Hidden Gems on the Original Xbox














The original Xbox has great titles, below are the games that are not often mentioned. They are either unpopular, forgotten about but either way it's a fresh list from the usual suspects. We cover every genre, FPS, Action Adventure, RPG and even Sports games on the OG Xbox. Any import Xbox game can be played with a soft-modded Xbox.

*The games listed as Original Xbox Exclusives are console exclusives, meaning they were not released on PS2 or GameCube at the time of its release. Game descriptions come from gamerankings.com


FIRST PERSON SHOOTER
Usual Suspects: halo, half-life 2, doom 3, far cry, timesplitters


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Black
You can engage in cinematic firefights through destructible environments in Black, the new first-person shooter from Criterion Studios. You can play as an operative in Eastern Europe with extensive access to the newest exotic weaponry that the world has to offer. As you blast your way through the urban environments featured in the game you can find opportunities to make "style kills," using your environment to take out your foes with explosions or falling debris.

Journalistic Review from @xbmcxbox : I played this for a short while, the destroying infrastructure and the intensity in the graphics really make this game stand out. Black never got a sequel and makes it a hidden gem on the original Xbox. You'll absolutely enjoy firing guns and seeing the bullets fly on your screen as you get trigger happy. This is one of the best graphical games on the original Xbox, I also recommend you play FPS games on the DUKE controller which will absurd your hands and the rumble will move your body. This game is so intense. 



Jack Mason is a burned-out doctor with no will to live, that is, until he nearly dies in a transport crash. Now he and his infected patient are stranded deep within a dangerous prison on Earth. As Mason, you must use your various skills, including sight and sound awareness, to track and outsmart your adversaries. Build your own arsenal of weapons, and enhance them with Weapon Energy Cores. The game's vehicles and customizable weapons come together to create an intense multiplayer experience for both online and offline play.



Urban Chaos : Riot Response
Play as Nick Mason, an ex-US marine and part of T-Zero, the elite counter-gang unit. Specially trained in all areas of urban combat and armed with the very latest high-tech weaponry, T-Zero is all that stands in the way of total anarchy.









Project : Snowblind
In Project: Snowblind, you can experience war through the eyes of the first of a new breed of supersoldiers. As Lt. Nathan Frost, your mission is to stop a renegade regime from eradicating the civilized world. You must use your newly implanted enhancements, tools, weapons, and vehicles in your fight on the front lines. Discover your character's superhuman powers in the single-player missions, and then showcase your talents in the online multiplayer modes. The original Xbox version of the game also features exclusive gameplay modes.



Red Faction II
The sequel to Red Faction keeps the same exciting features from the original and introduces a new cast of characters and storyline. In Red Faction II's futuristic setting, humankind is under the rule of an evil dictatorship, and only a group of freedom fighters called Red Faction stands in its way. As a super-soldier alias, you join their cause with an arsenal of high-powered weapons and heavy vehicles. You can even use this firepower on your environment, which can be strategically altered and destroyed.



Star Wars Republic Commando (Original Xbox Exclusive)
You can be part of an elite squad of soldiers in Star Wars Republic Commando. Play as one of a team of republic troops in the time between Star Wars episodes II and III. Your squad will be assigned a variety of missions ranging from hostage rescue to assassination on many recognizable worlds from the Star Wars universe. You can play multiplayer game modes such as capture the flag and deathmatch online.



Darkwatch
Darkwatch : Curse of the West blends vampire horror with western genres. Darkwatch is a secret strike-force that has a protected man from evil since the dawn of civilization. You play its newest and deadliest agent, Jericho Cross, an outlaw gunslinger hunting the vampire that bit him. Blast your way through an American frontier overrun by the undead using your arsenal of powerful assault vehicles, enhanced versions of Western weapons, supernatural vampire abilities, and your trusty undead horse. In this frightening version of the Wild West, you're never safe.

PLATFORMER
Usual Suspects: spyro, blinx

Pyschonauts
Psychonauts are operatives that possess psychic powers. When a crazy scientist begins abducting Psychonauts for their brains, it's up to you to put an end to it once and for all. Playing as new cadet Raz, you must develop your paranormal powers, which include telekinesis, fire-starting, clairvoyance, and telepathy. Enter the minds of other people to collect figments of their imaginations, to resolve their emotional problems, and to unlock their memory vaults. As you progress in your missions, you'll earn even more psychic powers that will help you solve a variety of puzzles.


Whiplash
Join a shackled animal duo on a mission to both escape and sabotage an evil animal product-testing corporation. Ironically, the chain that links the rabbit, Redmond, to his weasel pal, Spanx, becomes their biggest weapon It can be used as a whip, a grappling hook, or a helicopter. Together, they'll battle a band of baddies, including a giant-syringe-toting doctor, an unsanitary surgeon, crooked rent-a-cops, vicious guard dogs, and a corrupt CEO. The more enemies you defeat, animals you free, and equipment you demolish, the further you drive the shady corporation into bankruptcy.



Vexx
Step into the role of Vexx as he seeks vengeance on those who murdered his grandfather and enslaved his people. Equipped with a set of razor-sharp war talons, you'll travel through volcanic islands, desert temples, frozen citadels, and giants' castles to confront the evil Dark Yabu, Shadowraith, and their minions. As darkness falls, enemies become more aggressive and the environments become more hostile. It will take all your combat skills and climbing moves to bring peace back to the villagers of Rockhaven.

