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Xbox is the first console from Microsoft and the 6th generation gaming platform. It was released on November 15th, 2001 in North America and on March 14th, 2002 in Europe. It didn’t achieve great sales – especially in comparison to its biggest rival, PlayStation 2 – but it was successful enough to let Microsoft prepare another console (Xbox 360) and use it to conquer a large portion of the market between 2005 and 2006.

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Deus Ex: Invisible War (XBOX)
Deus Ex: Invisible War (XBOX)

RPG 02 December 2003

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Half-Life 2 (XBOX)
Half-Life 2 (XBOX)

Action 15 November 2005

A sequel to the Valve Software's best-selling game that set new standards for the FPS genre back in 1998. Half-Life 2 is set several years after the events of the first game. Once again, the player assumes the role of Gordon Freeman – a doctor of physics who used to work in Black Mesa Labs, where an unfortunate incident opened a portal for alien life forms to invade the Earth. This time, the story takes us into a fictional City 17 and its immediate vicinity. The protagonist now works for a secret government organization. His mission is to repel the invaders from another dimension, in which he is aided by Alyx Vance – a young women fighting as a part of human resistance. The sequel introduces a technological revolution, employing the Valve’s proprietary game engine called Source. Its main advantage is excellent physics simulation, letting players destroy almost any element of environment and use various objects as covers or even weapons.

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Doom 3 (XBOX)
Doom 3 (XBOX)

Action 03 April 2005

The third installment of the legendary FPS series by id Software which set new standards in the genre’s development back in the mid-90s. The action takes place in a secret research facility of the UAC corporation on Mars, where the protagonist, an ex-marine whom we control, begins his service. Shortly thereafter, strange things begin to happen: the lab comes under attack, the communications with the HQ are severed, and the people we encounter turn into bloodthirsty monsters. It turns out that a space-time portal was opened as a result of an experiment, which led to a demon incursion that we have to repel. Compared to its predecessors from the past decade, Doom 3 offers not only fast-paced and incredibly bloody action but also quite extensive plot as well as a number of horror elements. The game also features high-quality graphics.

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Armed & Dangerous (XBOX)
Armed & Dangerous (XBOX)

Action 02 December 2003

Another project of Planet Moon Studios employees, creators of an extraordinary game Giants: Citizen Kabuto. It is a position combining a lot of dynamic action with strategic elements, realized in full three-dimensional graphic design.

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (XBOX)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (XBOX)

Adventure 12 November 2003

An action adventure game which is a remake of the 1989's Prince of Persia, one of the most popular platformers of all time, originally developed Broberbund Software. The game was created by Ubisoft Motreal and Jordan Mechner – the father of the original game, who worked on The Sands of Time as consultant and lead designer. The game tells a story of the eponymous Prince who accidentally releases the legendary Sands of Time, a mystical artifact that poses a terrible threat to the world. With the help of the beautiful princess Farah, the protagonist has to make up for his mistake and bring back order to his land by facing various creatures and dangers. Gameplay of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is seen from the third-person perspective and features fully 3D graphics. During the course of the game, the hero makes use of the supernatural power to control the time. The creators emphasize their effort to recreate the characteristic elements of the original title, like realistic animations and combat system.

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Syberia II (XBOX)
Syberia II (XBOX)

Adventure 29 March 2004

A sequel to the excellent adventure game created by Benoit Sokal and studio Microids. Syberia II continues the plot of the first installment - it presents the further adventures of Kate Walker, an American lawyer. Her intention of finalizing a contract led her to the adventure of her life. The game starts in the same place where the first Syberia ended – in the Russian city Romansburg. This time Kate decides to follow the trail of Hans Voralberg, the heir to an automaton factory, for her own reasons. The woman joins Hans and she helps him discover the mystery of the last living Mammoths. The greatest change in comparison to the first game lies in the quality of the graphics and the increase of the gameplay dynamics. Many new graphic effects were added, including dynamic shadows and an animated snow. Syberia II takes place in completely new locations that are much more different from each other than previously. During her adventures Kate will visit, among other places, the North-West passage and the village of the Youkol people.

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Halo: Combat Evolved (XBOX)
Halo: Combat Evolved (XBOX)

Action 15 November 2001

Halo: Combat Evolved is a futuristic FPP/TPP shooter that was a launch title of the Xbox console and became Microsoft's first system seller. It was developed by Bungie Software, a studio previously known for the Myth series. The game tells the story of a conflict between humans and aliens that are bent on annihilating our kind. We play as a genetically modified soldier and a member of an elite military unit that was established in order to defeat the alien threat. We will visit many various areas, like forests, swamps, meadows, and alien bases. Halo: Combat Evolved uses an advanced game engine with realistic physic that allows us to use all elements of the game's environment as covers. The game comes with a multiplayer mode that can be played online or on split-screen.

