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1. Forza Motorsport
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2. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos
$42.99
3. Star Wars Republic Commando
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4. Halo 2 Limited Edition
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5. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
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6. Advent Rising
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7. Star Wars Battlefront
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8. Brothers in Arms
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9. Unreal Championship 2
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10. WWE Wrestlemania XXI
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11. Need for Speed Underground 2
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12. Karaoke Revolution Bundle
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13. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora
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14. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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15. NBA Street V3
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16. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape
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17. Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
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18. Dead or Alive: Ultimate
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19. Project Gotham Racing 2
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20. Tetris Worlds

1. Forza Motorsport

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Asin: B0006BK58U
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 64
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Forza Motorsport revs up Xbox gamers who are passionate about cars and racing. Forza Motorsport is the ultimate car-lover s playground letting gamers buy sell trade tune modify and race their customized car collection. On the track players experience an impressively accurate simulation putting their performance-tuned creations to the test against the best the online world has to offer on Xbox Live.-- SPECIFICATIONs ---------------ESRB Rating : RP for Rating PendingGenre/Category : ActionSystem : Microsoft XboxNumber of Players : On-Line Compatible : majescogames.com ... Read more

Features

  • Make every car yours: Collect models from more than 60 top car manufacturers, including Mazda, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, and Dodge. Trick out sport compacts with real-world body kits, rims, spoilers, decals, side skirts, fender flares, and hood scoops. Add motorsport decals and team paint-schemes to supercars, GT racers, and exotics. Transform production cars into racetrack monsters.
  • Tune it up: Take your car to the garage and install alternative engines, suspension kits, bolt-on superchargers, brakes, rims, racing slicks, and more. Fine-tune gear ratios, fuel-mapping, forced-induction pressure, tire temperature and pressure, and ignition timing for the ultimate setup.
  • Experience the most technically advanced driving simulation on Xbox: Top automotive engineers teamed with experienced programmers to create an advanced physics engine for Forza Motorsport, designed to simulates authentic car performance. Cars incur damage and wear, which affects car performance. Advanced tire and suspension models respond to heat and pressure changes as well as weight transfer and aerodynamic load.
  • Drive in gorgeous track environments: From the famously challenging Nurburgring Nordschleife to the spectator-lined streets of Rio de Janeiro, race on meticulously designed tracks with an incredible sense of speed and realism.
  • Check out the revolutionary A.I. Drivatar technology: Train your own A.I. Drivatars to use the same racing techniques you do, so they can race for you in competitions or train new drivers on your team. Drivatar technology is the foundation of the human-like A.I. in Forza Motorsport.

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game!
Especially if you have a HDTV Ready television, oh man the graphics on this baby rocks!
-Over 200 Cars
-Online play is the greatest!
-Career mode is fun.
-Accurate car handling
-Car damange, fun with top-of-the-line cars!
-Just addicting overall...

5-0 out of 5 stars kreepy fun!
Upsides:
Nearly endless playability
Real Damage
Great car list
Xbox live
its for the xbox
Way to much fun
Downloadable cars

Downsides:
Way to addicting

5-0 out of 5 stars Creeper/ Reaffirms my love for video games
Before I got this game I was racing RallisportS 2 and Project Gotham 2.So I rented this game having heard it was great and I popped it in and I wanted to go get my 7$ back from the video store.But I was stuck with it so I figured I'd see what it is all about.

All of sudden when I started winning a couple races and getting a little acclamated to great vast world this games offers, I was hooked.Hooked real hard.3 days later I played for abot 18 hours straight.

A few things I love about this game

1. Stunningly beautiful.While driving I just reaffirm to myself how beautiful this game is visually
2. Realistic Car Damage.If you ram into another car to try to knock it off the road so you can pass it, you end up messing your car up so bad that you'll get passed and lose.
3.If you screw up on a turn, you're going to wreck.None of this pull the E-brake junk on this game, you're going into a wall or spinning off into a feild.


Just some things I was thinking about.If you haven't tried this game, do so immediately, and make sure you play it for about 2 hours.That's when I couldn't put it down.It's kind of intimidating at first, but that passes very quickly.

5-0 out of 5 stars This game rocks !!!
Forza motorsport is the best racing game i have ever played. It blows away GT4 by far. The damage is very realistic unlike another certain racing game (lol).and the cars are just as cool. I definetly recomend this game for all you XBOX users.It will not disapoint.In conclusion if you have an XBOX get this one it rules.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Racing Game
I recently got myself an XBox and was advised to rent and try before I buy. Blockbuster was out of Halo2 so I got this one home to try it out (I am a big fan of racing).

Before I say anything further I'd have to mention that this is my very first game on XBox so I cannot compare it to any other games.

Was I glad I rented it? Yes, Will I buy it? Yes.

It's a little pricey at $40+ when compared to other games but then again it has a great game in it.

As for the game itself it has a whole bunch of race tracks and customizable cars (categorized into Classes from R to D) with time trials, free runs and ofcourse the race arcades themselves.

I'd suggest spending $7 and renting it before paying $40+ for your own copy. ... Read more


2. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory

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Asin: B0002SQ0BS
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 102
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

You are Sam Fisher, the NSA's most elite black-ops agent. To achieve your mission you will kill from close-range, attack with your combat knife, shoot with the prototype Land Warrior rifle, and use radical suppression techniques such as the inverted neck break.Also take on cooperative multiplayer infiltration missions, where teamwork is the ultimate weapon.As the enemy evolves, so must you.The year is 2008. Information Warfare has evolved into the most dangerous threat to global stab ... Read more

Features

  • EXCLUSIVE CLOSE RANGE KILLS: From knife attacks to athletics hand to hand kills such as inverted neck breaks, dramatic ledge throws, .
  • CO-OP STEALTH: Play multiplayer with a friend and coordinate your infiltration in an all new multiplayer challenge
  • REAL WEAPONS OF TOMORROW: The most complete arsenal of weapons and gadgets from the knife to the experimental Land Warrior System.
  • AMAZING REPLAYABILITY: Totally open level design with multi-paths and optional secondary objectives.
  • ULTIMATE CHALLENGE: Intelligent enemies making your mission more risky as you have to get closer to them...

Reviews (55)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good game but just more of the same.........
If you played the first two games in this series you'll be right at home.You're able to run and gun more than in the past and it's nice not to be punished as much for setting off alarms.The controls, graphics (unfortunately you're usually in the dark), and sound are top notch.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best X-Box Game 9.9/10
X-Box Magazine rated this game 9.9/10 and it should have been rated as 15/10 (fifteen!).It kicks!Best features: you can save your progress at any time; you can save as quick save OR as save so you can back up to a prior save in case you blow it.Great ammo.Great storyline (I won't spoil it).Plus the online X-Box Live games rock!I just finished this game and am in mourning, waiting for Chaos Theory II...or whatever the next Splinter Cell is...They really outdid themselves.PLEASE!Publish the sequel!

5-0 out of 5 stars AN EVOLUTION IN STEALTH GAMING
This is by far one of my most favorite games right now. I don't really have the money to buy it but I've been renting it from the movie store, and I can't put it down. This is one of the most addicting games I've ever played. There is nothing better than sneeking behind a guy so close you can read the label on his coat and then stabbing your knife into his back and dropping him without a sound, or ripping your hand through a paper thin canvis and pulling a guy through it. This game has more ways to take out your enemies than the first two. Such as now being able to choose between lethal attacks when your near an enemy or just knocking them out. One lethal move is when you approach an enemy from the front, Fisher pulls out his knife and grabs the guy head and forces it down while stabbing him below the shoulder blade all by pulling the right trigger. Or if you pull the left trigger and your behind someone then Fisher will pull out his knife and hit them with the handle in the side of the head and knock them out. There are countless other things fisher can do to take out his enemies. The enemy AI is amazingly done, they will notice little things like a door open or a light turned off. My complaints are that the maps are horrible, they provide almost no help. Also some of the missions have some really hard puzzles to solve, for those reasons I would give it four and a half stars but I'll settle for five.

5-0 out of 5 stars It Rocks In HD ! ! !
I PUT THE GAME ON MY HDTV :)
& IT LOOKS SOOOO GOOD!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars You can SAVE your progress at ANY time!
I never got in to the first two Splinter Cell games, so you don't have to be a veteran of the series to enjoy this third installment. I'll start with my 2 favorite things about this game. In Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, you can pause the game at ANY moment while playing and save your progress EXACTLY where you're standing. When you load your game from a saved file, you start exactly at the spot where you saved, NOT way back at the beginning of the level, NOT at some prior checkpoint, but right where you were at that moment you saved your game. When you know you're about to walk into a tricky situation, take a moment to save, then proceeed. If you botch the job, re-load your saved game and try again from the exact point you saved at without having to restart the whole level all over again. I LOVE THIS! EVERY game should have this "instant save anytime" feature! The other great thing about this game that EVERY game should have is 360-degree camera control: you use the controller's right thumbstick to move the camera anywhere you want to get the view you need of your environment. Snapshot saving and total camera control make SUCH a BIG difference in eliminating the frustration that comes with so many other games.

This is a game about espionage set in the fictitious near future. You play a stealthy field operative for a top secret arm of the U. S. government, running covert operations that the government cannot legally acknowledge. Each mission consists of a set of objectives like "find out who is providing arms to these rebel guerillas" or "hack these systems and plant some decoy files."You gather information by observing the environment, eavesdropping on conversations, interrogating people, searching file cabinets, and accessing computer terminals. You spend most of your time sticking to the shadows to stay out-of-sight and keeping silent to avoid detection.

You must complete your primary objectives to progress to the next mission. You are scored a success percentage at the end of every mission, but score doesn't count for anything except personal satisfaction. You achieve high scores by not alerting anyone to your presence and not killing anyone, rendering enemies unconscious in a variety of ways (except when your objective is to eliminate a particular target). When you see people in your path, you can either find a way to sneak around them or you can sneak up and grab them from behind to interrogate them, then choke them unconscious to remove them as threats (be sure to hide the bodies so others don't notice your handiwork). Stealth and low body-counts are encouraged, but you can still progress through the game if you don't score highly on your stealth tactics. You can tear through the game with guns blazing killing everyone if you want (except for the missions where your objective is to NOT kill anyone). But I get a kick out of sneaking aboard an ocean freighter, creeping unnoticed through over 30 armed guards, planting tracking devices on crates of illegal weapons, and escaping without anyone having a clue that I was ever there.

This is definitely NOT a fast-paced action game. It's methodical and quiet, requiring patience and a little planning. It doesn't require lightning-fast reflexes. It's not insanely difficult, but it's a good challenge. The graphics and sound are very good (but the music is funky). The controls are easy to get the hang of. You can access an in-game map of your terrain from the pause menu (another feature that EVERY game should have), which helps to keep on track and avoid getting lost. The game has somewhat of a realistic feel to it, so don't count on arcade-like fantasy stuff like being able to double-jump 3 stories into the air or pick up power-ups that make you invincible for a short time. The story is engaging, and you're equipped with some pretty cool spy gadgets. This is a very well-put-together game. It feels a bit like watching a "Mission Impossible" type of spy movie. ... Read more


3. Star Wars Republic Commando

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Asin: B00020BV1A
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 138
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Star Wars Republic Commando is a squad-based first person shooter that lets you explore the elite world of the Star Wars military. Leading a 4-man squad of Republic Commandos, your missions take you deep behind enemy lines on over 14 intense and challenging levels through three different campaigns where you will face more than ten brutal enemies. You’ll have more than a dozen deadly weapons at your disposal, but none more lethal than your squad. What makes the squad in Star Wars Republic Commando so unique is the game’s innovative One Touch Squad Control’ system that allows you to engage your squad with just one button.

Features:

  • The One Touch Squad Control’ system features intuitive and straightforward Squad Maneuvers and Squad Commands.
  • Set in the uncompromising world of the Star Wars militaryAs a special squad unit in the Republic’s Clone Army, you’ll engage in all out firefights and intense gameplay.
  • Take a sneak peek at Episode III content including: General Grevious, locations, enemies, vehicles and the ability to play Clones as they appear in the film. Both original and new content from the Star Wars universe, including a deadly arsenal of over a dozen weapons, a variety of highly intelligent enemy creatures and unique and varied alien locations. State of the art graphics utilizing the latest advancements in technology layered onto proven FPS gameplay.
  • Multi-player capabilities including deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture the flag.
  • Play with up to 16 players online via X-box Live or out of the box Internet play on PC
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Features

  • One Touch Squad Control system features intuitive and straightforward controls and direction for your squad of Clone Army troopers
  • Both original and new content from the Star Wars universe
  • Single- and multiplayer modes (up to 16 players over Xbox Live)
  • Squad-based first-person shooter that lets you explore the elite world of the Star Wars military
  • Lead a 3-man squad behind enemy lines

Reviews (43)

5-0 out of 5 stars KICK@$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Republic Commando, Star Wars 2.5, the best ever Star Wars game to date not tomention one of the best I've played,ever. It's just better than Halo and Halo 2.They got boring fast except for XBOX LIVE.This feels like it will never lose it's intention on making your jaw drop with stunning graphics, really incredible gameplay high quality sound etc. This isn't and 8/10 or a 4/5 it's almost perfect.My only gripe is that the clones voices are different, but it's probrably some voice masking device to tell them apart. AWESOME ISN'T ENOUGH TO DESCRIBE THIS GAME!!! GO GEORGE LUCAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good if you like gunning games.
This game is good but it just doesn't cut it following up in Halo's wake. Less intense than Halo but the levels are basicly repetetive after the first. Plus, being able to revive your soldiers makes it a lot less challenging. Still, it is pretty fun.

1-0 out of 5 stars Please wake me up... I fell asleep
This game was cool through the first level, but every level after that was almost identical. The weapons set seamed very weak, I felt like I was shooting a pea shooter the whole game. I also spent way too much time "Retrieving Bacta" (health for the squad) this game really seams two years behind in game play and definitely didn't live up to the hype. The squad control was OK but there is very little strategy when commanding them. The blue highlights around Snipe or Anti-Armor locations scream put a guy here, again eliminating any strategy. Buy the way "XBOX Live" game play is horrible, I will be trading this game in tomorrow.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great GamePlay, I didn't find bugs or get bored!
Good game, better than Halo 2 and the sqaud is fun, handy, and intelligent. I have heard repotts about bugs but I didn't find any. The game is somewhat short but the good visuals and interactive envirments make up for that. The squad is very funny and keep you entertaned in the darkest places. Easy controls, and good acting, plus the missions don't get boring, even if you do them again and agian. I may have finally found the perfect game. Kinda a mixture between halo 2, Ghost Recon, and battlefront. With a variety of alien ***holes to kick and very powerful stategic requirements, this game is the best!

3-0 out of 5 stars It's not in the league of Halo but...almost
The game adds aspects that you want in Halo, like being able to talk to your men and have more control utilizing them on the battlefield. Also the gameplay is very consistent as well as the physics and environment. Most visual aspects are clear and not shrouded in fuzzy darkness. I consider these major pluses. (Also the action keys are nearly identical to Halo - so you don't have to reprogram your fingers! Sweet!)

However the graphics, in terms of resolution and perspective,just aren't on the level of Halo. And your enemies have not much of a personality. (Whereas your teammates do - and even incorporate humor - but their comments recycle waay too quickly). There is a great lack in variability in game sequence. While it's not a 2D sidescroller, there isn't much freedom to manipulate the battle environment or how the sequence of subtasks unfold.

The physics of body desecration after a kill are pretty cool - and obviously the programming accomdates this quite well so who am I not to play all the aspects of the game?

The game disk jacket boasts a rating from GameInformer that says "perhaps the smartest squad AI ever seen." I thought this would carry over to enemy squads. Not at all. True, the AI for you and your teammates is top notch - but is wasted on monolithic enemies that rarely seek cover, change attack style, or retreat when you start to overpower them.

