The day has finally come. Microsoft has announced that they will be stopping Xbox 360 production. Since its launch 10 years ago, there have been some landmark games on the system, but here are ten of the best.
Red Dead Redemption (2010)
The story of John Marston remains as one of the greatest in video game history. Not only has the game stood the test of time, but Red Dead Redemption has some of the most memorable characters and innovative gameplay. It made westerns cool again with nail-biting duels, saloon shootouts, and hog tieing people while on horseback.
Starting out on the PC, Minecraft‘s move to the 360 was a shaky one. Over many, many more updates, Mojang‘s creation hit dizzying, pixellated heights with new content and performance improvements. Now you can spend hours and hours building huge buildings and cities with friends online, or just on your own trying to avoid creepers.
Left 4 Dead 2 (2009)
Teaming up with 3 other players on the sofa to kick some undead ass in Left 4 Dead 2 was one of the highlights of the 360 era. Valve‘s sequel took zombie killing to a whole new level with special zombies and well, horde upon horde of running rotting corpses.
State of Decay (2013)
State of Decay introduced a new breed of survival game. Released on Xbox Live Arcade, it mixes base-building with supply runs and rescuing survivors while trying to fend off the undead. Once one of your survivors gets mutilated by twenty-odd zombies, they’re gone forever. Having that fear of losing a character makes you strongly consider risk over need, something that rarely features in survival games.
“The cake is a lie.” Portal brought one of the greatest 2 hours of gaming in history. The innovative gameplay with the puzzle-solving portal gun and quirky, mind-bending story made Portal a must for any gamer’s library. The gun sounds cool too.
Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
Returning to San Andreas was always going to be a success. GTA V really hit it out of the park. First launching on last-gen consoles in September 2013, the fresh take on GTA with not one, but three lead characters and a map so diverse and vast made Los Santos one of the best places to go on a murderous rampage.
Far Cry 3 (2012)
Kidnapped while enjoying a sick holiday with your mates on a mysterious exotic island? Good thing you know how to use a gun, skin animals and shoot up when you get hurt. Not only do you have to survive, but you have to try and rescue your dumbass friends while trying to save the war-torn drug island from some friendly, resident warlords. Far Cry 3 made fighting for your life fun, with rocket launchers, flamethrowers, and cute killer tigers to help in your quest.
Assassin’s Creed II (2009)
Ezio Auditore ushered in the best of Assassin’s Creed to date. Assassin’s Creed II took the series to Italy, with Ezio parkouring and killing around Florence, Venice, and Rome. He went on to have two more games based on his story, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Revelations.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012)
If you haven’t run around the Hijacked map online with an SMG or assault shotgun, you haven’t lived the true COD life. Black Ops 2 featured Treyarch‘s best multiplayer offering and a twist on the traditional Call of Duty campaign. If anyone still plays the story anyway.
Dirt 3 (2011)
New events and multiplayer mode made Dirt 3 one of the most enjoyable racing experiences on consoles. Each kind of vehicle whether it be rally car or truck controls beautifully. The split-screen and solo driving events make Dirt 3‘s off-road racing the only one to play on 360.
Red Dead Redemption – Game of The Year Edition for the Xbox 360 is available on Amazon.