I was born to be two things; a writer, and a gamer. Knowing full well that this was my destiny, I have successfully embraced these two ideals in the form of my ascension to the title of Video Game Author (pause for repeated fist pumping). I was born and raised here in Florida and I’ve been a gamer since I was old enough to hold a controller. My first console was a Sega Genesis, followed by an N64, a PS One, and a PS2. I joined the Xbox family shortly after the release of the Xbox One, I mean, original Xbox (sorry, I had to).
Halo was indeed Combat Evolved as they said, and Mechassault was my jam when the system first released. I went on to truly love the original Xbox for its weird and unique titles. Games such as Phantom Dust, Psychonauts, Breakdown, and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, made the system stand out from the rest. The controller may have been large enough to accommodate an adolescent Sasquatch, but we’re not going to fault it for being too bulky.
Xbox was the first console Microsoft released, and with it they began a war that has lasted for a single decade, but it feels a lot longer. Am I a hardcore supporter of one side or the other? Not really, no. I own an Xbox One and a PS4 and I love them both dearly. They are like children or cybernetic A.I’s, whichever jives with your more. In both cases, they have their strengths, and they have their weaknesses. Of course the A.I’s could just patch the weaknesses, but that’s not the point. Competition breeds innovation my friends and both consoles are pushing each other to be better. In the end, we win. Or, at least I do because I have both. On a less selfish note, I want to thank each and every one of you for reading my articles, and letting me live this dream that I have chased for my entire life. Everything I write is for you my fellow gamers, so game on.
Seeing as how we’re on Xbox One Experts, let’s skip the traditional Zelda this and Mario that. My favorite games for the Xbox game consoles are the one’s you’d expect and a few you may not see coming. First off, Halo reminded me why I love first person shooters. Gears of War pulled me into its world and gave me the best split screen co-op since Halo. Alan Wake showed me that writers can be cool, and pretty scary. The hidden gems on the original Xbox like Phantom Dust, Breakdown, and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, reminded me that unique games are everywhere, you just have to dig deep to find them.
Call of Cthulhu and Fatal Frame destroyed my psyche, while Psi-Ops built it up once more, while also leaving me on a cliffhanger that will never be fulfilled. Rare may have disappointed me with their Xbox 360 version of Banjo Kazooie but Kameo will always have a special place in my heart. Lost Odyssey stole forty hours of my life, and I don’t want a single second of it back. Xbox has these titles that have been swept under the rug, or elevated to a god-like status. Either way, just like any other exclusives, they bring something unique to their system. I currently love Titanfall, and Dead Rising has reminded me what made the series so great. The future is open though my friends and we’ll see plenty more where these came from. My list of favorites will never stop growing, and I’m perfectly fine with that.