When I heard the announcement that Microsoft had ceased production on Xbox 360 consoles, I became nostalgic. Nostalgic of all the hours of my life spent playing the plethora of amazing games that appeared on that console. Out of any other console in my life, the Xbox 360 was the one I spent the most time with, and certainly the one I played the most games on. No matter the genre, no matter if it was multiplayer focused or a single player experience, I played a good 3/4 of the consoles library. In honor of the hours of enjoyment I got from the console, I list my personal top ten games I played on it.
Now, lets clear a few things up before I start my list. It's literally impossible for me to have played every game that appeared on the console. While I did try and play all the big releases, some I just never got to. Also, the games I talk about are my own personal opinions, not what I think are objectively the best games that appeared on it. If a game that you love doesn't appear, it's either because I never played it, or these games meant more to me overall. Also, I don't care if any of these games also appeared on any other consoles, all that matters is that I played them on Xbox 360.
- Burnout Paradise - An absolutely gorgeous game that also turned out to be a really fun racing experience. With a wonderful soundtrack to boot, the only downside is that they got rid of Crash Mode, which was a staple of the series.
- Mortal Kombat - A fantastic reboot of a klassic series, this game had it all. A decently long, fleshed-out story mode, a good selection of Mortal Kombat kharacters, and an insane amount of kontent.
- Darksiders 1 and 2 - God of War meets Legend of Zelda, a different combination that spawned a really interesting series. Using biblical stories and characters, the two games focus around War and Death, trying to figure out who ended the world. This entry is bittersweet, as it's still unknown if we will ever see a Darksiders 3.
- Devil May Cry HD Collection and Silent Hills HD Collection - I got to experience two of my favorite games ever through these collections, Silent Hill 2 and Devil May Cry 3. All games in these collections I have a soft spot for, yes even Devil May Cry 2, but it felt weird putting HD collections on my actual list.
Without further adieu, my favorite games that appeared on Xbox 360:
The original Crackdown is the best super hero game that doesn't have you actually playing as a super hero. In the beginning, you start out as a typical agent, whose physical abilities are close to a normal human. As you progress, though, you start leveling up in five different areas, agility, driving, explosives, strength, and firearms. Pretty soon, you will be punching cars straight at a cluster of bad guys and jumping over medium sized buildings. It's an addictive process that makes you keep using every skill you have just to see what crazy result comes from it being mastered. Better yet, the game is a paradise for anyone who likes collecting in video games, because there is so much to find. Most of the stuff you find even helps upgrade some of your skills, which is a nice touch. Combine all that with traveling around a huge city, taking down leaders of criminal gangs, and you have a great time on Xbox 360.
#9. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
It's safe to say that Marvel: Ultimate Alliance was the game that introduced me to some of my favorite characters in the Marvel universe. See, when I first played it, I only recognized the big names like Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, ect. I had no idea who Dr. Strange was or why this character named Deadpool wouldn't stop running his mouth. As the game went on, I found an affinity for some of the characters I had never heard of, mainly Ghost Rider, Blade, Moon Knight (who was the exclusive character for the 360 version), and of course, Deadpool. Many years later, after growing into the comic book nerd that I am, I actually saw how much of a love letter Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is. I recognized all the characters and locations I came across, which isn't something I could say in my first playthrough. Underneath all the Marvel love, was a super fun team beat-em-up game. So, overall, it was a win/win for me.
#8. Alan Wake
I love everything that has to do with this game. The small mountain town setting, the fact that it revolves around Alan being an author, and the mysterious story and characters makes for one of the best cult classics on the Xbox 360. Classified more as a psychological thriller as apposed to a straight-up horror game, Alan Wake does a great job of making you feel uneasy as you travel around. From the pitch black forests where you constantly hear movement around you, to the bright and sunny mental institution that you may or may not belong to, you never really feel completely comfortable. Despite the base game having two story DLC's after release, it's still not really clear whats going on overall. That's where Alan Wake 2 would hopefully come in, *cough cough* Get the hint Remedy *cough*.
#7. Dead Space
For a very large portion of my life, I was a very wimpy kid. I hated horror no matter what the media, and I absolutely hated the sensation of being scared. Because of that, I avoided horror games like the plague. Then, randomly one day, I rented Dead Space. It went against everything I felt towards horror, but something about the game intrigued me. Turns out, Dead Space would be the game that converted me to loving the horror genre. The game was tense, atmospheric, and completely horrifying to a person so novice in the genre. I would go as far to say as Dead Space is one of the most finely crafted horror experiences out there, all due to the on-point jumpscares, the claustrophobic atmosphere, and the creatures that look like they just jumped out of your worst nightmare.
