A proper crime/horror game that did everything right, except the 970 gamerscore amiright? Dark and gripping, a overlooked and superb masterpiece. Best played at night with some good headphones, scary stuff.
9: The Orange Box
Bit cheeky as this is 5 games in one and actually Halflife 2 was out before the Xbox 360, for sheer value this is an incredible collection of games. Again i would still recommend PC but if an Xbox is all you have you will get a lot of gaming for your £15.
8: Rainbow Six: Vegas
Before the endless Call of Duty games this was THE shooter on the Xbox, the multiplayer was nailbiting and many Attack and Defend games were played. This was also the first game where i met xbox friends who i will probably never meet in real life. The story is proper Tom Clancy terrorist stuff and had some fun Xbox Live Vision Camera functions.
7: Red Dead Redemption
Best Western game ever made, was well supported after launch and looks stunning. One of the finest stories too, especially the ending. Some of the best memories come from the multiplayer which until GTA V haven’t really been beaten. Forming a posse and riding through towns is great fun. I just hope the next gen sequel can make it support more players and have stage coaches.
6: Fallout 3
The best bethesda game this gen in terms of dlc, it was a great experience leaving the vault for the first time. It doesn’t feature higher on the list because of the AI, once you reach a certain level you are pretty much a god and it takes the fun out of it a little. The story is great, funny and has landscape changing choices which is rare to find. The combat is a bit marmite though so it’s not for everyone.
5: Dead Rising
This is the game that made me buy an Xbox 360. It basically gave this generation zombie games, Resident Evil is survival horror and it changes between the undead and infected. Dead Rising puts you in the middle of a zombie outbreak, it has bad acting, fun story, great characters and huge replay value. I love the achievements because if you try to go for them it requires an entire playthrough. Each playthrough gets slightly easier as you learn when events happen and where you need to be.
4: Resident Evil 5
Sheva! Chris! Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on!
A graphical feast with some excellent co-op, you really can’t play it any other way. Like Dead Rising it has so much replayability to it, supported well with DLC and a great suvival mode. Even the dreaded quicktime events are funny if not a bit pointless.
Could have been number one if it had multiplayer and some obvious little changes. If you have a gaming PC i actually recommend playing it on that instead because the graphics on PC are incredible. Spent well over 300 hours on this game, i would have loved to be a farmer, find a plot of land, build a house, grow crops, ride a cart to the local town to sell my stuff. I just hope the next gen sequel is even bigger and more detailed.
2: Mass Effect Trilogy
Almost like playing a giant sci-fi movie trilogy. The 2 year wait between each game, the cast, the graphics, everything about it was almost perfect. My favourite game was 2 because it had probably the best intro and ending of any game i have played, really edge of your seat stuff. I am craving for the next mass effect to be more open world (galaxy) driven.
1: Gears of War 3
This could apply to the series but picking one game it would be 3 because of the content and game modes. 1 has the best story, 2 has the best multiplayer maps, 3 has the best multiplayer/co-op experience.
There are at least 20 other games i could have put in this list but the ones that gave me the most enjoyment or that i remember the best made the cut. Below are some that would easily fit in the top 10 of someone else.
Bioshock, Dead Space, GRID, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars, Grand Theft Auto IV, Hitman Absolution, Hitman Blood Money, Halo Reach, Left 4 Dead, Amped 3, Lost Planet 2 and Dead Island.