Getting back into videogames - recommendations needed (XBOX 360)
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Hello! I'm new to VGG, and this is my first post. Be nice!

Basically, lots of computer games on BBC Micro, PC, snes, playstation, xbox blah blah but not much in the past few years, mainly time constraints and then I became a boardgamegeek

Anyway, there are so many great games at the moment and I feel a bit lost in what's out and what's good. I'll give you a rundown in what I enjoy so if you have any pointers for me that would be great!

Genres

Mainly FPS, but I like a good race game and adventure games.

Games I've enjoyed before

Used to LOVE Monkey Island/Day of the Tentacle/Sam and Max type games where you have to go from place to place solving puzzles. Ii fact, reading about The Cave is what prompted this list.

I like a good FPS and Halo/Doom/Timesplitters/Castle Wolfenstein/XIII/Serious Sam are all favourites. However, I do NOT like realistic modern war games so anything like Black Ops is just out. Stuff like Red Faction is OK though.

Racing games: well I have a few but to be honest I'm not so fussed about these, unless there's a brilliant one I should know about (last one I got was Project Gotham 4).

I suppose I should put my owned list up but I can't remember which ones I have, I'll try and make a start In the meantime, thanks for the suggestions!
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Well...how long have you got ?

I'll list a few games you might want to check out.

Walking Dead (Tell-tale games) is definitely worth a look - it's a point and click type adventure with a great storyline and atmosphere. It's a DLC title which was released in five episodes, each costing 400 MSP. There is a free demo of the first chapter on the marketplace.
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Picked up the other day as it was only £4.49 for the downloadable version (not sure if its still on sale). Great FPS-ish shooter with great story-telling and atmosphere.
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You mention Sam and Max, but don't know if you've checked out the XBL titles - again by Tell-Tale they are crazy chapter-based adventures. Free demo as well.
 
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More recent FPS title which is worth checking out.
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I'm primarily a PC gamer, but there's a lot of overlap is what's available.

This is as over the top as they come. But there is no better open world shooter out there. The sense of freedom from the movement systems, the wide variety in the environment. I doubt this will ever leave my hard drive ever.
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And its sequel.

Excellent co-op play. Satisfying shooting and Diablo-esque looting and levelling mechanisms.
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Not sure if you like arcade or sim racers, but this is by far the best sim racer I've ever played. I always like the idea of Gran Turismo, but the racing parts always bored me. They actually made the racing part fun in these in addition to the car tweaking sections.

They're up to 4 now; I can't speak from experience, but my friends tell me they keep getting better. Forza Horizon is, I'm told, somewhat more arcade but still more of a sim, and my friends liked that one too.
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Open-world arcade racing at it's best.

I personally prefer Burnout 3: Takedown, an original Xbox game that works on the 360, but I'm in the minority. Burnout 3 doesn't have the open world and is a lot more jump in and race (or crash - there's a mode where you need to crash your car in an intersection to try and cause the maximum amount of financial damage that's ridiculously fun).
 
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If you like older games, this one is a great choice. Being able to play this in HD with no slowdown and two analog stick controls shows that the design really has aged well. This might be my favorite multiplayer shooter on the platform.

(This is downloadable; don't confuse this with the retail Perfect Dark Zero, which is not very good.)
 
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You already know about Halo, so I'll just give my two cents.

If you're going to play single player or local multiplayer, I think 3 is the best in the series. After 3, they started to take some design cues from the recent Call of Duties, which I don't think was a positive change. 3 is also much cheaper at this point.

If you want to play online, you probably should get 4 (or maybe Reach if there are still Bungie purists holding out). You'll find that online multiplayer is very fickle and you'll need to update frequently if you want to keep having opponents.
 
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Run around, blow up nazis, explore the city, blow up tanks, some race driving, blow up nazis, climb some buildings, blow up AAA, do some parcour, blow up nazis. Fantastic game.

I would have loved to throw some more money at the developers to get some DLC or even a sequel.
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