Best Xbox 360 Games By Genre

The Xbox 360 has hundreds, and hundreds, and hundreds of games available.  Here are our picks for the very best in some of the most popular genres.

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. More »


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 9 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. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Xbox 360 Shooters. More »

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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. More »

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. More »
Strategy games aren't a genre normally associated with consoles, but the Xbox 360 has had a number of great strategy games represented a few different styles. Real-time, turn-based, card based, and more are all present on the Xbox 360. And, just between us, this is our personal favorite genre of games on the Xbox 360. More »
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. More »
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. Am I 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 these things come true. We list the best available game for each sport here. More »

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. More »

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