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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi All. I bought my daughter a laptop at Best Buy, and by turning over her college e-mail address, we got a free 360.

I'm not a hardcore gamer by any means. I've been enjoying the following games on my Wii:
Zelda (especially Skyward Sword)
Metroid series
Mario (of course!)

Are there any similar games for the Xbox?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 22
1.Darksiders
2. Kameo
3. Banjo Kazooie
4 Prince of Persia
5. Fable Series (1-3)

All of them except for kameo and Banjo are a little more intense than Wii games. But not by much. And I believe you will like them all. Especially Darksiders. That one is "The Adventures of Link" with balls! POP & Forgotten Sands are both good games. But I liked POP better. Even "The Simpson's" game was surprisingly fun. If you like Homer and the gang.
Edited by barrelbelly - 8/13/12 at 8:13am
post #3 of 22
Definitely go with Darksiders.

Also:
Spelunky HD and Shadow Complex on Live Arcade.
Batman Arkham Asylum & Arkham City
Dead Space 1 & 2
post #4 of 22
Darksiders I keeps getting compared to Zelda and is cheap now so probably get it, and if you like it then I guess pick up 2 which comes out this week. I just finished 1 and thought it was a pretty good game.

People compare Master Cheif to the Metroid lady...but that may just be a "character in armor" thing but for a single player shooter that I would not consider too hard core you could try the Halo series. (its one of the most popular online games for 360 but has a decent single player.

I personally like the Gears of War series but its not much like anything you described. You might like Enslaved, which you can get cheap now thats got a lot of platformer elements.

If you want to try new things and just wander around a fantasy world you can try Skyrim or if you like Westerns then Red Dead Redemption.

I liked the two Overloard games too which I think is like a another nintendo game whos name I cannot remember.
post #5 of 22
if you want a metroid/castlevania style game, the new upcoming Dust: An Elysian Tail is looking amazing! some reviewers are bleeding out details on it even though the review curtain hasn't been lifted yet on it.


the super amazing thing is this game was completely done by 1 guy (well, he did have help from a guy to do the audio). he wasn't even a programmer by trade but had to learn to make his dream come true. kind of puts to shame much larger teams or other indie efforts like Fez.


another game in a similar vein is Hard Corps Uprising:

Edited by onlysublime - 8/15/12 at 4:11pm
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I think I'll start w/ Halo 3. It's a good price, was designed for the 360, and has good reviews, including one on Amazon from a guy who is game-challenged like me (and I'm much older than he is!).
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by dougotte View Post

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I think I'll start w/ Halo 3. It's a good price, was designed for the 360, and has good reviews, including one on Amazon from a guy who is game-challenged like me (and I'm much older than he is!).

Halo 3 is a great game but do yourself a favor and start with the original Halo. The next games (aside from Reach) build the story. I think you might be a little lost if you start with 3.
post #8 of 22
yeah, you really should do the Halo games in sequence. starting with Halo 3, you'll really be confused. And Halo 3 was probably my second least liked (Halo 3: ODST was the worst). do the stories in order, especially with Halo 4 coming out soon.

if you want to go chronological, you can do Halo Reach, then Halo Anniversary, then Halo 2, then Halo 3, then Halo 4.

if you want to go by release, Halo Anniversary, 2, 3, then Halo Reach which is the prequel to Halo Anniversary.
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by dougotte View Post

Hi All. I bought my daughter a laptop at Best Buy, and by turning over her college e-mail address, we got a free 360.
I'm not a hardcore gamer by any means. I've been enjoying the following games on my Wii:
Zelda (especially Skyward Sword)
Metroid series
Mario (of course!)
Are there any similar games for the Xbox?
Thanks in advance.
You may have some luck with XBLA titles. There are a lot of 2D and adventure-y and retro titles that would fit the bill perfectly, and they're much cheaper (and shorter) than most full retail releases.

As someone who is also a huge fan of those Nintendo franchises, I'd strongly suggest:

Fez -- an incredibly well designed Zelda-style adventure game (2D/3D)
Outland -- a 2D metroid-style adventure game
Limbo -- a 2D adventure/puzzle game
Bastion -- an isometric 2D Zelda-like adventure game
Braid -- a Mario-style 2D platformer with some devilish puzzles
Shadow Complex -- a 2D metroid-style adventure game
Minecraft -- tough to describe unless you've played it (3D open world adventure game?)
Super Meat Boy -- tough, but fun Mario-style 2D platformer
Trials Evolution -- cross between 2D Mario games and classic 2D Excitebike

That should be more than enough to get started. Most are very well reviewed and come widely recommended. And they'll feel familiar if you're more used to Nintendo's franchises. They also all have pretty straightforward control mechanics. Great places to start. And welcome!
post #10 of 22
SSX.........best and most addicting game I have played. With the newly added REAL multiplayer mode so you can race/trick in real time with friends/strangers, this game just went to another level. I pick up and play some of the big name games usually during the course of a year (like you, I am not a hard core gamer in general), but for me the interest only lasts so long........been playing SSX non stop since it was released over 5 MONTHS ago and there is no sign of stopping is site, especially now that we have true multiplayer. I can honestly say it is the best game overall that I have ever played in my 37 years.

