Got three games free with the XBox (Gears of War 2, Mass Effect 2 and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands). Half the reason in my head for wanting an XBox was to play Left4Dead (and Left4Dead 2). I could have gotten them for the PC, but playing games like that on the PC seems like the wrong thing to do – especially when I spent all day using the PC at work.
I picked up L4D 1/2 second hand. However, as it turns out, Left4Dead (1/2) aren’t as good as I had hoped – not because they’re not good, they are, but they’re not what I was expecting (my bad). I was looking for a campaign like the Resident Evil series, and although there’s a single player campaign in Left4Dead, it’s really more of a set of cinematic sequences with shooting in them.
But it’s not all bad! Gears of War 2 was short but enjoyable (although the main character has less charisma than a brick), it’s technically competent. Mass Effect 2 is excellent, and well worth playing on the XBox. The roleplaying element is not as sophisticated as Dragon Age, but the rest of the game is really polished and the campaign is nice and long. It had some flaws (you can back yourself into a corner in a conversation where the only outcome is that you end up starting a mission before you’re ready) but it’s still very enjoyable.
I’ve not tried Prince of Persia yet (not normally my kind of game, but I’ll give it a go). I have played a load of demos and some stuff from the XBox Live Arcade though and overall I’m very pleased with the XBox.