The early 2000s were literally the “best of times, the worst of times” for video gaming. Sega peaced out of the industry, but PlayStation 2 was so dominant and amazing that no one really cared. Amidst this chaos, Microsoft entered the fray and became one of the pillars of modern console gaming with its Xbox brand. Now on its third console, it is hard to believe that the Xbox’s story started with its retail launch in 2001 and continues to this day.
That’s because most people wrote the original Xbox off without ever giving it a first glance.
Coming from Microsoft who, aside from their MSX line in Japan, wasn’t really known for gaming, the original Xbox machine was derided by console purists as being nothing more than a PC stuffed into a console’s body. And what a bulky, massive body it was! If you owned the original Xbox machine then you know what we are talking about. Heck, the original Duke controller alone could kill a small cat if it fell onto it.
One thing that the original Xbox machine had going for it was that it was really, really powerful – perhaps the most powerful console of that generation by any measure. This gave gamers titles like Morrowind and Halo on the machine, so the Xbox brought the heat as best it could with regard to competing with Sony and the Nintendo GameCube.
And that’s really the tale of the tape with the original Xbox: Hit after hit, awesome game after awesome game in order to establish a brand – and it worked.
In this article we’re going to tell you about some of the lesser known Xbox games that are, nonetheless, amazing titles worth a look. If you’re an Xbox fan or just love retro stuff, you’ll find some titles here to