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The original Xbox is released in North America, marking Microsoft’s entry into the console gaming industry and selling over one million consoles in the first three weeks.
Halo: Combat Evolver launches and quickly becomes the standard against which all first-person shooters will be measured. Halo centers on the experiences of human super-soldier Master Chief John-117 and his AI companion, Cortana.
PROJECT GOTHAM RACING
With city-based circuits in San Francisco, London, Tokyo, and New York City, Project Gotham Racing quickly becomes the second best-selling Xbox game after Halo: Combat Evolved.
Unlike its racing game predecessors, skill is as important as speed in Project Gotham Racing. Advancement depends upon acquiring Kudos points as much as winning races.
XBOX IN EUROPE
The original Xbox launches in the United Kingdom and Europe.
The first online gaming network that allows live online multiplayer and voice chat with friends premieres in North America. Four months after launch, Xbox LIVE already has 350,000 subscribers.
TOM CLANCY”S SPLINTER CELL
Stealth is key in Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. You must guide NSA Black Ops agent Sam Fisher through the shadows, avoiding detection, while conducting operations for the newly formed, super-secret Third Echelon to avoid the start of World War III.
Splinter Cell garners commercial and critical acclaim for graphics and lighting effects, and takes IGN’s Overall Game of the Year.
FAN ACHIEVEMENT TWEET
“March 14, 2002 – Achievement Unlocked.
@Xbox bought and an epic journey begins.”
STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC
Your choices sway the balance of the force in this popular role-playing game set in 4,000 years before the rise of the Galactic Empire. Whether you become a savior of the Jedi or the new Dark Lord of the Sith is up to you.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic receives strong praise and sells 250,000 copies in the first week, making it the fasting selling Xbox title to date.
CALL OF DUTY
WWII infantry and combined arms warfare commences in this multiple “Game of the Year” award winner. Single player campaigns. Played from a viewpoint of opposing forces, are made unique in Call of Duty, as computer-controller allies provide support to accomplish in-game objectives.
The success and popularity of Call of Duty leads to numerous sequels, spinoff games and expansions as well as comic books, card games and action figures.
PROJECT GOTHAM 2
Like its predecessor, Project Gotham Racing 2 relies upon both speed and skill to advance. Power slides around corners, overtaking drivers, and more contribute to drivers’ Kudos points, enabling them to unlock a list of new cars and tracks expanded upon since the original Project Gotham Racing release in 2001.
Xbox LIVE integration is introduced in this sequel as well, allowing players to race against others from around the world.
XBOX LIVE IN EUROPE
Xbox LIVE launches in Europe, bringing online multiplayer and voice chat in the continent.
XBOX LIVE HITS ONE MILLION
Xbox LIVE reaches one million subscribers, three times faster than any other subscriber-based entertainment service ever, including, HBO, AOL, and TiVo.
As the Hero of Oakvale, your life story is what you make of it. Created by Peter Molyneux’s Lionhead Studios, Fable is a roleplaying-adventure game in which your actions determine the skills you develop, the reputation you acquire, and even your appearance.
Fable garners more than fifty awards, and to date becomes the fastest-selling Xbox game.
The much-anticipated follow-up to Halo_ Combat Evolved launches, selling over 6.3 million units in the US, becoming the best-selling title for the first-generation Xbox. Halo 2’s strong multi-player component immediately makes it the most popular game on Xbox LIVE.
Xbox LIVE Arcade (XBLA) launches, marking the beginning of digital distribution on the Xbox platform. Gamers install the service via a disc ordered from the Microsoft website or packaged with the retail games such as Forza. Early Arcade hits include Bejewed, Bankshot Billiards and Smash TV.
XBOX HITS FIVE MILLION IN EUROPE
Xbox leverages its Xbox LIVE service and the popular Halo series to become a serious contender in the European console market.
Highly praised upon release with a metacritic of 92, Forza Motorsport is lauded by critics and fans alike. Realism, breadth of car choices and amazing online play make it unparalleled among console driving simulators.
The successor to the highly successful Xbox, the Xbox 360 is released worldwide, launching in 36 countries in its first year – more than any console to date. The new console brings next generation HD graphics and new entertainment options to users, selling over 75 million units.
Call of Duty 2
The battle of WWII are seen through the perspectives of four soldiers in this popular first-person sequel. Many features are added and changed from the original Call of Duty, including regenerating health and an expanded scope of combat. Critical and commercial praise lead to sales of 250,000 units with the first week.
