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kaitco
07-19-2011, 04:05 AM
I've only had an Xbox for a year and much of that time has been spent playing Rock Band and Lego games. I never played a lot of games as a kid, I've always been awful at FPS games and I hate games with zombies, so I always figured that Lego and rhythm games (and a few others) were always going to be the best that I could do.

I recently saw Halo: Reach was available as a demo, so I tried it and found that after running around a little, I was getting the hang of the FPS and that the game looked fun. Before I shell out the cash for it, though, I'm wondering if Reach is a game that I should get into as a gaming newbie and, if not, what other games would be better to expand my "gaming horizons"?

I haven't got a Gold account, so online/multiplayer is not going to be a major sell for me and I really don't like games with zombies or anything designed to be scary.

Any thoughts? (Please also point me to any recent threads if this has been discussed ad nauseum.)

veece16
07-19-2011, 04:10 AM
I read that you didn't like scary games or FPS, but I think you would love Alan Wake. It's not a FPS, but it can be suspenseful and scary at times. If you like puzzles and a challenge, try Portal 2, it does have multiplayer achievements by the way.

poppaduff
07-19-2011, 04:15 AM
Maybe check out some Driving Game Demos

kaitco
07-19-2011, 04:33 AM
Thanks! I'll take a look at Alan Wake.

@poppaduff: Any suggestions for them or are they all pretty much the same?

Ivan Mendez
07-19-2011, 04:39 AM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Xbox+Live+Arcade+Triple+Pack+-+Xbox+360/2540079.p?id=1218334222352&skuId=2540079&st=Xbox%20Live%20Arcade%20Triple%20Pack&lp=1&cp=1&AID=10597222&PID=1312731&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2FXbox%2BL ive%2BArcade%2BTriple%2BPack%2B-%2BXbox%2B360%2F2540079.p%3Fid%3D1218334222352%26s kuId%3D2540079%26st%3DXbox%2520Live%2520Arcade%252 0Triple%2520Pack%26lp%3D1%26cp%3D1&ref=39&CJPID=1312731&loc=01

Trials HD / Limbo / Splosion Man - Triple Pack

its only 10$ at Bust Buy(usually $29.99) its on sale. To be honest i don't have them but i will deferentially buy the pack before its $29.99 again.

It also comes with a Xbox Live Gold 48 hour trial and 160 Microsoft points.

xh3M4nx
07-19-2011, 04:40 AM
Assassins creed 2 and assassins creed brotherhood have great story modes, brotherhood does have multiplayer. if you enjoy lego games then banjo kazooie nuts and bolts is pretty good

adamrulz
07-19-2011, 04:44 AM
Forza 3 is good if you like racing sims, and if you don't so much, or not sure, you can change the settings to make it super easy for you or super technical. That, Burnout series is a good arcade racer, and Dirt 3 was pretty fun and easy to pick up. If you really need something easy, pick up a disney game or 2. Easy, enjoyable, and easy GS if you wanna get started. Play demos and get what you like really. We were all noobs at one point

Magikarp
07-19-2011, 04:58 AM
Haha, you're just like me. Not being into zombie/scary games and FPS.

Kind of depends on what else you're into- do you like Fighters, RPGs, action games?

Like someone else said above, Assassins Creed 2/Brotherhood are excellent games (with decently easy achievements, to boot) and are pretty easy to get into.

And I don't really recommend Reach if you're not into multiplayer aspects- that game was pretty much made for the multiplayer.

kaitco
07-19-2011, 05:09 AM
I've thought about Assassin's Creed for a while, but could not tell if it was for me or not. I've played through both Force Unleashes, so I guess I lean more towards action games than anything else and AC looks like action, so I'll add it to the queue as well.

Good call on that Triple Pack as well! I played through some of the Limbo demo, but got a little creeped by it, but I think it's worth giving it another try. I'll definitely take a look at Forza 3 too.

Is Lara Croft worth venturing into as a newbie? I had the second one on PS1, but never got past the second level and gave up on it, but some of the more recent stuff looks fun.

Minty
07-19-2011, 05:18 AM
If you prefer the single player stuff, you can't go wrong with something like Mass Effect or Dragon Age- 2 of the best games on the console. Or Red Dead Redemption.

