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Xbox 360, 8 years and going strong

When the Xbox 360 decided to come out in 2005 no one had an idea of how revolutionary this system was going to be. It had a fantastic library of games and a small community following from the original Xbox. What gamer's were not prepared for was the excellent ride they were going to experience for the following 8 years.

It is no secret that Xbox 360 has revolutionized the gaming space with Xbox live. I have been an Xbox Live gamer since day one. Now many can laugh at me for paying 60 bucks a year (In my case $40 since I always pick up my live subscription whenever there is a sales promotion) for something that has been free on other systems, but it sure as hell has been worth it. From all the friends I have made, to the countless hours of doing clan matches, I would not trade those memories for anything. Xbox 360 was first to bring achievements, have an extensive friends list, accessible matchmaking, cross game chat and relentless exclusive DLC. Fast Forward 8 years later and Xbox live has evolved keeping everything that I loved about the Xbox in the beginning but now offering the all in one package with over 50 apps a redesigned interface, intergration of kinect, motion controls, voice commands and smart glass. Now you can meet with your friends play a game, switch over watch a movie, chat with your friends while watching any sports event, Watch live events like the Spike Video Game Awards and vote online while interacting with the show.. The amount of possibilities are endless Xbox 360 has jumped leaps and bounds ahead of the competition in offering what was once impossible. While still giving gamers what they truly love, games.

Xbox 360 has been the home to some of the best games of this generation and arguable the best system for cooperative experiences. No other system can offer you some of the games I will mention below.

Halo - Building on the concepts that the original Halo brought to giving Master chief a long sleeping period. Xbox has been the home to one of the best shooters of this generation. Blending sci fi with the best modern shooters. The Halo franchise has been so big that Microsoft has giving us 4 titles in the last 8 years (Not including the remake or the RTS game). Master Chief and Cortana have taken us into a journey that only can be brought possible on the Xbox 360. The cooperative experience is unparalleled allowing 4 player coop. The online community is still larger then ever and amount of features that have been brought to Halo is unmatched with Bungie leaving the beloved franchise to 343. Halo is not just a video game any more. It is a movement.

Gears of War- is an outstanding technical achievement, but in addition to looking and sounding amazing, it's a seriously awesome action game. When gears first came out it showcased what the Xbox 360 can really do in terms of graphics. The campaign tells the story of a man named Marcus Fenix and his comrades who are part of the Delta Squad fighting there way through locust horde. If the campaign does not get a grip on you then the fantastic cooperative online should. The game is now reaching its fourth entry on the Xbox in its 8th year and has propelled the Xbox into the number one system for shooters fans.

Left For Dead- Set in the Zombie Apocalypse world. The concept of this game has been straight forward
four “survivors,” endless stream of zombies and a small variety of weapons allowing you to kill. Each Campaign requires you to survive and get to a rescue point. The enjoyment comes from playing with your friends and covering each other there is no way of knowing what kind of enemies lurk or how fast they can approach you. Sound the alarm and it would trigger waves of zombies. The game pushes the envelope on cooperative survival. Cementing even more that Xbox is truly the home for cooperative games.

Project Gotham Racing- Being one of the premiere releases of the next generation, the most obvious and notable features of PGR3 was the realistic handling. The game takes you to Tokyo, Las Vegas, New York, London, and Germany's Nurburgring. Each car handles in a unique fashion, as you would imagine, and yet, the game remains playable from start to finish. PGR proved that racing was going to be a staple in the Xbox 360 life span with online career mode and multi-player races. This game was one of the most immersive racers of its time.

Forza Motorsport - When Forza came into the scene racing games were starting veer into the realm of pimping the rides or more of an arcade racer. The developers of Forza, Turn 10 is clearly looking to appeal to racing fans from both schools of thought, offering players the opportunity to dumb things down and enjoy the on-track action with little cranial activity or to crank up the difficulty, work the figures and really immerse themselves in the world of the race driver. Forza thrives with the sheer amount of options and continues to show case that racing is still alive in this generation. Forza has been a long staple of the Xbox 360 with 4 solid racing titles. There is no wonder this have been the best racer of this generation.

Condemned Criminal Origins-What made this game one of the standout titles for Xbox 360 was the story line which was gripping with a strong horror vibe. At the time of launch, no game offered the type of atmosphere and melee combat for a first person shooter. The game was plain out fun. It takes a unique twist on FPS genre focusing primarily on combat by beating things with 2x4's you pull of wall, the game also offered guns but trust me you were more liable to beat on any enemy with a pipe than ever blast them away. The not only set the way for future FPS to emphasize on melee combat but is also had a sequel that never quite lived up to the original.

