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The Six Best Reviewed Games for the Xbox 360

by: M.S. Smith ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Looking for a new Xbox 360 game? Check out this round-up of the six best Xbox 360 games currently available to make sure that you aren't missing out on any great games. The games featured here have received some of the best reviews to date.

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    Top 6 Rated Xbox 360 Games by Review

    The Xbox 360 is usually regarded as the best gaming console currently available. The great integration of Xbox Live gives the Xbox 360 a big advantage over the Playstation 3 in terms of multi-player. However, the Xbox 360 also has a many excellent exclusive franchises, such as the Halo series. The popularity of the Xbox 360 means that there is a huge number of well reviewed games to choose from.

    If you've just purchased an Xbox 360 and you want to know which games are must-haves you've come to the right place. Let's review six Xbox 360 titles which every Xbox 360 owner needs to play.

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    Bioshock Xbox 360 Game   Bioshock is one of the best reviewed Xbox 360 games of all time. Bioshock places you in the role of a silent protagonist involved in an unexplained plane crash over the Pacific ocean. You regain consciousness to find yourself floating in the water amid the debris of the plane, your only refuge a strange tower emerging from the water nearby. You soon find out that is is hardly a refuge, however, but rather Rapture, an underwater city which was meant to be a utopia but collapsed under its own lavish intentions.

    Bioshock is a great shooter, but the reasons this is one of the most well reviewed Xbox 360 games are the story and the environment. The plot of Bioshock is well paced and includes a great deal of mystery. It pushes you through different areas of Rapture, each with its own new challenges and specific theme. If you want to purchase an Xbox 360 game with a great narrative Bioshock is a must-have.

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    Call of Duty Modern Warfare 1 and 2

    Modern Warfare   The Modern Warfare series is one of the most popular and most well reviewed franchises on any platform, and both the first and second games are deserving of your attention.

    The original Modern Warfare received great reviews because of its excellent combat and solid single-player component. Modern Warfare is still one of the most well-written military action games to ever be released. It has believable and action-packed missions full of intense scripted events which keep you on your toes.

    The multi-player element of Modern Warfare is also solid, but it has since been eclipsed by Modern Warfare 2. The sequal is generally considered to have a weaker single player game. The action is still intense, but the plot is a bit ludicrous, a far cry from the plausibility which made Modern Warfare so engaging. However, the multi-player element of Modern Warfare 2 is incredibly good. Anyone looking to jump on Xbox Live and shoot some faces will love Modern Warfare 2.

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    Grand Theft Auto IV

    Grand Theft Auto IV   Currently the best reviewed Xbox 360 game of all time, Grand Theft Auto IV is just another example of Rockstar's ability to create a brilliant open-world game. Rockstar does a great jump of refining the GTA franchise from one game to the next, and this shows in GTA IV. While previous GTA games were known for their cheesy plots, GTA IV actually treats its characters more seriously, particularly the main character. The missions are also better, providing more opportunities for action.

    The world of GTA IV, Liberty City, is the most detailed game world ever in a GTA game. The city is massive, and you can spend hundreds of hours exploring it without discovering everything. GTA IV also has two expansions available, The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony. Both are excellent additions which add more single-player gameplay. Players just getting into GTA IV should also pick these titles up.

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    Gears of War 1 and 2

    Gears of War   Gears of War 1 and 2 are examples of the Xbox 360's great ability to attract exclusive titles which end up being very well reviewed. These games are both third-person action games which focus heavily on their cover system. There is a lot of pop-and-shoot action which involves quick reactions but also strategy. You need to be well positioned in make sure you don't end up getting flanked by your opponent.

    Both games are well worth playing because of their excellent campaigns. Gears of War 2 is generally regarded as better overall, but you'll want to play the first game in order to understand what is happening in the second. The first Gears of War is very solid even in light of the improvements made in Gears of War 2, and you can pick up both of these well reviewed Xbox 360 games for under $20 bucks each.

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    Halo 3

    Halo 3   The Halo franchise is the most iconic franchise on the Xbox 360. The original Halo proved that shooters could be fun on consoles without resorting to gimmicky gameplay. Halo 2 and 3 have improved upon the original formula by offering the most well reviewed multi-player experience available on any platform. Halo 3's multi-player has a slower pace than that found in other games, which makes it more strategic. The gameplay isn't the only reason Halo 3's multiplayer is well loved, however. Gamers also enjoy Halo 3's numerous multi-player options which allow players to enjoy Halo 3 specifically how they desire.

    That isn't to say the single player is completely forgotten, however. The story of the Halo franchise isn't up to par with a game like Bioshock, but the actual gameplay is solid. Halo's AI has always been very intelligent, and the many difficult modes ensure that even the most hardcore player can find a significant challenge in the single player game.

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    Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2

    Mass Effect 2   The Mass Effect franchise is undoubtedly one of the best examples of the role-playing genre available on any console. The original Mass Effect was a bit finicky in its inventory system and combat, but made up for these flaws with an epic storyline which spanned the entire galaxy and literally ended in the player have a hand in the fate of the galaxy.

    Mass Effect 2 furthered the storyline, picking up where the original game left off. Mass Effect 2 is one of the few examples of a sequel which is able to carry over the choices the player made in the original game to the sequel, rather than assuming that the player made certain choices and ignoring what actually occurred. Mass Effect 2 improved the combat of the original game and booted the confusing inventory system to the curb. The result is one of the best RPG games ever made, and a game which even people who are not traditionally RPG fans should enjoy.