The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)

You have an Xbox 360 controller waiting for you in your living room and a hungry console to entertain you. It’s an older console, sure. But he still has a ton of great games.

As of April 2016, Microsoft stopped producing the Xbox 360 console. It had some big dark red rings and Kinect 1.0 in spite of that, and it received a ton of great games. These dozens of games have occupied our list of the Best for a long time, and at this point there will probably never be another update. (Never say never, though!)

Here are our recommendations for the 12 best games on Xbox 360. Enjoy.

#1. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)

After years of minor and major changes, the Assassin’s Creed series had begun to feel like a routine. (For example: we’ve had Assassin’s Creed II on this list since its inception.) Finally, this year, with the pirated theme Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the series has taken a great and unequivocal step forward. Do not lose all the bad habits of the series, follow the missions, but improve many long-standing problems with better, easier to navigate and secondary cities that really feel that they help your character to be more powerful. Best of all, it adds naval combat and a vast Caribbean world that makes the game feel, in the words of Luke Plunkett, “Wind Waker for adults.”

A good match for: fans of pirates, history buffs, anyone who has ever wanted to stop by a British frigate, grab a rope and swing from one deck to the other before making their way to the deck to face the captain. Basically, anyone who has ever wanted to be a pirate.

It is not a good match for: Those that demand precision controls. The Black Flag walking controls are probably the best in the series, but they are still a long way from what should be a stealth / third-person platform game. It’s time for a duck button, Ubisoft.

#2. Borderlands 2

The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)

With an even bigger, crazier and crazier Borderlands, Gearbox has shown that its hybrid RPG / shooter franchise is not just a one-hit wonder. Three years after the first release, Gearbox released a Borderlands 2 that not only has thousands more weapons. It is more complex. He even has a heart And yet, Borderlands 2 still achieves a balance between being more touching while retaining the clowning, humor without excuses for which the series is known. The characters you know are often limited (if not complete) psychotic, but in the most endearing ways. The enemies are as obscene as they are diverse. It is colorful, it is hard, it is meaty, and it is a joy to play with up to 3 friends in the cooperative. It also has TONS of extra downloadable content to keep you occupied once you finish the main game.

A good match for: Players who want a fun cooperative experience to play with friends. There are many missions, many weapons and many laughs.

It is not a good match for: the people who want to easily record a game. Borderlands 2 can be quite difficult, especially without backup. And if you are not willing to devote some time to generating side missions, you may find yourself in the queue of the game without the chops or the statistics ending without being burned.

#3. Burnout: Paradise

The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)

The automotive destruction never looked so sexy as in the high-speed racing game of Criterion Burnout: Paradise. You have the task of driving against traffic, brushing against civilian cars and pushing competitors to signature accidents called Takedowns. But Paradise also deserves praise for a perfect multiplayer integration, where falling into a showdown can be as quick as touching a button.

A good match for: fans of street racing. If you ever stopped at a traffic light and imagine what it would be like to burn rubber on a stretch of open asphalt and survive any mishap that may occur, this is your game.

It is not a good match for: adjust the specifications of your attractions. It may be Paradise, but these are not real cars. You can not do much more than exchange paint jobs, so those who want to make changes to the brakes, shock absorbers or engines will need to get their grease repairs elsewhere.

#4. Grand Theft Auto V

The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)

Grand Theft Auto V is an awesome crime game. It is not perfect, but impressive. The game offers players one of the richest and most beautiful open worlds in which we have been able to play. In this case, the landscape is a fictional version of Los Angeles and the California desert. Go anywhere in this vast game. Take a car, plane, truck, bicycle, boat or tank. Go in any direction. You are bound to see extraordinary things and stumble upon some kind of good and probably violent time. The game looks amazing even on the old Xbox 360 hardware. It also works better than any GTA before. The innovative system of three interchangeable protagonists of GTA V creates the sensation of a true joint adventure, although the crazy Trevor steals the show.

A good match for: Players who like to enter a game to break the rules. GTA is still at its best when it is a playground for virtual misbehavior.

It is not a good match for: anyone who can not stand the mockery of the game, well, almost everyone.

#5. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons came out of nowhere this year, surprising everyone with their strange control scheme, clever (though simple) riddles and a devastating ending. Can game mechanics affect emotionally? It turns out that yes, they can be. It’s a nice game, short, almost fat-free, and despite the fact that the two main characters do not communicate in a language that anyone can understand, they still manage to communicate much of the context and background story. You will never think of your thumbs and your controller will trigger in the same way.

A good match for: the people who are looking for something different, the ones who like the strange control schemes, the fanatics of the old school fairy tales.

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It is not a good match for: Those who expect a long game, is a few hours and does not offer a real replayability, people who like their characters speak the real languages.

# 6 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)

The successful RPG of Bethesda Softworks does nothing more than offer its players a giant possibility space, Tolkien style. Tamriel’s high altitude climates feel alive with wonder and threat. The ability to personalize your warrior pariah with a unique combination of mystical skills and melee expertise feels as wide as Skyrim’s horizon.