Fable- is an Action/RPG game. The game is set in a huge world of Albion. The entire experience ranges from taking the world of albion with your dog and now your horse. Creating a deep relationship with character and fried along your journey. You have melee weapons, guns, crossbow and magic ability. All of your abilities can be increased, this includes your characters skill, strength and his will. There are a number of magical spells that can be used in combat. What truly set this game apart is the deep story and leveling system. Depending on your actions in the game, your character will either become good/evil or pure/corrupt. The game has gone on to be one of the top RPG's in this generation.

Crackdown- At a time when sandbox games were at an all time high with games like GTA, Dead to Rights and Saints Row. Along came another excellent game crackdown, with its free roaming action cooperative experience. The Entire campaign has you go up against ruthless drug lords protecting an entire city from hectic street battles while still on the hunt for agility orbs giving your character the ability to become an enhance cop. The game plays out like an all out action comic book with a unique visual style, destructive weapons, super hero''s and insane but brutal villains. This title definitely provided an excellent way to kick back and blow some steam with friends. All while further enhancing reasons why Xbox 360 is the best place for cooperative experiences.

Splinter Cell Conviction- Sam Fischer was back with a vegence. This time with an overhauled game play style bring up to speed the stealth genre but also providing some of the best action experiences to date. The game uses the environments to set the way for the missions and changes the gameplay by providing immersive ways to interact and achieve the stealth abilities. In other words the world was your weapon. The gameplay was fast using the walls with objection projections to give you assignments. The gun play was at an all time high with the mark and execute system that has now become more standard in shooters. The game single player missions were fantastic. The cooperative experience both with its prequel campaign and multi-player gave you a reason to come back for more.

Alan Wake- Remedy set out to do what very few games can give you a truly great psychological thriller mixed in with an excellent action game. The game story is told through chapters of a book written by Alan Wake. As the game progresses it unfolds into the supernatural realm. The story is immersive with Alan wake being the narrator, The pacing is exactly what brings it into the horror elements along with action that feels similar but unique at the same time. The light/dark mechanics of this game give way to the larger thematic interests. Weapons range from a flashlight, pipes, handguns and automatic rifles. This game beautiful, eerie, exciting, engaging. Truly a standout title for any Xbox 360 owner.

Mass Effect 1- The start of the BEST story-driven trilogy in gaming history. It literally rivals Star Wars in terms of history and content. Bioware created an amazing well thought our and executed experience. The game has great voice acting, memorable characters, full of emotions. While still providing some of the most entertaining fights you'l experience. Mass Effect is just as much for RPG game as a 3rd person shooter game that fans will love, The creative and unique classes bring together an extremely fun combination of powers and gunfire. Enemies are challenging, The game gives you a story by giving you control of it and highlights the best of what RPG offers. Combined all elements and you get what unfolds into one of best trilogy of this generation. Mass Effect game has gone on to the ps3 in the eighth year of the Xbox existence but there is no denying this is and will always be an Xbox exclusive to many.

Lost Odyssey- The game was created to give the Xbox a name in the Japanese market and although the game did very well it never gain the traction of most JRPGS like Final Fantasy. The overall game was grand which expands into 4 disc with sidequests and an engaging story. Truly a game for turn based RPG lovers providing a deep strategy element that is not found in to many modern rpg's. You will visit different towns, mystical forest and dungeons. Use magic and level up your skills. Lost Odyssey is a very solid RPG offering to add to the steadily growing collection of them on the XBOX 360.

Xbox in its eight year has done what most felt would not happen. In a time when gamer's habit's have changed and with an ever growing amount of casual gamer's entering the gaming realm. Xbox 360 has managed to survive this long by innovating in its later years, reading the market very well, adapting to the ever growing social media changes, expand on the user interface experience and continue to provide a catalog of blockbuster experiences that can't be matched. We all know a new system is on the horizon but there is no denying this one of the best generations ever for gamer's. Being an Xbox gamer has truly been an unforgettable experience and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

Notable mentions- Blue Dragon, Saints Row, Perfect Dark Zero, Call of Duty 2, Metro 2033, Witcher 2, Banjo Tooie, Kameo Elements

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zerocrossing1672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

You're missing a lot of negative things that the Xbox 360 has brought to the games industry in its 8 years of service, a 23.7% failure rate for one thing.

A slew of insufferable children playing mature rated games and a whole bunch of other unsavoury people yelling abuse down their mikes, they make the whole online experience outside of clan gaming unbearable for many gamers looking for some quick fun online gaming.

MS placing the incredibly talented Rare team in development of Kinect games for the 360... smh.

Kinnect itself being marketed toward hardcore gamers but failing miserably at it, apart from an interesting voice activated command scheme and other pretty useless motion control functions it has devolved into dishing out casual, child friendly, shovelware.