Assassins Creed is probably my favourite franchise, so I'd recommend that as well. (I'd probably skip 1 and jump to 2, you'll pick up the story quickly).

The Tomb Raiders are quite good fun. Not too hard. You may want to wait for the next one though.

Wildmn34
07-19-2011, 05:19 AM
Hmm, I like that you know what you like - but don't be afraid to try things a little out of your comfort zone either.

Some I would recommend.

Alan Wake for sure - awesome game

Shooters:

Gears of War 1&2 they are 3rd person shooters and about $4.99 and $12.99 I think at GameStop
Rainbow 6 Vegas 1&2 (again both really cheap at GameStop)
Borderlands

Puzzle games:

Portal 2
LA Noire (Kind of puzzle as you're a 1940 detective)

Racing games:

Forza 3 if you are a gear head
Need for Speed: Carbon (cheap) especially if you like a "story" racer
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit <--- awesome game

Other random games:

Plants versus Zombies (comes with Peggle and Zuma as well)

Adventure Games:

Assassin Creed games
Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands

RPGs:

Dragon Age: Origins
Fallout 3
Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (new Collectors edition just came out for $29.99 and you get all the DLC)

Those would be the first round of recomendations I would throw you way. Hope that's not too many. lol

Edit - one thing I'll add if you have a Game Stop in your town buy preowned and if you don't like it you have 7 days to take it back for a full refund or flip it for something else. No hassle at all doing that. Good way to "rent" games for free.

McGoogles
07-19-2011, 05:23 AM
Just Cause 2 is a fun game for a newbie. It's not too hard, the achievements are relatively easy, and there are endless possiblities when it comes to attaching things with your hook.

Floorkiller
07-19-2011, 05:43 AM
Batman: Arkham Asylum!

jamie1000013
07-19-2011, 05:46 AM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Xbox+Live+Arcade+Triple+Pack+-+Xbox+360/2540079.p?id=1218334222352&skuId=2540079&st=Xbox%20Live%20Arcade%20Triple%20Pack&lp=1&cp=1&AID=10597222&PID=1312731&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2FXbox%2BL ive%2BArcade%2BTriple%2BPack%2B-%2BXbox%2B360%2F2540079.p%3Fid%3D1218334222352%26s kuId%3D2540079%26st%3DXbox%2520Live%2520Arcade%252 0Triple%2520Pack%26lp%3D1%26cp%3D1&ref=39&CJPID=1312731&loc=01

Trials HD / Limbo / Splosion Man - Triple Pack

its only 10$ at Bust Buy(usually $29.99) its on sale. To be honest i don't have them but i will deferentially buy the pack before its $29.99 again.

It also comes with a Xbox Live Gold 48 hour trial and 160 Microsoft points.

Are you sure it comes with 160 MSP's? Why the hell has it dropped so much???? From 30.00 to 7.99 in Game...wow. Already got Limbo but that's great value for the other 2 still. 7.00 in Gamestation.

I'd say most of the Xbox exclusive games such as Halo, Gears, Fable, Forza, Alan Wake, Crackdown etc. Can't go wrong with that triple pack as well. Hitman and Splinter Cell are my favorite games especially the latter of the two.


Racing games:

Forza 3 if you are a gear head
Need for Speed: Carbon (cheap) especially if you like a "story" racer
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit <--- awesome game
NFS Most Wanted is the best one

Edit - one thing I'll add if you have a Game Stop in your town buy preowned and if you don't like it you have 7 days to take it back for a full refund or flip it for something else. No hassle at all doing that. Good way to "rent" games for free.

This is why we can't have nice things.

GrindPantera95
07-19-2011, 05:49 AM
Sonic and Sega All Star Racing and racing games in general oughta be fun for you.

Be sure to scour the arcade games:
Brawlers and beat-em-ups like Castle Crashers, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, and After Burner Climax can be insanely fun with out giving you any real trouble.

Floorkiller
07-19-2011, 06:02 AM
This is why we can't have nice things.

I was at gamestop last week, and was picking up a new copy of a game. The guy at the counter told me I could just but the game used (for a whopping $2 cheaper) play it, and bring it back for a full refund. I just bought the new copy, but I thought it was funny that the guy was promoting that.

EVILELITE
07-19-2011, 06:09 AM
Pick up PGR4 at gamestop it cost less than $5. Its a 50/50 arcade/simulation racer that is fun to play and has some well put together achievements. Even the dlc pack cost a dollar so you will alot of racing to do for $5.