XBOX LIVE MARKETPLACE
Beginning with the release of the Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE Arcade re-launches as part of the Xbox Marketplace, a more robust service for the Xbox LIVE users. In addition to Xbox Arcade, there is the Video Marketplace where users can download movies, TV shows, game trailers and movie trailers. Game demos and downloadable content such as map packs, dashboard themes and avatars are also available for download.
THE ELDER SCROLLS IV: OBLIVION
Only you stand between the plans of the Mythic Dawn and a dangerous realm of another dimension in the fourth installment of The Elder Scrolls action-fantasy role-playing series. Improved artificial intelligence and enhanced physics help deliver more realistic storylines, characters and quests in Oblivion. This results in universal critical acclaim, awards and commercial success.
The highly-anticipated third installment of the Halo series, Halo 3, is announced via cinematic trailer shown at Microsoft’s E3 briefing.
Gears of War
COGS, Locust hordes and Sera become permanent additions to the gamer lexicon, as Gears of War launches to the approval of fans and critics alike. Gears gets an average 94 Metacritic score while achieving blockbuster status by selling ovr three million copies in just 10 weeks.
CALL OF DUTY 3
World War II is again the setting for the third edition of this first-person shooter. Unlike other games in the series, Call of Duty 3 is based on a single continuing campaign. Players fight in France a month after D-Day as a single American British, Canadian or Polish soldier for each perspective leg of the story. Call of Duty 3 sells over one million units by the end of the year.
FAN ACHIEVEMNT TWEET
“My @Xbox achievement was meeting my friend through Gears of War in 2006 and we are still best friends.”
Gamertag: loopyeskimo jim
FORZA MOTORSPORT 2
The second installment of the Forza Motorsport series is released with multiple editions, including a Limited Collector’s edition. Over 300 cars are featured with customizable parts and graphics.
Anything can become a weapon in the underwater city of Rapture. In an alternate 1960, BioShock is an enhanced, horror-themed action-adventure in which the protagonist, Jack, uncovers a chilling truth. Loosely based on the philosophy and fiction of Ayn Rand, BioShock’s Immersive and engaging story makes it a critical darling and a surprising commercial success.
Halo 3 is released to universal acclaim and immediately becomes the biggest entertainment debut in history, earning $170 million on its first day and earning $300 million after the first week.
CALL OF DUTY 4: MODER WARFARE
Conflicts arise across the globe in this worldwide top-selling game of the year. Often referred to as the best game in the series, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare introduces players to modern equipment and new features such as killstreaks and use of cover.
All the skills of a professional assassin can’t sever bloodlines and ancestral lineage in Assassin’s Creed. After engaging the Animus, bartender Desmond Miles discovers that the fate of the world depends upon this genetic connection across time.
This action-adventure based game’s dependence on social stealth takes a new gameplay approach and leads to a popular commercial reception.
In the year 2183, the SSV Normandy is under your command. As Commander Shphard, you decide your character’s traits, abilities and appearance while your actions determine whether or not your place on the Spectre corps is well earned.
Sci-fi novel-quality storylines contribute to critical raves as interactive entertainment ascends to interplanetary levels.
GRAND THEFT AUTO IV
Gangs, crime and corruption come to Liberty City in one of the most widely anticipated games of the 2008. The open world environment and story of Niko Bellic deliver one of the highest rated games of all time, breaking single day and seven-day sales records.
Five hundred years after the events in Fable, heroes are a rarity in Albion. To measure up to ancestral deeds, young Sparrow must locate three heroes to stop the plans of Lord Lucien. But the question remains… Who will Sparrow become?
To date, with approximately 3.5 million copies sold, Fable II is the best-selling RPG title for Xbox 360.
CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR
In the fifth game of the Call of Duty series, World At War returns to WWII with a new feature: cooperative mode, supporting two players locally and four online. Further forging its own path, World At War is also open-ended, allowing players to complete objectives through multiple options.
The New Xbox Experience (NXE) for the xbox 360 launches, introducing many new features, including Party Mode which allows 8 friends to play games or watch movies together over Xbox LIVE. The NXE also adds customizable Avatars to XBO LIVE, allowing members to personalize their profiles in new ways.
FAN ACHIEVEMTN TWEET
“My @Xbox Achievemnt? Being first in line for GTA4 at my local game store, April 29th 2008”
Gamertag: LXG No Mercy
Set 21 years before the events of Halo: Combat Evolved, this real-time strategy (RTS) game, Halo Wars is released. The game goes on to sell one million units worldwide, making it the best-selling console RTS game to date.
HALO 3 ODST
Set in the Halo Universe, players assume the roles of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs) in Halo 3: ODST. This addition to the Halo family goes on to become the top selling Xbox 360 game for 2009.
