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Yesterday marked the day that Xbox officially announced they were stopping production of the Xbox 360. While the games will still be playable and Xbox Live will still be fully functional, all newer games from now on will be created for the Xbox One. Though we haven’t entirely lost the Xbox 360, it now stands as a relic of an era where first-person shooters like Halo became a phenomenon. It now takes it place on the shelf next to the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox—while the consoles are still played, they’ll remain as they are: pristine, outdated and never forgotten. So to celebrate the life of Xbox 360, here are my most memorable moments from when I owned a Halo Reach Special Edition Xbox 360.
1. Halo 2The first time I ever played Halo, it was the first week of college and classes hadn’t started yet. In high school I was a good kid—I never drank or smoked. But on this particular night, I don’t know what made me decide to try a drink. Maybe because I wanted to fit in. I think this is a good moment to mention I’m only 4’11, so when I knocked one back in a matter of minutes (it’s instinctual when you’re focused on a video game), I was pretty gone. Unfortunately, my headset and mic were turned on so I was screaming at everyone in vulgar tones and speaking like I had inhabited the body of a psycho. Yeah, I was that person. Nowadays, the smart people mute those kinds of players.
2. Silent Hill 2: Restless DreamsI know you’ll see this title on the list and think “no way,” but this game actually worked for me on the Xbox 360 despite being an original Xbox game. Maybe it no longer works, for I have seen numerous posts about why this game doesn’t work on the 360, but I swear to you it did. And maybe it’s kind of cheating to put this game on the list since it’s more of an Xbox game than an Xbox 360 game, but I couldn’t leave this memory out.
At the time, I was living in Minneapolis during my Game Informer internship and I so badly wanted to play a game on my Xbox 360, and I wanted something I knew I liked. So I did some research and found that some people have had luck in getting Silent Hill 2 from the Xbox to work on the 360, so I decided to order it off of Amazon and try it out myself. On the day it was supposed to come, it didn’t, even though my account said it was delivered. At the time, I had shady roommates and they had claimed a package didn’t come, but I just gave up and concluded someone had stolen it. So I ordered another one and received that successfully.
Words cannot describe how good it felt to play that game again. In a city where I knew no one and not even my roommates were friendly towards me, that game made me feel more at home than anything else—and I’ll never forget that.
3. Silent Hill DownpourYou might’ve guessed that most of these “memorable” games on this list would be positive memories. Well, not all of them are. I will never forget the first time I played through Silent Hill Downpour. This game was the last installment in the franchise and at the time, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I had such high hopes. The pretty screenshots alone were enough to keep me waiting on the edge of my seat, but when I played it, I felt letdown and deceived. The whole game took me like two hours to beat and it wasn’t scary, but horribly confusing. It tried to be something it wasn’t, and I’ll never forget that moment after the end-credits rolled when I sat there, speechless and stunned, and absolutely upset that this was how the Silent Hill legacy was ending.
4. Alan WakeThe summer Alan Wake first released onto the Xbox 360, I was doing a newspaper internship in a small town in Michigan. It was a sweltering day and I had been waiting for this game to release. It was hot, humid and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and my ride was gone for the day. So I got the bright idea that I’d take a bicycle to the local Walmart to pick up the game. The road there was almost all hills and by the time I reached the parking lot, I was dying. Was it worth the sweat and tears? Probably not. But do I regret battling the summer heat to go pick up a video game from Walmart? Absolutely not.
5. Snoopy Flying AceI’m sure not many people know of this game. It was quietly released as a digital-only game and my sister and I started playing it while I still had my Halo Reach Xbox 360 in college. On one particular day when I was playing with her, I was shouting vulgar things with my dorm room door open just so people walking by would feel confused. There was something about living in the dorms that brought out the craziest part of me, especially when it came to gaming. And I’ll never forget shouting crazy vulgarities from my dorm room to freak out the visiting parents of prospective students.