The 10 Best Xbox 360 Games to Buy in 2018

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The Xbox 360 is impressive; aside from being the highest-selling console made by an American company, it lasted well over a decade and brought with it over 1,000 different games. It defined itself as a distinct character in the seventh generation console wars by emphasizing digital media distribution, online multiplayer gaming, and backward compatibility with over 450 original Xbox games.

It’s hard to pick among over the 1,000 games for the Xbox 360 and deciding which are the absolute best. In truth, many are, and the list you’ll find below will help satisfy anyone looking for a particular genre depending on the type of game they want to play. Gamers looking for a solid sports experience will be satisfied with the highly realistic NBA 2K18, while others who want the same realism with more action will love Call of Duty: World At War. At the same time, games like Minecraft will evoke the imagination of players without the pressure, and even ported titles like the Metal Gear Solid HD collection (a series you’d normally only find on the PlayStation) is a nice additional outside experience. No matter what type of video game you’re looking for, the Xbox 360 will have it.

Minecraft is the most relaxing game on the Xbox 360, where players are placed in randomly generated worlds and they can build anything. Have that dream house in your mind that you can’t wait to create? Now you can.

No, it’s not boring either; if you want, you can spice up the gameplay by jumping into Minecraft’s Survival Mode where you’ll survive days by mining resources and building structures while fending off hunger and hordes during the night. Creative Mode will allow you to fly and build anything at your own pace, and if you need help, the game’s tutorial mode will walk you through everything there is to know. Minecraft comes with a four-player, split-screen offline mode and supports multiple languages, including Spanish, Chinese, German, Korean, Russian and French. It also comes with bonus DLC packs.

Best First-Person Shooter: Call of Duty: World At War

Considered to be one of the best in the series, Call of Duty: World At War is an action-packed, first-person shooter with a thrilling campaign mode. You and a pal can even team up in split-screen mode offline and play as American and Soviet Union soldiers as you battle in the Pacific Theater and Eastern Fronts of WW2.

Call of Duty: World At War is built with an enhanced game engine that brings to life a symphony of realistic audio and visual effects that make gameplay more gritty and impactful. Its open-ended world gives players the opportunity to complete missions in a variety of different ways as environments ​envelop them in a thrall of intense buildup and emersion of warfare. Call of Duty: World At War was also the first game in the Call of Duty game series to introduce the Nazi Zombies mode, where you and a friend can both play offline and battle against waves of undead while gathering points and unlocking new areas and weapons.

Best for Sports: NBA 2k18

It looks real, it feels real — the 2k series has always held itself to a high standard in producing the most realistic sports games and NBA 2k18 is no exception. The basketball simulator puts together a presentation that strives to replicate real-life NBA basketball with detailed character models, animations and physics.

With commentary congruent to your gameplay, NBA 2k18 introduces the entire NBA roster of 30 teams as well as NBA teams from past eras like the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls and the 1985-1986 Boston Celtics. NBA 2k18’s MyCareer mode even allows players to create their own customizable basketball player to compete in a career, a league mode where they can manage their own specific teams, as well as a MyTeam mode where they can build their ultimate basketball team. Players can even go head-to-head against one another or against AI in teams with the game’s offline multiplayer.

Best Survival Horror: Dead Space

Like a black hole, Dead Space will draw you into a chilling realm as you explore an abandoned mining starship full of monstrous reanimated human corpses. The best Xbox 360 survival horror game will keep you on your toes as you uncover the mystery behind the evil infestation and hold your breath at every turn.

Dead Space features an over-the-shoulder, third-person camera perspective without a heads-up display, incorporating the game’s main character with tools and holographic projections that symbolize health, ammo count and energy in order to provide a more immersive experience. The game has its own unique individualism; instead of traditional weapons, you use improvised mining tools like a plasma cutter or rotary saw, and enemies aren’t affected by headshots, but by “strategic dismemberment” of their limbs. You’ll even get the power of kinesis to slow down enemies and objects temporarily, as well as solve puzzles and get past deadly chomping and grinding obstacles.

