So you'd like to...

enjoy your Xbox 360 (updated)

A guide by J. Smith (Las Vegas, NV United States)

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So you'd like to enjoy your Xbox 360? This is a guide to the system, games, and accessories. I'm not going to go into technical aspects of the system or the games. I'm just telling you the games that are good, the things I think you need, and things that are available for the system. I hope this can be a guide for people thinking about buying the system. Every gamer is different so pick and choose what you like.


SYSTEMS

Xbox 360 Arcade - This is the Standard "Arcade" system. It come with a Xbox 360 wireless controller, 256MB of storage and Xbox 360 Composite A/V cable. I would not recommend this version of the system. With all of the upgrades you would need to do for the optimal gaming experience, might as well get the Elite Version.($199.99)

Xbox 360 Elite Winter 2009 Lego Batman / Pure Bundle - This is the Elite version. The Elite includes a wireless controller, headset communicator, standard composite A/V cable , HDMI port and a 120GB hard drive that you don't get with the Core/Arcade system. If you want to save games and download itmes from xbox live, the hard drive is the best value. It is the better deal. The system and controller are both colored black. **Now comes with 2 free games: Lego Batman and Pure**($299.99)

Final Fantasy XIII Special Edition Bundle - Limited Edition Final Fantasy XIII Elite Version. This version has a 250GB hard drive, 2 Wireless Controllers, Wired Headset, Standard definition composite A/V cable, and Final Fantasy XIII. Not a bad deal considering you get an extra controller, 130 GB of hard drive and a better game then Lego Batman and Pure for an extra $90. The system and controllers are white. ($389.00)

Xbox 360 250GB Elite Splinter Cell Conviction Bundle - Limited Edition Splinter Cell: Conviction Elite Version. This version has a 250GB hard drive, 2 Wireless Controllers, Wired Headset, Standard definition composite A/V cable, and Splinter Cell: Conviction. The system and controller are both colored black. Releases April 13th, 2010. ($399.99)

Xbox 360 Live 12 Month Gold Card plus 1 Month Bonus - I'm putting Xbox Live here because I feel it's a requirement. I don't believe you are getting the most out of your 360 if you don't have Xbox Live. Not just the ability to play others online, but to download demos of games (including upcoming games), play games in the Xbox live arcade, chat with friends, compare achievement points with friends and download new content for your games. I just think it's part of the system personally. Also if you have a Netflix subscription, you can watch your movies on your queue on the 360. High-Speed internet is required also, but chances are if you are reading this on Amazon, you probably have it already.

AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable - 9.8 Feet (3 Meters) Supports 3D + Audio Return Channel - Get this to hook up your Xbox to your HDTV. Do not use the standard cables that come with the system. You are doing a disservice to yourself by not maximizing the visual potential of the game you are playing.


GAMES


Essential Games

Gears of War - Gears Of War - Xbox 360 - You play a former war hero who leads a team against a race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet. Futuristic 3rd-Person Shooter. Great for multiplayer and online play. Won multiple Game of the Year Awards. Rated Mature.

Gears of War 2 - Gears of War 2 - Xbox 360 - The sequel didn't have as big an impact as the first, but still a great game.

Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion - Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion - Xbox 360 (Platinum Hits) - Role-Playing Game. Open-ended gameplay for the more experienced gamer. Rated Mature

Bioshock - Bioshock - Xbox 360 - First-Person Shooter/Role-Playing Game. Elements of Doom, Deus EX, and Resident Evil. Rated Mature

Halo 3 - Halo 3 - Xbox 360 - Futuristic First-Person Shooter. Great story, gameplay, multiplayer, and online game. Rated Mature.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Game of the Year Edition A realistic, modern day First-Person shooter. THE multi-player game of it's time. Won multiple Game of the Year Awards. Rated Mature

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox 360 The premier multi-player game...for now.

Mass Effect - Mass Effect - Xbox 360 From the makers of Star Wars:Knights of the Old Republic. Futuristic Role-Playing game. Rated Mature.

Mass Effect 2 - Mass Effect 2 Platinum Hits The legend grows.

The Orange Box - Orange Box - Xbox 360 Worst box art in the history of gaming. But don't let that stop you. 5 games in 1 "orange box." Contains Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2:Episode One, Half-Life 2:Eposode Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. Rated Teen-Mature.

Rock Band - Xbox 360 Rock Band Special Edition From the original developers of Guitar Hero, only this time in addition to playing guitar and bass, you can sing and play drums. One of the great video game experiences you will ever have. Rated Teen.

Rock Band 2 - Rock Band 2 - Xbox 360 (Game only) Sequel to the best party game on the 360.


Recommended Games

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Battlefield Bad Company 2 - Xbox 360 Not as good a single player game as Call of Duty, but you could argue the multi-player is better. Rated Mature

Assassins Creed II - Assassin's Creed II: Platinum Hits Edition Skip the original and hop right into one of the best games of 2009.

