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#1 of 60 Daniel Kikin

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Posted June 15 2004 - 06:26 AM

I'm sure this has been asked before but I can't find any thread from before September like this. I'm planning on purchasing an Xbox, and using the Monster component cables. I'm only going to get a couple of games to start off, I looking at a sports game, a racing game and possibly an action or strategy game. Any recommendations would be very appreciated. Posted Image

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#2 of 60 Lou Sytsma

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Posted June 15 2004 - 06:30 AM

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Halo

What kind of racing do you like?
PGR2 is good mix of arcade and realistic driving
CMR4 - is an excellent rally racer with realistic physics

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Spiderman2 - June 30th - you have the ability to roam the city of New York at your leisure. YES!You can re-enter the main storyline at any time.
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#3 of 60 Tony Whalen

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Posted June 15 2004 - 07:15 AM

PGR2

Splinter Cell or the sequel, SC: Pandora Tomorrow. Posted Image

Sports? I actually find Top Spin to be a lot of fun...and I'm not even a follower of pro-tennis.

#4 of 60 Daniel Kikin

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Posted June 15 2004 - 07:24 AM

Thanks guys, on my PC, I always liked Midtown Madness and Need For Speed, I always like driving through real cities so I wasn't sure if I should go for MM3, NFS, or a different racer like PGR2.

Spiderman2 looks really good, I just saw the screenshots at IGN, I think I'm sold on it already.

I don't follow Tennis either but looking at some screenshots on IGN, Top Spin looks pretty good. I may also get MVP Baseball 2004, and then wait for the next football, hockey and basketball games to come out. I've been debating between Madden and ESPN for football but I guess we'll see which one is better in a couple of months.

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#5 of 60 Cam McFarland

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Posted June 15 2004 - 07:27 AM

HALO

#6 of 60 Jean D

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Posted June 15 2004 - 07:38 AM

1. Halo (480p)
2. Project Gotham Racing 2 (480p)
3. Enter the Matrix (1080i)
5. Splinter Cell: Pandora Tommorow (480p)
6. Tony Hawk Underground(720p)

in any order

AND YOU MUST
preorder Halo 2 (also 1080i) - in my opinion the game to end all games.


Also, not sure if you know this, but you have to buy the Monster Optical cable seperate. but well worth it since all the games Ive played are in 5.1, especially Splinter Cell, you can hear enemies approching behind you and whatnot.

(EDIT: HALO 2 OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED AS 480P)
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#7 of 60 Adam W

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Posted June 15 2004 - 07:38 AM

I am not a fan of sports games but I got to second Top Spin. That game is so simple yet so complex.

For a racing game I recommend Ralli Sport Challenge 2. The graphics are great, as are the controls, and online play.

For action Halo is a must have. I would also recommend Crimson Skies, Splinter Cell PT, Ninja Gaiden, Metal Arms: Glitch in the System, and Prince of Persia Sands of Time.

#8 of 60 Jehan

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Posted June 15 2004 - 08:19 AM

Pardon me, but when was Halo 2 announced with 1080i support?
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#9 of 60 Cameron Yee

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Posted June 15 2004 - 08:47 AM

My recommendations (based on those I've played and/or own):

Halo
Project Gotham Racing 2
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Splinter Cell
Tony Hawk 3 (I also have 4 but prefer the other)
Soul Calibur
Dead or Alive
Crimson Skies

I just played the Rallisport Challenge 2 demo. Pretty fun, and this from one who doesn't like most driving games (PGR being the exception).
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#10 of 60 Daniel Kikin

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Posted June 15 2004 - 09:31 AM

Thanks for everyone's help, I'm definitely going to get PGR2 and probably Halo as well. Got a couple of more questions, do any games come in 16x9? Also, how long are the cords on the controllers (I need a viewing distance of at least 10-12 feet for my TV.)

#11 of 60 Cameron Yee

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Posted June 15 2004 - 10:00 AM

At 10-12 feet you'll need an extension cable (existing cable is around nine feet).

PGR2 supports 16:9, but not Halo. This list may help:

http://www.hdtvarcade.com/xboxlist.htm
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#12 of 60 Daniel Kikin

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Posted June 15 2004 - 10:12 AM

Definitely helps, thanks Cameron!

#13 of 60 Jeremy Allin

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Posted June 15 2004 - 10:12 AM

Quote:
preorder Halo 2 (also 1080i) - in my opinion the game to end all games.
I'd also like to know where you heard this. Wherever/whoever it was is feeding you wrong info.

#14 of 60 Craig S

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Posted June 15 2004 - 10:51 AM

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Also, how long are the cords on the controllers (I need a viewing distance of at least 10-12 feet for my TV.)
Consider a wireless controller. I sit about 12-13 feet from my 57" RPTV. I did the extension cord bit, but it was always such a pain to drag the cords out, and wrap them back up when done, not to mention avoiding getting caught up in the long cord (I move around a lot when I get into a game Posted Image ). Now, with the wireless, I just turn on the controller and I'm off.

Oh yeah, I bought the Pelican Eclipse wireless controller. I've been very happy with it - no problems at all.

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#15 of 60 BrionL

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Posted June 15 2004 - 10:52 AM

Get Chronicals of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. It is the best looking game I've ever seen. It is very fun to play, also.

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#16 of 60 Daniel Kikin

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Posted June 15 2004 - 11:27 AM

Good idea Craig, I totally forgot about wireless, I'll try to pick up a Pelican when I go to buy the console.

#17 of 60 Dave Sabo

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Posted June 16 2004 - 01:56 AM

I recommend GameFly Posted Image

It's my favorite monthly fee, works well for me. Of course I don't mind a few days between shipping out a game and receiving another. With the 2 game plan I just make sure to only do 1 at a time.

But I'll agree on Project Gotham Racing 2 and Halo... can't beat those.
If you're at all interested in an action/rpg type... Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, in my opinion, is just the best game ever, and apparently even non-RPG type players love it also.

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#18 of 60 Jean D

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Posted June 16 2004 - 02:17 AM

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Pardon me, but when was Halo 2 announced with 1080i support?


my mistake, a few months back it was alluded to and I should've checked on-line recently before I spread the rumor. Forgive me. However, they are officially saying its 480P check this link for info.
Bungie Halo 2 FAQ

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do any games come in 16x9?


Yes, as far as I've experienced. I have a 55" wide-screen hd (using the Monster component cables) and all of the xbox games Ive ever played on my tv are in 16x9, all I had to do was go into the xbox setup menu and tell it that its output is to go to a wide-screen tv or something like that. and I never noticed a stretched or mis-shapen picture.
does anyone disagree with this statement or have any technical info I dont know?

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#19 of 60 Jean D

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Posted June 16 2004 - 02:30 AM

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Consider a wireless controller.


I have the Logitech wireless controller, and the sensitivity goes quirky sometimes. plus if you want to play multiplayer games such as Halo, you need a few of them. extensions are probably the way to go.

Also for those of you who dont know, you can play Halo: Combat Evolved and other games online using a program called XBConnect {its free, no charge you just need a fast internet connection (i.e. cable, dsl)} and make sure its running on a computer that is connected to a network that your xbox is connectd to. Here is the site www.xbconnect.com

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#20 of 60 Cameron Yee

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Posted June 16 2004 - 02:33 AM

Well, Halo is not 16:9 officially, but it may look acceptable stretched. In Post #11 I provided a link to a list detailing specifications for various games.
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