It is fun to play and a cut above most of what's out there in the genre. I would suggest renting first because you get a good feel for the gameplay in the first few missions.

Lastly, as negatives - you are on foot the whole time. There are no vehicles you can drive/fly. And what's up with no cooperative play?

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4. Halo 2 Limited Edition
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0002A2S26
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 57
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Even with the Master Chief back in action, the situation looks dire - and this is at the beginning of the game, before things get a lot worse. In true Bungie tradition, the solo campaign in Halo 2 deepens and expands upon the story that began in the first game: old questions will be answered, new mysteries will unfold, and the truly epic nature of the story will finally be revealed.Multiplayer is an entirely different kettle of fish. Halo 2 is designed from the ground up to support internet mu ... Read more

Features

  • Better control: sprint at twice normal speed, peek around corners, chain melee attacks into devastating combos
  • Completely rewritten graphics engine allows previously unimaginable complexity and detail
  • Multiplayer modes include Oddball, Race, Slayer, Capture the Flag, and exclusive modes only available for play over Xbox Live
  • Covenant forces attack Earth, another Halo ring comes into play, and the Master Chief takes the battle to the Covenant
  • New vehicles and weapons, destructible environments, low gravity, online play, Human vs. Covenant multiplayer battles, improved AI, and more

Reviews (220)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome on live
this game is awesome. if you get it and have high speed internet, get Xbox Live. you will not regret it. i stay up all night, one night a week on the weekend with my friend and just have fun on live. its unbelievable how diffrent each game is. and the DVD is pretty cool too

5-0 out of 5 stars 2 Times The Fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUY!!!!!!!!!!
Disc 1:The Game
Halo 2 is probably the best piece of work I have ever seen!!!!
Halo 2 is an all out action, sc-fi first person shooter!!! Dang I wish sc-fi movies were all like this!!! The story takes place right after the orignal Halo, if you didn't play the first game ... well... don't get me started; JUST BUY IT!!!!!!! The whole Covenant and Human conflict is still going on!!! In Halo 2 the game tells a lot more about the Halo universe *cough* the PROPHETS *cough*!!!! Halo 2 is a lot more stylish and has bascialy been refurbished!!! This game has improved in everything from graphics, to level structure, new and improved weapons, the dual wield feature, improved marine inteligence, vast landscapes and breathtaking scenery, awesome cut scenes which flavor the story!!! The new armor make gameplay at times a little easier with the shield able to charge up faster but, it can sometimes be bad if you can't find cover though!!! The new dual wield system makes the game much better with many deadly combos and so much opputuinty!!! I give credit to Bungie and Microsoft for making this possible, with all their hard work and dedication!!! The game itself has two different story lines: one being about the arbiter/ a covenant Elite/ which gives the game from the covenant point of view and of course Master Chief!!! The story in campaign mode spans out from 15 unique and just plainly unbelievable!!! In Normal mode the game takes about 10-14 hours of gameplay but, as you get into Heroic and Legendary modes it starts to get tough!!! As the Arbiter you play along as a member of a covenant Spec. Ops. group fighting against Heretics, from the Flood, to fighting alongside the humans the in an unlikely alliance against the Brutes. Well anybody who has played the first Halo knows who da' Master Chief is... so just give me a break!!! Fine, the Master Chief is a human cyborg (Spartan) who is known as Demon to the Covenant. With him you defend the Cario Space Station, chase them away from earth, take on a whole Covenant army on a second halo(a super weapon), pursue a Prophet, fight your way through the Covenant High Temple, and survive another encounter with the Flood!!!

Game Outline:
Levels:
The Heretic- cut scene kicking off the story of both the soon to be Arbiter and The Master Chief!!!
The Armory- A quick tutorial along wit another cut- scene!!!
Cario Station-/Master Chief/ Defend the stations MAC gun from destruction!!!
Outskirts-/Master Chief/ Rally scattered marines, in an counter- attack, clear hostiles out of outskirts of city!!!
Metropolis- Take Main Bridge, Drive Covenant out of Meteropolis. Defeat the Scarab.
The Arbiter-/Arbiter/ Infiltrate Space Station and eliminate all heretics and other complication *cough* THE FLOOD *cough*
The Oracle-/Arbiter/ Kill Heretic leader!!!
Delta Halo-/Master Chief/ Take out Covenant Army on second Halo , locate the Prophet of Regret!!!
Regret-/Master Chief/ Kill Prophet of Regret... at all cost!!!
*PERSONAL NOTE: I bet you that the Prophet of Regret probably regrets coming to earth, getting his fleet blown to pieces by the core, and managing to get himself killed!!!
Sacred Icon-/Arbiter/- Lower the shield protecting the sacred Icon!!!
Quarantine Zone-/Arbiter/- Retrive the icon at all cost... a short cut to h*ll if you ask me!!!
Gravemind-/Master Chief/- Stop the Prophets before it is too late!!! Is ther a gas leak in here because the covenant are shooting at each other!!! Well at least you don't have to do all the dirty work!!! Reminds me of the civil war if you ask me, dang history class!!!
Uprising-/Arbiter/ Join up in arms against the Brutes!!!
High Charity-/Master Chief/ Stop Truth, while Cortana deals with the index!!!
The Great Journey-/Arbiter/ form an alliance/ Human and Covenant/ keep Tartarus, leader of the Brutes, from activating Halo!!! Reveals cliff-hanger ending for the sequel Halo 3, rummored to be a starter game for the Xbox 360 next generation gaming system!!!

Besides all that typing I just did about the Campaign mode, there are many multi- player options and xbox live options!!! For regular multi- player it is the same stuff except for the new and improved maps, vechiles, and heck I guess everything like mentioned before!!! You can now play online and have 2 times the fun with people all over the world, which is so awesome!!! You also have profile opitions eithe being a spartan or elite!!! There is know reason to buy this game unless you are old enough because the game is rated Mature fro a reason, otherwise it is a must buy!!! 5/5 ***** stars Excellent!!! I will never forget this game!!!

Disc 2: Extras

By now you are probably tired of reading... so take my word on it and buy it!!! The second disc shows the making of the game, original artwork, and more!!! It also gives you some cool reading material from a covenant point of view!!! You could probably live without the extras but, for a fan like me it is worth it!!! It's only a few extra bucks so I just say get something worth your money like this!!!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best One Yet!
If you are a first-person shooter player, look no further! This game is all you could ever want, the story line has a different mode whereas you can play as Master Cheif on Halo 1, but in this game you are Master Cheif and The Arbiter(a covenant elite).This game has great multiplayer optoins especially on X-box Live. I could not wait to get this awesome game,but Bunjie and Microsoft have yet to show us their skills, in Halo 3!

1-0 out of 5 stars This game sucks
I think this game needs a ladder to get above one level to Crap.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for the first Months
When i first played this game over Xbox live i was completely blown away by its great gamplay and graphix. i love every bit of it and couldnt stop playing it ever since then. i was like o my god halo 2 is the greatest game online. but now, after 5 months, im like, damn this game is boring i dont feel like playing it. it gets very very boring after you have had over 600 hours of playing time over halo.i am a playstation 2 owner and even now im not bored of SOCOM II but i am over halo. even my friends who usually play have there excuses for mot playing online. around the 12 people that played halo 2 when i first got it, only 4 of them are still on the game. i suggest that you take the free 2 month subscription and if your starting to get bored of halo, dont renew it, unless you are a diehard halo 2 fan and will never stop, then ok but i know most of you that have been playing this game since november are already bored now. in case you wanna play me on Halo 2 add me on either Detox Doc, Girlaphobia, Ben Coker ... Read more


5. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition

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Asin: B0002J9UB4
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Sales Rank: 379
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition delivers insanely fast, open city racing in Atlanta, San Diego, and Detroit, complete with 8-player online competition and the most comprehensive vehicle customization ever seen in a video game. ... Read more

Features

  • Insanely fast, open city racing in Atlanta, San Diego, and Detroit
  • Complete with 8-player online competition
  • The most comprehensive vehicle customization ever seen in a video game
  • Drive the hottest licensed real life SUVs, import tuners, muscle cars, choppers and luxury rides, and trick them out with the latest rims, trims, and upgrades just like in the pages of DUB.

Reviews (19)

4-0 out of 5 stars ARCADE Edition
This game is all about fun. It takes you back to the good times you used to have at the arcade. Everything about this game screams ARCADE. The sense of speed is the best I've ever seen. The graphics and sound can't touch those of NFS Underground 2. But you'll being having too much fun to care. I fell in love with the graphics and sound of NFSU 2, but the overall gameplay was lacking a lot. The gameplay of this game is way better and way more fun. The amount of cars/bikes/trucks to choose from is insane. This is a long game so you might want to buy it. I rented it but I couldn't finish. This is a MUST-PLAY for racing game fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best racing game of all time
This game is, as my title reads, the best racing game of all time. The GT series, NFS series, and all other games cannot equal the fun, excitement, and speed of MC3. As the other reviewers have put, the first two were a flawed a little. Rockstar, however, made a huge improvement with the third installement of Midnight Club. I just have one negative issue with it: there's no drag races. Can't have a street racing game with out a few drag races. But, don't let this turn you away from the game. It's still the best racing game out there. Nothing adds up to the power and speed of MC3. It's worth its $50. I haven't been able to put the controller for the past few days. My g/f hates video games, but, when she played this game, she absolutely loved it. Now that really says something for this game. Overall, it's a must have for all of you racing fans out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars GRASSHOPPEA@aol.com
Hey ya'll, you gotta have this game because the game is so f%*$king tight!!!!!!!!!!! This time, you got the dub out stuff. Raw cheat codes. I was going to put some on here but, i'm straight. Raw ass cars including the exotics cars! I betca ya'll motherfu$*as going to be working at Westcoast Customs. I'm outta here ya'll and get dat motherfu$@ing game i'm telling you!

5-0 out of 5 stars GRASSHOPPEA@aol.com
Hey ya'll, you gotta have this game because the game is so f%*$king tight!!!!!!!!!!! This time, you got the dub out stuff. Raw cheat codes. I was going to put some on here but, i'm straight. Raw ass cars including the exotics cars! I betca ya'll motherfu$*as going to be working at Westcoast Customs. I'm outta here ya'll and get dat motherfu$@ing game i'm telling you!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but too easy
It's a great game and has many improvements over MCII, but some of these improvements made the game way too easy. Sure, II had its flaws, but it was able to make every race hard enough that you had to memorize the course and make no mistakes to win. I got through San Diego without getting a new car, or making any upgrades to my car, and winning the majority of the races without restarting. In II, it would sometimes take hours to beat many of the races, and hardly any races could be won on the first try. Most collisions aren't as damaging as before, or at any rate, they're much easier to avoid. That said, it still is an incredibly fun game and definetly worth buying. ... Read more


6. Advent Rising

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Asin: B0002HDSZU
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Majesco Sales, Inc.
Sales Rank: 134
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Working with award-winning science fiction author Orson Scott Card, GlyphX Games has created a gripping storyline that will thrust gamers and readers alike into an incredible intergalactic saga.In Advent Rising, players make decisions that effect not only what they experience in the first game, but the entire Advent trilogy.Storyline:In Advent Rising, a common legend pervades the galaxythat of a powerful, highly intelligent ancient race that will one day deliver the universe.They ar ... Read more

Features

  • Single-player game play presented in stunning, cinematic format;
  • Switch between 1st and 3rd person point-of-view;
  • Built using next-generation Unreal technology, integrated with the Karma physics engine;
  • Unprecedented collaboration with Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Orson Scott Card on sweeping storyline;
  • Develop amazing superhuman powers;

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Technical problems keep it from being great
Advent Rising was announced a few years ago as the first in a trilogy that was epic in scope.It has all the workings of a great project as well.The original story began in the director's mind and he knew it would be such a grand story that he enlisted the help of notable sci-fi scribe Orson Scott Card to help work the script.Card worked on the script, getting the dialogue right and also assisted with the overall story.On top of an excellent author, they employed an orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to perform.All of these should spell out to be a recipe for sucess.And it does, sort of.

What holds this game back from glory are the myriad of technical issues.To begin with, the game is beautiful.Graphic-wise, it reminds me of Halo 2.Halo 2 had no loading after the initial load and the graphics, while nice, suffered at times from having to be rendered quickly.The same goes for Advent Rising.In fact, while you are watching a cutscene, the game is busy loading the next sequence.What this does is put a tremendous strain on the engine.If the engine is strong, it shouldn't pose much problem.But, unfortunately, this sometimes spells disaster for Advent Rising.

The first 40 minutes of the game did not give me a great first impression.During the training sequences, the game locked up three times.I had to replay the same sequence about 4 times to get through it simply because I did something the game didn't like and it froze.The game auto-saves onces you hit certain check points and if you have to reset the game, you're starting back over from the beginning of the checkpoint.Things became much better as the game progressed and I don't remember the game freezing again.

Added to the lock ups, the game stutters when there's too many things going on at once.I don't mean when little things are happening, I mean when you have a squad of 3-4 people on your team shooting at 4-6 enemies and there's two drop ships coming in and launching missles that explode with huge flames.When that happens, the game's audio begins to "click," the frame rate drops very noticeably and things become a bit annoying.But again, this only really happens when there's a ton going on.

Unfortunately, more technical issues abound.Namely in the sound.With the beautifully orchestrated music pounding, the screams of people fleeing certain destruction, the explosions, the lazers tearing apart buildings, you'd expect to have a lot of sound.Unfortunately, in the cutscenes the sound tends to be muted.To give you an example, on my surround sound receiver (which the game supports by the way), I usually keep the sound at 10-11 for a decent, full sound that doesn't also piss off my neighbors.For this game, generally I have to have the sound on at 16-17 and it's still muted.I know the reason is probably because the game is loading the next scene and the engine is faltering because of it.

A love it or hate it device is used for targeting.Called "flick targeting," you use the right stick to change between your targets, effectively "flicking" it in their general direction to lock onto them.For those who use their right stick to change the camera constantly, like me, this can take some time to get used to.But, if you can train yourself not to change the camera as much will find it works pretty well.Where it can get into a problem is when you are trying to run from the enemy to get to cover.When this happens, and you try to reorient the camera to find some place to run, it can become frustrating to continually lock onto targets.Also, when you receive your power to levitate objects, this becomes even more of a hindrance as you not only lock onto enemies now but also moveable objects.Click the right stick (R3 button) helps with this problem because it releases the camera but it still causes moments of annoyance.Honestly, though, it's a great system to handle more than one enemy at a time.

At the heart of the game, past all of the technical problems and targeting woes is a great story.The beginning of the story with the Seeker's attack of your home world reminded me of what Halo 2 was missing.Here we saw devastation on your homeworld, we fought on the homeworld and it generally stressed the feeling of your world at risk.From there, it's an epic event after epic event as the seekers cause untold problems, a few plot twists occur and a few deaths propel our protagonist toward his goal.It's a great story and the dialogue is terrific, bring to mind movie quality.The voice actors are a charm to listen to, and there are a couple funny moments.Card's influenced can be seen everywhere.In fact, I was waiting for the main characters to break out in a discussion of Varelese and Ramen in terms of aliens (read the Ender's series if you didn't get that).