Dont mean to steal your thread but i have to ask. I love dead rising case zero and like case west. should i buy dead rising 2 full game? I want to have fun like i did with those games are the achievements frustrating?

kRg321
07-19-2011, 06:10 AM
get oblivion. its a great game

jtack79
07-19-2011, 06:17 AM
I would suggest some of the RPG games. They do not lean heavily towards online multiplayer and they also allow you to go at your own pace to get the hang of gaming. Fallout 3 is a good starter because its not really scary, its mostly fun in a bizarre kinda way. I hope this helps. -j

Wildmn34
07-19-2011, 06:21 AM
I would suggest some of the RPG games. They do not lean heavily towards online multiplayer and they also allow you to go at your own pace to get the hang of gaming. Fallout 3 is a good starter because its not really scary, its mostly fun in a bizarre kinda way. I hope this helps. -j

The only reason I hesitated recommending Fallout 3 is the Dunwhich Building - that place creeped me the hell out. But, personally, it's the best game I have ever played.

Aiden 514
07-19-2011, 06:22 AM
not scary you say i would recomend fear 3
hehehe

Gamerdude5448
07-19-2011, 06:28 AM
I have a quick question. Why don't you like zombie games or scary games? I hate scary games as well but I love zombie games.

OT: Oblivion and Fallout are good games. Also I think you might like Kinect games as they are fun to play with friends.

acarter123
07-19-2011, 06:33 AM
All the Halo games are a good choice. Also, you might want to try rpg game like Fable III or L.A. Noire.

Gamerdude5448
07-19-2011, 06:34 AM
I want to have fun like i did with those games are the achievements frustrating?

Depends what achievement guy you are. Are you a completionist or a guy who just gets achievements for a better score. Cause if your a completionist it wouldn't be very good for you.

Navajo
07-19-2011, 06:43 AM
Dragon Age
Fable 2 and 3
Need for Speed Carbon
Oblivion
Assassins Creed

This are good games to start with. It kinda depends on yourself aswell tho. If you pick up things fast. For me Alan Wake was a bit creeping me out lol. And I must say that Dirt and Forza are difficult if you haven't played racegames before

kaitco
07-19-2011, 06:49 AM
I have a quick question. Why don't you like zombie games or scary games? I hate scary games as well but I love zombie games.

Zombie games just make me uncomfortable and I know from my limited past experience with games that I hate being frightened in a game. All the fun is lost when something creepy is chasing after me.

After trying Forza 3's demo, I think I'm going to put racing games on hold for a bit as I spent more time crashing into the walls and struggling to stay on the road than actually driving the car. :(

TobyLinn81
07-19-2011, 07:27 AM
I'm going to second Fable 2 and 3, as those are good for a beginner. Also, Batman Arkham Asylum is pretty easy at times. Some fights are hard but the controls are fairly simple and you pick stuff up fast. Too bad you don't like scary games, cause Bioshock is an awesome game, and pretty simple for a newbie.

Oh, and I almost forgot, The Sims 3 is a really fun addictive game, and Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper for an easy 1000 gamerscore. And L.A. Noire is really easy, except for some of the achievements, and if you're having trouble with a part, the game asks whether you want to skip so that's good.

EmporerDragon
07-19-2011, 07:40 AM
I'd say give the hack 'n slash games like Dynasty Warriors a try. It's just you cutting a path through hundreds of enemies. Simple, but addictive.

Otherwise, I'd suggest The Saboteur or The Godfather (1st one, not the 2nd). Both are large, sandbox games with plenty of enjoyable things to do and have fun with.

sphinx6
07-28-2011, 06:29 AM
I've only had an Xbox for a year and much of that time has been spent playing Rock Band and Lego games. I never played a lot of games as a kid, I've always been awful at FPS games and I hate games with zombies, so I always figured that Lego and rhythm games (and a few others) were always going to be the best that I could do.

I recently saw Halo: Reach was available as a demo, so I tried it and found that after running around a little, I was getting the hang of the FPS and that the game looked fun. Before I shell out the cash for it, though, I'm wondering if Reach is a game that I should get into as a gaming newbie and, if not, what other games would be better to expand my "gaming horizons"?

