Since I did up a list of the top 10 PS3 games of all time yesterday, I figured I should follow it up with the best games on the Xbox 360 as well. Now, once upon a time when consoles had more exclusive titles these lists would have been quite different. However, in today’s world of limited time exclusives, and far fewer first-party titles we are seeing a lot of the best games being released on all platforms. As such, you can expect to see a few (or more) of the same games you saw on the PS3 list. Still, there are enough Xbox-only exclusives to keep things interesting. Here are my picks for the best Xbox 360 games of all time.
10 – Gears of War
Much like Halo on the original Xbox console Gears of War was a system seller that really showcased the power of the Xbox 360 console early on in its lifespan. With gorgeous graphics and almost non-stop action this game still stands up to the best games on the console all these years later.
9 – L.A. Noire
Some have likened this game to Grand Theft Auto set in the 1940s, and with the open-world concept and the ability to drive through outdoor environments the comparison certainly makes sense. However, this time you are on the other side of the law and this time you are hunting the wrong-doers. This game does an excellent job of putting you in the shoes of law enforcement and you will definitely get fully absorbed as you conduct your investigation.
8 – The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
With amazing graphics, endless replayability, and a depth that few other games on any console or computer can boast, Skyrim not only improves upon the standard set by The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, but blows it away. If you love RPGs then you probably already have this, but if you somehow missed out, make sure you pick it up double-time. It might be the only RPG you ever play again.
7 – Batman: Arkham Asylum
If you are like me then you really don’t expect much out of video games based on movies or comic book superheroes. Well, I am happy to say that Batman: Arkham Asylum completely abolishes the notion that superhero games are nothing more than cash grabs. This game is the best in the genre, and worth every penny of your hard-earned cash.
6 – Red Dead Redemption
A truly amazing achievement, Red Dead Redemption definitely threw its hat in the ring as the best game of 2010. With stunning graphics, non-stop action and an ending that will leave you breathless this classic definitely belongs on the list of the best Xbox 360 games ever made.
5 – Bioshock Infinite
Yes, it was a sequel to the stellar Bioshock, but in this case the sequel actually managed to improve upon the original – no mean feat considering how high the bar was set with the original game.
4 – The Walking Dead
Another video game that capitalized on a popular franchise and did so extremely well, The Walking Dead is a serialized video game about a convicted criminal who gets a chance at redemption, accepting the role of protector of a young orphan girl against the plague of zombies that has devastated the earth. The game has exceptional production value, on par with the television series that helped inspire it.
3 – Mass Effect 2
Let’s face it, the whole Mass Effect trilogy is pure brilliance, and I could have technically listed all three here and most readers wouldn’t have even blinked an eye. Still, I wanted some variety for this list and thus settled on what in my opinion was the best chapter in the trilogy.
2 – Grand Theft Auto 5
The number one game on my list of the best PS3 games only manages to slide into the number 2 spot on the list of best Xbox 360 games. Rockstar upped the ante one more time with the release of this one. Once again the storyline and the voice acting put their masterpiece up there with a high-budget Hollywood blockbuster.
1 – Dark Souls 2
The original was one of the best video games ever made and the sequel somehow managed to be even better. Yes, it can be fiendishly difficult and you will die often, but somehow the game manages to perfectly balance that difficulty without ever leading to controller-chucking frustration.