For all that's good in this game, and there's plenty do not get me wrong, I feel semi-disappointed.This game has been pushed back countless times.Mostly, it's been pushed back to help fix the frame rate issues, and other technical problems I've noted.And so when the game was finally released I was shocked when the very things that made it miss release date upon release date were still causing problems.What is most annoying is that we are this far in the Xbox development cycle and bugs abound.We are currently waiting for Xbox 360 to come out and countless games have been made that are more beautiful and less buggy than this game.It's disappointing to see that even this far into the Xbox life problems are still occuring.Maybe the game was too grand for the Xbox and should have been an Xbox 360 launch title.Whatever the case, this game is really good, regardless of the problems.If you can overlook the technical issues above, you will find not only a good game, but a good game with a heart.And that's hard to find today.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Fun Epic Sci Fi Shooter ,Flawed But Fun.
Advent Rising is a third & first person shooter that is a fast pace Sci-Fi Epic like gaming experience that is best desribed as a star wars/halo2 mix. But Advent Rising is still a unique game in its own right. You play in 1st & 3rd person which can be changed while playing. There are about 11 different weapons ranging from ballistic to the alien variety & they all have great response,sound,& power. You are able to equip & fire from both hands by using both triggerssimular to halo2 ,&most weapons have alternate fire modes. You can perform Melee attacks & will get advanced melee's as you progress in mastery levels 1-5.The Mastery Level is a reward system ,as you use a weapon or power you will automaticly gain level ups such as more damage or better accuracy,also it'll open up alternate fire modes on special power & weapons you can gain up to 5 levels on all weapons & powers.You eventually will aquireSpecial Powers simular to force powers in star wars games. These powers include LEVITATE ,which gives you the ability to levitate enemies & shoot them in mid air ,also liftinanimate objects &you can also throw enemies off cliffs, SURGE which is a type offorce push to damage enemies & if you hold trigger for a stronger surge blast,NEGATE which gives you the ability to make a shield & its advanced stages you are able to put up multiple sheilds ,4 when maxed out,alternatly you can carry a shield ,AEON PULSE which gives you the ability to shoot pulses from your hands in which damages the enemy, TIME SHIFT which gives you the abilty to warp time & attack enemy at a great speed which causes alot of damage to enemy,it basicly looks like a quick sprint into the enemy ,kinda like a running charge at a blurring speed,& finally SHATTER which you can shoot ice shards, which look more like blue spheres on screen, & its advanced stages can freeze an enemy. All Weapons & Powers also have (alternate) modes of fire & powers in which becomeavailable as you advance in mastery levels 1-5. All powers use energy but as you gain mastery levels you will use less energy.You automaticly are awarded the power ups as you fight or use powers,you can look in your weapons & powers menu to see there effects.You have different vehicles to drive that resemble halos warthog, & there is an enemy alien tank that looks quite good. The land vehicle (scythe) 4x4 ,is very responsive & has verystrong boost power. You can also operate anti-air turrets when available.For the most part your on foot.This game is a pure 1st & 3rd person shooter with an added very helpful force type super powers, these powers arent thrown in just for fun or looks you'll definalty use them & need them alot, I found myself prefering to use the force type powers more & morein the later stages ,because in Advent Rising the more you use anything the stronger it gets with the mastery level up system.You can equip a power to one hand & a weapon to the other hand for an endless array of good combinations ,or you could just use the powers ,whatever works for you.The graphics are good & they get better as you advance in the game, but I do have a "S" cable so keep that in mind.Overall Advent is a very fun game ,but could use some polishing up on a few things. The targeting system is a little herky-jerky .You use the right analog stick to change & hone in onto targets . Adversly you also use the right analog for the camera pan & tilt. Things makes things a little unbalanced when in a firefight as sometimes when you are trying to look into a certain direction the targeting ring will lock onto a different target than you intended. But I had no serious problems that hampered my game experince with the targeting system . I think it would have been better to have a cleaner smoother targeting system or even a free form target system like most first & third person shooters have. But you can adjust the Targeting systems sensitivity in the options menu.There is also alot of slow down when the screen gets full & on one occasion the sound got messed up. But even with these game flaws Advent Rising is still a very fun shooter with nice level detail which is 95% linear but still very EPIC movielike in design. I noticed there are some simularities to halo2 in the design of some of the levels in Advent,with vast open spaces & the like.But dont let me mislead you Advent shouldnt be compared to HALO2 .Id say Advent is a loose mix between a star wars type game & halo2. The cutscenes are nicley done with Greatstory content & good voice acting & there are a ton of clips to be seen. Advent gameplay is good but when the framerates slow down ,which is often,is gets stiff. And the camera could be a little smoother,but your still able to see in (3-d) all directions like other 1st & 3rd person shooters. But even with all of these flaws Advent is still a very fun shooter.I beat the game on Normal difficulty in 3 days ,the story was very good ,just make sure to watch the entire CREDITS because at the end there's a surprise Boss battle with another ending & it definatly opens up for the sequel. You have 4 difficulty settings Easy,Normal,Hard,& Ultra. Its a fairly challenging game thats not too easy ,& not too hard ,but you can change difficulty while your playing to suit your needs.Its a very good start to a game series ,hopefully with some fine tuning ,sequels to this game will take note of gamers comments & improve on it. In a nutshell Advent Rising is kinda like watching a very good Epic movie storyline while you get to partake in being the star.Advent Rising is a fun overall Sci-Fi gaming experience regardless of its flaws. Definalty Worth Playing.Im looking forward to the sequel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Advent Rising- The Beginning of a Legacy
Advent Rising is the first in the Advent Trilogy. This is a great start for a franchise that is sure to have people talking for a long time. The game does have it's glitches, but they seem small and unimportant compared to the game's great aspects. I am really suprised by the low scores that have been given by IGN, GameSpot, etc. I think this trilogy will be a compelling, original experience, that will have it's fair share of glory before it is through.

First, I want to state that Tommy Talarico Studios has done a phenomenal job with the music. The music was what really brought together the whole experience for me. When the humans started to be attacked, I got a real sense of tragedy that only great music can deliver. Throughout the entire game, I was drawn in by the simple, yet effective, melodies. Advent Rising has some of the best audio of this year.

The next thing I want to talk about is the story. You play Gideon Wyeth. The younger brother of renowned captain, and playboy, Ethan Wyeth. The story is that you and your brother are to escort an ambassidor onto an alien shuttle, so that your races can become allies. The aliens, who are called Aurelians, warn you that the Seekers are coming to destroy the humans. The story draws you in so quickly, that you will find it hard to put the controller down, even to go to the bathroom. Some of the cinematics are very long. Advent Rising compensates for this by letting you pause during the cinematics, and letting you skip them, or restart it, but I digress. Back to the story. Very early in the game, you are faced with a tough decision. Both your brother Ethan, and your fiance Olivia are injured. You can only save one. It makes little difference in the end who you choose, but I found the outcome very sad.

Next comes the gameplay. This game is very interesting, because it is kind of a Third Person Action Shooter RPG. Let me explain. There are a variety of elements in the game, that keep it diverse and fun. The RPG element comes into play, when you have used a weapon or ability so much, that you become more proficient in the skill. Later in the game, you learn from Kehlem, an Aurelian, how to levitate objects. You gain different unerthly skills throughout the game, which you can become more proficient in.

Overall, Advent Rising is amazing. It is an original, fun, and extraordinary experience. The stunning visuals, beautiful music, and compelling gameplay, come together to deliver a refreshment from the same old games. This is a sure contender for game of the year. Advent Rising is the first in a trilogy that will take the gaming world by storm.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Game, but has a few bugs
I am a 24 year old gamer and feel this game is truly unique.It is nothing like Halo except that you are human killing aliens.The game is beautiful constructed and the storyline is captivating--it vaguely reminds me of star wars.I recommend at least renting this game if not buying it.

The only problem with the game is that at certain times your character jams.For example:You use one of your super powers and you float into the air, but then never come back down.It can be very frustrating.Plus the aimng system is very touchy and at times you lose where you are shooting.

With all said, It is a great game and should not be over looked.Rent it at least.

4-0 out of 5 stars A little buggy, but tons of fun!
I was mesmerized by my first glimpses of the game and had been waiting patiently for Advent Rising to come out.I was overjoyed when it finally hit the shelves, but became bit worried when when I read a few reviews before the fact, and found their verdicts to be mediocre at best, poor at worst.Undaunted, I bought the game to see for myself, and personally, I wasn't disappointed.The storyline, which pits humankind as a race of myth, destined to save the universe against the Seekers, a race that is bent on destroying them(and written by the great Orson Scott Card, no less) keeps you riveted, wondering what is going to happen next; the music is a top-notch orchestral work of beauty, and the gameplay is fast, intuitive, and pulls you in. However, the negative points will severely turn off some more nitpicky gamers, in that there is a major bug in the realm of frame rate.Some areas of intense battle slow down severely, and subtract from the experience.
Also, there is a problem with the targeting system in that it is EXTREMELY tricky and twitchy, switching from one enemy from another at the drop of a hat, and losing sight of the main character in intense combat moments.This can be frustrating, but like the frame rate problem, can be overlooked.Also, the sheer amount of obvious work and love put into the game makes up for these problems.
As it is the first in a planned trilogy, those problems hopefully will be addressed in the later games.All in all, Advent Rising is a game well worth its money, and plagued by overly harsh reviews.I say give it a try; if you're a bit nervous about it, rent it first and see.Aside from the framerate and targeting system, the game is a masterpiece, and like other reviewers have said, NOT to be compared to Halo.If its two major problems had been addressed properly, however, I believe that reviewers would have been kinder to it.But it is a game not to be snubbed for its shortcomings.It's tons of fun and a worthy addition to anyone's Xbox library. ... Read more


7. Star Wars Battlefront

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Asin: B0001DI6FM
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 291
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

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Features

  • 20 different soldier types from the Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, Republic Clone Army, and Separatist Battle Droids
  • More than 30 weapons including blaster rifles, rocket launchers, and thermal detonators
  • For 1 to 16 players online, and split screen mode for offline multiplayer play
  • Action-shooter game that lets you relive your favorite Star Wars battles
  • Battle in more than 12 environments across 10 diverse planets

Reviews (87)

4-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!!
Thankyou!We finally get a game that has the battles from the movies new and old and are able to play any part or role in them including driving the vehicles involved in the specific battles.The only thing that brings it down is the somewhat redundant battles that aren't in the movies that don't have any vehicles, which is the greatest point about the game, other than the fact that you can pic virtually any main soldier character other than ewoks :'(.I just have to say that the greatest thing about the game is of course Hoth.
A Brief History of Contemporary Hoth:

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire -
Flying a snowspeeder and shooting AT-ST's, probe droids, and AT-AT's was exiting the first time, but going back to this version is sort of dull.

Star Wars:Rogue Squadron -
The music was better than SOTE, and so were the graphics and overall quality of the level.Again, you are the lone wolf having to take down all AT-AT's and AT-ST's alone.This one was hard at first.

Rogue Leader -
Finally a team effort has been brought into the battle of Hoth.You can command your squadmates and the overall feel of the battle is more hectic and like the movie as people on the ground join in the fighting as well.

Rebel Strike -
If you've played Hoth in this you know what I'm going to say.This was the goofiest thing I've ever seen.Being Luke running around on the ground is how it happened in the movie, and it was a good effort to mix it up a bit, but it's very tacky.

BATTLEFRONT -
Finally, Hoth from every possible viewpoint of the battle.You can be rebels, or the Empire which is by far the coolest.The first time I piloted an AT-AT I couldn't believe it.I was stunned.The AT-ST's are also quit good, and I must say very intimidating from the rebel's point of view.The Taun-Tauns are pointless other than for speed, and the Snowspeeders are cool too, since you can sit in the back and let the pilot fly and shoot lasers.VERY COOL

My only complaint is the levels without vehicles and the fact that there aren't many levels.
Also, the Geonosis battle isn't as hectic as it was in the movie, and on XBOX i expected people to be running around everywhere, but it seemed sort of quiet.

The Kashyyyk duo is the most pointless thing ever also.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stay Calm!!!!!!
People dont worry!!!! you may think this game sucks with no space battles no plyable jedi, weak enemy A.I. and all that but when Battlefront II comes out, all that will be fixed. But the thing is you must unlock the Jedi to play as them!

5-0 out of 5 stars great mulitplayer game for a firstperson shooter lover
i thought this game was great and has the best splitscreen play of any firstperson shooter i have ever played. I couldn't find any downsides to the game and all the reviews i read on it were good. For Splitscreen you choose one of the huge and detailed maps to fight agianst youre friends. on single player you can capture planets, fight lots of the battles from the movies, or just hop right into a battle on any map as the Cis, Republic, Empire, or Rebels. I wouldn't get this game if you only have one controler or don't have xbox live. The only real downside to this game was VERY minor. Jedi are impossible to kill. Also during the battles you reincarnate as a sniper, rocket launcher guy, machine gunner, pilot, or a unique charecter that varies throught the missions such as a guy with a jet pack or a wookie.You can also get in tons of different vehichles and planes that vary from map to map. Overall i would give this game two thumbs up.

P.S. (Don't buy this game if you ABSOLUTLY HATE the Star Wars theme)

5-0 out of 5 stars best game in the world
I dont care what other people say about this game this game is the best. I rented this game at first and I begged my mom to buy it. I have this game and it has good vehicles, soldiers, turrets, ships, and i would reccomend it for any person who likes star wars. I cant wait for battlefront 2 to come out!

5-0 out of 5 stars the coolestgameever
This game is cool and has its ups and downs. The pros are that when you die, you can come back in the game by picking another soldier or the one you just picked, use specialties for your army, fun stages, cool vehicles, and good weapons. The cons are that you can't play as a jedi or sith [can pick this for a specialty and a jedi or sith will assist you ], you can't pick up dead enemy's or allies's weapons, and you only can comand 2 soldiers [also some times they ignore your comand]. Its still fun and is still cool so get this game. If you listen to your friends when they say this is a bad game then excweese me but this game is great. The xbox live is awsome as well. If you want to make sure if its fun or not rent it. For the star wars fans, buy this as soon as possible. "Also there is a couple more than 12 stages." so listen to me man, if you don't then "what ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!" ... Read more


8. Brothers in Arms

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Asin: B0002CHIWY
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 240
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

While other WWII games have sugarcoated the war experience, Brothers in Arms is based on a true story and will immerse gamers into the gritty, uncensored and emotionally-charged side of war. The game puts you in the shoes of Sgt. Matt Baker, a D-Day paratrooper squad leader, and asks you to lead the squad as you balance their lives with the success of the mission. The true stories and historical events you experience on your perilous journey take you through real battlefields meticulously recrea ... Read more

Features

  • One of a Kind: Brothers in Arms is the only first-person tactical shooter set in WWII.
  • Real Military Tactics: Intuitive and easy-to-use squad controls appeal to both the hardcore and mainstream gaming audience.
  • Real Soldiers: Featuring a cast of more than 20 characters, each having a distinctly unique personality, appearance, and style.
  • Revolutionary AI System: Allies and enemies use the standard operating procedures of fire and maneuver to flank and kill their foes.
  • Unprecedented Authenticity: Historically accurate and detailed battlefields, events, and equipment recreated from Army Signal Corps photos, Aerial Reconnaissance Imagery, and eyewitness accounts.

Reviews (35)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent WWII FPS
This is easily one of the best games available for XBox, provided you're already 18 of course, if not stop reading this and instead buy a sports game or something for the Gamecube, since those guys at Nintendo seem to be the only ones really concerned in making games aimed at younger audiences, really. Anyway, in this game you'll find the most realistic WWII experience yet for any console, and playing as a member of the 101st Airborne is simply exciting, the game is just pure realism. That being said, the game can get painfully difficult in the latter levels, even with 4 difficulty levels (3 available, 1 unlockable), though notso much as impossible. Well then, what's this game made of?

The Graphics:
Ah yes, one of the most interesting parts of any game. I won't rate based on a scale, I'll rather point out the main aspects.The way the characters are modeled is scary; their facial animations and body movements are the real deal, with no noticeable blur, pixels or polygons. The scenery is exactly the way you've seen it in say..."Band of Brothers". There's no "pop-up" at all, and the environmental objects are meticulously deatailed, right down to the number of leaves on trees. The only downsides are the sporadical frame rate hiccups.

