Years ago, the Xbox 360 arrived in our homes and we enjoyed incredible games. Halo, Forza Motorsport or GTA are just a few sagas that have given us excellent titles. Whether you just want to remember good games or are looking for new titles to play these days, here is a list of what we consider the best 50 games for the Xbox 360!
1. Halo: Reach
Halo: Reach is a spectacular game whose plot places you before the events of the first Halo. You will be Noble 6, a character alien to the famous Master Chief who will have to face the Covenant. This installment is one of the best of the entire saga, a perfect balance between the playable and the narrative. It takes the best of elements from Halo: Combat Evolved, 2, 3, and ODST, and masterfully combines them to bring us a must-have shooter for every Xbox 360 owner.
2. Red Dead Redemption
The story of John Marston was permeated in the minds of many players. Red Dead Redemption was the best western- themed game ever made, with a movie-worthy plot, tremendous graphics, and playable mechanics that help you immerse yourself further into its world. This action adventure game is the best you can enjoy on Xbox 360, so play it as soon as possible!
3. Gears of War 3
The third and final installment of the Gears of War trilogy demonstrated how to make an impressive shooting game for Xbox 360. It puts us back in the shoes of Marcus Fenix and company, who continue their wild and bloody fight against a new enemy, the Lambents. It is a video game that is very enjoyed in company, and its online game was considered one of the best on the console.
4. Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 2 is the second part of the acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy and, for many, the best. The cast of characters, the number of missions and the consequences of each decision are the great virtues that launched the game to success. Meeting and recruiting Shepard’s teammates is an enjoyment, an experience worth having. It is a highly recommended RPG shooter , and with a final stretch of heart attack!
5. Grand Theft Auto V
There is never a Grand Theft Auto missing from these lists, and even less for one of the most successful titles of all time. GTA V is the pinnacle of the series: packed with content, charismatic characters and highly addictive action. It’s fun to follow in the footsteps of Franklin, Trevor, and Michael, and get into each and every one of their situations. If you love sandbox games , don’t miss this one!
6. Forza Motorsport 4
Forza Motorsport is to Xbox 360 what the Gran Turismo series was to PS3. With incredible physics, realistic car control and great graphics, Forza Motorsport 4 is the titan of racing games on Xbox 360. There is a selection of over 500 cars and 26 tracks to compete on, which is nothing! wrong! Another quality of the game is the powerful main mode, as our rivals will adapt to our progress and skill so as not to get bored in any challenge.
7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls saga has always been very notorious for the freedom it offers the player. Skyrim gives us the opportunity to be the new hero of the region, a character with dragon blood. But of course, that’s not all! You can also be part of a fighters or thieves guild, or dedicate yourself to buying houses and running errands. And if you decide to explore, rest assured that you will dedicate more than 100 hours to the game. Lots of content and entertainment in one game!
8. Ultra Street Figher IV
Ultra Street Fighter IV is the best version of one of the best fighting games of all time. Contains a whopping 40+ characters and modes more than enough to lose countless afternoons of gameplay. If you are a lover of fighting games, rest assured that Ultra Street Fighter IV is one of the best bets you can make, with a very refined gameplay that invites competitiveness.
9. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
The Witcher 2 was a change in every way from the first part. The developers were encouraged to make an incredible game in terms of graphics, challenging in terms of playability and engaging in narrative. In this second installment, we must help Geralt find the killers of kings, getting into a story of great proportions. In fact, the second act changes a lot based on your decisions!
10. Fallout 3
Fallout is one of the most acclaimed games in all of history due to its open world and sheer freedom of action. We can either go find the father of the protagonist or get lost in the abundant side missions. There is too much to do! The combat system also has its point of originality, where we can select the part of the body we want to shoot or hit. To round off the excellent result, every action had its consequences, for better or for worse!
11. Alan Wake
Alan Wake’s story and setting work didn’t go unnoticed at all. It is one of the most recognized works in this regard and we recommend you play it to see for yourself. Especially if you love horror and mystery games! In Alan Wake, light is of great importance in a town where darkness threatens at all times. Successfully mix elements of third-person shooter , investigation, and adventure, and don’t lose your composure!
Now that we have just talked about setting with Alan Wake, the truth is that BioShock is another great reference! The world of Rapture, depicted as a disgraced utopia, grabs you and you want to find out what made this underwater city go so twisted. Bioshock is a first person shooter where we will obtain powers and fight against fierce enemies. The plot presents us with some moral dilemmas, and the most important is: what will you do with the Little Sisters?
13. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Considered by many as the last perfect Call of Duty, it is undeniable that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is an enjoyable title like few others. The campaign mode is a pleasant experience, made up of missions of commendable intensity. The numerous situations, weapons and scenarios help to round out a title that marked the beginning of a new stage in the saga. It is, without a doubt, one of the best war shooting games on the market!