Futurama
Futurama begins when Professor Farnsworth sells his delivery ship to Mom, an evil businesswoman, giving her ownership of more than 50 percent of Earth. Now, with Mom threatening to enslave humanity, it's up to you to travel back in time to stop the deal from taking place. You can play as Fry, Bender, Leela, and Dr. Zoidberg, each with unique fighting skills and weapons. With each character, you must master their power-ups and complete their tasks to emerge victorious against Mom and her death bot troopers.


ACTION ADVENTURE
Usual Suspects: splinter cell, grand theft auto, prince of persia, metal gear solid 2

The Haunted Mansion
The Disneyland attraction is making a video game appearance in The Haunted Mansion. In the famous house of wall-to-wall creeps and hot-and-cold running chills, you play Zeke, a boy burdened with the unenviable task of putting 999 evil spirits to rest while trying to keep himself from becoming number 1000. Inspired by the both the movie and the ride, Haunted Mansion's environments feature unique puzzles, secret passageways, and plenty of areas for you to run, jump, fight, and climb your way through the mansion. There's no turning back now.

Thief : Deadly Shadows (Original Xbox Exclusive)
You are Garret, the master thief who's rarely seen and never caught. In the effort to stop the Dark Age from coming, you must steal the City's oldest treasures. The path to these treasures requires you to sneak past guards, pick locks, and break into secured residences. It's best to avoid the armed guards, hired muscle, angry thugs, and hideous monsters that populate the streets. You'll have many thief tools to help you skulk around the shadows; in case that doesn't work, you'll have plenty of weapons to defend yourself.



The Hobbit
Set in the mythical world of Middle-earth, The Hobbit is an introductory tale to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You control Bilbo Baggins as he travels from his peaceful Hobbit hole in Hobbiton into the dark and harrowing Mirkwood forest and finally to the Lonely Mountain, the home of Smaug the dragon. During your journey, you will acquire items, knowledge, and courage to face the most terrifying of enemies. Come face-to-face with elves, trolls, orcs, spiders, and wolves. It's up to you to lead the quest that started it all.



I-Ninja
He might be small, but he's one angry Ninja. I-Ninja stars a consummate warrior who has spent years mastering his weapons and honing his skills. Challenged by the world's most wicked villain, Master O-Dor, and his menacing army of Ranx, the young ninja must now put his skills to use. With access to multiple weapons, including shurikens, swords, blowguns, and rocket launchers, guide I-Ninja through imaginative missions, mini-quests, and a face off with a menacing 150-foot robot. There is no challenge too big or risk to great for I-Ninja.



Beyond Good & Evil
For centuries, the planet Hillys has been bombarded by a relentless alien race. In Beyond Good and Evil, a rebellious action reporter named Jade sets out to capture the truth behind the invasion. Armed with her camera, dai-jo staff, and fierce determination, you must guide Jade as she discovers shocking evidence leading to a horrific government conspiracy and is forced to battle an evil she cannot possibly fathom. With the ability to perform stealth techniques, dai-jo staff moves, and tag-team fighting combos, you can stop at nothing to expose the truth.


Otogi : Myth of Demons (Original Xbox Exclusive)
Suspended between the world of the living and the dead is Raikoh, a skilled warrior from a cursed clan. In Otogi: Myth of Demons, you'll follow Raikoh as he travels through desolate lands to fight hordes of immortal creatures with 12 varieties of magic, a variety of brutal weapons, and more than 10 special demon-slaying items. Raikoh destroys trees, walls, and entire buildings in his quest to purge both the world's demons and his own.



Batman Begins
Step into the shadows of Gotham City's dangerous criminal underworld as Batman. Based on the movie of the same name, Batman Begins lets you explore both the origins of the "dark knight" and his transformation into a superhero. As Batman, you must use your strength and an array of high-tech gadgets to fight the evil forces that threaten the city, including Scarecrow, Ra's Al Ghul, and Carmine Falcone.

Quick Comment from @xbmcxbox : I remember playing this game for a little. Batman Begins comes off as a simplified version of Splinter Cell. 



Batman Vengeance
The gritty underworld of Gotham ignites as Batman becomes the target of a nerve-rattling conspiracy. The Dark Knight discovers subtle links in these seemingly unrelated crimes.


Yager
Step into the shoes of Magnus Tide, a young fighter pilot who must defend his home and way of life from enemies. Your fighter ship--the Sagittarius--can fire a variety of weapons and switch between hover and jet modes. The ship's maneuvering capabilities allow you to dive into canyons, soar over mountains, and explore different landscapes. Equally advanced are the enemy ships, which range from agile fighters to larger battleships and carriers.



OddWorld : Strangers Wrath (Original Xbox Exclusive)
In Odd world Stranger's Wrath, the new chapter the Oddworld series, you'll step into the role of the Stranger--a mysterious bounty hunter who tracks down outlaws for money. Equipped a variety of strange weapons that use small creatures as bullets, you'll explore expansive environments ranging from Old West towns and thick forests to industrial complexes. The game combines first- and third-person action gameplay with familiar Oddworld elements.


Stubbs the Zombie (Original Xbox Exclusive)
Stubbs the Zombie has been disturbed from his eternal rest 50 years after his death, and you can help him get revenge on those that woke him. Roam the city of Punchbowl while using your zombie powers to take control of its inhabitants. You can turn citizens into zombies, possess them, or use your other undead abilities in battle. You'll fight civilians, police, and militia on your way to getting your revenge on the city's designer, Andrew Monday. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse is a third-person action game that uses an updated version of the Halo game engine.



