The 8 Best Original Xbox Games of All Time

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To put it simply, the original Xbox was revolutionary.

After Sega and Atari pulled out of the console market, it looked like Nintendo and Sony were going to dominate the scene unchallenged.

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Bill Gates unveils the original Xbox.Credit: Microsoft

However, in March 2000 it became clear that this would not be the case as Microsoft announced the Xbox. It was launched in November 2001 and quickly took the world by storm.

In the years since, Microsoft’s influence has shaped the video game industry in countless ways.

Game Pass, cloud saves, and in-game voice chats are ubiquitous today thanks to innovations from Xbox.

Innovation alone won’t sell a console, and the original Xbox has a fantastic lineup of games. It was hard to choose the best ones, but here they are.

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Burnout 3: Elimination

Clean, fun racing games like Gran Turismo are fine, but sometimes you want a little more mayhem in the mix.

Burnout 3’s arcade-style racing is top notch, but the real fun of the game comes from the brilliant crash modes.

It’s endlessly fun to throw your car at a crossroads and see the chaotic chain of events unfold. It’s an original formula that games like Turbo Dismount would later use with great success.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Since Xbox was owned by Microsoft, it was in a unique position to receive many high-quality PC ports quickly.

This RPG, made in part by Bioware, is considered the predecessor to the excellent Mass Effect series, but it’s also one of the best Star Wars games ever made.

Fable

It may not have been the gaming messiah that director Peter Molyneux promised, but Fable is still a historical RPG.

He is extremely British in his presentation, which is exactly what has attracted so many fans around the world.

You can experience great adventures, explore a beautiful world, or create a little romance for yourself in this delightful game.

With a new Fable game in the works, now is the perfect time to go back and see the brilliance of the original.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Stuff

With Metal Gear Solid returning to storefronts very soon, going back and playing the classics sounds like a great idea.

This version of MGS2 adds 500 new ridiculous missions in the VR training mode and some interesting additions to the main story.

Even without the new stuff, MGS2 is still one of the best games ever made and still worth replaying.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

If you’ve ever wanted a throwback to the days when games were really tough and didn’t hold your hand all the time, Morrowind will give you that.

Besides the retro vibe, you can see Bethesda’s modern global design genesis here.

Oblivion, Skyrim, and New Vegas all owe their brilliant open worlds to Morrowind and its dedication to exploration.

Halo 2

You could choose any Halo game for this list and it would be a fair choice, but Halo 2 takes the lead due to its innovation.

Halo 2 made online multiplayer something really special as one of the best arena shooters in history.

If that’s not enough, the single-player campaign is still among the best for first-person shooters, with memorable environments and clever level design.

Half Life 2

The Half-Life series is most strongly associated with PC gaming, but it’s a testament to the quality of the original Xbox that its port of Half-Life 2 is just as good as the PC version.

All console naysayers were quickly put in their place by the showcase of Half-Life 2’s physics engine, puzzle solving, and flawless combat.

Soul Calibur II

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Fighting games had gone out of style in the early 2000s, but that didn’t stop SoulCalibur from thriving as a franchise in those days.

With a larger cast of characters, beautiful set design, and smoother combat than ever before, there was no denying SoulCalibur’s place on the Mount Rushmore of fighting games.

Written by GL HF.

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