Updated: Jun 22
Today I wanted to celebrate the upcoming release of the new X Box Series X. As most gamers know Playstation and Nintendo are known for their exclusives, and although X Box has been lacking in this area of the market, They do have some heavy hitters and have had some major exclusives over the past few years., that have truly defined the X Box and its predecessors. So let's take a look at the 10 GAMES THAT DEFINED X BOX!
1. Jade Empire:
Jade Empire is an action role-playing game developed by Bioware and released in 2005 as an X Box exclusive for the original X box Console. Set in a world based on Chinese mythology, players control the last surviving Spirit Monk on a quest to save their tutor Master Li and defeat the forces of corrupt emperor Sun Hai. The Spirit Monk is guided through a linear narrative, completing quests and engaging in action-based combat. With morality-based dialogue choices during conversations, the player can impact both story and gameplay progression in various ways. Jade Empire was a huge fan favorite for those who were previously fans of Star Wars: Knights of the old republic, as it borrowed a lot of elements from the fellow BioWare developed the game. Although initially, it didn't gain a lot of love from critics on the X Box, it was later ported to PC where it was praised.
Cuphead is a run and gun platformer game developed by indie game studio StudioMDHR. Although it later got ports to Nintendo and Playstation, Cuphead was initially an X Box exclusive and supported X Box Play Anywhere. The game was inspired by the rubber hose style of animation used in cartoons of the 1930s, such as the work of Fleischer Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and sought to emulate their subversive and surrealist qualities. Cuphead can be played in 1 or 2 players(the 2nd player playing as cup heads brother Mugman). The player or players must fight through several levels that normally end in a boss fight. All of this to repay their debt to the devil. The game was praised for its Art Style and its difficulty and has received several awards and has even been made into an animated series on Netflix.
3. Mass Effect:
Like Cuphead, Mass Effect was originally an X Box exclusive, released in 2007 for the X Box 360, but was later re-released for PlayStation 3. It was an action role-playing video game that integrated real-time third-person shooter combat. The game takes place within the Milky Way galaxy in the year 2183, where civilization is threatened by a highly advanced machine race known as the Reapers. The player assumes the role of commander Shepard, an elite human soldier who must stop a rogue agent from carrying out the Reapers' galactic invasion. The gameplay requires the player to complete multiple quests that generally involve space exploration, squad and vehicular combat, and interaction with non-player characters. Mass Effect spawned a huge fanbase and was followed by 3 sequels. Created by Bioware, Mass Effect was the answer fans needed to the lack of a new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game.
4. Sea of Thieves:
Sea of Thieves is a 2018 action-adventure game developed by Rare and published by Xbox Game Studios. The player assumes the role of a pirate who completes voyages from different trading companies in order to become the ultimate pirate legend.Sea of Thieves is a first-person multiplayer game in which players cooperate with each other to explore an open world via a pirate ship. The game is described as a "shared-world adventure game", which means groups of players will encounter each other regularly during their adventures. The game is a commercial success and has attracted more than 10 million players as of January 2020. It also became the most successful new intellectual property(IP) Microsoft has released in the generation. Sea of Thieves is an X Box One exclusive and is said will be ported over to the X Box Series X.
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is an open-world role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the third installment in the Elder Scrolls series, following Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, and was released in 2002 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox. If you haven't played Elder Scrolls its an RPG game with blends of Western Midevil Fantasy with Steam Punk attributes. Despite being Bethesda's first major title to be produced for a console, Morrowind's Xbox release was well received in the gaming press. The inability to use add-on modifications on the Xbox version was unhappily felt, as was the non-native resolution, but the qualities of detail and open-endedness which had similarly graced the PC release made good the Xbox release's faults. Morrowind's Xbox release sold very well; it continued to rank among the top 10 sellers on the console one year after its initial release—a feat matched only by Halo: Combat Evolved. In spite of its critical and commercial success, Morrowind did not win any end-of-year press awards for its Xbox release.
6. State of Decay:
If you haven't played State of Decay by Undead Labs, well then I suggest you do it now, and if you have well then I really suggest State of Decay 2. Probably my favorite of all the Zombie Survival games to date. State of Decay was released as an X Box 360 exclusive in 2013. It places emphasis on how the player's leaderships skills fare against an onslaught of problems, such as diminishing survival resources, group trust and morale, zombie extermination, base defenses, and people's lives. The game combines elements of shooters, stealth, role-playing, and strategy games and the game challenges players to survive by exploring, scavenging, and fighting the undead. To put it simply the game is very fun and at the same time challenging, State of decay will give you that true Walking Dead deal that you would expect from a Walking Dead game but that we have yet to see. It later spawned and even better sequel State of Decay 2 that released for X Box One in 2018.