Battling against eternal darkness, you are Arran, a young wizard embarking on quest filled with explosive spell combat and adventure. Armed with your magical orb and immense spell collection, you age from a young wizard into an older powerful sorcerer. Defeat your enemies with a revolutionary control system: direct movement with one analog stick and aim with the other. Embrace your destiny; restore light to your homeland.



Freedom Fighters
With fierce conflict unfolding in the streets of America, it's your patriotic duty to fight back. Take on the role of Christopher Stone, and evolve from an average New Yorker into a fearless patriot who recruits and leads an army of freedom fighters in the streets of New York City. Freedom Fighters combines the depth of a squad-based game with the intensity of an action-packed war game, all of which unfolds in the streets, subways, and buildings of a modern-day urban battleground.



Galleon : islands of Mystery (Original Xbox Exclusive)
Galleon takes you from the bustling port of Akbah to islands populated with giant monsters, evil slave lords, and damsels in distress. You'll follow Captain Rhama Sabrier as he investigates the origins of a mysterious ship that could hold the key to incredible powers and untold wealth. Rhama's journey takes you to six island locations filled with action, exploration, and challenges. While the landscape can be harsh, you'll have Rhama's backflip and climbing skills and the abilities of your crew members to aid you on your journey.


Second Sight
Join John Vattic, a man endowed with psychic abilities, as he attempts to escape a US medical facility. As you discover more and more of John's psychic powers, you'll slowly uncover the events that landed him in the hands of the researchers. You'll gain access to a variety of psionic abilities (such as Psi-Blast, Telekinesis, Projection, and Charm) and powerful weapons (including handguns, tranquilizers, and machine guns). Complete your objectives using a combination of shooting action and stealth tactics.


Enter a futuristic world where humans are feared. In Scrapland, you'll play the role of D-Tritus, an intergalactic traveler who finds himself involved in a series of mysterious murders. To solve this mystery that plagues the city of Chimera, you must use your ability to transform into any of the 15 character types--each with its own unique powers and skills. There are also hundreds of vehicles in Scrapland, and you have the skills to pilot each one.


Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
Ancient Egyptian mythology comes to life in the Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy. You play the role of Sphinx, a headstrong demigod who travels the world via portals to foil the evil plans of Set. Equipped with a magical sword and a blowpipe, you'll need all your wits, agility, and special powers to overcome powerful enemies. When being inconspicuous is the only solution, control Sphinx's reluctant hero friend, The Mummy. By finding the stolen magical crowns of Egypt, Sphinx can stop Set and save the world.


ADVENTURE
Usual Suspects: pirates!, myst iv, odd world: much's odyssey

Indigo Prophecy
Play both hunter and hunted in this psycho thriller. Set in New York, Indigo Prophecy gives you the chance to speak, explore, interact, fight, and confront unknown dark forces. In the story, you can play as Lucas Kane, one of the many ordinary people that suddenly begin killing total strangers. Constantly burdened by strange visions, you must keep one step ahead of the police as you try to find out what's happening to you. Indigo Prophecy lets you control one of four characters and lets you make decisions that affect the storyline.




Syberia II
An unlikely pair--young Kate Walker and old Hans Voralberg--must now set off on a journey together in search of the last of the fabled Syberian mammoths. Guide Hans and Kate as they face dangerous obstacles that test their courage and determination. You'll encounter new characters in a variety of environments. Each puzzle you solve brings you closer to the heart of a long-forgotten universe. It's now up to you to solve the mysteries behind Syberia.




Broken Sword : The Sleeping Dragon
he murder of an underground hacker in Paris is just the beginning of this extraordinary adventure for George Stobbart and Nico Collard in Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon. Powerful seismic events shake the world, and an ancient conspiracy, the Secrets of the Templars, and a fiendish source of pure evil are responsible. As George, and later Nico, you will solve puzzles and find clues to move closer to the truth behind the murder. From the jungles of the Congo to the deceptive calm of the English countryside and gothic castles, time is running out for Earth, and only you can save it.

HORROR
Usual Suspects: silent hill, fatal frame

Call of Cthulhu : Dark Corners of the Earth
It's time for you to draw upon your skills in exploration, investigation, and combat as you battle the evil incarnate. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth combines both action and adventure elements into a first-person horror experience. You'll combat enemies using the environment, powerful and evil artifacts, Alien technology, and authentic 1920s weaponry. Cthulhu enemies can roam freely around the environment--opening doors and tracking you down single-handedly or in groups. A detailed damage and healing system breaks down the healing process into conditions and treatments.



The Suffering
The Suffering captures the disturbing and terrifying nature of the horror genre in a compelling third-person action/adventure game set in the mature and gritty world of a maximum-security prison. You'll control of the prisoner Torque, a man sentenced to die for a murder he may or may not have actually committed. Enter a nightmarish world where creatures jump out of shadows, fall out of trees, and erupt out of the ground. Battle ghoulish apparitions, hardened criminals and guards, and the demons from your own forgotten past. Will you solve the mystery of Torque's past and survive or fall victim to The Suffering?



Obscure
Inspired by recent "teen slasher" movies and TV shows, Obscure takes you to a deserted high school rife with tortured screams and faceless creatures. In single-player mode, you'll play as one of five students teamed with a computer-controlled character. In cooperative mode, your friend can play as your partner. As you explore the school, you must combine your weapons with artificial or natural light sources to drive away the monsters.




Cold Fear
Cold Fear introduces a new kind of horror experience in a constantly shifting environment out at sea. You'll play as Tom Hansen, a US Coast Guard crewman whose team is sent to investigate an abandoned Russian whaling ship. As you delve deeper beneath the ship's bloodstained decks, you'll encounter hordes of evil creatures. To survive, you must eliminate your enemies, avoid traps, and get helpful information from other characters on the ship.




