When Sony, Sega, and Nintendo dominated the console market, Microsoft entered with nothing else than the Xbox.
The console's success guaranteed the continuation of the computer giant in the household gaming industry. When the next generation arrived, it struck with its Xbox 360.
Of course, this would not have been possible without a robust offer of games and a few exclusives!
Among these, a group of jaw-dropping titles helped the console to earn its place in this generation's pantheon.
These are the best games to play on Xbox 360
If you like first-person shooters, this is for you, as it is arguably the top game of this genre for the Xbox360.
The problem with some games like this is their lack of deep storylines. This happened in previous installments of this franchise. With Halo: Reach, the creators demonstrated how capable they are to bring a game to life.
So, if you like plot twists, tons of action, and cliffhangers, then this must be at the top of your 360’s game shelf!
Grand Theft Auto V
The GTA series hit the pinnacle with the fifth installment. Many elements improved the previous versions and make this game the best of the best.
The campaign mode is revamped, this time giving you the option to play with different characters, with their pros and cons.
The multiplayer aspect of the game was also reimagined. Now you can have your friends join to participate in a plethora of activities, from a simple car race, to perform a heist together.
At the end of the day, GTA V is a sandbox game in disguise because of the incredible amount of freedom it gives through its mod capabilities.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
An open-world masterpiece, Skyrim manages to blow your mind as it is such an immersive game with so much to do. You can be whatever you want: a great hero that fights for good and saves the day, or just a traveler chilling and exploring the place.
After a couple of hundreds of hours playing it, you understand it is less of a game with a clear objective and more like an empty canvas, where you can shape your adventure as you like.
The level of realism is up there too. As a good part of your time goes doing things that are obvious in such harsh environments but other games omit, like protecting your supplies from wild animals, boiling water for consumption, and even curing yourself of illnesses.
Batman: Arkham City
This was such a surprise of a game. It has this incredible plot for a superhero game that always gets you on the brink of your seat. Some plot themes are just intriguing and will keep you punching people to know what happens next.
Also, the whole playing with another character thing was fresh. Using cat woman gives another perspective, and having to adapt your playstyle gives some variety to the way the game unfolds.
Now, the most exciting part of this game? The extra missions. Most of those are better crafted than some whole games we see nowadays!
The Witcher 2: Assassins Kings
This game’s setting is such an eye candy for those fans of medieval themes. It is visually compelling and enjoyable. The many characters are well thought off. The story world is breathtaking yet dark, as it tackles some sensitive issues.
Gameplay-wise is fluid and satisfying, with interesting upgrade mechanics. The skill tree lets you customize your capabilities and become more proficient at some things than others.
A game that will catch your eye and your heart and will probably have you coming back for more!
Assassin's Creed II
A fan favorite, Assassin's Creed II was acclaimed and cherished by its fans. The plot lets us dive into Ezio’s life and the hardships he faced since he was a child, and his journey to becoming a mentor of the Assasin Order.
The combat system is very intricate and well designed. Ensure you take the time to learn the controls properly, as executing specific chained attacks is hugely satisfying.
Also, the fact that it has so many side missions, some of which are unlockable after completion, gives it an excellent replayability value.
Having a powerful console does not mean you need to go 3D. We are so grateful that Rayman Legends’ creators think that way because otherwise, we would not have such a gem of a game.
The game takes you to 11 different areas or worlds, all of them showing increasing difficulty levels. There are also some exciting stages, the “special music stages,” that are incredibly entertaining.
The game is filled with unlockable content, and it is newbie-friendly, making it perfect for sharing with your children.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
If you are a fan of the Tekken series, this game will bring you so many memories. The game roster of this game is one of the biggest we have seen on the franchise, reviving old characters cast out in previous installments.
Visually, the game is stunning, and you will spend some time admiring the backgrounds, the music, and the character models.
Gameplay mechanics are surprisingly deep, although a bit unforgiving. However, it is accessible for new players and veterans alike.
This vibrant title innovates without hurting the game’s essence, offers decent online gameplay, and preserves classic elements as the silly humor that characterizes the series.
Forza Motorsport 4
This game spectacularly surpassed its predecessors. Long gone are the days when this franchise was looked down on by more established sagas like Grand Turismo and Need For Speed.
Forza Motorsport 4 improved the graphics, added more cars and race modes, and gave a far greater actual speed sensation, combining both visual and sound effects.
The online features were well regarded and innovative, making it accessible for both newcomers and car enthusiasts.
The reboot of Lara Croft’s adventures took many people by surprise. It used first-person shooter elements, and in some parts, it felt like a survival game. Despite this, the game felt compelling enough, and it plays nicely without becoming boring.
The world was so carefully designed that you will want to explore it thoroughly. Luckily, the game gives you items that allow going treasure hunting once you are way ahead, an irresistible temptation for gamers who like to collect every item.
Yes, this fantastic console’s production ceased, but there are millions of hours of fun and great games to check out. Despite popular opinion and the existence of multiplatform titles, there are many loyal Xboxers out there.
This console is an excellent choice for new gamers and for all of you reading this who want to replay all these fantastic titles without spending too much money. As it turns out, it is pretty cheap compared to other systems.