I will say the game does take a bit of time to really get comfortable with as far as the physics and controls, but it is a rewarding process as you can see and feel yourself getting better. Also while the game relies heavily on competition, you dont have to play that way and can just ride and enjoy the mountains at your leisure, especially with the inclusion of "FREERIDE" which was just released last week with the multiplayer.

Try it out at some point and hit me up on Xbox if you do. I can also point you in the direction of LOTS of good general gameplay tips and pointers if you (or anyone else) are interested. smile.gif

XBL ID: KING TOE
Edited by Toe - 8/14/12 at 5:38am
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by confidenceman View Post

You may have some luck with XBLA titles. There are a lot of 2D and adventure-y and retro titles that would fit the bill perfectly, and they're much cheaper (and shorter) than most full retail releases.
As someone who is also a huge fan of those Nintendo franchises, I'd strongly suggest:
Fez -- an incredibly well designed Zelda-style adventure game (2D/3D)
Outland -- a 2D metroid-style adventure game
Limbo -- a 2D adventure/puzzle game
Bastion -- an isometric 2D Zelda-like adventure game
Braid -- a Mario-style 2D platformer with some devilish puzzles
Shadow Complex -- a 2D metroid-style adventure game
Minecraft -- tough to describe unless you've played it (3D open world adventure game?)
Super Meat Boy -- tough, but fun Mario-style 2D platformer
Trials Evolution -- cross between 2D Mario games and classic 2D Excitebike
That should be more than enough to get started. Most are very well reviewed and come widely recommended. And they'll feel familiar if you're more used to Nintendo's franchises. They also all have pretty straightforward control mechanics. Great places to start. And welcome!

Thanks again for the kind suggestions, everyone. I'll start w/ the first Halo.

I couldn't find the above titles on Amazon. Maybe they're available only as downloads from Xbox Live?
post #12 of 22
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I couldn't find the above titles on Amazon. Maybe they're available only as downloads from Xbox Live?

They are. On your Xbox you can go to the Game Marketplace and look them up. Can read what they're about, see the general rating they've gotten from players, and look at the picture galleries for it to get an idea of how it looks. Can download free trailers/demos for some of them as well. There are also a lot of free demo's for trying out different games in the marketplace. Would be a good place to start looking to test out what you might like.
post #13 of 22
pretty much every XBLA title here has been well reviewed. you really can't go wrong. plus, with XBLA, you can demo any of the titles before buying it.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by dougotte View Post

Thanks again for the kind suggestions, everyone. I'll start w/ the first Halo.
I couldn't find the above titles on Amazon. Maybe they're available only as downloads from Xbox Live?
Yeah. Sorry! I guess I didn't explain what "XBLA" meant. They're on Xbox Live Marketplace. Each game should have a free demo (Microsoft requires them).

I've been playing on consoles for so long that sometimes I forget what it's like to come to it totally fresh. Downloadable titles on Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) are a phenomenal way to play games. And for someone just entering HD console gaming, they are ideal. Like I said in my earlier post, XBLA games are short, innovative, and relatively inexpensive. Many of the best ones have retro-gaming roots, so you'll find things that feel like modern versions of classics from the '80s and '90s. You get the most bang for you buck IMO. And since they almost all have some sort of demo, you can check them out at no cost.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by dougotte View Post

Thanks again for the kind suggestions, everyone. I'll start w/ the first Halo.
I couldn't find the above titles on Amazon. Maybe they're available only as downloads from Xbox Live?

You can't go wrong starting with the first Halo. Just make sure you get the Halo Combat Evolved "Anniversary" Edition. It was remade entirely for the XBox 360. And I suggest playing it on the the Newer visual settings. They are far superior to the older Original XBox legacy choice. Also don't overlook Kameo. It was a superb launch title for the XBox 360. And you can get it for next to nothing at Gamestop or XBL Marketplace. If you liked Zelda & Mario as indicated in your OP...you will rave over Kameo. The Graphics are simply stunning...even in 720p. It has held up well over the years and have really good DLC (downloadable Content). And gameplay is superb and very similar to the Zelda series. Like Zelda, it is themed in a magic land of Fairies...Trolls...Witches and strange magical friends & creatures. A great title created by "Rare", to test drive your new console with. And experieince an immediate similarity & upgrade from a Wii type game.

