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      15.05.2014 01:11
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      The console that started it all! Great buy!

      As an AVID gamer I consider this a MUST have not only for nostalgic purposes but also for the sheer fun it still is to LAN with friends and family who have the system and same Video Games.

      I originally purchased this Console when i heard the hype about Halo. Ive been hooked ever since!

      This system i fairly Bulky but it is SO very reliable. Original Halo on this console with the BIG duke controllers is so awesome. Getting 4-8 of the consoles with original halo and halo 2 has NEVER been more cheap than it is now.

      On almost all mulitplayer games you have the option in console settings to change the Split screen option to verticle or horizontal which is a nice option to have based on user preferance.

      They also released ALOT of accessories for this original console which is neat depending on what you like. They came out with a DVD play back kit whihc came with a xbox Controller and a little adapter you would plugin to the controller slot which was awesome because you could watch movies and control them wirelessly!

      They also released they Xbox Live Started kit which could plug into your controller on the bottom and you were suddenly able to comunicate with other microphone users across the globe!

      The file saves were so small on this console to the hard drive what more than efficient but if you wanted to travel with your xbox profile and xbl account so all of your setting were automatically saved when you went to a friends house.

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      20.04.2011 01:56
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      An extremely epic console, highly recommend purchasing for some great unique games.

      I know, this console is old, and may not seem like a smart purchase, but they are so cheap it would be stupid not to at least try it.

      I recently bought one of these from Amazon as a way of reliving my earlier days playing Xbox, and as I still had a number of games left over with no console to play them on, I felt it was a necessary purchase. I was ready to accept that the graphics would be terrible, the controller would be awkward and the games would have a complete lack of detail, but I was terribly wrong. As soon as I started playing, a wave of nostalgia came over me, giving me a nice happy feeling, (which is more than I've ever had with these new generic shooters) making me want to play more.

      The graphics on the games (obviously, depending which ones) are actually surprisingly good, and although they don't come close to recent releases, are definitely enough to not have you repel in disgust, and reach for your 360 or PS3 controller. Although, the only true way of describing them is to look at screenshots of the classics, most of which had above average graphics, even by today's standards.

      The games for this console are the real reason anyone would buy one of these nowadays, they are filled with exciting gameplay and features from when the games we have now didn't exist, and so they have unique things about them, and aren't just another Call of Duty clone. You have to remember, these games are the games that started/inspired most next-gen games, and they are absolutely worth playing.

      The controller is quite a far cry from the 360 controller, but as long as you have the 'S' variant (the smaller, sleeker one that came with newer consoles) it should not be hard to adapt, and the controls will seem familiar in no time, even for someone who has not played this console before.

      As this console is so cheap, and has been noted as having much better graphics than the PS2 (which is more expensive) there is no reason not to buy one of these, as it is the only true way of playing Xbox classics without using that botched 360 backwards compatibility.

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      04.08.2010 14:08
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      Quality, if unreliable, console

      When I first received my X Box shortly after its release in 2001 I was unbelievably happy, this being my first ever real console. Using it over the years, I would remain just as pleased with it.

      For one thing, the exclusive games for the X Box are top rate, more so than those for the PS2 in my opinion, and that's the real main reason for which to buy a console. Halo, Fable, Knights of the Old Republic, Splinter Cell (for a time, although the game did eventually become multi-platform), these are all classics. Elsewhere, the on-screen design and layout are equally impressive, although there isn't admittedly as much to do as on the 360, while the graphics for the X Box were miles ahead of any console of its time. Even now, some games for the console - I'll cite The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay as an example - hold up graphically.

      However, with all the positives that come along with the console, there are some significant problems with it. Although I have since long rid myself of my original X Box, there were many issues I had with it personally. Firstly, as someone I once knew remarked, it is "the size of a park bench" as well as as heavy as one, so the PS2 always trumped the X Box in the console design department. Secondly, overheating with the X Box was always a problem for me. After a good few months of ownership, playing a game for only a short period of time would leave a scalding patch of heat where the console was laying, meaning it would be advisable to play it only in short bursts if you wanted it to stay useable. Thirdly, the controllers for the console are not wireless. This was never a problem at the time that I owned an X Box, but now 360s come with wireless controllers as standard, it would mean playing the X Box might feel like a major step back. Finally, a problem that may not apply to everyone but certainly applies to me: the X Box plug socket is a dangerous thing. Despite looking after the console like it was my child, within the first year the plug socket on the X Box wasn't reliable, causing the console to turn itself off sometimes. After a year, it would begin to shoot sparks out sometimes. After not much longer, plugging the lead into the X Box plug socket would fill my room with smoke and, by the end, it as almost impossible to turn my X Box on due to the unreliable plug socket. Not good.

