Get ready to rediscover the best Xbox 360 games ever made! We’re taking a trip back in time to relive the moments that we bought the 15 awesome titles in this list and will probably sit playing them for the rest of the day.
Hey, it’s research; we’re not slacking off!
The PS2 might be the best selling console of all time, but the Xbox 360 played host to the game that made the most cash in sales. Can you guess what it is?
With titles like The Elder Scrolls, Red Dead Redemption, and Fable II under its belt, the 360 was always going to be a mind-blowing success. Add wireless controllers, a sleek design, and picture-perfect pixels into the mix, and there’s no wonder it still holds its own amongst today’s next-gen console family.
But what are the best Xbox 360 games for this superb console? I might have given a few of them away already, but I’m very confident you’ll agree with the list below.
And if you don’t, then please direct all complaints to Brandon. He loves that kind of thing…
Kickstarting this list of the best Xbox 360 games with Borderlands 2 is like entering a race with rocket-powered shoes. In other words, we’re getting off to a cracking start!
Borderlands 2 i a bit like Time Crisis on some heavy hallucinogenics. The characters and creatures in this game can best be described as the the very picture of insanity, and it makes for the liveliest multiplayer battles ever.
Players take control of fighters called Vault Hunters in a world where psychotic, lawless creeps want to see the world burn. Armed with a humongous arsenal of weapons and ferocious firepower, its your job to kick ass while staying alive.
A big part of this game’s pull is the ‘concept art’ comic book style graphics. It’s an FPS with RPG qualities and OSQs to complete (that’s ‘optional side quests, but I thought I’d go with the abbreviations a little longer).
Fans of titles such as Fortnite and Overwatch will be all over this mad game. Buy or steal weapons, use ace powers such as invisibility, and blast everyone in sight into oblivion.
With a budget of $35 million behind it and 200,000 copies sold, it’s safe to say that this is one of many successful titles on the console, and things are only going to get better from here on out!
Minecraft takes the 14th spot in this list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time!
To be fair, Minecraft is more of an institution than just an Xbox title. The style and characters are about as instantly recognisable as Mario or Spyro, and I can’t pick up a pickaxe without thinking about mining and making insane buildings.
Sometimes I just scroll through videos of the mad worlds that people have made on this game. The best ones I’ve seen so far are a replica of the Taj Mahal and a great reimagining of Hyrule Castle from The Legend of Zelda.
This game is as big as your imagination and the possibilities really are endless. It’s officially the best selling game of all time to be ported to multiple consoles with over 200 million copies sold.
How crazy is that! That’s 60 million more than GTA V!
Play through survival mode with finite resources or go all-out-creative and make the biggest and best worlds imaginable in creative mode.
You experienced the Tetris effect after checking out the best Tetris games of all time, now prepare to dream in blocks and pixels after experiencing bonafide Minecraft mayhem!
Red Dead Redemption carries on the epic momentum with more classic lawless action and badlands beatdowns.
It’s the first entry in our list by the genius minds over at Rockstar Games and the superb follow up to Red Dead Revolver. It’s one of the finest open world adventures that we’ve ever played here at Retro Dodo Towers and boasts stunning Wild West-inspired locations and beautiful graphics.
Players control ex-outlaw John Marston as he travels across the great American frontier. Ride on horseback through mountains, explore towns, and battle bandits and other gun-wielding cronies in epic shootouts at every turn.
I haven’t played many games that really mirror the harsh reality of the open American landscape like Red Dead Redemption does. At a time when people were clinging onto lawlessness like Brandon clings to his beloved RG350M, anything was possible and life was unpredictable, which is exactly how this title feels.
With a production cost price that is reported to be near $100 million, this game could well be one of the most expensive titles to make of all time. Still, it’s won more awards than any other game too, so it was definitely worth it!
I still remember my cousin buying a Gears of War Xbox 360 bundle pack. We didn’t see him for about 2 weeks after that!
If you like big guns and being scared out of your wits, then this is one game that you definitely need in your collection. Gears of War manages to combine the explosive weaponry from games like Borderlands and Doom with the survival/horror elements of some of the best PS2 horror games ever made.
