Top 10 Xbox Games 1997-2007

Halo: Combat Evolved
The major system seller for the original Xbox, Combat Evolved came out and showed the world what a great first person shooter experience feels like. With an engrossing storyline, helped along by some rich voice-acting, and some decent graphics to please the eye, this first installment in the Halo franchise made its mark on the world the day from the day of its release.
Ninja Gaiden: Black
A new installment in an old franchise that easily revitalized the interest that might have been lost. Taking a 2-D side scrolling action game and making it full 3-D can be quiet an undertaking, but Team Ninja seemed to do it quite easily creating one of the most fun, intensive action games on the market, to this date. What might constitute as button-mashing, the amount of different moves and combos that can be pulled off are just stunning, whether you?re playing as a lowly Ninja Dog or a Master Ninja, you?ll be playing through an amazing action game that keeps you on your toes from the get go. With the two hurricane packs already included, Ninja Gaiden: Black adds new content, weapons, and more to the mix to challenge your skills throughout the lengthy campaign.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Third in the Splinter Cell and easily one of the best in the series so far. With having more interactive missions where you?re able to complete the objectives in a matter of different ways, this game has a lot of replay value, especially when you add the multiplayer component, which is easily the best multiplayer in any of the Splinter Cell games to date. With some intense situations between you and your opponents as you team up with others, the time that can be spent either running through the single player campaign or through the many different objectives of the multiplayer adds up and soon you?ll find yourself wondering where all your free time has gone.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
In a setting 4000 years before the Star Wars movies take place, Knights of the old Republic breath new life into not only the RPG genre, but also into the Star Wars setting. With some great dialogue options that provide for an engaging storyline, KOTOR is a game that has you hooked all the way until the end. With decent graphics to display the world around you, you?ll be roaming the galaxy building your legacy through the choices you make whether you want to be an evil Sith Lord of a powerful Jedi Knight. With some interesting companions to help you throughout your travels and some atmospheric environments where you?ve seen Luke Skywalker travels many millennia later, Knights of the Old Republic gives every player a great experience from beginning to end.
Jade Empire
With some decent combat, great visuals, and a superb overall storyline in a game during the Xbox?s generation, Jade Empire is an easy recommendation for this system. Coming from Bioware, you usually expect more and they definitely deliver in this new setting which has gives you non-linear gameplay and multiple side quests spread across many hours of gameplay.
Halo 2
Before the end of the trilogy, Halo 2 came up, much to the liking of almost of the Halo fans and gave them a great single player experience that matched its prequel, and also an online multiplayer that was unparalleled until the Xbox 360 arrived. With some better looking visuals, good sound, new guns, and a co-op campaign to play through from beginning to end, this second installment did its predecessor justice in every component.
Grand Theft Auto: Double Pack
Some of the best Playstation 2 games finally made their way to the Xbox and they look and play as great, if not better, on the Xbox console. With literally hundreds of hours of gameplay in this package, you?ll find that you?ll be spending quite a bit of time with just these two games. Grand Theft Auto III was a landmark for the series, but Vice City is where the game got that ?style? that we?ve come to be impressed by from the developers at Rockstar.
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind: Game of the Year Edition
The Elder Scrolls has gone through some different facelifts through its lifetime and Morrowind is no different. This installment brought a massive continent to explore, in a free-form, non-linear style of gameplay that RPG fans only dreamed about up until its release. With a graphical ability stretched to its limits on the Xbox, Morrowind gave fans of the RPG thousands of hours to wander the diverse landscape in search of a storyline that wasn?t always present, but if you looked hard enough, it was always there in the background.
Fable: The Lost Chapters
A mix between action and role-playing, Fable gives role-playing fans a breathing world. Peter Molyneux, although promising much more than what was actually delivered, came up with a game where being evil actually meant being evil including making your character actually look evil. Whether it?s through the tattoos that adorn your body or though the flies that periodically buzz around your character, or even the horns that may protrude from your head, as you progress, you?ll see these little details throughout the game and it shows how much time the developers put into the overall gameplay experience.
Almost totally under the radar is this amazing platformer game that sparked fun in a lot of homes upon release. With a quirky storyline that keeps you engaged from beginning to end, some decent graphics, and some great gameplay, Psychonauts is just one of those games that everyone should experience once to see what a good quality game is like. Only from the mind of Tim Schafe, could crazy characters, such as the ones in Psychonauts, come so alive and keep you so interested in the overall game.