Best Xbox 360 Games By Genre

The Xbox 360 platform supports hundreds of games. Different genres feature their own best-of-breed titles for you to enjoy.

Top 10 Best Xbox 360 Games Overall

Bioshock
XBox

Our picks for the ten best Xbox 360 games available right now. They are the total package, featuring both outstanding graphics and gameplay. These are the games that you can pop in to really show off what the Xbox 360 can do.

Top 8 Best Xbox 360 Shooting Games

Halo 5 screen
Microsoft
What We Like
  • Fast-paced.

  • Engrossing storylines.

  • Develops hand-eye coordination.

What We Don't Like
  • Lots of gore.

  • Inappropriate for younger kids.

The showcase genre on the Xbox 360 is definitely the shooter genre. Whether third-person or first-person, shooters dominate the Xbox Live charts as well as the sales charts for months at a time. It isn't exactly a family friendly genre, however, as nine of our picks are "M" rated and one is "T" rated by the ESRB. For gamers mature enough to handle them, however, shooters can be a lot of fun. 

Top 10 Best Xbox 360 Action Games

Grand Theft Auto 3 Cheats for PC
© Rockstar Games
What We Like
  • Exciting game play.

  • Strategic.

  • Interesting storylines.

What We Don't Like
  • Not all games are well made.

  • Some games are repetitive.

  • Difficulty levels vary.

The Action genre: So wonderfully vague in its description that anything from straight hack-and-slash to open-world sandbox games can fit under its umbrella. Right after shooters, action games are another genre that the Xbox 360 really excels at.

Top 7 Best Xbox 360 RPGs

Tales of Vesperia
PS2
What We Like
  • Best plots of any genre.

  • Many hours of game play.

  • High strategy.

What We Don't Like
  • Some games can get boring.

  • Time-consuming.

  • Highly addictive.

In the last generation, the PS2 was the undisputed king of role-playing-games, so it is with a fair bit of surprise that here we are three years into the current gen and the Xbox 360, not the PS3, is the RPG king. The Xbox 360 has a good mix of both Western- and Japanese-style RPGs as well as both turn-based and real-time varieties. RPG fans, the Xbox 360 has you covered.

Top 10 Best Xbox 360 Strategy Games

What We Like
  • Great brain training games.

  • Rewarding to play.

  • Fun to play with others.

What We Don't Like
  • Highly challenging.

  • Not much of a storyline.

  • Can get frustrating.

Strategy games aren't a genre normally associated with consoles, but the Xbox 360 offers several great strategy games represented by a few different styles. Real-time, turn-based, card based, and more are all present on the Xbox 360. 

Top 8 Best Xbox 360 Racing Games

NFS Most Wanted box
NFS Most Wanted box. EA
What We Like
  • Very addictive.

  • Fun to challenge others.

  • Exciting leader boards.

What We Don't Like
  • Takes time to develop skill.

  • Can be frustrating for some players.

  • Varying difficulty levels.

Just like the first Xbox, the Xbox 360 has a great lineup of racing games and a controller perfectly crafted for the genre. Whether you are a simulation racing fan or like your games in the faster "arcade" style, the Xbox 360 has a game or three that will satisfy you.

Top 8 Best Xbox 360 Sports Games

Kinect Sports Xbox 360
Microsoft
What We Like
  • Great for sports fans.

  • Lots of excitement.

  • Fun multiplayer play.

What We Don't Like
  • Not always intuitive to play.

  • Steep learning curve.

Sports games give us the opportunity to do things we can't normally do or to take control of our favorite athletes to do things that might not happen in real life. Are you ever going to drive in the winning run for the Mariners in game 7 of the World Series? No. Are the Vikings going to win the Super Bowl anytime soon? Who knows. But sports games give us the opportunity to make our athletic fantasies come to life. We list the best available game for each sport here.

Top 10 Best Xbox 360 Kids Games

Kinect Star Wars - Portada
Microsoft Corp.
What We Like
  • Large selection of games.

  • Covers many brands.

  • Age appropriate storylines.

What We Don't Like
  • Can be frustrating for some kids.

  • Not all games are properly rated.

Finding games for kids that have the right balance of difficulty and fun factor can be a challenge. It is also important to find games that you can play with your kids either in co-op, light hearted competition or by taking turns and passing the controller back and forth. We have put together our list of recommended kids games on the Xbox 360. We tried to avoid most licensed games because they are generally terrible, and wanted to focus just on good games for the whole family.