10 Best Original Xbox Games


Without the Xbox, video games would have a very different landscape today. Modern conveniences like Game Pass, cloud saves and voice chat games are easily taken for granted, but we wouldn’t have any of these now if it weren’t for the original Xbox.

Sometimes considered the successor to Sega’s failure Dreamcastthe Xbox doubled down on its approach to online gameplay, and Microsoft funded its new games division enough to give the game a solid library of games you couldn’t play on any other console, plus a few PC ports that would just does not work on other systems.

In this list, we’ve rounded up ten of the best original Xbox games of all time, limiting ourselves to one per series. Many of these games are playable elsewhere or have since been ported, but if you can, try them on an Xbox Series S with backwards compatibility, and you’ll have an amazing experience. If you’re a hardcore Xbox gamer, be sure to check out the best xbox one games.

Soul Calibur II

If you read our best dreamcast games list, then you will already know that the original SoulCalibur was a revelation. The only thing that managed to knock the original off the 3D fighting game throne was the sequel, and what a sequel it was. The cast was expanded, the stages were more detailed, and we saw polished, focused gameplay that could be taken seriously in a competitive environment, with more nuance than ever before. Additionally, the Xbox version included a playable Spawn.

Half Life 2

One thing Xbox excelled at was PC ports that just didn’t match other consoles, and Half Life 2 was a perfect example. When this was released on PC it was groundbreaking, and only Xbox had enough in common with personal computers to pull it off on consoles. A detailed physics system has been considered in combat, puzzle solving, and platforming. Pair that with a strong story and you’ve got all the hallmarks of a masterpiece.

Halo 2

It was a close call between Halo 2 and the original, but the original Xbox did one thing better than any other console at the time: online multiplayer. For this reason alone, Halo 2 has become a staple of multiplayer sessions, whether your friends are in the room with you or across the country. Halo 2 changed the way all console gamers viewed multiplayer shooters and influenced the online ecosystem we have today.

Jet Set Radio Future

Again, have you seen our best dreamcast games listing? So this needs no explanation. Jet Set Radio Future is Radio Jet Set, but bigger and better. It takes place in an alternate timeline, with an altered plot, new music, new characters, and more. If you want Radio Jet Setthen you will love it Jet Set Radio Futureobviously.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Another PC port that otherwise seemed impossible, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is the ancestor of Skyrim you know and love. There was old scrolls games before that, but Morrowwind is what cemented the gameplay and world design that has made Bethesda iconic ever since. If you liked a modern style To fall, old scrollsor anticipate the next star fieldthen you owe it to Morrowwind.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Stuff

Solid Metal Gear 2but better. Substance was released on Xbox and PC in addition to PS2, and added a lot of content, including around 500 new missions, some taking place in a VR environment, and some in areas of the main game but with new objectives. Also, this version of the game was an Xbox exclusive for a few months after release.


Fable was one of the best action RPGs on the platform and impacted fans enough to still be clamoring for a new entry even today. FableThe incredibly British and light-hearted world of cemented a unique tone for an RPG, and the story of the hero of Oakvale growing up to fight Jack of Blades is still a simple but iconic Xbox gem.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

We have never been so close to realizing the dream of a star wars RPG with player choice we have with Knights of the Old Republic. Another PC version that managed to find a home and a legion of fans on Xbox consoles, Knights of the Old Republic can be considered one of the best star wars games of all time, and is an ancestor of Mass Effect series.

Burnout 3: Elimination

Car racing is fun, but do you know what’s even better? Crush them. Yes, Burnout is a fun arcade-style racing game, but the real highlight of the third entry was the domino effect car crashes. The objective is to create as much damage as possible using a single car as the triggering incident: crash a truck at a crossroads and watch the madness build up.

jade empire

Another BioWare title, jade empire might be the studio’s most underrated game. build on Knights of the Old Republic, jade empire took players into a Chinese-inspired world. The combat was all action, while the RPG staples remained. Many gamers have said it’s the best RPG on Xbox, and it’s still the only console you can play jade empire today. Consider trying with Xbox Series X Backward Compatibility.

Written by Dave Aubrey on behalf of GL HF.


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