Sound:
Play this game with Dolby Surround to trully hear the thunderous explosions and rocking gun sounds. These true-to-life sounds enhance the experience by much, and they all are crispy clear and recorded from their real life counterparts, just fire the BAR and you'll see what I mean. This great sound is only marred by a few sound bugs which randomly freeze the sound of a gun firing.

Control:
Just as mentioned in my favorite gaming magazine, the XBox controller is perfect for FPSs, and this is no exception. Moving around is piece of cake, as is issuing orders to your soldiers, and the precision aiming is the best thing that they could've thought of; the enemies' "supression indicator" feature was a clever thing too, it's helpful in knowing when to move, and adds to the realistic experience. Bad spots: later on in the game, when things get heated up, issuing orders can get a bit chaotic. The "situational awareness" mode isn't as useful as it could've been, and a free movement option there would make a big difference.

Topping it all are interesting unlockable extras,which toghether with the above mentioned things, make this game a top choice that's not to be missed by FPS or action game fans, if you don't have it yet, get it immediately, it's an exhilirating experience.

4-0 out of 5 stars PRETTY GOOD WWII SHOOTER
Oh joy, yet another WWII era game with their antique weapons!That's what I thought when I saw this.I mean why did we need another WWII action game?But hey, surprise the heck out of me but this one is fantastic!In this game you play Sgt. Matt Baker a member of the Airborne rangers taking place at the dawn of the Normany invasion as you jump behind enemy lines into the French countryside.EAch mission level begins with a narration by your character and wonderful cinematics that bring a movie-like feel to the game which I really love.

The variety of missions involves capturing towns, taking out tanks and machine gun positions, etc.You can control various infantrymen and even your own tank and following traditional military manuevers to carry on to success.The combat is fast-paced and exciting.Aiming is a bit haphazard though.There are times when you'd swear you hit a guy with a kill shot and he keeps on trucking so that is a bit of a problem and the main reason I drop my rating down to four stars.

Graphically the game looks great with terrain features culled from actual locations in France (not that most of us would know this, of course).The character models are very good and move smoothly.The sound is very strong as well as the din of battle is almost deafening in surround sound and very authentic.The narration while perhaps being a bit on the overly dramatic side still lent some authticity to the game.

The game can be played online in multi-player mode but I really have not played it much online.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome game with minor flaws!
Brothers in Arms brings gaming to a whole new level with tactical squad commands! The graphics are great and make you feel like you are actually in Normandy. Situational Awareness view lets you make the best decisions possible. The guns look and sound authentic. However, sometimes the game makes a strange noise that sounds like a machine gun that lasts the whole level.
Overall, I'd give this game an A-. Hope you buy and enjoy this great game!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best game.....EVER
BUY THIS GAME!!!!
Gameplay-100/10-Amazing, i mean AMAZING gameplay, First person TACTICAL shooter......Havent seen that in a while, aye!Supress, Flank, and KILL!!!!!!!YAY how fun, Great controls that flow with the game, control up to two squads(Assualt Team, Fire team)
And control, yes yes its exiting...TANKS!!!
Graphics- 99/10- Amazing Graphics. although theres mouths dont move MUCH when they talk its still all GREAT. When you shoot the water, it will splash up ie: when you shoot dirt it will fly up, so on. Amazing level design(i havent gotten to play multiplayer yet so i'll have to get back to ya'll with that later.
Sound-99/10- AMAZING, MUSIC FITS CUTSCENES PERFECTLY!!!!!!!!... So on. they curse ALOT.... like so much a sailor wood hang hisjaw slightly open....But none the less it fits the game perfectly
Replay value-???/10- im still beating on round 1!!!!!!!
multiplayer-????/10- Sorry :(, i dont know yet i'll get back to you when i do
Addictivness-100000000000000000000000000000000000000000/10.
Hasnt left my Xbox yet( most likely mever will!!!!!!)
Overall-101/10- Buy this game, trust me, you wont be dissapointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best WWII shooter of all time has arrived
Since most military games are based on WWII, its hard to find a game that stands out from all the others. What brothers in arms brings that other games dont is its unit-command function. You place the command icon on a location, and the team you selected will move to that location. If you place it on an enemy, your order is to attack him. This really gives you controll of your squad.

The graphics in the game are good, maybe even great. True, the textures are kinda blah but what makes this game impressive looking is the grass. The grass sways in the wind and reacts to explosions (not on the ps2, not enough processing power on the ps2 to do that) The character models are also incredibly detailed. They in no way look cartoony like in Call of Duty, instead it will remind you Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers.

The sound is great. The guns sound great. To increase the realisim, there is no music during the game, only during the menues. When the music is there, it is good. The actual dialog spoken during the game can be kinda bad. The voicees during the battles are good, but in the beginning of the maps, they seem kinda flat. But overall its good.
This game would be nothing without its unique gameplay. The FPS elements are done well, but the squad controll is the best part.

Overall, Brothers in Arms, in my opinion, is the best WWII shooter to appear on the X-box. Get it before the war is over.

Concept- Make the difinitve WWII FPS on the X-box and succed

Presintation- 9.6 Box art is good, menues are good. It really takes you back to 1944.

Graphics- 9.0- The textures could be better, but the foliage and character models look great. Some slowdown and skipped frames hurt a little, but not much.

Sound- 9.2- Battle sounds and battle voicovers are good, actual dialog is hit or miss.

Gameplay- 9.7- Great, Hits the ocasional hiccup, but is generally perfect.

Entertainment- 9.6- Verry entertaining, only bad thing is it gets hard. Even on the easy difficulty. Even if you are a veteren FPS player like me, you will die alot.

Replay Value- 9.4- Multiplayer only supports 4 players, but the battles seem bigger due to the fact that each person can controll 3 man AI squads. Its...interesting, but good non the less. ... Read more


9. Unreal Championship 2

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Asin: B000641ZCM
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Midway Entertainment
Sales Rank: 924
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Unreal Championship 2 is the sequel to the acclaimed and hugely popular Unreal Championship, which offers both an exciting multiplayer mode and new single-player tournament experience.Unreal Championship 2 pits players against each other in multiplayer mode via eight-person Xbox Live multiplayer and system link games and introduces a unique single-player tournament experience that places gamers in the role of a character who has to take on a variety of dangerous adversaries in the journey to ... Read more

Features

  • Bone-crunching melee combat - For the first time in an Unreal franchise game, players can battle using hand-to-hand weapon combat seamlessly melded with Unreal's trademark fast-paced shooter action.
  • Unprecedented player mobility - Combat takes on a whole new dimension. New third-person navigation makes it easy for players to pull off incredible acrobatic combo-moves. Levels are designed to allow the players to maximize their movement skills and take combat to a high-flying vertical level, never seen before in an action shooter.
  • Adrenaline Powers for fighting - New Adrenaline Powers enable players to deflect projectiles and invoke powers for new offensive and defensive tactics.
  • Unparalleled multiplayer action - The Unreal experience is optimized for Xbox Live, enabling players to take on adversaries from around the world. System Link provides the ability to play against others by directly linking Xbox consoles.
  • Intense single-player excitement - Players are immersed in a two-part, single-player tournament experience that allows the player to take on the role of a variety of uniquely-skilled characters, as well as the role of heroic Anubis as he fights to reclaim his people's Rite of Ascension tournament from the omnipotent Liandri Corporation.

Reviews (10)

3-0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like this....
but..nah. Well to be fair the game isn't that bad, it would be a really good game if the Story mode was more interesting and more fun, and not required to unlock the rest of the characters...and if 3rd person melee mode wasn't a requirement, but a choice...and if fatalities from mortal kombat weren't included (the hell?)

You know where I have the most fun? Doing things I did in the original Unreal Tournament. The deathmatches..capture the flag...etc. And I have to turn off some of the new features just to enjoy the game which leads me to think that too much new crap was added. It just seems over complicated, and seems not to know what kind of game it wants to be. Sometimes less is more.

I will say that the graphics and sound is superb, and you can indeed have a lot of fun with this playing against others. I would rent before buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome...
UC2 is a very sophisticated shooter... what do i mean by sophisticated?

- balanced gameplay: this is THE FIRST shooter to incorporate melee combat in a way that you can actually beat a guy carrying a rocket launcher (or even a sniper rifle!) with your sword... u need to play it to believe it!!

- balanced weapons: ever tried using ure assault rifle against a shotgun/rocket launcher carrying player in halo2? its one sided and hopeless... not so in UC2. Every weapon is potent, though you might need to change your tactics to get the full mileage out of it...

- multiple characters - there are 3 categories of characters - high strength/low mobility, medium strength/medium mobility and low strength/high mob. The way you play the game will change based on the character you choose. You will need to adopt different tactics based on the strengths & weaknesses of the character...

- 3rd person to 1st person toggle - for one-on-one shooting match the 1st person view is better while for high mobility melee combat the 3rd person view is better - and you can switch on the fly...

perhaps the low ratings given by other reviewrs is because this game has a steeper learning curve than normal shooters... it takes time to explore the multitude of options available to you...plus tactics need to be changed based on the type of character/weapon/map you choose. The good thing about this is that the replayability of the game increases.

overall one of the best shooters for xbox....if you have any interest in tournament shooters - just buy UC2.

4-0 out of 5 stars online is fun
First off, let me just say that the only reason I'm giving this game a 4 out of 5 is only because of the online portion of this game.The single player in this game sucks. I beat it in less than 5 hours.Online is a different story.It has a variety of different game modes, and it is just more fun to play people than the stupid computer. If you don't have xbox-live, then DON'T get this game. If you do, get it because you will have a lot of fun. Single Player= 2.5because it has good graphics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Xbox Live Review
Unreal Championship 2 is an awesome addition to the exceptional series.I was a huge fan of UC on Xbox.I bought UC 2 the first day it came out, and I've been hooked on Xbox Live ever since.At first when I heard that UC 2 was coming out, I noticed that Midway took over the franchise.I didn't know what to think about it at the time, but since Midway makes pretty solid games for the most part, I didn't hesitate picking it up.

When I first started playing it, it was a little bit different because of the third person melee moves.I'm really into first person shooters and third person hack & slash games, so I caught on really quick.

This game is definately worthwhile picking up if you're into those types of games.

*PROS*

-Awesome graphics

-Very solid new and classic weapons (other than the bio-rifle.they shouldn't of changed it from UC 1, but it's acceptable)

-Melee combat

-Many different adrenaline moves

-Many power ups (old & new)

-14 characters to choose from including Raiden

-Tight controls

-Huge level selection

-Many different gaming modes (i.e. deathmatch, capture the flag, team deathmatch, survival, etc.)

-Optional 1st & 3rd person view

-1st/3rd person shooter on crack

*CONS*

-Only two guns to a match (you pick your guns before the match & collect ammo

-No custom soundtrack

-PS2-like load times

-You have to unlock 7 characters in tedious 1 player missions

If you're into fast paced shooters and have Xbox Live...Unreal Championship 2 is a must!I'll put it this way...if I would of paid $100 for this game, I would have felt like it was money well spent.I've been playing games since the mid-80's, and there are probably less than 25 games that I can actually say that about (Halo 2 - one of the most overated games of all time, NOT being one of them).

I'm sure the Halo cult (you people know what I'm talking about=]) may disagree, but I think that UC 2 puts Halo 2 to shame!

For the record Halo 2 is an okay game...but EXTREMELY hyped up and overated!

1-0 out of 5 stars bah
played this on xbox live for 5 minutes and turned it off.can't believe i paid $50 for this crap.halo 2 owns UC2 ... Read more


10. WWE Wrestlemania XXI

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Asin: B0006JMLN4
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: THQ
Sales Rank: 409
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

WWE Wrestlemania XXI Xbox ... Read more

Features

  • Superstar voice-over and commentary
  • Become a Legend online via Xbox Live
  • Four-player head-to-head online play with multiple match types and voice chat support
  • New online create-a-belt feature will change the wrestling genre
  • Character Evolution Unique character-building story mode allows you to upgrade your Superstar's appearance, abilities, entrance, costumes and move-set as you attempt to win the WWE Heavyweight Championship

Reviews (34)

1-0 out of 5 stars This game SUCKS out loud
Has Xbox ever had a good wrestling game. The graphics are great but the controls suck. Not to metion the glitches I won the U.S title and held up the Tag Team title, John Cena won a match and it said Lita won the match and Lita wasn't even involed in the match. Plus the loading is so slow i went down stairs for 3 minutes and when i came back up it was still loading. Dont buy this game unless you want to waste $50

1-0 out of 5 stars REPLACEMENT PATCH/DISC DOESN'T FIX PROBLEMS
I preordered this game and was excited when it came in. Like many of you, I ripped open the packaging and popped it into the machine, and was shocked at how awful it was. Three days later, I finished career mode. What do you mean it only has ONE story line! Come on, people! This has to be one of the most boring games available.

The next day I learned about the recall. Brilliant! Calling the 800 number was awful (I waited over half an hour to get hung up on!) After calling again, the process was quickly set in motion, and ten days later I had my replacement "improved" disc. Yeah, right! I had to completely erase all the game info to supposedly "fix" the problems. Guess what? The game is still lagging like crazy, and its frozen several times since the "replacement" arrived. This game is a lemon! THQ own up to your worthless $50 peice of crap and send everyone a voucher for $20... this game is only worth that much. As for potential buyers, steer clear. This game is a lemon, and not worth the money!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not as good as PS2 WWE games
Ok let's get to the bottom line, this game is a decent game to play. now let's see the pros and cons

Pros: Awsome Graphics, Updated Roster, Better voice over acting, Blood goes on the rest of the body instead of the head, More added legends, reversing system is more realistic, Xbox Live, CAW

Cons: Grappling sucks, reversing a move is hard, really hard in superstar and legend difficulty, season mode is not good, it's hard to make a comeback, replay after matches load slow, winning a tag match is impossible to win, items to buy in WWE Shop costs too much money

This game is not bad, but it doesn't stand up to Smackdown vs. Raw. Next time THQ creates another WWE game for the Xbox, please make it a good game

2-0 out of 5 stars Look but don't buy
Do not buy this game, save your self $50. I got mine when the they were being release with lots of bugs. Well THQ was great they replace my disk with a new one, it took about 12 days total for me to send them the bad disk and get a new one. Well that fix some of the things wrong with this game but still didn't bring this game up to a leval thats worth $50. Like every body else ine has slow load times, slow wrestlers and the loading of the replay is bad enuff I thought my xbox was going down. The one good thing about this game is the graphics which are the best I've seen on a wrestling game. With that said I do think Batista looks like the same scan as in Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain, it doesn't really look like Batista that you see on Raw now. And the one thing I can't stand is that if you get a wrestler down you can keep them down unlike other games were at some point they do get up. I haven't played Smackdown vs. Raw but this game unlike SD: Here Comes the Pain doesn't tell you how to hit the wrestlers finishing move so that can be a problem also. If you want to see for your self go rent the game because wasting a few bucks to rent it is a lot better than wasting $50.

2-0 out of 5 stars Well, wasn't expecting much better.
Honestly, I believe the reason I am upset about this game is a reason many people are upset. Everyone thought this game would be the savior to XBOX wrestling games. I thought this game would be the best wrestling game I have ever played in my life. But as I think back, why did I think this? A new company took over the rights to the game and attempted their first pro wrestling game. I think the reason why this game receives many bad reviews is that many people had too much hype on this game.

