Top 10 Xbox 360 Games
Since it’s launch in 2005, the Xbox 360 has been the platform for some very amazing and innovative titles. Out of thousands of games, what are the 10 that stand out from the pack? Check out our top 10 and find out!
Note: This list does not include Xbox LIVE Arcade titles. That will be a separate list.
#10: Rock Band 3
The music genre peaked in 2008, when the battle between the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises were red-hot. With the release of Rock Band 2, Harmonix truly pulled ahead and left the Guitar Hero series in the dust. Rock Band 3 drove the nail in the coffin, amplified everything that made the Rock Band series a success, and delivered the best music game of all-time.
#9: Mirror’s Edge
Mirror’s Edge is a prime example of a game that is truly under-appreciated. While the game may not have been a financial home-run, it scored very well with critics and gamers alike with it’s unique game-play and fresh storytelling. It’s garnered an almost “cult” following. After years of fans pleading with DICE and EA, it seems that Mirror’s Edge is finally receiving a sequel.
#8: Rainbow Six: Vegas 2
The original Rainbow Six: Vegas was a huge hit, and with good reason. The game-play was solid, the story was enjoyable, and the multiplayer was endless hours of fun. The sequel, Vegas 2, improved on what made the first game work so well and added one small feature: sprint. Unfortunately, the game wasn’t supported very well by Ubisoft and died off rather quickly. A shame for a game as good as this.
#7: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
The Call of Duty franchise has turned into a shadow of it’s former self, becoming nothing more than a quick cash-grab, but it was Call of Duty 4 that really put the franchise at the forefront of gaming. The game was plucked out of it’s World War II roots and thrust into the present day. It was fresh and a far-cry from Halo, which was gaming’s powerhouse at the time. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was the game. Can Call of Duty: Ghosts return the franchise back to it’s former glory?
#6: Gears of War 3
The Gears of War series has become one of the Xbox’s premiere gaming franchises. Gears of War 2 was extremely popular, but had it’s share of problems. A lot of them, to be honest. Gears of War 3 drove the trilogy home in a big way, and offered up one of the most well-rounded online experiences in a shooter. If you’ve never played Horde or Beast mode, grab a couple of friends and prepare for a crazy night of chainsaws and craziness.
#5: Assassin’s Creed III
With the release of the first Assassin’s Creed, gamers were blown away with it’s simple, yet addictive game-play which was paired alongside a beautiful setting which made for a very unique experience. Since then, the franchise has grown with spin-offs, sequels, and now a feature film in the works. By the time Assassin’s Creed III was released, the game-play had been refined and retooled to have a deeper, more satisfying experience. With the announcement of Assassin’s Creed IV at this year’s E3, the franchise doesn’t look to be going away any time soon.
#4: Red Dead Redemption
Grand Theft Auto set in the old west. Put that on paper and people would probably scratch their heads, but Rockstar turned that concept into one of the must-play games of this generation. Red Dead Redemption was a deeply gratifying experience that only a few games can match. A rich story, a vast, open world to explore, and endless replay value makes took this and other Rockstar games to new heights in terms of creativity.
#3: Halo 3
The Halo series is Microsoft’s baby, and the Xbox’s most recognizable games. Halo 2 was at the top of Xbox LIVE for a number of years, but everyone was interested in what Halo 3 had to offer. At the time, Halo 3 was to be the last of the series, and offered up an amazing Campaign mode, as well as an online multiplayer with virtually endless reply value thanks to Forge Mode, which allowed players to create their own maps. Players even used the tools to come up with new game-types, like racing and the ever-popular “Grifball.” With Halo 3 thought to be the “last hurrah,” it definitely planned on going out with a bang.
#2: BioShock: Infinite
BioShock is one of the most unique gaming experiences to be released in the last decade. The original game was set in an underwater haven, almost a dreamland filled with just enough sense of the real world make it creepy. BioShock: Infinite looked to the skies as their setting, showing that the series could hold it’s ground in a “different” world. Infinite’s setting could almost be compared to what one would imagine Heaven to be like. The beautiful setting was a great offset to the rather dark story behind the game. A nice contrast which made for the most memorable experience in gaming history.
#1: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
What else can be said about The Elder Scrolls that hasn’t already been said? Skyrim is the quintessential video game, one that anyone who has ever held a controller in their lifetime should try. Skyrim‘s beautiful setting, rich story, and endless replay value set this game apart from just about every other game to date. Plus, who doesn’t love to fight dragons?! Skyrim players on the PC have an advantage as well, with an endless number of mods and hacks that can completely transform the look and feel of the game, and even the way the game plays.
Now, some of you may be wondering, “What about Grand Theft Auto V?” Because the game has only been out less than a week, it’s hard to say what kind of impact it will have in gaming and the lasting impression it will have on it’s players. That isn’t to say it isn’t it good game, because it’s arguable the best of the series, but it’s too new to make any sort of real mark in the world of gaming. Can it beat Skyrim? I guess only time will tell.