Forza 3 - Forza Motorsport 3 - Xbox 360 Best racing game available.

Batman: Arkham Asylum - Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360
Dragon Age: Origins - Dragon Age: Origins - Xbox 360
Bioshock 2 - Bioshock 2 - Xbox 360
Left 4 Dead 2 - Left 4 Dead 2 - Xbox 360
Borderlands - Borderlands - Xbox 360
Fable 2 - Fable II
Fallout 3 - Fallout 3
Grand Theft Auto 4 - Grand Theft Auto IV


Fighting Games

Virtua Fighter 5 - Virtua Fighter 5 Online - Xbox 360 3D Fighting
Soul Calibur IV - Soul Calibur IV - Xbox 360 3D Fighting with weapons
Street Fighter IV - Street Fighter IV - Xbox 360
Fighting Stick - Xbox 360 Fighting Stick EX 2 Might want to pick up the fighting stick to get the most out of these games.


Great Bargain Games - All under $20.

Call of Duty 2 - Call of Duty 2 - Xbox 360 - WW2 Shooter. First great game on the 360.
Rainbow Six: Vegas Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas - Xbox 360 Modern day First-Person shooter.
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter - Xbox 360 - Modern day shooter. Make sure to check out the sequel.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance - Marvel Ultimate Alliance Gold Edition -Xbox 360 - One of my favorite games. Beat-em up game with elements of role-playing in it. For old and young. Great multiplayer and online game. Rated Teen.
Viva Pinata - Viva Piñata (Platinum Family Hits)
Dead Rising - Dead Rising - Xbox 360
Dead Space - Dead Space


Sports There are so many games items to include in this guide, I had to cut the links of great sports games.

Madden NFL 10
NCAA Football 10
FIFA 10 - Greatest soccer game ever.
NHL 10 - Regarded by many as the best sports video game.



Xbox Live Arcade Games - Had to cut the links on the Arcade games too.

Peggle
Braid
Castle Crashers
Super Puzzle Fighter 2
Geometry Wars 2


ACCESSORIES

Wireless Controller - MICROSOFT B4F00014 Xbox 360® Wireless Controller (White) Xbox 360 Wireless Controller - Matte Black (Black) - You can connect up to four wireless controllers to your Xbox 360.

Rechargable Controller Packs - Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit or Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit - Unless you like blowing through AA batteries, I suggest purchasing these or rechargable batteries.

Memory Card - Xbox 360 Memory Unit 512MB - You do not require this if you have the hard drive. I use this only to bring my Live account to a friend's house. Other then that I would just use my hard drive.

Xbox 360 Messenger Kit - Xbox 360 Messenger Kit - For those who text a lot. Who doesn't anymore? Texting on Xbox Live is does NOT require additional charges.

Wireless Headset - Xbox 360 Wireless Headset - White - I don't own this because the systems already come with a heaset for chatting. But this allows you to chat without the need of the controller.

Wireless Network Adaptor - Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter A/B/G & N Networks - Pretty expensive, but very easy to install. I have this to connect to my wireless network at home.

Microsoft Points - Xbox 360 LIVE 1600 Points Xbox LIVE 1600 Microsoft Points [Online Game Code] I think these are great for gifts. You can download games from the Live Arcade, themes for your system, and new content for games.

