A hunter battles a horde of zombies in Hunter: The Reckoning
Hunter: The Reckoning originates from the World Of Darkness tabletop role-playing franchise, and it shares a universe with the more well-known Vampire: The Masquerade series. But while this game is often overshadowed by its sibling, it’s still a pretty good time. Hunter: The Reckoning is an overhead hack-and-slasher, in the vein of something like Gauntlet; like that famous series, the game is best if you team up with your friends to slay your enemies. Hunter: The Reckoning was released for the Xbox on May 21, 2002.
So you’ve acquired a brand-new Xbox Series X|S, but you don’t know what to do with it. Maybe you’re waiting for the enigmatic Starfield, or maybe you’re just tired of Halo and need a vacation. You could look for a brand-new game… or you could go into the system’s backward-compatible game library, which encompasses the whole 20-year history of Xbox gaming. Multiplayer-focused first-person shooters were to the 2000s gaming scene what, uh, multiplayer-focused third-person shooters are to the current gaming landscape: they were everywhere, and not all of them were excellent. However, TimeSplitters 2, developed by the sadly defunct Free Radical Games, was a good game.
The player’s ship targets an enemy in Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter. In the early 2000s, gamers loved Star Wars games; you’ll see this franchise a few more times on this list. Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter is the sequel to the hit Star Wars Starfighter, and while both games focus on aerial combat, Jedi Starfighter adds Force powers to your arsenal of weapons.
Its lightsaber combat in particular is one of the best parts of the game, and it’s so well implemented that many fans still hold Jedi Outcast in high esteem. It was ported to the Switch and Playstation 4 in 2019, but the Series X|S is the easiest way to play the original these days. It was released on the original Xbox on March 26, 2002.
These function basically as endlessly rechargeable weapons, but combined with the game’s cinematic presentation and its solid co-op implementation, you have a solid game on your hands. Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter was released for the Xbox on May 13, 2002. While Jedi Starfighter focuses on ship-based combat, Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast takes a different approach. It’s an action game with a particular emphasis on melee fighting; it features a variety of different weapons, including Force powers, blasters, and lightsabers.