RPG
Usual Suspects: fable, x-men legends, marvel: ultimate alliance, baldur’s gate

Shin Megami Tensei Nine (JP)
Shin Megami Tensei Nine is a Role-Playing game, developed by Next Entertainment and published by ATLUS, which was released in Japan in 2002.

Seeking answers and vengeance, Ryo Hazuki arrives in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong. Encountering new friends and foes alike, Ryo realizes he has much to learn and must master new martial art skills to prepare himself for his ultimate showdown with Lan Di, the man who killed his father. Each day brings Ryo closer to his goal of avenging his father's death and unlocking the mysteries of the Phoenix Mirror.

Arx is the name of an underground urban environment where your special experience begins. A threatening atmosphere has forced Arx inhabitants to take refuge in a dwarf mine, where goblins, trolls and ratmen dwell. Arx Fatalis is an RPG that combines an intriguing story, a deep environment, and a high level of interactivity. You can interact with objects and NPCs, cast spells, solve puzzles, and explore the underground fantasy world.



Dungeons & Dragons Heroes (Original Xbox Exclusive)
Dungeons & Dragons Heroes is the first Dungeons & Dragons-branded experience created for the Xbox. Built from the ground up, this action RPG takes you on journey through a world filled with magic and monsters, treasures and traps, and good and evil. Your perilous quests take you through alternate planes of existence with dungeons and gemstones. Improve your skills as one of four distinct characters: Fighter, Wizard, Cleric, or Thief. The game offers both single-player or cooperative multiplayer gameplay with up to four players. Dungeons & Dragons Heroes gives you a chance to taste victory as only a true hero can.


The Bard's Tale
The Bard's Tale is a modern interpretation of the original role-playing game of the same name. In this game, you'll take on the role of the Bard, a sardonic and opportunistic musician and adventurer. You can choose the Bard's responses toward other characters that he encounters with either "snarky" or nice dialogue. Each choice changes the course of events in the game. All the action takes place in medieval environments rife with townsfolk, birds, animals, rustling trees, and trickling water.

A sultry wizardress, a soaring gunslinger, a powerful swordsman, and a dark huntress are about to be hurtled into a dark adventure. Set in a world ripped apart by deceit, the heroes of Sudeki journey down a twisting path of betrayal, gravity-defying combat, and unbelievable magic. Sudeki pushes the limits of what you think an RPG can be, with bigger worlds, more powerful heroes, and sexier heroines--all wrapped up in Hong Kong-style cinematic combat.

ACTION
Usual Suspects: ninja gaiden, spiderman, star wars, advent rising

Phantom Dust
Hidden underground for most of your life, you emerge to the surface to explore your supernatural abilities. In a post apocalyptic world rife with monsters and mysterious particles known as "phantom dust," it's up to you to defeat your opponents using your psychic powers, skills, and strategies. Use each level's destructible environments to crush your enemies. Phantom Dust features both single-player and multiplayer modes.



Rent-A-Hero No. 1 (JP) (Original Xbox Exclusive)
Rent-A-Hero No. 1 is an Action game, developed by Aspect and published by Sega, which was released in Japan in 2000.












Grabbed by the Ghoulies (Original Xbox Exclusive)
Do you dare step into a haunted house full of dancing zombies, cursed mummies, and boxing skeletons? Grabbed by the Ghoulies tests your courage as you play as Cooper, a kid on a mission to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend. She's trapped somewhere in the ominous Ghoulhaven Hall, which is rife with monsters, traps, and scares. But don't worry--you'll have more than 100 household objects, including chairs, pool cues, and fire extinguishers, to bash the ghoulies with. But be careful--if you fail to get through Ghoulhaven Hall, you'll become a prisoner there forever.


Breakdown
Trapped inside a mysterious laboratory and unable to remember his past, Derrick Cole discovers his extraordinary powers as he fights for survival against a determined military faction and a legion of seemingly invincible superhuman warriors. Breakdown is a science fiction thriller combining the best elements of shooters and fighters into a comprehensive first-person action adventure game. High-end, real-time rendered graphics reveal Breakdown's intense storyline and brings an unprecedented level of realism to the gameplay experience. The game features fierce hand-to-hand and weapons-based combat, challenging puzzles, surreal dream sequences, advanced AI, and massive, detailed environments for exploration.

Jet Set Radio Future
The setting is Tokyo, in the year 2024. Featuring unique anime-style graphics and tons of tricks, JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future brings the hippest game ever into a futuristic world. Choose a character, strap on your rocket-powered skates, and immerse yourself in the vast environments. The multiplayer aspects let you work together to reach seemingly unattainable places, create new attacks, and perform astounding stunts. Wherever your adventure takes you, it's all about extreme skating, extreme action, and of course extreme style.


Chronicles of Riddick : Escape from Butcher Bay (Original Xbox Exclusive)
The most wanted man in the universe comes to your neighborhood in The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay. Set before the events of two movies, The Chronicles of Riddick and Pitch Black, the game tells the story of Riddick's escape from the previously inescapable maximum security prison Butcher Bay, which is home to the most violent prisoners in the galaxy. Battle your enemies in first-person or third-person views using shooting, stealth, or hand-to-hand combat. With Riddick's eye-shine, you can easily see through the dark to take out your foes.


