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The Very Best Video Games for Xbox 360 to Buy

The new generation may have arrived, but make sure you’ve played these 360 games before it’s too late.

The 360 generation has left gamers completely spoilt, to the extent that many of us who have officially moved on to the X1 realistically still have a backlog the size of a house.

Indeed, despite my best efforts my backlog of unfinished games seems to be growing rapidly. Whilst many of these games are frankly guilty pleasures, I have missed out on a few big titles that I intend to catch up on before I finally lay my 360 to rest in the attic.

To make sure you don’t miss out, here’s my list of the best video games for Xbox 360 to buy or regret forever.

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A lot of gamers dislike the constant franchising of any halfway decent title (if I see another COD I’m going to scream!) but it’s worth remembering that a sequel is also a chance to improve.

Portal was a much loved short puzzler included in The Orange Box, but when a standalone sequel was released co-op partners everywhere celebrated. Undoubtedly the best co-op experience out there, this is a must-have.

In the action adventure category, here’s Assassin’s Creed II. The first game was flawed, the third one annoying (at least in parts, but I forgive it) but the second one was just right.

A strong contender for best RPG, Mass Effect II is often over-looked now. With fans universally feeling ripped off by the tacked on ending and general lack of player action consequence in the third instalment it is easy to forget that MEII is awesome. By far the strongest in the series, it really shows that western RPGs have earned their place.

By far the strongest in the series, it really shows that western RPGs have earned their place

I Hope You Brought Your Bucket & Spade…

Where the 360 has excelled itself is the plethora of superb sandbox games in various genres. When it comes to good video games for Xbox 360, or indeed any console, this genre is always a good place to start. I adore sandbox games, how could you not? A whole world to do with as you please sounds like heaven.

Burnout Paradise amazed us all when it demonstrated how easily a sandbox racer could work. Sinfully fun in multiplayer and addictive in single player, it is easily the best racing game in my opinion.

Comic book fans need to play Batman: Arkham Asylum and its follow up, Arkham City. Showing that DC does have some good source material, an array of fantastic characters made these games classics. Look out for Mark Hamil as the Joker.

When it comes to the kings of the sandbox everyone looks to Rockstar. I have to say I found GTA IV disappointing, but V gets back on track. However, their pinnacle game is Red Dead Redemption.

I was utterly unconvinced by a free-roaming cowboy game. I hate Westerns and it just couldn’t have interested me less, but once I started playing (two years after its release date!) I was mesmerised by the outstanding world that had been created and completely hooked by the story.

I was mesmerised by the outstanding world that had been created and hooked completely by the story

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If you only play one fast paced action title on the 360 then make it Bayonetta. Having already waxed lyrical about this terrific game I’ll leave it there, but play it or suffer my wrath!

With an addiction to my huge library of XBLA titles it’s no big surprise that some of these titles have sneaked onto my list, but Braid and Fez are must-haves for any gamer.


Zoey’s Verdict

What are the best video games for Xbox 360?

That’s a tough one but hopefully I’ve sparked your interest enough to investigate what you need to play.

If you’ve missed out on any of the titles I’ve mentioned then you’re not done with your 360. And with prices tumbling fast you’ve really got no excuse…


My name is Zoey Hughes and I′m a video games contributor for itcher. I also write and review for various gaming websites. My first console was the ZX Spectrum and I’ve been utterly hooked ever since. I love all things game related and can usually be found with a controller in my hand, but I’m also passionate about reading, fashion and music. I live a quiet life with my husband/co-op partner whilst I try to keep my competitive side hidden.
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