The Xbox 360 – despite the initial production issues that came with the infamous ‘Red Ring of Death’ failure – was a huge success for Microsoft, who’d arrived on the console scene with the original Xbox just four years prior to the 360’s launch.
Against stiff competition with the PS2 – and, to a lesser extent, Nintendo’s GameCube – during the original Xbox era, Microsoft launched the 360 before their competitors were ready for the next gen – and this tactic paid off.
The success of the 360 meant that the market was flooded with games, giving the console a huge library – with many big titles being widely available, keeping the cost low even now for retro game collectors.
Yet some titles have become highly sought after by collectors and command unusually high prices compared to most titles on Microsoft’s console, which usually go for pennies (near enough!) in many cases. So which are the most rare Xbox 360 games secretly worth a fortune? Let’s find out!
Note: Collectors Editions are rare and, of course, collectible by design – so these aren’t included. Neither are games that were bundled with expensive peripherals or accessories. Standard editions of games that fetch high prices right now are the focus of the list!
10. Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’14: Masters Historic Edition (2013)
Golf has a long history in video games (and golf games can sometimes be among the best games on a system – check out our 15 Best Neo Geo Pocket Games of All Time list for a great example) though it might be a bit of a shock to see an EA Sports game in this list – and a Tiger Woods one at that – the Historic Edition of the game features the usual modern golf courses and competitions, along with a time travelling tour through golf’s rich history, starting way back in 1873.
Lots of atmosphere and era-appropriate touches give the game an authentic feel – and the Xbox 360 version even has Kinect support too (though this is, thankfully, optional – given the legendary lag and imprecise, unreliable nature of the peripheral).
Though many online features are now missing – with support having long been shut down – the disc is still highly sought after as one of the most rare Xbox 360 games in existence. Prices are currently at the £30-£50 mark, depending on the condition.
9. FIFA 19 (2018)
It’s truly odd to see FIFA on this list, given that most entries in the series are so ubiquitous that it’s a running joke among game collectors that it’s all they find when bargain hunting for games in charity shops.
This last gasp for the series on the 360 courted controversy for just being the 2018 version with no improvements or alterations, as well as feeling heavily scripted and bug ridden.
With all focus on the PS4 and Xbox One versions at that time, this particular port was simply a shamefully lazy cash-in from EA.
Despite this, the game’s rarity has meant that the price has skyrocketed in the last few years – with even unboxed copies fetching £30 on the secondary market and prices rising significantly (up to £60) for complete, boxed copies of the game, which is available at the usual low prices you’ll find FIFA games selling for on other formats.
8. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (2008)
Activision produced a number of good Spider-Man games during the Xbox 360/PS3 era (though the less said about the Wii ports, the better) and some of them were excellent games in their own right (none quite reached the heights of the PS4 Spider-Man game though – check out our 15 Best PS4 Games of All Time list for more on that one!).
At the top of the pile was the superb Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, which featured varied Spideys from across the Multiverse, with four distinct heroes in very different worlds and with different gameplay styles to boot.
Pre-dating the excellent Into the Spider-Verse movie by almost ten years, it was a fantastic use of the Spider-Man license.
Two years prior to that, however, Activision released Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, which was developed by Treyarch. The game was known for its element of choice, in which players could choose to be more heroic or more villainous – with a reputation bar filling up in response to the player’s actions.
With a Venom/symbiote focused storyline and the ability to switch between the classic and the black suit at any time (each with different abilities and upgrades available), Web of Shadows is an interesting attempt to add a new spin on the open world superhero formula.
With Activision having long lost their Marvel licensing deal, all of their Spider-Man games are out of print and highly sought after – with Web of Shadows being the rarest and most difficult to acquire at the moment. Current prices range from £30-£60, making it one of the most rare Xbox 360 games secretly worth a fortune with ease!
7. Cars 3: Driven to Win (2017)
Released way into the lifespan of the console and a good few years after its successor, the Xbox One, was released (and which also played host to a version of Cars 3: Driven to Win), it’s perhaps odd that this game made an appearance on Microsoft’s aging console at all.
Yet it did – perhaps with a much smaller print run than would be expected for a Disney tie-in, due to the then-focus on the next generation of consoles.
As Cars 2 was so well received, with a pretty open and forgiving structure, it’s no wonder that the video game sequel – which was similar in structure to the previous game – is so highly sought after.
Though the other console versions are more readily available and much cheaper, Cars 3: Driven to Win remains very desirable for collectors – and is one of the most rare Xbox 360 games. Very few UK copies are available via eBay at the moment, but they’re listed at around £45.
6. Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008)
Currently priced at around £50, this Asterix title only seems to be rare on the Xbox 360 – with the Wii and PS3 versions available for no more than £5 each in many cases
Another example of a game which has become sought after due to a low print run rather than any indication of its quality.