The Incredible Hulk : Ultimate Destruction
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is an action game that lets you play as The Incredible Hulk, one of the most powerful Marvel superheroes. Now you can use the Hulk's strength to run, jump, and climb anywhere across landscapes from the comic series. You can increase your strength and unlock more moves by completing more than 30 story missions and 40 side missions. The game's destructible environments can help you fight bosses, gain weapons, and destroy buildings.



The Warriors
A battle on the streets of New York. The armies of the night number 60,000 strong, and tonight they're all after The Warriors - a street gang wrongly accused of killing a rival gang leader. The Warriors must make their way from one end of New York to their turf on the other side of the city. All that stands between The Warriors and their survival are 20 miles and thousands of street gang members. The army of gangs owns the streets and there's no turning back, they must fight for their lives and learn the meaning of loyalty as danger and uncertainty emerge from the city night. Based on the 1979 Paramount Pictures cult classic movie and developed by Rockstar Toronto, The Warriors expands the stylized cinematic journey of the film into a gritty interactive experience set in 1970s New York.

Toejam & Earl III (Original Xbox Exclusive)
The alien duo is back in an all-new adventure. In ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth, ToeJam, Big Earl, and their new friend, Latisha, embark on a mission to retrieve the 12 sacred Albums of Funk, stolen by the inhabitantats of Earth. Across expansive environments, you must guide this group toward a showdown with the evil Anti-Funk. You'll collect a wide variety of power-ups, take on dangerous side quests, and double-team the clueless Earthlings in style.




Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Original Xbox Exclusive)
Step into the shoes of Buffy Summers, Sunnydale's hottest vampire slayer. Fight against fierce vampires using cool moves and awesome slayer weaponry. With advice from your watcher Giles, you'll destroy the most fearsome creatures of the night.











Spartan : Total Warrior
You can battle hundreds of ancient warriors, both historical and mythical, in Spartan: Total Warrior. As "The Spartan" you can upgrade your weapons and armor and gain the favor of the gods as you fight through epic battles against units ranging from Roman soldiers to skeleton warriors. Levels feature a variety of objectives, such as escorting, capturing, destruction, discovery, and survival.

Travel thousands of years into the future to the galaxy Theophilus. As Sho, your job is to solve the mystery of countless murders that have been committed by an invading alien force. Along the way, you'll decimate hordes of alien creatures and liquid-morphing enemies with customized blaster rifles and plasma swords. Summon the power of Neo-Psionics to blast through hordes of alien menaces in a single move. Now, with Crimson Sea's Phantom Sensor System, use sound and touch to discover the hidden enemy.





MECH-SIMULATION
Usual Suspects: mechassault

Metal Wolf Chaos (JP) (Original Xbox Exclusive)
Metal Wolf Chaos is a Mech Sim game, developed and published by From Software, which was released in Japan in 2004.










Steel Battalion (Original Xbox Exclusive)
Power up your Vertical Tank, and prepare to dominate the online arena. In the midst of a volatile military coup, you must master the inner workings of your VT using the Steel Battalion controller. Up to 10 players can battle head-to-head in team or solo deathmatch games. Complete operations in Campaign mode or play free mission games such as Battle Royale, Conquest, or Capture the Container. The military dynamic of the game constantly changes making Steel Battalion Online one intense futuristic combat game.



THIRD PERSON SHOOTERS
Usual Suspects: max payne, james bond 007: everything or nothing, conker live & reloaded

Armed & Dangerous (Original Xbox Exclusive)
What do you call a band of gun-toting rebels, including a robot, a madman, a mole, and a criminal mastermind? The answer is Armed & Dangerous, a game that gives you a ragtag crew with an impossible mission: Pull off the biggest heist of all time in the middle of a war. All you have to do is battle your way through dastardly enemies, giant war machines, and an army of psychopathic robots. But don't worry; your team has plenty of ammo and absolutely no common sense.

In Gun Valkyrie players suit up as either Kelly O'Lenmey or Saburota Mishima to battle hideously oversized arachnids with a variety of character-specific weapons. Amidst rock formations housing huge number of aggressive monster approaching from every direction, you must scan the 360-degree area while running and shooting the creatures. It's a race against technology to save the world form complete annihilation!



Robotech : Battlecry
The Veritech fighter--a mecha capable of fighting on land, in air, and in outer space--is the only weapon you have against the forces of the alien, Zentraedi. As the intrepid fighter pilot Jack Archer, you'll control this powerful robot through more than 40 missions. With each of the 40 Veritech fighters, you can switch from ground to hover and flight modes instantly. Battlecry's combination of fast-paced gameplay, freedom of movement, and dramatic storyline make for a unique combat experience.



Metal Arms Glitch in the System
Blast your way to victory as Glitch, the gun-slinging, half-ton menacing bot of Droid City. Found as scrap metal, but transformed into destructive machinery, Glitch is determined to free his people from the evil clutches of General Corrosive and his maniacal army of Mil bots. As you venture through 40 missions, you'll find 17 deadly weapons, a variety of vehicles, and enemy bots that you can control. Annihilate the General's sinister plan to dominate the world and salvage the robot race.



Psi-Ops : The Mindgate Conspiracy 
Your most powerful weapon is your mind in Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, an action adventure game that combines Psi powers with weapons combat. A terrorist movement prepares to overthrow world order, you, an elite American Psi-operative soldier, must combat them. Practice powers of Telekinesis, Mind Control, Pyrokinesis, Mind Drain, Aura View, and Remote Viewing to win mind games against an army of brainwashed terrorists and powerful Psi agents. Fight through eight levels using your Psi powers, an arsenal of traditional weapons, and puzzle-solving skills.



