The beast and the best in terms of consoles, that I hold close to my heart, when expressing my passion for console gaming. For this reason, I have chosen to write about my own history of gaming, still to this day, on a system, that could of been the death of Microsoft in the console wars.
Back in 2002 I was coming out of my massive adventure with the Sony PlayStation. The PlayStation 2 had been released and a lot of my friends were getting them for Christmas, as did one of my brothers, so I was experiencing, first hand, the advancement in technology that was clear to be seen with the new gen. However, I held out after hearing of Microsoft's intention to also enter into the games console business, which I sensed would produce a much more powerful console, given that Microsoft made powerful PC's at this point. I wasn't a massive PC gamer, but I had played enough games to understand that there was always a noticeable difference between playing games on a desktop and playing games on a console. Once I had my first Xbox, there was a noticeable difference, a difference that almost retired me from PlayStation gaming, save for the release of the PS4, which got me back into gaming big time.
So two things happened in 2002 (well a lot of things actually).
1: In October of this year my son was born into the world.
2: Christmas of that year I was handed my first Xbox.
The first Xbox that I owned was a crystal (clear) Xbox, with the games Colin McRae Rally 3 and Splinter Cell. (Shout out to the ex's mother for that one).
I loved my time playing Xbox in the early years and I played many, many titles, which I will aim to write about in more detail, keeping it down to around 10 of my favourite games that I either played all the way through or played and have come back to today.