Hey everybody, my name is ChristianCoal, and today I’ll be bringing you something a little different. Instead of the usual Video Game news, I’ll be telling you the best way to keep yourself interested while playing with a circle! That’s right, today I’ll be revealing my Top 10 Xbox 360 Games!
First and foremost let me mention that these games are not necessarily Xbox 360 exclusives, and actually for the most part aren’t. These are simply my Top 10 games from my personal Xbox 360 Library. Now for this list I tried to be as all inclusive as possible, I took into account every facet of a game and really mulled over just how awesome that game is compared to all the other great games that we had available to play on the 360. I tried to keep the list as diverse as possible and I also restricted the list to a one game per series rule so that it wouldn’t end up being a list of 2 or 3 massive series. So without further ado, let’s dive right into it!
10. Skate 3
Taking the 10th spot on the list is EA’s Skate 3. This game is the, you guessed it, third installation of the Skate franchise and as such is probably the most polished of the three. It’s single player is solid and has a pretty decent gametime if you go for every challenge. It’s got a pretty good selection of music, and the online multiplayer is the most developed of the three games. That being said, it’s Skate 3. You’re just gonna be skatin’ and fallin’ for a while and having some good laughs. Nothing outrageous here, just a solid game.
9. Forza Horizon
Crossing the finish line at number 9 is Forza Horizon. Forza always managed to stand out to me as striking the perfect balance between realism and not-so-real-ism. It’s got pretty good physics and simulation, but still allows for some pretty over the top stunts. It takes itself seriously as a car racing game, but it knows that sometimes you just want to see a car roll down a mountain. The controls are intuitive and pretty standard for a racing game, the music selection is very broad and has some real gems, the graphics are above average, and to top it off, the game offers a decent amount of gametime. The single player mode can be 100% cleared in about one day, but your real fun is gonna be in the online racing and constantly trying to beat your friends times. If you have an appreciation for cars, or have been looking for a relaxing game that can get intense in a moments notice, give Forza Horizon a chance.
8. Castle Crashers
Castle Crashers breaks through at number 8. I know what you’re thinking, “An arcade game is really making your Top 10 list?!” but hear me out! The controls are super simple making the learning curve pretty much a flat line. All the characters function the same, but everyone has different magic. The art is charming and the music is actually super well done. You can play through the entire story alone or with the help of three friends (which is my recommendation by the way) and either way you’ll have lots of fun and plenty of challenge. When it comes to a simple formula that produces a great outcome, Castle Crashers is the perfect recipe for fun with your friends and no matter how many times you play through the story, you’ll always have fun completing it again on a new character or on its new game plus mode which makes everything way harder.
7. Call of Duty . . . 4
I chose to put the fourth installation of the Call of Duty franchise so high on the list because, while it’s a great game, it just doesn’t quite score a tactical nuke for me. The game was truly a step ahead for FPS games at the time and in my opinion still holds its own at the top among the better CoD games. That being said, it is CoD so you pretty much know what to expect. The reason that CoD 4 made the list and not any other Call of Duty was because Modern Warfare had the best storyline in my opinion. They had excellent characters and dealt with controversy in a manner that had rarely been seen up to that point. The online play is pretty true to CoD in that you’re gonna have fun if you play with the right people, but it might get old fast, especially when someone is shooting you with a sniper in one hand and sipping Hot Cocoa with the other from the comfort of their camp.
6. Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2 manages to break into this vault of games by a narrow margin. It was really hard to place Borderlands 2 in the list for a few reasons. The first reason was that I was honestly torn between Borderlands 1 or Borderlands 2 and only settled on Borderlands 2 because it did more of what made Borderlands famous: guns. There were an astronomical amount of guns in Borderlands but Borderlands 2 really (and I do mean really) stepped it up. Not only did they have more guns capable of more things, but they all looked really unique too which was refreshing compared to when in Borderlands you had basically about 10 weapons that just had different skin textures. Another reason was that what makes Borderlands 2 so much fun is playing with friends online, and while playing the campaign alone is doable, I don’t see why you would. You really lose out on a whole section of the game if you play by yourself, just because a lot of the feeling of the game comes from running into overwhelming situations with your friends and somehow managing to come out guns blazing with explosions in the background like epic movie stars! That, and it makes the game a whole lot harder for every person that plays with you. Wouldn’t want you to breeze through it now would you?
5. Assassin’s Creed 2
Sneaking into the 5th place spot is Assassin’s Creed 2. In a series with so many titles, sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming and difficult to pick a favorite, but for me Assassin’s Creed 2 definitely stands out in the Creed franchise. Maybe it was because we were first introduced to the smooth Ezio Auditore da Firenze in this installation, but something about AC2 just works. It’s got the same control scheme as the first AC game, and the same basic set up – here’s main guy, bad thing happens to main guy, figure out why bad thing happened, gain retribution, find out maybe retribution wasn’t a good idea, toss in some lights and bells for aesthetics – but it’s what wasn’t included that sets it apart. In AC 1 you had to constantly traverse the Holy Land in between the 4 major cities, but in AC2 that was taken out and replaced by short travel sequences while progressing through the game and going forward in time and then setting most of the game in a single city before moving on. There wasn’t as much backtracking and the game just felt a lot less tedious. Couple that with upgraded graphics and the series still being fresh and that’s pretty much my reasoning for it being my favorite installation. As for why it ranks 5th on the list? I just like sneaking around and poking people with my hidden blade. I don’t remember if AC2 had multiplayer introduced yet, and if it did I didn’t play it. The story mode isn’t crazy long but it’s definitely not short either. It’s just a really satisfying game to me that I could pick up today and still have fun with.