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The Sims 2 (XBOX)
The Sims 2 (XBOX)

Simulation 24 October 2005

A sequel to the bestselling human life simulation game – The Sims (2000). The Sims 2 was developed by Maxis Studio (SimCity, EA Land, and others) in cooperation with the Electronic Arts company. Players again take care of virtual characters leading them through their entire lives – from early childhood till elderly age. The main goal is to achieve as high Life Score as possible, which stands for how well a sim leads his/her life. When compared with its predecessor, The Sims 2 offers much more complex character creator and a wider array of available objects. A new, more efficient game engine allowed for presenting the life of the sims in fully 3D graphics.

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Black (XBOX)
Black (XBOX)

Action 24 February 2006

The Black story takes you to Eastern Europe, where as one of the members of a special strike group you are fighting terrorism. You have at your disposal a standard arsenal, known from FPS games, with the difference that this time it has been truly "pampered".

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KAO the Kangaroo: Round 2 (XBOX)
KAO the Kangaroo: Round 2 (XBOX)

Adventure 15 April 2005

A continuation of a three-dimensional platformer developed by the Polish studio Tate Multimedia (previously known as X-Ray Interactive). Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 returns to the titular hero, who once again embarks on a demanding journey all around the world to save hundreds of animals that have been abducted by an evil poacher and his band of thugs. The game sees us travel through 20 varied levels in five different worlds filled with difficult obstacles as well as numerous vehicles and objects. Moreover, our hero has to face over 30 types of opponents that can be dealt with seven different weapons, including a tail slash or a boomerang. Fortunately, Kao is supported by other animals, including a pelican or a whale. As always, the levels are full of different collectibles and hidden bonus sections.

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Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy (XBOX)
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy (XBOX)

Action 10 November 2003

Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is an action adventure game that takes us to the mythical version of ancient Egypt. During the game, we play as two eponymous characters who try to thwart the plans of the evil god Seth. To this end, they travel through different levels and face problems each in their own way; while Sphinx is an able fighter, Mummy prefers stealth. The game is also enriched by numerous environmental riddles.

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Fatal Frame (XBOX)
Fatal Frame (XBOX)

Adventure 22 November 2002

The first part of the famous series of horrors. The player takes on the role of a young girl who finds herself in a ghosted estate. "Fatal Frame" is distinguished by the unusual course of fights with the use of a camera.

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Serious Sam (XBOX)
Serious Sam (XBOX)

Action 10 November 2002

Console version of one of the most crazy PeCet shooters. We play the title character Sam and set off to fight against a mighty being known as Tah-Um. The game also has an extensive multiplayer.

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Commandos 2: Men of Courage (XBOX)
Commandos 2: Men of Courage (XBOX)

Strategy 13 September 2002

The sequel of the popular turn-based tactics game from 1998, developed by Spanish Pyro Studios. In Commandos 2: Men of Courage we take over a squad of well-trained commandos, sent to complete various missions behind enemy lines. The group now consists of a green beret, a sapper, a spy, a driver, a sniper, and a diver, with occasional appearances of Natasha, a seductress, and Whiskey, a dog, which is a completely new addition to the series. Each of the characters has his own set of skills, which are often indispensable for the mission to end with victory. The game contains 10 complex levels taking place all around the world, and divided into a number of smaller segments. Our commandos can now move around interiors (including a submarine), and have new skills and movement options. The game is powered by an improved graphical engine that offers various zoom levels, and four different camera shots (every 90 degrees).

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Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War (XBOX)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War (XBOX)

Action 27 May 2003

A first-person shooter belonging to one of the most popular game franchises ever created. The player witnesses an alternative course of the Second World War, in which Hitler struggles to create an army of undead super soldiers. The player is put in the shoes of B.J. Blazkowicz - an American commando, whose task is to eliminate the source of the threat located in the titular Castle Wolfenstein. Similar to PlayStation 2, the Xbox console received its own edition of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, which has been enriched with an additional assignment that takes place in Africa - it is the prologue that familiarizes the player with the events that took place before the protagonist got captured by the Nazis. In terms of the mechanics, the game is a robust shooter featuring stealth and action elements. Blazkowicz is able to perfectly handle various firearms used during the World War II as well as futuristic weapons. The protagonist encounters various enemies; among them, one can find regular enemy soldiers, mutants, skeletons or zombies for instance. The multiplayer mode for up to 16 players gathered via Xbox Live is an additional feature the game comes with.

