If you are an Xbox 360 fan, it’s easy to think that all the Xbox console games currently out there are fairly equal. After all, they tap into the same powerful mix of hardware and experience-driving technology that has made the Xbox one of the mainstays of the console marketplace. But there’s a lot more to it than that.
If you don’t have much cash or much patience to try game after game, here are the ten most popular games that are sure to keep your attention. They are definitely worth the money.
Grand Theft Auto V
Developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games, Grand Theft Auto V continued to redefine the open-world crime-based genre pioneered by Rockstar Games. As you complete different missions, you really get into the personalities of the characters you control.
You also get to explore a world with its own different quirks, personalities, and intrigues. Grand Theft Auto V has really taken the open-world gaming experience to a whole other level. I’m not just talking about realism but also in terms of story, character development, and internal conflicts.
It would be safe to say that after Grand Theft Auto V, very few open-world game developers can even dream of touching Rockstar Games.
This is a perennial critical choice. It seems that anybody who has anything to do with professionally watching video games for a living has positive things to say about BioShock.
First, let’s get the graphics out of the way. The BioShock series makes great use of the graphics technology of the Xbox.
But beyond appearances, it is the underlying story and internal personality conflicts and wide range of choices that you get in the game that provides such an amazing experience. You face so many challenges, and you are engaged in different levels that you can continue to play the BioShock series for months on end and never get bored. That’s saying a lot for a video game.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
There’s a reason why this game was awarded the 2011 Game of the Year. When it comes to the action-based roleplaying medieval fantasy video game genre, Skyrim locked it up.
Developed and published by Bethesda Games, this title follows the story of the Dragonborn. Packed with a lot of lore and visually stunning dungeons, this video game offers open-world fans the kind of wide range of experiences that they will get addicted to.
There are just so many things to explore. You can spend months playing this game and never run out of content. How can you? If you have a job to go to in the morning and a family to attend to in the evening, there’s enough in this game to keep you hooked for months on end.
You can explore. You can check out the wilderness. You can go to the different dungeons. And they all tie into each other as you explore city after town after fortress and village after village. It’s amazing. It’s also packed with thousands of nonplayer characters.
Red Dead Redemption
Originally released in 2010, this game is set in the American frontier of 1911. Played from a third-person perspective, you can explore the American West as it comes to a close.
This is not just a simple case of cowboys and robbers. Red Dead Redemption is actually a historical snapshot of the American psyche as the Western frontier finally comes to a close.
If you’re at all interested in history, as well as cowboys and the great frontier, you might want to pick up this title.
If you’re into puzzle-based platform video games, the Xbox adaption of Portal 2 is amazing. It was originally distributed by Electronic Arts, and its PC version is handled by Steam.
One of the main reasons why people pick up this title is because they want to maximize their interaction and exploration of their environment. There’s a tremendous number of challenges.
If you really want to use your brain and feel like you are improving your cognitive skills as you play video games, you might want to consider picking up this title.
If there’s any one game title that made Xbox, it would be Halo. Now, a lot of people might take exceptions to that controversial claim, but it is what it is.
Xbox needed a hit when it first launched. Things were uncertain because PlayStation seemed like it had the console market all sewn up. Well, Halo appeared on the Xbox, and – as they say – the rest is history.
If you want to relive the good old days of Master Chief and explore that interstellar war between the 26th-century humans and the Covenant, as well as the Flood, check out this nostalgic title.
Gears of War
Developed by Epic Games, this third-person shooter game lets the player take out a massive locust horde in the world of Sera. If you like point-and-shoot and puzzle games, this is the title for you.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Nowadays, if you just say the phrase “Call of Duty,” people will automatically know what you’re talking about. Call of Duty has redefined and mainstreamed first-person shooter games. This hasn’t always been the case.
Thanks to all the graphic and gameplay innovations of the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty 4 is the gold standard when it comes to first-person player experiences.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was first released in 2007. You can pick it up and play the game set in 2011. You’re treated to different locations in the UK, Middle East, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine. It offers different game modes and a leveling system to upgrade an amazing range of weapons.
Batman: Arkham Games
Based on the DC comic character Batman, this game series enables you to explore a wide range of environments. There are a lot of hits-or-misses here, but what’s great about this video game series is that they fully tap the graphics capabilities of the Xbox platform for maximum video game addiction.
Developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games, this is the third installment of the BioShock series. Some critics are convinced that this is the best title of the series. Others would beg to disagree.
What everybody could agree on is that this game really knocks the ball out of the park when it comes to roleplaying elements. Playing the role of Booker DeWitt, you complete objectives, find your way through Columbia using weapons and tools.
There are a lot of puzzle elements as well. You can carry two weapons at a time. And as you make it through the game, you gain powers.
If you’re looking for an immersive yet fun and – interestingly enough – “light” game, BioShock Infinite is it.