Rogue Trooper
On the war-torn, poisoned atmosphere of Nu Earth, Rogue Trooper is a genetic infantryman, one of an elite squad of biologically-engineered clone troops, created to overcome the planet's hostile atmosphere, unhindered in their fight against the enemy, the Nort Republic. After witnessing the betrayal and annihilation of his squad at the Quartz Zone Massacre, Rogue has gone AWOL, determined to hunt down the traitor who sent his brothers-in-arms to their deaths. Armed with the latest experimental weapons, Rogue's arsenal offers him a critical advantage over his opponents; encoded bio-chips containing the digitised personalities of his fallen comrades are stored in his gun, helmet and backpack, each offering their unique expertise and assistance, allowing Rogue to strategically outwit a sophisticated enemy. The game is a mix of intense 3rd person action and next generation stealth elements, with complex line-of-sight AI, multiple game paths, full tactical use of your bio-chip operated equipment and both single- and multiplayer online gameplay.

Read Dead Revolver
Learn the ways of the Wild West as a bounty hunter seeking vengeance. Red Dead Revolver tells the story of Red, a man on a mission to kill General Diego--the rogue Mexican general who murdered Red's family for gold. As Red, you'll have a variety of weapons to choose from, including pistols, rifles, shotguns, and dynamite. Dusty towns, windswept prairies, rugged saloons--the game integrates all of the elements of a classic Western movie.

Take control of any one of four highly specialized super-commandos in Brute Force, an action-packed sci-fi, squad-based shooter game. Whether the encounter requires stealth, tactics, sniping, or just brute force, the team is ready and able. The game combines the intensity of a shooter game with the cunning strategies of team-based tactical combat. Play solo through six worlds in the extensive single-player campaign, or play co-operatively with up to three friends via split-screen or System Link. A multitude of competitive death-match modes with up to eight players; and downloadable new content, including campaigns, mission, and maps; keep the game fresh for replay ability.

Destroy All Humans!
This is your chance to experience the other side of an alien invasion. In Destroy All Humans, you play as an alien who must use a UFO, advanced weaponry, and special abilities to take over all of humanity. You'll terrorize the people of Earth with a variety of alien weaponry--the Ion Detonator, the Zap-O-Matic, and the Sonic Boom, or even the Quantum Deconstructor--on land or in the air.



The Punisher
Enter the mind of The Punisher, a vigilante driven by more than just revenge. In a world marked by corruption, you serve as judge, jury, and executioner as you terrorize criminals with their own ruthless methods. Use a combination of physical force and character interaction to coerce criminals into coughing up valuable information, and then put them out of their misery with your arsenal of realistic weapons. The Punisher War Journal lets you relive in-game moments, collect items from Marvel's Punisher history, unlock bonus DVD footage, and more.

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Panzer Dragoon Orta (Original Xbox Exclusive)
The dragon rises to power once again in Panzer Dragoon: Orta. Dragons, creatures that once ruled the skies, are now mankind's only hope against a dark empire. With humanity at war and on the brink of extinction, it's up to you and your dragon to take to the skies and assist in the rebellion. On the back of your flying friend, you'll become part of intense chases and battles with powerful enemies. In order to defeat the evil empire, you must master multiple weapons, dragon powers, and advanced attacks.

Xyanide (Original Xbox Exclusive)
Drake is a star fighter pilot escorting an execution craft that holds the evil witch Aguira. On route, an asteroid filled with Xyanide (a substance that materializes thoughts) hits the prisoner's ship. Now, as Drake, you must battle through a series of surreal nightmares. While piloting skills and kill efficiency are important to survive, you must also learn how to adapt to your different environments. Morph into different types of fighters, master new weapons, and acquire power-ups to defeat your enemies.

House of the Dead III (Original Xbox Exclusive)
From the darkest corners, cadavers and zombies return to haunt your every move. In The House of the Dead 3, you'll plow through the undead with shotgun in hand as you explore a postapocalyptic wasteland. The new shotgun can take out multiple enemies in a single blast. Take out wave after wave of horrific zombies as you travel different routes and discover secrets and hidden areas. The House of the Dead III's time-sensitive gameplay forces you to exterminate your foes as quickly as possible.

Psyvariar 2: Extend Edition (JP)
Psyvariar 2: Extend Edition is a Shoot-'Em-Up game, developed by Skonec and published by Microsoft Game Studios, which was released in Japan in 2004.














Alien Hominid (PAL)
This version of Alien Hominid has been built specifically for consoles and it shows! There are 16 hot levels, complete with mini-bosses and main-bosses. The creators have brought back all your old favorites from the original and thrown in tons more. This game is overflowing with enemies, and they come armed to the teeth! Have no fear, they've taken the alien's arsenal up a notch! You now have seven power-up weapons, which also upgrade your grenades. There is also a charge shot so you can hold down your button and unleash a giant ball of destruction. You can dig into the ground for defensive measures, then reach up and pull your enemies under. Enemy riding and head biting is still intact, but you can now also flip over an enemy and carry him, or throw him in eight directions!

Metal Slug 4 & 5
Now you can play two of your arcade favorites without any quarters, since Metal Slug 4 and 5 have come to the original Xbox in one complete package. Join Marco and a cast of other Metal Slug characters as they battle corrupt forces in the air, on the sea, and on land. Use power-ups, special weapons, health, and ammo to try to keep up with each game's nonstop action and challenging enemies. Of course, you can also test-drive the next generation of Metal Slug vehicles.