I haven't got a Gold account, so online/multiplayer is not going to be a major sell for me and I really don't like games with zombies or anything designed to be scary.

Any thoughts? (Please also point me to any recent threads if this has been discussed ad nauseum.)

i actually recommend the wwe franchise games. there is now wwe all stars too which is a more humourous take on sports entertainment wrestling. i haven't played it however.

the normal difficulty in wwe smackdown vs. raw 2011 is more like really easy and legend is more like hard. if you aren't brilliant like the others here at xbox 360 like me, i think you will find the wwe games can be a challenge, but in the end a fence that can be climbed. now that the wwe is not in the attitude era (a real kick ass era in what is since ten years ago, sports entertainment including the wcw/nwo and ecw), it has become more "family first" recently, which is probably good for their business instead of going in a more risque direction. that goes hand in hand with their games.

so start with wwe smackdown vs. raw 2007 and go on from there. :)

the archivest
07-28-2011, 06:37 AM
I recommend LA Noire.
Almost not even a game.
Is very forgiving for new players.
You can skip difficult gun fights.
Your partner will actually help you out quite a bit.
You can turn on vibration and music clues.
You can have your partner pretty much drive anywhere.

This will leave you with a good experience and not turn you off of gaming because of a difficulty curve.

sphinx6
07-28-2011, 06:41 AM
I recommend LA Noire.
Almost not even a game.
Is very forgiving for new players.
You can skip difficult gun fights.
Your partner will actually help you out quite a bit.
You can turn on vibration and music clues.
You can have your partner pretty much drive anywhere.

This will leave you with a good experience and not turn you off of gaming because of a difficulty curve.

why is there an e on the end of noire for la noire? isn't it suppost to be la noir?

EmporerDragon
07-28-2011, 07:18 AM
why is there an e on the end of noire for la noire? isn't it suppost to be la noir?

No, the two spellings can be used interchangeably. I assume Rockstar went with Noire so people would (mostly) pronounce it right.

The Sea Trout
07-28-2011, 07:36 AM
I think the Fable games woud be quite good for somone looking to try somthing a little different for the first time.

Assassins Creed series is another I will reccomend, they really are great games though I am yet to play throug Brotherhood.

If you are after some FPS games then I think the Halo series will be a good starting point, even Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2 would be worth a buy, both of their campaigns are short unless doinf them on veteran but you can pick both games up fairly cheap these days.

Happy gaming dude.

Jaska95
07-28-2011, 10:48 AM
Assassins Creed games
Alan Wake
LA Noire
Mass Effect
Just Cause 2
Red Faction Guerrilla.

Very good 3rd person games.

Mondrak
07-28-2011, 11:01 AM
Zombie games just make me uncomfortable and I know from my limited past experience with games that I hate being frightened in a game. All the fun is lost when something creepy is chasing after me.

After trying Forza 3's demo, I think I'm going to put racing games on hold for a bit as I spent more time crashing into the walls and struggling to stay on the road than actually driving the car. :(

If you spend more time crashing, then try Burnout Revenge or Flatout Ultimate Carnage. Some of the ideas of those games are simply to run into things as hard as you can and they can be real fun.

I agree with Alan Wake, Fable II & III. Maybe GTA IV as well.

thefishgeek
07-28-2011, 11:13 AM
Jurassic the Hunted is a really easy FPS. It even has a slow mo so it makes shooting easier. Its around $20. I would also recomend Star Ocean The Last Hope. A JRPG is always a nice addition to a collection. I personally found it enjoyable and fun. I think it like $15.

Mondrak
07-28-2011, 11:23 AM
Jurassic the Hunted is a really easy FPS. It even has a slow mo so it makes shooting easier. Its around $20. I would also recomend Star Ocean The Last Hope. A JRPG is always a nice addition to a collection. I personally found it enjoyable and fun. I think it like $15.

Sorry - what's a "JRPG"? Just curious

thefishgeek
07-28-2011, 11:32 AM
Sorry - what's a "JRPG"? Just curious

Japanese Role Playing Game

Mondrak
07-28-2011, 11:49 AM
Japanese Role Playing Game

Ah, thanks.

Coorhagon
07-28-2011, 06:10 PM
Batman: Arkham Asylum!

this game is great

MakoBallistic
07-28-2011, 07:20 PM
Burnout: Paradise. FTW.