Humankind is about to be wiped out by a bunch of mutant demons called the Locust Horde. They’ve decided that hell isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be and want to try Earth out for size as their new home.
Not on Marcus Fenix’s watch! He’s the dude with the wide neck and muscles like a cloud on the game case, and he’s also the fearless warrior who players lead into some of the most perilous situations known to gaming kind.
Using the fantastic Unreal Engine 3, Gears of War looks and plays like a movie, especially as the characters actually look like they’re speaking and the dubbing is spot on! It’s so immersive that you start to believe that you’re actually there with the team and not sat in your underwear eating pizza…
Forza Horizon had to feature in this compendium of the best Xbox 360 games; it wouldn’t have been right to make a list without it!
I’ll never forget the first time my dad and I played this game. I’ve always been a Mario Kart man, but the levels on this game looked so damn real that I think I played the first half an hour with my jaw wide open!
Imagine, if you will, the sights and thills of Forza Motorsport with the sounds and vibes of Glastonbury. The music on this game is superb and will leave you rhythmically tapping the accelerate button round those corners.
Rather than traditional motor racing games, Forza Horizon has a street racing feel to it. There’s AI traffic to contend with, and as I said above, the setting for each of the epic racing grounds will leave you deciding whether to watch the road or the scenery!
Up your popularity rating by pulling off daring and downright stupid stunts, race against friends, and get hyped up by Horizon Festival fever!
While The Orange Box isn’t an exciting title that you might expect to see in a list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time, it does have one of my favourite titles ever on it – Half-Life 2: Episode 2.
I’m not discounting Team Fortress 2 or Portal here; think of this as a three for the price of one section. Still, we’re focusing on Half-Life 2 as it’s one of the greatest games of all time, and Gordon’s glasses kind of look like mine, which makes him one stylish dude…
Designed as part of an add-on trilogy to the original epic Half-Life adventure, Half-Life 2: Episode 2 continued where the first part left off. Gordon Freeman has left the Citadel and must now fight against a wave of unknown evil entities while trying to make it to a band of resistance scientist fighters.
I always knew science would be cool again one day!
If you liked the original Half Life, one of the best 90s games ever made, then this title will blow your freakin’ mind. The combat elements are fantastic, as are the levels where players pilot vehicles and wield futuristic science weapons. Why aren’t Gravity Guns a thing in real life!
The Xbox 360 has a lot of brutal games in its repertoire, but few come as far up on the ‘savage-o-meter’ as Far Cry 3. It’s a stealth/hunting game in which players take a castaway across a tropical yet dangerous island.
Players take control of Jason Brody, a man on a mission to save his friends from pirates. We’re not talking about the fun kind from Pirates of the Caribbean either; these guys are nasty pieces of work!
Far Cry is almost a cross between an RPG and a survival game. It has hints of Turok and Splinter Cell in it with skill trees and exploration elements that make searching every nook and cranny crucial to your success.
Like all the best Xbox 360 games, player’s actions have a direct effect on how the story evolves. It’s like Charlie Brooker’s Bandersnatch or any other ‘choose your own plot’ book, with battles that you choose to fight or evade affecting the rest of the story,
While the narrative is unpredictable, one thing players can expect is a massive lack of law and an unlimited amounts of chaos. Shoot first and ask questions never if you want to survive, and do whatever it takes to save your mates.
Fable II takes the 8th spot on this list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time!
I remember the first time that I stepped a virtual foot into the world of Albion in the original Xbox game. The morality engine was unreal, the world was fantastic, and I could wield magic while carrying a sword.
What more does a character need?
Now, 500 years after the original adventure (in game years, not real… obviously), Fable II returns with a redesigned magic system, new combat mechanics, and all the same open-world madness that made the first title such a hit!
If you haven’t played a Fable game before, then don’t worry. You don’t need to jump back to the original to enjoy the sights, sounds, and wonders of the sequel. For those that did enjoy the original, then imagine a supercharged version with more bells and whistles than you could throw a lightening bolt at.
Play as a male or female fighter, marry anyone you choose (multiple people if that’s your bag), have kids, buy anything with walls, and become a grade A hero or the worst villain Albion has ever seen.