FIGHTING
Usual Suspects: dead or alive, soul calibur, street fighter series

Complete List of Fighting Games Available for the Original Xbox

The Wild Rings (JP) (Original Xbox Exclusive)
The Wild Rings is a Wrestling game, developed by Paon Corporation and published by Microsoft Game Studios, which was released in Japan in 2003.





Rocky
Jump into the ring as Rocky Balboa and go head-to-head against 29 tough opponents, including Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, Ivan Drago, and Tommy Gunn. Mickey and company train you from the streets of Philadelphia to the world heavyweight championship bout. Master Rocky's powerful punch combos and fast flurries. Practices your skills in Sparring mode and then test them out in the Knockout Tournament against 15 other players. Based on the movie trilogy, Rocky tests your dedication, skill, and heart through various gameplay modes.



Bloody Roar Extreme
Punch, kick and smash your way to the top in the deadliest beast-warrior fighting tournament of all time! Choose one of 14 fierce fighters, and transform into its "Hyper-Beast" alter-ego to defeat all challengers. The action comes to life on the Xbox with high-resolution graphics and spectacular special effects running at a blazing 60 frames per second.





King of Fighters : Maximum Impact : Maniax
The first-ever 3D version of King of Fighters has finally arrived, complete with all your favorite SNK characters. In King of Fighters: Maximum Impact, rival gangs are vying for the chance to rule the underworld of Southtown. As one of more than 16 fighters, you must prove that you're the greatest fighter in the world in five gameplay modes, including Story, Versus, Survival, Practice, and Training. The game's enhanced character movement lets you perform four new jumps, powerful combo moves, and the new Knock Back Attack.



Fight Club 
Broken bones, blood-stained and ripped clothes, and facial deformations are common in Fight Club. Based on the movie of the same name, Fight Club lets you play as one of the many characters from the movie as they fight until someone goes limp, taps out, or is beaten to a pulp. With three different fighting styles and intuitive controls, the game creates a challenging experience for fighting fans of all levels.





Marvel Nemesis : Rise of the Imperfects (For the VS. Mode)
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects pits fierce Marvel superheroes against each other in a 3D fighting game. You can assume control of heroes such as the Punisher, Spider-Man, and Captain America, and duel with them in interactive and destructible environments. A new team of superheroes called the Imperfects joins the mayhem. You can play in single-player story mode to unlock hundreds of collectible awards, or you can play against other gamers in offline or online play.




STRATEGY

Aliens Versus Predator : Extinction
On a cold distant planet, the war against extinction begins, and your command skills will determine its outcome. Lead an Alien hive, a Predator clan, or an elite squad of Colonial Marines to victory in 21 single-player missions. Each race has its own characteristics, abilities, weapons, and vehicles to suit your style of play. The survival of your species depends on your ability to use powerful resources and strategies, including pulse rifles, exosuits, and air strikes.





N.U.D.E. @Natural Ultimate Digital Experiment (JP) (Original Xbox Exclusive)
N.U.D.E.@ Natural Ultimate Digital Experiment is a Real-Time Strategy game, developed by RED Entertainment and published by Microsoft Game Studios, which was released in Japan in 2003.








RACING
Usual Suspects: forza motorsport, need for speed

Quantum Redshift (Original Xbox Exclusive)
Shift to the future and compete in racing grudge matches against your arch rival and multiple racing opponents. Each of the 16 drivers has their own unique ship, home circuit, and weapons. It takes skill and weapons strategy to master the game's 16 tracks filled with massive jumps and rough terrain. As you acquire more racing trophies, you'll earn higher speeds, special characters, and tracks. Ensure your victory by attacking characters with everything from plasma bolts or tidal waves to nuclear weapons.



TOCA Race Driver 3
The TOCA racing series returns for a third go with numerous improvements over its predecessors. TOCA Race Driver 3 features upgraded artificial intelligence, a spectator mode, rivalries, and 35 racing styles. There are more than 80 cars to choose from, each with finely tuned performance variables. You can progress across all disciplines or specialize in one of the six, including touring, GT, and rally. TOCA Race Driver 3 is also online-compatible, letting you challenge other gamers around the globe.







Burnout Revenge
Burnout Revenge is a racing game in which your desire for destruction is as important as your ability to reach the finish line. The sequel to Burnout 3 adds some new features such as detailed car damage, crash combos, and a meter that rewards vengeance on the road. Game modes run the range from pure racing to pure destruction on a handful of real-world locations, including Detroit and Rome. Burnout Revenge also supports online play for challenging other players.

Journalistic Review from @xbmcxbox : When it comes to the Burnout series Burnout 3: Takedown is always mentioned and no love is shown to Burnout Revenge. This might be because Burnout Revenge was also released on the next-gen systems at the time. However, Burnout Revenge is an excellent game, it has a world tour mode and the game has a bit different feel than Burnout 3, it takes a more push to takedown an opponent. Also the game challenges you so keep your eyes on the road, I remember crashing because the speed was so intense and the roads get tricky. I really enjoyed this game, I remember the checkpoint challenge with the red F1 racing, OMG! that car was so fast. This game is awesome. 

OutRun2 offers arcade racing in a variety of gameplay modes: arcade, mission, live, drifting, and heart attack. In arcade mode, you can race against the clock from Palm Beach to one of five destinations. You can also unlock hidden items in mission mode, drift around corners in drift mode, and charm your passenger with your driving techniques in heart attack mode. 