LIVE TV ON XBOX
For the first time ever, live TV is available on a console as Xbox LIVE launches Sky Player service in the UK, allowing access to Sky1, Sky movies, Sky Sports, Disney, MTV and other channels
FORZA MOTORSPORT 3
The third installment in the Forza Motorsport series is released, with over 400 customizable cars, 100 track variation and the ability to race up to eight cars at once.
FAN ACHIEVEMTN TWEET
“@Xbox Achievement: Turtle Power (2009) My inner childhood from the 80’s jumped for joy.:
A looming threat is coming to Albion, and it’s up to you to take control and fight alongside your people. Those include your trusty butler, voiced by Jon Cleese, and other noted British actors, including Sir Ben Kingsley as Sabine, Simon Pegg as Benn Finn and Michael Fassbender as the evil King Logan. Fable III also features Jonathon Ross, Stephen Fry and Zoey Wanamaker, taking acting in video games to a whole new level.
YOU ARE THE CONTROLLER
Microsoft introduces a true game changer with Kinect for Xbox 360, allowing gamers to interact using full-body, face and voice control for the first time. Home entertainment is forever changed.
KINECT DANCE CENTRAL
Harmonix introduces the first full-body tracking dance game for Xbox 360 with Kinect. Dance Central becomes the most popular dance game for Kinect.
Offering the opportunity to play six sports – soccer (football), bowling, track & field, table tennis, boxing and beach volleyball – using your body as the controller, Kinect Sports brings sports and family fun to living rooms everywhere and becomes the most popular sports game for Kinect.
CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS
The sales precedent set by Modern Warfare is taken over by the first Call of Duty to be set in the Cold War. Call of Duty: Black Ops sells more than 5.6 million copies within 24 hours of going on sale. An epic single-player campaign, deeper levels of character customization and new modes all contribute to positive critical and commercial response as well as a new record for the largest entertainment launch.
XBOX LIVE REACHES 35 MILLION
The Xbox LIVE community reaches 35 million active members. Each of these users logs an average of 60 hours of use a month and together, the entire community logs 2.1 billion hours on LIVE.
GEARS OF WAR 3
The final installment of Epic Games’ Gears of War trilogy, Gears of War 3 finds Marucs Fenix and company facing a new and deadly foe – the Lambent. Gears launches worldwide and sells over 3 million copies in its first week.
FORZA MOTORSPORT 4
Racing games are taken to a whole new level as Forza Motorsport 4 is launched, boasting dynamic lighting and polygon count over one million. Innovative Kinect functionality allows for head tracking as drivers can choose from over 500 customizable cars 80 different manufacturers.
DANCE CENTRAL 2
The much-anticipated sequel to the best-selling dance game on Kinect launches with new features, including voice control, two-player cooperative play, and a campaign mode featuring dance crews rocking various styles.
FAN ACHIEVEMTN TWEET
‘My @Xbox achievement was winning a Kinect dance off on Dance Central in store in 2011!”
Gamertag: Raddish Rainbow
indie and PC games come to life on the Xbox 360 in Minecraft, with 400,000 online players contributing to break Xbox LIVE sales records and vaulting the sandbox indie game to become the most purchased title on Xbox LIVE arcade.
XBOX VIDEO & XBOX MUSIC
The Zune marketplace is re-launched as Xbox Music and Xbox Video. Offering a catalog of over 30 million tracks available for streaming and download as well as the ability to rent or purchase HD movies and TV shows, the service is available on Xbox 360 as well as Windows 8 tablets and PC’s and can be synced to Windows Phones.
Entertainment is made even more amazing with Xbox SmartGlass. Mobile phones, tablets and PCs can now control the Xbox 360 experience and immerse fans deeper into their favorite movies, TV shows, games and more.
Master Chief returns as 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios release Halo 4, the latest episode in the Halo saga. The game ears $220 million on its opening day and $300 million during its first week. More than one million gamers play Halo 4 on Xbox live within 24 hours of release. One month later, over four million copies are sold.
XBOX LIVE TURNS TEN
Xbox LIVE celebrates its 10th anniversary, marking the milestone by inviting members to download Wreckateer for free while offering a 50 percent discount on other select downloadable games. Some select Xbox LIVE veterans receive custom 10th Anniversary Xbox 360 consoles as a reward for their loyalty.
FAN ACHIEVEMTN TWEET
My @Xbox achievement (2012): 100% notes hit on a song in LEFO Rock Band playing all 4 instruments at the same time.