Products mentioned include:
SYSTEMS
1.  Xbox 360 Arcade  by Microsoft
Used & New from: $48.50
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2.  Xbox 360 Elite Winter 2009 Lego Batman / Pure Bundle  by Microsoft
Used & New from: $154.40
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3.  Final Fantasy XIII Special Edition Bundle  by Microsoft
$423.99 Used & New from: $169.05
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4.  Xbox 360 250GB Elite Splinter Cell Conviction Bundle  by Microsoft
$457.11 Used & New from: $249.12
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5.  Xbox 360 Live 12 Month Gold Card plus 1 Month Bonus  by Microsoft Software
$53.95 Used & New from: $49.79
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6.  AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable - 9.8 Feet (3 Meters) Supports 3D + Audio Return Channel  by AmazonBasics
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Essential Games
7.  Gears Of War - Xbox 360 [CD-ROM]  by Microsoft
$14.73 Used & New from: $0.01
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8.  Gears of War 2 - Xbox 360  by Microsoft
$4.75 Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars   (380) | 28 customer discussions
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9.  Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion - Xbox 360 (Platinum Hits)  by 2K
$24.05 Used & New from: $0.33
4.3 out of 5 stars   (157) | 62 customer discussions
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10.  Bioshock - Xbox 360  by 2K
$19.99 Used & New from: $4.99
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11.  Halo 3 - Xbox 360  by Microsoft
$14.96 Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars   (917) | 128 customer discussions
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12.  Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Game of the Year Edition  by Activision Inc.
$17.88 Used & New from: $3.99
4.5 out of 5 stars   (380) | 4 customer discussions
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13.  Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox 360 [DVD-ROM]  by Activision Inc.
$21.51 Used & New from: $0.78
4.3 out of 5 stars   (1,123) | 100 customer discussions
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14.  Mass Effect - Xbox 360  by Microsoft
$19.99 Used & New from: $2.93
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15.  Mass Effect 2 Platinum Hits  by Electronic Arts
$16.04 Used & New from: $0.84
4.6 out of 5 stars   (698) | 54 customer discussions
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16.  Orange Box - Xbox 360  by Electronic Arts
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17.  Xbox 360 Rock Band Special Edition  by MTV Games
Used & New from: $149.99
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18.  Rock Band 2 - Xbox 360 (Game only) [CD-ROM]  by MTV Games
$24.99 Used & New from: $0.01
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Recommended Games
19.  Battlefield Bad Company 2 - Xbox 360  by Electronic Arts
$11.99 Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars   (295) | 53 customer discussions
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20.  Assassin's Creed II: Platinum Hits Edition  by UBI Soft
$17.65 Used & New from: $1.66
4.5 out of 5 stars   (560) | 20 customer discussions
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21.  Forza Motorsport 3 - Xbox 360  by Microsoft
$17.49 Used & New from: $2.65
4.3 out of 5 stars   (323) | 15 customer discussions
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22.  Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360  by Square Enix
$39.95 Used & New from: $2.20
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23.  Dragon Age: Origins - Xbox 360  by Electronic Arts
$22.74 Used & New from: $2.75
4.1 out of 5 stars   (365) | 25 customer discussions
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24.  Bioshock 2 - Xbox 360  by TAKE2
$12.93 Used & New from: $0.24
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25.  Left 4 Dead 2 - Xbox 360  by Electronic Arts
$19.16 Used & New from: $7.82
4.3 out of 5 stars   (549) | 29 customer discussions
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26.  Borderlands - Xbox 360  by 2K
$9.22 Used & New from: $1.59
4.4 out of 5 stars   (423) | 32 customer discussions
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27.  Fable II  by Microsoft
$18.99 Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars   (432) | 77 customer discussions
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28.  Fallout 3  by Bethesda
$19.99 Used & New from: $1.24
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29.  Grand Theft Auto IV [DVD-ROM]  by Take Two Interactive
$12.93 Used & New from: $2.46
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Fighting Games
30.  Virtua Fighter 5 Online - Xbox 360  by Sega Of America, Inc.
$23.60 Used & New from: $3.25
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31.  Soul Calibur IV - Xbox 360  by Namco
$17.99 Used & New from: $3.62
4.2 out of 5 stars   (132) | 19 customer discussions
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32.  Street Fighter IV - Xbox 360  by Capcom
$13.99 Used & New from: $0.01
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33.  Xbox 360 Fighting Stick EX 2  by HORI
$86.11
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Great Bargain Games
34.  Call of Duty 2 - Xbox 360  by Activision Inc.
$15.95 Used & New from: $2.19
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35.  Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas - Xbox 360  by UBI Soft
$11.89 Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars   (195)
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36.  Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter - Xbox 360  by UBI Soft
$11.43 Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars   (151)
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37.  Marvel Ultimate Alliance Gold Edition -Xbox 360 [Special Edition]  by Activision Inc.
$139.99 Used & New from: $54.95
4.5 out of 5 stars   (59) | 4 customer discussions
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38.  Viva Piñata (Platinum Family Hits) [CD-ROM]  by Microsoft
$59.99 Used & New from: $5.22
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39.  Dead Rising - Xbox 360  by Capcom
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40.  Dead Space  by Electronic Arts
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ACCESSORIES
41.  MICROSOFT B4F00014 Xbox 360® Wireless Controller  by Microsoft Software
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42.  Xbox 360 Wireless Controller - Matte Black [CD]  by Microsoft Software
$38.95 Used & New from: $16.34
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43.  Xbox 360 Quick Charge Kit  by Microsoft Software
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44.  Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit  by Microsoft Software
$42.94 Used & New from: $7.00
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45.  Xbox 360 Memory Unit 512MB  by Microsoft Software
$16.99 Used & New from: $10.92
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46.  Xbox 360 Messenger Kit  by Microsoft Software
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47.  Xbox 360 Wireless Headset - White  by Microsoft Software
$89.99 Used & New from: $48.99
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48.  Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter A/B/G & N Networks [CD-ROM]  by Microsoft Software
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49.  Xbox 360 LIVE 1600 Points [CD-ROM]  by Microsoft Software
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50.  Xbox LIVE 1600 Microsoft Points [Online Game Code] [Download]  by Microsoft
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