Don't get me wrong, if you are a true diehard wrestling fan, you will enjoy this game. The graphics are amazing, probably the best on any WWE game yet. The career mode is outstanding (although I quit playing the game after the month of December in the mode), the voiceovers are great, although your star's voice can become a little annoying at times. Another plus is the ability to add custom soundtracks as your created superstar's entrance theme. That might not be a big deal to some folks, but to me, it is. I know what your thinking "After all you've just said, what more do we need?" Well folks, there is a quite a bit more required in a good wrestling game.

For starters, the horrific loading times can drive even the calmest person crazy. For an XBOX game, this is probably the worst loading time I've ever witnessed on any game. Also, the aftermatch transition, from the end of the match to the occurrences after the match are just plain terrible. The game begins to slow to a snail's moving point which just looks absolutely terrible. But, that aspect can be overcome unlike the other ones you can do nothing about. Also, the limited amount of superstars hurts the long term playability. Now, it has all the popular superstars, but seems to leave out the X-factors in the business. I realize they can't put every wrestler on the WWE roster in there, but they needed more for this to be successful.

I know that Studio Gigante did the best job they could with the resources they had. But to be quite honest, it just wasn't good enough to live up to the unbelievable hype that was put on this game (Me included). Even though this game didn't live up the expectations of many, it is still a building block for the future games. I do think they are going in the right direction, and I guess you have to fail to succeed sometimes, and this is an example of that hopefully. I just hope in the next installment of this game, the bugs will be fixed. If they are not, then we could have another failed WWE attempt at an XBOX game.

If you love the WWE, you will enjoy this game to an extent. If you are thinking of getting this game and wanting it to be absolutely great, you are quite wrong. ... Read more


11. Need for Speed Underground 2

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Asin: B0002ILSH4
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 537
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Deep new performance tuning allows gamers to fine-tune every aspect of their rides handling and performance, while hundreds of new visual customizations guarantee players can create their own personalized, totally unique car. With the most comprehensive tuning options, all-new game modes, and the industrys most sought-after cars, Need for Speed Underground 2 delivers the most authentic tuner experience ever. All-new game modes join Circuit, Drift, and Drag events to add depth and varie ... Read more

Features

  • Tune every aspect of your car's performance with hundreds of licensed aftermarket performance upgrades
  • Car models from such makers as Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Toyota, Ford and Volkswagen
  • Single player, multiplayer, and online multiplayer modes
  • Street-racing game
  • Explore a massive city divided into five distinct

Reviews (41)

4-0 out of 5 stars Same fast paced fun, same silly flaws
I loved the first NFS Underground because it was both more accessible than Gran Turismo (a fine game, but too frustrating and bland) and also that it conveyed the sense of speed better.Well, if you liked the first one, chances are you'll like the second.They improved on the first by streamlining the pre-race part of the game.Long gone are the endless menus that you had to wade through to get to a race, now you are in a free-roaming city with a PDA and GPS to guide you to your next race or the various performance or body shops around the city.The graphics are well done, there are tons of licensed upgrades for you to play with, and you can even customize the color of your brake calipers!Another welcome change is that you can now have more than one car.That's right, you don't have to be stuck with one car, pimp it out, only to have to get rid of it as you move up in class.You only have 5 spots in your garage, and they open up depending on your endorsement deals, so it's still a bit restricted.

On to the flaws of this game, which are basically carry-overs from the first Need for Speed Underground:
1.Locked Upgrades.Yep, they're back!For some mysterious reason, you can only install certain performance/visual upgrades at the start, and must progressively unlock them as you play the game.While I understand this as a gameplay decision, it is super-frustrating to have to wait to be able to buy better tires when you're flush with cash.The upgrades also feel... like they don't do much, which leads me to my next point:
2.Adaptive A.I.The other racers in this game never get too far ahead or let you get too far back.This is great at first because it is forgiving, but gets very frustrating because ultimately it doesn't reward good driving.You can drive flawlessly for 95% of the race, yet in the last half-mile or so, the guy behind you WILL come roaring back and more likely than not, take the lead from you.The rate of speed is absolutely ludicrous, the AI will make up a half mile of lost ground in mere seconds, which is really cheesy.
3.Unrealistic to a flaw.I LOVE the lack of realism in this game, because it is more fun than Gran Turismo or other "sim" racers.However, NFSU2 takes it a bit too far.You can drive a car into the wall, spin them out, only to have them pass you 10 seconds later.The AI drivers seem to have limitless nitrous boost, and can generally out-accelerate you regardless of your ride.
4.Upgrades have no impact.That is because the upgrades aren't a strategic choice on your part, but a requirement to go on.That's right, they are locked, then they are available and you can't really progress until you equip them.There is some noticeable difference (especially from stock to level 1 engine tweaks), but your opponents adapt as well, so it's not like you can bring a souped-up racer to a stock Honda Civic race.It makes for even competition, but again, doesn't reward shrewd racing or upgradeability.
5.It ALWAYS starts to rain at the end of the race.The rain effects are gorgeous, but it is so incredibly cheesy and predictable that it drives me nuts.About a half-mile before the finish, you'll hear thunder, the road will get slick, and lo and behold!You will spin out of control just in time for the CPU driver to pass you!

Overall this is still a fun game.I just wish that it were more rewarding and less arcadey in the aspects listed above.That said, it's a blast to create your ride from stock to pimpin', and the option to design the magazine and DVD covers yourself is fun as well.Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of detail!
this games is a great game if you like to customize you car and every detail of it. I found no cons in the games.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Travesty of a Title
This game is quite a travesty. Thank goodness I purchased it used from a third party dealer on Amazon. I will be selling it at my local Gamestop tomorrow for hopefully an small loss.
I can't comprehend the hype over this game. Perhaps, the positive evaluations are emanating from folks who haven't played other quality race titles or any good game before for that matter.
There is no improvement in this title over the first one. In fact, I popped in the old one just to ensure I wasn't delusional. It turns out I wasn't. NFS 1's graphics are almost identical and I believe the gameplay may be better in the first game. It certainly had more redeeming qualities, easier functionality, and was actually fun (but nothing serious like PGR2).
Driving all over town to find "the next race" may be one of the most annoying tasks I ever had the displeasure to endure in any video game. I had enough of those kinds of non-sensical chores in "Grand Theft Auto"; It justs takes away from a game that already doesn't have much to offer as a baseline.
Even the cut-scenes are total crap. They are are actually non-animated comic book like graphics. This is completely unacceptable in 2004-2005 on the XBOX when animations from Halo 1 & 2 and Ninja Gaiden are far superior.
From a racing perspective Project Gotham 2 totally steps all over this game in every single aspect (See my review of that).
EA racing games pretty much blow.In the past, I rented Burnout 3, another EA game, and whoa, what another incredibly overrated waste of time and energy. I will never again invest time nor money in an EA title. They have proven recently that they are incapable of putting out a quality game for XBOX.

3-0 out of 5 stars No replayability no fun when u complete boooring
Need for Speed+Underground+2=????
i'm sorry EA this is going to be a bad review for ur game :(
Wow... the visuals, the performance upgrades, the cars.
It sounds great.
It sounded great when I bought it for ( oh i cant say what i bought it for)
It now sounds like a form of torture.
Now ive finished the game ive realized that the only good part of it is the soundtrack...and the idea
At first ithought that this game was soooo coool!!
Then I got to the last two levels...
It gets repetative!!! Really repetative!!! So repeatative its like chinese water torture. In career mode you win about 20 races then you sign a new sponsor.In career mode you win about 20 races then you sign a new sponsor.In career mode you win about 20 races then you sign a new sponsor.In career mode you win about 20 races then you sign a new sponsor.In career mode you win about 20 races then you sign a new sponsor.In career mode you win about 20 races then you sign a new sponsor.In career mode you win about 20 races then you sign a new sponsor.In career mode you win about 20 races then you sign a new sponsor.In career mode you win about 20 races then you sign a new sponsor.In career mode you win about 20 races then you sign a new sponsor.In career mode you win about 20 races then you sign a new sponsor.
AND YOU DO THAT FOR ABOUT EVER
Then they seem to make you stop unlocking parts cars and visuals and the races become pointless...
all there is to do now is play free mode.
On the back of the case it says race or roam on 125 miles of open road.... HA
this is so UNtrue
yes the city is huuuge.. but it has about 5 other streetracing cars driving around and 30normal people cars...that come in 5diffrent varieties(hatchback, van, pickup, suv, and taxi)this may sound good.. but if you think about it , on 125 miles of road you encounter 3 cars every 5 minuites
the motorways(or for USA rreaderes highway or freeway)are absolutley emptty!!!(apart from one or two cars)
races are good. but you repeat the same one over and over again

the cars are amazing and the modding(or to the not knows CUSTOMIZING or CHANGING YOUR CARS STYLE AND APPEARANCE)is fantasatic with endlesss... etc...BUT no damage detail...
you see me going down the motaorway at 200 mph suddnley i crash into one of the few cars. it goes into slow motion for a second and then well...you emerge with no damage at all ( no wonder they had to put a saftey warning at the beggining...no wonder i always see people flying past my bedroom window at 200 mph and then killing themselves by crasing into so guys ride...expecting to emerge absolutley fine lol lol )



i reccomend not buying this but buying the first midtown madness.at least in that there is more traffic...which means more fun and crashes!"!!(with damage detail)
(just kifdding [lol] buy the game butdont expect much of it i also reccomend buying the first midtown madness.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Need for Speed Underground 2
Need for Speed Underground 2 will challenge gamers to immerse themselves in the tuner culture, exploring an expansive, free-roaming city divided into five distinct neighborhoods. Gamers will encounter rival racers who will initiate events, tip players off to the hottest racing spots, and show them where to buy the most sought-after licensed aftermarket upgrades. The game will feature new game modes, deep new performance customization and tuning, and more than 30 licensed cars. The game also delivers twice the visual customization upgrades as the original game, providing a staggering 70 billion possible car combinations for total automotive self-expression.

While NFSU2 contains some aspects of its predecessor, several major changes make a significantly different game. The world is massive and open, filled with many more courses that before. The progression scheme is complex and you'll find yourself winning to earn money so you can spend it on modding the heck out of your car over and over again. The cars are more weighty and a little more realistic too, requiring a little more skill from the driver.

The sad part is that the huge city is actually perhaps too huge for its own good. You'll grow bored driving around the mostly empty streets, and once you collect the small quantity of Info letters, find the few shortcuts, and open up the garages, there's not much left. The Outrun races ARE fun, but some of them can last up to 15 minutes, and if you want to progress, you're simply going to have to wait.

In all, NFSU2 is an impressive, and more importantly, fun game that overcomes its faults with depth, breadth, and variety.


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12. Karaoke Revolution Bundle

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Asin: B00068B9QK
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Konami
Sales Rank: 593
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Konami (25033) Karaoke Rev. Bundle Xbox ... Read more

Features

  • Compete in multiple exciting game modes like Arcade, Showtime and Karaoke
  • Special technology rates the pitch and rhythm of your vocals
  • Multiple mini-games that will keep you singing along all night
  • Sing along to licensed hits and well known classics, then be judgedon your performance
  • *Give it your best performance or you'll be humiliated by the crowd -- they react to your performance in real-time

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Humiliation was never so much fun!
Got the game, connected the microphone, and was having a blast in less than 3 minutes.You pick a complex or simple song, choose plain karaoke, or get graded by the crowd or your friends.Connect to Xbox Live for more songs.Sure it'll cost you, but isn't singing "Jessie's Girl" to an adoring crowd worth it?

There is no mystery to this game, just flat out karaoke fun.The "bundle" part of Karaoke Revolution Bundle is the microphone that plugs into your joystick (just like an xbox live headset).

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!! Can't Wait for the next one!!
This is an awesome game!!! I love that you have to actually have some talent in order to play. I love how the microphone can pick up what note you are singing. (Isn't technology crazy?!?!) This game is fun for the person/people playing and for anybody who might be just watching. The characters get pretty animated and they glow when you sing really well. (It's pretty challenging to try to get your character to glow during the entire song! But trust me, it can be done!) The crowd watching your character also waves their arms and dances if you are doing a good job. If not, then the crowd leaves and your character gets pretty depressed. I hope that Konami comes out with more for XBOX!!!

Note: there is one downside to this game. You find yourself singing the same songs over and over again. (60 songs really isn't that many to choose from)


4-0 out of 5 stars Needs more songs,but you can download if online w/XBOX Live
**Update May 25th** - I've had this game for 5 months and Konami still has not offered any new song downloads with the exception of the ones that were offered when the game was released on XBOX Live. This is absurd. Why no new downloads? This changes my entire opinion of the game. With no new songs to download, this takes away any new replay value this game could have had.

Review: This game took me off guard. I expected just a simple little Karaoke game with lyrics on the screen and nothing more. I never played the ones on the PS2 and really never wanted to, but when it came out for XBOX, I figured, what the heck, I enjoy singing so I'll give it a shot. In 4 words, "what a party game!" First off, Konami did a wonderful job of replicating the actual music from the original artists. The music is nearly cloned perfectly. People with home theaters will jam to this with the 5.1 Digital. The way the crowd reacts to you really gets your adrenaline flowin, if you sing bad, you're character will get booed off stage, heck, you do bad enough, the music stops--- if you do well, they will go nuts for you. It really makes you feel like you're at a serious karaoke jam. But not only do you just sing, you're also being judged! The game judges you by tone of voice and timing. It's very picky at times and when you don't know the words by heart, prepare to have a mean crowd by your side.

The different venues like county fairs, outdoor stadiums, party palaces and local bars gives the game a very realistic feel. The characters available are comical to watch on-screen and they move their mouth with yours, downright funny. The males will get a kick out of choosing the "Britney Look Alike Girl" and doing Friends in Low Places.

Up front, the music selection is a mixed bag and I won't judge if it's good or bad because different people prefer different things. It mostly included a little country, some 80's, 90's and some recent stuff. I know it's hard to make everyone happy, but the thing to do is offer more music. And that is where XBOX Live comes in. With an XBOX Live subscription (which is already $49.99 a year) you can connect online to get new songs. Of course there is no mention of charging us in the instruction booklet, but not to my surprise, there is a $4.99 fee for each group of songs. Each group of $4.99 contains 5 songs. I'm sorry, $4.99 is a rip off, especially when we may only want it for 1 or 2 of the selections. And we're already paying Microsoft to go online for our yearly subscription. Sigh. More money out the door...

And considering we spent $59.99 for the game itself, Konami seems a bit greedy. I would have liked it more if you could buy in singles for .99cents. Seems more logical. At this time "Jan 05" the downloads are pretty weak, only about 6 groups availalbe and the stuff they do have is pretty skimpy. A few 80's songs, Jessie's Girl, more Michael Jackson, some Britney Spears, Madonna, etc. Good stuff, but we need a wider variety. Hopefully over time they will get that price down and get more for us.

As a whole, I still loved this game, I'm a karaoke fan and love to jam out, other fans will love it to. As with me, some music you're simply never going to sing, or want to. The problem, some of the modes force you to sing what it chooses to continue on to earn new characters and venues. It's annoying and if it was up to me to market this game, I would make different genres of music to sell seperately instead of putting a mix of music on one game. How about an all 70's, all 80's, all 90's and "Modern" releases so people dont' get stuck with songs they'll never use. But as a whole,it's good fun and I'm lovin' the songs I do like, and the ability to download new songs is nice, but $4.99 for 5 songs is greedy and they should let you choose them individually. Duh Konami?

4-0 out of 5 stars Karaoke Review
I found that this is a great game. Not only is it fun to play alone, but it's great for parties. You can change the levels, from easier to harder, depending on how you sing. It shows how off your pitch is, which is a great feature! I think that this is great for people who love to sing, even if you're not good at singing!