The world changes with you in Fable II; every action has a consequence, and watching your character’s appearance changing never gets old. It means there’s a tonne of ways to play and so many different decisions to make.
And, of course, there’s the explorative elements involved with traversing the massive world. Searching for treasure, bashing bandits, and seeking out side quests keeps the game going even when the main quest has finished. Give It a go; it’s epic!
Assassin’s Creed II is the one of the best Xbox 360 games for tricksy Hobbitses who like sneaking. We’re talking those gamers that get a thrill out of creeping up on family members or jumping out of cupboards to scare siblings.
The gameplay does have more of a sinister edge than what I described above, but those skills will certainly help you progress in this game!
I’m gonna make a lot of enemies here, but I kind of think that all Assassin’s Creed games are the same. There I’ve said it; it’s out on the internet, and I feel good for getting it off my chest.
Having said that, Assassin’s Creed II is my favourite of the bunch and was the first title that I came to back in the day.
The format is basically the same as the original (and every other game); get information, kill the person that gave the information, slay a Knight’s Templar, jump off something tall, and repeat.
Hey, don’t get me wrong; I love this game, I’m just saying it like it is. And, while the format is similar in most games, I think Number 2 is Assassin’s Creed at it’s peak.
Players take control of Ezio as he travels through the sepia stained past. He’s on a quest for vengeance through Renaissance Italy, which for those who have been to the bottom of my articles and seen my surname will go some way to explaining why I like this title.
Stealth killing and scaling humongous buildings never gets old, and the graphics look epic on the Xbox 360. If you’re going to play any Assassin’s Creed game, make sure it’s this one.
Grand Theft Auto V, the second best selling game of all time, takes the 6th spot in this list of the best Xbox 360 games ever made!
This is another immense Rockstar Games title and part of one of the most controversial series’ of all time. It’s safe to say that it’s definitely a game filled to the brim with adult content. Still, with Cyberpunk 2077 doing the rounds, it probably looks a bit tame these days!
Gamers basically go on a free-for-all around the made-up state of San Andreas. There are three stories to follow with three different main characters, all of which can steal, kill, and do pretty much whatever the hell they want.
Nowhere is off limits, and players have the choice of traversing the vast levels and stages on foot or via a wide variety of vehicles.
Pull off big crimes, solve problems by shooting said problems, and team up with mates to cause maximum chaos.
Even though it’s one of the most violent games on the console, it broke records by amassing $800 million in its first day of sales and over $1 billion in the first 3 days of being on shelves.
If that doesn’t prove that it’s one of the best Xbox 360 games of all time, then I don’t know what will!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 takes the 5th spot in this list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time!
You could usually tell when a Call of Duty title came out at college by the poor attendance of pretty much every person in the building, including some of the teachers. These games are still as epic as the day they were released, and Modern Warfare 2 is one of the ultimate classic titles on the Xbox 360.
This is as close to combat as I ever want to get, and it’s still pretty heart-pounding considering it’s not real! The two-player co-op is great fun, and the campaign sticks you slap-bang in the centre of the action.
Modern Warfare 2 builds on the epic gameplay mechanic of the previous COD games but brings new modes such as Special Ops Missions and tonnes of online multiplayer customisation options.
Listen; the campaign is all well and good, but online deathmatches with mates brought that same thrill level that you first experience playing Goldeneye. Wield pretty much every gun imaginable and throw insane explosives, knives, and anything else that makes mincemeat of your opponents.
And as always, the Xbox 360 shows stunning visuals and richly textured levels that just shouldn’t exist in a game from 2009!
Batman: Arkham City see’s everyone’s favourite caped crusader laying the smackdown on crime.
That’s right; all of crime. Batman basically punches crime into submission in this game, and he looks badass while doing it.
Critics praised this title as being one of the best comic book character adventures of all time, and it’s hard to disagree with them. The whole thing is perfection from start to finish; it’s one of those games that you immediately replay once completed, and I’ve done that a lot over the years.
Fans of Arkham Asylum (the game, not the place) need this title in their lives. It’s basically like a Zack Snyder movie thumbed into a game and features over-the-top atmospheric levels with insane music that keeps gamers permanently on edge.