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      01.07.2010 18:06
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      A great machine still worth owning.

      Microsoft's Xbox was launched back in 2001, and became a major competitor to Sony's Playstation 2 in the market. Because of large release price for both PS2 and XBOX, for a long while people were often forced to choose between playtation or xbox, and hence the rivalry began.

      So was it better than PS2 or any other console on the market back then? I think both consoles have both their distinct advantages and disadvantages.

      Advantages - Beginning with the console features, there were 4 controller ports built into the front of the console itself, so unlike some other consoles, there was no need to buy a multi-adaptor. Also, the memory cards that were at the time used to save date could be plugged into the controller, which made things all the easier to use. Also some games, but not all can be copied from one xbox to the other. I say not all because some games were "digitally signed" to only work for one xbox, which was slightly annoying. However, Xbox truely became so well known for perhaps one of the most successful games ever to hit the market, that being Halo which was exclusive only to Xbox. I also always believed that Xbox made a much greater hit with online gaming than any other console at the time, this being down to its excellent online interface and community, partly made so successful through the use of its headset.

      Disadvantages - Beginning with the hardware. Xbox was released with one heck of a massive controller. I remember when I was younger having to put a lot of effort to stretch my fingers across the controller's pad, and playing fast-paced games was particularly difficult, although you would eventually get used to it. Microsoft did eventually release a smaller version of the controller which was quite a god send, and was much more comfortable to hold. I suppose you could say that the console itself was quite large and bulky, although sturdy at the same time, and this was nine years ago so nothing too small could really be expected. The Xbox was capable of playing DVDs although you had to purchase the correct gear to do this which was very disappointing.

      A slimmer version of the Xbox was released later on, but I don't remember it being too popular, certainly none of the people I knew owned one.

      You can still pick these up very cheap online second hand, and those who have spent a lot of money building up an xbox catalogue of games and would most likely pick up another one on the cheap. You can also hook up two via an ethernet cable and play some games via LAN which can be great fun, so there are still some great features that this piece of kit had.

      Still worth picking one up if you can.
      Again, a dying console but by no means dead. There are still plenty of games and fun to be had, even if the online community has moved onto to that of its 360 daughter. A machine still worth having if you can find one.

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      20.07.2009 03:58
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      This was a great investment

      Around 2 years ago Argos had a clearance offer available on the x-box console. They gave away 4 free games with the x-box for just £50; obviously due to the introduction of the x-box 360. So, the original microsoft x-box is now an old gen console, is it now rendered useless? Well, personally I would say no.

      For £50 this was a bargain at the time, despite the new gen of consoles storming through Britain's game stores. There is no doubting that the 360 is a major upgrade on this (rather large) gaming box. Everything from graphics to gameplay and the online format has massively improved. At the time of purchase I hadn't bought a new console since my PS1, so needless to say the graphics seemed great to me! I had however, played friends consoles and was fully aware that the x-box was a great console.

      I found the x-box was great entertainment (despite taking up half of my bedroom!) as the graphics were still decent, and I could still purchase great games compatible with the console. I was delighted that you could still go to major game retailers online and pick from a selection of great games, all of which were now cheap! I found myself with about 30 games very quickly, including fantastic entertainment such as FIFA street, fable and the lastest pro evoultion soccer.

      The fan is a little noisy but nothing that is noticable after 10 minutes of intense gameplay. I have now purchased a wii for interactive gaming reasons, however I still use my x-box on occasion. I don't notice the graphics too much either because the wii graphics aren't fantastic to compare too!

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      04.05.2009 13:42
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      Microsoft Xbox Original Console (Xbox)

      I got a Xbox around two weeks ago, when my old one broke. I got it for £18.99 in CEX in Lisburn. When I bought it I got two more games to my Xbox Original collection, I got Tony Hawks Underground two for £2.50 and I got Halo for £1.00! So the games are cheap for the console. I also bought another controller for £3.00.

      In the Box...
      I only got a Cardboard box with the console but in it there was Composite, RCA cables, Ethernet cable, Xbox Original console, Xbox Original Controller and Manuals.

      The Console...
      The Xbox console has four controller ports on the front, A disc tray, Power on/off button, Eject button. On the back of the Xbox Console there is a Ethernet port, Video out port and the Power port. On the top of the console there is a X in black and in the middle there is a logo in a Green circle "Xbox". When you turn on the console you can Play the game, Listen to Music, Go on Xbox Live and Set your settings. There is also Windows Media Centre on the Xbox Original when you connect it to the internet via Ethernet cable. You can connect it to the internet two ways Plug the Ethernet cable into a Laptop or a Computer or Plug the Ethernet cable into the back of a modem.

