Review by GamerJM

"As of June 2008, the best console that's not made by Nintendo"

In the year 2005, Microsoft launched a console called the Xbox 360. It is a sequel to their decent console, called the Xbox. It was first named the first true next-gen console to come out. Most fans were disappointed with the launch product, as the console didn't really have too many good launch game beyond Call of Duty 2 and a few ports. However, as time went on, more great games for the console came out, like Call of Duty 4, Halo 3, Gears of War, Viva Pinata, The Orange Box, Bioshock, and Blue Dragon. I finally decided to "jump in" and get one last holiday season. Is it good? Read on to find out.

First Party games:
The Xbox 360 has a few good first party games, but none of them so far have really stood out for me. The only first-party games that really fit my gaming tastes as of now are Blue Dragon and Halo 3. Everything else, like Gears of War and Forza Motorspot 2, seem to have disappointed me. I know they may fit other's gaming tastes, but they don't really fit mine. I have faith that Microsoft will release better first party games in the future. The future of Halo as a franchise for them really seems to be bright, and they still have Mistwalker on their side. Mistwalker is a powerhouse for an RPG fan like me, and should convince some RPG fans to buy an Xbox 360. But for now, their first-party software is kind of week
Score: 7.5

Online:
The Xbox 360 currently has the best online system on the market with Xbox Live. Browsing the marketplace and downloading demoes is really fun. The friend interface is surprisingly well done. I'm not a big online gamer, but I have surprisingly gotten into the friends list part of Xbox Live. Playing games online is a blast, and it's easy to connect to, also. The only complaint I have is that it can be hard to connect to Xbox Live sometimes when compared to Nintendo Wi-Fi. Other than that, it's amazing
Score: 9.5

Marketing:
I haven't really seen too many Xbox 360 adds. Microsoft really isn't bothering too much with marketing too much this time around. The adds I have seen weren't very good, though. Their logo, and "jump in" aren't very good, either. Their in-stores adds are actually really good, though.
Score: 6.75

Downloadable games:
Compared to Nintendo's virtual console, their library kind of falls behind. There are only a few games worth buying. However, right now, a few is just enough. Downloadable games are kind of an afterthought, and in that respect, they are quite good. One thing I want to point out is that their prices are great. Streets of Rage 2 currently costs half as much as it does on the virtual console, and 4 dollars for Geometry Wars is just an amazing deal. It may not be as good as Nintendo's virtual console, but it's still great
Score: 9

Third-party games:
In terms of third-party games, the Xbox 360 has some of the best games available. It has just about everything. It has top-notch support from Namco, Konami, and sega, among several others. It also has the best versions of mutiplatform games, like Marvel: Ultimate Allience and Guitar Hero 3. In terms of third-party software, the Xbox 360 is the best on the market. It really doesn't have any flaws, and is better than any third-party software of any other console on the market.
Score: 10

Overall:
The Xbox 360 is one of the best consoles ever made. It might not stand up to the Wii in terms of quality games, but it has several must-have games, and is better than some of Nintendo's previous offerings. When that's coming out of the mouth of a Nintendo fanboy, you know you've got a good console on your hands. Jump in.
True score overall: 9/10


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 06/25/08

Game Release: Xbox 360 Hardware (US, 11/22/05)


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