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Xbox Buying Guide

Even though the Xbox 360 has launched, don’t overlook the original Xbox. There are still some amazing (and cheap) games on that platform that you might have overlooked. Here are some of the best Xbox games that you can still buy new (in no particular order):


The best Splinter Cell game overall and possibly the best game on the Xbox. With a great single player campaign, solid multiplayer and great co-op, Chaos Theory offers hours of entertainment.


It’s easily one of the most-impressive games on the Xbox and seems destined to be remembered as the most inspiring collaboration between Hollywood and the gaming industry yet. It flawlessly combines FPS, RPG and stealth gameplay into one compelling action game.


An amazing Xbox Live FPS. Unreal Championship 2 brings you the bone-crunching melee combat you’ve come to expect, with some added bonuses and faster action. Become a warrior with superhuman agility as you arm up for battle against the toughest and most unique adversaries you’ve ever seen.


Max Payne 2 is just a remarkable production, and what it lacks in length or volume it more than makes up for in quality and density.


Advent Rising is the first in an trilogy of action/adventure games. It features an epic story written by Orson Scott Card and some truly great combat. If you can look past some of the games technical problems, you will find an excellent game underneath.


One of the most difficult-yet most rewarding-action games ever made. The Black edition of the game comes with all-new difficulty settings (read: virtually impossible for anyone with less-than-catlike reflexes), loads of bonus missions to complete, and all the extra downloadable content made available for the original Ninja Gaiden.


If you own an Xbox and don’t own this game, no one likes you. You’re not cool in the least. Halo 2 features an interesting single-player mode and some of the best online multiplayer action you’ll find anywhere. It sets the gold standard even today, and people who don’t even like first-person shooters will find something to like in Halo 2.


When Forza was announced, a collective snicker went up from the hardcore racing community, since everyone knew it could never compare to Sony’s Gran Turismo series. Then the game came out, and not only did it compare to GT, but it completely blew it out of the water in a number of key areas-particularly by including car damage and a robust online game.


Fable is an imaginative game that’s got enough remarkable, unique moments in it to make it shine. The combat and mission structure in the game is great. The fighting feels good, and the magic system allowed you to create some pretty vicious combos. The storyline is also great and really makes you care about the characters.


You don’t need to be a fan of Star Wars or of RPGs to appreciate all the impressive qualities of this game–but if you are, all the better. KOTOR is the best RPG on the console and one of the finest RPGs ever created.


A visceral action packed first person shooter with amazing graphics. A new two-player cooperative mode really helps round out the experience, and those amazing good looks survived the translation to the Xbox well intact–along with pretty much everything else.


One of the best FPS games makes its way to the Xbox. Half-Life 2 faithfully captures the excellent single-player gameplay found in the hit PC game.