4-0 out of 5 stars an excellent party game!
Had the chance to play this with different groups at holiday parties...from ages 6 to 75...this game was a huge hit...
The limitation of having only 50 songs is the only drawback.
Hours of hilariousness were had. It brought people out of their shells...some friends who would never be expected to sing at a party took to it like fish in water.
This was the definite hit of the holidays with young, old, hip, square etc.
I just wish I could find out how to get more songs!There is no info at XBOX LIVE about promised new downloadable songs for sale. ... Read more


13. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00012TIW8
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 994
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

First Stealth Action multiplayer game, online component offers unique gameplay that will create its own genre online. New threat, deeper plot, deeper characters, global adventure. Online and Offline stories are tightly bound together. Written by JT Petty, original SC writer. This storyline is packed with tension. New moves, new gadgets, improved visual effects and new gameplay situations: the perfect Splinter Cell that fans ... Read more

Features

  • Outstanding lighting, sound, and physics effects
  • Lots of cool moves and gear
  • For one player
  • First-person shooter set in Tom Clancy's near future
  • Favorite characters return from previous title

Reviews (105)

5-0 out of 5 stars Sets the new standard for stealth based games.
Splinter Cell was one of the greatest stealth games of all time the instant it hit stores. But this exihilarating sequal will make you wonder why you bough Splinter Cell.

Single Player:
In Pandora Tommorow you play a stealth agent (Sam Fisher) working for the United States Government.It is your job to do the things that no one else does.Infiltrate foreign enemy territory and find plans, viruses, and maybe some French Brains (when you play it you'll know what I mean).

In the game you have a great variety of moves, you can use over 20 different stealth moves. Throughout the game you'll be shooting about cameras, hacking computers, slipping by motion alarms, climbing rooftops, dogding land mines, and thats just to name a few of the features this sequal contains.

Multiplayer:
If you thought the 24 hours it took you to beat single player on hard was fun. Wait till you kick on Xbox Live and put in Pandora Tommorow.You can either be a Mercenary or a Spy. It's two on two to complete various objects. Visually the multiplayer maps are just a little short of perfection.

The only problem I ran into in Splinter Cell: Pandora Tommorow it's that it sometimes can get difficult and turns into a trial and error thing, so if you're not a hard-core gamer, download a guide off the internet for a just in case situation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Extremely fun game
Tom Clancey's Splinter Cell, Pandora Tomorrow is probobly one of the best games that i have ever played besides, Chaos Theory and Halo 2. The graphics are great, the gameplay is awesome and best of all, it is online! Plus there is downloadable content.

PRO:
1.Graphics are superb
2.Gameplay is awesome and fun.
3.So much that you can do...
4.Online
5.Downloadable content
6.Huge replay value

CON:
1.Single player can be extremely challenging and frustrating at times.
2. Controls are difficult to master.

Besides the two cons that i just listed, this game is definetely worth your money!

3-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Short
This game was so rushed it is sad. They should have taken more time to make it more involving. The game is only like litteraly one third as long as the first. The levels are more fun but it is ver very short.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Stealth Game Ever
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tommorow. The Sequel to the Orignal Splinter Cell, one of the best games ( In my opinion) of all time. The Squel to Splinter Cell is Splinter Cell: Pandora Tommorow.Is it better the the first? Definiatly.

2006: The U.S. installs a temporary military base on East Timor to train the developing defense force of the "world's youngest democracy." Resistance to the U.S. military presence in Southeast Asia is widespread and passionate, but the threat Indonesian militias pose to Timorese democracy is deemed sufficient justification. Anti-U.S. resentment comes to a head under the leadership of guerrilla militia leader Suhadi Sadono, acting with the unofficial support of major corrupt factions of the Indonesian government. Suhadi's men attack and occupy the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, taking dozens of civilian and military personnel hostage.
Deployed by a top secret wing of the NSA (National Security Agency) known as Third Echelon, Sam Fisher is a lone field operative supported by a remote team. Fisher must defend and assist the U.S. military, both locally and from remote locations, until Suhadi's terror-driven policies can be subverted and the guerrilla faction eradicated. Charged with saving the world, it's a high stakes game. If he fails, the U.S. will deny any knowledge of his existence.

That is the basic storyline. I know, the orignals was probably better, so how in the world could a game that was based on single player stealth action be better then the first?

Multiplayer.

The Multiplayer mode of this game was Mind-blowing, it wasn't even funny. Two spies, vs Two Mercenaries. What could be better? At first, I was a bit iffy about the multiplayer. How would it work? A Stealth multiplayer game? I thought it was impossible.

In Multiplayer mode, you have three modes to play in : Sabotage, Neutralization, and Extraction.

In Sabotage, as a spy. What you need to is use a modem to extract a ND133 from its container. Of course, this isn't a cake-walk. There is lasers that will set off a alarm, telling where you are. There is a security system, if you don't shoot it out first, you wont be able to capture the ND133 until a short time later. For the Mercenaries, it is the exact opposite. The mercenaries have to kill the spies, and not let them extract the ND133.

Most modes are basically like this, having to extract the ND133.

For the Single Player mode, there is new moves. Like instead of having to throw a can or bottle ( This is still available) you can whistle. And instead of taking your chances and trying to sneak by a turn, you can do a SWAT turn, and get by the door unnoticed. There is much more, but I wouldn't want to spoil it for you ^_^.

I give this game a 9.1 out of 10.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
Sequel to Ubisoft's original Splinter Cell stealth action hit. The developers set out to take the light-and-shadow-based gameplay from the original and upgrade everything about it. Lead character Sam Fisher has an all-new set of moves at his disposal, including being able to climb higher after a split jump and a SWAT move across open doorways, and weapons have secondary functions. There are also plenty of new gadgets, including new vision modes, sonar devices, motion sensors, and secondary fire modes for his weapons. But the biggest upgrade comes in the form of a multiplayer mode that divides players into two teams: spies and mercenaries, each with specific gear, abilities and parameters.

Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow is a must have for Xbox fans mainly because of the multiplayer mode. It's a new way to get even more out of your Xbox Live service and shouldn't be missed becuase of this. Fans of the original and those without Xbox live will definitely appreciate Pandora Tomorrow as well, although I have to admit I wasn't blown away by the solo campaign like I was the first time. The revolution in stealth-action can only happen once, so if you're looking for it here, then be sure to check out the multiplayer mode.
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14. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Asin: B00008DHNZ
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 463
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (31)

3-0 out of 5 stars good enough
typical of a lucasfilm star wars game.i,e, it's probably ok for kids, but that's about it.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Ok Game
This game is ok. The game is way to short and it is to easy if you put it on easy and is way to hard when you put it on hard. The controls are a little wired. The games grafics are good when you are in a velical they are not when your a person. The game is good but the control and the difficalty kind of mess it up.

Scale of 1-5

Grafics 3

control 2

Fun 4

5-0 out of 5 stars This game came with our system- not bad for Free!
We got this game and Tetris Worlds for free with the purchase of our xbox system.The graphics are great just like the movies and its actually a lot of fun.Its not really my type of game but i do like to play it occassionally.However, my husband really likes this game.Its one of his favorites, so it may be more of a guy game!I would suggest renting it first though before buying it unless like in our case it was one of the free games with the system.
Overall a good game.

3-0 out of 5 stars I really can't recommend this.
I've been a gamer since about 1988, and I've played a few Star Wars games over the years. If this hadn't come with my Xbox when I got it in December last year, I'm telling you that there'd be no way it would be allowed in my home. It's -that- terrible. Even Super Return of the Jedi for SNES is better than this thing, and that one was probably in the bottom 5 SW games. Heck, even Shadows of the Empire for the 64 has a better Star Wars quality to it. That at least had elements from the movies thrown in.

First of all, look at the price. It's more than Knights of the Old Republic for some reason, and KotOR is the single best SW game to date. I don't understand that at all. Clone Wars doesn't have a whole lot going for it in the replay area unless you have Xbox Live. The single player mode is highly repetitive and just becomes a chore to finish. Here's what goes on in the main game- you control Obi-Wan, Anakin or Mace, and mostly pilot ships in various terrains, protecting other ships or taking out each opposing force. And really, I can't use any other word than "boring" here, becuase that's all it was the first few hours I played it. If there's anything good about the piloting sections, it's that the graphics are above average, and the framerate doesn't suffer that much. There is a lot of jaggy-ness going on though, which is uncalled for in an Xbox game. Much less a port from the ps2/GC versions.

Then, there are the 3rd person "action" portions. These are a total joke. The first time you take control of the actual character is when you're Mace and go to shut down a droid control center. Mace painfully staggers through the level with horrible controls, and changing direction takes at least 2 seconds just to make a right or left turn. Imagine how MegaMan looked on the cover for the first NES game, and that's exactly how Mace plays. And guess what. You can't jump to avoid blasters or anything. All you can do is use Force Push, which has the saddest range of anything I've seen, blindly swing your lightsaber around, or throw it...leaving yourself open to attacks while you wait 10 seconds for the stupid thing to come back to you. And here Mace is supposed to be on the same level as Yoda as far as a Jedi goes. 'kinda hard to believe after this. It made me wonder if any other the other characters would be as bad. You have my word, they are.

Like I said about the graphics, there isn't much slowdown unless there are tons of enemies/ships on screen. And even then, you can adjust the camera to set it back to normal. Character models are blocky, and environments are pretty bare. There's also a feature that lets you set the screen to fullscreen or widescreen. This was a surprise. More games should include a feature like this to make the most of gamers' entertainment systems. There isn't a whole lot else to say here.

The music is what you'd expect in the SW universe. The usual orchastrated tracks carry the game and boost this thing from 2 stars overall to 3. Sound effects sound exactly like they did in the movies. But voices are whole new story. Obviously, the actors from the movies didn't take part in the game. Mace sounds a lot like Ice Cube for some reason, and Anakin sound even more painful/pubertyish than in Episode 2. Obi-Wan's the only one that gets even the slightest bit of justice in the vocal department. Extras ended up sounding better than the main guys. Sad.

I guess if you're a die-hard SW fan and like the new trilogy, you'll get into this. It's mostly planetary ship combat, which probably is a little fun on Live. But if you want a SW game that actually has the feel of the movies, get Knights of the Old Republic instead. This is more of just a mission game with the SW characters and ships slapped on it.

4-0 out of 5 stars great multiplayer
THe main part of this game is ok and I really enjoyed it. The multiplayer conquest is hands down one of the best multiplayer games I have ever played. It supports up to four players playing in any combination of teams you want. What I love most about it is the need for serious strategy, steady hands, and reflexes to win. ... Read more


15. NBA Street V3

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Asin: B0006ZJPRI
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 1439
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • The Trick Stick gives you complete control of the rock -- take your dunka nd slams further, and make up your own crazy moves
  • Show off your style with over 1,000 different custom options - hairstyles, gear and accessories are yours to play with
  • Build and customize your home court from the ground up -Create a home court advantage with new court surface, net, and backboard styles
  • Play on 12 authentic courts around the world, from Rucker Park in NYC to Venice Beach, California -- even courts in Europe
  • Go wild with the Gamebreakers - turn combos into a 3-man aerial dunk assault

Reviews (10)

3-0 out of 5 stars Weak ass game!
I like this game but, the slam dumk contest kindna weak. Street vol.2 is the best one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Addictive Gameplay
When I purchased this game for X-Box, my decision was based on the enjoyment that I got out of NBA Street 2 for PS2.I figured that the 3rd installment would be at least as good as the 2nd. Believe me, it's better.The graphics are very unique, much more three-dimensional than the previous version.I know that there are a lot of people that are disappointed that Michael Jordan is not included as a bonus player, but there are many bonus players, courts, items, etc. that keep the game fresh and as unique and original as possible.So if you're in the market for a fun game that isn't too difficult to get the hang of, then this game is a great choice.It only takes a few pick-up games to get the hang of the controls, and the game just gets better and better after that.The only drawback that I have found with this game is the lack of camera angles.The available angles are either too close or too far away for my tastes, but I have gotten used to.

5-0 out of 5 stars If I Could I Would Give It 10 Stars.
I love all the NBA Streets series. Missing Michael Jordan but who cares this game is still fun as hell. The graphics are beautiful. I'm the King of this game, I rule this game. The best thing about is the slam dunk contest. So everybody get this game and don't try to challenge cause I will defeat you 21 (Me) to Zip (U).

5-0 out of 5 stars Best basketball game yet!
This game is awesome its got TON'S of characters such as the beastie boys.I love this game.The only bad thing about it is that fruity dj cucumber...whatever everything else is good!





BUY THIS GAME!!!!!!!!(:

5-0 out of 5 stars soo cool
this game is so cool and its better than street 2. it has cool graphics ... Read more


16. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00019HNN2
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games
Sales Rank: 1839
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay" interactive game2004 Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. All Rights Reserved. "The Chronicles of Riddick"&Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. All Rights Reserved. Vivendi Universal Games and the Vivendi Universal Games logo are trademarks of Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. The ratings icon is a trademark of the Interactive Digital Software Association. Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox Live and the Xbox logos ... Read more

Features

  • featuress the likeness and voice-over talent of Vin Diesel as Riddick
  • Explore over 30 levels, 20 enemy types, and 15 different weapons
  • For 1 player
  • Become Riddick and break out of the galaxy's most deadly prison in this 1st person action experience
  • Fight with fists or knives or use stealth to defeat your enemies

Reviews (69)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game from a Movie!
Great graphics and great gameplay! The only problem is the aiming of your weapon, but overall this is a fantastic game! Superb storyline, great levels, good replay, this is just great. Get it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hey! Its actually a good movie licensed game!
This game is awesom. Just purly awesom. Probably one of the best X-Box games ever. The gameplay is verry fun, it mixes FPS with meeley and stealth. Verry fun stuff.

Not only is this game fun to play, its one of the best looking games ever made. The animation, the character models, enviroments, everything. Its just awesom.

The sound is great as well. There are voice overs by Vin Deisel, Xzibit, and many more. The music is top notch as well.

I have to say that this is one of the best playing games on the X-Box ever as well. It plays as good as halo. Its that good.

The only real downfall is that there is no multiplayer for he game, so its just single player. The campaigh is also fairly short.

Overall, this is a must buy game destined to become a classic.

Concept- Make a good movie licensed game

Presintation- 9.25- The box art is perfect, but the menues are kinda weird.

Graphics- 9.8- One of the best looking games on the X-box, you really have to see it to believe it.

Sound- 9.7- great, Good voiceovers by Vin, and the music is good too

Playability- 10- Its like Halo without the vehicles. In other words, perfect

Entertainment- 9.6- extreamly fun to play, verry entertaining

Replay Value- 7.5- You will play the single player again and again, but no multiplayer hurts

5-0 out of 5 stars The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay
A game prequel to the film series featuring the sinister ex-criminal from the films Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick. The game features an advanced graphics engine which makes extensive use of normal mapping and other advanced texturing techniques in a first-person shooter/adventure game starring Vin Diesel as the titular anti-hero. The character Riddick has heightened sensory abilities that allow him to see and hear beyond normal human ranges and these abilities are engaged whenever he's crouched in "stealth mode." You'll have the option to use different combinations of stealth, action and even the environment to your advantage.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is an excellent hybrid of first-person shooting, adventure and RPG elements, stealth and combat. What's even more impressive is that Vivendi Universal Games and Starbreeze were able to put a creative, original game out that's not been created in a movie box, like so many other awful games based on licenses. The equal blend of game elements is superbly crafted, and I am honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed the stealth and hand-to-hand combat.

Still, if you consider a 10-12 hour game short, then Riddick is just that. But I doubt you'll complete every mission or collect every cigarette pack the first time through, so there is incentive to play it a second time. Also, because the game saves at each checkpoint, you can start it up from any checkpoint in the game. Nifty.

While Riddick is an impressive hybrid, and it's also a unique looking game, bolstered by excellent graphics and top-notch technology, the game's biggest bummer is its lack of multiplayer options. I SOOO badly want to play this online it hurts. In a genre that's inherently defined with multiplayer online missions, and on a console that's now defined by its superior online capabilities, Riddick's lack of multiplayer options is a huge bummer.