Explore the grimy world of Arkham City in this brand new adventure. All of Gotham’s scum ends up here, so it’s going to be anything but an easy ride for Mr Wayne. Why you’d want to drop into a purpose-built city filled with villains and thugs is beyond me!
Arkham City features lots of familiar faces that fans of the Batman comics will love squaring up against. Oh, and Mark Hamill voices the joker.
Yep, Luke Skywalker is the Joker; what more do I need to say?
Embark on stealthy missions, pull out all of Batman’s secret gadgets, and take a break from Bruce’s moody voice to play as Catwoman in her own storyline. It’s the game that keeps on giving!
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion takes the third spot in this list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time!
Fans of Breath of the Wild need to get this game in their lives. It’s played from a first-person perspective and, while more brutal than any Zelda game, has that open-world feel with stunning backdrops and epic enemies to battle against.
Honestly, Bethesda know what it takes to make an epic fantasy title. Oblivion has more nerdalicious content than any game of D&D could ever hold. It’s based on a solo quest to find the heir to the throne of Cyrodiil, all while hellish demons invade from their home-world of ‘Oblivion’.
This is one of my favourite single player games on the console. It’s one of those titles that you can kick back with and get completely lost in. Hours can go by in the blink of an eye without even realising.
It’s also genuinely the reason behind my mate smashing a lot of his controllers.
One of the things I love about this series is that players take the game at a speed that suits them. There’s no pressure to get anything done, and sometimes exploring aimlessly brings the best results.
Join factions and climb to the top, find collectibles, and converse with the most advanced AI characters in any game going. Seriously, it’s almost like they’re alive. Everything you do affects how they react, making for a different adventure every time you play!
It was a close call, but I’ve stuck Halo 3 in second place. Second-best Xbox 360 game of all time isn’t a bad accolade to have under your belt, and I genuinely still enjoy playing on Halo 3 on a regular basis today.
Unlike Assassin’s Creed II which feels similar to the other titles, Halo 3 grabs my attention and plays like a new and exciting adventure.
Sure, the mechanics are the same, but the continuation of the storyline and the idea of sorting out ‘unfinished business’ from the first two games is so gripping that you just can’t help but love it.
It doesn’t really matter if you haven’t played the first two games either; Halo 3 provides all of your alien-splatting needs whether you know the story or not. It was a worldwide success story, amassing $300 million in its first week alone.
Talk about a must-play title!
So, what’s the score in Halo 3? Well, everything has gone to sh… I mean… things don’t look good for humankind. The Flood have pretty much taken over, the Master Chief’s version of Siri has gone AWOL, and there’s a secret object that could turn the tide of the war.
Wield massive weapons, fight in epic locations, and try to save the world. It’s all on you!
And finally, BioShock takes it’s place as the best of the best Xbox games of all time. Hopefully, those of you that carried on reading after my slanderous comments on Assassin’s Creed will agree with this choice.
If not, then I guess we let bygones be bygones and start talking about the best Xbox 360 emulators instead!
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this game won ‘Game of the Year in pretty much every online publication, review, and fan-mag going. It heralded the beginning of a classic gaming series and remains one of the greatest titles I’ve ever played on any console, period.
As first-person shooters go, BioShock is one of the most immersive and unpredictable games going. The world of Rapture is pretty much everyone’s idea of a living hell, with mutant warriors and guardians littering the streets at every turn.
Rather than just heading from A to B and shooting a few bad guys along the way, BioShock sees players having to work with their surroundings, making gadgets and hacking items in order to stay alive!
Like Fable II, there’s a morality element to this game as well. As players progress through the game, the opportunity to mutate themselves and wield extraordinary abilities crops up periodically.
There’s also the question of whether you help the people of Rapture or make their lives worse by becoming some kind of watery-overlord-gangster.
If the gameplay doesn’t drag you in, then the graphics will. Honestly, BioShock has some of the most stunning Art Deco scenes in it. It’s like ‘The Shape Of Water’ video game with way more mutants and less fish sex…
That’s a sentence I never thought I’d end an article on!