      Overall
      The game play on the Xbox is the same as Sony's PlayStation 2. The only disadvantage to it is that it doesn't have USB 2.0 ports! But overall the best console out off the PS1 and PS2! The gameplay also is excellent, the graphics are not the best but there good! Overall 4/5 in Old Consoles! It only costs around £15 to £20 too.

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        26.08.2008 20:19

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        The original Microsoft Xbox was Microsoft's first ever videogame console.

        Many people thought that Microsoft was not really a big name in video games, but they proved everybody wrong with this games console.

        If you buy one of these you will get in the box, the Xbox itself, all power leads and video leads, A controller. That is everything you need to get started.
        One thing you will immediately notice once you get your console out of the box is its size. The unit is considerably larger than the PlayStation two and Gamecube. In the centre of your console you get a large Xbox logo. The design is not particularly eye catching, and it is definitely not very elegant.
        It is not good looking, but it is very functional packed with features. You get as standard a hard drive so you do not have to buy memory cards, four controller ports so you can play with all your friends, the DVD drive so you can play movies though only if you have the DVD remote and a built in network adaptor.

        You can get the Xbox in multiple colours, the original black, the transparent crystal, which is by far the best looking console, and halo green.
        There are loads of fun games to purchase on this console in all different styles, Knights of the old Republic is a fantastic role playing game, halo and halo two are brilliant first person shooters, Forza motorsport and Project Gotham racing are fun racing games and the list goes on.

        In addition to the great games library the Xbox offers online play using the service Xbox Live, the machine has a built in network adaptor so all you need is a cable to plug it in to the Internet. Xbox live off you brilliant online gaming using one ID for games you do not need to add your friends on every single game.

        Many of the Xbox games work with the new Microsoft Xbox 360 so it is not really necessary to buy one of these if you have a 360.

        If you do want to buy one you can get a used console for about 30 to 50 pounds.

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        03.02.2008 14:01
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        Cheap as chips nowadays and has a load of games not to be missed!

        Microsoft was not really associated with games but now that has come to be a thing of the past with the launch of their games console the Microsoft Xbox and more recently the Xbox 360.

        In The Box:
        In the box you will get. An Xbox console, power leads, video cables, scart adaptor, instructions and a controller. The controller you get will depend on how old the Xbox you are buying is if you are getting an older Xbox you will get a large control pad if the Xbox is more modern you will get the controller S which was originally designed for the Japanese market.

        Setting it up:
        Setting up the Xbox for the very first time is simple, all you have to do is plug the console into to a standard plug socket, connecting the console to your TV can be done in many ways, using the standard cables all you have to do is plug it into the red white and yellow sockets on the TV, if you are using a scart socket you will need to plug the cables into the scart adaptor then into your TV. When thats done press the small power button and follow the instructions, thats it your ready to go :D

        Design:
        The console itself is huge, you could fit around four of Nintendos Gamecubes into it !! You can get a variety of different colours of Xbox, the standard black, crystal or green. The Xbox is grilled around the edges and in the center of eachg console is a green Xbox logo, on the front of the console there are two buttons, the large transparent button is the eject button which glows green when the console is operational and will glow red or orange if there is a problem. The second button is the silver power button located directly beneath the eject button. Its not much of a looker but its not so ugly you'll want to hide it away in a cupboard.

        Features:
        The console has a vast array of standard features, firstly it has four controller ports which eliminates the need for a multitap for four player action. It also comes equipped with an 8GB hard drive which gets rid of the need for memory cards and can also be used to rip music from your CD collection and play them back to you in games that make use of custom soundtracks. It also has a built in DVD player but it will not play any DVDs until you purchase the remote for it which will set you back £20 (this isnt really a problem as you probably already have a DVD player). Lastly the console comes with a built in ethernet port ready for online gaming (Xbox Live) this service will cost you around £30 a year but is well worth it. Even if you dont like gaming with others you will still be able to download extra content for certain games.

        The Games:
        This is what makes or breaks a console. The Xbox has a strong lineup of exclusive games, like Halo, Far Cry Instincts, Jade Empire, Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic, Forza Motorsport and many more. There arent as many games out as for the PlayStation 2 but there are plenty of fantastic titles to sink your teeth into. Multiplatform games are enhanced by the Xboxs graphical power and the ones that are equipped with Xbox Live are a cut above there PlayStation 2 and Gamecube brothers offering a superior online experience.