The new dashboard layout does well to advertise demo's and other services for games and such that I can't even download to play because Im not willing to spend cash on Gold membership to use an Internet service that Im already paying for, seriously if MS continues to charge gamers to play games they already payed for at retail to play online this coming gen, then I see no reason for anyone to stick with them.

Other than Halo and Gears the 360 has nothing much else going for it right now... MS is loosing exclusive rights to ME, Lost Odyssey would have sold better had it been on the PS3 since many 360 gamers aren't even interested in JRPG's, They grabed exclusive rights many franchises in their 1st year but a lot of them have become multiplat for lack of appeal on the 360 or have just been droped compleatly for the same reason, thus killing of many would be franchises.

I do like you're blog and the fact you're pointing out the good side of the 360, but honestly you've just decided to ignore pretty much all of the negatives and that's a shame since you're blog looses a lot of its credibility if it only focuses on all of the positives of a console that's generaly regarded as having fumbled quite a lot throughout its console lifetime.

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HammadTheBeast1672d ago

LOL the old Xbox 360 model had WAY more than 23.7% failure rate, I'm pretty sure it was almost 57% or around that number. That is the number #1 reason I lost respect for MS and their boosted sales. I went through 2 xbox's and their unsympathetic support at the time was ridiculous.

coolbeans1672d ago (Edited 1671d ago )

The 57% , but you really mean to say 54.2%, number you're talking about is from GameInformer's survey, which graphed 5000 GI subscribers.

zerocrossing is getting the 23.7% from a SquareTrade study, which took that number from a pool of those who bought warranties for a console.

As you can see the numbers vary wildly, especially when new chips were put into the 360 down the road. Regardless of how you average it out, the figure is ridiculous.

chrismichaels041671d ago

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I applaud this writer for staying loyal to xbox even through a time when xbox has been under a lot of scrutiny these last few years. But I do agree that this writer is confusing his opinions for facts. For example:

#1. the writer claims Mass Effect has the "BEST story in gaming history". Thats a very bold statement. Did the writer play every game in gaming history to be able to make that statement? Very debatable.

#2. the writer also claims Forza is "the best racer of this generation". So i guess all of the success the Need for Speed franchise has had in the last few years means nothing to him. I guess the fact that Gran Turismo 5 completely dominated Forza in sales and sold more copies(9 million)than any Forza game this entire generation means nothing to him. Again, very debatable.

#3. Another question I have is that if your going to do a review based on the last 8 years of the xboxs lifecycle, why did the writer choose to ignore all of the negative facts about the xbox 360. What is his opinion on RROD and the high console user failure rate? What is his opinion on Xbox's dwindling exclusive library?

#4. In another conversation, this writer admitted to not even finishing Mass Effect 1 or The Lost Odyssey because he wasnt enjoying the experience of either game, yet hes listing both games in his article and praising them as 2 of the top games in the xbox library. how can you not enjoy a game but still say its a top xbox exclusive title? A little hypocritical if you ask me.

This writer, in my opinion, is trying to pass off a one sided biased post as something other than what it really is. An excuse for him to blindly proclaim his love for a system while shutting out all critism. The fact that he finds nothing negative to have an opinion about proves that he only wants to hear positive comments and agreement from the gaming public. Hes entitled to his opinion, but i dont agree with any of it.

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chrismichaels041669d ago

Thank you for replying DK286K. For anyone that is curious, he is referring to my Blog PS3: Weak Start...Strong Finish. Feel free to read it for yourselves. Unfortunately for him, his arguments are very flawed. Let me explain:

#1. In my PS3 blog i was honest and didnt ignore the fact the PS3 had weaknesses this generation. I specifically mentioned this was the most challenging era for Sony. I also stated, and I quote: "A clumsy launch and fierce competition from both Nintendo and Microsoft almost crippled the Playstation brand." I also stated these were just my opinions about what helped put Sony back in the console race after "suffering a lackluster first couple of years." The overall point of my article was that the PS3 had weak years and the PS3 had strong years. I acknowledged both sides of the issue. I didnt choose to ignore the negatives all together. Its even in the title. And i never once tried passing off my opinions as fact.

#2 Many PS3 games like Uncharted 2, MGS4, LBP, Demons Souls and Journey winning numerous GOTY awards since 2008 is a fact, not my opinion. Gran Turismo 5 selling over 9 million copies is a fact, not my opinion. Never once did I make bold claims like Uncharted 2 is the best game in gaming history. Nor did i ever claim Gran Turismo 5 is the BEST racer of this generation. I let the facts speak for themselves and I let my readers decide for themselves what games are the best at anything.

#3 do i really have to explain the fact that MLB The Show is a PS3 exclusive franchise? You do realize PS2, PSP and Vita are all Sony owned devices right? Exclusivity means it cant be found anywhere other than Playstation. Not Xbox, not Nintendo, not PC.

