Future (anime-ish RPG included with Sega GT 2002) — looks way damn weird, not sure I’ll EVER play this one.
- Mercenaries (battle/first-person shooter?) — haven’t played this one yet.
- Project Gotham Racing 2 (street racing) — jury’s out, we’ll have to see. It’s no Need For Speed: Most Wanted (NSFMW), though.
- Sega GT 2002 (street racing) — again, I’ll have to get used to it. I really got used to how well the driving in NFSMW worked, so it’s hard to judge each game on its own merit.
- Syberia (RPG) — a strange steampunkish RPG that Steph’s been wanting to have on the PC for a long time. This alone darn near made the whole purchase worth it.
- Xbox Live Arcade (included in Project Gotham Racing 2) — you need an Xbox Live account for this one, but it gives you access to a bunch of different games, including some classic arcade games I grew up with.
- X-men Legends (comic RPG) — haven’t played this one yet, though Alaric is dying to get his hands on it.
I’m thinking seriously about finding a copy of NFSMW for the Xbox. Obviously, I won’t be getting the Transformers game soon — it’s out for the Xbox 306 but not the classic Xbox (and is one of the reasons I want an Xbox 360).
So, for those of you out there who have an Xbox — is it worth getting an Xbox Live account? What about getting a wheel controller for driving games? Any games I should look at (other than Halo and Halo 2, which you can safely assume I’ll be picking up when I can)?