Asterix at the Olympic Games, as its title implies, features a strong sports theme – with Olympic events to compete in alongside the usual 3D platform style game you’d expect from an Asterix title.
5. Crash Time 5: Undercover (2013)
The Crash Time games are based on a German TV show called Alarm für Cobra 11 – which is still running even now, twenty five years after the first episode aired.
Yet Alarm für Cobra 11 is barely known outside its native Germany, so the games based on the series have been rebranded as ‘Crash Time’ in other countries.
Just as the series it’s based on seems to be endlessly popular and long-running, the game series also seems to keep churning out new material.
Almost certainly due to the rebrand to a more generic title and the relatively low interest the series receives when shorn of its license, Crash Time 5: Undercover is a title that was released with little fanfare and a low print run.
The title is highly sought after though, with the value remaining high (around £50-£75 at the time of writing) – despite the game’s not-exactly-stellar critical reception.
4. Just Dance 2019 (2018)
You’ve got to hand it to UbiSoft: since the first Just Dance released on the Wii in 2009, the series has been a genuine phenomenon among more casual gamers and has remained hugely popular for more than a decade – showing no signs of slowing down.
Though often derided or ignored by hardcore gamers, there’s no denying that Just Dance’s appeal goes way beyond the normal audience for video games.
Ubisoft’s strategy with each release in recent years is an interesting one, as they’ll often take advantage of the higher install base and more casual fans that use their older consoles, by releasing the newest version of the game on platforms that many publishers have long since moved on from.
For example, the 2019 edition – as well as appearing on current formats – even released on the Wii, as the sales of the series on Nintendo’s long thought dead format still warranted its release at that point.
Likewise for the Xbox 360; this Kinect-powered release seems to have been particularly rare, however, because copies are currently being sold between £45-£110 online.
3. My Horse & Me 2 (2008)
Horse riding is a pursuit often neglected in video games, though it is sometimes deeply interwoven into the gameplay of titles where it isn’t the main focus (The Witcher 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time being two good examples – the former featuring on our very own 15 Best PS4 Games of All Time list and the latter making it to the very top of our 55 Best N64 Games of All Time list).
The My Horse & Me titles had a strong focus on taking care of the animal in your stable, along with riding and competing in equestrian events as you’d expect.
This particular game was subject to a small print run and low availability at the time of release, which has definitely made it one of the most rare Xbox 360 games – and at £75-£110, it’s another game that’s secretly worth a fortune.
2. Dodonpachi Resurrection: Deluxe Edition (2011)
Bullet hell shooters are a hugely popular subgenre of scrolling shoot ’em ups in which the screen becomes absolutely covered in brightly coloured bullets for the player to attempt to navigate their way through.
To the casual onlooker, it looks like an impossible and frustrating task; to the bullet hell fan, that’s exactly what they want, expect and enjoy. Dodonpachi Resurrection: Deluxe Edition is a port of a classic arcade bullet hell shoot ’em up from masters of the genre, Cave.
As you’d expect from a niche subgenre of a now-niche genre itself (with 2D scrolling shooters generally finding themselves popular only with hardcore fans, now that the arcade industry has sadly dwindled to a shadow of its former self), Dodonpachi Resurrection wasn’t anticipated to sell much beyond its already dedicated fanbase, so the print run was low and – due to the fans holding on to their physical copies for the most part – the game is rarely seen on the secondary market.
At the time of writing, there’s a disc only version on offer via eBay for £29.99, but asking prices rise to as much as £150 for complete copies.
1. IHF Handball Challenge 16 (2015)
Unsurprisingly, this sports game had a low print run and didn’t find a wide audience – if I hadn’t been aware of this title’s status as one of the most rare (and therefore expensive) Xbox 360 games, I probably would never have known that handball was even a thing in real life.
Yet it isn’t as niche as you might expect – for example, this video game adaptation of the sport features a huge 62 real life teams from the real life sport, with the largest European Leagues represented.
It’s certainly big enough to have warranted a licensed video game in any case, so perhaps Handball as an organised, professional sport is much more popular than the lack of publicity it generates would suggest.
So how does handball play? Kind of like soccer, it seems, with goals and a basketball sized court. I have to admit, my knowledge of the sport is incredibly limited and even knowing that there are ‘real handball moves and tactics’ in the game such as spin shots, fakes, hip shots, dodges and jump shots doesn’t really help.
I’ll just have to believe the blurb which tells me that it’s an incredibly accurate recreation of the real sport. Given the niche nature of the game, it’s perhaps not a surprise to see it appear as one of the most rare Xbox 360 games.
Disc only versions are currently found on eBay priced at £80, with prices for complete copies rising beyond £200 – so this really is the most rare Xbox 360 game that’s secretly worth a fortune!