Best RPG: Oblivion (Game of the Year Edition)

There would be no Skyrim without Oblivion, the Xbox 360’s best RPG game that blew everyone out of the water by showcasing just how immersive a game can be. Oblivion shines with its addictive gameplay, wide range of decision making and a captivating story about a hero (you) thwarting a cult that is opening portals to an evil realm of horrors invading the world.

Oblivion starts you off by creating your own personal hero where you’ll get to select one of many human or anthropomorphic races, alter appearances and distribute attribute points towards skills such as endurance, personality and luck. The game’s open world leaves you with an endless choice of over 200 quests and possibilities, including fighting in a gladiator arena, joining a group of assassins, giving to the poor and talking your way out of anything. You’ll clash your sword against demons, ride horses, throw fireballs at rats and because it’s the Game of the Year edition, you’ll get extra DLC with a total of 100 hours of gameplay.

Best Batman: Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City captures the essence of Batman with everything from its draped crime noir elements of suspense to its stylized action-packed fighting — even Batman: The Animated Series voice actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their roles. The best Xbox 360 Batman game is also one of the best action-adventure experiences you’ll easily pick up but find hard to put down.

Played from a third-person perspective, Batman: Arkham City is an open world experience fixed on a variety of gameplay that includes Batman’s combat and stealth skills, detective work and gadgets that can be used in tactful takedowns and puzzle solving. The narrative-driven game features both side and main missions, setting you in Arkham City where Dr. Hugo Strange is hatching an evil scheme and villains such as The Joker, Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze show up causing trouble. The game’s free-flow-style combat will have you facing off multiple enemies, dishing out well-timed kicks, dodges, rolls and other aerobatic sequences, all while throwing Batarangs, swinging from ledges, gliding over beautifully lit cityscapes and even playing as Catwoman, Robin and more.

Best Sega Games: Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collection

Want to relive the dream of the Sega Genesis of the 1990s? You can. The Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collection on the Xbox 360 comes with 48 different Sega Genesis titles, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Streets of Rage 2 and Vectorman.

Every title on the Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collection has been upgraded to hi-def, giving the classic 2D-style a converted 720p output with a combined intuitive control scheme on the Xbox 360 controller that’ll feel familiar to the classic way you use to play. Best of all, the collection comes with several two-player titles such as Alien Storm, Columns, Golden Axe II and Gain Ground.

Best Crime: Grand Theft Auto V

OK, it’s an action-adventure game, but the title itself, Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) is all about crime and being the bad guy that’s just trying to make a living. The huge, open world experience lets you roam free while doing everything from hijacking helicopters, trying on new clothes and fighting in turf wars.

Grand Theft Auto V follows the story of three criminals (all of whom you play as and switch between through with stories that interconnect with one another) who aim to commit heists while facing opposition from a government agency. You’ll take on various exciting missions (or just cause chaos) while cruising in one of over 500 different vehicles in a fictional representation of Los Angeles with highly detailed graphics, physics and a population where no one acts the same. GTA V even includes RPG elements where you can improve your skills of driving and shooting.

Best Dancing: Just Dance 2018

Just Dance 2018 provides the perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to put in a little exercise or just learn how to dance in private or with friends. The best Xbox 360 game for dancing will teach you a few moves and is best played with the Kinect sensor that’ll read and match your movements.

Get the party started! Just Dance 2018 is a rhythm-based style game where players mimic an on-screen dancer’s choreography to a chosen song. The game’s soundtrack includes 40 different songs you can select and groove to from artists such as Beyonce, Jamiroquai, Queen and Psy. The game is child-friendly, too, providing a kid’s mode designed for ages four to six where they and their friends can develop their motor skills and keep active.

Best Story: Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection gives you the opportunity to finally sit down and take in one of the best stories for video games in history. The collection includes three visually updated Metal Gear Solid titles: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

It’s hard to describe in a few sentences just how impactful the Metal Gear Solid series is, but for many, it’s considered one of the most profound works in the entire existence of video games. Gameplay has always focused on elements of stealth infiltration and problem-solving, but the game draws you in with its movie-like presentation of real-world history involving geopolitics, society’s function and even prophetic revelations that are coming true today. Finish any one of these Metal Gear Solid titles and you’ll be left wondering about yourself and the world around you.