The lights are on
We’re on the verge of learning our first official bits of information about Microsoft’s follow-up to the Xbox 360, and it has us thinking about the company’s previous console launches. Like most launches, Microsoft has seen its share of rushed stinkers and standout gems. Take a look below for some examples.
Best launch games: Xbox
Halo: Combat Evolved
Without a doubt, this entry was the easiest slam dunk on this list. Bungie's Halo: Combat Evolved isn't simply the best Microsoft launch game of all time, it's one of the best launch titles in the history of the industry. The early days of the Xbox weren't exactly smooth sailing for the publisher, but the runaway success of Halo kept Microsoft afloat long enough to get its footing in the console wars.
Project Gotham Racing
Bizarre Creations came through for Microsoft in the early days of the Xbox, delivering the well-received Project Gotham Racing. It featured detailed recreations of various real-world cities, an impressive licensed soundtrack, and supported the custom soundtrack feature of the new console. Bill Gates himself even referred to it as his favorite game.
Dead or Alive 3
While this fighting series never quite had the clout of others in the genre, its exclusivity was still a selling point of the original Xbox's lineup. Its gameplay was solid, but the visuals are what really impressed gamers that wanted to see the power of their new console.
Best launch games: Xbox 360
Call of Duty 2
Activision's long-running series has been synonymous with console multiplayer gaming for years now, and this Xbox 360 title is what helped launch the franchise into the stratosphere. It featured graphics that showed off what the console was capable of and online multiplayer that enticed gamers to purchase Xbox Live – two very important check boxes that Infinity Ward nailed down immediately.
Condemned: Criminal Origins
Call of Duty may have had the FPS market virtually to itself at the 360's launch, but Sega offered up a different kind of first-person experience. With brutal melee combat and various crime scenes for investigation, Condemned felt more like a hybrid of horror films and an episode of CSI than a military battleground.
Project Gotham Racing 3
For the second Microsoft console launch, Bizarre Creations' Project Gotham sat alongside the system on release day. Like its predecessor, it was well-received by critics and fans. As an added bonus, this sequel included the wildly popular Geometry Wars: Retro Involved.
Next, we call out some of the biggest flops of Microsoft's Xbox and Xbox 360 lineup.
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yup i'm mad. Fuzion Frenzy is one of the best games the original xbox had. it was perfect for parties. so what it was a mario party clone, it was still a great game. not to fond of the second one, but the first will always be a classic
I think Quake 4 was the best 360 launch title.
I really get annoyed when people hate on perfect dark zero. It was a fun game for what it was and no glaring faults graphics or control wise. Yet, many people hate on it like it was the worst game ever made.
Glad to see that Project Gotham 3 was credited, it's a great game and one of my favorite racing games.
Me and my friends actually really liked Fuzion Frenzy; though, granted, there were really only like 2-3 games we liked so we just played those over and over.
GUN was alright but mostly forgettable; its one redeeming quality was that it featured some great voice talent like Thomas Jane, Kris Kristopherson, and Ron Pearlman.
Next generation is finally coming!! .-. PS4 AND Xbox destiny, prepare to stand on my TV shelf< 3 Until I accidently break you with choco milk
HALO 1 & 2 FTW!! (Especially Halo 2).
For Me Condemned Criminal Origins was a big dissapointment
For me Condemned Criminal Origins was a big dissapointment
Perfect Dark Zero has a bum rap. It was never meant to be "The Next Halo" and if it wasn't rushed, the experience would have been better. If the game focused on "first person action" instead of being a "first person shooter," it would have been a better game. One the things I'm most sad about is that we never got a proper Perfect Dark game. In fact, there are a lot of Xbox/Xbox 360 exclusive games that should have been given another shot. A lot of great IPs just left to disappear. I know it's a very long shot, but perhaps this next generation will get them instead of the Gears/Forza/Halo party we have been getting.
People are entirely too hard on perfect dark zero. I understand perfect dark was one of the best games on n64 and that zero was no way near that for the 360, but I actually really enjoyed it. I don't think it deserves to be in a worst list.
I don't own Cel Damage, but that wasn't a bad game by any stretch.
It also didn't crush hopes and dreams like Perfect Dark Zero did at the 360's launch.
But I loved PDZ and Kameo...
Fusion frenzy and oddworld were both awesome. I cannot believe anyone would say it's a worst
Can't wait to see the new launch list!!!