14. Portal 2
Portal 2 is a well-mixed cocktail of wit, humor, and defiance. The first installment was a charm, but the second cemented the proposal with excellence. The puzzles are solved in very creative ways and the narrative is outstanding. Broadly speaking, only three characters interact with each other, but the dynamics are so well managed that it helps you fall in love with the game immediately.
15. Dark Souls
Demon’s Souls only came out on PlayStation 3, but Xbox 360 owners were in luck with the release of the first Dark Souls. He frustrated scores of players with his unmerciful punishments, but he was equally enchanted by the very fact. Few games manage to be so difficult but rewarding at the same time, so if you like challenges, go for Dark Souls! Another good point is the masterful assembly of the world, seeing little by little how everything is connected. It’s like a giant puzzle!
16. Batman: Arkham City
Let’s be clear: whether you like Arkham Asylum or City more, they are undoubtedly the best superhero games on Xbox 360. If we talk about Batman: Arkham City, it contains one of the most memorable cast of heroes and villains on the console. Apart from that, the playable possibilities due to Batman’s gadgets and the puzzles to be solved make us enjoy this title as children for dozens of hours. Especially if you want to do 100%!
17. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
The premise of XCOM: Enemy Unknown is simple, yet its execution is exemplary. Aliens advanced in technology and psyche threaten to invade the entire earth. As a commander, you will be in charge of repelling the invasion! You have a base and a small group of soldiers at your disposal. The title combines tactical and management elements very well, requiring all possible resources to be victorious in each mission. With all security, we can tell you that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is one of the best tactical strategy games.
To unwind for an afternoon, what better way than to defeat hordes of enemies in style, playing as a mischievous and burlesque protagonist? Little thing! Bayonetta is a wild action game, one of the best hack & slash on the console and in the history of video games. You can get rid of your opponents in many ways, with combos that are as spectacular as they are effective. The gameplay feels so organic, so natural and at the same time deep that you will hardly leave the controller aside.
19. Left 4 Dead 2
It’s easier and more fun surviving a zombie apocalypse with company. Even better if it’s in a video game like Left 4 Dead 2! This is a cooperative title with quite a few types of infected willing to do anything to eat your guts. Luckily, there are a good number of melee and firearms to get rid of them and reach your destination. Make sure to invite other friends of yours, as this is how Left 4 Dead 2 is best enjoyed.
20. Assassin’s Creed II
Assassin’s Creed II is the beginning of the great and splendid story of Ezio Auditore, which also aptly expanded what the first part already offered. In this game of assassins, the important thing is to know how to successfully infiltrate, pursue and eliminate your targets. It is set in the Italian Renaissance with great care in detail, either with the characters or the locations. If you like games with historical elements and those of stealth and action, don’t hesitate to get hold of Assassin’s Creed II!
21. Tales of Vesperia
For everyone who likes JRPGs, you must go through Tales of Vesperia. One of the best of all time in the genre and a must-see on the Xbox 360. Unlike recent games in the series, combat works in a linear fashion, in the sense that you choose an enemy to attack and can move away or get closer to him. Each character can have a series of different abilities, which makes it easy to form your favorite group according to the way you play. The story is extensive, following in the footsteps of Yuri and company in the most varied and interesting situations. It’s easy to put in about 50 hours, and even more!
22. Tomb Raider
The 2013 Tomb Raider was an impressive reboot of Lara Croft’s story, more focused on action but without leaving exploration and puzzle solving behind. We are shipwrecked on an island where we will soon discover that one of the myths is more real than Lara Croft imagined. Through many blows and sufferings, we see how the protagonist transforms into an explorer and fighter. In short, Tomb Raider is an excellent adventure, action and puzzle solving game.
23. Borderlands 2
The first Borderlands was a game that was essential in itself, but Borderlands 2 raised the formula to the cube. You have a world at your disposal to explore and complete missions at your own pace. Each character to choose has their own abilities, which greatly changes the gameplay and the way of approaching each task. If you have other friends, so much the better! This game was designed to be enjoyed together, and it never hurts to have one more ally in a world full of danger like Pandora.
24. Rayman Legends
Rayman Legends is the quintessential 2D platformer for Xbox 360. It has been praised for its level design, playable mechanics, and all the audiovisuals. It is another of the titles on the list that can be enjoyed (and a lot) with other friends, as several characters accompany Rayman. If you consider yourself a fan of the genre, don’t miss the opportunity to play Rayman Legends. To convince you, one last fact: it has more than 120 levels!
25. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Both Battlefield 3 and Bad Company 2 are fully recommended war shooters that you can play on Xbox 360. However, we opted more for Bad Company 2 for being superior in its campaign mode proposal and other virtues both in terms of its playability and its graphics. It is one of the best titles set on the military theme and remains on the podium, even years after its departure.
26. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
The year is 2027 and Adam Jensen discovers that someone has given him cybernetic implants to turn him into a killing machine. Deus Ex: Human Revolution takes us through the streets and buildings of a world where mega corporations have become the most powerful entity in the world. His proposal is more similar to an RPG than a shooter outright, although it is up to us to tackle situations with violence, stealth, hacking or talking. A great game where actions and decisions matter!
27. DiRT 2
For everyone who is a fan of the rally scene, DiRT 2 is the most obvious choice of all. It is a very complete racing game, challenging to reach 100% and with clear arcade touches but without subtracting in simulation. There are dozens of cars that you can unlock, each with its own unique behavior and more suitable for one type of competition than others. The good thing is that you can adjust the simulation level, so it is easy to adapt it to your liking and enjoy it without problems!
28. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a short and exciting adventure game with some puzzles, but its greatest virtue lies in the story. You control two brothers, one for each analog stick , who embark on a journey to find a way to heal the father. The work both visually and sound is perfect, showing a beauty rarely seen on Xbox 360. If you dare to play it, get ready for its final stretch!
29. Fable II
Fable II is another of the games where your decisions matter, in which each action will make your character become more good, bad or simply neutral. The funny thing is that this even affects the appearance of the dog that accompanies it. That’s where the details go! In addition to living a story where you decide whether to be the hero or the villain, you can do other things like work or start a family. Fable II is a good title that is loved and is very much enjoyed as a good action RPG that it is.
30. Lost Odyssey
Following Blue Dragon, the Mistwalker Company gifted us with the heartwarming Lost Odyssey. We accompany the life of Kaim Argonar, who has been sentenced to live 1000 years. We go through different stages of its history, meeting different characters, loves and conflicts. As far as playable, it is a JRPG with turn-based combat but that integrates a somewhat original system. Depending on the character, accessories or leveling become important to obtain new abilities. It is a difficult game to sum up in a few words. If you are a huge fan of JRPGs, just play it!
31. Dead Rising
Being a journalist and photographer is not exactly a promising profession to survive a zombie epidemic. However, Frank West proves he is more than that! Dead Rising is a fun survival game where you meet various characters and face two dangers: the zombies and the clock. With approximately 72 hours in time trial (reflected in 6 hours of real time), you will have to stay alive until the rescue helicopter arrives. In the meantime, there are a good number of tasks to accomplish. Can you get out alive?
Vanquish is a third-person shooter game so rampant that you never hit the brakes. Don’t think too much about the plot, because that is what matters the least. The main element of Vanquish is the action, presented with phases packed with bullets, punches, explosions and technology everywhere. PlatinumGames gave us an addictive title that innovates within the genre in playable mechanics and keeps us hooked by its fast pace.
33. Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has one of the most iconic repertoires of fighters in fighting games, and is at the same time the most complete you will find for Xbox 360. There are modes to play until you get tired, with the possibility of fighting 1 against 1, 2 against 2 and even 1 against 2. The 3D fighting approach takes on a new dimension by being able to change characters in the middle of the round. Go ahead and play with another friend; The rivalry will have no limits!
34. The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series
The popularity of The Walking Dead series finally allowed a graphic adventure as spectacular as it was emotional to take shape. Telltale’s game focuses on conversations and decision making. In fact, the experience is personalized in such a way that you can choose all your answers. This serves as a vehicle to forge the character of Lee, the protagonist of the game, as he tries to raise Clementine in a world where violence and death are more relevant than ever.
35. Dead Space 2
When it comes to horror games, Dead Space 2 is one of the most gruesome and fun games out there. Taking advantage of the success of the first part, the second installment takes on a more wild and terrifying hue. In fact, there are a few parts of the game that horrified numerous players. But the good stuff doesn’t end there! This time the protagonist is more prepared, which implies more tools and weapons to face the necromorphs. Indispensable to play it if you like survival horror !
Dishonored is a stealth action game with RPG elements, in which your actions will influence future missions and plot direction. It was a pleasant surprise for the level design and artistic section, in addition to its powerful plot. He always invites you to do one more mission! The powers and combat mechanics are very successful, although you can decide yourself if you will face the enemies face to face or eliminate them from the shadows.
37. Mortal Kombat
If you are looking for another very complete fighting game but more wild and bloody, Mortal Kombat is your game! This title contains a good sum of fighters and modes to show your fury and superiority against the opponent. The Tower of Challenges mode by itself can already give you a lot of hours, but the story mode is not lacking and, of course, the battles against other people. The Mortal Kombat of 2011 was highly appreciated for its great gameplay, thus becoming one of the best for Xbox 360.