Jellybean468
07-28-2011, 07:28 PM
I recommend the Assassin's Creed games, Portal 2 and Fallout 3 or New Vegas. :)

sphinx6
07-28-2011, 07:39 PM
No, the two spellings can be used interchangeably. I assume Rockstar went with Noire so people would (mostly) pronounce it right.

ah okay. i thought i would raise the question again as official xbox magazine brought the question up when news of the game first broke and i couldn't remember what their (the producers of la noire) answer was.

V1oL3NT Sn1PEzZ
07-28-2011, 09:25 PM
I think the best games i can recommend for you are:
LA Noire
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Fallout 3
Mercenaries 2
PGR 4

just as a side note, some people have said need for speed carbon but dont get that it is probably the worst need for speed, try most wanted or hot pursuit

DJConnelly
07-28-2011, 11:02 PM
GRID. Awesome racing gaming, still a good online community.

Verdinial
07-28-2011, 11:39 PM
Assassins Creed
Batman Arkham Asylum
Forza 3

Lemonlimes249
07-29-2011, 01:32 AM
You should try Castle Crashers. It's really fun and it's 1200MSP on the arcade. You would have to be scared REALLY easy to think it's scary at all ;)

It's really funny at times too :D

PrincessScary
07-29-2011, 03:13 PM
First game I ever played on the xbox was Oblivion and I absolutely loved it, no zombies or scary stuff in it either :)

Jangus
07-29-2011, 03:34 PM
I would recommend GTA IV, Alan wake and Fallout 3. But there are plenty of awesome games out there

Skip2myluu55
07-29-2011, 03:44 PM
I say try Borderlands. It's such a fun game, and is a great "starter" game for new FPS gamers :)

Oh and try out "deathspank" on xbox arcade. That game is pretty easy, fun, and hilarious :D

Garyghost
07-29-2011, 04:01 PM
black ops no discussion :)

Blink
07-29-2011, 05:11 PM
Halo 3, Halo: Reach, Gears of War, Dead Rising, MW(1 and 2), GTA:IV, Assassins Creed (2 and Brotherhood), Forza Motorsport 3.

Theres a few of my favourites for you :)

Opiate42
07-29-2011, 06:36 PM
I haven't got a Gold account, so online/multiplayer is not going to be a major sell for me and I really don't like games with zombies or anything designed to be scary.

Awww....so no Left 4 Dead or Dead Space? Damn.... ;) Missin' out man.

Anyhoo dude you still have tons of options, everyone here has listed some great games to get started on. The Halo series on the Easy difficulty setting are a great way to get familiar with FPS games and they're very forgiving.

There's also Valve's Orange Box, which has some of the best games ever made on one disc and it's cheap. Half Life 2 and it's episodes are epic.

Mass Effect 1 & 2 are personal favourites and have great stories.

With regards to Portal 2, Gears of War, Halo and other games with co-op campaigns, even lacking a Gold account many games with co-op can be played locally offline on split-screen which always a lot of fun with friends. (unless you have a really small TV) :p

Just have to check the back of the game case to see if it can be done 1-2 players locally.

So that way you can still enjoy the co-op even without paying for the Gold account.

Gotmilk027
07-29-2011, 08:08 PM
you should check out Assassin's Creed

niko da bos
07-29-2011, 08:30 PM
^^assasins creed is a great series, OP should at least check out gameplay footage on youtube or something. its easy to get a feel for how the game plays, then you could decide weather that setting looks appealing to you. i personally like the historical feel of the game, and the strong morals they instill to your char.

I would suggest some of the RPG games. They do not lean heavily towards online multiplayer and they also allow you to go at your own pace to get the hang of gaming. Fallout 3 is a good starter because its not really scary, its mostly fun in a bizarre kinda way. I hope this helps. -j

for sure, i like this advice. depending on the RPG, difficulty could vary, but for the most part you are controlling the pace of the game. getting you used to the controls and dynamics the game has to offer.

fable series
mass effect series
GTA IV (lots of freedom in that game)

noticed you said that reach looked interesting, definetly a good game but you might benefit from starting at a earlier title (not to mention you would save HEAPS of $ lol). halo2 or 3 are classics and have a pretty good campaign, also you could get ODST if you enjoyed firefight on halo reach.