4. Mass Effect
In the number 4 slot is… Wait hold on. Mass Effect?! Mass Effect is FOURTH on the list?! This better be a damn good list then. Ok so anyway, I don’t actually think I need to explain why Mass Effect is on this list, but just in case I do, here I go. You want drama? They give you Drama. You want Action? They give you action. You want Romance? Well guess what, they give you romance. You don’t want Romance? Guess what! The romance isn’t necessary. You can skip it. Between you and me, that’s one of my favorite features. Mass Effect was the definitive, hands down, bar none, best RPG available on the Xbox 360, I dare you to prove me otherwise. You were given absolute control over character customization, nearly every time you came into an obstacle or a choice you were able to actively choose how you wanted the scenario to play out and you almost immediately saw the effects of your choices. The music was absolutely fantastic and created the atmosphere flawlessly. There were half a dozen worlds to go to for the main story quests alone. The game was absolutely massive. It actually felt like you were traversing the galaxy as you played. If you got tired of working on the main quest line you could literally fly across the galaxy and explore random planets. You might find a pirate settlement though so be careful. One part of the game that is either loved or hated was planetary exploration via the Mako which was basically a big space Jeep/Tank combo. People said it was clunky and messed up pacing of the game, but I disagree. It is my personal opinion that the Mako segments were some of the most interesting parts, traversing alien planets and finding resources; scouring the planets looking for ancient Turian artifacts etc.. All of this expanded the lore and created a more massive game. It was an absolutely incredible game. The biggest downside to me was the combat. It was pretty clunky to control and taking cover was either absolutely necessary or completely pointless with almost no in between. But it wasn’t enough to ruin the game for me. I still play through the game to this day. A single playthrough trying to 100% could take you literally months! Mass Effect is one of my favorite games ever. But let’s move on. We’ve got a list to finish.
3. Halo 3/4
I know I said that I would relegate one game per series to this list but I have to make an exception here and it’s honestly not for a good reason. You see, I would like to have just Halo 4 in this slot, but the plot was so lackluster that I wouldn’t be able to include it this high in the list if I did. Halo 3 definitely carries the two when it comes to story, and while it has good multiplayer too, I would argue that Halo 4’s multiplayer takes the cake here. I have to say though that Halo 3 had some really good maps and some fun multiplayer variants that Halo 4 didn’t have. Halo 4 as a whole seemed like it took itself too seriously, there was very little room for fun. The story went by almost too quickly and seemed overly dramatic. It wasn’t too difficult, even on the hardest settings. And the multiplayer seemed like it was just aimed toward people that were trying to make it into MLG rather than have fun with their friends. I know that it sounds like I’m bashing the game(s), especially after that massive rant about Mass Effect, but bear with me here. Those few negative things are trifling issues. The musical score for Halo 4 was phenomenal, one of my favorite video game scores of all time as a matter of fact. The graphics were fantastic, and the controls had been improved so much it was pretty astonishing. Getting competitive online always provided intense matches and heart pounding last second victories that provided endless amounts of adrenaline that easily got addicting and made it difficult to put the controller down. The armory system got expanded and made it really interesting to try and fill it out to mix and match pieces to customize your Spartan or Elite. It’s just that sometimes you just want to hit your friend with a gravity hammer and laugh as they fall off the map, right? Overall the game(s) provide(s) plenty of enjoyment and definitely deserves the number 3 spot.
2. Gears of War
The second spot goes to Gears of War 1. My personal favorite shooter, Gears of War’s story deals with deep themes of loss and suspicion, with things never quite being what they appear to be. The more you learn as you progress through the games, the more things seem to fall apart. The campaign is multiplayer co-op but can be enjoyed to the fullest solo or co-op. The atmosphere of the game is crafted brilliantly and holds up throughout the game and the music accents the feeling perfectly. It’s online multiplayer was fairly different in a time of 10 v 10 respawning team death matches. GoW featured intimate 4 v 4, “permadeath” death matches. The controls were bulky but they matched the character design perfectly and weapons were balanced in a way that prevented any one weapon from being too over-powered. The game truly emphasized skill and seeing a match degenerate into four 1 v 1 battles wasn’t uncommon. It was truly a refreshing addition to shooters at the time and unfortunately in my opinion it was the best one of the Gears of War series.
1. Red Dead Redemption
Here it is folks. The one you’ve been waiting for. The number one spot goes to Red Dead Redemption. Did you expect it? I’m sure that from the rest of the list you can gather what my basic requisites were. How much gameplay did the game offer? How was the music? How was the multiplayer? How much fun will you have with it overall? Well Red Dead Redemption excels in each category. With an expansive world that doesn’t seem too big, but fills out well because of the way travel works, an incredibly in depth, touching, overall amazing story, solid multiplayer and literally tons of content, not to mention the absolutely spine tingling good sound track to go along with it, Red Dead Redemption is my personal definitive, must play, must own Xbox 360 game. The game offers up dozens and dozens of hours of play, interesting side missions, and a long but not drawn out main plot that twists the player’s mind and breaks their heart. My single complaint about the game is its slow pacing in the very beginning, but after the first hour or so of gameplay it speeds up. If for some reason you haven’t played Red Dead Redemption, what are you waiting for?
Thank you for reading this incredibly long Top 10 everybody, I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what Your favorite game is in the comments and let me know if you agree or disagree with any of the game placings on this list! My name is ChristianCoal, keep on keepin!