A good match for: Dungeon & Dragon players. Adventures in Skyrim is like spinning your own epic story, while the songs of your exploits are digitally disseminated from town to town in a game world that reacts to your actions. You can spend weeks meandering in its fascinating secondary routes, leaving the main story.

It is not a good match for: those who play urgently. The unit to wander and discover dominates the unit to complete in Skyrim. If you’re the kind of player who wants those two vectors to be in significant ways, you’ll find The Elder Scrolls V a little frustrating.

# 7 Gears of War 2

The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)

Gears 3 fills the place of the marquee that Bungie’s Halo games have and for good reason. Epic Games sci-fi shooting game Threequel represents the nirvana of hardcore shooters: a neatly polished campaign that plays a great single or a cooperative and some of the best multiplayer games found anywhere. In addition, the game has been solidly compatible with campaign and multiplayer DLC designed to deepen an already abundant release, particularly with the addition of many of the best Gears of War 2 maps.

A good match for: Enthusiastic fans of the online shooter who play every day. The more you play, the more Gears 3 rewards you.

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It is not a good match for: Those who want a deep development of the character or an intriguing structure of the story. Gears games have always been meat and potatoes in terms of plot

# 8 Halo: Reach

The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)

Bungie created the best possible goodbye with a “final” Halo title that looks back and forth in the successful history of the FPS franchise. The combination of a health system similar to the first Halo game with totally new abilities like jetpacks and holographic lures makes the series of a decade ago feel both familiar and fresh.

A good match for: sci-fi fans Playing a game of Halo is entering an expansive fictitious universe. Reach places you within one of the fundamental battles of Halo-verse and imbues your main characters and environments with more personality than in previous games.

It is not a good match for: Anyone who wants Master Chief. The Spartan you control in Halo: Reach is not as invulnerable or powerful as the Xbox mascot and the feel of certain weapons fits in comparison to previous games.

# 9. Mass Effect 2

The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)

Mass Effect 2 was the one that made you believe. His predecessor attracted players with an expansive world and a tense story, but it was also a block of a coarse and rough game. The BioWare follow-up in 2010 perfected the combat, introduced characters that had become fans’ favorites and simplified the overall experience with a precise focus. The first game made you want to experience all the action and science fiction drama, but the second game made it much easier to do so. Pack a large number of downloadable, varied and often fabulous content packages, and you’ll have a lot of video games to play with.

A good match for: the fans of the expanded universe of Star Wars. Like the creation of the signature of George Lucas, the fictional cosmos of Mass Effect has a multitude of stories to tell. The extremely good DLC chapters after the campaign expose players to parallel stories centered on new and familiar characters, as well as Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy and the other Star Wars extensions. Overlord, Lair of the Shadow Broker and the other add-ons really made it look like millions of small lives were at stake in Shepard’s fight against the Reapers.

It is not a good match for: people who need closure. Mass Effect 2 It tells many small stories, but the main narrative argument remains essentially a configuration for the 2012 follow-up.

# 10. Red Dead Redemption

The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)

Red Dead Redemption, the most secure work of the creators of Grand Theft Auto games finds its success by shedding the symbols of the modern world and giving players a vast virtual southwest to wander in search of revenge. When your lonely ambules are suddenly broken by an ambush or plea to stop an unfair hanging, it’s a bittersweet adrenaline unlike anything else in modern video games. Silence, then shots, then more fleeting silence again.

A good match for: admirers of murderous endings. The ending of the saga of the end of the century is an emotionally powerful ending that can be placed between the cowboy cinema that inspired it.

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It is not a good match for: Fans of brevity. The plot of Redemption requires a lot of game time to resolve and, often, you will feel like you are doing a busy job in the corners of your Western gameworld spaghetti.

#eleven. Portal 2

The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)Call it Superman 2 or Empire Strikes Back of video games. Valve’s follow-up of a classic improves the humor, characterization and solving of riddles of his predecessor to offer a concentrated experience full of intensity and humor.

A good match for: lovers of comedy. The voice alone, played stellarly by Stephen Merchant and Ellen McLain, will make you laugh out loud, but the puzzles and inlaid jokes keep the laughs even when everything else in the game is silent.

It is not a good match for: Enthusiasts of mediocrity. People who argue with the greatness of Portal 2 They are like people who complain that diamonds come from dirt. Your argument is invalid.

# 12. XCOM: Enemy Within

The 12 best Xbox 360 games (all the time)There it is: proof that a multiplatform game released in 2012 can recapture the glories of a 1994 PC classic. The rebuilt XCOM offers graphical updates and refinements of the interface as you might expect, but what really makes it sing is the added attachment that you feel for the battles and the soldiers that fight them. If you are considering choosing the game now, get Enemy Within instead, as it contains the original game and the fabulous expansion of 2013. It is sold as a stand-alone version for consoles, so be sure to buy the new version.

A good match for: lovers of efficiency. This version of the human-alien war optimizes the game compared to its predecessor. And the importance of combat coverage and the intelligent deployment of benefits makes you consider each decision intensely.

It is not a good match for: those who want skirmishes. The combat in 2012 XCOM can be extended much longer than necessary. Because battles require active engagement, you may feel chained to a session.

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