        Performance:
        When Microsoft were making the Xbox they certainly designed it to be head and shoulders above the rest, the teamed up with Intel to put in a 733MHZ Pentium 3 processor which is twice the speed of the PlayStation 2. Nvidia provided the graphics chip which is basically a souped up GeForce3 although now dated this is still the most powerful graphics chip in any of the three last gen consoles. The Xbox is also the only console to fully support Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound in every game. For those of you in the PC market the Xbox should sound like very familiar.

        Price:
        The Xbox is really a steal, I got mine for only £89.99 with a game (a while ago and prices have since come down). You should be able to find similar prices from Game and GameStation or an online retailer such as amazon.co.uk or play.com. You may have a hard time finding a new Xbox now as they are out of production, but preowned consoles are readily available from Game and eBay. With the Xbox 360 out you may think an Xbox is not a smart buy but it is, the 360 isnt fully backwards compatible, costs many times as much and hasnt got a huge library of top quality games at low prices to choose from.

        The Verdict:
        I think my Xbox is great and urge anyone who likes or would like to get into games to get themselves one. Its truly a cut above the rest. If you owned a PS2 and/or Gamecube but skipped the Xbox, now is the time to get one. With its library of exclusive titles going for as little as £5 you owe it to yourself to check them out. I own a PS2 and a Gamecube and enjoy them both but the Xbox will provide you with such a rich gaming experience that you'll find it hard to settle with your other consoles. If you have set your sights on an Xbox 360 and still want to play Xbox games dont worry to much as many top games such as Halo are backwards compatible. Dont let the Microsoft badge put you off the Xbox is great. 4/5.

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          21.03.2006 17:25

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          best ever console

          In The Box: In the box you will get. An Xbox console, power leads, video cables, scart adaptor, instructions and a controller. The controller you get will depend on how old the Xbox. There is a huge selection of games. The xbox by far beats the ps2 and I know because I have a ps2 and an xbox. You can put your own music on it and play you music when playing games. You can get it from play.com from £79.99

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          03.02.2006 03:31
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          I love my Xbox! But what you can do on it is F*ck all lol

          Now the Xbox 360 is out! Its like better and better the games are top! And the music list is top!! More pawer is going in to it lol

          I tell you! If you say the xbox is pawerfall, No

          The Xbox 360 is!!! It gets so hot and the gameing is good like anything...

          Xbox 360 is like playing on a pc the games are like pc!
          The cars are like cars lol You can play music from your pc from a netwrok

          Its like 1000 times better then the old xbox but the old xbox is still good.

          If you have not seen or been on the Xbox 360! You will love it i tell you.

          The Ps3 is haveing a battle on the xbox 360!
          You can see it more on here

          http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/games/archives/2005/05/18/

          Its all to do what is more better lol
          I rate the xbox and the new xbox360 a 10

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          15.09.2005 17:23
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          Good console, but wait till xmas for xbox 360!

          As of now the Microsoft Xbox is the most powerful gaming console you can purchase. The graphics are unmatched, the ability to hook to surround sound is leading edge, the built in ethernet port and access to Xbox Live are revolutionary, and there are a huge selection of games.

          The built in hard-drive allows for developers to create more massive worlds, allows you to listen to music that you download to the harddrive, and is a place to download essential extras such as downloadable extras from Xbox Live.

          The built in Ethernet port is made for users to connect to Xbox Live. Xbox Live is the best online console gaming service bar none. A lot of the games are Xbox Live enabled as well.

          If you have a HDTV you can buy the high definition pack from your local electronics store and enjoy crytal clear resolution while playing your favorite game on Xbox. Also, you can hook your Xbox up to your stereo system to enjoy thundering surround sound. These features are unmatched.

          The controllers are just about perfect. The original controllers that were released in the United States were big and bulky. Personally, I didn't have a problem with them, but when MS released the Controller S I began to use those and never turned back to the originals. They should fit perfectly into any person's hand who is old enough to be playing a game system. The cords are almost 9 feet long and have a 'break-away' feature that prevent your Xbox from being toppled over if someone trips on the cords.

          The Xbox itself seems to be built very sturdy. I have not heard of many problems in the 4 years it has been released. The Sony Playstation 2 has been plagued with Disk Drive Errors and in my opinion is built less sturdy than the Xbox. The Xbox weighs 8 pounds and that might be heavy for some younger users, but I think it is just fine seeing that I don't transport it much; that is why I have Xbox Live.

          The initial game selection was pretty bad compared to the PS2. I understood though because it was Microsoft's first jump into console gaming. Eventually, tons of quality games were released and now you can find games from any genre you prefer. If you enjoy racing, sports, and fighting games the Xbox is especially for you. Added to that, you can play most of them on Live.

