Gaming Consoles & PCs Best Xbox 360 Games By Genre by Eric Qualls Writer Former Lifewire writer Eric Qualls has been covering the Xbox line of consoles and Xbox games since August 2004. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Eric Qualls Updated on January 30, 2020 Xbox Buyer's Guide Xbox Buyer's Guide Introduction Xbox Basics Best Xbox 360 Console For You Xbox Basics The Original Xbox One Xbox Family Settings What Is Xbox Live? How Much Does Xbox Live Cost? What is Xbox Live Gold? 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Different genres feature their own best-of-breed titles for you to enjoy. Top 10 Best Xbox 360 Games Overall 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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.