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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Time To Buy An Xbox, August 4, 2009
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This system is perfect if your young teens want to try out gaming for the first time,or if an older person wants to get into it. The system itself is cheap to buy,and is as reliable as a newer PS2,the only issue that you have to be aware of is that some of the older Xbox's DVD drives are prone to partial or full failures,But if your buying a refurbished system then when it is sent in,the DVD drive will be replaced with a newer model one. If your buying one at EB games then it comes with a free 30 day warranty (that's 1/3 of the original 90 day warranty FYI) And for only $4 more you can get a FULL 1 year warranty,if there is anything wrong with the system it gets replaced no questions asked-NICE

Now,the downfall about buying a 'discontinued' system like the Gamecube or Xbox is the peripherals are very hard to find at your local EB games,I lucked out and found 2 Xbox controllers (1 Duke and one 3rd party) for $30 and found the DVD remote for $20 (I should have held off on it,but I was to excited to wait)

Games themselves have hit rock bottom (just like the system) price wise,the MOST one game should cost used at EB/Gamestop would be $20,but most can be had for $14.99 (I'm talking about good ones) And if your lucky you can get some good games for under $10. I will now list the pros/cons of the systems. Just for reference I'll list some games I got:

Ninja Gaiden
Metal Gear Solid 2
Crimson Sea
Otogi
Otogi 2
Beat Down:Fists of Vengeance

Those six I got for $50,you cant beat that!

Pros:

+Cheap to buy
=/=Reliable
+Games are cheap
+Still looks cool
+100's of games still available

Cons:

=/=Older models are less reliable (DVD drives prone to failures)
-Peripherals are hard to find locally (esp. Controllers,witch are getting expensive)
-Game selection will eventually dry up
-Even with a 1 year warranty,your not going to be guaranteed an Xbox further down the road (they haven't been made since 2005 :'( )
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Initial post: Aug 18, 2010 4:41:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 18, 2010 11:19:34 PM PDT
R. Arrington says:
Thanks for including information about the disk drive failures in the review. I had never heard of that before. I got my xbox back in 2002, and starting in 2008, the disk drive would start wurring/clicking/slowing down during certain games and I'd get the "damaged or dirty disc" screen...now I know why. For some unkown reason, it doesn't have this problem with any games I bought before the problem started...thank goodness. Wish the industry heads would join forces and create one single system for the next-gen. Just put the old games on some new type of flash drives with huge storage, from the atari to the next-gen, until it's all caught up on one system.Being able to play zelda, gears and uncharted on the same system sure would be a money and space saver.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2010 8:02:21 PM PDT
piratesmvp04 says:
Original Xbox drives can be replaced yourself for relatively cheap. Xbox drives are sold relatively cheap on this site and others. Gamestops or other local gamestores are not the best places to buy Xbox games (if there are any places that still sell them). Best place to get games is actually right here on Amazon. You can get good games for dirt cheap, just search for them. Peripherals can be bought for cheap on this site also. The Xbox is still a great and usable system if you don't mind not having the latest games, or if you don't play sports games that much. If you're just getting an Xbox, there's a whole library of games out there to explore. have fun!
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