#4 YLOD was never a big enough problem for Sony that it affected the overall quality of the system. All machines have some failure rate. Thats common sense. Many reports have shown the PS3 failure rate was the lowest of all 3 consoles. You are really reaching with that argument. Regardless if you feel i should have also discussed YLOD, the fact remains i still acknowledged other PS3 problems and i didnt choose to ignore all of the problems completely. Xbox on the other hand had an out of control RROD problem for years giving xbox the highest failure rate of this entire generation. RROD became a part of the xbox 360 identity. Now im not saying its an excuse to still bash the Xbox, but it cant be completely ignored either.

Just to clarify so as not to confuse the loyal xbox fanbase. Im not saying the xbox is a bad system, I owned one for many years. Gears of War is still one of my top all time favorite franchises. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. Im simply disagreeing with the fact that the writer is passing off his opinions as facts while ignoring the xboxs failures and giving off of the wrong impression that the xbox was completely perfect this generation. If you're going to fairly analyze the last 8 years of a console, you need to acknowledge both the good and the bad or else it just comes off sounding like a biased one sided commercial.

Thanks for reading.

GamersRulz1669d ago


I have no idea why would someone disagree with your last post. all I have to say is Bub " well said"

Automatic791672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

@ zerocrossing

Thank you for you comment. I generally leave all the negativity out due to the fact that N4G has a ton of doom and gloom negative articles. If I was to focus on the negative aspects of this generation then I would fuel what truly is hurting the game industry right now. Let me ask you a question do you go to every article relating to consoles, portable and focus on every negative aspect?

My article is based off opinion. Plus I love to get feedback like yours to bring up interesting debates.

zerocrossing1672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

I'd just like to say thanks for not jumping down my throat at the somewhat negative tone of the comments I made, I can understand your reason for leaving out some negativity since like you say their are enough doom articles looming about (in regards to all current/up and coming consoles for that matter).

"do you go to every article relating to consoles, portable and focus on every negative aspect?"

Well no I can't say I do, but I felt it necessary in regards to your blog since the lack of negatives kind of makes it seem that the 360 performed much better than it actually did, if you get my meaning.

I just felt it was a little odd to ignore the negatives entirely, it's not a criticism I just thought having a more well rounded look at the 360's pros and cons would of helped back up your positive claims instead of making it seem as if you're purposefully ignoring them, not that you are of course but people spout the term fanboy all too often these days and I feel your blog may come under such accusations.

Anyway I hope you get the debates and discussions going that you hoped for.

Automatic791672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

You do bring up good points. In my opinion, there has not been one system in this generation without flaws. As a matter of fact there has never been a system in any generation with out flaws.

The term fanboy comes out when gamers do not like what another gamer likes or feels one system is superior to another. I have never said in this article that Xbox is superior. I just pointed out to some of the incredible things they have done in this generation. That is not to say that my experience have been perfect For example, I had the red ring of death when Resident Evil 5 came out. I was upset but I called Microsoft right away and they took care of the situation by fixing my console. I was out of commission for a few weeks. Then I hopped right back in it and played all of my games. Will that stop me from ever playing Xbox or make me want to say that Xbox was completely horrible through out my 8 years of playing it. The answer is no. My system of choice is the Xbox but I also had a ps3, 3ds, psvita and will support the future consoles. Either way, hope to get your opinion on future articles. Thanks for reading.

EffectO1672d ago

360 is a pretty weird machine,RROD disaster should have been enough to destroy any console and yet we are here today.360 total software sold has recently(like a year ago) taken the crown from previous undisputed holder,the famous Wii.

There is one funny thing about RROD,I was quite surprised how quickly Sony(fans) stopped talking about it after reports of YLOD started popping around internet.

DigitalRaptor1670d ago (Edited 1670d ago )

No one has really stopped talking about it because YLOD is vastly incomparable to what was a 54% failure rate from a company who knew about it before they shipped it out the door.

Not to mention that fact that Sony fans had their eyes on other pieces of comedy gold - Kinect, raising the price of the price of entry to play your purchased games online via P2P technology to $60 and charging for free apps.

You see, Sony fans have been there done that with camera based control in games, and Xbox fans were just getting hyped up about it. It was cute but still funny. Unsurprising that it drew attention away from RROD, especially since MS minimalized that problem some time ago.

EffectO1670d ago

Too bad that internet records everything.The number of people complaining about RROD dropped drastically when YLOD reports started even though 360 was not fixed at that point.

Not sure were do you pull those exact percentages out,they are wrong.Launch 360 failure rate is likely to be close to 100% right now.And guess what,technically the reason for YLOD=reason for RROD,better cooling design will just delay the issue..

Automatic791672d ago


Thanks for the comments. You have truly pointed some excellent points.

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