Splashdown
Become one of 8 rebellious riders as you throttle a Sea-Doo® over water that looks so real you'll need a wetsuit! Just throw Splashdown into your Xbox video game system and you'll instantly start blasting through the waters of Bali, tearing over the Great Barrier Reef, or stirring up the Venice Canals. Catch massive air as you jump wakes and launch off of ramps -- and pull insane stunts like the Metronome and the Cyclone.




SPORTS
Usual Suspects: nba street vol. 2, ssx, madden, nba live series

Amped 2 offers a freestyle snowboarding experience with a large and varied trick library. You'll explore vast areas of wide-open, real mountains packed with terrain parks. Play head-to-head with friends in the various multiplayer modes. 






NBA Street V3
The third installment of NBA Street advances the series by adding more customization, different game modes, and new gameplay features. Now you can build both your reputation and show-stopping Gamebreakers on the streets by performing all-new flashy dunks, dribble tricks, and combos. Step into the shoes of NBA legends, current basketball stars, and original characters from previous games. Play in familiar courts, such as The Cage and Rucker Park, or create your own court from the ground up. NBA Street V3 also features a new dunk contest and online multiplayer modes.

Quick Review from @xbmcxbox : NBA Street V3 was the last of its kind in terms of fundamental gameplay mechanics and easy controls. The previous rendition, NBA Street Vol. 2 which many will agree is the best of the series are spot on. However, NBA Street V3 offers a fresh coat of graphical paint and the ability to choose classic controls or analog control. The graphics are amazing surpassing NBA Street Vol. 2, each court has a unique vibe and feel to it, you can also create your own and add a vibe color to it.  The analog controls are very useful and give the game an edge over NBA Street Vol. 2. Michael Jordan is not featured in the game but you can create Jordan and thanks to the highly customizable gear you can put an offical NBA jersey and number on your created player and rack up the attributes while you play. The only downside I found to the game was the soundtrack, and it doesn't help that "custom soundtracks" is not featured. Also, the announcer is back but it's not nearly as good as NBA Street Vol. 2. On the upside, the music, sound effects and commentary can be individually lowered or raised this time allowing you to may be play music from elsewhere and still keeping the commentary. 

Sega Soccer Slam
A host of diverse teams from across the globe unite on the green for intense three-on-three matches of soccer. Not your ordinary soccer game, Sega Soccer Slam involves violent tackles, killer kicks, and spotlight maneuvers. In Quest mode, you can take any team through a series of matches, while unlocking secret stadium locations and gaining access to hidden power-ups. Alternative gameplay options include Arcade mode, Challenge mode, and a round-robin Tourney mode with multiplayer action for up to six players.


NBA 2K2
Sega Sports unleashes its award-winning NBA franchise on the next-generation basketball court with NBA 2K2. Building upon a foundation of vibrant graphics and crisp, detailed player animation, NBA 2K2 talks the talk and walks the walk! Use the versatile low post game to drop step around your defender and explode past him for a posterizing dunk. Tight AI defenders take away the baseline, deftly rotate to the open man, and establish rebounding position in the paint. Sharper skills and smarter D elevate your game to a higher level and make NBA 2K2 the one to beat on the original Xbox game consoles. 

Journalistic Review from @xbmcxbox : NBA 2K2 offers a great gameplay flashback, especially for the Sega Dreamcast fans. You'll be surprised to see that Michael Jordan is officially in the game wearing his Wizards jersey. This game was slightly upgraded from the Dreamcast version, the controls are tight and the game is well designed. Since it's a bit dated the game seems very simple, which is not a bad thing, it makes the game easy to pick up and play. The graphics are sharp and have aged well since they always had a 2K cartoon feel to them. After comparing the game to NBA 2K7 this game shows that it was better developed, the frame rate is fluid and the game feels solid as opposed to the slow down experienced on NBA 2K7 on the original Xbox which was also the last NBA 2K game released for the console.

Wake Boarding Unleashed Featuring Shaun Murray
Wakeboarding Unleashed rips you across a lake by a high-powered speedboat as you perform tricks through dangerous terrain. As one of seven world-class wakeboarders, you'll crash into houseboats and catch huge air in nine exotic levels. If you become too tired, then drive the boat and help your friend pull off challenging technical tricks on the water. Wakeboarding Unleashed takes wakeboarding to the next level with realistic water, unique interaction with the rope, and a fun cooperative mode.



ESPN NFL 2K5 (Playable with the up to date rosters i.e. 2012-2013)
ESPN NFL 2K5 kicks off the football season with an improved ESPN presentation, a variety of player moves, and more. Now you can perform all-new moves during an entire season, while earning points to customize your crib with different items. The game also features new modes, including ESPN 25th Anniversary mode, where you can play in classic NFL situations over the past 25 years. First-Person Football mode returns with new camera switching, improved audio, passing control options, and more.

Journalistic Review from @xbmcxbox : Since this was the last NFL 2K game released, NFL 2K5 has been getting roster updates since. There is a very active community for NFL 2K5, this game did so much well and it still holds up today, the animation, ESPN presentation, the passing, rushing and overall gameplay is a blast. I can say that I've played this game out and retired it, two years later I update the rosters and it gives the game a fresh feel. I also recommend NFL 2K2 for that Dreamcast feel.

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MLB SlugFest : Loaded
The MLB SlugFest series reloads its latest installment with more beanballs, hard tags, and over-the-top animations. All your favorite baseball players now have powers to run at turbo speed, make impossible catches, and survive hard collisions. This time, you can review diving catches or home-run scoreboard smashes through a customizable instant-replay feature. And for the first time in the series, the PlayStation 2 and Xbox Live users can take their players and teams online--complete with headset support.