So you may be thinking "another Bioware game". But Kotor as fans call it was the Bioware game that basically led to all the other great Bioware games we know and love today a lot of the gameplay from other Bioware games like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Jade Empire was borrowed from Kotor, including their popular Morale based dialogue system which allowed players to choose to be either "Good" or "Evil", and ultimately could affect the playout of the game especially the ending. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was released in 2003 for the original X Box. Not only was Kotor the first real Star Wars game that allowed you to really feel like you were in the Star Wars universe through Character creation and Customization, in Depth dialogue and a level-up system that allowed you to fully explore the force powers of a Jedi or Sith, It was also the foundry for Modern Western RPG's. It later spawned a sequel called Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 The Sith Lords in 2004 by Obsidian Entertainment(Fallout: New Vegas, The Outer Worlds) for the X Box and an MMORPG called Star Wars: The Old Republic released by Bioware for PC. Star Wars Kotor has not only been named the Best Star Wars games of all time but quite possibly one of the Best RPG and X Box Games of all time and has even given birth to a comic series.
8. Gears of War:
Gears of Wars often simply referred to as "Gears" by fans is a Third-Person Shooter gamed developed by Epic Games in 2006 exclusively for the X Box 360 and became probably X Box's biggest success of that generation of games. The game's main story, which can be played in single or co-operative play, focuses on a squad of troops who assist in completing a desperate, last-ditch attempt to end a war against a genocidal subterranean enemy and save the remaining human inhabitants of their planet Sera. The game's multiplayer mode allows up to eight players to control characters from one of the two factions in a variety of online game modes. Gameplay features players using cover and strategic fire in order to win battles. Gears brought back the split-screen multiplayer Co-op play that had been missing from recent games but was widely popular in the '90s and early 2000s. Gears of War was also the first Xbox or Xbox 360 game to sell out and reach the top ten charts in Japan, and has become a staple for X Box alongside Halo.
Ahhh Fable, never have I ever felt a love for an RPG game like I have had for Fable, after all, it was the single game that brought me from that dark side path of Playstation over to the green side of being an X Box gamer. I didn't care what games Playstation had or what the newest console did if it didn't have Fable then I didn't want it. Fable was an Action-Adventure RPG developed by Lionhead Studios in 2004 exclusively for the original X Box. Fable was another Midevil steampunk Fantasy RPG that had a unique way of developing the character and the story. The player's unnamed character does not speak in the game but develops through in-game actions and choices. As you play through the games some actions grant you light points and some dark points, and the more points of each that you gain throughout the game your characters Physical appearance changes such as angel wings and a halo for characters who have more good points and demon horns for a character with more dark points and that was just an example of a few of many changes the player's character could partake. Not only did good or bad decisions could affect your character but day to day actions could also affect the appearance of your character such as eating too much would cause your character to gain weight and then there was also age that played a factor. Fable was well-received by critics for the quality of its gameplay and execution, though the failure to include many promised features was noted. Fable was the top-selling game of September 2004 and sold more than two million units by 2007. The game was followed by two sequels, Fable II in 2008 and Fable III in 2010. Fable Anniversary, a high-definition remake of the game that includes The Lost Chapters, was released for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows in February 2014.
10. Halo: Combat Evolved:
I don't think anyone could ever remember an X Box game and not think of Halo. Halo's lead character known only as "Master Cheif" is the Mario of X Box, t is the glorified bread and butter of the whole X Box legacy. Halo is a First Person Shooter game developed by Bungie Studios exclusively as a launch title for the original X Box. Halo is set in the twenty-sixth century, with the player assuming the role of the Master Chief, a cybernetically enhanced super-soldier. The Chief is accompanied by Cortana, an artificial intelligence. Players battle various Aliens as they attempt to uncover the secrets of the eponymous Halo, a ring-shaped artificial world. Halo is praised as one of the greatest video games of all time and is the godfather of MMO shooter and Battle Royal games, that people love so much today like Call of Duty, Destiny, PUBG, and Fortnite. Not only that but Halo had a Split Screen Multiplayer Co-Op mode that was just as fun as the online gameplay that I have personally played through over 100 times in my youth with my cousins. I think everyone remembers how fun it was trying to it the warthogs through doors. Halo sold over 5 million copies worldwide and although the franchise itself has been sold over to 343 Industries the Halo series remains as one of X Box's number 1 launch titles and their shining star, which is why I had to put Halo: Combat Evolved at #1 on my list.
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