          Comparing the Xbox to the Playstation 2 is fairly simple since they were made to compete against one another. Xbox has better graphics, better sound capabilities, the internal harddrive is a must these days, the controllers in my opinion are more comfortable, the Live service is superior, and the build quality is better. The build quality is very important to me because I prefer to just buy one of each system; not two or three due to technical failure. The Playstation 2 has a much larger game library due to the fact that the original playstation games can also be played on it. The PS2 is more mainstream, you don't need a remote to view DVDs, and Grand Turismo 4 completely overshadows any racing simulator on Xbox. I state that because Racing is my favorite genre.

          I would recommend Xbox to anyone who loves videogames. Its not just a 'mature gamers' console. There are games for everyone. Also, its not a PC like I have read in other reviews. If anything should be labled a PC Clone it should be the PS2 because it clearly says 'Computer Entertainment...' on the hardware. The next generation of gaming systems will indeed be PC Clones and that is not a problem.

          I give the graphics a 10 because they are the most stunning (at least until the next generation systems). The range of games could be better, but they are good.

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          This console is a great thing, very smart, very smart indeed. It has two different types of itself, there’s a regular black console, and now there is a limited crystal edition, which I own out of the two. I first got the XBOX for my birthday which was on the 29th of May, and I got 5 games, they were Halo, the best game ever, Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex, one of the newest Crash game yet, and I have also wrote a review on it, Hitman Contracts, a sneaky game, where you are able to strip people of their clothes so you can sneak around with ought the guards finding you, Dead Or Alive 3, the one before the newest Dead Or Alive, fulfilled with new characters and all sorts of stuff, Sonic Heroes, the newest and most detailed Sonic game around, does not beat the regular ones though.

          Then later that day with my friend, he came round that day to celebrate my birthday with me, I bought two new games which were, Dead Or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, which is a volleyball game with only the ladies from Dead Or Alive, including a new one called Lisa, and I also got XIII, which is a 1st person shooter, which is also on the Playstation 2 and PC. The a couple of days later I got a game called Freedom Fighters, you might of heared of this, it is about these rebel people, teaming up to stop the Soviets taking over the world.

          The Crystal XBOX that I got came with two controllers, which were also crystal. You are able to get a maximum of 4 controllers, as there are 4 slots on the console, like the Dreamcast and Game Cube. In the back of the controllers there are two slots, which are for additional memory cards, and maybe expansion packs in the future, if they come out, or even made. The memory of the machine has over 50,000 blocks; yes I do mean over 50,000 blocks that is a lot, only because it has a memory facility inbuilt to it. To Install the XBOX is simple, there are 3 wires, that can be plugged into the front of you TV, or placed into a scart, and socket it in the side or back of the TV, depending where your scart sockets are.

          The sound of the XBOX is very load, the console hums higher then the TV’s volume sometimes, only because it has a lot of things to do, it has a processor, that is massive, it has to concentrate on making the game graphics as good as they can, make sure it don’t have any jolts and other things. You have an XBOX menu at the beginning, before you put in your game, you can change your settings and other things. When you first install your XBOX, you have to put in the date, the time and what else it asks you for.

          The smoothness of the XBOX console is hard to say, it is much better then the Playstation 2, and Game Cube, even though the smoothness of the Game Cube, it still is not as good as the XBOX. XBOX cannot be improved with our technology at the moment that much, even though its been out since 2001 - 2002. There are loads of features to this XBOX, you have the choice of what colour, the black or limited edition crystal. You are able to play music using the XBOX, and there is this feature called XBOX Live, which allows you to play certain games with this capability with your friends over the internet. You can play XIII, and Halo, that I know of, there are some more, but they are the only ones that I know as I own them.

          The Instruction Manual was very useful to me, even though you don’t really need it to Install the XBOX, its simple enough, as I told you how to above in the review. The Instruction Manual also has other Information about XBOX live, and how to use the features on the XBOX. The XBOX is very easy to use, you only have 2 buttons, there is and eject button, which ejects the CD drive, so you can put in a game, and take out a game. The there is the on and off switch, which is directly below the eject switch, pretty simple if you ask me. You can get good manufacter support, on the back of the manual there are web links to help you, and probably also phone numbers to their office, if you need any help, or something wrong.

          Some other uses of the XBOX if you get bored:

          1) You can use it as a Skateboard, attaché some wheels to it, and there you go.

          2) Use it as a door stop, if you are having trouble keeping your door open, just place your XBOX there, it will stay open, and make your dreams come true.

          3) A brick, you can use it to break into you near by jewellery store, or fancy cars.

          CAUTION - Don’t take these ideas seriously, these are other things that I thought that could work, I repeat don’t take these ideas seriously, these are other things that I thought that could work!

