SSX 3 delivers a rush like few racing games or action sports games have ever achieved.
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Max Payne 2 is just a remarkable production, and what it lacks in length or volume it more than makes up for in quality and density.
Anyone looking for thrilling action with refined control and a great premise need look no further than Freedom Fighters.
ESPN NHL Hockey
If you're a fan of the sport of hockey, you owe it to yourself to add ESPN NHL Hockey to your collection, as it's simply too good to pass up.
ESPN NFL Football
While Madden is the most realistic-playing football game on the market, ESPN NFL Football is simply the most exciting football game on the planet.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
You don't need to be a fan of Star Wars or of RPGs to appreciate all the impressive qualities of this game--but if you are, all the better.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004
Even if EA Sports had left every other aspect of the game identical to Tiger Woods 2003, the staggering number of new, playable courses alone makes 2004 worthwhile.
Panzer Dragoon Orta
Panzer Dragoon Orta is an outstandingly well-executed game, featuring gameplay that's easy to grasp but rewards continued practice, exceptional graphics and sound, and a lot of worthwhile extras.
If you're going to buy one game with your Xbox Live starter kit, MechAssault is the one to get.
FIFA Soccer 2003
No soccer fan should hesitate to buy FIFA 2003.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City provides just about everything you'd want in a follow-up to an outstanding game.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
Anyone with even a remote interest in either the genre or the real-life sport should purchase this game as soon as possible.
Syberia proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the adventure game genre is still full of life.
Quite simply, Mafia is one of the best games of the year.
If you're a fan of NFL football, then you owe it to yourself to pick up NFL 2K3.
Madden NFL 2003
Madden 2003 for the PlayStation 2 has online play, a robust franchise mode, and plenty of secondary modes to keep you busy.
Medal of Honor: Frontline
The game's level and mission design are extremely well done and provide an ample amount of different activities, keeping the gameplay fresh from start to finish.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Jedi Outcast is simply one of the easiest games to recommend this year.
This is easily the best driving game currently available for the Xbox, and no Xbox owner should be caught without it.
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Wolfenstein is well worth it for the multiplayer game alone, so the fact that you get a solid single-player game in the box can only be considered a bonus.
Halo: Combat Evolved
Not only is this easily the best of the Xbox launch games, but it's easily one of the best shooters ever, on any platform.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
It boils down to this: You need to play Metal Gear Solid 2.
More than just an upgrade of the original, SSX Tricky is the best snowboarding game ever made.