This year, due to my newly-found solo weekends, I decided to break out the spare XBOX console and hook it back into the 42" plasma surround sound entertainment system – mainly because I really dislike the notion of watching broadcast TV as a pastime. My games of choice? Four XBOX strategy games I liked so much in the past that I beat them COMPLETELY, and then wrote & distributed a walk-through for each of them for my website, and one AWESOME multi-player title:
- Die Hard: Vendetta (Vivendi Universal Games)
(I wanted this one so much I ordered it from Europe as it is NOT AVAILABLE FOR XBOX IN THE US!)
- Indiana Jones and the Emporer’s Tomb (Lucas Arts)
- The Hobbit (Sierra Games)
- The Fellowship of the Ring (Black Label Games)
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 (Ubisoft)
Each of the four single-player strategy games are moderately rated games at best from the "Gamer" community, as is typical for strategy/shooter games. But I enjoyed them immensely back when I first beat each of them and decided to beat them once again without consulting my walk-through.
And the highly-rated Rainbow Six 3, my favorite multi-player game, is simply spectacular in the coordinated missions multi-player mode it offers. I’ve always networked our 2 XBOXes together (via my home’s built-in wired 100mbit Ethernet star-network) and run missions with a second player in my home on the upstairs media-room TV/XBOX, and we use the communicator headsets. This feature works GREAT and the missions are expertly designed. This may be my most favorite game of all time when in multi-player missions mode. It is equally great in single player mode, although I can’t say for sure if I have beaten the whole game – I think so, but I am not positive.
So far, I have re-beaten the first two single-player games, and I’m half-way through the third (The Hobbit). I won’t stop until I have beaten them all again. Although, I’d nearly forgotten just how frustrating these games can truly be! But still – hours of entertainment for when one has to pass a boat-load of time without getting into trouble!