          The Opinion I will give on this console, I love this console, and it has brought me happiness since I have had it since my birthday. I have enjoyed all the games I’ve got, and I have written reviews on some of them, and they are Very Helpful, as the game was to me. The value of money, it is well worth it, I saved around £10 from www.game.net, they do good deals, Game is my friend, and so is Game station, as that is where I get my games from, at low low prices.

          The price of the XBOX now is around £100 - £160, depending if you want games with is, or also depending where you got it from, I got mine from www.game.net, which was a nice price for the XBOX Crystal. The Playstation 2 nowadays is around £100 - £130, on its own that is, but the Game Cube is very cheap now, it is around £80 - £120, now that is cheap for a good console. I also own all of these consoles. The XBOX price is worth it, even though it might be on the dear side, but I think it is worth it, with all the decent games you can get for it, like Halo, Jet Set Radio Future, which I might be purchasing within the future. I give this XBOX a 4 star, for all its goodness it gave to me...

          I hope this review has helped you, there are a few down points like it is really noisy, but you get to put up with it after a while, it is easy to tone out. If you need anymore information on this, just leave me a message in my Guest Book, or leave me a comment, and Ill be glad to give you an answer or update my review, just tell me what I need to add.

          Thanks For Reading!

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            Well the X-Box what can I say about the X-Box, well a few months ago if you'd have asked me what I though i would have said, well they good, yeah more powerful than the rest, but in terms of titles, you cant' beat the PS2. I have always been a PS man, it alwasy had the strongest base of title not only in numbers in terms of the sheer quality, there were loads of quality titles not just a few really good ones, which was what the X-Box had, it had Halo, it had Splinter Cell, but it didn't have a massivelty huge list hat went on and on, like the PS2, it had everything, games for the kids, games for adults, games for everyone. But for some reason, a few months ago the list of up and coming PS2 games seemed to be nowhere, where are the great PS2 games, whats happened. Well it all started when I read about a certain little game named Project Ego (now known as Fable) which was announced as a near infinite RPG where you actions in he game have a reaction to your characters appearance, the world around you and how the NPC'S see you, so mmmmm thats sounds nice, i monitered this game closely thinking to myself i will eventually buy an X-BOX, buy it got delayed and delayed. Finally this year its confirmed its nearly done and it will be out around October ish, near the end of the year anyway. So i was delighted thats me getting an X-Box, but it wasn't only that game. Doom 3 is another must have game that i thought well yes i need an X-Box, i am a gamer, not just someone who likes games, i am a true gamer i need the latest edition of what was the greatest and still is one of the most important games ever, Doom. So its loking good for the X-Box. Buts its not only those games that made me splash out the cash, lets look at the facts, this console is more powerful than Gamecube and PS2. It has a massive 8Gb hard drive, no more memory cards, no extra cash to save you games, its there and you won't fill it in a month of sundays. There
            s the ability to rip tracks from cd's onto your hard drive, so you can have your own soundtrack that you can just load up like that, and with certain games you can load these songs into the game, if you dn't like the games crummy music and it has the custom soundtrack feature, get them on there, frag away to your fave tunes. And its all nicely done, its a very simple system, the menu's are excellent everthing fantastically layed out for you to see, Memory, Music and so on its all simple and you wn't get lost when navigating the consoles main menu. Pop a disc in your games away. The loading times on some games are immense to, the first time i put my PS2 on after playing on the X-Box it was like waiting for Gauntlet on an old Amstrad, it seemed like ages before i finally got to get playing. Then there online, well Sony seemed to take ages with there online it was a case of oh well you'll have to pay more and buy things seperately and oh yes you'll have to wait a while. X-Box came online compatible you only broadband, you didn't have to buy the network adapter and the hard drive, its in there it comes in the box and its all at a standard decent console price. The actuall content and compatability of Live is fantastic to, its a great system that has been well planed and seriously thought about. In terms of functionality it great it sets the standards of what online console gaming should be. There downloadables for a hell of alot of game, extra levels, extra characters, more weapons, and so on. Obviously there the ability to play people, like huge games of Fifa, or Halo or whatever, but you can communicate with them to via the X-Box live communicator set, so whilst your playing a FPS or whatever online you can slag off friends and foes, talk and swap tips, help each other, command people around, or just be silly i suppose its up to you. Have a little chat and blow them away its all good fun. Thats a brief run down of tha
