The Xbox 360 is a fantastic console that was instrumental in bringing gamers not only into the next generation of HD graphics, but online gaming. While there were many games I’ve missed, there’s plenty more I’ve played and loved. In a world where I have infinite time, I will most assuredly go back and rectify these mistakes. Until that paradoxical world is created, this will stand as my list of top Xbox 360 games. Enjoy!
5. Batman: Arkham City
I’ve waited my life time for this game. Until the first installment, Arkham Asylum, the only decent superhero game was Marvel Ultimate Alliance. While that was good, it still had some flaws, and never really gave me the feeling I was a hero. Asylum changed that while City perfected it. A sprawling open world with Metroid like exploration, a solid combat system, and the ability to fight or act stealthy. Never has a game nailed every gameplay aspect, let alone that of Batman.
I hope few missed this. For $60 you received Half-Life 2, both expansions, Team Fortress 2, and some game called Portal. This was my first exposure to Half-Life. While Team Fortress never took off due to server issues (though it’s still popular on Steam), Portal was where it was at. Funny how this was a simple project included as a lark. I’m sure you can pick this up for around $10 now. Do it.
This was the first game I played on an HDTV. Already a few hours in, I remember the first time I brought up the Pipboy after switching screens and being amazed at not only the level of detail, but how I could see my characters arm. Also, I was completely addicted, dumping 150 hours into the game and garnering every achievement, including the DLC.
Bioshock was the first true next generation game. Aside from solid gameplay mechanics, this told an amazing tale with a twist that no one saw coming. Though the finale left something to be desired, everything leading up to it was worth the time. I picked this up on sale for $40 the day it came out (don’t know why it was on sale, didn’t care). I spent the weekend before classes started plowing through it. Two days. I’ll never forget the adrenaline and fear I had the first time I faced off against a Big Daddy.
Nearly 200 hours I put into this game. I maxed out every stat, reaching the mythical 81.5 level. I had nearly completed everything, almost finished the Dragonborn DLC, then they released an update that allowed you to achieve a Legendary status on every skill set. I couldn’t. I needed to walk away, or I would never return from the land of Skyrim. Not that that would be a bad thing. Also, you know, life and stuff.
That bees my list. How does it compare to yours? Any glaring omissions? Comment below!
Borderlands 2 and Left 4 Dead 2, so close.