Personally I wouldn’t say that this year was a good year for Microsoft. Sony had their exclusives which are in the Game Of The Year Categories and the PC had most of the better titles that came out on the Xbox 360 too. All in all bless Limbo that finally got some good action for Microsoft. Like before I’ll lay down the rankings according to gamerankings and after that I’ll be showing you my personal list of the top 10 games for the 360 for the current year.
- Mass Effect 2
- Red Dead Redemption
- Rock Band 3
- Halo: Reach
- Super Street Fighter IV
- Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
- Super Meat Boy
- Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack
1. Mass Effect 2
After the events of the original game, Commander Shepard is killed in an ambush by a mysterious alien species called the Collectors. Shepard is revived two years after the attack by an enigmatic organization called Cerberus, and is tasked with finding out more about the Collectors and why they are abducting entire human colonies. Shepard must recruit and gain the loyalty of a diverse team in order to accomplish what seems to be a suicide mission.
2. Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption is an open world game. Players can interact with the environment and engage in combat with enemies, using various firearms. Different breeds of horses are the main forms of transportation. Swimming is not an option, as the protagonist John Marston cannot swim — he will drown if he ventures too far into deep water.
In addition to following the main storyline, players can take part in random events they encounter as they explore the West. These include public hangings, ambushes, pleas for assistance, stranger encounters, “ride-by” shootings, and dangerous animal attacks.
For example, if a group of people ride into town firing guns in the air, the player can kill them, and will receive a bonus of honor and fame. Players can also take part in optional side activities including duels, herb collecting, gambling, and hunting animals for pelts, meat and other various items.
3. Halo: Reach
Halo: Reach is a first person shooter. Players assume the role of Noble Six, a supersoldier engaged in combat with an alien collective known as the Covenant. Gameplay is more similar to the original Halo: Combat Evolved than later games in the series. The player character is equipped with a recharging energy shield that absorbs damage from weapons fire and impacts. When the energy shield is depleted, the player character’s health takes a hit; when the character’s health reaches zero, the game reloads from a saved checkpoint. Health is replenished using health packs scattered throughout Reach’s levels.
4. Super Street Fighter IV
Much like Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter IV features 3D backgrounds and characters played on a 2D plane. Exclusive additions like “Focus Attacks” and separate meters for both “Super” and “Ultra” combos make a return. The “Ultra Combo” gauge and moves has been left unhinged since Street Fighter IV but players will be able to pick a second Ultra Combo available for both existing and new characters.
5. Super Meat Boy
The game sees players taking on the role of a small cube-shaped boy without skin named Meat Boy, who looks like a cube of meat and must save his girlfriend, Bandage Girl, from the evil Dr. Fetus. Players must use sharp reflexes to guide Meat Boy to the end of each level, using his wall clinging ability, while avoiding buzzsaws, salt, and other various death bringing obstacles.
6. Rock Band 3
Rock Band 3 allows for several players, locally or through online game services, to use various instrument controls to simulate the playing of music.
In addition to the four instruments from previous Rock Band games—lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocals—Rock Band 3 adds support for three additional players, two through backup vocal harmonies with the lead singer (a feature previously introduced in The Beatles: Rock Band), and one playing an electric keyboard.
The player controls the boy for the entire game. As is typical of most two-dimensional platform games, the player can make the boy run left or right on the screen, jump, climb up short ledges or up and down ladders and ropes, and push or pull objects. The game is presented through dark, greyscale graphics and with minimalist ambient sounds, creating an eerie, haunting environment. The dark visuals also hide numerous environmental and physical traps, such as bear traps on the forest floor or monsters in the shadows that will attempt to kill the boy. These monsters include a giant spider and worms that dig into the boy’s brain and force him to travel in one direction until the worms are killed.
8. Darksiders: Wrath of War
Darksiders is a single-player action adventure in which the player takes control of War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In third-person perspective, the player engages in combat, puzzles and exploration.
The world is divided into separate locations with many areas at first initially inaccessible until War regains many of his lost weapons and abilities. The center of the world, The Scalding Gallow, acts as a hub where War is given new objectives and paths to further unlock new areas.
Each contains a series of linear and non-linear paths, many of which require large sections of platforming, climbing and swimming along environment-based puzzles that impair progress that require the use of newly-gained abilities.
He fights mainly against Angels and demons, and has a unique way to kill each particular type of enemy, usually tearing them apart painfully.
Bayonetta is a single-player, third-person 3D action game. Its combat system is similar to that of director Hideki Kamiya’s previous title, Devil May Cry. The player controls a bimbo named Bayonetta, and using both melee and long ranged attacks, complex combo strings, and multiple weapons, is encouraged to explore ways to dispatch angelic enemies with as much flair as possible.
Special commands or actions are woven into events, finishes, executions, and unique “Torture Attacks” in which Bayonetta summons a variety of devices to deal devastating blows to her enemies. Such devices range from chainsaws to iron maidens. Bayonetta also has unique but limited abilities that her enemies do not possess, such as “Witch Time”, which activates when the player makes a well-timed dodge to an attack.
This temporarily slows time to allow Bayonetta to inflict massive amounts of counter damage before the enemies can react.
10. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a third person action-adventure with main emphasis on sandbox style gameplay in an open world of Italy. Like the previous installments, the gameplay’s core mechanics are based on parkour movements, crowd-blending stealth, assassinations and melee fighting system. The combat system features several improvements and for the first time in the series, the game offers a multiplayer mode alongside 20+ hours of singleplayer gameplay.
The game introduces a brand-new management system: the player can recruit new members by destroying any of twelve “Borgia towers” around Rome where papal troops are stationed, then rescuing disgruntled citizens in their districts from harassing guards.