38. Rock Band 3
Rock Band 3 is the perfect game for groups of friends who are music lovers, and even better if it is rock! This saga took the proposals of SingStar and Guitar Hero to go further by including guitar, electric bass, drums and singer. It’s like being a real musical group! The repertoire of songs is immense, including from classics of the 60s to new hits of the current millennium. The first Rock Band fell in love with many, and Rock Band 3 is more and better.
This game surprised critics and players in a very positive way. FEZ is presented as a 2D platform video game, but the grace of the game is to be able to change perspective, being really in a 3D world. This detail allows FEZ to be a fresh game within the genre, with an innovative approach and the most varied puzzles. We assure you that, if you decide to play FEZ, you will not stop being amazed. A great indie game !
40. Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins was welcomed with open arms by Western RPG lovers. It brought back the flavor of the classic RPGs, although it also included more modern elements such as careful cutscenes. The story takes us to a world threatened by a dragon and an army that emerged from the depths. We will need to gather allies and convince the different rulers to join forces. You will get it?
41. Shadow Complex
Shadow Complex is a name that may not be very familiar to you. It is an action platform game that is a bit reminiscent of Super Metroid and some of the classic Castlevania. We control Jason Fleming and discover that there is a group that is trying to provoke a civil war in America. With a 2D approach, we must move forward and stop the enemies. The interesting thing about the game is that, although we only move on a 2D plane, the enemies do move on a 3D plane!
42. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
Any player who likes shooters where we control a ship, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is the perfect choice. And it is very colorful! It is a frenetic game, common within this genre in particular, and there are different modes to enjoy shooting day after day. Whether you like survival or time trial modes, you are sure to be busy trying to break records. Its not that easy!
43. South Park: The Stick of Truth
If you love the animated series South Park, nothing more to say! This game is a constant nod to the drawings both for its wild and vulgar humor and for the characters. South Part: The Stick of Truth is a role-playing game in which, playing as a “new kid”, we have to gather a group of atypical heroes to get hold of the Stick of Truth. You will run into aliens, elves and the most rude situations. You better be prepared for the journey!
44. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
With Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, don’t expect one of those classic Castlevania! Although it has some similarities in setting and story, it is a reboot of the series. Abandon 2D to become an action and adventure game, a hack & slash with some portions of puzzles. The focus falls much more on fighting and using different weapons to defeat enemies. A good action video game, as long as you consider it as a new and separate game.
45. Trials Evolution
Trials Evolution is a great motorcycle game in which physics is very important. His proposal is very simple: take the motorcycle and try to go to the finish line, overcoming all the obstacles on the way. Not only can you enjoy 50 original tracks, but you can create your own circuits to challenge yourself or others. Replayability is assured, as there is always a jump or movement that will allow you to be faster than before. Drive well and don’t crash!
46. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown does not have exactly the largest repertoire of fighters. In fact, it is one of the smallest in terms of known fighting sagas titles. Despite this, many fans of these games are fond of Virtua Fighter for its totally different characters in style, with their pros and cons. Virtua Fighter 5’s combat system is one of the best of its kind, and it deserves a chance from you!
47. Spec Ops: The Line
Do you want to play a military shooter game with unmatched storytelling strength? Well, that’s Spec Ops: The Line, a game with a bloody story and a setting so successful that it is a most immersive experience. You will be Captain Martin Walker and, together with his team, you must search for Battalion 33. However, soon everything goes wrong. The enemy soldiers, the people, the sandstorms and the mental attacks of the protagonist … everything is a vestige of what really happens. Don’t lose your attention at any time!
48. Project Gotham Racing 4
Compared to Forza Horizon 4, Project Gotham Racing 4 may not be the maximum benchmark in racing games for Xbox 360. It is also committed to simulation and realistic control of cars, but this game feels unique, different. We are rewarded for our ability to corner and drive recklessly at specific times. The good thing is that we can play with cars or motorcycles, and the behavior is affected depending on the weather! By the way, don’t try to do the wheelie on a rainy day …
49. Devil May Cry 4
Devil May Cry 4 is not considered the best of the saga by any means, but it is still a perfectly entertaining installment. We will fight with Nero against numerous hordes of enemies with a style worthy of the house brand, changing weapons as necessary. History gives us great moments, including appearances by Dante that will make us want to put ourselves in his control. Well the wish will come true!
50. Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
We finish the list of the best Xbox 360 games with another war title. This is Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, a tactical shooter in which mistakes are hardly forgiven. Each mission must be well planned, knowing in advance what steps we want to take and how to approach each conflict. In the version for this console one can take cover from the shots with the environment and give orders to your unit, drones or helicopters. Come on, it’s not worth going around shooting like crazy!