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Got an XBox. Get These Games and Accessories.

You’re the proud owner of a shiny new Xbox 360. With scores of classic games and plenty of add-ons, there are so many different options available that it can be overwhelming to choose what’s right for you. And as a new gamer, it’s even more difficult to feel like you’re making an informed decision.

Well, worry no longer. Here’s a handy guide to everything you’ll need to get the most out of your new system. From the best accessories to the most engaging games, there’s not a bad investment in the bunch — and you’ll enjoy your Xbox 360 more than you ever thought possible.

What’s your Xbox must-have? Let us know in the comments.

1. Another Controller

If you haven’t gotten a second controller now, it’s a very wise investment to get one soon. While Xbox games usually thrive on smart, single-player campaigns and online multiplayer, several excellent games — like Borderlands 2 — are taken to a new level in local co-op mode. Plus, if you’re looking to pick up any party games designed for multiplayer, a second controller is a definite must.

While Xbox makes proprietary wireless controllers at a very reasonable price (and a few limited edition ones, if you desire to be fancy), there are also some worthwhile third-party options to consider, depending on your needs and budget. The big choice is simple: Go wireless, or stay wired? It all depends on play style and your cash flow, but the allure of wireless is hard to resist.

Whatever you decide, you’ll definitely find that a second controller will come in handy.

2. Rechargeable Battery Packs

This is another no-brainer item that will save you major money in the long run. Xbox controllers can really gobble up AA batteries, and there’s nothing more frustrating than having to cut your game time short and head out to your nearest drug store because you have no more batteries left to feed the system. Rechargable battery packs are simple, easy to use, and can often double as a great storage area for your controllers in the off-time.

A full suite of proprietary Xbox rechargeable battery packs and a charging system is a bit of an investment, around $75. But with 40 hours of gameplay loaded into a single charge, there’s a big opportunity for the system to eventually pay for itself (and save a lot of batteries from the landfill). If you’re looking to save some money, you could also snag a good charging system from Energizer for around $35, including battery packs — rechargeable battery packs are definitely a product you that benefits from third-party invention…

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