            t fact that this is the best console in terms of power, ok so its got power but has it got the title and the developer to boot. Well it never used to, it spawned a few good title in its early years and now its coming to the time when PS3 and X-Box 2 are likely to come out, but this year has got to be the X-Box finest years or at least it should be. With a pretty decent title list, that will suit most gamers the X-Box is a great choice, its got excellent racing games, Project Gotham, Colin Macrae, Need for Speed Underground. Its got excellent FPS's. Halo, Duex Ex, Timesplitters. Its definately has a game for you in some category. But like i say its his year that for me counts for the X-Box, with the releases of titles like Doom 3, Fable, Halo 2, Chronicles of Riddick (one to watch, not hyped much but has the potential to be a stunner), Band of Brothers, Half Life 2, the list goes on. But for me one crowning gem, jewel, nail in the crown/coffin, is the daddy of all games for your average joe, or at least any normal boy who loves to kick a piece of leather around the grass, you know what i mean, i mean football, and im not talking about FIFA, its got presentation its got style, but to me its too easy, its just not cricketm, or football for that matter its a rubbish game that doesn't capture the true essence of football. Real gamers and real football fans know what im talking about, PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER, ok its slow at first you can't pick it up and score 7 goals like that, like youi can in fifa, you have to master the game and learn it. This game is the greatest sports game of all time, its the most realistic representaion for me of any sport and its the greatest multiplayer game of all time, its always been a PS2 exclusive, it was the gem in Sony's crown, now its coming to X-Box and i think it may have a few extra feature up its sleeve, now for me PRO EVO is an excuse to just pay money for a console its that good, you ask anyone whos'
            s a serious gamer and a fan of sports gam es, PRO EVO ROCKS and its coming to X-Box, hey a little rhyme. But thats just it, the year 2004 alone for me has seen the X-Box come of age in terms of quality titles and number of titles, it seems like im not reading about mega PS2 games it seems like all the game that will define gaming in the years to come are going to hit X-Box, the only game that i think is going to be a game that i will purchase for my PS2 will probably be GTA San Andreas, but i could just wait a few months and buy it on the X-Box, theres a few other but its no where near as goliath as the X-Box list of titles. Thats just it too games that are multi format are always better on the X-BOX, its more powerful the graphics will be better the content will probably be better, the online support is likely to be better. Everything about the game is most likely to be better. One game i must mention to is Ninja Gaiden, if you have played this game you will smile, its good isn't it, fantastic graphics, fast action, brilliant all round, a joy to play, buts it a bugger to master. This game is a X-Box exclusive, its a action adventure beat em up if you like, you play a guy names Ryu Hyabusa (i think thats the right spelling) and if anyones played Dead or Alive, its the ninja dude from those games, and there was the old NES Ninja Gaiden games which are in this new version as unlockables. Anyway this game is one of the greatest action adventure games ever, its got big bad bosses, its got exploration its got some great weapons, but this game is hard. Ive finished it after a bloody long and hard slog of being knocked down and getting to poitns where i felt like crying (not literally, pulling my hair out maybe) or throwing the joypad through the telly. I even dared to start it again on hard, which im doing pretty well, having played it on hard its so easy on normal, yet it still challenges even the most hardcore of gamers. Now you may think well
            why am i going on about this games its just a hard adventrue but thats it to master this game is for me to master gaming all together, this is prossible one of the most hardest demanding games ever and I love it. Its the only game to get me seriously angry and annoyed to the point where i fell like sacking gaming of all together and I love it for this, the sheer joy when you finally get passed a bit your stuck on for ages its great, its a massive relief. And oh yeah it doesn't have an easy setting. Its tricky on normal, its hard on hard, and i don't even want to think about very hard until I have finished it on hard if i ever do. This game sorts the gaming men from mice. Its games that matter on a console, and it used to be that the X-Box was a great console that just didn't have the titles to take it were it should be, but now its getting better and better by the day and its certainly for me is the best console, i never thought id say that a few months ago but there i did, X-BOX is the best, it is i can't say anything else its the greatest. If your a true gamer you need an X-Box. For me i specifically bought my X-Box i supposed thanx to Peter Molenuex and his masterpiece Fable, as it does look like its going to be the great RPG ever made. Its X-BOX only and its shaping to be for me the greatest game ever or at least one of the most ambitious, as its either going to be amazingly good or amazingly stink and just over hyped, but i think its the earlier of the 2 for that game. X-Box is definately the greatest gaming platform of the current moment, and until X-Box 2 or PS3 hit the scene then it still will be. Its a fantastic console that any serious gamer should really own, its got classic games that retail at £20 like PS2, it come with a hard drive so theres no need to buy memory cards at like £20-£30 a go. Theres some amzingly exclusive games coming too and already on X-Box. Microsoft have made the best console of the time
            an it comes in some good colours, i bought the limited edition crystal one, which is clear plastic so you can see all the bits and pieces, its weird at first but i like it. There also the classic black, then theres a translusant green which might look nice. Unlike the PS2 limited edition silver ones too, the colours on the special X-Box are actually coloured plastic not painted, as i have a silver PS2 limited edition and the paint on the joypads has wore off from too much Pro Evolution Soccer 3. LOL. X-Box = X-cellent Box 10/10