#6. Batman Arkham Asylum
When I eventually got into comic books, I only picked up Marvel comics. DC's overall universe or individual characters never appealed to me in the same way that Marvel's did. That is, until I played through Batman Arkham Asylum. This game is the reason I now have a decent amount of Batman comics on my bookshelf. It crammed so much of Batman's universe into one game, that it's astounding how much I learned just from playing through it. Combine that with the fantastic combat system and perfectly creepy atmosphere of Arkham Asylum and you have one of the best Super Hero games of all time. While later entries in the series improved on the formula Arkham Asylum created, I will always have a soft spot for the game that showed me how badass Batman, and his villains, can be.
#5. Grand Theft Auto 5
The Grand Theft Auto series has always had a special place in my heart. Sure, I play video games to experience non-real world scenarios, but sometimes a dose of reality is nice too. Well, as close to reality as GTA comes. Anyways, when GTA 5 was announced, I was a bit nervous about it. 3 protagonists? That seemed like something that could easily turn out awful. I'm happy to say, not only did the game come out fantastic, it's my favorite open world game I've ever played. So much of my time was spent just driving around and experiencing the beautiful and huge world Rockstar had created. When I did go back on the beaten path, GTA 5 offered some of the craziest, yet varied, missions I had seen in video games. Everything I could want in a GTA game was fulfilled by that game, to the point where every time I think about it, I smile.
#4. Mass Effect 2
This might sound weird to some of you, but one of my favorite aspects of RPG's is just going around and collecting as many party members as I can. I've always loved getting a huge party of different characters so games like Citizens of Earth and Final Fantasy 6 have always been great experiences. Enter Mass Effect 2, which is essentially the third-person shooter version of those games. Your entire objective for 80% of the game is to travel across the universe and pick up badass character after badass character all for a suicide mission. Once it's time to finally assault the Collector Base, you honestly feel like you have the greatest assembly the universe has to offer. Depending on how you've prepped your team and your ship, getting through the suicide mission with no casualties is an amazing feeling. Story-wise, the game does feel like a side track as apposed to continuing the story from the first game, but the cast of characters you get access to are so great, I couldn't care less.
Bioshock was the first game I played on Xbox 360, and holy crap, was it a hell of an introduction to that generation of consoles. It would take a lot more than a few lines to fully describe why I love this game so much, so I will keep it short. Rapture is one of my favorite video game locations ever conceived. It combines beautiful scenery with untold horrors as you slowly find out what made this utopia fall. It's absolutely fascinating to pick up audio logs and get a taste of what life was like in Rapture, or how the cracks started to appear. Plasmids were a great touch combat wise, as you could make the protagonist more defensive and lay traps, or an all-out killing machine. Lastly, the twist, oh my god, the twist. Bioshock perfectly sets up one of the most mind melting twists, by just having a helpful character say a simple phrase throughout your adventure. If you haven't played this masterpiece of a game, would you kindly fix that?
#2. Halo 3
Full disclosure, I never really cared for the Halo series before 3. I wasn't really into sci-fi or shooters when 1 and 2 were released, though I do have some fond memories of playing against my brother in 2. Halo 3 changed all of that, when literally every single one of my friends got the game. Seeing how much fun they were having, and how much I was missing out, me and my brother split the cost for a copy. To this day, it is my favorite multiplayer game of all time. The amount of time I spent with my friends playing unique game modes, building our own insane maps, or just competing against other teams is insane. I would go as far to say as Halo 3 was the best bonding experience I had with my friends. Even though the years have gone by, and some bonds have been broken, I still look back on Halo 3 with such nostalgia and appreciation for all the great times I had with my friends.
#1. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Immersion is a term I hear every so often in reference to video games. Immersion is the act of being completely absorbed by a game, to the point where you feel at one with the game world. To be honest, there have been very few times I've ever felt immersed in a game. It was so common back when I was younger, as I really put myself into the experience, but as I grew older, I always knew in the back of my mind that it's all just a game. Oblivion was the exception to this. Even up to this point, I have never been as consumed by a video game quite like how I was by Oblivion. The absolutely enormous open world, the bright and charming visuals, and the simple but beautiful music all game me and experience that I willingly put 200+ hours of my life into. Not only did I try and do absolutely everything with the first character I made, I did it multiple times with multiple characters. Nothing changed drastically from being another race, but I honestly didn't care, I just enjoyed going through all the quests multiple times. Better yet, I owned the Game of the Year edition of Oblivion, meaning I had access to even more content than the already huge base game offered. All in all, not only did I spend the most amount of time with Oblivion, it was one of the few games that truly made me feel like I was apart of it's world.
What were some of your favorite games from Microsoft's last console? Does your list match mine or is it completely different? Leave a comment below with your list, I would love to see what made it on to your list.