I sometimes ask people to tell me what games are good for the XBOX. Of course, the only response I hear is of the Halo family. I've played the Halos, and I never felt that impressed. Halo 2 was particularly disappointing. We played on the same map as we always would in Halo 1. The only notable difference was that instead of wielding one gun I could wield two. I hope they come up with a better gimmick for Halo 3, because I don't think that they're going to find a way to really sell the idea of wielding three guns at once. Then again, it worked for George Lucas..

Of course maybe this is being unfair to Microsoft. There are XBOX games that I'd like to play. Two, in fact: Jet Set Radio Future and Fable. I'd like to play Jet Set Radio Future, because Jet Grind Radio was my favorite cell-shaded rollerblading graffitti game of all time and Fable because Peter Molyneux is capable of generating an almost superhuman amount of hype.

That's it though. I'm not interested in any other XBOX games. The other games I would kind of want to play are all available for the PC or PS2.

Ultimately this has left me completely unenthusiastic about the impending release of the XBOX 360. I just looked up a list of the XBOX 360 launch titles, so here is my breakdown of each game.

Kameo: Elements of Power

This is made by Rare. Oooooh Rare. They were responible for some good times back in the N64 heyday. I think the last game I played by them was Banjo Kazooie. That was a good game, but I still have the theme song stuck in my head.

I'll be honest, I have no idea what this game is about. It says something about being a platformer or something with "hundreds of characters on screen at once". It just doesn't seem like it would convince me to make a console purchase.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Now this is a game I know about. I played Morrowind, the prequel, a lot and it was a fun game. I don't know if I'd want to play it on an XBOX, but it could work. Still, it's being released for the PC, so there is no impetus for me to even consider buying a 360 here.

Ridge Racer 6

The site I found this list of games on said that two reasons two buy this game are that "It's Ridge Racer [and it has] thrilling gameplay". I have never in my life considered Ridge Racer a thrilling game, or worthy of merit. I own the original for the Playstation. There is nothing enjoyable about this game. I think all my years of gaming have rendered me incapable of enjoying driving fast around a track that looks completely realistic. It's just too mundane for me.

N3: Ninety-Nine Nights

Another game I know nothing about. This one features large battles, so I'm going to pretend that it is Dynasty Warriors instead. Dynasty Warriors is fun, if you have a hankering for mashing buttons. Also, you can ride elephants. That's pretty cool.

Dead or Alive 4

Meh. I have one of the Dead or Alives for Dreamcast. It's a fighting game. It's not as fun as Soul Caliber, and well, that pretty much sums it up right there.

Call of Duty 2

I didn't realize this was being released at all. I liked the first Call of Duty. I have it on my computer. And it looks like this one will be released on PC also, so no need to get an XBOX for this. Moving on...

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

What? That seems like a bad title to me, and I call my blog "Matt's Cool and Interesting Blog of The New Millennium". Anyway, I never got into any game that had Tom Clancy in the title. I tried on once, I think, though. Maybe I should try one of the other ones on my computer.

Project Gotham Racing 3
This one has a great quote about it: "the all out thrills of Ridge Racer and the simulation of Forza Motorsport". I believe you know my opinion here already.

Madden NFL 06

Arrgh. I bet I could beat anyone at this game, because I run a kick off return as defense for every play. In all seriousness however, I can't imagine anyone actually playing this game in the way I tend to play games.. You see, I like to play games for extended periods of time, primarily by myself. I just can't see myself getting any significant enjoyment out of a realistic sports game, ever.

Perfect Dark Zero

Rare again. I just can't get excited for a FPS on a console. I mean, I can't really get excited for a PC FPS, but I don't think I could play an FPS without a mouse and a keyboard anymore. I know that the XBOX can support a mouse and whatnot. And, I know I had some good times with Perfect Dark and Goldeneye, but I just don't feel like I want to play this game. At all. Sorry Rare.

So there we have it. There are no games up for launch for the XBOX 360 that interest me that aren't available for the PC.

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Comment I agree but its saturday now so I had better go

Sat Apr 15, 2006 2:43 am MST by loan

Comment another bloody monday and again if it wasnt reading these messages i dont know what I would do

Tue Apr 11, 2006 1:42 pm MST by bob

Comment I would agree. The Xbox is a waste of money. Not worth it for just Halo.

Tue Aug 23, 2005 8:38 am MST by Anonymous

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