Still, would I buy this -- knowing it's only a single-player game? YES!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
This game is quite good. Graphics are awesome. Lighting effects are stellar. Sound is perfect. Voice acting by Vin Diesel, whether you like him are not, are the best I have ever heard on any game. I also like the variability of play between stealth and outright shooting the heck out of enemies with a healthy variety of weapons. The stealth sections were a bit long, by my opinion, but fans of Tom Clancy Splinter Cell games will love these sections.
There are a few downers that prevented me from giving 5 stars, but should not discourage you from owning this title. The only weaknesses I saw were: No XBOX live play & game is short; you can complete it less than 10 hours.

5-0 out of 5 stars Story based "Adult" First Person Shooter
**Not for children**

Butcher Bay happens to fit the niche nicely. After Half-Life 2 there was only really the Call of Duty: United Offensive as a good first person shooter (Doom 3 being an older game now and Far Cry also... you should play all of these if you have not). Riddick comes off the back of a very bad sequel to the surprise hit Pitch Black. Here we actually play a game that should maybe have been the sequel. It is certainly heaps better.

The premise is very good. You are Riddick in a maximum security prison somewhere on a planet with inmates voiced by leading actors and facial expressions that are nearly as good as HL2. The atmosphere of the prison is A+ as you go about the place taking on various missions in the cells (fighting, buying drugs, snubbing out bosses, causing a riot, doing jobs for people) so that you can... escape Butcher Bay.

The menu is astonishing at first as it opens up like a cube and the buttons move around. Riddick is mostly about stealth moves, like grabbing people from behind and either slicing them or breaking their neck. You can get into hand-to-hand combat where the enemies face actually bruises and bleeds. Clubs and knives have a similar effect. The story breaks nicely at the end of each level where you meet your foes. Riddick banters off some classic one-liners and there is quite a bit of swearing. You can talk to some of the characters and choose your answers.

Once the prison riot starts, you are given weapons to escape the prison and the real rush begins (Doom 3 type fast and furious blasting). Enemy AI is quite good and the game plays very smoothly from start to finish. For all intensive purposes, the game play is very much like DEUS EX but the graphics are a way better. It is surprising how long this game is, given that it just seems like a movie tie-in package. It is not. This is a FULLY FLEDGED first person shooter all the way.

It seems that high-end graphics "adult" first person shooters are back again! Bottom line is to play it.

Pros:
- Great Story
- Great Graphics
- As good as any new 1st person shooter.
- It is long.

Cons:
- Not enough stealth jump moves.
- Enemy AI can sometimes get a little repetitive.
- Needs a fast high spec machine to run properly. ... Read more


17. Street Fighter Anniversary Collection

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Asin: B0002B90BW
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Capcom
Sales Rank: 666
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

MODEL- 29013VENDOR- CAPCOMFEATURES- Street Fighter Anniversary CollectionBringing together an all encompassing fighting title, Street FighterAnniversary Collection is comprised of Hyper Street Fighter II, ablend of the previous Street Fighter II editions which willincorporate the character variations and features found throughoutthe series, and the arcadesmash hit Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.-- SPECIFICATIONS ----------------------------------- ESRB Rating: RP For Rating PendingGenre/Category : fightingSystem : XBOXNumber of Players:On-Line Compatible : Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theCapcom 29013 - Street Fighter Anv. Xbox and all other Capcom Video Game Handheld Soft ... Read more

Features

  • Mix and match characters from different Street Fighter II editions
  • Training mode allows players to practice their moves against a programmable dummy opponent
  • Single-player, multiplayer, and Xbox Live multiplayer modes
  • 2-D fighting-game compilation
  • Contains numerous versions of Street Fighter II, as well as the arcade hit Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars All-in-one fun The Shoryuken still is king!
I am reviewing the Xbox version, I own the Ps2 one but my Box copy is on the way. I am reviewing the Box version because of the online capability. First things first, no offense to Christpher Johnson but the game is not for noobs or people who think they are going to take this game lightly. When I first started playing it, I got frustrated and whatnot, they made the game for the hardcore Sf'ers out there, this is not yo mama's Street Fightin'...it is tough! I play III a lot more than I do II. II is cool cause instead of putting all 14 variations of the game in there, they let u choose who u want, when u choose Ryu for example, they let u choose SF II, CE, Hyper fighting, etc version of him. So if u are feelin cocky, you can choose the original SF II version of your favorite character and go against a SSF II Turbo version of your friend and see who is still standing after the match. III is a totally different from II. I like the box version here for the Xbox live support. PLUS...theres more....you can play around the world. Not just in the states, if you wanna square off against the best from Japan, Ireland, Australia, etc u can do so. I love the fact that there are no limits there. Let me tell you, u think the computer is hard, some of the competition from around the world will bring you back to reality REAL quick. Believe me, I thought I was the best around my parts, I got put in my place real quick. But it is fun you wanna keeop trying to see if u can best your opponent. If you like challenges you will be on this all day. Either way it is an awesome game, nice comp. of SF games, the megaman one is recommended as well for any Capcom fans. Now if they could just re-do MvC2 and put online into that, we'd have a winner! I definately would pick this up for whatever system you have. Remember, you must defeat my sheng long to stand a chance!!

3-0 out of 5 stars NOT the same game as the SNES version. Dissapointing to Vets
Maybe it's my fault for expecting the exact same game from the good ole SNES days.The previous reviewer is correct, I came in taking this game lightly and we shell shocked when the game did not play as I had expected and remembered.However, I did not get this game to learn a brand new fighting game, I got it solely for the reason for the times when I just want to kick some a** after having a bad day. However, on this game, the CPU is usually the one that does most of the a** kicking!

I put this game in expecting the same amount of fun I had with SFII on the SNES, but the game is NOT the same. The graphics and sounds are the same, but the main difference is that the CPU does not play like they used to. This game is too damn hard even on Medium. On the old SFII I was able to beat the game on very hard without losing a round. While I wasn't expecting to be able to do the same on here right away, I at least expected to be able to complete it on Medium with no problem. But that is not the case, Medium on this game is just has hard if not harder than Very Hard on the SNES version. I moved it down to very easy and STILL had problems advancing. I finally was able to beat the game, but this game is just to frustrating to keep.

The CPU plays a lot like the CPU in Mortal Kombat; the same cheesy moves over and over and over again. That is exactly what turned me off from the MK series, but now this game does the EXACT same thing. The CPU does impossible things, like throwing you while they are being kicked or punched, they can even throw you then they are dizzy. The only way I was able to advance in the game, was to do the same cheesy moves as they do. It worked pretty well, but it made the game boring.

Old heads like me who are very familiar with this title on SF2 may be disappointed in this one. Sure with more practice I probably could get real good at this game as well, but I do not have the time or patience to be sitting at my TV hours and hours each day just to be one character. Maybe if I was a teenager again, then yeah I would enjoy the hours needed to master and enjoy this game like I did on the original SF2. But being 28, there are not enough hours in the day to dedicate to just one game. Besides I spent hours and hours mastering SFII on the SNES, why should I have to go through that again? I bought this game expecting a fun fighting game that I can just pick up and have fun with. Instead I got a game that is ridiculously hard and frustrating with all the cheesy moves and what not and requires you to re-learn almost everything.Having to relearn nearly everything for a game I have already mastered in the past is not my idea of fun.Take Ninja Gaiden for the XBOX for example.I also played and beat the NG games on the NES.And while the XBOX version of Ninja Gaiden is VERY hard, I enjoyed it a lot and played it all the time until I beat it, mainly because it was a NEW game!In fact I still occasionally pop it in and go through the game again on HARD difficulty!Where Street Fighter Anniversary messed up is that the kept the visuals EXACTLY the same, but changed the way it played on the backend.

To salvage some old time memories, I finally did beat the game with my favorite characters, Ken, Ryu and Guile, but after that I did not want to play anymore.The game is gone now; I sold it on EBAY a few nights after I bought it. Perhaps its new owner will have more fun with it than me.

Not recommended unless you have the time to master this game or are expecting the EXACT same game from the SNES.I suppose if you NEVER played SFII on the older gaming systems like the SNES, then you would more than likely enjoy this game, because to you its NEW!

5-0 out of 5 stars I love it
My fond memories of playing Street Fighter II at the arcades, but I would probably still say that I love Street Fighter Anniversary Collection even if I hadn't played Street Fighter II before. The game includes Hyper Street Fighter II(a blend of a number of Street Fighter II versions) and includes Street Fighter III. Both of these games are good on there own, and the fact they are together makes this game a must buy. This is a very good port.

4-0 out of 5 stars 2 of the greatest fighters of all time finally go online
There is little doubt that Street Fighter 2 is one of the most influential games of all time.It is the game that put competetivearcade fighting on the map, created one of the most memorable casts of characters in gaming history, and turned the word "Shoryuken!" into one of the most dreded words in a gamer's vocabulary.Now, after 15 years since the release of SF1, gamers can finally relive the magic in a new format, Xbox Live.
This disk actually contains 2 games, Hyper Street Fighter 2, and Street Fighter 3: Third Strike.Hyper SF2 is an interesting anniversary tribute, in that it allows to to mix and match characters from all 5 versions of SF2.This can lead to a few balance issues, in that the classic SF2 characters still have their redizzy combos, making them overpowered, it still is fun and an excellent conversion of some of the best fighting gameplay around.
To this day, I still consider Third Strike to be the greatest fighting game of all time.Although it is not perfectly balanced, there is a great range of characters and playing styles to choose from that are quite usable in competetive play.The graphics use some of the best animation I've seen in a 2d fighter, and the gameplay is incredibly deep, due to the parry and EX attack systems.
The online play is extremely solid, with very little lag and a nice ranking system.The biggest gripe at this point is the fact that droppers get away scot free.If somebody drops from a match before completion, he or she will recieve no penalty, which causes many people to drop matches they know they will lose out of fear of dropping in ranking.Other than that, if you are a fighting fan with an Xbox Live account, you will want to pick up this game, no question.
-m121akuma

5-0 out of 5 stars old school fun..
this is a great game, there are like 5 or 6 versions of the original SF2 plus you get SF3 as well.. the graphics are crisp and more importantly the gameplay is smooth.. a good buy for sure if you like fighting games.. ... Read more


18. Dead or Alive: Ultimate
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000AI1KE
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Tecmo
Sales Rank: 1046
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This special edition 2-disc set includes enhanced versions of Dead or Alive and Dead or Alive 2 plus collectible trading cards featuring character artwork and special move information. The game preserves the original 1997 graphics but an all-new game engine delivers the most detailed visuals seen in the series to date. In addition to worldwide online play you'll also get an opening movie and cut scenes that feature never-before-seen episodes from the characters' pasts and answers to some of the questions raised in previous titles. There are more stages and costumes than ever before, 7 different modes of online play and the highest number of battle stages seen in a Dead or Alive game to date. ... Read more

Features

  • Amazing new crisper, interactive visuals made possible by the incredible power of the Xbox
  • Features never-before seen episodes from the characters' pasts
  • Contains the DOA girls with new fighting moves and new costumes
  • The first 3D fighting game with full Xbox Live capabilities, plus offline version as well
  • Contains the original Dead or Alive and remixed version of Dead or Alive 2

Reviews (17)

4-0 out of 5 stars Ninjitsu Soap Opera
I have not exactly played a lot of fighting games. In fact, ever since they took the Mortal Kombat 2 machine out of the video rental place, I haven't really seen that much of the fighting game. But here goes:

I have to say this game was pretty good. There were good characters, great backgrounds, interesting moves and that colorful sheen that Team Ninja casts upon its games. The story was a bit iffy, in my opinion. Although the intro, played out to Aerosmith's "Dream On," was an excellent piece, it has absolutely nothing to do with the game! There are similarities between it and certain characters' motivations, but in the long run, it has more to do with the Dead or Alive 1 that is tacked in as a bonus feature.

The characters' motivations are clearly enough represented, even if their stories are not up front. And you will get some back-story on all the characters, but it turns in a soap operatic thingy. For example: the wrassler must face his daughter; the phrase, "haven't we met before?" is all over the place; there are some people revealed to be family members at various moments; the karate champ has lost his memory, and a ninja lady must face her evil twin.

Also, the designers put in some really neat-o moves. In doing this, they forgot that most human only have so many fingers and a pair of thumbs. The controls are workable, but workable at best. This can lead to the dreaded button mashing. On that note, I can say that this game remains true to the original. It is also fairly unforgiving.

By the way, "ultimate" means "the best, biggest, and last." This collection does not have that many extra features. Most "ultimate" games should be dripping with readily unlockable stuff. Although you can collect more outfits for the ninja babes to fight in, that's all she wrote.

However, the game is pretty good. Why? Well, for one thing, it's beautiful. The girls in skimpy outfits don't hurt. Neither does the fact that that guy from Ninja Gaiden is here. Familiarity breeds content.

Plus, the fighting, although a bit clumsy at first, will grow on you. Of course, a side effect to this might be that you cannot play any other game for a while, but for a while you won't want to.

And of course, the crowning achievement of this game is its unlockable soundtrack. I have a soft spot for those, and this on includes the previously mentioned "Dream On." So if you're a fan of battling ninjas, girls in bikinis, and classic rock, give this game a try.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heck YEAH!THIS IS THE BEST
First of all, let me say this.I have never been a great fan of fighting games.Soul Callibur 2 was great for a while before it got way too monotenous.But this game was a refreshing slap in the face for me.(None of the analysis below will pertain to DOA 1, because it just sucked.)
First of all, graphics.They are beautiful.The effects of the wind rippling a characters hair, their expressions, and the game's graphics overall are beautiful.
Next, gameplay.The game runs very, very smooth.And it overcomes a serious flaw that made Mortal Kombat Deception a dud: player speed.In this game, the pace is set fast enough for the match to be interesting, yet just slow enough for you to be able to string together devestating combos on the fly.For example, you can deliver a high kick to launch an opponent into the air, and then string together 3 quick jabs to tack on pain before the guy even touches the ground.That's how fast it is.It has a very easy set of 4 different direction counterattacks.The environments are multi-layered.EX:You're on the roof of an abandoned building. You launch an enemy over the guardrail.What's that?A ringout you say?WRONG!The guy hits a restraunt sign and bounces onto the road 10 stories below.you jump down after him and continue the fight.It takes away cheap victories by using a power move to launch a guy off for a win.Plus, they're really colorful too.
The background music is pretty good.Since their are only 15 characters, the game is limited to about 20 tracks (Some characters have 2 tracks).However, the trax are excellent and sometimes give you a nice rythem to attack to.
And finally, a category that doesn't appear in a lot of games: GIRLS.THe girls in this game are outrageously gorgeous.Every girl has 1-2 swimsuit costumes and all of them seem to wear loose bras, because their chests never seem to stop bouncing.Overall, THIS GAME KICKS BUTT BEYOND ALL GOD FORSAKEN REASON!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars A unique policy...
I read somewhere that Tecmo only releases this game to the most highly-capable (at least graphics-wise) console, "and as a result all versions were released to different consoles." I was surprised, though, to see when I bought this game that it was a remake of DOA 2, the Dreamcast version. Make no mistake, though, plenty of advancements were made. The Dreamcast's version had superb graphics, and with 733 MHz to work with this time around, these are the most stunning graphics I have ever seen. As well, new levels were added, including an awesome aquarium level. Each character has over 12 outfits to unlock (haven't passed this number yet), and the levels are now interactive environments. Speaking of improvements, the operahouse level has embers all over the place, something the Dreamcast might've been taxed trying to do. Also comes with the original DOA, never released stateside. On a minus note, the fighting engine is my least favorite. Wasn't a fan of part 2, and it remains unchanged in this version. Every other button seems to be a dead button, though they are really blocks and counters that have to be atomically timed in order to execute. Moreover, button mashers dominate this game. The controls aren't such where intuition prevails. Some moves require like 16 button presses, and button mashers will pull them off most often- on you. Also, the infamous combos of this game can exceed 7 hits, which can be frustrating. A visually stunning game, as no character looks ordinary, but is that enough to dominate the genre? Not in my book. Street Fighter Anniversary (PS2) is the way to go...