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Halo 2 (XBOX)
Halo 2 (XBOX)

Action 08 November 2004

A sequel to bestselling shooter franchise from Bungie Software, which debuted 2001 as one of the launching titles of the Xbox console. We meet old friends from the first Halo, such as Master Chief or Cortana, who now try to protect the cradle of humanity against the assault of aggressive Covenant forces. The game reuses the best features of its predecessor while taking players to a completely new environment, filled with even more interesting and complex locations. The arsenal has been expanded along with list of available vehicles, and the capabilities of enemy artificial intelligence have been significantly improved. Also, the second Halo introduces environmental destruction, resulting in an even more realistic world and forcing players to use various tactics. Multiplayer options have been expanded with the addition of new game modes.

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Playboy: The Mansion (XBOX)
Playboy: The Mansion (XBOX)

Strategy 25 January 2005

The first large-scale game was commissioned by Playboy Enterprises, Inc., the publisher of probably the most famous men's magazine, which decided to expand its offer and enter the video games market with it as well.

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Silent Hill 4: The Room (XBOX)
Silent Hill 4: The Room (XBOX)

Adventure 07 September 2004

The next installment of the extremely popular horror action adventure game, coming from the Konami concern. Traditionally, this title is intended only for people with strong nerves.

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Tony Hawk's Underground (XBOX)
Tony Hawk's Underground (XBOX)

Sports 27 October 2003

The star of the board named Tony Hawk gives you the opportunity to show off. Take his place or simply become more famous than the master himself.

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Sid Meier's Pirates! (XBOX)
Sid Meier's Pirates! (XBOX)

Adventure 11 July 2005

Sid Meier’s pirates! is a new version of the classic from the 80s. Similarly to the original version, it is a mix of features of action games, adventure games and cRPGs. The game takes place during the age of the pirates in the Caribbean.

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Painkiller: Hell Wars (XBOX)
Painkiller: Hell Wars (XBOX)

Action 25 July 2006

A fast-paced first-person shooter developed by Polish studio People Can Fly. In Painkiller the player assumes the role of Daniel Garner, who upon dying has been assigned to stop the armies of hell led by Lucifer himself. The story told in the game is linear and the campaign is split into five chapters, each one consisting of several levels. The gameplay is based on fighting hordes of enemies – all sorts of creatures coming straight from hell as well as even more powerful bosses. Fortunately, the protagonist is far from being defenseless against those enemies – in combat he uses a vast arsenal of creative weapons, starting with classic shotguns and rocket launchers to the famous Stakegun or the so-called Shuriken-do Gun. Painkiller is characterized by high-quality graphics and realistic physics simulated by Havok 2.

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Still Life (XBOX)
Still Life (XBOX)

Adventure 03 June 2005

A classic adventure game produced by Microids, which is responsible for the creation of the "Siberia" series. "Still Life" presents a script that could be successfully used to produce a classic action film.

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Scarface: The World is Yours (XBOX)
Scarface: The World is Yours (XBOX)

Action 06 October 2006

A dynamic action game/TPP, directed decisively to older players, whose plot loosely refers to the 1983 film Scarface (Man with a Scarf), directed by Brian de Palma and with a great Al Pacino in the lead role.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (XBOX)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (XBOX)

Action 08 November 2005

Another virtual adaptation based on a book belonging to the series written by J.K. Rowling. The series revolves around the adventures of Harry Potter and his two friends: Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

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Neighbours from Hell (XBOX)
Neighbours from Hell (XBOX)

Logic 01 November 2004

A very humorous strategy game with adventure game features. In Neighbours from Hell the player is tasked with making the life of his neighbors as miserable as possible. The player assumes the role of a participant of a reality show who is tasked with presenting the toxic relations between the inhabitants of a single block of flats to wider audience. The action is shown from the side perspective and the game consists of fourteen scenarios of different difficulties and types of tasks to complete. Not only must the player set various traps and pull sophisticated pranks on his neighbors (for example by breaking household items), but he must watch for dangers as well. Some flats are guarded by dogs that make completing the task harder. During the game the player is constantly forced to improvise and discover unknown properties of seemingly useless items. The humorous tone of the game is highlighted by nice, cartoonish graphics and a catchy soundtrack. The game uses a simple, intuitive interface.

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Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb (XBOX)
Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb (XBOX)

Adventure 24 February 2003

Action adventure game with a third person perspective. The player becomes a heroic archaeologist and this time he has to find a powerful ancient artifact, a black pearl called the Dragon's Heart.

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