Narrowly missing out on the top 10 were Beyond Good and Evil, Doom 3, Grand Theft Auto III, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.
Top spot was shared by two titles.
Halo: Combat Evolved (Bungie, Microsoft Game Studios – 2001)
Personally, I’ve never really got on with the Halo series. It’s so generic, and the weapons are so puny. But I know I’m in the minority when it comes to this.
1= Jet Set Radio Future (Smilebit, Sega – 2002)
The sequel to the Dreamcast’s Jet Set Radio.
3= Ninja Gaiden / Ninja Gaiden Black (Team Ninja, Tecmo – 2004)
At the time this was considered to be one of the hardest Xbox games released.
3= Project Gotham Racing 2 (Bizarre Creations, Microsoft Game Studios – 2003)
Not only a fantastic racing game, but you get the excellent Geometry Wars included as a minigame.
5= Fable (Big Blue Box Studios, Microsoft Game Studios – 2004)
Adventure RPG from the mind of Peter Molyneux that spawned two sequels.
5= OutRun 2 (Sumo Digital, Microsoft Game Studios – 2004)
Worth it’s place in the top 10 on the strength of its tune Magical Sound Shower alone.
7. Halo 2 (Bungie, Microsoft Game Studios – 2004)
The most overrated game of all-time. That’s right, you heard me.
8= Burnout 3: Takedown (Criterion Games, Electronic Arts – 2004)
The changes to gameplay this introduced from Burnout 2: Point of Impact were controversial at the time (diluting the purity of originals was the claim). But it’s quality endures – as one GRcader recently put it: “Has Burnout 3 ever been bettered for simple thrills in racing?”
8= Jade Empire (BioWare, Microsoft Game Studios – 2005)
BioWare’s next RPG project after two fantastic Star Wars titles.
8= Otogi: Myth of Demons (FromSoftware, Sega – 2003)
Hack and slash title from the developer of Dark Souls.
8= Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (BioWare, LucasArts – 2003)
Catapulted BioWare into the top tier of developers, and proved western RPGs could be just as good as their Japanese counterparts.
8= The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (Starbreeze Studios /Tigo Studios, Vivendi Universal Games – 2004)
Licensed games are always terrible, right? Not this one, a superb-looking and super-smart FPS.
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