2-0 out of 5 stars Smooth Online-Play My @$$!!
Well, let me first start off by stating that DOA1 is straight up garbage.There is nothing unique or splendid about the game, just your average 3d button mashing fighter.Why anyone would spend their majority playing DOAI over the newly revamped and updated DOA2 is beyond me.That's not to say that I don't appreciate Tecmo for including it with DOA2, because I do (but seriously, DOAI with online play?!!).


Now, onto the DOA2 review.Sure, DOA2 does have some astonishing graphics, and the character models are well developed.It's however obvious that Team Ninja didn't take the time to implement much motion capture though, because every character moves with this sluggish proportion as if they haven't used the restroom in weeks.Also, the Japanese voiceovers can be quiteannoying from time to time (Ninja Gaiden has a dubbed/subtitled language option, so why doesn't DOA:U?).There are thirteen characters (with two hidden characters taken straight from DOA3) for a total of fifteen in all.Why Team Ninja just didn't go ahead and add the other remaining characters from DOA3, boggles me.

Now, lets talk about the online department.This is where DOA:U totally flops.Not only is DOAU one of the most overrated online fighters to have graced the xbox, but is also by far the worst!! Instead of standard randomized one-on-one matches, Tecmo has whipped together this hideous Arcade-live engine in which online play has now become a lag-full mess!You'll enter the game's "Search Session" and then be handed a bustle of matches to choose from.From there, you'll be forced to wait in line, watching other players fight until your turn comes around (it's like waiting in line at the grocery store, only with more frustration).Sounds simple, right?You pick your character, costume, and stage, then the match is on.As you're into the match, players drastically enter and exit in between rounds.This causes major traffic jams, resulting in horrendous lag and glitches during matches.

I admire Team Ninja's attempt at trying to resurrect the ill-faded arcade-fighter style of gameplay.However, I was always convinced that a match at the arcade had more energy than this.
There have just been too many incidents as to when during or after a match, players will be left glancing at a black screen for numerous minutes (the game freezes up drastically online) forcing players to go for the final alternative, which is to reset their xbox system, load it back up, and attempt to find a match which doesn't contain as much lag and slowdown (it's virtually impossible to find matches 100% lag free in DOAU. Any sincere gamer, who's played the game online for more than fifteen minutes can tell you that).Sure, players are given the option to create matches and reduce the room size/player slot, that's considering anyone comes to their game.Practically, it all boils down to a player's connection speed.A single player with a bad connection can ruin it all for a match with eight players.Personally, I was quite baffled to see this much lag in DOAU, despite the game's numerous delays and setbacks.


Finally, lets tackle the subject as to DOAU's price tag.Tecmo charges full price for this game ($49.99) that's waaay too expensive for two games that have been out for over four years!!You could probably find both of these games for cheaper on both the Saturn and PS2 (DOA1 on Saturn or ps1, and DOA2 on PS2 or Dreamcast).It's an understatement, if DOAU contained all of the characters from DOA3, but this game doesn't even have all of the character's moves from DOA3, much less the characters themselves (when the game's supposedly a vast improvement over DOA3). Online play, updated graphics, and extra costumes, simply does not justify the huge price tag (especially when games like Streetfighter: Anniversary Collection, which comes with two games with online play and an entire movie, retail for about $29.99).


DOAU will still be a must-buy for it's superb graphics and character models (along with crisp costumes) considering that it's price drops soon.However, if the online play is any indication of what future DOA installments will be like (and why would Team Ninja included it if it wasn't?) I'm not in the slightest bit happy with the direction the series is headed.



1-0 out of 5 stars dead
Although I am not a fan of DOA's, Virtua Fighter's, Tekken's, and other "modern fighting games'" play mechanics, I was actually considering buying this game. I'm glad I rented it instead.
This was supposed to be a remake of both Dead Or Alive 1 and 2 with upgrades. Instead, Dead or Alive Ultimate ends up as just another port. Sure it has extra outfits and stages and online play for those who can afford the excruciating monthly broaband fees, but it fixes none of the information problems in training mode, the characters are hard to control, and the optional English Language Dialogue that was in DoA 2 Hardcore for the PlayStation 2 has been stripped from the X-Box version.
As for the Dead or Alive series in general, if I want confusing combo moves, I'll play one of those stupid dancing games. I hope this isn't the future of fighting games and that "Street Fighter" gameplay will come back again. ... Read more


19. Project Gotham Racing 2
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000C6FKA
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 692
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

New courses, awesome special effects and supercharged engines take the next installment of the smash hit racing game to the next level of speed. ... Read more

Features

  • Listen to hot radio station style music as you race
  • Highly detailed game environments
  • For 1 or multiplayer with Xbox live or System Link cable
  • Challenge your driving skills in high-performance vehicles
  • You are rewarded for driving fast, skillfully, and keeping car damage to a minimum

Reviews (75)

5-0 out of 5 stars wow
Ijust bought this game and its amazing you have to buy it!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best racing games ever!!!!!!!!
Project Gotham Racing 2 is an awesome game!!!!! You get lot's of sweet cars, racing environments, graphics, with and online play!!! Their is lot of game time involved with Kudos Racing, Arcade Racing, multi- player. Awesome Graphics + Ferrari,Porsche,Jaguar, GT, Mini,Audi, Ford/Chevy/Dodge, classics,Renault,Suburau,Lamborghini: The list goes on forever!!! If you want me to name some specific cars I will:
Ferrari Enzo, Ford GT, Dodge Viper, Jaguar XJ220,Lamborghini Diablo, Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 SE, Porsche 365/classic,Jaguar XKR,and many, many more!!! You also race on courses in Toyko,Yokohama,Sydeny,Paris,Moscow,London,Chicago, Washington D.C., Edinburg, and many other places. If I would of listed everything my hands would go numb!!! The only reason I gave it a 4/5 is because their are other games like Gran Trismo 4,and the Burnout games. This game and Gran Trismo 4 give you the best graphics!!! For any racer or car junkie this is a must have!!! The Online Experience also makes this a game you will keep playing for years!!! You can also customize your musig and everything; awesome huh!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get any better...
It just doesnt get any better than online racing with Project Gotham 2. Without XBOX live, this is a decent game, fun to try and beat the game on the difficulty levels from easy to VERY difficult (known as platinum). but WITH xbox live, and the ability to race all the cars and all the tracks with tons of people LIVE is what makes this awesome. If youve got XBOX live, this is a no brainer for the price!

5-0 out of 5 stars Currently, my favorite racing game.
Project Gotham Racing #1 was extremely fun, providing the gamer with many different kinds of cars to choose from, (however most of them had to be unlocked which was a bummer) a lot of maps to choose from, and plus multiplayer mode.

Now PGR2 features even MORE cars then the 1st one, a lot more maps then the first one and what is best is that it has online capabilities.

Graphics: The graphics in PGR2 are amazing. The car models look extremely realistic and the background design is over average. To bad there aren't any cutscenes though...

Gameplay: The gameplay is PGR2 is pretty simple/self explanatory. Race your car and win! Thats practically it. However, PGR2 includes a feature that no other racing game does. Kudos! By cutting sharp turns, you earn a certain amount of Kudos which goes towards your "Kudos Jar." Some races depend on the abount of Kudos that you collect, some races depend on whether you come into 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. It all depends. This, i found was very unique and a cool aspect on PGR2.

Audio: The audio all depends on whether you like rap/hip hop music or not. If you like it, you will give the audio feature a 5/5, if you dont, then you will most likely give it a 2/5 or a 1/5 if you HATE the rap music that blares out of the radio in your car.

Online: The online feature in PGR2 is cool. You can basically only race your opponents online and trash talk them which is very fun! Plus there is downloadable content.

As a result, if you are a fan of Project Gotham Racing #1, you will fall in love with Project Gotham Racing #2!

2-0 out of 5 stars Fun for online play, but grossly unrealistic
The game is fun if you're interested in playing bumper cars, but unrealistic otherwise.The majorityof the courses are easy to beat even at gold level, with about 10% being an unreasonable pain in the butt.Winning a race usually involves pushing other cars around (the game rewards you for this), and be ready to be spun around yourself - the computer will aim to hit you if you're heading the race by taking the inside line and ramming you as you're taking the corner.Should you try to do the same, you'll have a much harder time, as cars controlled by the computer are very resilinient to being bumped and in some law-of-nature defying manner just keep no racing faster than you.

A major nuissance is that you're always started at the last spot, and often the game will race perfectly until the last lap, where the leader makes a dumb mistake and bumps into a wall.. this game really tries your patience.

On the up side, graphics are fun, as is the option to pick your own music.Online game play is a lot of fun though, as everyone's on a level playing field.I swear the computer cheats when you're playing against it! ... Read more


20. Tetris Worlds

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Asin: B00009B8DL
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: THQ
Sales Rank: 1892
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Simple gameplay, easy to pick up without instruction and completely addictive
  • Xbox Live: Go online and test your Tetris skills against other people all over the world
  • For 1 or more players over Xbox Live
  • Take the stop online with the world's most popular electronic game
  • Six variations of gameplay including the all new Hot-Line Tetris, Fusion Tetris and Cascade Tetris

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste your money
The biggest problem with this game is IT DOES NOT SUPPORT HDTV.If you have and use the XBox HDTV pack, then don't waste your money because this game WILL NOT PLAY on the xbox using the HDTV pack.You must use the standard XBox cable.

2-0 out of 5 stars Eh...I don't know
Do you already own a version of Tetris? If so, stick with that, and pretend that this one doesn't exist. It's not that Tetris Worlds is a bad game, it just...ok, it's bad. Though I admire the developers for trying to do new things with the concept of Tetris, they just didn't seem to think of anything very good.

There are a few modes of Tetris here, in addition to the original one. Really, you won't be playing any of those, as they don't make any sense. I don't think anyone wants to play Tetris, but only clear out specific lines and colors. It's not challenging, just annoying. I won't describe the other variations of the game, since really, I only played them once and left them for dead. What really sucks regarding gameplay though, is that the box where the pieces fall in is narrow. Remember how the original Tetris for NES and GB took up a good amount of the screen? Well it only takes up like 1/3 here...maybe a little more. But unless you're close to the tv, you'll be squinting at the pieces trying to pin-point where they should go. There's also a "ghost" feature. What it is is whichever piece you're moving around will have a faded version at the bottom of the box, showing where it'll be and how it'll look. I thought it was kind of annoying, since you're paying attention to the block you're moving, and there's something at the bottom that distracts you. Luckily, you can turn this feature off.

At least the music's good. It's all techno/ambient and somehow, fits the game pretty well. If you don't like the music, then you can always use the Xbox's custom soundtrack feature and make your own to hear during gameplay. There's only one problem with that: whenever you restart or pick a different mode, the soundtrack automatically skips to the next track even if you weren't finished with the current one. The graphics, well, there aren't much to them. The blocks are well animated (that sounds so lame), and the things going on in the background are nice looking I guess. It's not like Tetris was ever meant to break the graphic chart or anything.

Somehow, there's a story mode. I could read the instruction book to find out what it is, but that's ok, I'll pass. Looking over the other reviews here, I guess it has something to do with getting robots off a planet. *sigh* TETRIS WAS NEVER MEANT TO HAVE A STORY MODE. What's next? A Tetris rpg or 3-part movie series? Also, there's of course the online mode. But I don't care about online games. If you do play 'em, then there you go. I guess it'd be fun taking on other people via Xbox Live, especially since it can get boring once in a while in single mode.

Again, if you already own Tetris, stick with that version. $20 for a flashy version of it isn't really worth it. I'm lucky I got this with my Xbox and didn't have to pay for it. But if you don't have Tetris in any form, then you can probably find this in a used section for less than half the retail price.

3-0 out of 5 stars Tetris... 15 years after it originally came out
Tetris Worlds does offer a new spin on the original game of Tetris, such as a story mode. The story is strange if not cheesy, a world made of block like creatures is being threatened, and they must escape their world by opening portals called Tetrions, which of course is why you play Tetris. Tetris has been out since 1989, it's a wholesome puzzle game for everyone, where blocks fall and you must position the blocks into rows. When you make a row of blocks, the blocks fade away if the blocks stack to the top, then you lose. The game has some new features, that make things a little too easy, such as the blocks have a shadow, so you can see where they will end up. You can see the next four blocks that will drop, and you can even throwaway blocks, before they drop. The final "improvement" is that the blocks are not permanently in place until you stop moving them, like when players have to drop a block past an overhang then wedge it in. There is some nice depth and distraction to the game, such as there are different worlds, jungle worlds, ice worlds and so on. When the blocks begin to stack the civilization in the background gets built. The further you go, the further the civilization grows. It's a nice touch, but of course it is really to distract the player! The music is good, but people might not like it, because it is futuristic and spacey, however if you have music on your X-Box you can play songs from that, rather than the Tetris soundtrack. The graphics are nice, but they could be so much better, its sort of like graphics for the 64 bit game consoles, not the super powered X-Box. There is now online play, so you can play against every other Tetris player using X-Box Live on Broadband. You can compete head to head, where when you complete a row, it feeds blocks to your opponent. For online play there are also scoreboards with the top players. Even with the online play, after Tetris has been available for nearly every game system this is nothing that any gamer can get excited about. Fortunately this game now comes as a part of a new X-Box Live bundle for Christmas of 2003.

4-0 out of 5 stars The controls took some getting used to.
Attention former Tetris fans:

The XBox controls will throw you off!The "standard" square of four buttons has been rotated 45 degrees and is a diamond, so your buttons aren't where you are used to them being.

Overall the game is great.I have always loved Tetris, I always will.I enjoy the "interactive" backgrounds.As you progress in levels civilizations rise, jungles grow, and the world develops.I thought it was a great idea.They also turn the "game" of tetris into a life or death struggle.

You have to be able to open the "tetrions" so that the creatures can get off their planet.The way you do this is by playing tetris, which is actually the key to opening them.It is a creative idea to add some story theme to Tetris, but the game itself is enough to keep me playing.

Also there are six variations on a theme in this version, plus the ability to go onto XBox live.

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Final Thoughts:

I like Tetris.It is a good challenge anytime.There are some nice features in the XBox version, but I personally didn't need them to buy the game.

And remember Tetris fans, you will have to get used to some new controls.I suggest doing so by playing other games first to get used to the controller, then, once you are used to the controller moving on to the challenges of Tetris.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for any tetris lover!
I've been playing Tetris for over 13 years now..I'm amazed that I'm still addicted to it after all of these years.This online rendition of Tetris is fun and addictive, and worth the purchase if you're into Tetris.Casual players not looking for an online challenge would be best picking up a used Gameboy rendition.

The online play is great with a number of different modes to try.My favorite mirrors the old Gameboy link up version (where achieving double, triple, or tetris moves adds lines to your opponent).Tons of fun, and you'd be surprised how lousy you really are at it :).

My only complaints are more annoyances than anything else.The controls could be a little tighter (perhaps it's just the Xbox controller isn't designed for this kind of gameplay).The authors have deviated a bit from standard tetris rules, and allow players to 'bank' an unwanted (or wanted) piece to later.Pieces don't 'lock in' until you're done moving them, taking away a bit of the challenge.

Bottom line:If you're a competitive Tetris player (or hope to be) grab it! ... Read more


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