[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he Xbox 360 is rightly considered one of the greatest consoles of all time. It was the console where multiplayer gaming rose to prominence, giving birth to the likes of Call of Duty and Gears of War skirmishes never seen before. The 360 also had the best controller gamers had ever placed in their palms, with asynchronous left and right analogue sticks making hand cramp a thing of the past. This legendary console has had many titles, so we at Crizic thought to list some of them. The criteria of this list is simple: ‘What are the 10 greatest games we played on this platform?’ We have also considered elements like longevity/staying power, influence, and innovation. Here’s the list of 10 greatest Xbox 360 games of all time.
10. Batman: Arkham City:
It turns out Batman can be great in a video game. And this sequel to the eye-opening Arkham Asylum builds on its predecessor in every way. Moving the action from the world’s most famous home for the criminally insane to a dingy, crime-infested corner of Gotham City gave us the chance to truly behave like the bat. Hearing the cries of the victimized, we swooped down from the rooftops, dishing out cruel justice with our fists and utility belt full of wonderful toys. Arkham Asylum broke ground with gameplay that actually felt like authentic Batman behavior, but with Arkham City’s open world to patrol, we felt as if we were the Dark Knight.
9. The Walking Dead:
From a gameplay standpoint, The Walking Dead may appear weak when viewed next to the likes of Gears of War and Arkham City. Most of the actual action centers around relatively simple puzzles and average QTEs. But if it’s so plain, why do we feel such intense emotions when playing all five episodes of this deceptively simple title? Because the game’s storytelling makes almost every other game seem childish by comparison.
8. Gears of War 2:
It’s hard enough to build a successful new franchise, but creating one that becomes a key pillar for an entire console platform? So many planets have to align: releasing at the right time in a system’s lifecycle, marketing it well, crafting likeable characters, and – oh yeah – designing an incredible game helps. Gears of War pulled off the miracle, and Gears of War 2 is the pinnacle of the series to-date.
The real beauty of BioShock is its philosophical exploration of hubris. It’s a haunting experience that explores what happens when a chunk of mankind is left to embrace its ideals to the fullest, without societal restrictions. It suggests, in a very convincing way, that pride is often fatal. That these eye-opening themes are conveyed through rather fun gameplay is just icing on the cake.
And yeah, Would you kindly play this game?
The massive role-playing game’s main attraction is everything it has to offer on the side. It’s no exaggeration to say that you could spend hundreds of hours adventuring, exploring, crafting, hunting, and dungeon diving. Main story? It’s pretty good, but it’s the story you create as you carve your mark in Skyrim that’s the real victory here. Elder Scrolls V ups the ante for the open-world experience, making a truly gorgeous and ambitious title that’ll keep you busy for a long, long time.
5. Halo 3:
One of the most hotly hyped first-person shooters of all time, Halo 3 concluded the main story that had been set up in the first two games released on the Xbox. A true blockbuster of a video game, Halo 3 didn’t so much change up the series as it did polish it to perfection.
4. GTA V:
Rockstar’s magnum opus is pointed proof that video game makers are capable of incredible things when you give the very best of them virtually unlimited time and resources to fulfill their creative vision.
3. Orange Box:
Valve’s color-monikered compilation packs one of the best first-person shooters of all time in Half-Life 2, both of its stellar episodic add-ons, class-based multiplayer powerhouse Team Fortress 2, and the wildly inventive Portal – a game so good and original that many called it the Game of the Year purely on its own, separate from the rest of the Orange Box package.
2. Mass Effect Trilogy:
Playing through the full Mass Effect trilogy on the same save file has to be one of greatest, most unique experiences in any form of entertainment. The ‘Star Wars’ of the video game industry, Mass Effect’s legacy will be felt long after the final Xbox 360 has been manufactured.
1. Red Dead Redemption:
Okay, stop right there. Yes, we know that most of the lists have Mass Effect Trilogy on the top when it comes to Xbox 360. But does any, ANY game provide as much influence or emotional connection to the gamer as RDR does? Nope.