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              Alright children! Continuing with our narration of customer service by excellence, here is the next company to join the hall of shame: Microsoft. I have acquired a Microsoft X-Box on the 24 of March 2004 - This is, one week after the official release in the UK. I must say that to play on X-Box live is quite a fun thing to do, and I have been doing so for the past two years. In fact, I was one of the X-Box live early adopters that start using the service prior to its release in 2003. I was quite satisfied with the console, until I received a very annoying email yesterday afternoon: You're receiving this e-mail because your Xbox Live? Gamertag is almost identical to another subscriber's Gamertag. To make sure all your stats, hits, tackles and wins are counted; we'd need you to create a new Gamertag. Within the next 10 days, you will be prompted to change your Gamertag when you go to your dash. Simply follow the directions to change your Gamertag and you will be up and running again in no time ready to play. And as a show of appreciation for making the switch, we'll send you a free copy of Project Gotham Racing® 2. You must call 0800 587 1102 before 31 July 2004 to receive your free copy. Let them know that you received this e-mail about changing your Gamertag and they will take care of the rest. We apologise for the inconvenience-but with your new Gamertag, the other 1 million players worldwide will have no problem finding you on your Friends List. Happy Gaming The Xbox Live Team Well, here is a newsflash: all my friends can actually find myself because of my current gamertag. I've been using this tag since the Counterstrike revolution, and many friends and gamers managed to "find" myself because of my gamertag. Ok, for this hassle I would get a copy of Project Gotham Racing 2. Wow! That would be nice, if I didn't had this game already!
              So I spoke with a X-Box support representative called Mark, and he explained that this is something that I would have to submit myself into. Well, this is not enough justification for me. Why me? And what if someone else have a similar gamertag? I don't care! People can find me and I am sure the other guy's friends can find him. What a bunch of totalitarianism nonsense. Ok, I'm not the only one going to be affected by this - fine. But I am sure I am not the only one going to be pi*s*d off by this as well! So, here are the offers: I either get Project Gotham Racing 2 (which I already have), Amped 2 (which I already have), or Brute Force (which I hate). I told Mark that I already have these two games, and that I am not interested in Brute Force, therefore I am only loosing in this deal. So, since I will have to loose my dear gamertag, I asked mark if I could at least get another game that I don't have, and I told him that I would accept Rally Sport Challenge 2. The answer that I got (from Mike's supervisors) was a bold and snooty "NO" with the bonus catchphrase: "If you want to cancel your subscription, then that's fine". Well done, Microsoft! What an excellence in customer service! Being involved in customer service for the past two an a half years (curiously, working for Microsoft partners) I could say that I have seen people getting shafted by such haughty attitude. Well, it seems that the only person shafted here was me. But guess out, I am out of the X-Box live service, and I will make sure to post this message in every single X-Box forum that I find around.

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                I would recommend the Xbox because it is one of the best consoles out today. It was a bit pricey when it came out at first, but I still bought it for £300 and got a Thank You package a month after because of the price drop to £200. I received a £115 worth of accessories two games and a pad. Nowadays it is cheaper than the PS2 at £129.99and the PS2 is £139.99. I know you have a buy a DVD remote for the Xbox but you have buy a multi-tap for the PS2 which the Xbox has four controller built in. You don’t have to buy any memory card to save information because there is a hard drive in the Xbox. Which can also copy music CDs to so you can listen to your favourite songs while play a game. With the newer version you can play and copy CD-R audio disk onto your Xbox and Play Copied DVD-R movies. The Xbox is also got a broadband modem that enables you to link up Xbox’s together to play multiplayer games, like Halo that is The best First person shooter for single player, cooperative and multiplayer games. My brother and me usually get some of my pals round to play a game of Halo four against four it is great fun. The Xbox might not have as many games as the PS2 but that is just because The PS2 has been out longer, the graphic of the game on the Xbox are clearer. With game that have been brought out for Xbox itself or remade for it like GTA 3 & Vice City are far better than PS2 version. With GTA on Xbox you can play for own music while driving about the street. I would recommend this console to any one that is a serious game player, and if you have broadband you can just plug it in and play online Together.

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                Bring gaming to life in your living room with the Xbox Video Game System, the essential center-piece to any home entertainment set up. Beneath the cool, tough exterior is a system capable of powering the very best single and multiplayer gaming experiences available today.

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