Friday 6 November 2020

Top 10 Xbox 360 All-Time Best Games

10. Dark Souls II

Widely considered one of the hardest video games ever created, Dark Souls II’s difficulty is its selling point. While the game is often rage-quit levels tough, there is nothing more gratifying as learning an enemy’s weakness and overcoming it in battle. Few games have ever been able to replicate the truly heart-racing tension of Dark Souls II, making it an essential game for Xbox 360 owners.

9. Batman: Arkham City

Easily the finest superhero game ever made, Batman: Arkham City gives players the opportunity to become The Dark Knight in this epic open-world action-adventure. Facing off against the caped crusader’s most notorious enemies, this richly-detailed beat-‘em-up shows what the Xbox 360 was capable of – and is truly packed with content. Have you found all 400 of the in-game collectables? I thought not. Happy hunting!

8. Mass Effect II

Benefitting from smoother gameplay and a deeper narrative than its predecessor, Mass Effect II’s improved Morality meter meant that decisions in the game’s choice-based play were not taken lightly and led to drastically different conclusions and interactions. This epic space drama stills holds up as one of the finest examples of make-your-own-adventure gameplay and truly feels like it is uniquely developing around the player.

7. BioShock

One of the most atmospheric and haunting survival horrors ever made, this role-playing action-adventure mixes science-fiction, drama and action into one of the most remarkable games ever made. Revisiting the underwater city of Rapture today is still just as chilling and exciting as ever, and holds up as one of the finest games of its generation. Choose something different, choose the impossible, choose… Rapture.

6. Fallout: New Vegas

Role-playing masterpiece Fallout: New Vegas expands on the winning formula of Fallout 3 with a staggeringly expansive wasteland packed to the brim with wide-ranging quests. The amazingly detailed level, XP and reputation system combined with the game’s thoroughly remarkable choice-based structure create one of the most rewarding and endlessly replayable RPG epics.

5. Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar’s 2010 classic gave everyone the chance to live the life of a cowboy in a lawless, violent and surprisingly sprawling old West. Packed with the beloved developer’s trademark cinematic narrative structure, richly-detailed open world and engrossing story mode, Red Dead Redemption transported the gamer into a world that had never been so brilliantly explored before on consoles. Get those six-shooters ready. Yee-haw!

4. Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3 brought the original GoW series to an explosive and bloody climax in this masterful swansong to the beloved franchise. With its hilariously over-the-top set pieces and ridiculous violence, Gears of War 3 plays like a gory 80s action movie that never was. With proficient graphics and sound design to this day, Gears of War 3 still plays like one of the finest action shooters on the console.

3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Fus-ro-dah! It simply isn’t a gaming best-of list without keeping one of the top spot’s for Skyrim, and for good reason. This fantasy epic – now available in everything from VR to handheld – is at its best when played on a good old fashioned home console, and the Xbox 360 edition still has a whole lot to give. The living, breathing world of Tamriel pushed the Xbox 360 to its limit and still looks, feels and plays as good as ever.

2. Grand Theft Auto V

One of the finest games ever made, Grand Theft Auto V holds up ridiculously well even on its earlier iteration on the Xbox 360. With an unprecedented scale and cinematic structure beyond what had ever been seen on home consoles, GTA V cemented Rockstar as gaming’s mightiest developer. The third highest-selling title in the history of gaming, GTA V will almost certainly never be topped in the open-world genre.

1. Halo 3

Along with a stellar campaign that brought the original Master Chief trilogy to a satisfy conclusion, Halo 3’s highlight is the stellar offline multiplayer. There’s nothing better than getting together with a few friends and blasting your way through the Halo 3 campaign in split-screen co-op, making this phenomenal trilogy closer the finest game on the 360.

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