Again...I also would strongly recommend Darksiders 1 as an early choice for all of the reasons mentioned in all of the posts above. It, Halo 1 and Kameo will give you the most comfortable and terrific bridge into the world of XBox IMO. Welcome Aboard!
Edited by barrelbelly - 8/14/12 at 4:26pm
post #16 of 22
I'll disagree on Kameo. I never played it the first time around (didn't get a 360 until the Jasper revision). When they had the Games on Demand version on Kameo on sale for $5, I was super close to pulling the trigger. But after playing the demo, I said no. It feels like the launch title it was. The controls are so foreign because I guess in the early 360 days, they didn't have any standards like how Halo had set the standard for FPS games on a console.

I would say try the Kameo demo before buying it. It produces a very wide range of opinions, unlike some of the other titles listed here.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by onlysublime View Post

I'll disagree on Kameo. I never played it the first time around (didn't get a 360 until the Jasper revision). When they had the Games on Demand version on Kameo on sale for $5, I was super close to pulling the trigger. But after playing the demo, I said no. It feels like the launch title it was. The controls are so foreign because I guess in the early 360 days, they didn't have any standards like how Halo had set the standard for FPS games on a console.
I would say try the Kameo demo before buying it. It produces a very wide range of opinions, unlike some of the other titles listed here.

Interesting. It's been a long time since I played Kameo, but it wasn't at launch. I thought it was a pretty good game as well and I didn't find anything particularly offensive about the controls. At least not bad enough that I remember.
post #18 of 22
I didn't have any problems with the controls on Kameo either. It was pretty straight forward to me. They worked like a typical Nintendo game interface in many ways. At any rate...at $3.99-$5.00 you can't go wrong. I even think at $9.99 it's a bargain. It was weird playing as a Zelda like girl at first. But once I could change into Major Ruin...Tumbleweed and the many other creatures...it rocked for me. I thought the game was just Charming. In fact...After I finish Dues Ex Human Evolution...I will revisit it and finally play at the hardest setting and see how that feels.
post #19 of 22
well, the best part is there's a playable demo for Kameo so people can make their own judgment. trust me, I really went crazy and bought a ton of games for cheap during the Games on Demand sale (got Conan for $5, got Prince of Persia, Dark Void, and a couple of others), and was about to get Kameo (because of all the praise) but the demo turned me off. It's not one of those unequivocal slam dunks.

and I never said the controls were bad. I said that the controls are so different than any other Xbox 360 title of that genre.
post #20 of 22
I thought Kameo was really really good. I bought an Xbox 360 on launch day and IIRC all the launch titles.
I will admit that I tried playing Kameo once or twice and just couldn't get into it. But once it clicked in I was hooked. It's still a game I highly recommend to people. I would give anything for a Kameo 2
post #21 of 22
alright, I made a 720P gameplay video of Dust: An Elysian Tail. It really is a terrific game. I've barely scratched the surface yet and haven't leveled my character at all though:
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by confidenceman View Post

You may have some luck with XBLA titles. There are a lot of 2D and adventure-y and retro titles that would fit the bill perfectly, and they're much cheaper (and shorter) than most full retail releases.
As someone who is also a huge fan of those Nintendo franchises, I'd strongly suggest:
Fez -- an incredibly well designed Zelda-style adventure game (2D/3D)
Outland -- a 2D metroid-style adventure game
Limbo -- a 2D adventure/puzzle game
Bastion -- an isometric 2D Zelda-like adventure game
Braid -- a Mario-style 2D platformer with some devilish puzzles
Shadow Complex -- a 2D metroid-style adventure game
Minecraft -- tough to describe unless you've played it (3D open world adventure game?)
Super Meat Boy -- tough, but fun Mario-style 2D platformer
Trials Evolution -- cross between 2D Mario games and classic 2D Excitebike
That should be more than enough to get started. Most are very well reviewed and come widely recommended. And they'll feel familiar if you're more used to Nintendo's franchises. They also all have pretty straightforward control mechanics. Great places to start. And welcome!

Agreed. If you like Mario and 2D Metroid style games, these XBLA titles should be right up your alley. I'd like to add Deadlight to the list. Also, I'm really looking forward to Battleblock Theater, which is supposed to release later this year. Rayman Origins is a great 2D platformer that is available on disc for cheap.

The Halo series is somewhat similar to the 3D Metroid games (colorful, violence isn't too gritty) and I guess the Fable series is the closest thing to Zelda on the 360.

You might want to expand your tastes in video games though. Gears of War, Mass Effect, Skyrim, Batman, Dead Space etc are all great/very good games. I highly recommend Dark Souls, but it's a tough, hardcore game.
Edited by Mikazaru - 8/18/12 at 9:30am
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